What To Expect
Bucharest is nowadays the first of the cities of Romania, both in size and importance (political, economical, financial, commercial, cultural-scientific, touristic, etc.).
See the Arch of Triumph, a monument inaugurated on 1st December 1936 which glorifies the bravery of the Romanian soldiers who fought in the First World War. Visit the Village Museum, one of the world's most interesting ethnographical parks in open air. Here you can see 50 complete homesteads, churches, windmills and even sunken houses from rural Romania.
You will also pass by The Revolution Square, one of the city's most important squares, surrounded by emblematic buildings such as Hilton Hotel, the former Athenee Palace Hotel built in 1883 and the highest building in Bucharest at that time; the Romanian Athaeneum, the headquarters of Romanian Athenaeum Society, which had as purpose spreading cultural and scientific information; the National Museum of Art, which houses treasures painted by Rembrandt, Veneziano, Monet, Sisley, El Greco, Breughel and Rubens; the Kretzulescu Church, a monument synthesizing in its architecture, the art of the Brancoveanu epoch; the Memorial of Rebirth, the Central University Library, and much more!
You will then have lunch in a local restaurant (at your own expense). You can choose Romanian traditional or international cuisine from the city's many restaurants.
Next it's the Palace of Parliament, also called the House of People or the House of Ceausescu, built between 1984-1989. It represents the grandest administrative construction in Europe. It has hundreds of offices, halls for receptions or for other events (scientific, cultural, social-political), dozens of conference rooms. It covers 265.000 sqm interior surface, being the second biggest in the world after the Pentagon building in Washington. It is also the third in the world considering its volume, after Cape Canaveral building, USA (where the cosmic shuttles are assembled) and after the Quetzalcoatl pyramid in Mexico.
We continue the tour with Patriarchal Church, the majestic centre of the Romanian Orthodox faith. During the 15th century a small wooden church surrounded by vineyards stood on the hill. The Cathedral consecrated the Metropolitan Centre of Walachia in 1868, and was built between 1656 and 1658 by Wallachian Prince Serban Basarab. None of the original interior paintings or icons remains but a single icon (1665) depicting Constantin and Helen, the Cathedral's patron Saints. The present day frescoes were painted by Dimitrie Belizarie in 1923.
We also visit "Curtea veche" (The old court) Church, one of the valuable exemplary of religious architecture in the feudal epoch, the oldest in Bucharest, preserved in its original form. It was built between 1545-1547, by the King Mircea Ciobanul, for the needs of the Royal Court. There are also preserved some frescoes from the reign of Stefan Cantacuzino (who made some repairing). It is declared historical monument.
The University Palace is next. This monument was erected between 1857 and 1869, according to the plans of the architect Al. Orascu, who was helped in decorating the exterior by Karol Storck. In this massive construction functions the oldest institution of university education in Bucharest.
The final stop is the Palace of Justice, which was erected in 1890-1895, in a French Rennaissance style, following the plans of the architect A. Ballu. The construction was finished by Ion Mincu. The statues that mark the entrance are the work of Karol Storck and they symbolize the Law, the Righteousness, the Justice, the Truth, the Force and the Prudence.
The Arch of Triumph
The Village Museum (with entrance)
Cotroceni Palace (with entrance)
The Victoriei Square
The Revolution Square
The Palace of Parliament (with entrance)
The Patriarchal Church
Hotel pick up
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
Tours in other languages are available on request and at an additional cost.
Pick up is at 30 minute intervals from 08:30 to 10:00. Please choose a pick up time upon booking.
This tour does not operate on official holidays.
Up to one infant under 3 years old per group can join the tour for free. Additional infants are charged at the full adult rate.
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3 days / 2 nights
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