Known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle Époque buildings and a reputation for the high life, Bucharest, Romania's largest city and capital is today a bustling metropolis.
Bucharest is the city of many parks and gardens, surrounded by lakes and forests. During the 1930's its tree-lined boulevards and architecture gave it the nickname 'Little Paris'.
Touristic attractions included: Revolution Square, Parliament Palace - second largest building in the world after the Pentagon, Village Museum, Arch of Triumph, the Athenaeum, Royal Palace, Kiseleff Boulevard, Old Center.
Day 1. Parliament Palace - Village Museum - Old Historical Center
In the morning your private guide will meet you in the hotel lobby.
Parliament Palace - Built by Communist Party leader, Nicolae Ceausescu, the colossal Parliament Palace is the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon. The interior is a luxurious display of crystal chandeliers, mosaics, oak paneling, marble, gold leaf, stained-glass windows and floors covered in rich carpets.
Village Museum - Founded by royal decree in 1936, this fascinating outdoor museum, the largest in Europe, covers some 30 acres on the shores of Lake Herastrau in Herastrau Park. It features a collection of 50 buildings representing the history and design of Romania's rural architecture.
Old Historical Center of Bucharest - Perhaps the city's unique charm can be best observed in the area known as Lipscani, which consists of a jumble of streets between Calea Victoriei, Blvd. Bratianu, Blvd. Regina Elisabeta and the Dambovita River. A once-glamorous residential area, the old city centre is now slowly being refashioned into an upscale neighborhood.
Day 2 - Mogosoaia Palace - Snagov Monastery
Mogosoaia Palace is situated about 10 kilometres from Bucharest. It was built between 1698-1702 by Constantin Brancoveanu in what is called the Romanian Renaissance style or Brancovenesc style, a combination of Venetian and Ottoman elements.
You will enjoy a guided visit of the palace, nowadays a museum housing many items that in the past belonged to the Royal family of Wallachia.
Snagov Monastery. About 40 kilometers north of Bucharest, on an island in the middle of Snagov Lake, lays the monastery with the same name. Built around the time of Vlad the Impaler's grandfather, the monastery has become famous as the burial place of the infamous prince of Walachia who would become the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Estimated Local Cash Needed: 150 Lei / day - Entrance fees, lunch.
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