Description

Romania is a country of natural beauty with a rich cultural heritage. She enchants
visitors with beautiful landscapes, forested hills and quiet valleys, countryside full of
traditions and folklore, and the cities that have rich history.
Northern Moldavia offers travelers sights of rare beauty, plus famous monasteries built
by the great rulers and Moldavian landonwers.
Geography
North of Moldova is a region in north-eastern Romania, consisting of the following
counties: Botosani (without Sinaia, Rogojesti and Candesti, which are part of Bukovina)
Neamt (without Bicazu Ardelean, Bicaz-Chei and Damuc they are part of Transylvania )
Suceava (south-eastern part of the county, the remaining part of the historical region
belonging to Bukovina).
Climate
The climate is a temperate continental one. Summers are warm with temperatures
sometimes exceeding 32 °C (90 °F) while winters are cold and windy with moderate snowfall
and temperatures at night sometimes dropping below −10 °C.
Transportation
You can go to northern Moldavia by train, airplane and car.
The nearest major airport in Romania is Iaşi International Airport (IAS / LRIA). This
airport has international and domestic flights from Iasi, Romania and is about 95 km from the
center of Botosani, Romania.
The nearest airport is Suceava Airport about 35 km from Botosani.
Myths and History
Moldova definitely had many great rulers, but the best known was undoubtedly, ruler
Stephen the Great ( 1457-1504 ) . He ruled for almost 50 years , during which has never been
equaled in the history of Moldova . In its time, the country has led many battles for
independence against several neighbors, such as the Ottoman Empire, Kingdom of Poland and
Hungary.
Several of the churches and monasteries built during his reign are now on the list of
World Heritage Sites.
The most popular legend was that for each victory against the Turks (and not only),
Stefan built a monastery or a church.
Stephen the Great was the only ruler of Romania that was passed among the saints by
the decision of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church from June 20, the year of
salvation 1992.
Shopping
Northern Moldavia is full of history, but to remember the tradition over the centuries,
we need memories. There are many areas where you can buy souvenirs, definitely you can not
miss the black pottery workshops , and small souvenir shops scattered throughout cities,
shopping centers or even monasteries, villages and resorts.
Food
Perhaps the best known Moldovan dish is a porridge. Moldovan cuisine lies a special
role in meat products , especially cooking hot , and appetizers . The most common are chicken
soup, stew , roast pork ribs , small beef, brined cheese, a mutton stew. Local wines
accompany most meals.
Attractions
Botosani
County Museum (Historical and Archaeological section), housed in a historic
monument dating from 1913, presents in its 17 rooms the story of Botoșani's evolution from
prehistory to the present.
"Mihai Eminescu" National Theatre; the building was opened in 1914, partially
destroyed by the bombings of 1944, and restored in 1958 and again in the 1990s.
The Old Centre (The Old Downtown) is the oldest part of the city from an
architectural standpoint, bringing together a large number of commercial buildings dating
from the 17th and 18th centuries.
"Ștefan Luchian" Art Galleries, the fine-arts section of the County Museum, pays
tribute to Botoșani's rich artistic heritage.
Iasi
The "Vasile Alecsandri" National Theatre, opened in 1840, is the first National
Theatre in Romania. The building, designed according to the plans of the Viennese
architects Hermann Helmer and Ferdinand Fellner, was raised between 1894 and 1896, and
also hosts, starting 1956, the Iași Romanian National Opera.
The Theatre Museum, opened in 1976, at the celebration of 160 years since the first
theatrical performance in Romanian
The Natural History Museum, founded on 4 February 1834, is the first museum of this
kind in Romania with over 300,000 items, the most valuable being the collections of insects,
mollusk, amphibians, reptiles, birds, plants and minerals. Iași hosts six cultural
centres: French, German, British, Latin American & Caribbean, Hellenic and Arab.
Targu Neamt
The Neamț Fortress was built in the 14th century by VoivodePetru I (possibly on the
ruins of a smaller Teutonic castle), and is located on the north bank of the Neamț river.
Heroes' Monument: an obelisk that commemorates the Romanian soldiers from World
War I is found on Dealul Pleșu near the Pometea suburb.
Ion Creangă memorial house in Humulești, across Ozana river: This is the house
where the famous Romanian writer was born and where he spent his childhood.
Târgu Neamț is an appropriate starting point for trips to the monasteries in the region,
located all on an average 15 km radius: Neamț Monastery, Secu, Agapia, Văratec
Monastery Sihăstria and Sihla Skete. It is close to Ceahlău, Durău and Valea Bistriței.

