Bucharest Sightseeing Tour (4 hours)
Hundreds of historical and architectural monuments, dozens of museums and art galleries, numerous parks and gardens, have turned Bucharest - the city situated on the Dambovita River - into the most important tourist attraction in Romania.
The half-day sightseeing tour gives guests the opportunity to see many of Bucharest’s most significant sights in only four hours.
The tour will include many important historical attractions such as:
- The Triumphal Arch;
- The Village Museum (stop and visit);
- The Museum of the Romanian Peasant;
- The George Enescu Museum;
- The Royal Palace;
- The Romanian Athenaeum (stop);
- The National History Museum;
- The National Savings Bank;
- The Justice Palace;
- The Patriarchal Cathedral (stop and visit);
- The Palace of Parliament (outside).
You will also enjoy a 30-minute walk through the historic center of the city.
Bucharest is a city laden with historical charm - from the streets of the Old City Centre hosting a tremendous nightlife, to the grand architecture of the Royal Palace and the romantic Cismigiu Park. The city also claims a large number of museums, art galleries, exquisite Orthodox churches and unique architectural sites.
• Above prices are valid for a minimum of 2 participants;
• All tours must be booked at least 24 hours in advance on weekdays and 48 hours on weekends;
• Guests traveling alone are subject to additional fees;
• The above prices are valid for English-speaking tours only. Tour guide service in other languages is available upon request;
• Cancellation policy: You may cancel your tour at no charge up to 48 hours prior to your scheduled departure.
• 65 usd/person
• 4 hours
• Pick-up and drop-off from your hotel;
• Transport by air-conditioned coach, minibus or private car;
• Professional English-speaking guide assistance (other languages available upon request);
• Admission to the Village Museum and the Patriarchal Cathedral.
Services not included:
• Entrance fees to the tourist objectives (others than those mentioned to “ Services included”)
• Photo or camera fees;
The Village Museum (Muzeul Satului)
The Village Museum was established in 1936 and contains over 300 wooden houses, windmills and churches from across the country. This museum, one of the largest of its kind in Europe, was designed by ethnographer Dimitrie Gusti (1880 - 1955) to mirror aspects of rural Romanian life as closely as possible. Many of the buildings date back as far as the 17th century and were carefully brought to the museum in their original condition in pieces then reassembled. Because the museum is organized as a rural village with clusters of houses linked by winding paths, it makes for a pleasant afternoon stroll. The museum also hosts a variety of craft fairs and folk music and dance festivals throughout the year.
Patriarchal Cathedral (Biserica Patriarhiei)
Set atop one of the city's few hills, known as Mitropoliei, the Patriarchal Cathedral has been the centerpiece of the Romanian Orthodox faith since the 17th century. The church was built by Constantin Serban Basarab, ruler of the province of Walachia between 1656 and 1658, to a design inspired by the Curtea de Arges monastery. It became the Patriarchal Cathedral in 1668 and the seat of the Romanian Orthodox Church in 1925. The Byzantine interior, containing the most dazzling of the city's iconostasis and most exquisitely carved side altars, bestows great beauty on the services presided over by the Romanian Patriarch. The outstanding bell-tower at the entrance was built in 1698 and restored in 1958. Next to the church, and closed to the public, is the Patriarchal Palace (1708), residence of the Teoctist, supreme leader of the Romanian Orthodox Church.
The National Museum of Art of Romania
The National Museum of Art of Romania (Muzeul NaÅ£ional de Arta al Romaniei) is hosted by the former Royal Palace, situated in the center of Bucharest. It features notable collections of Romanian art of all times as well as the international collection assembled by the Romanian royal family. The collection of modern Romanian art features sculptures by Constantin Brancusi and Dimitrie Paciurea, paintings by Theodor Aman, Nicolae Grigorescu, Theodor Pallady, Gheorghe PetraÅŸcu, and Gheorghe Tattarescu, as well as temporary exhibits. Besides the art collection, visiting the insides of the Royal Palace will be a great experience.
The Romanian National History Museum
Situated in the Old City Centre area, the Romanian National History Museum will be a very pleasant occasion for you to discover the Romanian past from prehistoric times until today. Collections of ancient artifacts, the Romanian Crown Jewels and the Pietroasele treasure are permanent displays. Starting with 2007, a late medieval archaeological site was discovered in the Old City Centre area and has been thoroughly studied by the archaeologists.
Parliament Palace (Palatul Parlamentului)
Built by Communist Party leader Nicolae Ceausescu, the colossal Parliament Palace (formerly known as the People's Palace) is second only to the Pentagon as the largest administrative building in the world. The palace took over 20,000 workers and 700 architects to build and boasts 12 stories, 1,100 rooms, a 328-ft-long lobby and four underground levels, including an enormous nuclear bunker.
When construction began in 1984, Ceausescu planned on using the building as the headquarters of his Communist government. Today it houses Romania's Parliament and serves as an international conference center. Built and furnished exclusively with Romanian materials, the building reflects the work of the country's best artisans. A guided tour takes visitors through dazzling rooms, huge halls and quarters used by the Senate (when not in session). The interior is a luxurious display of crystal chandeliers, mosaics, oak paneling, marble, gold leaf, stained-glass windows and floors covered in rich carpets.
Bucharest Sightseeing Tour (4 hours)
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It is also recommended that you have extra medication with you, as a reserve for your regular medication or just as a precaution for diarrhea (the most common problem that occurs during traveling), head aches, colds or allergies.
Here are some general guidelines that might help you:
- Pack sunscreen and after-the-beach cream for you and especially for the kids.
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- Take with you products that help you stay clean easily (wet wipes, hand washer, etc).
- Be careful what you eat and drink. Drink only bottled water and make sure you stay hydrated. Eat mostly from the restaurants of the hotels or from local stores.
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Check with our representative whether the hotels you visit offer free internet access or not. Some of them have Wi-Fi in the lobby or free access in the room; it depends on the services provided by our providers.
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