…the shepherd who used to ravish the local merchants with his strong wine and flute playing. His name was Bucur (meaning Joy) and never imagined that they will name the capital of Romania – Bucuresti – after him. But this city really is the one where everybody always finds joy !
* Heritage, Art, Gourmet, Family, Relaxing, Shopping, Wellness, Cars
* Bucharest – Neighbourhoods
* Bucharest (Henri Coanda / Ion Tiriac / Aurel Vlaicu)
* At least 3 days
* All year round
* Customized itinerary planning and travel arrangements
* Private sedan / minivan with professional English speaking driver (-guide) at disposal
(Helicopter / jet transfer available on request)
* Personal tour manager at disposal (available on request)
* Complimentary rooms and restaurants reservations
* Rooms, meals, entrance fees
* Varies depending on season, tour length, number of guests, included special activities and other custom preferences
DAY 1 – PILOTS & VICTORY AVENUES
Baneasa Shopping City
You will find here the latest collections of famous brands.
If you are a fan of the styles and collections of French luxury brand, Lancel, then tally on over to their store for a cult shopping experience.
Someone told us you like leather perfection !
Meticulously crafted by a Romanian Leather God.
Lunch at Joseph
Lobster risotto with truffle and vermouth by Chef Hadad, accompanied by a bottle of French white wine of Henri Bourgeois Sancerre. Mmmm…
Take a stroll on the exquisite Victory Avenue
Enjoy the architectural treasure chest that Romanian capital is.
Victory Avenue’s history goes back to the time of Prince Constantin Brancoveanu. Then it represented a connection between Mogosoaia Palace and the Prince’s Palace from the Old Court of Bucharest. At that time it was paved with logs, hence the name of Mogosoaia’s Bridge.
At the beginning of last century Bucharest was a garden-city with avenues.
Then, the city was known as the Paris of the East. Why ? Because of its affection for everything French, from architecture to food to fashion. Even today you can still notice it, walking on this city’s main artery bordered by French-inspired Belle Époque buildings.
Here, the rich locals used to take strolls on weekends, especially on summer evenings. It was the main promenade place for them. In the early 1940s, Marshal Antonescu was the first to succeed imposing one way sense on Victory Avenue. In the evening people went towards Kiseleff Road and in the morning towards Dambovita River.
Nowadays this is a leading retail avenue concentrating 70% of the major luxury brand stores in Bucharest. So the exquisite Victory Avenue is absolutely THE place to be for serious luxury shopping. Here you can enjoy your passion in a carefree way. And even open some closed doors not just for a sneak preview of a world famous designers’ studio. Of course, chauffeured limo at disposal.
And don’t forget. This key destination of luxury brands is visited also for museums exploration !
Fine food & wine
Since its opening, about once a week the finest wines (sometimes Romanian, sometimes international) are paired with special menus for the exclusive pleasure of a very limited number of guests.
Cleopatra Trubetskoy House
The house of Princess Cleopatra Trubetskoy was built in 1886 in French Neoclassical style.
Her father, Brigadier General Costache Ghica, served in the Russian army.
She became a princess marrying the rich Russian Prince Serghei Trubetskoy.
You can still see the monogram (N) of the last owner, the rich merchant Zaharia Nenciu.
This is also the place where Franz Liszt held a concert once.
One of the most beautiful palaces of Bucharest and Victory Avenue is Gradisteanu-Ghika Palace.
In 1884 Constantin Ionas Gradisteanu and his spouse Elena asked the French architect Jean Berthet to build this house. Not having heirs, Gradisteanu left the palace to his sister, Maria Gradisteanu, married with a member of Ghika princely family.
The Rennaissance style frontages have extremely rich exterior decorations. Interiors have coffered painted ceilings, panels, monumental stairs and stained windows. The basement hosts Emperor Trajan Hall, Royal saloons occupy the groundfloor while upper floors host Viennese and Oriental saloons.
Roman Emperor Trajan was the first who had the idea of transforming Danube river‘s presence into an atu.
Hundreds of years later, the King of Romania’s passion for Danube river was shared by Prince Ion Ghika too.
