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Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman) Tours and Activities

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Arguably the most beautiful building in Bucharest, the Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Rôman) is the city’s foremost concert hall and a source of national pride, with an elegant Doric-colonnaded façade topped with a pediment and cupola. It was designed in Neo-classical style by French architect Albert Galleron and opened in 1888 to great acclaim; the great Romanian conductor George Enescu debuted his ‘Romanian Poem’ here in 1898. The lobby of the concert hall is an opulent, almost Art Nouveau triumph of ornamental gilding supported by arched, pink marble columns that lead off to a series of twisting marble staircases leading up to the concert hall. The circular auditorium seats 652 under a fabulous domed ceiling richly ornamented in scarlet and gold and fringed by frescoes by Costin Petrescu depicting important events in Romanian history; it is world-famous for the clarity of it acoustics and is home to the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, who offer a full program of classical and chamber concerts as well as performing in the celebrated George Enescu Classical Festival, one of the biggest cultural events in eastern Europe.

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Box office Tue–Fri 12pm–7pm; Sat–Sun 4pm–7pm
Strada Benjamin Franklin 1-3, Bucharest, Bucharest Municipality, 110101
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Bucharest Guided City Tour with Entrance to the Village Museum

Bucharest Guided City Tour with Entrance to the Village Museum

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Explore Bucharest’s bohemian charm, oversized structures, and Communist legacy on a half-day city sightseeing tour. Get a taste for Romanian peasant life at the impressive, open-air Village Museum and stroll down charming Old World streets in the historic city center. Learn about Bucharest’s tumultuous modern history and see the lasting marks of Communism at Revolution Square and the world record–setting Palace of Parliament, built by former dictator Ceausescu.
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Transylvania and Dracula's Castle Small Group Tour from Bucharest
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Transylvania and Dracula's Castle Small Group Tour from Bucharest

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Escape the urban bustle of Bucharest for the day to discover the legends and treasures of Transylvania. Wander through the Gothic chambers and turrets of Bran Castle, nicknamed ‘Dracula’s Castle’ thanks to its spooky atmosphere and ties to Vlad the Impaler, and then feel like you’ve stepped into a fairy tale on a tour of splendid Peles Castle, the former royal residence of Romanian kings. Finally, explore one of Transylvania’s most well-preserved medieval villages on a walking tour of Brasov.
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  • 12 hours
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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
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Street Food'n'Culture Tour

Street Food'n'Culture Tour

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Skip the tourist traps and gain insight into Romania’s culinary culture on a street food tour of Bucharest. Try specialties including mint lemonade, zacusca, and local cheeses as you learn about the city’s dining trends and influences, and be immersed in the city’s vibrant atmosphere as you stroll its streets by foot.
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  • 4 hours
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Best of Bucharest - Private Tour
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Best of Bucharest - Private Tour

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If you’re short on time but want to experience all the Bucharest has to offer, take a three-hour private sightseeing tour. Forget inflexible group tours. You set the pace and can customize the itinerary to spend more time at the places that interest you and skip the ones that don’t.
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Transylvania and Dracula's Castle Full Day Tour from Bucharest

Transylvania and Dracula's Castle Full Day Tour from Bucharest

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Set off for Transylvania from Bucharest during this guided tour that includes round-trip transport to Bran Castle and Peles Castle. Along with both optional castle visits, enjoy a walking tour of Brasov before your guide sets you free in the medieval town to enjoy some independent time.
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  • 12 to 13 hours
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Small-Group Day Trip to Dracula's Castle, Brasov and Peles Castle from Bucharest

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Small-Group Day Trip to Dracula's Castle, Brasov and Peles Castle from Bucharest

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Explore the remains of Dracula’s Castle on this small-group day trip from Bucharest. Meet your English-speaking guide in Bucharest, then travel by minibus to Transylvania. Admire the scenery beyond the window on the leisurely drive into the country, an ideal prelude to two of Romania’s most stunning castles, Peles Castle and Bran (Dracula’s) Castle. Hit the charming city of Brasov in south Transylvania. Please note that when Peles Castle is closed, you visit the Cantacuzino Palace instead.
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  • 12 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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Day Trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest
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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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Bucharest Airport Transfer

Bucharest Airport Transfer

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Our driver will wait for you in Bucharest International Airport with your name written on an iPad in front of the flower shop. He will take your luggage and drive you safe to your destination in Bucharest.
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  • 30 minutes to 1 hour
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2-Day Medieval Transylvania with Brasov,Sibiu and Sighisoara Tour from Bucharest
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2-Day Medieval Transylvania with Brasov,Sibiu and Sighisoara Tour from Bucharest

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Discover the best of Transylvania and its landmarks on a 2-day small-group tour. Visit iconic locations like Bran Castle, Brasov, and Sighisoara, and learn about the area's legends, culture, and cuisine from your tour guide. Round-trip transport, overnight accommodation, and breakfast are included for your convenience.
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  • 2 days
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Bohemian Bucharest Markets and Mahallas Walking Food Tour

Bohemian Bucharest Markets and Mahallas Walking Food Tour

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Taste your way through Bucharest’s most charming and unusual ‘mahallas,’ or neighborhoods, on a small-group food tour. Venture beyond crowded squares and Communist architecture to discover the Romanian capital’s quieter, Belle Époque quarters, where Old World elegance meets bohemian flair. Along the way, pop in to lively markets, specialty shops, and cafes to sample the best of artisan Romanian cuisine like goats-milk cheese, cured meat, homemade bread, craft beer, and Wallachian doughnuts.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Bucharest Private Airport Transfer from or to City Center Hotel

