3 days
Duration
Bucharest
Regions
City Break, Cultural Tour, Short Tour
Tour Type

EXPERIENCE THE VIBRANT HISTORY AND CULTURE OF ROMANIA’S CAPITAL ON A MEMORABLE THREE-DAY EXCURSION

Embark on an unforgettable journey with our “Bucharest City Break,” a comprehensive 3-day tour that unveils the historic charm and modern vibrancy of Romania’s capital. Start your adventure with a deep dive into the architectural grandeur and political intrigue of the Palace of Parliament, one of the largest buildings in the world, offering a glimpse into the country’s communist past through its lavish halls and the personal residence of Nicolae Ceaușescu. Next, step back in time with a visit to a meticulously recreated 1980s communist apartment, providing an authentic taste of daily life during Romania’s communist era.

The journey continues as you wander through the cobblestoned streets of Bucharest’s Old Town, exploring its rich tapestry of history, culture, and bustling café life. The experience deepens with a half-day relaxation at Therme SPA, Europe’s largest wellness center, where wellness and modern design merge to offer a refreshing break.

Your cultural exploration reaches its peak with visits to the spiritual sanctuaries of Tiganesti and Snagov Monasteries, entwined with legends of Dracula, and concludes at the exquisite Mogosoaia Palace, a stellar example of Romanian Renaissance architecture. This city break not only promises to enrich your understanding of Bucharest’s past and present but also ensures a treasure trove of memories to carry home.

The tour can be personalised according to your time and points of interest.

Itinerary: Bucharest Arrival – Bucharest City Tour with Parliament Palace and Ceausescu Residence & 80s communist apartment – Bucharest Old Town – Half day Therme SPA – Tiganesti Monastery – Snagov Monastery – Mogosoaia Palace – Bucharest Departure

DEPARTURE/RETURNThe tour begins and ends at Bucharest International Airport, offering convenient connections for international travelers. Arrangements for different starting or ending points can be made upon request to accommodate your travel plans.
TRANSPORTATIONAll transportation is provided in a fully insured car or minivan equipped with climate control, ensuring comfort and reliability as you travel between sites and cities.
TOURIST GUIDEEnjoy the expertise of a certified English-speaking tourist guide throughout your journey. Guides fluent in other languages are available upon request, ensuring a personalized and inclusive experience for travelers from diverse backgrounds.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS AND UNIQUE CULTURAL CONNECTIONS

  • Bucharest City Tour: Explore iconic landmarks including the monumental Palace of Parliament and Ceausescu Residence, uncovering the historical layers of Romania’s capital.
  • Old Town Discovery: Wander through Bucharest’s historic Old Town, experiencing its vibrant culture, architecture, and bustling cafes.
  • Therme SPA Experience: Relax and rejuvenate in Europe’s largest wellness, relaxation, and entertainment center, Therme SPA, enjoying its vast array of thermal pools and saunas.
  • Historic Monasteries: Visit Tiganesti and Snagov Monasteries, offering insights into the spiritual heritage and architectural beauty of Romanian monastic life.
  • Dracula’s Alleged Resting Place: Explore the mystery and legend surrounding Snagov Monastery, reputedly the final resting place of Vlad the Impaler, known as Dracula.
  • Mogosoaia Palace: Dive into the history of Romanian nobility at this splendid example of Brancovenesc architecture, set against the scenic backdrop of its lake and gardens.
  • Communist Era Insights: Step back in time with a visit to a meticulously recreated 1980s communist apartment, providing a vivid slice of life during Romania’s communist period.
  • Culinary Experiences: Enjoy authentic Romanian cuisine in traditional settings, enhancing your cultural immersion.
  • Personalized Itineraries: Tailor your tour to focus on areas of personal interest, whether cultural, historical, or leisure, for a truly customized experience.
DEPARTURE/RETURNThe tour begins and ends at Bucharest International Airport, offering convenient connections for international travelers. Arrangements for different starting or ending points can be made upon request to accommodate your travel plans.
TRANSPORTATIONAll transportation is provided in a fully insured car or minivan equipped with climate control, ensuring comfort and reliability as you travel between sites and cities.
TOURIST GUIDEEnjoy the expertise of a certified English-speaking tourist guide throughout your journey. Guides fluent in other languages are available upon request, ensuring a personalized and inclusive experience for travelers from diverse backgrounds.
INCLUDED
2 nights at a centrally located hotel in BucharestBreakfast every day
Experience at an 80s communist apartment4.5 hours Therme SPA session
Private airport transfers on arrival and departureFuel, parking fees and local taxes
Entrance fees to museums and sites included as per itineraryGuided tours at all sites
Detailed map of RomaniaBottled water bottles in the car
Certified English-Speaker tourist guide specialized in Romanian culture and history
NOT INCLUDED
Airplane tickets and health insuranceSouvenirs
Alcoholic beveragesHotel extras (telephone, mini bar, etc)
Meals, other than those included in the itineraryGratuities of any kind
Photo/video fees at sites and museums