This was one of the most skillful diplomats and politicians of his time. In 1881, King Carol I appointed Ghica as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Minister of Romania at the Court of Her Majesty Queen Victory of Great Britain. Prince Ghica considered Danube river the European civilization’s cradle. So he entirely dedicated his palace to history of Danube river in our country. And thus Gradisteanu-Ghika Palace became known also as the Danube House.
Monteoru Terrace & Mansion
One of the most elegant houses in capital lies hidden behind a garden with majestic fig trees.
Day dream at a refreshing drink in balmy evening breeze…
A real jewel, the French eclectic style interior had walls covered in multicolored marble. Grandiose fine crystal mirrors from Vienna reflected the lightning objects custom-made in Paris. The mansion had French Baroque style chandelier, French silk upholstered walls, Venetian mirrors and Meissen tiles stoves. Monumental stairs, rare wood paneling, stucco ceilings and massive walnut furniture from Vienna and Paris rounded the old aristocratic atmosphere. After war, Polish diplomatic mission used the residence for protocol meetings only to preserve its luxurious interiors. Later, seized in the loft and gun threatened by Soviets, Elena donated the mansion. Nationalized, the valuable patrimony building became Writers Union headquarter hosting personalities like pianist Cella Delavrancea and writer Mihail Sadoveanu.
It’s a hidden terrace. Your date won’t hate it.
Due to the balls organized here, this was a blueprint for the social life in mid-19th century Bucharest.
For this purpose he resorted to the services of the French architect Michel Sanjouand who used the Neo-classical style.
It resulted a slim and elegant building with Greek elements.
The palace also belonged to the Stirbei princely family for a while.
At its peak, Stirbei Palace was the place where they held the most spectacular dances were held.
“Romanian Herald” and an engraving by Dossault (from 1848) describe the “glittering ball” held in June 1843. This was in honour of Prince Albert of Prussia, brother of King Friedrich-Wilhelm.
Have your tea at the palace !
Visit a culture symbol – Romanian Athenaeum
Surrounded by an interesting mix of modernism and French style buildings you’ll find an appealing garden.
The edifice harmoniously blends Greek, Baroque and Neoclassical characteristics
Among strategic and civilian objectives attacked during Second World War, the Romanian Athenaeum was seriously affected by bombings.
Take an inside tour of Romanian Athenaeum
Behind the closed doors of glass and wood the magnificent concert hall has an equally impressive marble interior.
The concert pipe organ was installed with financial help of the greatest Romanian composer, George Enescu. Did you notice how seats are disposed in the style of ancient Greco-Roman amphitheatres ? Concert hall’s capacity remained the same since inauguration: almost 1,000 seats. And each of them offers perfect visibility and impeccable audition, due to the huge richly adorned cupola. Its exceptional acoustic placed it among most successful constructions of genre, not only from Europe but from all over the world. Over time, Romanian Athenaeum hosted historical magnitude events. These included conferences of Romanian scientists and first auditions of autochthon musical masterpieces. The emblem of Romanian culture also hosted first ample exhibitions and paintings and sculptures of national masters… Part of European Patrimony, since 1958 this is home to George Enescu Philarmonic Orchestra. The amazing edifice is also the “headquarter” of biennial George Enescu International Festival.
Only in September – Classical music festival:
GEORGE ENESCU INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
(Salzburg festival’s little brother)
An enchanting new luxury journey for 2019 explores the classical Romania and the rapture of classical music.
Step into the footprints of the great George Enescu composer. And go in the countryside to discover your destination as only your personal tour manager can reveal it.
You will enjoy pre-concert sightseeing in Bucharest, including the medieval Royal Court. Throughout your journey you will listen live classical music performed by world-class musicians.
Choose from numerous optional country trips, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Horezu monastery and Sighisoara medieval inhabited fortress.
DAY 2 – OLD CITY CENTER & UNION SQUARE
Start the morning with a coffee and the famous “papanasi” (traditional Romanian dessert) in a historical monument with a wonderful German architecture.
“We love it so much, that we had dinner there twice ! And we ordered the specialty Pork Knuckle. Both times, it was moist.”
