We offer you a trip to beautiful Bucovina and a part of Moldova.
This route takes between 3-5 days and 7-9 days to visit all the tourist attractions we offer.
Here are the map and route in detail. The route has 900 km and approximately 20 driving hours.
Cluj Napoca – Colibita – Castel Dracula – Pietrele Doamnei – Moldovita – Sucevita – Putna – Voronet – Suceava’s fortress fortress (Marasesti) – Neamt Fortress – Bicaz Gorges / Rosu Lake – Sovata / Praid – Turda Salt Lake – Cluj Napoca
Day 1 : Cluj Napoca - Colibita – Dracula Castle : 172 Km
Lake Colibita is located 50 km from Bistrita, at the foot of the Calimani Mountains, at a height of 800 meters. The lake stretches over 5 kilometers and borrowed the name of the town that was flooded for him to be born. The name comes from the “huts”, temporary residences arranged by the first shepherds who turned the picturesque place into a village. Fascinating with its wild beauty, but also with dozens of legends circulating in connection with this area.
Hotel Castel Dracula
In the Barga Step, the Romanian Dracula Land, where the Irish writer Bram Stoker, the author of the famous novel published in 1897, imagined and placed the fantastic Castel of the bloody hero that shook the world of the foundations, CONTELE VAMPIR “DRACULA”.
Day 2 : Dracula Castle - Pietrele Doamnei - Moldovita - Sucevita : 135 km
The Pietrele Doamnei Reservation is a protected area of national interest, located in Suceava County, on the administrative territory of Campulung Moldovenesc.
With an area of 253 hectares, it is situated in the northern slope of the Rarau Mountains (mountain group belonging to the Oriental Carpathians) at an average altitude of 1,400 m.
Moldovita Monastery is one of the old monastic settlements with an important and glorious historical past, located in Vatra Moldovitei commune in Suceava County, at a distance of about 15 km from the Vama commune.
Built by Petru Rares in 1532 and painted in 1537, it is a new establishment in the place – or, more precisely, near – another older, ruined. About the date when the first building was built, we do not know anything precisely. Instead, there are more certain stories about the construction of the stone monument at the beginning of the reign of Alexander the Good, whose ruins are still visible today.
Mocanita Hutulca (Moldovita)
The narrow gauge track from Moldovita was built by a Munich sawmill owner, Louis Ortieb, and put into use in 1888 for the transport of wood from the forest to the sawmill.
Initially, the route was 23.9 kilometers, from Moldovita to Rossosa, but during the years a lot of variants were built and the whole system reached in 1987 with the establishment of the Rascovei section – Straight Rice – Burns at a length of 73 kilometers.
The Sucevita Monastery was built in the last decades of the 16th century, with the expense of the Movila boyar family. The tradition is set on the valley of the Sucevita River, between the hills, a wooden church and a cemetery from the beginning of the 16th century.
The architecture combines elements of Byzantine and Gothic art, plus architectural elements of the old wooden churches in Moldova. Inner and outer wall paintings are of great artistic value, being an extensive biblical narrative in the Old and New Testaments.
The Resurrection Church of the Sucevita Monastery was included in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Day 3 : Sucevita - Putna - Voronet - Suceava Chair Fortress: 155 km
Putna Monastery is an Orthodox monastic place, one of the most important cultural, religious and artistic centers in Romania. It was called “Jerusalem of the Romanian Nation” (Mihai Eminescu).
The monastery is 33 km northwest of Radauti town, in Suceava County, in Bucovina. The monastery was an important cultural center; the manuscripts were copied and precious miniatures were made. The monastery has a rich museum with embroidery, manuscripts, religious objects, icons, etc.
Daniil Sihastru’s Chalet
Daniil’s Chalet The stonemason is a cave dug in a cliff on the valley of the Vitau stream, where he has lived as the hermit Daniil the Shepherd. It is about 1 km away from the Putna Monastery (Suceava County). The chalet of Daniil Sihastrul was included on the List of Historical Monuments in Suceava County in 2015.
Saint Daniil Sihastrul was born in the beginning of the 15th century, in a village in the Rădăuţi area, receiving the name Dumitru at baptism. At the age of 16, he was dressed in monasticism with David’s name at the “Saint Nicholas” Monastery in Radauţi, and then he was ordained priest, becoming a famous confessor. After a while, he retired to the “St. Lavrentie” hermitage near Vicovul de Sus.
Voronet Monastery, called “Sistine Chapel of the East”, is a medieval monastic complex built in the village of Voronet, today a part of Gura Humorului. The monastery is 36 km away from Suceava and only 4 km from the center of Gura Humorului. It is one of the most valuable foundations of Stephen the Great (1457-1504). The church was built in 1488 in only 3 months and 3 weeks, which is a record for that time.
The edifice appears to be a lightly illuminated Gospel. This is what the anonymous painters and those who commissioned these paintings longed for: the walls taped with frescoes had to show the eyes of the viewers the teaching of Scripture. And so it presents itself to visitors all over the world who are excited to discover, in the midst of a harmonious nature, an edifice still more harmonious, built for more than 500 years of inspired hands expressing their faith and lyricism in stone and color.
