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CEC Palace (Palatul CEC) Tours

CEC Palace (Palatul CEC)
Built in the late 1890s and opened at the turn of the 20th century on one of Bucharest’s main boulevards, the CEC Palace (Palatul CEC) was designed by French architect Paul Gottereau and the construction of this fine Beaux Arts masterpiece was overseen by Romanian architect Ion Socolescu. Designated to be the HQ of Romania’s oldest savings bank, Casa de Economii și Consemnațiuni (CEC) and located opposite the National History Museum of Romania, it is a monumental mansion topped with five cupolas; the central one stands over the grandiose, colonnaded entrance and is made of glass and steel. The palace is slated for transformation into an art museum and was sold to the city council for more than €17.75 million in 2006; while plans are drawn up the CEC Bank rents it back from the council but its sumptuous, marble-clad interior – much of which was covered over in Ceaușescu’s time – is no longer open to the public.

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Calea Victoriei 13. Not open to the public. Take the metro to Piata Unirii.
Address: Calea Victoriei 13, Bucharest, Bucharest Municipality 030022, Romania
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Private Sightseeing Tour of Bucharest

Private Sightseeing Tour of Bucharest

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Get a close-up view of Bucharest on this private 4-hour sightseeing tour. Meet your guide at a central location, then begin your journey into the heart of Romania’s capital. Let your guide lead you to the most fascinating points of interest in town while illuminating them with stories of the the Arch of Triumph, the Romanian Athenaeum, the Revolution Square, the old city centre and the People’s House. By the end of your tour, you’ll have acquired a new wealth of knowledge about the influence of communism,Romania’s people and its culture.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$43.56
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US$43.56

Bucharest Half a Day Bike Tour

Bucharest Half a Day Bike Tour

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Experience both the highlights and best kept secrets of Bucharest on a four-hour bike tour. A bike and helmet are conveniently included, as is a your guide.  Explore the city by bike and expand your discovery radius without getting worn out or feeling rushed. See the city’s top attractions, including the Parliament Palace, and lesser known points of interest, such as the Gypsy neighborhood.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$40.57
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US$40.57
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Bucharest panoramic tour (by car) and city center walking tour, Private tour

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Bucharest panoramic tour (by car) and city center walking tour, Private tour

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If you’re short on time in Bucharest, a private tour will sure satisfy your desire to explore the capital of Romania. After convenient pickup from your hotel, join your guide for a city tour by car. He will show you the most important local landmarcks. Later, see the highlights of the city center, în walking tour, including the Romanian Ateneu, the Royal Palace, Revolution Square, Calea Victoriei and many other. In the end we take you to the hotel.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$29.66
US$37.08
US$7.42 savings
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US$37.08
US$7.42 savings
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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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US$27.89
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US$27.89
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Photo Tour of Bucharest - Iconic Sights

Photo Tour of Bucharest - Iconic Sights

Benefit from the personalized attention of your photographer guide and the ability to travel at your own pace on this photo-focused tour of Bucharest. Travel in a private car or minibus (depending on group size) and stop by the Romanian landmarks that interest you; this tour is completely customizable. As you snap photos, listen to guided commentary on Romanian culture, history, and modern life.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$88.73
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US$88.73

Buchatest City Tour, full day, all about the city in only one day

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Buchatest City Tour, full day, all about the city in only one day

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This Bucharest city tour gives you the best opportunity to see the most important sites in Bucharest enjoying a panoramic city tour, visit landmarks like the The Patriarchal Palace and Church, Constitution Square, National Theater, Victory Avenue, Revolution Square, University Square, Athenaeum and more. We take a tour inside in the Parliament Palace – the second largest building in the world. You will see the Romanian Village Museum. We go inside în to the mansion of former dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$74.15
US$92.69
US$18.54 savings
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US$92.69
US$18.54 savings
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Old Town of Bucharest Private Tour: Hidden Gems Exploration Game

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Old Town of Bucharest Private Tour: Hidden Gems Exploration Game

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It's easy enough to book at tour of Bucharest. But for a truly unique experience, skip the traditional walking tour and opt for this Old Town puzzle adventure. With smartphone in-hand, download the app, and begin your Old Town quest by sorting through clues, unlocking stories, and following careful directions. As you explore, uncover the history of the the Old Town, and unlock a treasure when your quest is complete.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$3.45
US$4.93
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US$4.93
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Bucharest Walking Tour: Discover the city!

Bucharest Walking Tour: Discover the city!

Bucharest is Eastern Europe’s most culturally diverse cities, and there’s plenty to see and do for just about everyone. Curious? Join our Bucharest Walking Tour and see the splendor of this city! From a legend that does not include princes and dragons, to monarchy and communism, Bucharest has a lot of interesting places to visit. Discover Bucharest’s story on this 4-hour walking tour that traces the city’s beginnings, in 1459 and charts its journey into the full of experiences metropolis it is today. Explore the cobble stone streets of the old city; find out the gossip of the Romanian royal family and listen to how communism changed not only the city itself, but its people, as well.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$37.08
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US$37.08
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The most beautiful palaces in Bucharest

The most beautiful palaces in Bucharest

Bucharest is home to some magnificent, impressive looking palaces. These imposing architectural gems are now home to the finest and most interesting museums, public or private institutions. My architectural tour will give you a taste of what was Bucharest more than 100 years ago by visiting the most important palaces and historical highlights. You will discover the architecture and the charm of these palaces that most locals don’t even know they exist. I will show you 15 palaces with different architecture, history and legends. I do not want to spoil your enthusiasm and curiosity, but I can assure you will the discover fantastic stories about kings and princes, landowners and the city aristocrats. From Auschnitt and Elisabeta Palace to the Royal and Parliament Palace, I am happy to guide you on the path of our city's palaces. Also, I will be your personal paparazzi. I love photography, so it's my pleasure to take you the most Instagrammable pictures.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$74.15
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US$74.15