The oldest bank of Romania: CEC Palace – National Savings Bank
Founded following a law issued by Prince Al. I. Cuza this is Romania’s oldest bank: National Savings Bank (nowadays CEC Bank).
Renovated by Prince Constantin Brancoveanu during 1702-1703, and later deteriorated, the monastery was demolished in 1875. So in 1897, on place of its ruins and an adjoining inn, the building of a new bank headquarter started. King Carol I of Romania and Queen Elisabeta were present at the event. The French architect Paul Gottereau – graduate of Fine Art Superior National School in Paris – designed the palace in eclectic style. The Romanian architect Ion Socolescu supervised the construction entirely financed with the institution’s own funds.
The palace has specific elements of French architecture from late 19th century.
Spare an hour for shy steps inside the Old Princely Court
These are the ruins of Bucharest’s fortress built by redoubtable Prince Vlad Tepes (the Impaler) in 1459.
This forced him live with his family, nobility and soldiers in the fortified town on Dambovita banks. And thus Bucharest became its second capital and residence, after Targoviste.
Later, traders and craftsmen built their houses around Princely Court.
And nearby streets, named after their professions, appeared: Lipscani (from Leipzig merchants), Selari (Saddlers), Covaci (Ironsmiths), Blanari (Furriers)…
Former princely residence keeps vestigies discovered during various archaeological excavations and multiple artifacts of former Bucharest citadel.
Some underground galleries built here during Ottoman raids – reused and enlarged at next raids – are still pretty well preserved.
Princely church is the oldest religious building in Bucharest preserved as it originally was.
Drinks and art at Linden Tree Inn
Two centuries ago inns were giant wood structures serving as merchandise warehouses and shelters for travelers.
Among capitals’s most interesting attractions
Both on Lipscani and Blanari Streets you can notice 2 vaulted entrances with majestic ornate gates of forged iron.
In 1833 merchants Anastasie Polizu and Stefan Popovici built Nastase’s Inn. Later, its name changed after the fragrant trees from the inner courtyard. Under the shops located on patio’s both sides there were deep vaulted cellars. Iron shutters, doubled by embellished beams, closed the tall windows.
Two years later the 2 business partners split and in 1837, in debts, Popovici sells his part of the inn.
Back in those times, some of the city’s important merchants had their headquarters within this inn. One of them was Constantin Atanasiu, founder of the famous store At the Sea Eagle with the Fish in Claws. If you wish to see it take the glass elevator of Cocor Store.
Enjoy a drink flanked by paintings exhibited in open air
Today the former inn is home to a cellar bar-restaurant and many art galleries.
Arranged in 1906 the park has a current area of approximately 45 hectares. It includes various species of deciduous trees, gummy trees, decorative shrubs, roses and lined lime trees. Here there is the Roman Arenas with 5,000 open air seats. Dimitrie Leonida National Technical Museum is also within this park. The museum holds over 5,000 exhibits split in 300 collections presenting the evolution of Romanian technics. Another sightseeing is Vlad Tepes Tower, which houses a water tank. But the most well known of all remains the Unknown Soldier Monument, brought in 1991 from Marasesti. If you are more into art look for the Giants statues sculpted by Dumitru Paciurea. And listen the Cantacuzino Fountain, Neoclassical art monument from 1870.
Dine at Dianei 4
This beautiful spot serves really good goulash. And their lemonade is very refreshing on a hot summer afternoon.
In the city this season ? Let Azzurytt, your personal travel concierge, provide you with a truly memorable experience of Bucharest’s vibrant art scene. We tailor these bespoke experiences to your personal interests and tastes.
Professional art curators and contemporary art gallery owners will offer advice, insider knowledge and expert opinion on most genres of art.
Whether you’re in town for a whole weekend or merely have an afternoon or morning free, let us recommend some exhibitions.
We will accompany you to a museum tour and show you around the city’s leading galleries.
SPA RITUALS (upon your choice)
Retreat from the hustle and bustle of Bucharest.
Love the one you’re with !
This exclusive urban destination spa lies just steps away from the heart of vibrantly chic capital.
Rub some salt on it
Bucharest might be known for its food and a certain edginess.
