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Bucharest Old Town 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour

1. Bucharest Old Town 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour

Discover the most historic areas of central Bucharest with a private, 2.5-hour walking tour. Visit all of the city's best-known sights and some hidden ones off the usual tourist track! Your tour starts at Unirii Square for a view of the colossal Palace of the Parliament, the second-largest building in the world. From here, visit St. Anthony's Church, the oldest in the city, followed by the ruins of the former Royal Court. The route will take you past the medieval Old Town, today transformed into Bucharest's bustling downtown. Jumping forward to the 18th and 19th centuries, admire the beautiful French-style buildings on Calea Victoriei Street and discover why Bucharest was once known as Little Paris. The tour ends close to Revolution Square, where you'll have the chance to talk to your guide about what Communist rule meant for Romania and Bucharest and how the country changed after the 1989 revolution.

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Bucharest: Pub Crawl in the Old Town

2. 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.

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Bucharest: City Tour with Mogosoaia and Snagov Monastery

3. Bucharest: City Tour with Mogosoaia and Snagov Monastery

Discover Bucharest, a charming city full of contrasts. Admire impressive 17th-century churches, well-preserved traditional houses, and imposing French style palaces alongside communist era buildings and glass office towers. Get picked up at your accommodation in central Bucharest, then head to the Parliament Palace. There, take a tour inside the second-largest building in the world and the seat of the Romanian Parliament in the post-communist years. Next, move on to the Village Museum (Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti"), an open-air museum situated on the shore of the scenic Herastrau Lake. Explore a micro-universe of the traditional Romanian village with houses representing all regions of Romania. From there, head to Bucharest Old Town for a walking tour, the former quarter where the merchants and craftsmen lived and worked that is now the entertainment center of Bucharest. Wander along the quaint, narrow cobblestone streets filled with restaurants, cafes, and pubs. Then, it's time for some panoramic sightseeing. Pass by Victory Avenue, one of the oldest streets in Bucharest that features majestic palaces, art museums, former residences of the aristocracy, and old churches. Then, see Revolution Square, the place where Nicolae Ceausescu held his last speech and where the protests that ultimately led to the fall of communism took place in December 1989. After, move on to discover Mogosoaia Palace, the former residence of Wallachian princes in the 18th century that combines Byzantine-Ottoman elements with Baroque and western Renaissance architectural styles. Finally, visit Snagov Monastery, the final resting place of another Wallachian prince, Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula. Admire this monument of medieval art before returning to your accommodation.

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3-Day Medieval Transylvania Package Tour

4. 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.

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Bucharest: The Underdog of Europe Evening Sightseeing Tour

5. Bucharest: The Underdog of Europe Evening Sightseeing Tour

Get to know the spirit of Bucharest on this guided evening tour of its most interesting streets. Start your tour by meeting your guide at Piata Constitutei (Constitution Square), where you can admire in all its splendor the world’s second largest building, the Palace of Parliament. Built by Ceausescu in the 1980s, this building is now the home of the Romanian Parliament.   After a short walk down the Union Boulevard, you’ll have the chance to admire one of the most spectacular Orthodox cathedrals on the top of Patriarchal Hill.   Then, cross the Dambovita River and enter the surreal world of the Victory Road, where the beauty and history of the most famous street in Bucharest will unveil itself. On this avenue, you'll see the National History Museum, the CEC Palace, Revolution Square, Atheneum, the previous House of Parliament, and 5-star hotels that will blow your mind. Your tour will end in Bucharest’s old town with a quick tour around the ruins of the ancient headquarters of the Wallachian royal families.

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Bucharest: The Ashes of Communism Private Walking Tour

6. Bucharest: The Ashes of Communism Private Walking Tour

On this private walking tour, you will discover a city marked by strong contrasts, with two areas perfectly depicting the opposition of two eras: the massive Communist Civic Center, an empty shell admired mostly by foreign tourists, and the beautifully-restored Old City, with its Belle Époque atmosphere. All of the historical treasures of Bucharest had to be rebuilt or restored to hide the marks of bullets, to hide scars that have not yet healed in nearly 3 decades since the fall of the regime and the bloody revolution. This tour takes you through 45 years of Communism, allowing you to see beyond Bucharest’s colorful present: learn about Stalin and his monstrous enslavement, the genocide of the KGB’s Secret Police, the Siberian deportations of farmers, and more. Your guide will show you old photos to explain how the city used to look, how people dressed, worked and lived. Discover the world of Bucharest behind Stalin's Iron Curtain.

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Bucharest: Half Day Bike Tour

7. Bucharest: Half Day Bike Tour

Start your 4-hour bike tour in Bucharest’s old city, where you’ll hear about the birth of the city and Romanian civilization. During Communist times the old city area was decimated and overtaken by grandiose urban projects. Today it is one of the poorest areas in Bucharest and is mostly inhabited by gypsies. Marvel at the monumental Parliament Palace, and learn about life for the people under the Ceasescu regime. Ride by buildings dating from the golden age of Bucharest of the 19th and the early 20th century. See landmarks and monuments from the time when Bucharest was known as Little Paris.

