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Bucharest: Parliament Palace Skip-the-line Ticket

1. Bucharest: Parliament Palace Skip-the-line Ticket

Experience one of the top attractions during your visit to Bucharest, with a planned visit to the Parliament Palace. The Palace was ordered by Nicolae Ceaușescu, the dictator of Communist Romania and it was constructed between 1984-1997. Started during the darkest period of communism, Ceausescu's mad dream became the largest building in Europe and the 2nd largest building in the world. Start the tour by skipping the line with your fast-access ticket. Meet the Bucharest Parliament Official Guide, and begin your exploration of the building's interiors. Immerse yourself in the history and contemporary realities of this unique building during a captivating tour that covers 3 levels of the building.  Begin on the ground floor where the entrance is located. Learn an array of mesmerizing facts including how the Palace has a height of 84 meters (276 ft), a floor area of 365,000 square meters (3,930,000 sq ft), and how it is the heaviest building in the world. Then, head up to the 1st level where the main meeting rooms are located together with the Ballroom.  As you admire the interiors and architecture, find out about how the building contains almost 500 chandeliers, over 1400 mirrors and ceiling lights, 35 million cubic feet of marble, and 32 million cubic feet of wood together with carpets and other decorations make this building a place like no other. Listen to other mind-boggling facts including how the building has 8 underground levels, the last one being a nuclear bunker, linked to the main state institutions by 20 km of catacombs. End the tour on the 2nd level where the balcony will offer you great views over Fountains Avenue.

Bucharest: Day Trip to Dracula Castle, Peles Castle & Brașov

2. Bucharest: Day Trip to Dracula Castle, Peles Castle & Brașov

Immerse yourself in the legend of Vlad the Impaler, inspiration for Count Dracula, on this full-day tour of Transylvania. Discover some of the historic castles of the region, and visit the city of Brasov. Start your tour with pickup from certain pickup points in Bucharest and drive towards the region of Valahia. Discover Peles Castle situated in picturesque Sinaia, and known as the Pearl of the Carpathians. Travel through the mountain scenery to Bran, where you will visit Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula’s Castle. Learn the legend of the terrifying fictional Count. Move on to Brasov, located in the heart of Transylvania. Embark on a walking tour through the historical center. Encounter sights such as the Gothic church of Biserica Neagră, and the Medieval Catherine's Gate, the last remaining of the city’s defensive walls.

Bucharest: Pub Crawl in the Old Town

3. Bucharest: Pub Crawl in the Old Town

Widely seen as one of the most promising party destinations in Europe, Bucharest is a great place to be partying and grabbing drinks with friends at very reasonable prices. Probably the most thorough experience of the nightlife in Bucharest, this pub crawl allows you to discover the best bars and clubs in the Old Town area with an experienced local guide. Over the course of at least 4 hours, after all the attendees meet up, the night will start with a warm-up bar, good for socializing and getting into the party vibe, followed by at least 3 more party venues, ideal for dancing, meeting locals and enjoying random events such as band performances or karaoke. Each of the spots has a different style, from alternative to fancy, in order to satisfy any kind of expectations and get a broader idea of the real nightlife in Bucharest. City hints and tips, free photos from the guide and various promotions are also included during the pub crawl and a party vibe is guaranteed.

Bucharest: 3-Hour Walking Tour

4. 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.

Bucharest: Day Trip to Dracula's Castle and Brasov

5. Bucharest: Day Trip to Dracula's Castle and Brasov

Enjoy a full-day trip from Bucharest to discover the Bran Castle, the inspiration for Dracula's Castle. Explore the city of Brasov on a guided tour and see the Peles Castle, the former home of the Romanian royal family. The first stop on your Transylvania adventure will be in the picturesque landscape of Sinaia, the so-called Pearl of the Carpathians. Here, discover Peles Castle, a masterpiece of design with unique turrets and great attention to detail. After taking in some unbelievable views across the mountains from Peles Castle, the trip continues to the medieval Bran Castle, better known as Dracula's Castle due to its association with Vlad the Impaler. In Brasov, follow your guide on a walking tour to admire sights such as Brasov's Council Square and the Black Church, one of the main attractions in Brasov.

3-Hour Guided Tour of Communist Bucharest

6. 3-Hour Guided Tour of Communist Bucharest

This 3-hour tour reveals the conflict between two worlds: Bucharest under the communist regime and the relatively peaceful and prosperous Bucharest of the inter-war period. You’ll learn why Bucharest is such a striking mix of different architectural styles, how each regime left its mark on the city, how the city looked during the communist period and what it was like for people living in communist Romania. Your guide will help to bring to life the anti-communist revolution and the fall of the Iron Curtain. Learn about the violent beginnings of the communist regime and the nationalization and forced demolition of homes. See the impressive Palace of Parliament and hear all about the Ceausescu family and the bloody anti-communist revolution of 1989. You’ll visit lesser-known, charming inter-war neighborhoods saved from communist urban re-modelling, and see the remains of the Uranus neighborhood as well. The tour includes a short break at a café, where you can enjoy drinks or snacks (at your own expense).