Bucharest Private Airport Transfer from or to City Center Hotel

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The most casual and economic private transfer from the airport to your home, office or hotel. Enjoy the comfort and safety of a private OTP Airport transfer with fixed price from or to any location/hotel in Bucharest.
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  • 35 minutes
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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
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Wine Tasting in Bucharest

Wine Tasting in Bucharest

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Boasting over 6,000 years of viticulture, Romania is one of Europe’s oldest wine hubs. But most travelers overlook the region’s tastiest legacy. During this wine-tasting, you’ll discover Romania’s standout reds, rosés, and whites—all from the comfort of Bucharest. In an authentic winery, listen to legends of Romanian vineyards and the stories surrounding wine production. You’ll also have a chance to taste wines from around the world, with over 100 labels on the menu.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Bucharest Airport Transfer

Private Bucharest Airport Transfer

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This is a fast transfer from/to the Bucharest Otopeni Airport to/from any address in Bucharest or vice-versa, this offer is the perfect solution. An English speaking driver will be waiting with signboards at the airport or in front of the hotel.
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  • 45 minutes
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Palace of Parliament in Bucharest - fast-track tickets and guide

Palace of Parliament in Bucharest - fast-track tickets and guide

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Tour one of the most impressive buildings in Europe, and one of the biggest in the world, on a convenient guided tour. You’ll get to explore the inside of the Romanian Parliament building with an informative local guide, so you’ll leave with a greater understanding of Romania’s history and politics. It’s a must-visit sight in Bucharest, and will help you understand the huge role that Nicolae Ceausescu played in shaping Romania.
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  • 1 hour
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Guided Walking Tour of Historical Bucharest

Guided Walking Tour of Historical Bucharest

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Discover the diverse and layered history of Bucharest on a 3-hour walking tour. Stroll with a knowledgeable guide through the capital’s most interesting neighborhoods, stopping along the way to hear local legends and historical anecdotes. See landmarks like the stunning Palace of Parliament, University Square and the Kretzulescu Church, and learn how the Cold War shaped the city’s landscape.
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  • 3 hours
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The Ashes of Communism - Bucharest Private Tour

The Ashes of Communism - Bucharest Private Tour

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Skip the impersonal tourist excursions and enjoy an individualized experience on a private tour that explores the rise and fall of the Socialist Republic of Romania and its impact on the city itself. Visit landmarks including the Centrul Civic and the Old City, and listen as your guide shares insight into their architecture and symbolism. Save time finding a meeting point with hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Bucharest Electric Scooter Tour

Bucharest Electric Scooter Tour

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Gain a comprehensive overview of Bucharest on this electric scooter city tour, saving time–and foot fatigue–with seamless transfer around the Romanian capital. Stop off regularly for a more intimate glimpse of landmarks including Revolution Square and Palace of Parliament and benefit from the personalized attention and sights of your small-group guide
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Bucharest Panoramic Sightseeing - Private City Tour

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Bucharest Panoramic Sightseeing - Private City Tour

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Appreciating Bucharest’s unique history, culture, and landmarks can be tricky on a self-led excursion. Explore the Romanian capital on a private tour, and benefit from your guide’s undivided attention as you explore top sights such as the Palace of the Parliament, Revolution Square, and National Village Museum. Customize your departure to suit your schedule, and enjoy seamless transfer across the sprawling city by air-conditioned vehicle.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Best Walking Tour of Bucharest's City Center - 2.5 hours

Best Walking Tour of Bucharest's City Center - 2.5 hours

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One that would like to spend some hours in Bucharest, guided by a local inhabitant, will find in this half day tour a perfect way to gain basic knowledge about the capital of Romania.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Bucharest by Foot - Private Walking City Tour

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Bucharest by Foot - Private Walking City Tour

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The walking city tour itinerary includes the most interesting sightseeing of the center of Bucharest such as: Revolution Square (Romanian Atheneum, Royal Palace / Art Museum, Central University Library, Communist Party Headquarter), Victoriei Boulevard, Union Square (the shopping center and the fountains), Parliament Palace (seen from a distance), University Square (National Theatre, Intercontinental Hotel, University Palace) and the vibrant Old Town (Lipscani area). There is enough time for photos stops, coffee breaks or just sit & rest when you need. As being a private tour, we guarantee flexibility and personalized service. The tour is available during the day, but also during the night, when all the buildings are nicely lighted.
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  • 3 hours
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Private - Bucharest panoramic tour (by car) and city center walking tour

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Private - Bucharest panoramic tour (by car) and city center walking 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 panoramic city tour by car. He will show you the most important local landmarcks like the Palace of the Parliament. We'll stop for pictures and we'll talk about them. Later, see the highlights of the city center, în walking tour, including the Palace of Vlad the Impaler, Old City, Romanian Ateneu, Royal Palace, Revolution Square, Victory Avenue and many other. Explore Bucharest’s bohemian charm and Communist legacy on a half-day city sightseeing tour. Get a taste for Romanian peasant life at the down charming streets in the historic city center. We will discuss about the Royal Family of Romania which is descends in a direct genealogical line, from the Imperial German Family. Our tour is interactive and we can modify it according to your preferences. In the end we drive you back to the hotel.
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  • 4 hours
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What are Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman) hours of operation?
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Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman) hours of operation: Box office Tue–Fri 12pm–7pm; Sat–Sun 4pm–7pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman) tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman) costs USD 4.58. Guided Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman) tours start around USD 4.58 per person.
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