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Bucharest: 4-Hour Walking Food Tour in the Old Town

1. Bucharest: 4-Hour Walking Food Tour in the Old Town

Delve into the culinary culture of Bucharest on a 4-hour walking tour in the Romanian capital. On this private tour, you will immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the old town of Bucharest. Along the way you will get to know some of the most important historical places in the old town, such as Manuc’s Inn, Princely Court, Lipscani Street, and the Romulus and Remus Roman Monument. The first stop will be at a restaurant to try traditional pies. Try some pies and learn why they are such an important part of the Romanian diet. It will be hard to choose one when they all look amazing. After you have indulged in some sweets, it is time for a wine and cheese tasting at Abel's Wine Bar. Try some of the best Romanian wine with different types of cheese.  The famous restaurant Caru Cu Bere will be the final stop. The 130-year-old eatery is one of the historical symbols of Bucharest. Here you will try traditional bean soup with smoked bacon in a bread bowl with onion. Then you can taste mici (skinless sausages) with mustard. End your tour with some papanasi (traditional fried or boiled pastry) filled with jam with sour cream on top. Then you will be dropped off at your hotel, having discovered the real taste of Romanian food.

Bucharest by Night: 1.5-Hour Driving Tour

2. Bucharest by Night: 1.5-Hour Driving Tour

Take part in the Bucharest night tour for the perfect way to end a day in Romania. Perfect for holiday goers with tight schedules or those wishing to see this beautiful city by moonlight. Spend 1.5 hours exploring the city under the cover of darkness, and see the sights from a whole new perspective as you drive through the city center. Witness monumental landmarks lit up by the night sky, and discover Bucharest’s key sights and hidden gems. Listen to your guide tell the colorful story of the “little Paris” and other Romanian stories. The tour includes free pick-up and drop-off at your location in Bucharest, transport by car/minibus, a map of the city, and an English-speaking guide.

Bucharest: Snagov, Ceaușescu Mansion, & Village Museum Tour

3. Bucharest: Snagov, Ceaușescu Mansion, & Village Museum Tour

Village Museum: In this Bucharest city tour, you will visit The National Village Museum – in one place, you will see an embodiment of Romanian traditions and you will learn what it meant for Romanian villagers to have built an ecological and sustainable environment in their backyard. You will also get a glimpse of their simple and modest lifestyle, in social and spiritual harmony with their surroundings. Book a guide in Bucharest and you will enter the universe of the traditional Romanian houses, large or small, made of wood and adobe, but also stone and other materials, from all areas of the country. You will also see national symbols such as the mill or the wooden church and you will learn how these treasures of spirituality and civilization have kept us united for thousands of years, without needing to invade other nations. Ceausescu Mansion: The “Ceauşescu Mansion” was for a quarter of a century (1965-1989) the private residence of Nicolae and Elena Ceauşescu and of 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 Ceauşescu 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. Victory Avenue: On Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue) – with your private guide you will be fascinated by the contradictions of history: on one side, you have the Royal Palace and on the other, the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party and the Revolution Square, where Ceausescu fled the country by helicopter. You will see old orthodox churches, enveloped in an aura of mystery, a music store, where you can find a large selection of music, as well as casinos, bohemian restaurants, museums, theatres, tea shops, retail stores, and gift shops, where you can purchase souvenirs, and even the National History Museum and the Romanian Athenaeum, another Romanian architectural landmark, the CEC Palace and many others. Revolution Square: In this private tour you can be transported back in time to the moment where the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was ousted, leaving behind the secrets of a great fortune and controversies about the state security service and his offshore accounts. As we mentioned earlier, when we reach the Senate Palace, you will see the building which used to house the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party and the place where the Revolution of December 1989 started – a major historical event whereby, through human force and sacrifice, Ceausescu was removed from power. Snagov Monastery: This is a surprise! It's 40 min outside Bucharest, on an Island and it's the place where is the tomb of Dracula!

From Bucharest: Dracula Castle Day Trip

4. From Bucharest: Dracula Castle Day Trip

Start your tour with pickup from your hotel in Bucharest. First, travel north to the 17th century Sinaia Monastery inspired by a church in Mount Sinai. Then, visit the splendid Peles Palace, the summer residence of Carol I, one of the greatest Romanian Kings. The next stop will be the Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle, due to it being famously associated with Dracula legend. At the end of your tour, you have the chance to see the center of Brasov, followed by the return trip and drop off at your hotel or any other place in Bucharest.

