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BUKOVINA – CYCLING THE LAND OF PAINTED MONASTERIES

Bukovina – bucolic, ancient, religious and modern in the same time. The name ”Bukovina” derives from the word beech so it can be called the land of beech, but it get famous because of its painted monasteries. The cradle of Romanian spirit, rich of medieval architecture and history, Bukovina is one of the most visited regions of Romania. Resting between great mountains hiding wolves and bears, the people of Bukovina are gracious, accommodating and hospitable. However we are surrounded by mountains, TransyBike tailored an easy and representative cycling tour of Bukovina. We touch on our route the main and most important painted monasteries, crafts and cultural sites. Cycling Tour Bukovina is just a bike tour where you can explore the Romanian spirituality, culture and history.

ITINERARY

D1. Suceava

Individual arrival to Suceava. We may offer transfer from Cluj, Bucharest or any other major airport from the country. Accommodation in Suceava

D2. Suceava – Sucevița 45 km

We take a short transfer to the edge of the city and start pedaling towards Dragomirna. A beautiful forest need to be crossed to arrive in Pătrăuți which has the oldest painted church of Bukovina. A great picnic lunch will be served in the courtyard of the church. Unique location for picnic. The next major stop and highlight is the black pottery in Marginea, but we cycle through a lots of villages before. We finish up the day in Sucevița.

D3. Sucevița – Vama 50 km

We start our day visiting the painted monastery of Sucevița. It is probably the most monumental UNESCO site in Bukovina. A smooth but long climb follows with breathtaking view to the valley where Moldovița, another UNESCO heritage site will be visited. Bicycling will not be difficult and the fantastic downhill is our reward. From Moldovița we cycle to Vama where our accommodation is located. A friendly guesthouse with fantastic panorama.

D4. Vama – Poiana Micului

It is a light and easy day. We take a short transfer to avoid the national road traffic and start cycling near Voroneț Monastery. Voroneț is a very important and representative UNESCO protected monastery. After the visit we get on our bikes and follow a great road in a beautiful valley to our guesthouse. In the afternoon we can follow the river and check out a polish village at the end of the road. Cycling back on the same route having a gentle downhill and enjoying the picturesque Bukovinian landscape.

D5. Departure

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Suceava Fortress
  • Painted Monastery of Sucevița
  • Black pottery in Marginea
  • Painted Monastery of Moldovița
  • Painted Monastery of Voroneț
  • Painted Monastery of Humor

THE PRICE INCLUDES

  • Accommodation – (4 nights) will be in traditional 3* guesthouses.
  • Meals – (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners) traditional meals with locals, picnic, sandwiches or restaurant  
  • Bike – Merida Matts 10 – V 2014
  • The tour price includes all transfers, luggage transportation, attraction entrances, guide, helmet
  • Price does not include: your flight, insurance, other personal expenses
  • Difficulty level: easy to moderate

UPON REQUEST

630 EUR

Szabi of TransyBike arranged great four day trip for us, starting in Suceava. We visited seven 15th-16th century UNESCO painted monasteries, unique in the world, with magnificent frescoes, exterior and interior, mostly in very good condition. Szabi planned biking on country roads, with overnights in friendly country inns with home made food. Lunches were picnics. Szabi also provided BMW touring wagon for luggage transfers and to rescue us and bikes if rain. Highly recommended for Renaissance art lovers and explorers of the unique.

Frances and Michael, Philadelphia USA