***Best of Bucharest*** – Full Day Private Bucharest City Tour (7-8 hrs)
The most complete and substantial day-long Bucharest City Tour
This is a comprehensive, substantial Bucharest tour that takes you through the city’s past and recent history, and to all relevant monuments and sights. The tour is a combined walking and sightseeing tour, with a walk around the downtown and transfers by car.
You will be provided with plenty of insight into Romanian history (including communist and recent history) and local culture. Refreshing break at one of the cafés or restaurants in the Old Town, perfect occasion for more discussions and people-watching.
NOTE: Both this full-day Bucharest City Tour and the Half Day Bucharest City Tour are flexible and try to cover as much as possible in the available time, considering also your interests, the weather etc. As we meet and discuss and I get to know you I will try to adapt the tour for you. Basically we visit the main areas, the most important places in Bucharest. The difference is that the extended tour allows more time for explanations/talks and to take in the sights, and we will have more time to enjoy for instance the Old Town, Bucharest’s oldest district.
Duration 7-8 hours (likely 8 hours, especially if we stop for lunch)
Prices 130 EUR/tour for up to 4 people, please inquire for larger groups
Activity level medium physical demands required; please be aware that the visit of the Palace of Parliament involves climbing quite a number of steps
What is included
– guide service
– transportation by personal car for up to 4 persons, a 2014 Volkswagen Golf air conditioned
– all parking fees and fuel
– entry fees to the Palace of Parliament (8 Eur/person, or 35 Lei/person in the local currency) and Village Museum (2.5 Eur/person, or 10 Lei/person in the local currency)
– any food & drink of your choice
Pick-up, Drop-off at your hotel or other location within city limits
• Palace of Parliament (Ceausescu’s House of the People) – a communist era legacy, the second largest administrative building in the world; I will explain the political and social context of the time the new communist Civic Center and the House were built (currently the inside guided visit are suspended)
• Palace Square, historical site surrounded by highly evocative edifices and monuments, such as the former Royal Palace; this is where the modern history was made – opportunity for a brief overview of the history of Romania
• The Romanian Athenaeum – Bucharest’s iconic concert hall, celebrated symbol of national culture and European Heritage
• Revolution Square, where the communist dictator Ceausescu held his last public speech (short account on the Romanian 1989 Revolution and of the overthrown of the dictator)
• University Square, the heart of the city, hub of activity and the most important public space in Bucharest, home to emblematic buildings and sites of memory that we will talk about (The National Theater, The University of Bucharest, the 21 December 1989 Square, Sutu Palace etc)
• stroll around The Old Town – the historical nucleus of the city, home to some of the city’s most iconic landmarks such as Caru’cu Bere, Stavropoleos Church, Manuc’s Inn and presently a fashionable entertainment district packed with cafes, restaurants and nightclubs
• Kiseleff area – sightseeing tour of Bucharest’s most elegant district