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Transylvania and the Painted Monasteries

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Homepage > Romania > Transylvania and the Painted Monasteries
  • Duration: 8 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2-3
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Daily from 15th April to 15th October
  • Location: Bucharest
Tour Details

Come and enjoy Romania on this self-guided walking holiday through the best-known sights of the region. This hiking vacation in Romania is split into two sections. The first part of your walking holiday leads up to the ‘Sweet Land of Bucovina’, with its world-famous painted monasteries of Romania which are a UNESCO – World Heritage site.

The second part takes you to Transylvania with the Carpathian Mountains, known through Bram Stokers ‘Dracula’ and Patrick Fermors ‘Castles of Transylvania’. No trip to Transylvania should be done without visiting Dracula’s Castle. Discover some of the best hiking in Romania on this tour. With these two combinations, they are unique with the combination of history, legends, scenery and wildlife. You walk in three mountains ranges Posavarul, Bucegi and Piatra Craiului. Enjoy the idyllic alms with shepherds huts scattered around, walk through mountain villages, still unspoiled, and enjoy splendid mountain views.

Why not view some of our other holidays in Romania. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Price Includes

  • 8 nights bed and breakfast
  • 3 star hotels and guest houses
  • Information Pack with Route Notes and Maps
  • 5 dinners
  • Train ticket Bucharest – Suceava
  • Transfer Suceava – Putna
  • Moldovita excursion
  • Sucevita – Voronet Transfer
  • Manastirea Humorului – Bran Transfer
  • Magura – Bucharest airport Transfer
  • Luggage Transfers on walking days

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Rooms
  • Flights
  • Public Transport not mentioned above
  • Transfer airport – Bucharest hotel – train station
  • Travel Insurance
  • Entrance to Attractions
  • Dinners not included (Bucharest and Zarnesti)
Trip Info

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Day 1Arrive Bucharest

Arrive in Bucharest and stay overnight

Day 2Bucharest to Suceava

This morning you take a train journey to Suceava which takes around 5.5 hours. You shall stay tonight in a nice guesthouse in the village. If you wish you could visit Putna monastery; the spiritual center of Romania. You may have a short round walk of 1 hour to “Chilia lui Daniil Sihastrul”, a small hermitage dug in a rock. In the 15th Century, it was inhabited by the hermit Daniil who supposedly predicted to Stephen the Great that he would become ruler of Moldavia. After becoming ruler, Stephen the Great was advised by Daniil to build the Putna monastery

Day 3Putna to Sucevita 11 miles 17.5km, 450m up/down 5.5 hours walking.

From Putna you will take the old monastery path to Sucevita monastery. The undercoat of emerald green on which the superb frescoes are painted (1596) gave the monastery the name ‘a Poem in Green and Light’. The iconostasis is supposed to be the most beautiful one in Romania, which makes it a worthwhile visit. There is a little museum which houses the most precious collection of medieval art in Moldovia. Including medieval embroidered portraits and an epitaph with 1000 pearls.  You will spend two nights in Sucevita.

Day 4Moldovita and round walk Sucevita 3 miles 5km, 110m up/down, 1.5 hours walking.

A car will take you over the Ciumarna pass, you can enjoy the astounding panoramic mountain views. You can visit Moldovita Monastery, famous for its warmth and brilliance of its frescoes. The blue undercoat for its tree of Jesse gave the monastery the name ‘a parchment dipped in blue colour’. Maybe you will meet Sister Tatiana (she speaks some English) who will show you around. The little museum contains a priceless silver cased Evangelistary presented by Catherine the Great of Russia, valuable icons and miniatures. Back in Sucevita you can explore on foot and enjoy the bird’s eye view upon the impressive, fortified monastery.

Day 5Voronet to Humor 9.4 miles 15km, 370 / 350 m Up/down, 5 hours walking.

Today you will transfer to the Voronet Monastery. Its superb frescoes gave it the name ‘the Sistine Chapel of the East’. Architecturally it combines Gothic and Byzantine features. After visiting you will walk up to Objina with good views over a valley and villages scattered around until you reach Humor. Humor monastery, which exudes friendliness and tranquil charm, is painted in warm blues, greens and reddish browns (from oriental madder pigment).

Day 6 Private car transfer to Bran

Today you’ll cross the Carpathians to Transylvania through the spectacular Bicaz gorge, drive into Hungarian villages and further on to Bran where you’ll stay overnight. One night in a guesthouse next to Dracula’s Castle. 5 – 6 hours by car

Day 7Bran Castle and Magura village 6.1 miles 10km, 600/370m up/down 4 hours walking.

Visit the Dracula castle this morning and enjoy looking around. Afterwards, you can walk up to the Kalibash village of Magura which is situated 1000 m up in the mountains. Then around walk to Pestera. On your way, you may see orchids, gentians, campanulas, and endemic flowers like the ‘Carpathian Iris’. Little farms are scattered around over beautiful alpine pastures and meadows covered with wildflowers. Stay in a guesthouse with beautiful views over the surrounding mountains.

Day 8Magura Loop walk 4.3-6.3 miles 7-10km, 360 /360m up/down 3 hours walking

Today you have a lovely loop walk up to the mountain village of Pestera You will pass the Pestera Lilecilor (Bats cave) on the way. Another walk brings you high up to a ridge from where you have spectacular views to the knife-edge sharp main ridge of the Piatra Craiului massif, which looks like the back of a dragon. You walk over pastures and meadows covered with wildflowers. Both walks return to Magura village.

Day 9Departure

Transfer to the airport and departure.


How to get there

By Plane to Bucharest

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