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How to Spend 3 Days in Bucharest

How to Spend 3 Days in Bucharest

Three days allows plenty of time to discover Bucharest’s beautiful architecture, renowned museums, and elegant neighborhoods, and gives you chance to explore further afield. Here’s how to spend three days in Bucharest.

Day 1: Sightseeing in the City

Bucharest’s large size makes it worth booking a half- or full-day sightseeing tour; exploring with a guide ensures you learn more about the city’s communist history and allows you to cover more sights in less time. Most tours cover the Palace of Parliament, a 20th-century, structure built by Communist ruler Nicolae Ceaușescu, and the Old Town, which is home to Stavropoleos Monastery, the National Bank of Romania, and the Romanian Athenaeum. After your tour, stroll beneath the colorful umbrellas of Pasajul Victoria and snap a photo beneath the Arch de Triumph (Arcul de Triumf).

Devote the afternoon to Herăstrău Park, where you can visit the Japanese garden, take a cruise on the lake, and enjoy a glimpse into rural Romanian life at the Village Museum (Muzeul Satului).

Continue sightseeing in the evening on a night tour of Bucharest, during which you’ll admire the illuminations of Revolution Square (Piata Revolutiei), University Square, and Charles de Gaulle Square.

Day 2: Travel to Transylvania

The mist-shrouded mountains, fairy-tale castles, and medieval villages of Transylvania lie around three hours north of Romania’s capital, making it possible to take in the highlights on a long day trip. The star attraction is Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle), famed for its links to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Organized tours eliminate the stress of car hire and navigation, and typically cover the historic town of Brasov, known for its Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance architecture, and the 19th-century Peles Castle, which boasts a backdrop of the Carpathian Mountains.

Other popular day trips from Bucharest include a wildlife-watching cruise around the Danube Delta or a trip across the border to the Bulgarian town of Veliko Tarnovo.

Day 3: Culture and Cuisine

Spend your final day in Bucharest immersing yourself in local life and culture. Kick off the day with a visit to the Piaţa Obor market, the largest fresh food market in the country, or take a culinary tour for a greater insight into Romania’s cuisine. Be sure to sample favorites such as chiftele (meatballs), sarmale (stuffed cabbage), and baklava pastries, and don’t forget to taste the local beers, wines, and palinca (Romanian brandy).

In the afternoon, visit the Cotroceni neighbourhood, where you can get your cultural fix at the Museum of Contemporary Art or the Cotroceni National Museum; stop by the Bucharest Opera House; and take a stroll around the Botanical Gardens of Bucharest. Don’t miss a photo stop at Cotroceni Palace, the official residence of the Romanian President.

Toast your last night in Bucharest like a local, with a visit to the famous Caru' cu Bere beer house, followed by bar-hopping in the Old Town—join a guided pub crawl for the inside scoop on where to drink, dance, and party in the city.

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Day Trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest

Day Trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest

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Explore the medieval history of Romania’s southerly neighbor on a full-day tour to Bulgaria. Departing from Bucharest, cross the border into the foothills of the Balkan Mountains and Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of Bulgaria during medieval times. Learn about Bulgarian history from your guide while visiting regional highlights including the Tsaravets Fortress, St Dimitrie Basarabov Monastery and Arbanasi Village.
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  • 10 hours
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Castles of Transylvania: Private Day Trip from Bucharest

Castles of Transylvania: Private Day Trip from Bucharest

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Wander through Transylvania’s historic castles on this private day trip from Bucharest. See for yourself why Transylvania’s castles have amassed such an infamous reputation. Follow your knowledgeable guide through mysterious corridors, up spooky stairwells and into potentially haunted rooms. Along the way, you’ll learn the real stories behind these mythical buildings. See Bran Castle, where the legend of Dracula still lingers, and Peles Castle in Sinaia set in the enchanting Carpathian Mountains.
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  • 12 hours
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Bucharest Private Wine Tasting Tour on Dealu Mare's Old Wine Road

Bucharest Private Wine Tasting Tour on Dealu Mare's Old Wine Road

Discover the best of Romanian wine on a full-day private tasting tour from Bucharest. Relax, as transportation takes you from your Bucharest hotel to the heart of Romania’s wine country, Dealu Mare. Enjoy included entrance to a museum and manor and learn all about the winemaking process, before the tastings begin. Try various types of wine at Casa Colinelor and Lacerta Winery, with lunch served at either location.
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  • 10 hours
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Bucharest Old Centre Tour

Bucharest Old Centre Tour

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It can be hard to fully appreciate Bucharest’s rich history on a self-led tour. Orientate yourself in the city on a tour led by a local, and learn about the city’s past and present as you visit landmarks including the Princely Old Court, Church of St Anthony, and Stavropoleos Monastery. Save time with pickup and drop-off from selected central hotels, and choose between morning or afternoon departure to suit your schedule.
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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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Discover the forgotten Jewish neighborhood

Discover the forgotten Jewish neighborhood

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Follow the legacy of Jewish life in Bucharest on this insightful walking heritage tour. See the city’s former Jewish neighborhoods and most important spiritual landmarks while learning about the history of Romanian Jews, from medieval times through World War II and the Communist era. See synagogues both forgotten and restored to splendor, including the beautiful Choral Temple.
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Bucharest and Beyond Private Full-Day Tour

Bucharest and Beyond Private Full-Day Tour

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Discover the best of Bucharest and beyond on a private, full-day tour of the Romanian capital and two of the most important sites just outside the city. Trace the history of Bucharest, from traditional farm origins to its former Belle Epoch glory as the 'Paris of the East' through the Communist era and into a thriving modern European capital. Then head into the countryside to visit the Romanian Renaissance Mogosoaia Palace and the Snagov Monastery, legendary burial site of Dracula inspiration Vlad the Impaler.
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  • 8 hours
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Danube Delta Private Day Tour from Bucharest

Danube Delta Private Day Tour from Bucharest

Trade the bustle of Bucharest for the serene, wildlife-rich wetlands of the Danube Delta on this private day tour. Leave the city behind and travel by boat through the canals of Europe's second-largest delta, where migratory birds and animals like wolves, wild boar, and deer make their home among marches and reed forests. It's a bird-watcher's paradise and a great way to experience Romania's great outdoors in a personalized way.
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Bucharest City Tour: Private Guided Experience

Bucharest City Tour: Private Guided Experience

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Get to know the many sides of Bucharest on a private six-hour tour.  Your guide will meet you at your hotel before your day of adventure begins. To ensure that you have a comprehensive experience, the tour is broken up into three main attractions: Parliament Palace, Village Museum, and the historical center. Explore each of them at your own pace with your private guide on hand to answer any questions.
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  • 5 hours
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