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Cultural tours - City Break in Bucharest: The City of Contrasts

Symbol of Bucharest: The oldest concert hall in Bucharest - the Athenaeum

Detail of the Frescoes inside the Romanian Athenaeum detailing the Romanian history

The Club of the Romanian Army Generals and Colonels

The Central Universities' Library in Bucharest

Triumph Arch in Bucharest similar to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

University of Bucharest

Mogosoaia Palace, Masterpiece of Brancoveanu Architecture


      An alternative to Europe's classic city breaks, is, nonetheless, a week-end in Bucharest, Romania's capital city. Bucharest was mentioned for the first time during the reign of prince Vlad the Impeller, better known as Dracula. Since then, Bucharest grew steadily, being now a really cosmopolitan city. Internationally renowned artists, like the composer and interpret George Enescu, and several well-known opera singers have performed in Bucharest. Beside its history and its own charm, Bucharest offers everything what a European capital city can offer - starting with all kind of museums and theatres, where we can arrange tickets (the theatres, the Opera and the Operetta are usually closed from end June to mid-September), to discos and night-clubs. Despite the fact that under communist rule part of the city has been destroyed, despite social problems of more recent periods, Bucharest is, as always, the most beautiful and diverse city in the region. A simple tour of Bucharest is not enough to know a city. A lifetime would rather be the period one should dedicate to Bucharest.

Programme of the Enescu Festival, taking place in September 2011.

1st Day, Thu: Evening walk
Individual arrival on Bucharest's International Airport. Transfer to the hotel through the village of Otopeni. During an evening walk the charm of Bucharest, its tales and legends, the charm of its comfortable pubs shall be unfolded. Attendance of a musical performance - during summer time, only folklore is possible, while in September 2011, we recommend the attendance of one of the concerts of the George Enescu International Festival.
Accommodation for 3 overnights in a top 3-star or 4-star hotel in Bucharest (Hotel Opera, Hotel Central, Hotel Venezia, or Hotel Capitol, or a hotel of a similar quality) or a 5 star hotel (Hotel Continental or equivalent).
2nd Day, Fri: Tour of the city by car and foot
Sightseeing tour of Bucharest, including a visit of the Museum of the Village, a museum that brings together original houses from the villages of Romania. A walking tour of the old centre will close our day. In the evening we shall have the opportunity to taste some of the best Romanian wines in Urlaţi (driving time: 2 hours each way).
3rd Day, Sa: House of the People
After breakfast, we shall visit Ceausescu’s famous „House of the People“, today's Palace of the Parliament, a building that was highly disputed after the downturn of communism in 1989. In contrast with it is the Monastery Pasărea, laid in a wonderful place, on the outskirts of Bucharest. We shall visit a nun of the Monastery to get a bit of their life.
4th Day, Su: Cotroceni Palace
The Cotroceni Palace, today a museum and the official office of the Romanian Presidents, was earlier the residence of the Romanian Kings of the Hohenzollern-Siegmaringen Dynasty. Transfer to the airport.

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