From  £1895
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Discover the impressive Palace of Culture in Iasi
  • Admire Bucovina's beautiful wooden churches
  • Explore the region of Maramures with its famous Merry Cemetary
  • Uncover the delights of Cluj Napoca
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Painted Monasteries & Wooden Churches of Romania

7 Day Tour, from £1895 per person

Discover Romania's lesser explored regions of Moldavia, Bucovina and Maramures, known for their painted monasteries and wooden churches, on this tailor-made holiday. 
Begin your travels in the Moldavian city of Iasi, with its architecturally rich Palace of Culture, before venturing to the Bucovina region where the many spectacular painted monasteries await, their precious walls adorned with brightly coloured frescoes. The Maramures region beckons next with its magnificent wooden churches and gleefully colourful Merry Cemetery. End in Cluj Napoca, a vibrant university town. 
The tour offers greater in-depth explorations of some lesser visited regions, with a highly qualified private driver/guide throughout.


Tour Itinerary

Palace of Culture, Iasi

Arrive in Iasi and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay. 

Grand Hotel Traian
Voronet Monastery

This morning enjoy a guided tour around Iasi, take a stroll along Stephan the Great Boulevard, soaking in the city's bohemian ambiance. Admire the impressive Rozovanu Palace and Romania's oldest national theatre, the "Vasile Alecsandri" National Theatre. The tour usually includes visits to two significant religious sites: the Three Hierarchs Church and the Metropolitan Cathedral. One of the highlight of Iasi is the renowned Palace of Culture, along with its beautiful Clock Tower.  After the city tour depart to Gura Humorului, stopping en route at Ruginoasa to visit the palace dedicated to Alexandru Cuza, a former prince of Moldavia. Check in to your hotel for 2 nights. (B)

Varvara de Bucovina
Paying respects at the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

Today embark on a a full day tour of the famous painted monasteries of Bucovina including three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Bucovina: Voronet Monastery, constructed in just three months and adorned with captivating exterior murals, portrays the history of Christianity influenced by folk beliefs and Orthodox thought. Moldovita Monastery featuring immense colour illustrations of biblical scenes, offering a unique way for the uneducated to learn about the Bible's teachings. Also visit Sucevita Monastery, a newer addition to the Painted Monasteries, showcasing striking murals dominated by a captivating shade of green, created with ancient techniques and natural pigments. A stop can be made in Marginea, renowned worldwide for its black pottery crafted by skilled artisans using traditional techniques, creating unique vessels with an unmistakable dark hue achieved through a special firing process. (B)

Varvara de Bucovina
Maramures Wooden Churches

Depart Gura Humorului and head to the Mamures region, home to Romania's most famous wooden churches. Today visit three of the most impressive -Voda Wooden Church, here marvel at the intricate woodcarvings and delicate frescoes inside this traditional masterpiece. Stop off at Rozavlea Wooden Church and admire the craftsmanship of its ornate iconostasis and vibrant frescoes that narrate stories of faith and devotion. Barsana Wooden Church is an UNESCO World Heritage site and features an imposing tower and intricately carved wooden gates. After exploring these churches with your local guide, continue to Sighetu Marmatiei, known as Sighet. (B)

Hotel Gradina Morii
Merry Cemetery

Today drive to Viseul de Sus village for a scenic narrow gauge train ride. Continue to explore the region of Baia Mare, visiting Sapanta and the Merry Cemetery. Located in the village of Sapanta, it is an open-air museum and a national tourist attraction which is famous for its colourful tombstones. End the day by visiting a local family who will demonstrate traditional weaving techniques. (B)

Hotel Gradina Morii
Cluj Napoca

Depart Sighetu Marmatiei and head towards Cluj Napoca stopping en route to visit Surdesti Wooden Church, one of the tallest of its kind in Europe. Upon arrival in Cluj enjoy a city tour with a local guide. The unofficial capital of the Transylvania region, it is home to landmarks dating back to Saxon and Hungarian rule. Surrounding its central square, Piața Unirii, is the Gothic-style St. Michael's Church and the dramatic Matthias Corvinus Statue of the 15th-century king. The baroque-era Bánffy Palace is now a museum showcasing Romanian art. (B)



Hotel Beyfin
Central Park, Cluj Napoca

Transfer to Cluj airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

7 day tour, from £1895 per person
(Single person supplement + £350)

Price Includes

  • Return international flights from the UK to Romania
  • All airport taxes & security charges
  • Accommodation in three/four-star hotels
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking guide/driver

Price Includes

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Any meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities

Price Notes

Wizz Air fly from Luton direct to Iasi and return from Cluj Napoca

Tour Route Map

  1. Romania, Iasi
  2. Romania, Gura Humoruliu
  3. Romania, Bucovina
  4. Romania, Sighetu Marmaţiei
  5. Romania, Merry Cementary
  6. Romania, Cluj Napoca

Tour Accommodation

Grand Hotel Traian
Grand Hotel Traian
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Varvara de Bucovina
Varvara de Bucovina
Varvara de Bucovina Varvara de Bucovina is a charming guesthouse located in the heart of the Bucovina region. Set in 3 hectares and surrounded by picturesque landscapes, this cosy wooden retreat......
Hotel Gradina Morii
Hotel Gradina Morii
Hotel Gradina Morii Hotel Gradina Morii is a refined three-star retreat located in Mill Garden Park, not far from Maramures Village Museum and Memorial of the Victims of Communism. Its 49 rooms......
Hotel Beyfin
Hotel Beyfin
Hotel Beyfin The four-star Hotel Beyfin is located the city centre of Cluj-Napoca. It has 28 rooms and 3 suites, a spacious lobby, one fine dining restaurant, a belle view rooftop grill-bar and......

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