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Patriarchal Cathedral (Metropolitan Church) Tours and Activities

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Bucharest’s main Orthodox place of worship is dedicated to Saints Constantine and Helen and sits atop Mitropoliei, one of the few hills in the city center. It was designed by an unknown architect as a copy of the Curtea de Arges monastery in the university city of Pitesti and consecrated in 1658; it has three dumpy spires, a bulbous apse and Byzantine-style gilded paintings of the saints adorning its exterior. Although the cathedral was largely restored to its original form in the early 1960s, four major upgrades have been made over the centuries, particularly to its gold-encrusted interior, where frescoes have been added as recently as 1935. The first Romanian-language bible was printed here in 1688 and the cathedral holds the most valuable collection of icons in Romania.

Next to the cathedral is a squat bell tower built in 1698 and opposite is the Patriarchal Palace, which has been the official residence of the head of the Romanian Orthodox church since 1708; it is closed to the public but enjoyed a moment in the spotlight when it became the temporary seat of Parliament following the revolution in 1989. Close by is the Neo-classical Palace of the Chamber of Deputies, built in 1907.

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Strada Dealul Mitropoliei, Bucharest, Bucharest Municipality , 40163
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Bucharest Highlights Bike Tour

Bucharest Highlights Bike Tour

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Bucharest boasts many significant landmarks, but appreciating them all on a self-led tour can be difficult. Zip between highlights including the Old Court Palace & Church, Cișmigiu Gardens, and Palace of the Parliament on a bike tour, covering more distance in less time than possible by foot. Orientate yourself in the city and learn about its varied history from your guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.33
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Communist tour of Bucharest

Communist tour of Bucharest

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Trace the rise and fall of Communism in Romania on this walking tour of Bucharest. Learn how the Communist Party and the dictator Ceausescu seized power, controlled dissent and demolished huge swaths of the city to create distinctive architectural monuments. Visit political memorials and Communist-era landmarks to see how the regime and subsequent 1989 revolution have left a permanent mark on the city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.22
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Private tour of Communism

Private tour of Communism

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Discover the history and events of the Cold War in Romania on a walking tour of Bucharest. Navigate 40 years of communism in the country as you visit landmarks like the Palace of the Parliament and Revolution Square. Learn about what life was like under communist rule and what happened after the fall of communism in 1989.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$14.00
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Bucharest Communist History Tour

Lonely Planet Experiences: Bucharest Communist History Tour

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Find relics of Romania's Communist regime on this tour of Bucharest that explores the country's oppressive modern history. Learn about the Communist Party’s rise and fall and daily life under the watchful eye of Nicolae Ceaușescu’s government. See buildings that remain from this dark period, including the supersized Palace of the Parliament, an old Communist canteen, and the headquarters of the state-sponsored TV station.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.63
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Complete Tour of Bucharest by Car with Private Guide

Complete Tour of Bucharest by Car with Private Guide

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Enjoy a tour around Bucharest from the comfort of a private car and led by a local guide. We offer a best deal car tour that will take you to the most interesting places in the Romanian capital. Start with the oldest part of the city, the Patriarchal Hill, and continue on a route past major squares, emblematic buildings, large boulevards and narrow avenues that will feed your curiosity and make the most of your time. Tour Highlights: - Get an overview of the city by seeing all of the important sights in Bucharest - Inside visit of the oldest museum in Romania, the Village Museum, and the Patriarchal Cathedral - Experience all sides of Bucharest’s contrasting architecture: medieval Oriental inns, Belle Epoque palaces, communist structures - Enjoy a relaxing stroll in the Old Town - Stop by and hear the incredible stories about the largest administrative building in Europe – the Palace of the Parliament - Understand the rich history and learn about the many contrasts of Bucharest
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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6 Hour PRIVATE Bucharest City Tour

6 Hour PRIVATE Bucharest City Tour

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Get a comprehensive overview of Bucharest on a six-hour sightseeing tour. Listen as your guide narrates each point of interest, including the Romanian Athenaeum and Patriarchal Church. Travel back in time at the open-air Village Museum and immerse yourself in the historical Romanian way of life.  Private transportation takes you from place to place, allowing you to cover more attractions from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle.
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$111.79
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Bucharest Private City Tour

Bucharest Private City Tour

Experience the perfect way to see the Paris of the Balkans! Relax and enjoy this 4-hour private tour around Romania's capital in a comfortable van for 8 passengers. Perfect for people that want to get an overview of the city, getting to know it better so planning for the next days will be easy, but also for people that have just a few hours to visit and want to make the most of it. We will see dozens of land marks of the city, but also some hidden gems.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Bucharest Must See Walking Tour

Bucharest Must See Walking Tour

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Experience the very best of Bucharest on a walking tour. Get ready for an amazing day full of fascinating stories and the typical contrasts of Bucharest. Discover must see attractions, as well as hidden gems. Explore the Romanian culture by tasting traditional pastries and cakes.
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  • 5 hours
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$54.66
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Grand Bucharest City Tour by car

Grand Bucharest City Tour by car

Once in Bucharest, you will find yourself in a large city with a rich past. Therefore most of the landmarks are not located in the centre. Our Grand Bucharest City tour by car will show you top attractions and hidden gems that are hard to reach by foot in half a day. This tour is private and offers you the best of Bucharest in a short amount of time.
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  • 5 hours
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Private Full-Day Bucharest City Highlights Tour with Pickup

Private Full-Day Bucharest City Highlights Tour with Pickup

This is a comprehensive Bucharest tour that takes you through the city’s past and recent history, and to the most emblematic attractions. I will provide you with plenty of insights into Romanian history (including communist and post-communist history) and local culture. This tour is a mix of essential sightseeing and flexibility -all at your pace. We conveniently use the car to transfer to different areas of interest. We cover the key areas and landmarks, but I also try to throw in things considering your special interest. Please have in mind that I can adapt the tour to suit your preference or needs – like having more or less walk, as you wish. We have a mid-point lunch break, but I will be happy to stop for a coffee or refreshing drink along the way. End up the tour with a stroll in the pedestrian Old Town, a bustling place full of restaurants, pavement cafes and bars, hub of nightlife Bucharest is famous for, also home to iconic landmarks.
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  • 7 hours
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3 Days Tour Romania & Bulgaria from Bucharest

3 Days Tour Romania & Bulgaria from Bucharest

There’s more to Bulgaria & Romania than legends dare to unveil. In just three days you will have the chance to find out the history of these two beautiful countries, old medieval places and also you could try and taste the traditional food of these countries. Confirmation will be received at time of booking Children must be accompanied by an adult Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking Not recommended for pregnant women Not recommended for participants with back problems Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions A moderate amount of walking is involved
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  • 3 days
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$352.14
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Saver Deal: Full-Day Snagov Monastery, Mogosoaia Palace & Bucharest City Tour

Saver Deal: Full-Day Snagov Monastery, Mogosoaia Palace & Bucharest City Tour

Take advantage of our saver deal, get two essential tours when in Bucharest at a very attractive price! The first part of the day is dedicated to Snagov Monastery and Mogosoaia Palace. It is an amazing opportunity to admire two of Romania’s most unique sights, which are within easy reach of nearby Bucharest, although a million miles away in terms of ambience. After enjoying lunch during your free time, hop on a spectacular Bucharest city tour and discover some of the most intriguing things to do in the city, experience the culture of the city, and learn about some of its most important moments throughout history.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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