Bucharest – Little Paris of the East
Bucharest is the capital of Romania, the financial and the cultural centre of the country. The Romanian capital offers to its guests a diversity of sights. Your first stop for sightseeing in Bucharest will be the Palace of Parliament, the second largest building in the world. Next, you take a look at the Patriarchal Cathedral. Afterwards, you take a tour in the city centre. The University Square, the Union Square have a long history. The guide gives you all the details. Your last destination on the first day of your city break is a visit at the Village Museum, where you admire typical peasant houses from all Romanian regions. On the second day of your Bucharest trip you have the opportunity to choose from the destinations included in the program. You can opt for the National Art Museum, the Museum of the Romanian Peasant, the Museum of Natural Sciences “Grigore Antipa”, the Old Court, the Cotroceni Museum or the History Museum. On your last day in Bucharest you have the chance to go for a little shopping spree before you drive back to the airport.
The Romanian trip guide welcomes you at the airport in Bucharest. Transfer to the hotel.
The capital of Romania, Bucharest, has gone through multiple changes. Nowadays, it is characterized by a mixture of architectural styles and cultural influences. Bucharest’s eclectic architecture is a mix of historical, neo-classical, communist-era and modern buildings. At the reception desk of your hotel you meet your tour guide. Your sightseeing tour begins today. The Palace of Parliament, the second largest building in the world, is your first target. The Palace of Parliament impresses not only by its dimension but also by its sumptuous interior decorations and furniture. It is one of the most expensive buildings in the world. Inside you discover three tones heavy candelabra and carpets as big as a football stadium. Afterwards, you visit the nearby Patriarchal Cathedral. The building of the Cathedral itself is a masterpiece of the Romanian architecture and stands for the centre of the Romanian Orthodox Church. You have the opportunity to learn more about the dominant religions in Romania and the meaning of the interior paintings of the church. Your tour also includes a visit to the Bell Tower. The Patriarchal Church is considered to be an isle of serenity in the heart of the noisy and animated Bucharest. Your tour takes you through the streets of the city centre. You drive by the Union Square and the University Square. Nearby, you can admire the Statue of the Lupa Capitolina and the main administrative buildings. Then you drive to the Triumphal Arch and the Charles de Gaulle Square. Here you have a great view of largest park in Bucharest, the Herastrau Park. The Triumphal Arch stands now right in front of you. Glory and victory can describe in a proper way this monument. The next destination on your program is the Village Museum, the largest open-air museum in Europe. Its items were transported by train from the northern region of Maramures to Bucharest. You learn more about the Romanian culture while you visit the peasant houses, the windmill and the wooden churches. Afterwards, you have the opportunity to buy some souvenirs from the museum’s shop. You drive to see the House of Free Press and then, drive back to the city centre. On your way you see the Victory Palace, which houses the Romanian government, the Museum of Music “George Enescu”, the Athenaeum, the Royal Palace, the House of the Romanian Army, the Greek Church and the History Museum. Afterwards you drive back to your hotel.
Today you have the chance to plan your day. You can opt for:
- The National Art Museum: The current National Art Museum was once the residence of the royal family in Bucharest. The museum is one of the richest of its kind in Eastern Europe. It harbours two different galleries, one for Romanian and one for European art. You have the opportunity to learn more about the Romanian school of art and about Romanian artists such as the sculptor Constantin Brancusi and the painter Nicolae Grigorescu.
- The Museum of the Romanian Peasant: The Museum of the Romanian Peasant is located in a beautiful neo-Roman building and does not entirely fit into the category of ethnographic museums. The main theme of this museum is the figure of the Romanian peasant and the typical Romanian village. You will learn more about the daily life of a Romanian peasant and about the traditional customs in the countryside, some of them still preserved.
- Museum of Natural Sciences: The Museum of Natural Sciences was built in 1908 and houses significant collections from different domains such as ecology, zoology, oceanology, palaeontology, taxonomy and morphology. During your visit at the Museum of Natural Sciences you travel into the past. Your trip begins with the Big bang and encompasses the whole world.
- The Old Court: The Old Court served as the residence of the ruler Vlad Tepes III, better known as Count Dracula. The first document which certified the name Bucharest was found here. You take a look at the ruins dating from the 14th century, which have been made public only a couple of years ago.
- The Cotroceni Museum and the Cotroceni Palace: The Cotroceni Museum is composed out of two parts: a medieval and a modern section. The medieval section of the museum was built by one of the most powerful families in Bucharest, the Cantacuzino family. The church and the basement can still be visited. The Cotroceni Palace was built in the 19th century and was carefully renovated during the royal period. The Cotroceni Palace is today the presidential residence.
- The National Museum of History: The National Museum of History in Bucharest is one of the most impressive and complex museums in Eastern Europe. Here you learn more about Romania’s history, from its beginnings (6000 B.C.) until today. Besides the exhibition of historical documents you can also visit the treasure chamber and the numismatic exposition.
You have the opportunity to spend your last hours in Romania as you please. Maybe you want to buy some souvenirs or to enjoy another down town walk. It is up to you.
Price and Booking
|Price per person sharing double/twin room|
|2-3 persons||260 EUR|
|4-5 persons||210 EUR|
|6-7 persons||210 EUR|
|8-9 persons||210 EUR|
|10-14 persons||195 EUR|
|Single supplement||70 EUR|