Piatra Neamț – Bicaz – Borca

When you think you saw, heard, and felt all that the sweet town of Piatra Neamţ has to offer, you start going upstream Bistriţa River, towards the mountains, through settlements commissioned by princes and high priests, artists, or local people. You see households, pastures and scattered sheep, hills with thick forests, you reach the great dam hiding “the sea between the mountains”, and you rest on its shores, in a breathtaking scenery, and then cross the long bridge at Poiana Largului and quicken your steps to see log work, icons and altars, blackened by time and the elements. Do not forget to climb up to the sheepfold, to appease your hunger after such a long hike.

Duration: 4-5 days

Length: 90 km and can be reached by car, motorbike, bicycle

How you get to Piatra Neamţ: from Bucharest on DN2 (E85) to Bacău, then take DN15; from the West of the country on DN17B, DN15, DN12C; from Suceava on DN 15C; from Iaşi on E85 to Roman, then take DN15D; by train; by plane to the airports in Iaşi, Bacău, Suceava and from the airport by car/coach.

Where it is: Bistriţa Monastery is 2 km on the right from DN15; Pângăraţi Monastery – 3 km on the right from DN15; the Wooden Church in Fărcaşa – 1 km on the right from DN15.

 

Sightseeing spots:

  • Princely Church and Court in Piatra Neamţ
  • Ethnography Museum in Piatra Neamţ
  • Art Gallery in Piatra Neamţ
  • Bistriţa Monastery
  • Vaduri Reservoir
  • Pângăraţi Reservoir
  • Pângăraţi Monastery
  • “Iulia Hălăucescu” Art Gallery in Tarcău
  • Izvoru Muntelui Dam and Reservoir
  • Cuvioasa Parascheva Wooden Church in Farcaşa

Activities suggested:

  • Horse-riding courses, horse-riding for fun, carriage rides at the “Virgil Bărbuceanu” Equestrian Centre in Piatra Neamţ; Info Phone: 0746 912 427
  • A ride in the gondola lift in Piatra Neamţ; Info Gondola lift: 0724 538 928
  • Kayaks, pedal boats and other recreational activities at “La caiace” Recreational Complex, on the shores of Bâtca Doamnei Lake, Info Phone: 0728 101 028; 0728 146 343
  • Boating, cruises, dinner on board, pedal boats, rides in motorboats, kayak at Bicaz Naval Port Recreational Complex; Info Phone: 0233 253 848, 0748 110 400, 0744 588 824, 0748 110 401, office@bicazlac.ro
  • A halt at “Crucea Arsă” Sheepfold in Farcaşa commune; Info Phone: 0233 256 502, 0745 009 603 (VÂNĂTORUL Guest House***)

Activities we invite you to join:

June: The Nativity of St John the Baptist (Sânzienele) – Dedication Day of the Church in the Princely Court in Piatra Neamţ, 24 June

August: Romanian Navy Day, event organised in Bicaz Naval Port and on Izvoru Muntelui Reservoir, 15 August; The Assumption of the Virgin – Bistriţa Monastery Dedication Day, 15 August

October:  St Demetrius – Pângăraţi Monastery Dedication Day, 26 October

November: The Synaxis of Archangels Michael and Gabriel – Pângăraţi Monastery Dedication Day, 8 November

December: Winter Festivities – a series of performances and events organised in Piatra Neamţ and Bicaz.

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