From Bucharest: Day-Trip to Ruse, Bulgaria

7. From Bucharest: Day-Trip to Ruse, Bulgaria

Start the day with pickup from your accommodation in Bucharest. After a short meet and greet, you will head off on your journey and see what this city has to offer.  On your tour, see the lasting effects of the 19th-century, a prosperous time for the city that helped create its nickname - "Little Vienna". Throughout the day you will get to admire the charm of imposing belle epoque architecture, a style totally unique to this part of the country. Your guide will introduce you to the main highlights of the city, starting at Svoboda Square - from here you will spread out throughout the city.  Visit the neo-baroque Profit-Yielding Building. Built in the 19th-century by Viennese architects, it is the home of dramatic theater in Ruse. Nowadays, it also houses a few restaurants, within which, you will get to stop for a typical lunch and dine the way the locals do. During your tour you will get to marvel at dozens of buildings with European heritage. You will get to see how the city combines several architectural styles, whilst making them harmonious at the same time. You will get to stop near the Girdap - the first privately owned bank in the country, the Opera House, School of Music, Hotel Plaza Charlino, Regional Library Building and more. Follow this up with a visit to the oldest church of Ruse - Holy Trinity Church and the Ruse Historical Museum. In the Museum, Bulgaria's rich history and traditions will reveal themselves to you  during your informative visit of the premises.  The tour will end with a relaxing walk near the majestic Danube River. The river not only gives the city its’ romantic look but also defines Ruse as a significant transport, logistics, business and cultural center of Bulgaria. You can enjoy a breathtaking panorama before departing back to Bucharest full of exceptional memories.

Bucharest: Hidden Gems 3-Hour Walking Tour

8. Bucharest: Hidden Gems 3-Hour Walking Tour

We will start our tour with a gentle stroll to one of the most well-known mahalas (neighborhoods) in the city, Batistei. Mahalas usually rose up around a religious building and were inhabited by groups of people from the same ethnic, social, or religious groups. As the city grew, so did these areas, suffering through waves of modernization, earthquakes, wars, and Nicolae Ceausescu's numerous demolition projects. Batistei is still a vibrant and exciting neighborhood to explore; visit the 18th-century stone church, listed as a historic monument by Romania’s Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs and hear stories about what it was like to live here before the Communist regime took over. The Armenian neighborhood houses one of the best preserved Orthodox churches in the city and that is where we will head next. Built in the early 20th century for the once burgeoning (now diminishing) Armenian population, the church is an exact replica of a cathedral in the Armenian city of Ecmiazin. Next on the agenda is the city’s oldest home, a fascinating example of a traditional Wallachian peasant house with its high cellar and glass-covered veranda. Casa Melik, as it is known, hides a mass of secrets including a striking art collection. Legend has it that a series of underground tunnels connect the house with local masonic lodges. Snack time! We will make a pit stop to try one of Romania’s favorite historic street food snacks, the covrig. It was originally thought that Greek merchants introduced covrig, a salty snack similar to a pretzel, in the 19th century to encourage increased consumption of their wine, but it’s remarkable similarity to German pretzels, suggests Romanians may have been eating these long before that. Our next stop is one of the prettiest areas in Bucharest: Mantuleasa street. It was originally a mahala for rich merchants. Elegant architecture can be found here that combines neoclassical, Romanian, and modernist styles. This was also Mircea Eliade’s favorite part of the city. Here we will stop to learn more about the life and work of Romania’s most revered writer and philosopher, who was a professor at the University of Chicago until his death in 1986. Your tour ends with a visit to the breathtakingly beautiful Ioanid block and Icoanei mahalla but be sure to ask your local guides for tips on where else to visit in beautiful Bucharest and where the best places to eat and drink can be found.  

Bucharest: 2.5-Hour Pantelimon District Tour

9. Bucharest: 2.5-Hour Pantelimon District Tour

Where did the Communist industry of Bucharest disappear? How are the city and its people changing with the times? Find out all this and more on a tour of the Pantelimon District. Find the beauty in the otherwise busy capital city of Bucharest with the trained eye of a local guide. Explore Pantelimon, one of the dormitory neighborhoods of Bucharest, designed by the communists as a place for sleeping when you’re not working. See the huge apartment blocks and understand how the entire place was connected to one of the city's largest industrial areas. Uncover plenty of surprises waiting for you, such as the parks dotted with communist symbols, a Medieval Monastery, and a wild natural wetland. After grabbing a local snack, see how the old industrial area is reinventing. From the height of a former water tower, admire some great pieces of street art, completely made on roofs and visible just from bird's-eye level. Go through the industrial history of the area. On the way, discuss more of communism, the famous Nicolae Ceausescu and his big plans and ideas. Get the best ideas to enjoy Bucharest your own way before concluding the activity.

Bucharest: Alternative Sightseeing 3-Hour Guided Tour

10. Bucharest: Alternative Sightseeing 3-Hour Guided Tour

Explore Bucharest from a unique point of view. On this 3-hour tour of alternative Bucharest you won’t be hearing about the typical tourist attractions, but will learn about different social and cultural realities. Start the tour in front of the Military Club Palace and see the first signs showing the freedom of expression and the fight against censorship at the start of democracy in Romania's history. Continue strolling to an abandoned area where graffiti and street art make their homes, and begin to understand the hidden link between street art and activism. From libraries and bars to open movie areas or independent theatres, there are a lot of places that welcomed street artists and are now hosting murals and other art installations by young artists in town. End the tour at a local market, a relaxed area where you can choose to combine a good beer with a good meal while admiring one of the most special murals in Romania.

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What people are saying about Bucharest

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 855 reviews

Had such a lovely tour with Marcel! He was so friendly and really informative. He really accommodated us and made sure we were comfortable. He was even kind enough to drop us off at the park where we wanted to go after the tour! Thank you, Marcel!

The tour was great , and our guide Rodica was the best. She had great sense of humor and knew everything about the tour in details. Excellent professional. Romania is great and safe ! Would recommend everyone to join the tour!

This tour was so much fun! Mirela is a fantastic host, she knows all the best spots in the old town, and was great at introducing people to each other and making sure everyone had a great time.

Excellent guide, funny and good with people! Beautiful nature, amazing history with stunning castles. Highly recommended

fun tour, really liked the food market. our guide was wonderful.