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Bucharest: Parliament Palace Skip-the-line Ticket

1. Bucharest: Parliament Palace Skip-the-line Ticket

Experience one of the top attractions during your visit to Bucharest, with a planned visit to the Parliament Palace. The Palace was ordered by Nicolae Ceaușescu, the dictator of Communist Romania and it was constructed between 1984-1997. Started during the darkest period of communism, Ceausescu's mad dream became the largest building in Europe and the 2nd largest building in the world. Start the tour by skipping the line with your fast-access ticket. Meet the Bucharest Parliament Official Guide, and begin your exploration of the building's interiors. Immerse yourself in the history and contemporary realities of this unique building during a captivating tour which covers 3 levels of the building. Begin on the ground floor where the entrance is located. Learn an array of mesmerizing facts including how the Palace has a height of 84 meters (276 ft), a floor area of 365,000 square meters (3,930,000 sq ft) and how it is the heaviest building in the world. Then, head up to the 1st level where the main meeting rooms are located together with the Ballroom. As you admire the interiors and architecture, find out about how the building contains almost 500 chandeliers, over 1400 mirrors and ceiling lights, 35 million cubic feet of marble, and 32 million cubic feet of wood together with carpets and other decorations make this building a place like no other. Listen to other mind-boggling facts including how the building has 8 underground levels, the last one being a nuclear bunker, linked to the main state institutions by 20 km of catacombs. End the tour on the 2nd level where the balcony will offer you great views over the Fountains Avenue.

Bucharest: Dracula's Castle, Peleș & Brașov Small-Group Tour

2. Bucharest: Dracula's Castle, Peleș & Brașov Small-Group Tour

Discover the sights and notable cities of Transylvania on this guided tour from Bucharest. Visit historic castles and a medieval town as you immerse yourself in this atmospheric region. Benefit from pickup from your accommodation, then set off to explore the historic castles of Transylvania, and the medieval city of Brașov. Stop in the small town of Sinaia and visit Peleș Castle to explore the former summer palace of the Romanian royals. Continue to Bran, famous for the imposing fortress connected to the legend of Count Dracula. Hear tales about the real-life Vlad the Impaler, said to have inspired Bram Stoker. Get panoramic views of the surrounding mountains from the remains of the citadel. Enjoy some free time to find keepsakes in the souvenir market, and before taking a walking tour of Brașov's medieval Old Town with a local guide. Benefit from some time at leisure before traveling back to Bucharest, and drop-off at your accommodation.

Bucharest: Salt Mine Day Trip

3. Bucharest: Salt Mine Day Trip

Discover two extraordinary places in Europe: Slanic Prahova Salt Mine and The Salt Mountain. First, visit the Slanic Prahova, an all-season spa resort, famous for its curative mineral waters and its spectacular Salt Mine, one of the biggest in Europe and famous for its healing effects. The salt mine hall stands at 70 meters tall and the circuit runs around the enormous pillar supporting the mine. There, admire the basso-rilievo works depicting some of the most important figures in Romanian history.  Inside the Salt Mine, you will find a small history museum, a soccer field and a children's playground. The place is also used for various sports events (athletic competitions and as training ground for sport teams), as sanatorium for the elderly and the sick or as a scenery for the film industry. After visiting the Salt Mine, the tour continues to the Salt Museum, where you can find out about the history of salt exploitation and it's biological importance.

Snagov Monastery and Mogosoaia Palace: Half-Day Tour

4. Snagov Monastery and Mogosoaia Palace: Half-Day Tour

Enjoy a wonderful half-day tour from Bucharest and visit 2 of Romania's most fascinating sights. Begin the tour directly at your hotel, where will you be picked up by your guide and driver. Enjoy a short drive to the first stop on the tour, the stunning Mogosoaia Palace. Built between at the end of the 17th century in what is known as the Romanian Renaissance style or, alternately, the Brâncovenesc style, the palace comprises a unique combination of Venetian and Ottoman architectural and decorative elements. Explore the beautiful palace and its surroundings, including the Gheorghe Bibescu Chapel, St. George’s Church, and the Mogosoaia greenhouses. Continue the tour with a short drive to the spectacular Snagov Monastery an important medieval monument located on an island on the Northern part of Lake Snagov. Discover the stunning interior of the monastery and find the alleged final resting place of Vlad Tepes, infamously known in the international literature as Dracula. 

Palace of Parliament: Skip-the-Line Entry & Exclusive Tour

5. Palace of Parliament: Skip-the-Line Entry & Exclusive Tour

Pre-book your skip-the-line entry ticket and guided tour in one for an exclusive look through the Romanian Palace of Parliament in Bucharest. Discover twelve stories, over a thousand rooms, and four underground labyrinths, including a nuclear bunker. Follow your guide to see the nation's political hub and international conference center, also housed in the palace, and the extravagant rooms in traditional Romanian styles. Marvel at the carefully planned details of the interior, from the ceilings and chandeliers (one of which has over 7,000 light bulbs) to the marble and gold leaf details. The Romanian Palace of Parliament or Palatul Parlamentului is not only the seat of the Parliament of Romania but also the second-largest building in the world. Although shrouded in historical controversy, the building has become a must-see for anyone visiting Romania.

