May 5, 2014

Sibiu

Sibiu is situated in the Southern side of Transylvania, on […]
May 5, 2014

Ukraine

The Ukrainian customs are strongly influenced by Christianity, the religion […]
May 5, 2014

The Republic of Moldova

The Republic of Moldova is a country neighbouring Romania in […]
May 5, 2014

Mohyliv-Podilskyi

Mohyliv-Podilskyi  is a city located along the left bank of […]
May 5, 2014

Maramureş

Maramureş is situated in the North of the Oriental Carpathians, […]
May 5, 2014

Cluj-Napoca

From the Middle Ages onwards, the city of Cluj has […]
May 5, 2014

Chernivtsi

During the early Middle Ages opposing the river Prut and […]
May 5, 2014

Brasov

The town was first attested in 1235 AD under the […]
May 5, 2014

Biertan

Biertan is situated in the middle of the Transylvanian plateau, […]
May 5, 2014

Ataki

Ataki is a town with a population of 8,400 on […]
April 23, 2014

About the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

Bucovina is a name which comes from the German word […]
July 15, 2015
Wonderful trail of the top 5 monasteries of Sucheava, Romania
Reviewed on TripAdvisor on July 8, 2015 by 318Ome from Busan, South Korea My husband and I had a super tour of the top 5 monasteries of Suceava in Romania. Our tour lady guide & driver was a university graduate in Law who spoke perfect English, good safe driving in a reasonable car with seat belt, very knowledgeable with the top five monasteries that we were visiting, patient , very considerate about providing us enough time for pictures taking as well as maximum viewing of the sites especially with friendly rapport with some of the residents nuns and monks which made life smoother for us while visiting. Some of the wonderful frescoes both outside and inside the monasteries were so well painted and designed even though back many years ago were all very enlightening for us all.
August 6, 2015
“Excellent Experience”
Reviewed on TripAdvisor on August 6, 2015 by KenEs from USA The tour I took of the painted monasteries was fabulous. The guide was very knowledgeable and she provided a good balance between telling us about each monastery and giving us some time to walk around freely to take photos. I would definitely recommend Hello Bucovina Tours, it is run very professionally. The tour of the four monasteries was from about 9:00 until 17:00. The lunch on the tour was also very good, but if you order dessert (cheese pancake?), be aware the portions are quite large--consider sharing. I also stayed at the new hostel run by Ciprian, the owner of Hello Bucovina tours. The hostel was very centrally located in Suceava and it was quite clean and comfortable. Since I was spending three nights in the hostel I was even picked up from and dropped off at the train station.
August 9, 2015
“An amazing day tour from Suceava”
Reviewed on TripAdvisor on August 9, 2015 by eneemann from Haifa, Israel The tour was organized by Irene hostel. we were 4 people accompanied by a very knowledgeable guide. It was a 5 star tour to the Unesco heritage 4 monasteries, which are full of interesting frescos. THe guide explained the frescos in detail and answered any question that we had. At lunch time we were taken to a good restaurant which served us a typical local food (included in the price of the tour), and manage also to cater to the vegetarians among us. The day ended at 5 PM.
August 9, 2015
“An amazing day tour from Suceava”
Reviewed on TripAdvisor on August 9, 2015 by eneemann from Haifa, Israel The tour was organized by Irene hostel. we were 4 people accompanied by a very knowledgeable guide. It was a 5 star tour to the Unesco heritage 4 monasteries, which are full of interesting frescos. THe guide explained the frescos in detail and answered any question that we had. At lunch time we were taken to a good restaurant which served us a typical local food (included in the price of the tour), and manage also to cater to the vegetarians among us. The day ended at 5 PM.
August 18, 2015
“Very interesting trip around the Bucovine’s monasteries”
Reviewed on TripAdvisor on August 18, 2015 by Vertaroutard from Saint Ouen, France We were 2 and hosted by Irene's hostel (very nice staff by the way) which arranged our trip to the monasteries. It is a one day trip and we were drived by a guide and stopped to the 4 most well preserved painted monasteries, plus the blackware pottery factory, and a very nice romanian specialties restaurant with a charming view on the valley. Everything was wonderful, the colors of the paintings, the views during the road trip, the food, and our guide. and all of this only for 35 euros per person (lunch included but not the tickets to the monasteries, which were about 1 euro per entry). This is such a great offer for such wonderful memories. I take this opportunity to thank our guide, Adrien, one more time, for all the explanations he gave us, for all the answers, for his remarquable knowledge upon the subjects of the monasteries and the religion, but also the romanian way of life. We've learnt so much more during this one day trip than our precedent 2 weeks in Romania. Thank you again Adrien.
August 30, 2015
“Very good daytrip to Cernauti (Ukraine)”
Reviewed on TripAdvisor on August 30, 2015 by Gerard K from Amsterdam, The Netherlands Ciprian, our guide, gave a good tour through the city of Cernauti in Ucraine. It was great to see the old Austrian-Habsburg city characterized by the buildings designed by the Czech architect Josef Hlávka. Incredible that this flourishing city has lost this from the start of WW-II.
September 11, 2015
“Excellent”
