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Bucharest: Street Food Tour with a Local Guide

1. Bucharest: Street Food Tour with a Local Guide

Discover the best of Bucharest's gastronomy on this all-encompassing food tour. Start your tour with "the snack of communism", a Romanian pretzel and yogurt, the breakfast of choice for communist workers.  Afterward, take a short tram ride to reach Obor Market, one of Romania's largest and oldest markets, this is the best place to discover Romanian food and culture. During your tram journey, admire the architecture and buildings of the Jewish and Armenian quarters of the city. At the market, enjoy a stroll through stalls selling everything from honey and cheese to handcrafted wooden bowls and fresh produce. Visit a well-known stall to sample some traditional Romanian ground meat rolls, washed down with a cool beer. After this experience, take the trolleybus to University Square. As you walk, learn about the most important historical landmarks located between University Square and Cismigiu Park. Finish your tour at a fine dining restaurant where you can taste sweet Wallachian doughnuts called Papanasi, served hot and filled with jam and delicious cream. While indulging, feel free to ask your friendly local guide for tips on what else to eat and see during your stay in Bucharest.

Bucharest: 3-Hour Walking Tour

2. Bucharest: 3-Hour Walking Tour

If all the world’s a stage, then, for sure, Bucharest deserves its place in the spotlight! It has experienced it all: love, betrayal, Russian tzars, French Vaudeville, merchants of Venetian goods, Greek tragedies, and one or two great fires for good measure. Experience some of the most important sights in Bucharest and learn the stories behind them as you explore Romania’s capital on foot, alongside a local guide with insider knowledge of the city. Your Bucharest tour starts in the political center of the city, Revolution Square. Formerly known as Palace Square, this iconic spot has witnessed some of the most important events in Romanian history. It was from here in 1989 that dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu made his rallying speech to a crowd that quickly turned on him, instigating the Romanian revolution. This is also where you’ll discover several other notable landmarks, including the former Royal Palace, the beautiful Romanian Athenaeum (the city’s main concert hall) and the Athenee Palace Hilton (built in 1914 and formerly a favorite hangout for spies). Leaving the square, head filled with fascinating facts, you’ll go south along Victory Avenue, which was named for the victory of the new Romanian nation in the 1877 War of Independence. Soak up the history and significance of the street, we’ll also be passing by — and getting the stories behind — some other important buildings, including several palaces, museums and the beautiful Kretzulescu Church, one of the most famous churches in Bucharest. Next, explore the many sights of Bucharest’s Old Town. This is the heart of medieval Bucharest, the literal crossroads between East and West, where Ottoman pashas rubbed shoulders with Transylvanian princes. The winding, cobbled streets are filled with bars, cafés, shops and restaurants much-loved by locals and visitors alike. But if you need a dose of peace and quiet, you can find it in the calming courtyard of Stavropoleos Monastery, or the great wooden inn of Hanul Lui Manuc, which offers a captivating glimpse into an earlier time. Along the way, we’ll visit one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, the stunning Carturesti Carusel and snack on traditional covrig (basically a soft pretzel), one of the most popular street foods in Romania. We will finish the tour in front of the ruins of the Old Princely Court, which dates to the 15th century. This is the former residence of one of the most famous individuals in history: Vlad Tepes, the inspiration for Dracula.

From Bucharest: Romanian Wine Tasting Tour

3. From Bucharest: Romanian Wine Tasting Tour

Set off from Bucharest in the morning before stopping at LacertA Winery, Buzau County, which has an 82-hectare vineyard on one of the most favorable soils for wine production. Learn the history of wines, see the production process, and taste a range of white, red, rosé, or table wines, depending on your preferences.  Also, discover exclusive wine collections, including: the Vintage Collection, Grand Prix, Lacerta Dolce and Gift Collection etc., many of which even won gold awards on an international level. Afterward, you will have the chance to enjoy a meal at one of the most special restaurants in the country - Dacian Farm. Here, you can escape from hectic city life by immersing into a well-recreated atmosphere of the Dacian times. Then, continue to the second wine cellar, Budureasca, in Prahova County. Located in the middle of 300-hectares vineyard, the wine cellar offers a picturesque view ideal for relaxing strolls in nature. During this visit, you will be taught how to judge wine and how to perform correct wine tasting by sampling a variety of fine wines.