The Citadel of Suceava, also known as the Suceava Fortress, is a medieval fortress located on the eastern edge of Suceava (in northeastern Romania). It is located on a terminal spur of a plateau at a height of 70 m from the Suceava meadow. From here, you can see the entire valley of Suceava.
The fortress of Suceava, built at the end of the 14th century near the medieval city of Suceava, has been the main residence of the rulers of Moldova for almost 200 years, today a historical monument of national level.
The medieval architectural ensemble, made up of castle and defense walls, was consolidated and completed within a large project with financing in 2011-2015, giving it the imposing appearance, entered in the legend, but also the subtle glorious prince of the past.
Day 4 : Suceava's fortress fortress (Marasesti) - Neamt Fortress - Bicaz Gorges / Red Lake: 160 km
The Marasesti Mausoleum is a historical monument dedicated to the heroes of the First World War.
The mausoleum was erected on the place where, in the summer of 1917, the fighting in Marasesti resulted in the victory of the Romanian troops. In the confrontations of Marasesti, 480 officers and 21,000 Romanian soldiers died. Currently, the mausoleum hosts 5073 soldiers and officers in 154 individual crypts and 9 common crypts on the 18th color.
The monument, among the most important in Europe, was built according to the plans of the architects George Cristinel and Constantin Pomponiu (winners of the project competition and awarded with 40,000 golden gold) between 1923-1938 and was officially inaugurated on September 18 1938.
The Neamt Fortress is one of the most impressive fortresses in Romania and is located in the northern part of the country, close to Neamt Fair. The Neamt Fortress was part of the fortifications system built in Moldova at the end of the 14th century, for defending against the Ottomans. This elegant and impressive fortress was built in the 14th century during the time of Peter I and was fortified in the 15th century by Stephen the Great, and he made it possible for the walls of the fortress to be erected by about 6-7 m and that creepers and narrow windows should be built, whereby the defenders of the city could watch and strike enemies. In 1718, the fortress was destroyed by the order of the prince Mihai Racovita.
Bicaz Keys is a particularly picturesque geographical area in Romania located in the central part of the Hasmas Mountains, in the northeast of the country in the counties of Neamt and Harghita.
Bicaz Keys were formed by the Bicaz River and link Transylvania to Moldova.
Bicaz Keys area, with a length of more than 6 km, runs between the upstream Red Lake and Bicaz-Keys downstream, and is crossed by the trans-Carpathian road DN12C connecting the cities of Gheorgheni and Bicaz.
Bicaz Keys are included in the Bicaz – Cheile Bicazului National Park – Hasmas (6,575 ha).
The Red Lake
The Red Lake (also known as GhilcoS Lake) is a natural dam lake formed by the collapse of a slope due to the earthquake of January 23, 1838, at the foot of Hasmasul Mare Mountain, near the Bicaz Keys, at a distance of 26 km from Gheorgheni , in Harghita County.
At the last measurements, carried out in 1987, its dimensions are: the lake is situated on an area of 2.830 m, the area is 114.676 m² and the volume of water that accumulates is 587.503 m³. The lake was formed at an altitude of 983 m, in a depression with a predominant subalpine climate.
Day 5 : Bicaz Gorges / Red Lake - Sovata / Praid - Salt Lake Turda - Cluj-Napoca: 255 km
Sovata is a resort for any season, recognized at European level since 1850. Chloride and sodium water lakes – and the sludge from them – have therapeutic properties for a multitude of conditions, especially for gynecological diseases.
Surrounded by wooded hills with beech, oak, carp, elm, chestnut trees, oak trees and oak as well as Salt Mountain, the resort offers excellent opportunities for rest and relaxation. The climate is subalpine, with cool summers and mild winters.
Sovata Lakes are famous for both the therapeutic effect and the phenomenon of heliothermia. Above the salty water, there is a layer of fresh water from precipitation. This layer of fresh water does not mix with salt water, but maintains its surface, acting as a thermal insulator. Thus, the water temperature in lakes varies depending on the accumulation of solar heat in salt water. Lake Ursu is the only heliotherm lake in Europe and the largest in the world!
Salina Praid is a salt mine in Romania, located in Harghita County. The salt mine is located in the Gurghiului Mountains basin, in the Sarii Hill, forming the triangle Praid – Ocna de Jos – Ocna de Sus.
In the Praid Salt there is underground speleological and climate-therapeutic treatment as a simple and effective method of improving the condition of patients suffering from diseases of the airway, maintaining and restoring the soul balance and tonus of the vegetative nervous system.
Turda Salt Mine
Salt Turda is today a true museum of salt mining history. The excellent state of preservation of mining and the equipment used for the transport of salt, along with the care that has been carried out to prepare the salt mine to become a tourist attraction, made history and legend to blend harmoniously here. The growing number of tourists arriving from the furthest geographic areas to visit the salt mine are a confirmation of the tourist and historical value.