Bucharest – Little Paris of the East
Journey towards the bustling metropolis and capital of Romania, Bucharest, known as “The Little Paris of the East” since the early 1900s. Discover the spectacular airy boulevards, the glorious Belle-Epoque buildings and the history of the notorious high-life that it nested. Nowadays, the most energetic cultural and university center from Romania, also hosts a vibrant, vivid nightlife. A professional guide will be by your side in the second day of your journey, and will present to you the most charming parts of the lovely city. You will have the chance to recognize the famous Arch of Triumph, the Romanian Atheneum, the Constitution Square, the Palace of Parliament, and many other breath-taking landmarks.
Welcome to Bucharest! Meet your local driver at the international airport and transfer from the to Bucharest. Arrive at your 4* centrally located hotel and check-in. We encourage you to enjoy a traditional dinner in the Old Town.
A lovely start of your day by enjoying the tour of Bucharest. Visit the second largest building in the world, built by the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, The Palace of the Parliament, discover its beautifully preserved architecture, the massive chandeliers, mirrors, secret tunnels and impressive furniture. Continue with the national symbol of the Orthodox faith, The Patriarchal Church. Discover the outstanding Romanian Athenaeum, its history themed fresque from the ceiling, and the breath-taking paintings from the walls. Visit The National Village Museum, and take a walk among the enchanting exhibition of traditional houses, crafts, folk costumes. Visit The National History Museum, enjoy a tour of the permanent exhibitions, dedicated, mainly to the Romanian history, and heritage. End the day with a sightseeing tour of the city, while transferring to the hotel, admire the Arch of Triumph, House of the Free Press, The National Library, and The Revolution Square.
Enjoy leisure time, and discover Bucharest on your own. 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.
Enjoy leisure time and explore on your own the treasures of the famous Old Town from Bucharest, until your departure. Transfer from Bucharest to the International Airport. Have a safe flight!