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Bucharest: 2-Hour City Highlights Bike Tour

1. Bucharest: 2-Hour City Highlights Bike Tour

You will start in the Old City Center with a visit to the oldest witnesses of Bucharest's birth and development: the Old Court Citadel, Manuc's Inn and Stravopoleos Church. After, you guide will take you to visit the most famous boulevard in Bucharest, Calea Victoriei, with its impressive architecture and grandiose buildings like Military Cercle, Telephone Palace, Royal Palace, Romanian Atheneum and more. You will then shed the city crowds and have the opportunity to relax and cool down in the Cismigiu Gardens and near Bucharest City Hall. At the end of the tour, you will see the grandiose Ceausescu's Palace and Union Boulevard, which was designed to be even longer and wider than Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Private Bucharest: Communist History Walking Tour

2. Private Bucharest: Communist History Walking Tour

Travel back in time on a half-day tour of Bucharest, once known as “Little Paris,” and discover what the city was like during the Communist era, when Bucharest was a dark place to be. The era has left its mark on the city and you will discover some places with relevance to Bucharest under Communism. Walkthrough the Old Town to see firsthand the effects of the nationalization process led by the Communist regime over the beautiful turn of the century architecture of Bucharest. Venture behind the megalomaniac structures surrounding the Palace of the Parliament and find remnants of the former city. Visit some of the churches of Bucharest that were moved to avoid destruction under Communism.  For a change of scenery, climb Patriarchy Hill to experience first hand the massive changes the city underwent during the 70s and 80s. Then hop on the tram and ride to one of the communist neighbourhoods of the city, erected to house the thousands of people relocated from the country to the capital to work on massive construction sites. See examples of true socialist architecture and feel how day to day life was unfolding for the average inhabitant of Bucharest during that time.  Brace yourself for a surprising turn into a green oasis of the city. Hidden among the concrete, find Carol Park and the former burial site of the first communist leaders. Cross the street to see the Heroes of the Revolution memorial and cemetery and finish your tour with tales of the 1989 revolution that ended the Communist regime in Romania. Return to Unirii Square and make sure to ask your local guide for tips on where to eat, drink, and shop in this hidden gem of a European capital city.

Bucharest: Charm of the Belle Époque Private Tour

3. Bucharest: Charm of the Belle Époque Private Tour

Imagine yourself in the late 19th century, in a romantic era of peace & prosperity called the “Belle Époque”. Bucharest was a city where the West met the East, instantly charming travelers with its multicultural diversity, Boehme lifestyle and gorgeous architecture. Back then, the flourishing city was experiencing the greatest cultural boom of its history, with King Carol the 1st being the mastermind behind it. His family ties with Napoleon the 3rd or Wilhelm the 1st amplified the process, turning Bucharest into a Paris of the East. The tour is structured as a story, taking you along the famous Victory Boulevard and through the fully restored Old City. Each major attraction has its own tale to tell, allowing you to go back in time and discover the social and cultural life of the era. You’ll see beautiful palaces and historical buildings – architectural gems displaying a mix of styles: Neoclassic, Art-Nouveau, Baroque or Byzantine blended in with the local Brancovenesc. Along the way you can admire various impressive buildings – hot spots for the era’s high society: the palace of one of the most famous composers of 20th century; the Athenaeum music hall; the former Royal Palace; the Capsa Restaurant (meeting place for noblemen & artists); the former Lafayette Galleries (providing latest Parisian fashion) etc. Next, you’ll enter the Old City – an area bursting with life that truly resembles the charm of the Belle Époque: old street lamps, vintage cafes, bistros & lounges nested within 18th century houses or street musicians playing the violin. Some places are former cabarets, theaters or dance halls while other still continue a century old tradition, operating as inns and beer houses. Take the Belle Époque tour to feast your eyes with architectural wonders and to journey back in time…In a time of Tango & Charleston dances, balls permits, jockey clubs, fringed dresses and secret love letters!

Bucharest: Full-Day Classic Tour

4. Bucharest: Full-Day Classic Tour

Start with a short walking tour in the old town city center and enjoy the tranquility of the morning. Continue with a 2-hour visit to the Parliament Palace, the second largest building in the world and ex-residence of the Romanian dictator Ceausescu. After lunch, see by car the most important squares of Bucharest such as Unirii, Universitatii, Romana, and Victoriei Square and continue with a short visit to the Romanian Athenaeum, the famous concert hall. The last visit will be a 2-hour stop in the Village Museum, a serene oasis in the heart of a noisy city. On Victoria Avenue reach the George Enescu Museum, Royal Palace, CCA building and CEC building before being dropped off at your hotel or another chosen location.

From Bucharest: Full-Day Peles, Dracula Castle & Brasov Tour

5. From Bucharest: Full-Day Peles, Dracula Castle & Brasov Tour

Hop in your comfortable air-conditioned vehicle and start your day with a fantastic visit to Peles Castle. Situated in Prahova Valley at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains, a place well-known for both wine and winter sports (even if not both at the same time), Peles Castle is considered to be one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, which King Carol I of Romania fell in love with.  Further on, continue your journey to the mysterious Bran Castle, known from Bram Stoker’s fang-tastic stories. As an alternative to the haunted stigma, the Bran Castle can be seen as a rich medieval patrimony for Romania, a royal palace in a not so common part in Europe.  After visiting the two enchanting castles, you'll be pleased to step in a city abundant with cobbled streets, as Brasov is proudly boasting to be Transylvania’s most impressive medieval town, a treasure of wealth for historical interests. Brasov is an exceptionally relaxing place, excellent for walking around aimlessly, admiring the old buildings and charming facades or just stopping at one of the great restaurants or bohemian cafés which you can find at any step.

Bucharest: Museums and Galleries Walking Tour

6. Bucharest: Museums and Galleries Walking Tour

Discover one of the most romantic capitals in Europe: Bucharest. All Romanians will tell you that their capital is referred to as “Little Paris”. Learn about Bucharest's origins, including whether or not it was infact once a Roman city, as you wander around its charismatic streets. Discover what constitutes Romanian contemporary art, as you experience the excitement of modern art in the Zorzini Gallery. The quiet and charming tree-lined streets containing Art Deco villas are also sure to leave you speechless during your walk around the Old City. With your local charismatic guide you will visit the Național History Museum, Național Art Museum, Național Art Galleries, and Houses of Parliament. Before your tour concludes, don't forget to grab some souvenirs in the Neogalateca shop.

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What people are saying about National Museum of Art of Romania

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 51 reviews

Alex gave us the option of a 4 hour tour and it was fantastic! It was a very warm day but the pace was perfect. We passed many architectural beauties and Alex gave good history of each stop. So many parks in the heart of Bucharest and we stopped for refreshments at the midway point. My wife and I are 58 years old and the pace Alex kept in the 90F/33C heat was never a problem. We highly recommend this for anyone considering. It was a top highlight of our Bucharest stay.

Alex was a brilliant guide - very knowledgable about the city and made us feel very at ease throughout the tour! We saw all the historical highlights of Romania and learned all about them, having the opportunity to explore whenever we could!

It was the real highlights that interested tourists like us. The English was very easy to understand. The bikes were in good condition. Unfortunately Bucharest has too many red lights.

Great tour around all the landmarks you want to see and know about in Bucharest! Alex is very smooth and tells the story of his country/city in a captivating way!!

This tour is highly recommended! Our guide had a lot of interesting things to say.