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From Bucharest: Brasov Peles & Dracula's Castle Day Tour

1. From Bucharest: Brasov Peles & Dracula's Castle Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day small-group tour from Bucharest to the historical region of Transylvania. Uncover the influence of different cultures, including Romanian, Saxon, Turkish, and Hungarian. See Dracula’s Castle and Peles Castle and venture to Brasov for a guided walking tour.  Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel and sit back and relax on the drive to Sinaia in the Transylvanian Alps. Sinaia is known for its beautiful late 17th-century Byzantine monastery. Visit the neo-classical Peles Castle, built on a medieval route that linked Transylvania to Wallachia. Continue to the medieval Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle, due to its association with Vlad the Impaler. Admire the castle's romantic setting on a forested hill. Gaze up at its imposing towers. Explore one of the largest medieval towns in Romania on a walking tour of Brasov. Take in gorgeous mountain scenery as you drive back to Bucharest.

Bucharest: 2-Hour City Highlights Bike Tour

2. 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.

Bucharest: Tuk Tuk Private Guided Complete Tour

3. Bucharest: Tuk Tuk Private Guided Complete Tour

This is the one & only tuk tuk tour you can get in Bucharest. In a fun and comfortable way you'll discover all the best attractions of the city. The tuk tuk is open-top so you get a 360º view over the sights. It is perfect for couples or group of friends. The meeting point is in front of Grand Hotel Bucharest at University Square or you can be picked up from your hotel in downtown area. After you get to know your guide and driver your experience begin. Some of the attractions on the route are: - Palace of Parliament - 2nd largest building in the World - Arch of the Triumph - Union Boulevard with the artesian fountains - 1989 Revolution Square - Romanian Athenaeum - Victory Avenue - most popular street in the city - Cec Palace - Former Royal Palace - Dorobanti-Primaverii neighbourhoods - exclusive area of Bucharest which no other tour goes - and many more! Many photo stops along the route in impossible places for other vehicles. Tour ends where it started or you can be dropped-off anywhere in downtown area. At the beginning of the tour you'll get complimentary bottled water and Romanian snacks. On board of tuk tuk you have power banks, blanket, selfie stick & free Wi-Fi. Your guide is a local who can gives you a lot of recommendations where are the best restaurants and places to spend your time. Book now & enjoy a unique way to see Bucharest! Tuk Tuk Way!

Bucharest: Small Group Walking and Public Transport Tour

4. Bucharest: Small Group Walking and Public Transport Tour

You'll meet the tour guide at 9 AM in University Square, by the Mihai Viteazu statue. Imagine you have an old friend in Bucharest who takes you for a lovely walk around the city. We'll discuss daily life, history, politics, customs, food, and many other things. This is what this tour of Bucharest is about. Firstly, you'll enjoy a short ride by subway or bus, during which you'll observe the commuters' daily life and learn more about the city's history. Then, you'll take a pleasant walk along the largest park in Bucharest and visit the Village Museum, one of the best outdoor museums in Romania. The museum boasts several traditional houses from all over Romania. It's the perfect setting for a short history of the country. The next destination for you to explore is Bucharest's oldest and largest market. Interact with the local farmers and taste some of the fruits, vegetables, and cheese displayed in the market. This will be the perfect opportunity to learn more about Romanian cuisine. Don't forget to try the local "mici" and drink a local beer. "Mici," a skinless sausage made of minced pork and beef meat, represents one of the most traditional meals in Romania. The Authentic Tour of Bucharest continues with a new experience, a tramway ride. This is how you'll reach Bucharest's old town for a tour of the oldest part of the city. You'll explore the cobblestone streets and admire the small and beautiful Stavropoleos Church, Hanul lui Manthe uc, "Carusel" book shop with its stunning architecture, Lipscani Street, and many more. For the last part of the tour, you'll enjoy a stroll along Victoriei Avenue. It is one of the oldest boulevards in Bucharest, full of historical sites. You'll admire the Military Club, the former Royal Palace, and the Romanian Athenaeum. Finally, in Revolution Square, you'll learn about the story of the 1989 anti-communist revolution. The tour ends in front of the Romanian Atheneum, the city's iconic buildiThen, dependingding on availability, you can visit the concert hall, with an impressive long freeze and a beautiful foyer.