Bucharest: 3-Hour Dark History Tour with a Local

4. Bucharest: 3-Hour Dark History Tour with a Local

Learn the dark history of Bucharest, starting with a visit to the monumental Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance, built as a reminder of the cruel events that unfolded between 1950 to 1977. Hear about the torture methods used at the deportation camps during the days of communism. Travel back to the beginning of the 20th century, when Bucharest was known as "Little Paris" for its sexy and sophisticated atmosphere. Stop for a drink inside a former brothel, and hear the story of the serial killer nicknamed the "Vampire of Bucharest" when he terrorized the city between 1970 and 1971. Visit one of the oldest churches in the city to explore the bloody feuds between the Muslim world and the Christian rules of Romania. End at Bellu Cemetery to look at the amazing funerary architecture and learn more about some of the site's mysteries.

3-Day Medieval Transylvania Package Tour

5. 3-Day Medieval Transylvania Package Tour

Explore some of the most important sites in the legendary Transylvania region of Romania on a 3-day package tour from Bucharest. With bed and breakfast accommodation in a 3-star hotel, you will explore the city of Sibiu, once ranked by Forbes Magazine as “Europe’s 8th most idyllic place to live.” Visit medieval castles and monasteries, and explore the fable of Count Dracula. Day 1: Depart from Bucharest and visit the Moorish Monastery of Curtea de Argeș, built by the ruler of Wallachia, Prince Neagoe Basarab, in 1514. Continue to the small Cozia Monastery to discover one of the most important monuments of national medieval art in Romania. After a break for lunch in a traditional Romanian restaurant, drive through the stunning Translyvanian landscape to Sibiu, historic capital of the Principality of Transylvania. The former German medieval citadel, with documentation dating back to 1191, is one of the most beautiful towns in Romania, with many historic buildings that you will explore on a walking tour of the Old Town. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Romanian dinner, with overnight accommodation in Sibiu town center. Day 2: After breakfast, depart Sibiu for the Biertan commune, where you will tour one of the most important Saxon villages of fortified churches in Transylvania, including the largest fortified church in Transylvania, built between 1490 and 1524. Continue to the medieval citadel of Sighișoara, which dates back to 1280 and is home to the only medieval citadel in Europe still populated. During a walking tour, visit the city’s landmark Clock Tower for panoramic views across the ancient houses. After lunch, head to Brasov, surrounded by the Southern Carpathians. The first documented evidence of the medieval citadel dates back to 1235. Birthplace of the Romanian national anthem – and briefly renamed “Stalin City” during the Communist era – Brasov boasts beautiful Gothic churches, medieval buildings, and the narrowest street in Romania, which you will explore on a guided walking tour. Day 3: Following an overnight stay in Brasov, start your day at the city’s Black Church, built in 1383, and the most important tourist site in Brasov. Then, drive to the legendary Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle), perched on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Marked as the home of Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula, explore the castle grounds and museum, before a traditional lunch. Continue your tour at Sinaia, a lovely mountain resort in the Prahova River valley, and visit Peleș Castle, built by the first king of Romania, Carol I. Tour the exquisite Neo-Renaissance building, built between 1875 and 1914, and end your tour of Transylvania’s architectural delights at Sinaia Monastery, founded by Prince Mihail Cantacuzino in the 17th century upon his return from a pilgrimage to Mount Sinai. After exploring the Old Church and the 19th century Great Church, drive back to Bucharest for the end of your tour.

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

6. 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 Evening Tour and Traditional Dinner

7. Bucharest Evening Tour and Traditional Dinner

Enjoy a magical evening in Romania's charming capital, with a tour through the city, followed by a traditional 3-course Romanian meal. You'll be picked up from your accommodation in Bucharest by your guide and given a map of the city. Then, see the sights of Bucharest lit up for the night. Drive past the formidable Palace of Parliament, Bucharest's Arch of Triumph, and see Revolution Square. Your guide will recount the history of these significant sites as you gaze out at the beautiful cityscapes. After your 1.5-hour city tour, you'll stop at a traditional restaurant in Bucharest. The restaurant will serve up a 3-course meal including water, and usually provide folklore programs during the weekend. You will receive a voucher of RON 70 per person to be used at the restaurant (à la carte). Choose a meal to this value or opt to pay the difference if something more expensive catches your eye. After dinner enjoy a ride back to your hotel if you are finished before 10:00 PM. If you would like to stay longer at the restaurant you must provide your own way back.

