The third day of your tour continues with a visit to Gherla, the only city in Romania built in a baroque style by Armenian colonists in the 18th century. Probably the most impressive thing about Transylvania is the cultural diversity of the region, which blends beautifully into an impressive community. This can be observed in almost every town in Transylvania, including your next destination, Bistrita.
The city was founded by Saxon colonists, and here you will stop for a city tour and for a taste of the delicious local pies (the costs of the pies are not included in the total price), famous throughout the whole region.
From Bistrita, you will pass through the beautiful Carpathian Mountains, which are home to the largest population of wolves and brown bears in Europe. It is said that the rich forests and the deep valleys of the Carpathians are what inspired Bram Stoker when he chose the location of Dracula’s Castle.
You will make a stop at Pasul Tihuta to admire the beautiful sights offered by these impressive mountains before continuing to the historic region of Bukovina.
Your first landmark in Bukovina is one of the most famous painted monasteries included in UNESCO’s patrimony, the Voronet Monastery. This stunning work of art was built in 1448 in only 3 months and 3 weeks. What makes it so special is the famous blue of Voronet, a shade of blue whose secret composition is unknown to this day. Together with Santorini and Meteora Monastery, Voronet is one of the wonders of the Byzantine world.
Tip: For an enhanced experience, visit the Voronet Monastery during winter. The shades of blue that dominate the building stand out beautifully in a field of white snow.