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Best of Bucharest

Depart from your hotel and begin your extended panoramic tour of Bucharest. Once called the “Paris of the Balkans”, Bucharest is a fascinating city with countless contrasts which can be observed at every step. Its compelling history is reflected in the beautiful architecture of the oldest part of the city, but also in the communist-built apartment buildings. Its wide boulevards and large squares, its monuments and museums, its parks and shopping centers are definitely worth a look. Founded apparently in the 14th century by a shepherd named Bucur, Bucharest is also connected to Prince Vlad the impaler, as it got its 1st official mention in history, under this name, in a 1459 document from his court. He was the 1st one to realize the huge strategic and economic potential of Bucharest and set the foundation for the more prosperous centuries that were to follow. First you will visit People’s Palace, the second largest administrative building in the world, after the Pentagon (USA) and the greatest expression of Ceausescu’s megalomania. After this unique experience you will see the Romanian Patriarchy from the bus and have a traditional lunch in one of Bucharest’s most appreciated venues. You will then proceed to visit one of the largest open-air museums in Europe, the Village Museum. You’ll have the chance to see original rural households from all areas in Romania, which were actually brought to here in pieces in the 1930’s and reassembled on site. You will gain valuable insights into folk culture, architecture and life. You will also have the opportunity to purchase original handcrafted souvenirs and information booklets from the museum’s shop. Your tour also includes photo-stops in the city’s most interesting places. In addition (30-40 minutes), you will enjoy a short guided walk of the historical center. Meeting/ Pick up point: he customers must be at the meeting point 15 min before the start of the tour. Duration: Around 7 hours 30 minutes. Start or opening time: at 09:30 am. Languages: Available guide in English, or another language: German, Italian, French, Spanish, if available upon client's request. Depart from your hotel and begin your extended panoramic tour of Bucharest. Once called the “Paris of the Balkans”, Bucharest is a fascinating city with countless contrasts which can be observed at every step. Its compelling history is reflected in the beautiful architecture of the oldest part of the city, but also in the communist-built apartment buildings. Meeting/pick-up point: The clients will be picked up from their accommodation. Duration: Around 7 hours 30 minutes. Start/opening time: at 09:30 am. Languages: Guide available in English, or another language: German, Italian, French, Spanish, if available upon client's request. Others:The customers must be at the meeting point 15 min before the start of the tour. IMPORTANT: 1. 24h notice is needed to book a visit of People’s Palace.2. Being the Romanian Parliament, the site can sometimes close arbitrarily, without notice. In this unlikely but possible case, the site will be replaced by either Cotroceni Palace (a museum and presidential residence), or by the Museum of the Romanian Peasant (the former Museum of Communism).3. Order of sites may vary.Clients must provide a valid PASSPORT for the visit of People's Palace. It guarantees them entrance. Sometimes regular ID's are accepted.For the visit of People's Palace (the Romanian Parliament) a security search, just like at an airport, is compulsory. You will have to go through a metal detector.