Piatra Neamt
Bâtca Doamnei Fortress (Petrodava), (4 km south west of the city). It was founded in
1st century BC, but there are traces of a much earlier civilization.
Casa Paharnicului, It was built at the beginning of the 19th century by police prefect
(aga) Dimitrie Gheorghiadis. This massive building was used as a storage for merchandises
and now there is a restaurant.
History Museum. Founded in 1934 by archaeologist (and priest) Constantin Matasa, it
has important archaeological collections from the Bronze Era and Geto-Dacian Era.
Natural Sciences Museum, It was founded in the 1960’s and it has a collection of
fossilized fishes and other botanical, zoological, paleontology collections

Discover
NORTHEN MOLDOVIA
Day I: Salcea, SUCEAVA
The tourists will land on the “Stefan the Great”Airport in Salcea, Suceava. Afterwards they
will get on the bus that will take them in front of the Belvedere Hotel in Botosani witch is 35
km from the airport. They will arive at noon so there will not be any activities planed.
Between 7 and 10 they will serve dinner.
Day II: Piatra Neamt
The day will start at 8 a.m. when they will serve breakfast. At 8.45 a.m. the tourists will get
on a bus that will take them to Piatra Neamt, a 132 km drive. In the meantime the guide will
inform them about this beautiful region and talk aspecially about Piatra Neamt and it’s history
and what attractions are there. At about 11 a.m. the tourists will arrive in this great city. At
first the guide will show them the memorial museum Calistrat Hogas, the Royal Court
Museum exhibition, the Royal Court and Church, the Museum of Natural Sciences, the Art
Museum and the Etymology Museum. After a 2 to 3 hour visit there will be a lunch break for
about an hour where tourist can enjoy some Romanian cuisine. At about 3 oçlock the guide
will take them to the Cozla Park and the Zoo where the tourists will have a 2 hour free time to
relax, enjoy the city and visit some of the old monasteries. At five o’çlock the tourist will
head back to the hotel but not until they visit the Ruins of a Geto-Dacian Fortress from Batca
Lady, a 3 km detour. At 7.30 they will arrive at the hotel and serve dinner.
Day III: Targu Neamt
The tourist will serve breakfast at 8.30 a.m. At 9.15 they will get on the bus to travel to Targu
Neamt, which is 96 km drive. At 11 o’clock they will arrive in Targu Neamt where they will
visit the Neamt Citadel, the Neamt Monastery, the Memorial House of Veronica Micle, the
Memorial House of Ion Creanga and the Memorial House of Mihail Sadoveanu. After a 3
hour tour there will be a lunch break for about 2 hours where tourists can eat, buy souvenirs
and visit monasteries,etc. On the way back from Targu Neamt they can also admire the
Forests of Bronze, the Meadow Lime, the Oak Grove Reservation and the Bison Reservation
Dragos Voda. At 8 o’clock they will arrive at the hotel and serve dinner.
Day IV: Iasi
At 7.30 they will be serving breakfast. Around 8.15 they will leave to visit Iasi, which is a 122
km drive. About 10 o’clock they will arrive and start by visiting the History Museum, the
Memorial House of Mihail Kogalniceanu, the the Culture Palace and the Ion Creanga shack.
After this two hours there will be a stop at the Copou Park where tourists will have time to
relax, visit the Mihai Eminescu Museum and the bust of Ion Creanga, Mihai Eminescu and
the Junimea Alley. In this park exists the oldest monument of Romania: The Monument of
Constitutional Laws. After an one hour lunch break there will be a stop at the Botanical
Garden. This will end our touristic day and head to the hotel. At 7 o’clock there will be served
dinner.
Day V: Botosani
Tourists will be having breakfast at 8.30 a.m. At 9.15 they will head out for a tour of
Botosani. They will see the The house Ciomac Cantemir, Nicolae Iorga Memorial Museum,
Octav Onicescu Memorial Museum, The City Hall, the Antipa House and Silion House. After
a three hour visit there will be a break for the entire remaining day where tourists can enjoy
walking, relaxing, eating and visiting a few other places like: County Library Mihai
Eminescu, Art Galleries, the Old Town, parks and monasteries, etc. Between 7 and 9 they will
serve dinner and prepare for the next day.
Day VI: Romanian Day
At 10 o’clock they will be serving breakfast and afterwards they will enjoy a day in nature,
joining a Romanian Festival. The tourists will learn about the Romanian traditions and
customs, they will be able to interact and socialize with the locals, they will taste Romanian
cuisine and find more about their hobbies and skills. Also there will be traditional dances and
music and lots of souvenirs. Between 7 and 9 they will serve dinner.
Day VII: The Departure
Tourists will serve breakfast between 7 and 10. The check-out will be at 11.30 and they all
leave by plane at 13.45.