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Discover the orthodox world by living in it 20 July – 25 July 2018

Discover the orthodox world by living in it 20 July – 25 July 2018

We will visit many monasteries, some of them not so well- known, but each of them having something interesting to show. We will see new and old churches/monasteries, we will see that life and tradition didn’t change here since many centuries, that even now the life is almost the same as 1000 years ago. You will overnight in monasteries, you will eat with the nuns and monks, you will talk to them, you can ask any questions you want, and so, by living, hearing, seeing you will understand a little bit of the beauty of the orthodox world, and enjoy living simple, eating well and healthy, and also relaxing your body and soul from the stressful life. It will be NOT an excursion, it will be an EXPERIENCE. May be not so impressive from art and history point of view, but for sure extremely impressive from the experience we will have interacting with local people and people from these monasteries


Day 1Arrival in Jassy , direct transfer to Neamt area , dinner and accommodation either at Varatec (convent) or Neamt monastery (monk).


Day 2visit the monasteries in the area (Varatec, Agapia, Neamt, Sihla, Sihastria, Secu), free lunch, and dinner with some of the high ranked people in the monastery. Neamt area is one of the most important monasteries/orthodox region in Romania, if not THE MOST IMPORTANT. The jewels of the crown are two monasteries. One is Neamt monastery, to which all important leaders of the Romanian ortodox are linked. The next jewel is AGAPIA and VARATEC, two sister monasteries, convents, having together almost 1000 nunes. You will see what they do in their workshops, how they live and learn about their belief.


Day 3Neamt area - Voronet and  Humor Monasteries, free lunch - Vorona monastery overnight and dinner with the nun abbot. Today will visit two of the famous Bucovinean monasteries – Voronet and Humor. These are renowned for the unique, colourful exterior frescoes on the walls. Voronet is said to be the most impressive of them all, as it displays a special colour, the Voronet blue, which is considered an original one, next to Tiziano’s red and Veronese’s green. Overnight in a new monastery, Vorona. The experiences you will have, and the interesting discusions with the nun abbot in Vorona will be one of the highlights of the trip.


Day 4Vorona - visit Probota Church - continue to Miclauseni monastery , lunch here with the nun abbot – continue to  Vladiceni monastery , in Iasi. dinner and accommodation . Today we will discover the monasteries in Iasi region. You will notice the difference , these monasteries are not part of major cultural tours in Romania or the region, but the richness you will find here is unique. It is no wonder, as Iasi was for centuries the headquarter of the Moldovan Metropoly and the center of the orthodox world in Moldovan Principality. Not far from Iasi we will discover a small Neo-Gothic castle, built by one of the most important noble families in Eastern Romania, Strudza. Surrounded by an English-style, Miclauseni was famous back in the old days for its Monastery, precious art, books and religious collections. The Castle was the summer residence of Alexandru Ioan Cuza, famous for unifying two Romanian provinces: Wallachia and Moldavia under the name of Romania


Day 5Iasi city tour, optional visit of a monastery next to Iasi, same accommodation farewell dinner with the abbot. Iasi is the most important historical, economic,and cultural center in Northeast Romania. We will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, Culture Palace, The Three Holy Hierarchs Monastery, unique architectural masterpiece etc. In the evening Surprise!! In the monastery of Vladiceni we will enjoy a blessed meal... and have the opportunity to hear Byzantine Church music sang by a student’s choir from the Theological University of Iasi.


Day 6: departure home