Bucharest City Tour

Bucharest City Tour

Activity level: moderate - medium physical demands required (please consider that visiting the Palace of Parliament involves climbing quite a number of stairs; the tour is half walking - half driving)

Prices: 100 EUR/tour/1-3 persons (price is per tour, not per person); please inquire for larger groups

Includes: English/Romanian guided service, transportation by personal air conditioned car for up to 3 persons/hired minivan for larger groups, all parking fees and fuel

There are several stops for rest rooms during the tour.

Not Included: the tickets to the Village Museum (2.50 EUR/person) / Palace of Parliament (6 EUR/person), all food & drink

Pick-up, Drop-off at your hotel at 09:00 AM or other pre-agreed location within city limits

Description/Itinerary: 4-5 hours

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!

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.

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 (included)
- The Victoriei Square
- The Revolution Square
- Kretzulescu Church
- The Palace of Parliament (included)
- The Patriarchal Church
- Unirii Square
- The University Square

This tour is completely customized, and if you know exactly what you want, the program is entirely up to you. We have designed a program that covers the most interesting parts of Bucharest for a short sightseeing tour, but it can easily be extended/modified by including a walk in the Old Town, a visit to a museum or anything you may prefer.

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