- Spend wonderful moments at the palace of a communist dictator.
- Enjoy a private exclusive fine dining at a 17th century mansion.
- Explore Romania’s second delta.
- Make your own paper at Paper Mill.
TAILOR MADE ITINERARY
SAMPLE: Bucharest ~ Ilfov ~ Ialomita ~ Giurgiu ~ Bucharest
Day 1 ~ Picnic at the communist dictator’s palace
- Welcome and greetings at Bucharest airport.
- Drive to Snagov for a visit to Snagov Monastery on Vlad Tepes Island.
Then visit the palace of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu
Built in the 1930s by Prince Nicholas - the younger brother of King Carol II - Snagov Palace lies on Snagov lakeshore.
It is currently residence for guests of institutions such as the presidency, parliament or government.
Henriette Delavrancea Gibory drew the original sketches.
Daughter of famous Romanian writer Barbu Stefanescu Delavrancea, she was the greatest architect in the country at that time.
The most famous constructions made according to her plans are:
- Balcic City Hall,
- General Rasoviceanu’s residence,
- “Lupoaica” (She Wolf) Villa of Nae Ionescu,
- Border Guards Pavilion of the royal ensemble and
- the villas of Ion Pillat and Elisa Bratianu, all from Balcic.
Completed in 1932, the palace with a huge hallway and several rooms, remained uninhabited for a long time.
Prince Nicolae had never lived at the palace.
Disinherited, he went on exile in 1937, due to the misunderstandings with his brother.
The Prince never revisited the palace that would be open to artists, writers and politicians.
Marshal Ion Antonescu lived here during Second World War and, later, by Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej – Romania’s first communist leader.
At present, from the original architecture, the palace only preserves: the entrance, hall and stairs leading upstairs.
In the 1970s, Nicolae Ceausescu wished to use Snagov palace as residence for meetings with the Council of Ministers.
Thus for about 7 years, they extended the palace to almost 1500 sqm, using mostly Romanian materials.
- Cabinet 1 – of Nicolae Ceausescu and Cabinet 2 – of Elena Ceausescu (both intactly preserved)
- a waiting room,
- a meeting room,
- a tables room and
- a small dining-room attached to the kitchen.
From private movie evenings to weddings fireworks
The upstairs 3 imposing bedrooms with bathrooms have golden taps.
During 1989 Romanian Revolution people said these are made of gold.
On the attic there are two rooms for children.
In the basement, the cinema hall still preserves today – in a closed old air – the original projection equipment.
The wine cellar, fitness, gym, sauna and massage rooms lies aside.
The swimming pool has a removable ceiling.
All house endowments are original and remarkably maintained.
The studies are sober but luxurious, the cherry wood tables stand between the walls with silk tapestry.
The bedrooms arranged after bourgeois pictures have crystal chandeliers.
Contrary to expectations, Ceausescu never lived in the palace.
He lived across the lake, in another complex of houses built on the site of some former farms.
The presidential couple reached from there to the palace by boat.
So they added the pontoon from which nowadays they launch fireworks at weddings organized here.
The palace with architecture in Brancoveanu’s style has Baroque style furniture according to dictatorial family’s taste.
Both the palace and the annexes – not open to public – host official and private events.
In 1992, during Dangerous Worldwide Tour, Michael Jackson was staying for 3 days in Snagov Palace.
Outside protocol activities periods, Snagov Palace estate hosts weddings, baptisms, political forums, employees meetings of multinational companies.
- Enjoy a picnic on the estate lawn.
- In the afternoon boat ride Snagov Lake inclusively within the protected area.
- Return to Bucharest for dinner and overnight.
Day 2 ~ Take this basket and go away. On the lawn of a palace estate !
- Private minivan transfer to the estate of Stirbey princely family.
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 estate’s park with secular trees keeps preserving its simple elegance and romantic atmosphere. It makes guests feeling it familiar and cozy despite its overwhelming history which only imposes a warm respect. Enjoy half an hour of walking on its forest paths. Queen Mary loved to gallop here, soaking her soul with the rich scent of oak trees. After that, nothing compares with a lazy gourmet picnic on the perfect lawn with hints of European sophistication. Chef Antonio Passarelli’s creations are unlike anything you have ever seen.
- Lunch at Stirbey Estate.
- Evening city tour by fully loaded stretch limousine.
- Dinner at Maize Restaurant.
- Overnight at Radisson Blu Hotel in Bucharest.
Day 3 ~ Private exclusive fine dining at 17th century mansion
- Leisure day in Bucharest.
Optional old city center tour.
- Lunch in Bucharest at Aqua Restaurant.
- Evening transfer to Manasia Estate for dinner.
Think valet parking, guided tour of the estate, sommelier, butler, personalized menus...
Very few still know interesting facts about this little town quite close to Bucharest. Like for example, that in the local bricks factory they made the bricks used for the construction of Parliament Palace. Even fewer know about this fascinating noble mansion, perfect for sophisticated memorable experiences.
It is an unique patrimony jewel of Wallachia, with roots in the beginning of the 17th century. At that time (1650-1795) this estate belonged to Cantacuzino family. Prince Alexandru Ipsilanti bought it and in 1839 sold it to Serbian Prince Efrem Obrenovici. Whispers say his daughter-in-law, Maria Obrenovici, lived here a beautiful love story with Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza. In the second half of 19th century, Efrem Obrenovici’s heirs sold the estate to Ion Hagianoff. Ex Foreign Affairs Minister of Bulgaria he was a political refugee in Romania. In 1948, communist regime abusively confiscated the properties of Hagianoff’s family. The estate’s aristocratic history ennoble the boyar mansion, the cellar underneath it, and the 2 ha park. Respecting their rich past, an impressive architects and decorators team brought back to life the refined elegance of entire domain.
Heighten your senses !
The sophisticated architectural details contrast with the modern high-tech equipment. This gives the mansion an eclectic character rarely encountered in Romania. Reintegrated into the autochthon cultural landscape features a team of professionals who pursue service excellence. Chef Alexandru Iacob provides its own unique brand of avant-garde fine dining, showing a passion that pushes him to perfectionism. From the freshest and most refined seasonal ingredients, he ingeniously creates gourmet delights rising to the rank of art. So you can be sure that your palate will be as artistically moved as your visual senses.
Availability strictly limited, reservations are essential. Estate guided tour reserved for guests only.
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- Drive back to Bucharest.
- Overnight at Radisson Blu Hotel in Bucharest.
Day 4 ~ Explore Romania’s second delta
- 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. Then rent a bike and ride through the forest with secular trees, especially oaks declared nature’s monument.
The 25,000 ha park is famous 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.
From the 141 birds species and 13 fish species, two of them you will find only in this natural habitat.
On the ruins of a monastery founded by legendary Vlad Tepes in 1461, now there is Comana Monastery.
In 1700, Serban Cantacuzino rebuilt the Comana monastery built in 1588.
Paper mill living museum
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.
- Pay a visit to Teohari Antonescu County Museum
“We came there looking for a toys exhibition. And ended having a captivating tour about Romania’s history from the oldest times up to present.
Totally unexpected pleasant surprise !”
- Dinner at Relais & Chateaux Le Bistrot Francais Restaurant.
- Overnight at Radisson Blu Hotel in Bucharest.
Day 5 ~ Bucharest
- Leisure morning.
- Private minivan transfer to Bucharest airport.
- Fly back home.
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