Bucharest panoramic and walking tour - nightly

Bucharest panoramic and walking tour - nightly

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If you’re short on time in Bucharest, a night private tour will sure satisfy your desire to explore the capital of Romania. After convenient pickup from your hotel/airbnb, join your guide for a city tour by car. He will show you the most important local landmarcks. Later, see the highlights of the city center, în walking tour, including the Romanian Ateneu, the Royal Palace, Revolution Square, Calea Victoriei and many other. Bucharest has got what it takes to surprise and entertain the curious traveler. For those with a passion for architecture, Bucharest is full of treasures. The city is bound to make a strong impression. Bucharest is the perfect place to try traditional Romanian food and drinks as well as try out the latest global trends. As locals start going out more and the city slowly becomes more cosmopolitan, cafés and restaurants. *** Please be informed: the tour will be performed only if there are at least TWO tourists
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$43.25
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Top 10 tourist attractions în Bucharest, Private tour

Top 10 tourist attractions în Bucharest, Private tour

This is a private tour which will show you the first ten most visited places in Bucharest. #1 is the Palace of Parliament. #2 is the Village Museum. #3 is the Ceaușescu's mansion
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$61.79
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US$61.79
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Bucharest , the underdog of Europe - history and architecture

Bucharest , the underdog of Europe - history and architecture

Walking around the beautiful streets of Bucharest at night with a small group of people it makes the more interactive and more personable. Your guide will bring back to life the history and culture of this amazing city.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$42.02
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US$42.02
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Historical Walk through Bucharest with a Local

Historical Walk through Bucharest with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. Discover the historical side of Bucharest with a passionate local who wants to share all the historical and fun facts about Bucharest. Our excursion starts at the St. George Church. Learn about how the city has grown and changed over time. From visiting the churches to discovering the history behind some of the buildings in the old town or even Parliament Palace, discover unique sites that an ordinary tourist tour won't show you. We always knew that travelling was the best way of learning, but having a knowledgeable Local by your side to give you insider tips and share local secrets is even better! Of course, if you want to learn about something in particular or have a special interest, just let me know, and I will adjust the itinerary for you!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$72.91
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US$72.91

Bucharest - Private Tour Experience

Bucharest - Private Tour Experience

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We are proud to take you on a private tour of the most famous landmarks located in central Bucharest, along with a certified guid. You will be able to take unique pictures and learn Bucharest's history, one building at a time. Also feel free to ask questions.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$69.73
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US$69.73
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Self-guided Discovery in Bucharest: The Luxurious Calea Victoriei

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Self-guided Discovery in Bucharest: The Luxurious Calea Victoriei

This Secret Trail to discover Bucharest is an experience where you solve 11 clues on your phone. Explore the charming streets of the most prestigious neighbourhood in Bucharest and unlock recommendations for our favourite spots! Hunt for hidden mansions, stroll down secret passageways and learn why the Telephone Palace came into existence. The recommended number of players is 2-5 people per team. You play via website application, a unique link to your game will be sent to you upon purchase. The link can be reopened at any time and can be opened on multiple phones at the same time.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$16.31
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US$27.19
US$10.88 savings
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US$10.88 savings

Bucharest walking tour - by night

Bucharest walking tour - by night

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This is a Bucharest walking tour which take place în the evening. We meet în front at the Romanian Athenaeum and visit the most important tourist attractions in Bucharest city center.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$6.18
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US$6.18

Private Virtual Guided Historical Tour of Bucharest

Private Virtual Guided Historical Tour of Bucharest

If you stayed too much in the house becouse of the virus and you want to travel virtually we offer you a guided tour of Bucharest. Our guide will tell you the most interesting things about the buildings and the history of this city. Today's technology allows us to show you interesting places without getting up from your armchair. We use video on WhatsApp, Zoom or Facebook. We will show you short movies and pictures and we will give you all the necessary explanations. You will take part at a private tour where you can ask questions or change the topic.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$30.90
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US$30.90

Private Half Day Tour of Bucharest - 5 Hours

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Private Half Day Tour of Bucharest - 5 Hours

Half Day Bucharest Tour - private car with daily departure (in the morning) and free pick up from the hotel. Visit the most interesting sights of Bucharest downtown including Village Museum.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$66.74
US$74.15
US$7.41 savings
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US$66.74
US$74.15
US$7.41 savings
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Bucharest E-scooter Short Tour: From Monarchy to Communism

Bucharest E-scooter Short Tour: From Monarchy to Communism

Immerse in the tumultuous and eclectic Bucharest by riding an E-scooter in a guided exploration circuit that covers the main city landmarks. Founded by Vlad the Impaler (known as Dracula) in 1459, Bucharest modernized rapidly from 1866 to 1947 due to the Royal Court of Romania efforts that connected Bucharest to the trends of architectural and city development principles used from all the European capitals. In the 90 minutes of riding a comfortable and safe E-scooter on the dedicated lanes of Bucharest you will explore main city boulevards, stopping on the main landmarks making photos and hearing the life and history stories of this amazing city of Europe. Find out Tour’s spectacular life stories on 3 chapters: The birth &the end of the Romanian Monarchy (1866-1847), The rise & fall of Communism in Romania (1944-1989), The city transformation from the Little Paris of the ’20 into the Little Pyongyang of the 80’s belonging to Ceausescu.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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US$48.20
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US$48.20
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