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Bucharest

Romania
Bucharest travel packages
The "City of Joy" is joyfully surprising.
Discover a city of contrasts as you admire the gorgeous 19th century architecture of Victory Boulevard or the Old Town, then see the cold, massive structures of the Centrul Civic ("Civic Center") built under the final days of communism. The area's "crown jewel," the Palace of Parliament, is among the world's largest buildings (and certainly the heaviest), a fitting symbol of the megalomania of Ceausescu, the country's last dictator. Then go window-shopping in antique and art galleries. Relax in a summer garden or have dinner at an elegant rooftop restaurant.
Known as "The Little Paris" back in the 19th century, the city has grown, and bears the scars of communism, but the bohemian lifestyle the city was known for in its heyday is returning, from charming cafes to the George Enescu Festival, one of the continent's largest classical music festivals and competitions. Further afield, you can visit the palaces and castles left behind by the country's 19th century royalty.

What I love about Bucharest

Olivia

Trip Planner & Romania Destination Expert

I’ve been living in Bucharest for 13 years now and even though it’s not as glamorous as it used to be back in the 19th century when it was nicknamed the “Little Paris”, I do love its imperfections. I love that I can walk on Victory Avenue or in Old Town and admire gorgeous neo-classic palaces and then enter the former communist civic center and see something completely different. There are cold yet impressive soviet giants like the Palace of Parliament, the world’s 2nd largest building. Basically, it’s a city mixing 3 major types of architecture: neo-classic, soviet era and modern era glass buildings. I love the small hidden alleys & summer gardens where you can still feel the charm of the Belle Époque and some of that old bohemian feel. The nightlife is buzzing and you never get bored as it offers everything from underground clubs to rooftop & outdoor parties or to classic music like the annual George Enescu international festival. Last but not least, I truly appreciate being just 2 hours away from either the golden sand beaches of the Black Sea in the east or the snowy Carpathians Mountains and Transylvania to the north.

Where to stay in Bucharest

We can confidently say our Bucharest hotel selection handily caters to every budget and taste, from efficient design hotels, cozy boutique properties and high end luxury, as well as an airport hotel with excellent amenities, ideal for an early morning departure without having to worry about traffic. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Stylish Luxury Hotel
This upscale hotel offers a French vibe in a quiet location. Experience a taste of luxury, close to the city's main parks.
Modern Boutique Hotel
A recently renovated historical building now houses a modern hotel with spacious rooms at a good price.
Luxury Boutique Hotel
Located in the Old Town of Bucharest, this is a vibrant place where old and new blend in harmoniously and vintage decorationsthat keep the history of Bucharest alive.

Things to do in Bucharest

One can't miss activity if you're visiting the city for the first time is the ridiculously grandiose Palace of Parliament, also known as the People's Palace. Conceived by Nicolae Ceaușescu as a demonstration of the power and capability of the Romanian nation, it was only 60% complete by the time of his execution and is still slowly being completed now. As well as learning about the history of the city of Bucharest and seeing all its major sights, you'll also get to see inside the Palace of Parliament on our Bucharest City Tour. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to include in your vacation package or consider adding later.
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Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Bucharest vacation packages
Based on 21 reviews
Review by Sharon

Sharon

Ontario

JayWay Travel takes all of the work out of travel and gives you just the enjoyment. Your whole trip is customized to you and your interests and you have the support of a destination manager who is available in case of any issues. They have great tour guides who speak your language. I could go on and on here.

JayWay Travel takes all of the work out of travel and gives you just the enjoyment. Your whole trip is customized to you and your interests and you have the support of a destination manager who is available in case of any issues. They have great tour guides who speak your language. I could go on and on here.

Year : 2019
Visited : Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania
Itinerary : Prague, Budapest, Bucharest, Brasov, Bucharest
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania
Itinerary : Prague, Budapest, Bucharest, Brasov, Bucharest
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Review by Carol, Tim, Kendall & Gloria

Carol, Tim, Kendall & Gloria

California

I would highly recommend JayWay Travel to anyone planning to travel in Eastern Europe. Jared was very helpful in the planning stages, all of the hotels were charming with central locations and unique rooms. Guides were on time and knowledgeable. Transfers also on time and efficient.

I would highly recommend JayWay Travel to anyone planning to travel in Eastern Europe. Jared was very helpful in the planning stages, all of the hotels were charming with central locations and unique rooms. Guides were on time and knowledgeable. Transfers also on time and efficient.

Year : 2019
Visited : Romania, Bulgaria
Itinerary : Bucharest, Brasov, Sighisoara, Cluj, Sibiu, Bucharest, Varna, Burgas, Plovdiv, Sofia
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Romania, Bulgaria
Itinerary : Bucharest, Brasov, Sighisoara, Cluj, Sibiu, Bucharest, Varna, Burgas, Plovdiv, Sofia
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Todd & Jennifer

Todd & Jennifer

Ontario

The JayWay Travel experience is customized and personalized. Each trip will be unique to you and it is a wonderful way to ensure you focus on what matters most while travelling (sights, activities, etc.) rather than booking hotels, transfers, etc. that take up so much of your time and energy.

The JayWay Travel experience is customized and personalized. Each trip will be unique to you and it is a wonderful way to ensure you focus on what matters most while travelling (sights, activities, etc.) rather than booking hotels, transfers, etc. that take up so much of your time and energy.

Year : 2019
Visited : Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria
Itinerary : Bucharest, Sibiu, Belgrade, Kotor, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Sofia, Burgas, Constanta
Rating :
4.6 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria
Itinerary : Bucharest, Sibiu, Belgrade, Kotor, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Sofia, Burgas, Constanta
Rating :
4.6 / 5

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Bucharest

How long should I stay in Bucharest?

We recommend spending two full days in Bucharest. This will give you enough time to visit the Old Town and the beautiful 19th century palaces on Victoriei Bulevard on your first day. Then, you can visit the Palace of Parliament (one of the world's largest buildings) or other great museums, such as the outdoor National Village Museum or the National Art Museum which is located in the former Royal Palace.

When is the best time to visit Bucharest?

Spring, early summer, and fall are ideal. July and August are quite hot, but there are many summer gardens where you can relax and hide from the sun. Here is a link for inspiration: https://jaywaytravel.com/blog/the-coolest-summer-gardens-in-bucharest/

How can I get around Bucharest?

Bucharest's public transportation network is as sprawling as the city itself, and includes buses (autobuz), trams (tramvai), trolley busses (troilebuz) and a subway (Metrou). Most of the attractions are located in the city center, within walking distance of the accommodations we provide. Taxis and rideshares are good, affordable options. We recommend using Uber, Bolt, or Yango.

Can I get by in Bucharest as a vegetarian?

While traditional Romanian food is meat-heavy, Bucharest's center has plenty of vegetarian-friendly restaurants, some of which focus on classic dishes such as vegetable soups, eggplant salad, mashed beans, and vegetable dips.

How can I visit the Palace of the Parliament?

The parliament offers group tours, lasting about an hour. You can buy a ticket from its ticket office, but need to present a passport to get inside. We recommend making a reservation at least 24 hours in advance. We can also add the group tour to a city walking tour. You can find details here: https://jaywaytravel.com/blog/bucharest-palace-of-parliament/.
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