Bucharest: 3-Hour Walking Tour

5. 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 City Tour 4h

6. Bucharest City Tour 4h

Enjoy private transportation and a licensed guide to the best of Bucharest's landmarks. Be picked up from your hotel and visit the Palace of Parliament or People’s House, the Bucharest National Village Museum, Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue), Revolution Square, and Old City Centre. See the Palace of Parliament, the world's second-largest administrative building. Learn how dangerous and damaging a totalitarian regime like communism can be for a nation. Be prepared to feel small seeing the pointless opulence and megalomania “the sleep of reason” can create. Visit the National Village Museum to see an embodiment of Romanian traditions. Understand what it meant for Romanian villagers to have built an ecological and sustainable environment in their backyard. Also get a glimpse into their simple and modest lifestyle, in social and spiritual harmony with their surroundings. Enter the world of the traditional Romanian houses made of wood, adobe, stone, and other materials, from all parts of the country. Be introduced to national symbols such as the mill and the wooden church. Learn how these treasures of spirituality and civilization have kept the people united for thousands of years. Then, follow your guide to Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue). 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. Marvel at old orthodox churches, enveloped in an aura of mystery. Also pass through a music store with a large selection of music, casinos, bohemian restaurants, museums, theatres, tea shops, retail stores and gift shops with souvenirs. Next, see the National History Museum and the Romanian Athenaeum, another Romanian architectural landmark, and the CEC Palace. Take a trip back in time to the moment where dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was ousted, leaving behind the secrets of a great fortune and controversies about the state security service. Reach the Senate Palace and find yourself in front of the building that used to house the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party. This also served as the starting point of the Revolution of December 1989, a major historical event that marked the removal of Ceausescu from power.

Bucharest: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

7. Bucharest: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

The tour will start in the morning at your hotel and following a 4-hour itinerary will show the participants the most interesting sights of Bucharest downtown with entrance to the Parliament Palace (optional) and The Village Museum (optional). The tour includes transport by modern 8 seat minibus, guide services in English, pick-up from the hotel and does not include the entrance fees at the Parliament Palace and the Village Museum. The itinerary depends on your hotel’s location, but it will include: 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) – Victoriei Square – Charles de Gaulle Square (Piata Charles de Gaulle) – The Village Museum (Muzeul Satului).

Bucharest Communism: From Lenin to Ceausescu

8. Bucharest Communism: From Lenin to Ceausescu

Immerse into the middle of the Socialist Victory boulevard, the starting point of the tour and the last megalomaniac communist project. Discover the Chamber of Deputies Palace and how the society was shaped before communist ruling. Learn about Ceausescu's poor background and his rise to power. Ceausescu’s regime is considered to be the most oppressive communist regime in the Eastern Bloc, very similar to the Kim dynasty in North Korea, which made his rule in Romania like no other. Find out about the life in communism, from food rationing to the secret police. Last point will be the Revolution Square where a group of agitators plotted the end of Ceausescu's Regime.

Bucharest: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

9. Bucharest: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

We are starting to explore the Bucharest city center starting from its 0 km, just next to the Statue of the She-wolf. From here we walk through the old town and stop at the Old Princely Court and Church. Continue to the former Square of the Palace with the former Royal Palace and the Romanian Athenaeum and the present Revolution Square with the former headquarters of the Communist Party, the place of the Revolution in 1989. Walking through the most historic boulevard, Calea Victorie we will see interesting built heritage from the time was named the little Paris of the East. After a short stop at Stavropoleos Church, near the History Museum, we cross the Dambovita River to explore the Civic Center, the new center built under the Communist Era. We conclude the walking tour in the Constitution Square, in front of the Palace of Parliament.

Bucharest: Tuk Tuk Romantic Tour with miniBAR

10. Bucharest: Tuk Tuk Romantic Tour with miniBAR

The tour starts in front of your hotel located in downtown area. If you are staying outside of central Bucharest, meeting point is at Grand Hotel Bucharest. After you get to know your guide and driver, your experience begin with a slowly ride on the most touristic and oldest street in Bucharest - Victory Avenue. Along the street you'll see some of the most important buildings in the city such as Cec Palace, National History Museum or former Royal Palace and get additional information from your guide. Top attraction of the tour is Parlament Palace. With tuk tuk you'll have the chance to get a complete 360 view around the building and see all it sides. After a photo stop in front of the building the tuk tuk follows the boulevard with artesian fountains nicknamed "Champs-Elysees of the East". This is the only opportunity to be so close to the main fountain in the center of the boulevard. Tour goes on towards University Square. Here you'll admire other iconic buildings like first hospital of Bucharest or new building of National Theatre. The tour ends where it started or you can be dropped-off anywhere in the downtown. All of these with a full miniBar on board of tuk tuk. On board of tuk tuk you have power banks, blanket, selfie stick & free Wi-Fi. Book now & enjoy a unique way to see Bucharest! Tuk Tuk Way!

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We had a fantastic experience on this trip - the tuktuk was very new and clean, our guide, Robert was phenomenal- a historian with a wealth of knowledge about the city. He answered all our questions even if that meant we went a bit over. We could not have asked for a better experience- this is a cannot miss experience in Bucharest. We absolutely loved it .

I had a great time touring Bucharest with Horia. It was like hanging out with a friend who just happens to know a TON of interesting political history! He even helped me find a souvenir I had been on the hunt for. I would highly recommend the tour to anyone who wants to learn more about Bucharest and its fascinating political history.

The tour was extremely interesting, entertaining and interactive. We’ve learned more than if we have watched 20 documentaries and entertainment better if we would have seen Chaplin’s Dictator. Alex is a very pleasant company and knowledgeable guide. Don’t miss this tour if you’re in Bucharest!!! 🙏🙏🙏

I really enjoyed the tour! our guide, Jo, was amazing: organized, attentive and professional. i personally prefer guided tours (not just transfers) cause u get such more valuable information and help during the visits. highly recommended

It was a good tour, guide came on time, very clean car. Told us very interesting stories )