Traces of communism
Follow the steps of the infamous Nicolae Ceausescu as you visit the most important sights related to the past era of communism, “The Ceausescu’s era”. Don’t miss this chance to see among others the enormous Palace of Parliament, the “Ceausescu Mansion”, Snagov Palace or Targoviste, the city where the dictator found his end.
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Transfer to Hotel in Bucharest and check-in formalities.
After the check-in, we will start our program with a panoramic tour of Bucharest including: the Union Square (Piata Unirii) – University Square - Romana Square - The Triumphal Arch - Free Press Square - Kiseleff Boulevard - Revolution Square - Old City. Highlights: You will have the chance to see the place from where Ceausescu left Bucharest by helicopter before he was caught and executed. Here he held his last speech in front of his nation.
Dinner in a historical restaurant in Old City.
Transfer back to the hotel and overnight in Bucharest.
Today you will have the chance to see the most important sights in Bucharest related to the past era of the communism, "The Ceausescu's era".
The Palace of Parliament is the largest and heaviest administrative building on the planet used for civilian purposes, and also the second largest administrative building overall, after the Pentagon. Currently, this imposing building houses the Romanian Senate and the Romanian Chamber of Deputies.
The Palace of Parliament is former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s most infamous creation. Built in 1984 (and still unfinished), the building has more than 3000 rooms and covers 330 000 sq metres. For this huge and incredible building Ceausescu destroyed a whole quarter. Still, he couldn’t destroy the Patriarchy Church even if he tried to hide the building behind a massive block of stone. We will go walking to visit the Orthodox Patriarchy, one of the most vocal opponents to the communist dictatorship. We will cross the main Boulevard - Unirii Boulevard, a copy of the famous Champs - Elysee in Paris, and we will reach the Old City. We will walk for almost 1 hour to discover the most important sights in the old city. Among these you may admire the Stavropoleos Church with its unique architectural style, CEC Palace or the Old Princely Court.
Lunch in Old City After lunch we will continue our tour to visit the House where Ceausescu lived most of his life. He had multiple houses and even a Palace stollen from King Michael the I of Romania, but this was his favorite. The “Ceausescu Mansion” was for a quarter of a century (1965-1989) the private residence of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu and their children, Nicu, Zoia and Valentin.
Built in the mid 1960s and known at the time as the “Spring Palace”, the mansion was enlarged between 1970 and 1972. The preferred choice for the design of the Ceausescu family’s residence was Aron Grimberg-Solari (born 1928). The architecture of the palace is complemented by landscaping conceived by the architect Robert Woll (who was also the main furniture designer for the house) and the landscape engineer Teodosiu.
Transfer back to hotel.
Outside dinner and overnight in Bucharest.
Located just 81 kilometers from Bucharest, Targoviste is a special place. Apart from being a very historical city, Targoviste was the site of the trial and execution of Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena in December 1989. It is known that Nicolae Ceausescu wanted to turn the city into the capital of Romania, before the Revolution of 1989.
It is a city where history springs from every corner. The city is not to be missed by lovers of art and history who want to see wonderful places and get to know the past of this settlement better.
Targoviste was born and flourished on the bank of the Ialomita river, at the border between the hill and the plain, where the inhabitants of each of these areas came to change their products.
The town of Targoviste, the capital of the country in the time of Mircea the Elder, keeps even today traces of history. The Post Office (Old Post Office), the Metropolitan Church, the public garden with a special beauty, the statues and schools, all give a unique charm to the streets. Today we will visit the Chindia Tower, which impresses with the uniqueness and the original way of construction and which, in the time of Vlad the Impaler (Dracula), served as an important element in the defense of the Princely Court. It also worked as a prison. In those times, just from the top of the Tower, somebody yelled out and announced the hours of the sunrise or the sunset and the time to go to bed during the night. From here comes the name: Chindia Tower.
Lunch in TargovisteAfter lunch we will depart to Snagov and you will visit the Snagov Palace - one of the palaces stolen from Michael the I of Romania.
Snagov Palace was built in the 1930s by Prince Nicholas, the younger brother of Carol II and it was extended in the '80s by the Ceausescu family.
In 1932, when it was completed, the palace consisted of a very large hallway and a few upstairs rooms. It was made according to the designs of the daughter of the writer Barbu Stefanescu Delavrancea, Henriette Delavrancea Gibory, known as one of the greatest Romanian architects of that period. Prince Nicholas never lived in the palace due to his misunderstandings with Carol II, his brother. He was later exiled.
During the Second World War, the building was inhabited by the General Ion Antonescu, dictator of the pro-German government during Second World War and the man who forced Carol the II to abdicate.
After the war the building was inhabited by Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, one of the famous communist figures at that time.
In the early 1970s, Snagov Palace was enlarged at the request of Nicolae Ceausescu to be used as a residence for meetings with the council of ministers and for other events.
Return to Bucharest. Farewell dinner and overnight in Bucharest.