The Journey: Day 1
Praised to be the most luxurious hotel in the country, this is the only hotel in Romania ever included in the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler Top 136 Best Hotels of the World.It is a preferred place of world-famous film and pop stars, politicians and top business executives.
This luxurious boutique hotel in Bucharest is just 300 metres from the Royal Palace and located in the very heart of Bucharest.
One of the city’s most sophisticated and prestigious landmarks. Built in 1914 and conveniently situated in the heart of the city, the Hilton Athénée Palace Bucharest hotel enjoys exquisite views of Revolution Square.
Residence of the former communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. One of the most extravagant in the entire Communist area, it is said it outrivaled every other dictator's residences. Pure opulence, from the genuine crystal mirrors to the solid gold faucets.
Carmen's popularity has endured into the 21st century; according to Macdonald: "The memorability of Bizet’s tunes will keep the music of Carmen alive in perpetuity", and its status as a popular classic is unchallenged by any other French opera.
The National Opera of Bucharest is a repertory theatre for opera and ballet. Since 1921, the National Theatre is the centre of music theatre in Bucharest. It has been in its present location since 1953.
From the moment you land at the Henri Coanda airport in Bucharest, you will be welcomed by your concierge and driver. They shall be at your disposal for the entire journey, along with your luxury limo. They will take you to your first stop, a luxury hotel of your choice. We have prepared three of Bucharest's best hotels especially for you: Hotel Carol Park, official purveyor of the Romanian Royalty, Scala Boutique and Hilton, built for Carol I of the Hohenzollern Dynasty, the first King of Romania.
This first evening will be enriched by an extraordinary opera representation – Bizet's “Carmen”, with a world-class line up! You will get an all-access ticket, which means you will get to meet the artists after the representation.
The whole story behind the journey will be passed to you during a private reception hosted by an extremely restricted location: dictator Ceausescu's own home, the presidential villa built in the most exclusive neighborhood in Bucharst, Primaverii. The building was designed by Ceausescu himself, while his wife, Elena, chose the chandeliers and mosaics. The mirrors are made of pure Venice crystal, and the lamps are genuine Murano glass. The villa is known as being the most extravagantly luxurious of all the former Eastern Bloc presidential residencies, beating Jivkov, Gorbachev, Tito or Breznev.
Interesting details about Romania's former presidential couple will be shared by a historian, while you have your first contact with Romanian cuisine and very best wines.