Bucharest: Communist Tour including Ceausescu Residence

5. Bucharest: Communist Tour including Ceausescu Residence

The tour will start with a pick-up from your hotel reception in order to visit a couple of the metro stations built during the communist period.  Afterwards, head towards a neighbourhood built by the Romanian dictator especially for the working class in order to discover how the people of Romania lived their daily lives, followed by a visit to the Palace of the Parliament. The building was completed in 1997 and was part of a larger project of Ceausescu to rebuild the capital city entitled ‘Project Bucharest’. The final destination of the tour is the residential Ceausescu Palace, better known as the Spring Palace (Palatul Primaverii). This is where the famous Ceausescu couple lived their lives. 

Complete 3-Hour Small-Group Bucharest Tour by Car

6. Complete 3-Hour Small-Group Bucharest Tour by Car

This trip encompasses the most remarkable tourist attractions and cultural heritage in the center of the city. Together with your guide you will learn about Bucharest’s architecture and history, reflected in splendid old and new buildings such as the Romanian Atheneum, Royal Palace, National Theater, and many others. The tour begins in the morning at your hotel and includes the following itinerary: Free Press Square (Piata Presei Libere) – The Arch of Triumph (Arcul de Triumf) – Victoriei Square (Piata Victoriei) – Calea Victoriei – Revolution Square (Romanian Atheneum, Revolution’s Memorial) – The Palace of Parliament (Palatul Parlamentului) – Union Square (Piata Unirii) – University Square (Piata Universitatii) – Romana Square (Piata Romana) – Charles de Gaulle Square (Piata Charles de Gaulle) – The Village Museum (Muzeul Satului). Entrance to the Parliament Palace and Village Museum are optional, but it is strongly recommended that you visit both since they are both iconic symbols of the capital city.

Discover Bulgaria Full-Day Guided Tour from Bucharest

7. Discover Bulgaria Full-Day Guided Tour from Bucharest

You’ll depart Bucharest at 08:00 for a drive across the Danube River on this full-day excursion to Bulgaria. The Danube is the second-longest river in Europe, and the King of all Rivers, according to Napoleon. After passing the city of Ruse you’ll come to a remote area that’s home to the Ivanovo churches. Part of the UNESCO since 1979, the rock-hewn churches feature stunning frescos dating to the 13th and 14th centuries. The churches are located in the beautiful valley of the Rusenski Lom River. The tour continues on to Bulgaria’s most beautiful city, Veliko Tarnovo, also known also as the City of the Tsars. Located on the banks of the Yantra River, Veliko Tarnovo was the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, and was one of the strongest fortifications in the area. In the old town, the fortress is the most impressive attraction. Walk along the streets of the old town and the alleyways of the Tsarevets Palace. Visit the former patriarchal church, rebuilt in modern times, admire other examples of the period’s architecture, and take in the panoramic views. Arbanassi, quite near Veliko Tarnovo, is a small, quaint village with a medieval atmosphere. Enjoy a stroll along its centuries-old streets and admire the beautiful houses.

From Bucharest: Private Full-Day Veliko Tarnovo Trip

8. From Bucharest: Private Full-Day Veliko Tarnovo Trip

In the morning, you will meet with your travel guide at the hotel. You will head south to Bulgaria, passing the Danube River, the second largest river in Europe. At approximately 100 km from the Romanian border is the charismatic city of Veliko Tarnovo. Once you entered the medieval town, you will be under the impression that you traveled back in time. You will find palaces, a fortress, houses with unique architectural style, museums, monasteries – all part of the region's history. Walking on the cobble streets, the guide will tell you more about the history of the town which used to be the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire. Visit the Tsarevets fortress surrounded by thick walls up on the hill. The market consists of two streets bordered by shops, craftsmen’s workshops and inns. You can buy souvenirs from this center which recreates the atmosphere of the first decades of the 20th century. When you return to Bucharest, you will stop at the nearby village of Arbanassi known especially for its mural paintings in churches and visit the Nativity Church.

