Private Iasi City Tour | Palace of Culture, The Metropolitan Cathedral, and more
8-hour Iasi city tour
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Fairly Easy
You will enjoy a full day walking tour in one of the most important and oldest cities in Romania. You will be amazed by the way that the occidental part of the city blends in with the old town shaped by hundreds of years of history, culture and religious life.
- Transport with a modern, well-equipped car, minibus or coach
- Tour guide
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Entrance fees
- Bottle of water
- Lunch (approx. 12 € / person)
- Personal expense
Welcome to Iasi
You will enjoy a few pleasant hours in one of the largest cities in Romania. You will enter the city’s bohemian atmosphere present, mostly, in the old part of the town and you will also witness the animated occidental lifestyle.
The tour starts at one of the most impressive buildings of the city, the Palace of Culture, where you can observe its flamboyant neogothic style and admire the beautiful Palas Garden behind the Palace. Next, the tour guide will take you to a walk along the main historical street of the city: Stefan cel Mare, where you’ll visit and find out information about the Vasile Alecsandri National Theatre. The building is a true architectonic jewel with one of the most amazing theater halls in the world, beautifully decorated with an iron curtain painted by Al. Goltz, rococo crystal Venice chandelier with 109 bulbs and the ceiling depicts Edenic parables representing angles and nymphs.
Next, we will visit two of the most imposing religious symbols of Iasi: The Three Hierarchs Church and The Metropolitan Cathedral. We will continue with a visit to the “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University Library, one of the most majestic libraries in the world. According to Bored Panda, this library is considered to be amongst libraries like New York Public Library, The City Library from Stuttgart, Bibliothèque Nationale De France, Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura from Rio de Janeiro.
Next, you’ll be introduced to the most important place of the city history, The Union Square, where the 1859 Romanian Union was first celebrated. From here the car will take you to a local restaurant, Bolta Rece, for a tasty traditional lunch. In the second part of the tour, you will admire a beautiful view over the whole city from the tower of the Golia Monastery. Copou Hill, with its University and the Botanical Garden will complete your day in the cultural capital of Moldavia.
Starting time: 10:00 AM
Trip duration: 8 hours
The Palace of Culture – This remarkable construction inaugurated in 1929 by Ferdinand of Hohenzollern was built on the ruins of a medieval royal court dating from 1434. The Palace has a flamboyant neogothic style, with ornamental details and heraldic elements outside. The Clock Tower is the main architectural piece of the entire Palace and the Carillon in the tower has eight bells that are singing each hour the Union Hora. Today, the Palace of Culture houses 4 of the city’s museums: the Moldavian History Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, the Museum of Art and the Museum of Science and Technology, and we will stop to see a true delight for our eyes, an ethnographic exhibition at the Ethnographic Museum.
The Metropolitan Cathedral – Built in the Italian Renaissance style (1883 – 1888), the St. Paraschiva Metropolitan Cathedral is the largest Orthodox Church in Romania. The vast interior was painted by Gheorghe Tatarescu and the stained glass windows were completed by a Bavarian factory in Munich. Since 1889, the Metropolitan Cathedral had sheltered the relics of St. Paraschiva from Constantinople.
The Three Hierarchs Church – Constructed between 1637-1639, the current monastery has a stunning ornate decoration: the entire exterior is covered in delicate and intricate patterns sculpted into the stone and spread over 30 friezes. This ”stone embroidery” is a mixture of western Gothic, Renaissance, and Oriental motifs. The interior boasts the tombs of a number of famous Romanians, including the founder of this church, Vasile Lupu, Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza, and Prince Dimitrie Cantemir.
Cancellations can be made up to 48 hours prior to departure.
The tour can only be organized in English.
We will pick you up from the hotel, or from the requested location.
The tour starts at 10:00.