For those of you who are fascinated by the country and still alive, you can extend your visit at the end of The Dracula Chronicles Tour for an additional week in the regions of Bucovina and Maramures.
BUCOVINA Moldova rivals Transylvania when it comes to rich folklore, natural beauty and astonishing history. Nestled in its northern rolling hills is the region of Bucovina, home to one of the world’s greatest art treasures: the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina.
The UNESCO World heritage sites were built in the 15th and 16th centuries and feature colorful exterior frescoes depicting dramatic religious scenes.
These richly decorated houses of worship are unique in the world.
MARAMURES This northwestern Romanian region is home to many villages where centuries-old traditions are still part of daily life. The inhabitants of this area have preserved to an amazing extent the rural culture and crafts of their Dacian ancestors.
Villages here are distinguished by their unique wooden churches with tall spires and shingled roofs. Elaborate woodcarvings decorate the eaves, entryways and windows of houses. The local handiwork is also seen in the hand-woven carpets and intricate embroidery that adorns folk dresses still worn by the locals.
MERRY CEMETERY Blue wooden crosses feature a carved scene and humorous verses that endeavor to capture essential elements — both the good and the imperfections — of the deceased’s life.