Bucharest: Sites & Bites Tour with a Local Guide

8. Bucharest: Sites & Bites Tour with a Local Guide

Your Bucharest tour begins in the political center of the city, Revolution Square (formerly known as Palace Square), which has witnessed most of the important events in Romanian history. It was from here in 1989 that dictator Ceausescu made his ill-advised rallying speech to a crowd that quickly turned on him, instigating the Romanian revolution. Surrounding the square are several other notable landmarks, including the former Royal Palace, the Athenaeum concert hall, and Athenee Palace, the heart of espionage and intrigue in the years between the wars. And in such a historical spot, it’s appropriate that you have a historical treat. You’ll indulge in a covrig, a daily salty snack for most Romanians that was likely introduced by Hapsburg or German merchants in medieval times.  Next up, you’ll leave the square and head south along Victory Street, named after the spectacular victory of the new Romanian nation in the 1871 War of Independence. However, full unification of the three Romanian principalities did not take place until 1918, which explains why each region has its own distinct character, traditions, and cuisine — like sweet for Moldova, earthy for Transylvania, and spicy for Muntenia. This stretch is also home to many spectacular landmarks of the inter-war period, including the 'Telephone Palace,' Military Circle, and former National Theatre, as well as the beautiful church of Kretzulescu, one of the most famous in Bucharest.  From Victory Street, you’ll head into an older Bucharest, exploring the numerous paths and passageways of the Old Town. This is the heart of medieval Bucharest, the literal crossroads between East and West, where Ottoman pashas rubbed shoulders with Transylvanian princes, and churches and mosques stood side by side. Here you can witness the many diverse influences on Romanian food — the Balkan mici (skinless sausages), the Ottoman sarmale (stuffed cabbage leaves), Russian borscht andciorba (sour soups), and Austro-Hungarian schnitzel. Among the many sights and stories of Old Town are lavish interiors and princely courts, the exquisite calm of an orthodox monastery and the great wooden inn of Hanul Lui Manuc. En route to your final destination, you get a look at the famed People's Palace, the center of Ceausescu’s megalomaniac attempts to re-shape the city, and the second largest building in the world (only the Pentagon is bigger!). Finally, the Bucharest tour will end with a sampling of the culinary specialties at a traditional hanu, or inn, that’s widely considered to be one of the most beautiful in the city. You’ll dig into a three-course meal with platters of local delicacies — giving you a 'taste tour' of the history and geography of the region. It was said that during the time of the ancient Romanians (the Dacians), so much wine was drunk by the people that their leader, Burebista, banned its production entirely. But the supremely inventive Dacians immediately began brewing beer — thus, you’ll have a chance to lubricate your palate with both fine Romanian wines and/or locally brewed beer, just like the Dacians would have wanted!

