Bucharest Sightseeing Tour
Private city tour in Bucharest, sightseeing and excursions in Romania offered directly by professional tour guide.
Half day tour(4 - 5 hours)
Route: Bucharest Civic Center - The Parliament House - Piata Unirii - Hanul lui Manuc ( the old Bucharest) - Bucharest University - Magheru Bd. - Piata Romana - Piata Victoriei - The Village museum Bucharest - Arcul de Triumf - Kisseleff Bd. - Victory Road - George Enescu Museum - The Art Museum - The Military National Circle - Romanian Opera - Cotroceni Palace.
Services: English/French Guide; transport by car/minibus/bus;
Optional: Lunch ~ 10 - 12 euro/pax.
Not included in price: entrance fees at museums.
The best way to fully appreciate Bucharest is to spend a full day of in-depth exploring. We stroll on the major boulevards, starting with the huge Civic Center, where we make a stop for a visit of the impressive Parliament Palace, up the Triumph Arch. Here we pay a visit to the open air Village Museum, were we can admire village architecture and crafts from all over Romania. After lunch, that will be served in a pleasant atmosphere, we rejoin our tour and see other perts of the city, ending with the old part of the town, trying to the find the ruins of the Old Court Inn, a former caravansary and reopened as a hotel-restaurant. Here you will end your and we expect that you succeeded to build an image of Bucharest, the Romanian capital.
- Civic Center, Parliament Palace, University Square
- Victory Road, Triumph Arch, Village Museum, Free Press House
- Romanian Television Headquarter, Kogalniceanu Square
- Romanian Opera House, Botanical Garden, Cotroceni Palace
- Old Court, Manuc's Inn
Bucharest civic center:
The "Civic Center" is a portion of Bucharest which was completely rebuilt as part of the scheme of systematization under the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
Bucharest Civic Center includes numerous government offices and apartments, the latter being roughly equal in number to the housing units destroyed for its construction. The apartments were originally intended to house Romania's communist elite, but the completed complex is a rather bland and unappealing neighborhood, certainly not a preferred residence for the city's new capitalist elite, with the possible exception of buildings that look out on the now-bustling Unirea Square, where the Civic Center bisects the Dâmbovita River, which is channelled underground past the Square.
The Parliament Palace:
Beginning in 1972, Ceausescu instituted a program of systematization. Promoted as a way to build a "multilaterally developed socialist society," the program of demolition, resettlement, and construction began in the countryside, but culminated with an attempt to completely remodel the country's capital. Over one fifth of central Bucharest, including churches and historic buildings, was demolished during Ceausescu's rule in the 1980s, to rebuild the city in a socialist style. Many people died during the erection of The People's House ("Casa Poporului") in Bucharest, now the Parliament House, the world's second largest building after The Pentagon.
University Square is the place in central Bucharest where students were shot dead during Romania's 1989 anti-communist revolution.