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Bohemian Bucharest: Markets & Mahallas Small Group Tour

1. 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. 

Bucharest: Tuk Tuk Private Guided Complete Tour

2. 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

3. 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: Old Town Hidden Gems Exploration Game

4. Bucharest: Old Town Hidden Gems Exploration Game

Discover Bucharest's Old Town by solving clues that will unlock amazing stories. Along the way, find fascinating stories of people who used to live, work or party around the Old Town. Uncover hidden secrets about the buildings you visit and take the chance to find a treasure at the end of the quest. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won't need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. After you buy the quest, receive an access code that you can use in the app. The tour will take you from 1.5 to 2 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, you can finish it at your own pace. The total length is about 3.5 km. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point and be ready to begin the adventure. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Bucharest Alternative Walking Tour

5. Bucharest Alternative Walking Tour

We will greet you in Romana Square (known by locals as Piata Romana), a very popular meeting spot, with a piping hot street snack to get your morning off to a delicious start! Then we’ll move away from this busy central area to discover our favorite neighborhoods in Bucharest, which all ooze character and charm. Not long after the beginning of our walk, we’ll come across our first ‘secret’ hangout favored by locals and spot some of the biggest wall murals in the city, learning as we go about the local artists, the themes and hidden messages within their artworks and the variety of techniques used to create them. Next up is yet another high point of the morning, strolling around one of the most beautiful parts of Bucharest, as your guide points out each important landmark, explaining its significance. Walk through a maze of streets and iconic public gardens that will provide stunning backdrops for your precious photo collection! About halfway through our tour, we will reach the most famous street in Bucharest, a unique place that unites the works of our most important local artists. At this point we’ll stop for a short refreshment break in a beautiful summer garden, that doubles as a famous local bookstore. Zigzagging our way down the city’s busiest boulevard, we’ll begin our approach to the most important landmark in Bucharest, Revolution Square. As we walk, your guide, who will certainly be your friend by now, will share with you tales of the city and its dramatic past. Our penultimate stop will unlock and reveal a secret hidden gem — exceptional street art within the University of Architecture. Why is it a hidden gem, we hear you ask? Because it’s not normally open to the public, but we can take you inside on this very special tour! Here discover three unique murals: incredible works by some of the best local and international artists that were commissioned by us, using ticket money from the same tour you are on right now. The idea behind this is to build awareness of this beautiful art form and to encourage upcoming generations to continue ‘painting the city beautifully!’ We are slowly approaching the end of our tour, but not before showing you one of the first Square Cat murals, a very rare blast from the past in our crazy little city. This exceptional artwork was recently restored by the artist himself and is painted on the doors of the Cinema Capitol Garden, an incredible historical site that waits in ruins for the chance of a well-deserved future! Our colorful tour will end here within short walking distance from University Square and Cismigiu Park. But before you go, don’t forget to ask your friend/local guide for more tips on what else to see, do and eat in beguiling Bucharest!  

Bucharest: Street Food Tour with a Local Guide

6. 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: 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: Tuk Tuk Romantic Tour with miniBAR

9. 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!

Bucharest: The "Last Days of Communism" Tour

10. Bucharest: The "Last Days of Communism" Tour

Romania has been a communist country for more than 40 years, between 1948 and December 1989. Nicolae Ceausescu became the General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party in 1965 and the president of Socialist Republic of Romania in 1974. 15 years later, he was removed from power and executed after a violent revolution during the winter of 1989. While nowadays Romania is a democracy, the communist period remained interesting as well as controversial. Follow the guide on this trip through Bucharest to reveal the “great accomplishments of the golden era” and to hear the story of people who built it. You will see the first communist building in Bucharest, the Revolution Square with the balcony where the dictator gave his last speech, the majestic “House of People” and the former residence of the presidential couple. The tour will start in the morning at your hotel and following a 4 hour itinerary you will see the most interesting communist sights of Bucharest downtown with entrance at the Parliament Palace "House of People" and Primaverii Palace. 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 and Charles de Gaulle Square (Piata Charles de Gaulle).

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based on 101 reviews

Amazing experience and was a privilege to be taken around Bucharest and shown some of the most amazing parts. The history and the information was superb. The good and the cultural experience just topped it off. It was a great day and well worthwhile. Bogdan was a great guide and really personable. I would defiantly recommend to anyone coming to do this tour. You really feel like a local after.

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!!! 🙏🙏🙏

It was a great tour! It was very informative and got to see a lot of local things! Highly recommend this tour!