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Day 1: Bucharest Arrival – Brasov Walking Tour

On Day 1, your certified English-speaking tourist guide will meet you at Henri Coanda International Airport and take you on a scenic drive through the Romanian mountains to Brasov. Once you arrive, you’ll check into your hotel in the charming pedestrian area of the old town, where you can explore the many restaurants and outdoor cafes.
After settling in, you’ll embark on a walking tour of the Old Town of Brasov, a historic Saxon city with a rich heritage dating back to 1235. You’ll visit the magnificent Black Church, the largest Gothic style church in Southeastern Europe, which features a collection of over one hundred Muslim prayer rugs. You’ll also see Council Square, Catherine’s Gate, the Guild Towers, and the narrow Rope Street. The day will end with a glass of wine, an optional dinner in a nearby village can be arranged.
***An optional dinner in a nearby village can be arranged.

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Day 2: Bran Castle – Saxon Village of Viscri with the Fortified Church – Exclusive Viscri Village Tour & Traditional Lunch – Brasov

Experience the legends of Transylvania on Day 2 of the Explore the Magic of Brasov tour. After breakfast at your hotel, we will visit the stunning Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle. This medieval fortress was built in 1377 and is an excellent example of Gothic architecture. Afterwards, you can browse local handmade souvenirs and gifts outside the castle.
Our next stop is the Saxon village of Viscri, where we’ll enjoy a traditional lunch prepared by our host in a restored Saxon house using locally sourced ingredients. Then, we will explore the village and its Fortified Church, built in 1100 by the Szekler population and later taken over by Saxon colonists. In an exclusive traditional tour, you’ll visit a blacksmith in his workshop and ride in a horse cart through the village.
Late afternoon, we’ll return to Brasov, where you can enjoy the evening in the lovely pedestrian area of the Old Town with its many restaurants and outdoor cafes.

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Day 3: LiBearty Bear Sanctuary – Peles Castle – Bucharest Departure

On Day 3 of the tour, we will take you to visit the LiBearty Bear Sanctuary, where you will have the opportunity to meet more than 100 rescued bears and learn about their unique stories. The sanctuary provides a safe haven for bears that have suffered in captivity and offers them a chance to live in their natural habitat.
After the bear sanctuary visit, we will head to Sinaia, a beautiful mountain resort named after St. Catherine Monastery on Mount Sinai. Here, we will visit the famous Peles Castle, the summer residence of King Carol I of Romania and considered one of the most beautiful royal residences in Europe. The castle boasts impressive architecture and exquisite decorations, and its gardens offer breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. During the orientation tour of the resort, you will get a glimpse of the famous Casino building, inspired by the one in Monte Carlo.
Finally, we will drive you back to Henri Coanda International Airport in Bucharest for your return flight, saying goodbye to your guide and ending your Explore the Magic of Brasov tour.
***Optional: You can choose a Bucharest City Tour (requires one extra day)
NOTE: The tour is further customizable.

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