Bohemian Bucharest: Markets & Mahallas Small Group Tour

9. Bohemian Bucharest: Markets & Mahallas Small Group Tour

Your Bucharest tour begins in University Square, the geographical and administrative heart of the city, and the scene of titanic street battles between miners and students immediately after the Romanian Revolution. Absorb all that sociopolitical history before taking a short walk to Strada Batistei, formerly known as the 'St Germain' of Bucharest and the site of the old American embassy, now an overgrown testament to different times. This area is famed for its 19th-century Neo Romanian architecture that defines much of the national style.  The first stop will be an exquisite turn-of-the-century townhouse, lovingly restored but with the sense of elegant decay so typical of Bucharest.  Under trees and vines, with grapes dangling overhead, you’ll sample a selection of Romanian entrees (gustari), including goat cheese, cured meat, spring onions, homemade bread, and locally brewed craft beers, and you can relax and absorb the atmosphere of this recherché little hideaway. It is said that while Romanians love the culture and sophistication of urban life, when it comes to food their taste is always for the peasant food (cucina povera) of the countryside, so this peasant platter will be the perfect introduction to Romanian flavours.    To help you digest all those treats, you then make your way to the Armenian quarter. The Armenians were a vibrant and successful merchant community in the 18th and 19th centuries, thanks to their valuable role as 'middlemen' for the Ottomans. Based around the Armenian church, their mahalla (neighborhood) features a spectacular variety of architectural styles from all over Europe and the Ottoman empire, as the wealthy merchants strove to out-do each other in taste and elegance. Classical, Belle Époque, Modernist, New-Romanian, Balkanic, eclectic — this quarter boasts all these styles, including the oldest documented house in Bucharest, which you will visit.   Crossing into the old Jewish quarter, stop for the most famous street-food, covrigi, before heading on further on your Bucharest tour to discover one of the most beautiful and peaceful areas of the city: Mantuleasa. After exploring 19th-century and inter-war Bucharest, stop for an ice-cold Romanian weissbier, in a space that can only be described as art-gallery-meets-bookstore-meets-summer garden, before experiencing the quintessential Bucharest public transport: a short ride on a tram. Rattling along the famous Mosilor Street, you’ll enter into Communist Bucharest, with its regimented blocks and housing projects, as you make your way to the famous Obor Market. This market is the largest and most famous of all the peasant markets in Bucharest, offering every kind of item, food, or service you could imagine, and even some that you couldn’t!   Since you’ll be on the trail of the sights, scents, and tastes of Romanian cuisine, stop for a drink of traditional Romanian palinca (brandy) to prepare the palate. Next, enter the indoor market to sample a range of Romanian cheeses: cow, sheep, and goat. After that, it’s on to the vegetable market, amid a riot of colors and textures, to taste and photograph the fresh local produce.   Probably the most famous and typical of Romanian foods — at least for Romanians — is called mici, which translates as 'little.'  A kind of skinless sausage, these are served with mustard and cold beer, and every Romanian has their own opinion about where and how the best ones are made. But certainly the stall in Obor Market has been known for more than 50 years as one of the temples of mici, and here you will get to try them for yourself! And finally, because your gastronomic adventure would not be complete without a dessert, you grab a sweet Wallachian doughnut, served piping hot, before sending you happily on your way home. 

Peles Castle & Wine Tasting Tour - Full-Day from Bucharest

10. Peles Castle & Wine Tasting Tour - Full-Day from Bucharest

This full-day tour includes a visit to the Sinaia Monastery, the Royal Peles Castle, and wine tasting and traditional 3-course lunch at Azuga Wine Cellars. The winery dates from 1892 and was the official wine supplier of the Romanian Royal Family. Meet your driver in Bucharest and be taken to Sinaia, where you’ll visit the Sinaia Monastery. Founded in 1695, it was named after the famous monastery on Mount Sinai. There is a collection of valuable jewels here that belonged to the Cantacuzino family, and also a Romanian translation of the Bible, dating from 1668, and considered to be the earliest translation. Next on the itinerary is a stop at Peles Castle, also located in Sinaia. This is considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful castles. Constructed of wood, stone, brick, and marble, the castle comprises over 160 rooms. It was built in the German Renaissance style, with elements from the German Baroque, Gothic, Italian Renaissance, and French Rococo styles. From Sinaia you’ll head to Azuga for wine tasting and lunch at Azuga Wine Cellars. You’ll enjoy the sparkling wines produced here and a 3-course lunch as well.

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based on 44 reviews

The tour was absolutely amazing , great way to end my trip in Bucharest, its nice to know stories behind the scenes away from tourist attractions, and great to know hidden stories behind the graves and families buried there , the cemetery was remarkable I wish I had more time to spend it there and look to the unusual tomes , the guide was so great , super super nice she gave all her heart in explaining the history behind in extreme details so passionate about her work , and she always gives u the attention during the whole tour I loved her and wished I had more tour with her , her English was so advanced when telling the stories I will diffidently recommend to do this tour . اتينن التور وايد حلوه لازم تجربونها قصص غريبه بالمقبره والقبور غريبه عجيبه والقصص وراها راح تتعجبون منها

Our tour guide Șerban RIGA was so hospitable and he took as to nice local places, the kabab we ate at the market was surly the best ever. His English is very fluent and high level. we had good vibe and laughed during our time.

Very authentic and enriching tour. The guide gives absolutely new perspective to the city of Bucharest. It was also very interesting to visit the billiard in a very romantic location.

Tour guide Bogdan was very informative and fluent English. He has the hospitable characteristics of a service giving person as apposed to many other people we meat in Bucharest.

Good, knowledgeable guide. Made the best of bad weather. Learnt lots of history and culture.