Bucharest: Private City Tour Guided Experience

6. Bucharest: Private City Tour Guided Experience

Explore the historic center of Bucharest, once dubbed “Little Paris,” on a private 5-hour sightseeing tour. See the contrast between the wide boulevards and the tiny streets of unique charm. Best observed in the jumble of lanes of Lipscani, between Calea Victoriei, Boulevard Bratianu, Boulevard Regina Elisabeta, and the Dambovita River, the once-glamorous residential area and old city center is now being refashioned into an upscale neighborhood. Continue to the monumental Parliament Palace. Built by Communist Party leader Nicolae Ceausescu, it is the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon. The extravagant interior is a riot of crystal chandeliers, mosaics, oak paneling, marble, gold leaf, stained-glass windows, and floors covered in rich carpets. In contrast, a visit to the Village Museum on the shores of Lake Herastrau in Herastrau Park, provides a fascinating glimpse into Romanian rural history. Founded by royal decree in 1936, the outdoor museum is the largest in Europe at some 30 acres. Discover an enchanting collection of 50 buildings that represent the design of Romania's rural architecture through the centuries.

Bucharest: Guided City Tour

7. Bucharest: Guided City Tour

Discover the highlights of Bucharest on an amazing half-day guided tour and marvel at the monuments of the historical city center. After meeting your guide at the local partner's centrally located office, travel to the open-air Village Museum and learn more about traditional village life in Romania as you explore the interesting reconstructions of various buildings through the ages and regions of the country. Get an amazing view of the monumental Palace of the Parliament on Constitution Square. Look at the imposing façade of the largest, heaviest and most expensive administrative building in the world. See where Communism was brought to an end in December 1989 on Revolution Square, stroll around the neighborhood to see the elegant university buildings and much more.

Complete 3-Hour Small-Group Bucharest Tour by Car

8. Complete 3-Hour Small-Group Bucharest Tour by Car

This trip encompasses the most remarkable tourist attractions and cultural heritage in the center of the city. Together with your guide you will learn about Bucharest’s architecture and history, reflected in splendid old and new buildings such as the Romanian Atheneum, Royal Palace, National Theater, and many others. The tour begins in the morning at your hotel and includes the following itinerary: Free Press Square (Piata Presei Libere) – The Arch of Triumph (Arcul de Triumf) – Victoriei Square (Piata Victoriei) – Calea Victoriei – Revolution Square (Romanian Atheneum, Revolution’s Memorial) – The Palace of Parliament (Palatul Parlamentului) – Union Square (Piata Unirii) – University Square (Piata Universitatii) – Romana Square (Piata Romana) – Charles de Gaulle Square (Piata Charles de Gaulle) – The Village Museum (Muzeul Satului). Entrance to the Parliament Palace and Village Museum are optional, but it is strongly recommended that you visit both since they are both iconic symbols of the capital city.

From Bucharest: Full-Day History, Sun & Fun at the Black Sea

9. From Bucharest: Full-Day History, Sun & Fun at the Black Sea

Start the day early with a drive to the Black Sea. On your way there, take in views over the vineyards in the Dobrogea region. Afterwards, you will continue to Constanta, the oldest port of the Black Sea. During your walking tour in the old city, you will visit the Archeological Museum which displays one of the most interesting collections of Greek and Roman artifacts. Visit the Orthodox Cathedral with its perfectly preserved frescoes from the 19th century. You cannot leave Constanta without passing by its symbol, the Casino, dating back to the period between the two world wars.  Leaving Constanta behind, you will go to the seaside resort of Mamaia and spend some beautiful time by the beach. On the way back, have all your questions answered if you still have some and enjoy a great nap before arriving into Bucharest.

Bucharest Sightseeing Tour

10. Bucharest Sightseeing Tour

Bucharest is a city that wears its history proudly, if not painfully, on its sleeve. The city is a vibrant and noisy place, filled with stunning architecture, plenty of smiles, and someone at a cafe always happy to tell you their story of where they were in 1989. Today, we will experience the best Bucharest has to offer, and learn a bit of its history, while enjoying marvelous architecture and grand boulevards. We begin at Revolution Square, home to the 1989 revolution that brought Ceausescu's regime to a close. Here we can see the Royal buildings, Libraries and Statues that make up this grand and central area of Bucharest. From here we walk down Victoriei Avenue towards the heart of Bucharest's bustling commercial quarters. We will pass the Princely Court and Church in the old quarters, as well as the Palace of Justice, with its imposing columns reminding us that the state was once all powerful. Eventually after a nice stroll, we arrive at Unirii Square, the gigantic transportation hub of Bucharest. Here we can see the Palace of Parliament, which we can stop and visit, should you choose. If there it’s not possible to visit the palace, we can instead visit the Spring Palace/Ceausescu's residence. We move on to the Metropolitan Church, where we can again look at the lovely iconography of these Orthodox churches. Walking back towards the University, we will pass Bucharest's own Arch de Triumph, and have the option to stop at the Village Museum. All together, our walk will introduce you to the highlights of this city, while explaining to you their importance in history. Romanians proudly walk these streets along side you, and by the end of our day together, hopefully you will feel a bit closer to their incredible story.

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What people are saying about Bucharest

It was a very nice tour with a friendly guide who has excellent knowledge about the places we visited. I liked the monastery, beautiful nature, the peacefulness of places and an interesting exhibition in the Mogoşoaia Palace.

Very good. Anna was great and we enjoyed her knowledge and stories. She was very pleasant and helpful. Thank you for this trip.

Wonderful trip with the incredible guide! Thank you! Amazing Programme!

Very helpful and informative guide. Enjoy our trip very much indeed.

Great experience and especially the Pelles castle was fabulous.