DAY 3 – BUCHAREST NEIGHBOURHOODS
Comana Natural Park
You have an entire weekend day at disposal to explore Comana Natural Park. This place is not only Romania’s second area as biodiversity after Danube Delta. Full of history, it hosts 16th and 19th centuries buildings and also a Crafts Village and Paper Mill.
Go see the Fountain with Nut Chalet (1889) which now is the park headquarter.
The 25,000 ha park is well known for its reservations of Romanian peony, butcher’s broom and wood lily.
Here is the northern limit of the natural spreading area of butcher’s broom Mediterranean plant.
This conservation area of wood lily will finally reach up to 2700 ha.
Take a guided boat trip on Comana Everglade, the third Romania’s wet area after Braila Little Everglade and Danube Delta.
It hosts 141 birds species and 13 fish species, of which two are found only in this natural habitat.
On the ruins of a monastery founded by legendary Vlad Tepes in 1461, now there is Comana Monastery.
Built during Radu Serban (1588) this was rebuilt by Serban Cantacuzino (1700).
Paper mill living museum Think valet parking, guided tour of the estate, sommelier, butler, personalized menus... It is an unique patrimony jewel of Wallachia, with roots in the beginning of the 17th century. The sophisticated architectural details contrast with the modern high-tech equipment. This gives the mansion an eclectic character rarely encountered in Romania. Please note, availability is strictly limited and reservations are essential at this exclusive mansion. The history of Stirbey noble family blends with this estate since 1831. But it was only the Prince Alexander Stirbey who gave the glamour to this generous happily located space. Educated in Paris, he is also the one who introduced it into Bucharest’s high society circuit. Stirbey family members were close friends and collaborators of Their Majesties King Ferdinand and Queen Mary. And they hosted here priceless guests as writers, poets, composer George Enescu, doctors, politicians, generals and princes. It is amazing ! For more than 150 years, this incredible place continues to preserve its simple elegance and romantic atmosphere of the park with secular trees.
Have fun at the studio-museum discovering the paper’s beginnings, books manual press and bindery equipment.
Rare engravings and old prints bear witness to past times.
But most of all handcraft your own paper and other objects for an aditional gulden (worth 10 lei).
More guldens, more objects !
By participating at these craftspeople workshops or purchasing their products, you sustain crafts and hard-working people from Comana village.
Private exclusive fine dining at 17th century mansion
Heighten your senses !
Estate guided tour is reserved for guests only.
For more information and access to the guest list, kindly contact us.
Take this basket and go away. On the lawn of a palace estate !
Think valet parking, guided tour of the estate, sommelier, butler, personalized menus...
It is an unique patrimony jewel of Wallachia, with roots in the beginning of the 17th century. The sophisticated architectural details contrast with the modern high-tech equipment. This gives the mansion an eclectic character rarely encountered in Romania. Please note, availability is strictly limited and reservations are essential at this exclusive mansion. The history of Stirbey noble family blends with this estate since 1831. But it was only the Prince Alexander Stirbey who gave the glamour to this generous happily located space. Educated in Paris, he is also the one who introduced it into Bucharest’s high society circuit. Stirbey family members were close friends and collaborators of Their Majesties King Ferdinand and Queen Mary. And they hosted here priceless guests as writers, poets, composer George Enescu, doctors, politicians, generals and princes. It is amazing ! For more than 150 years, this incredible place continues to preserve its simple elegance and romantic atmosphere of the park with secular trees.
The sophisticated architectural details contrast with the modern high-tech equipment. This gives the mansion an eclectic character rarely encountered in Romania.
Please note, availability is strictly limited and reservations are essential at this exclusive mansion.
The history of Stirbey noble family blends with this estate since 1831. But it was only the Prince Alexander Stirbey who gave the glamour to this generous happily located space. Educated in Paris, he is also the one who introduced it into Bucharest’s high society circuit. Stirbey family members were close friends and collaborators of Their Majesties King Ferdinand and Queen Mary. And they hosted here priceless guests as writers, poets, composer George Enescu, doctors, politicians, generals and princes.
It is amazing ! For more than 150 years, this incredible place continues to preserve its simple elegance and romantic atmosphere of the park with secular trees.