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Medieval City of Brasov: 2-Day Tour from Bucharest

8. Medieval City of Brasov: 2-Day Tour from Bucharest

This tour is the perfect way to visit one of the largest and most cherished cities of Romania. Being surrounded by the mountains (the perfect place for a medieval settlement) Brasov is one of the best preserved cities in Europe. Brasov provides a mix of wonderful mountain scenery in the nearby Poiana Braşov and medieval history with German influences in the old town. Peles Castle (the summer Royal residence), Rasnov Fortress and Bran (Dracula"s) Castle are other interesting locations that you will have the chance to visit by taking this tour. Day 1: Departure at 08:00 from Bucharest to Sinaia, also known as "The Pearl of the Carpathians". This is a beautiful mountain resort located in the Carpathian mountains at 800 meters altitude. Here you will visit  Sinaia Monastery (with the old and the new church) and Peles Castle, built by the first King of Romania, Carol I, to be a summer Royal residence. The castle has an impressive architectural style and built to be a very modern construction (for that time) being the first castle in Europe having electric power. From Sinaia, head to Brasov, an old medieval citadel, first documented in 1235, the most important commercial center from all the seven German Medieval Cities of Transylvania (Siebenbuergen). Visit the Old Town (the historical center) with Black Church, followed by dinner & accommodation. Day 2: After breakfast, visit the Cantacuzino Castle located in Busteni in Prahova Valley. The castle was built in a neo-Romanian style and inaugurated in 1911 at the wish of Prince Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino. A park surrounds the castle with alleys taking you to the grotto, cascades, and fountains to be explored. The visit will be followed by lunch and visit to Bran (Dracula’s Castle). The medieval Castle Bran was built for military purposes in the end of the 14th century to defend the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, being associate with the “Legend of Dracula” the novel  by Bram Stoker. In the end of the day, return to Bucharest.

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Private Day Trip to Sibiu from Bucharest

9. Private Day Trip to Sibiu from Bucharest

You will start in the morning from your hotel and head north-west toward Pitesti and soon you will enter the Olt River Valley. One of the most beautiful river valleys in Romania has in it's beginning an architectural and historical monument: the Cozia Monastery, built in 1388 by Mircea the Elder, the Grandfather of Vlad the Impaler.  Next stop will be Sibiu, European Cultural Capital in 2007 along with the city of Luxembourg, when Romania joined European Union. Sibiu was also voted as Europe's 8th most idyllic place to live by Forbes. With its Large Square, Small Square and Huet Square was the largest fortified city of Transylvania in medieval times. You will take a walking tour discovering why the city is so famous and admire beautiful landmarks like the Brukenthal Palace, Jesuit Church, Old City Hall tower, Evangelical Church and Liars Bridge - the first iron cast bridge in the country.  Because your guide wants to show you the real life in the area, and especially in the countryside, your next stop of the day will be made in the village of Sibiel where locals teamed up and restored most of the houses here. In the same place you can find the largest glass icons museum in Transylvania which you have the pleasure to visit and hear more about how this tradition started in the area. You will follow the Olt River Valley back to Bucharest.

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Bucharest: Sites & Bites Tour with a Local Guide

10. 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!

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What people are saying about Bucharest Old Town

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 273 reviews

The experience was amazing! Elena, our tour guide , was really polite and considerate! She helped us plan the tour exactly in the way we needed to get the most out of our vacation and for that we are grateful. She wasn't there just to do her job and go home. She really cared. She was very kind and knowledgeable ! She helped us get a very good idea about the history of Bucharest and the local culture. We explored many of the most important historical and cultural places of Bucharest and the entire experience was interesting and fun. Thank you Elena!! We hope we get the chance to visit this beautiful place and see you again!

It was my first pub crawl at all. What can I say it was fantastic, I can only recommend it. Above all, I would like to highlight our guide Rasov again and thank you again for the fantastic evening. He took care of all guests equally well - nobody was left behind. You could talk to him about anything. Great guide !!! The group that evening was just great. Colorful mix from many countries with a great atmosphere. I'll definitely do Andi again

Our guide, Mihai, made this tour informative, fascinating and really interesting. His knowledge of Bucharest, history in general and the issues around communism is excellent. He kept us engaged and enraptured for more than 4 hours. I can highly recommend this tour and certainly Mihai.

Had such an amazing time doing the walking tour, I heard all about Romania and the history. She took me through old town and told me about all the old buildings and the parliaments. I would highly recommend if you want to see more of the city and want to learn about Romania.

Alex is a great guide! gave so much info regarding history!