Bucharest: 5-Day King Charles' Transylvania Private Tour

9. Bucharest: 5-Day King Charles' Transylvania Private Tour

This exclusive tour gives you the chance to see and live in some of King Charles favorite houses, to sleep in the bed of His Royal Highness and to eat great meals prepared by the local ladies. It was enough for King Charles to come to Romania once and more precisely in Transylvania with whom he irremediably fell in love. The King of Great Britain actually participated in the rebirth of the Saxon villages. He first came to Romania in 1997. He got involved with Mihai Eminescu Trust which started to buy and restore old Saxon houses from the Transylvanian Villages. The King came almost every year in Romania and always spent time in his favourite area. In Viscri and Miklosvar Villages He owns traditional houses, which when he is not there, are open for the public to have a fantastic experience ! In Malancrav and Zalan Valley Villages, the Foundation and his good friend, Count Kalnoky restored old houses which offer great accommodation. Day 1 Bucharest – Brasov We'll meet you in Bucharest and start driving to Transylvania. After 1.5 hours, we stop in Sinaia and visit Peles Palace, former summer residance of our Royal Family, one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. Drive another one our and reach Brasov Medieval City, our place for the night. We visit The Old City of Brasov. Overnight in Brasov Day 2 This day is the first day when we see why King Charles loves Transylvania so much. We'll drive to the charming Viscri Saxon Village, the place where King Charles III bought his first house in Transylvania. The house is fully restored and keeps the genuine charm of the old days. In Viscri, we are going to visit the 700 years old Fortified Church and meet the locals. In the evening, we'll taste the local cuisine – a lovely lady will cook for us a traditional meal. Overnight in Viscri Saxon Village Day 3 Time again to go on King Charles footsteps. Zalan Valley Village is the place where Count Kalnoky, a very good friend of The King, bought and restored old houses. The result is simply fabulous: charming old traditional accommodations. We'll have the opportunity to stay in The King's house from the village. Here, we can admire the area on a horse cart ride. Traditional home cooked dinner at the house. Overnight in Zalan Valley Village Day 4 Today, we'll go for Sibiu Medieval City, probably, the most beautiful city of Romania. On the way, we'll visit Sighisoara Medieval Citadel and Biertan Fortified Church, Unesco sites. We'll arrive in Sibiu afternoon, so we'll have plenty of time to discover and explore the Old City. Overnight in Sibiu Day 5 Time to get back to Bucharest. We'll visit Palace of the Parliament, the impressive building constructed during Nicolae Ceausescu’s dictatorial regime. The current headquarters of the Romanian Parliament is the largest non-military building on the planet. We'll spend time in the Old City of Bucharest and learn about the anti-communist Revolution from December 1989. Overnight in Bucharest

From Ruse: Shore Excursion Day Tour to Sofia

10. From Ruse: Shore Excursion Day Tour to Sofia

Depart in the early morning from your ship docked in Ruse and begin the drive south. Very soon, you will reach the national road leading to Sofia. On the way, you'll pass picturesque villages, and get a glimpse of rural life in Bulgaria. Your expert local guide will give you great insight into the area and answer your questions about this interesting country. Upon arrival in Sofia, take a walking tour in the central historical district and visit Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Bulgaria's largest Orthodox church, and the St. George Rotonda from the 4th century. See the Military Academy, National Theater, National Bank and National Art Gallery. After a lunch break in a local restaurant, it's time to visit the National History Museum, located by the Vitosha Mountain and containing one of the best exhibitions of Bulgaria's artefacts and treasures. The last stop will be at the Boyana Church, with its perfectly preserved frescoes. After a day of discovering Bulgaria's wonders and making local friends you will return to your ship in the small port of Ruse.

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Excellent day trip to Bulgaria from Bucharest

This was an excellent day trip with only me on board. My tour guide was Andrei and he provided good commentary throughout as we moved from one location to next one. He also made sure I knew where to go in each city and gave me short tour in each location. In addition, which was important to me, I had answers to all my questions about history and local culture. We stayed on schedule throughout the day. The old town of Veliko was very interesting, beautiful old architecture and winding cobbled streets and stairs. The scenery was breathtaking and our lunch at the restaurant overlooking the surroundings was excellent (the food was so good and fresh).

Recommended tour

With Claudia we had a great tour guide who knew a lot about Bucharest and the time of the rule under Ceausescu. Stops on the tour (including) Revolution Square, visit to the Ceausescu private residence, Roma flower market, visit to Parliament, nature reserve on the outskirts of Bucharest (only viewed from the skyscraper due to weather conditions), synagogue (from outside), North Station and a trip with the old subway (erected by Ceausescu). Highly recommended tour

Excellent one-day introduction to Bulgarian history & landscapes!

Sergan got us from Bucharest to Bulgaria and back in one speedy but attractions-packed day. Safe driver; excellent guide and great lunch recommendation. Loved the stops at Ivanovo cave frescoes and Veliko Tarnovo. Highly recommend if you're in Bucharest and want to squeeze in a quick taste of nearby Bulgaria.

Nádherný, velmi zajímavý výlet. Zámek Peles je úžasný! Měli jsme privátní velké auto, pohodlné a průvodce byl velmi příjemný, vše zajímavě vyprávěl. Oběd v starém most v Brasově , domácí rumunské specialty byl vynikající. Výlet doporučuji!

Excellent English. Very friendly. Extremely knowledgeable about the history of the places we visited. Good driver:) Highly recommend our guide!