Reviewed on TripAdvisor on September 11, 2015 by Intrepidtraveler53 from NYC, USA Anna was amazing tour guide. The professionalism and detail was unparalleled. The company delivered exactly as promised. I highly recommend this company.
November 29, 2015
“Fascinating tour”
Reviewed on TripAdvisor on November 29, 2015 by Stephen L from North Yorkshire, United Kingdom A brilliant tour last month to the painted monasteries and beautiful countryside of Bucovina. Until I arrived, I didn't realise just how interesting, unique and artistically stunning the painted monestaries were. However, our guide Ciprian really brought them to life with his in depth knowledge of each one we visited, so much so that we not only gained an appreciation of the buildings, but also of the deep spirituality of so many of the people of the region. I had never been to Romania before this tour, but I heartily recommend this region to anyone. It may not be as well known as some regions of Europe, but it deserves to be placed firmly on the itinerary of any traveller.
December 9, 2015
“Commited to providing the best experience they can offer…”
Reviewed on TripAdvisor on December 9, 2015 by CaliforniaRoadman from California, USA First, let me address a concern most of us have when searching the internet for a more intimate tour itinerary and we find that such tours are usually offered by local tour companies rather than the larger corporate brands, and then we wonder... if not immediately, then certainly as we are about to wire a substantial sum of money to book the tour... is this local tour company legitimate? And, as we experienced, in the case of Irene’s Travel, you will not find any other company that could be more honest and committed to providing you with everything you ask for.a We hired Ciprian (Chip) Slemco for a two week tour through Moldova and Northern Romania, and our experience was everything we had hoped to find... and more. He was very personable and as he got to know us and what we are interested in, rather than insist on staying with our pre-arranged itinerary, he even offered modify our itinerary on the fly by suggesting that we take an excursion into Ukraine. We had not thought of doing that but we enthusiastically accepted. With his flexible attitude and his knowledge of the area we saw so many more things that suited our taste than we ever would have if we had taken a tour offered by a large tour company. Chip was totally accommodating and a great guide. And our tour included many more personal views of the region than any brand name tour could ever offer. (By the way, for clarification, the company name, "Irene’s Travel", is named after Chip’s wife Irene, while they use "HelloBucovina" as a more identifiable label for what they offer). We highly recommend their services.
January 8, 2016
“Accommodating and knowledgeable guide granted us a fantastic day of monastery tour”
Reviewed on TripAdvisor on January 6, 2016 by Andy Y At 30/12, my girlfriend and me had a tour guided by Cip, the owner of "Hello Bucovina". It has been one of the most fabulous and memorable experiences throughout our two weeks of travel in Romania. Starting from around 9am, Cip drove us to visit four biggest monasteries. He had detailed and interesting explanations on the orthodox painting both inside and outside the monasteries. He is so accommodating in all senses, either to our junior knowledge on Christianity, our lack of understanding on the history of the Moldova region, and our stomach! We felt like friends throughout the whole tour, chatting all sort of things and stopped at some random spots for photos or so. He ended up bringing us to a great restaurant, one of his favorites, to try to best hamburger in Suceava! Indeed, it will be a shame if we didn't grab the chance to go with him! So don't miss it, a must do in Suceava!!
February 27, 2016
“Excellent tour with a friendly and knowledgeable guide”
Reviewed on TripAdvisor on January 23, 2016 by Daniel G This is my first TripAdvisor review. This is largely because I didn’t use the app much before I went on this trip. However, after my fantastic experience in Romania I felt compelled to write some reviews for the people who made it possible. Simply put, my experience with this guide was one of the best I’ve ever had. It was a last-minute decision to visit Bukovina and I was lucky that he was available. I asked for a day tour to see as many of the famous painted monasteries as we could. Man, did I ever get what I asked for. We set out at about 8 am and continued to drive from one monastery to another for the next several hours. The monasteries (and the other sights my guide recommended along the way) were incredible and they were made even better by the excellent explanations my guide gave. By the end of the tour my guide joked with the caretaker of one of the monasteries that I would have been able to give a tour of my own since we had gone over so much (about the significance of the paintings, about the history of the churches, about the history of the country). This was probably a bit of an exaggeration on his part but it helps to illustrate the detail he went into when explaining everything we were seeing. Every question I had was met with a detailed, informative answer. Every time we talked about a different region of Romania, I was met with excellent recommendations for guides, hotels and, of course, things to do. At the end of the day (when he kindly offered me a place to stay for a few hours until my train left) I not only felt I had just finished an amazing tour, but I also felt I gained a friend. Seriously, if you’re in the area, look these guys up. You’ll have an amazing time and the information you’ll recieve will continue to enrich your trip long after the tour is finished.