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Bucharest: Pub Crawl in the Old Town

1. 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.

3-Day Medieval Transylvania Package Tour

2. 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.

Bucharest: Sites & Bites Tour with a Local Guide

3. 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!

Wine Tasting Tour of Bucharest Old Town

4. Wine Tasting Tour of Bucharest Old Town

From the meeting point to the wine bar you will have time to admire the streets of Old Town and listen to interesting details about famous old buildings from the guide. The tour starts with a walk through Old Town where you will admire the historical buildings and you will receive detailed information from our guide. After you have crossed the Old Town on foot, you'll stop at the wine bar, where you will taste three types of wine and be served from a mixed platter of cheese. Your guide will talk extensively about local gastronomy, the best wines of Romania and any other gastronomic details you are interested in.

Medieval City of Brasov: 2-Day Tour from Bucharest

5. 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.

Bucharest: Old Town Walking Tour

6. Bucharest: Old Town Walking Tour

Starting from University Square, one of the most popular meeting points in the city, the tour will move along Calea Victoriei, one of the city's oldest routes where aristocrats, merchants, communist officials, and the new capitalists all left their mark in some way.  Then, head to the Old Town through a secret passage and see some small and gorgeous medieval churches as well as the latest modern architectural statements. You’ll also get an insight into the many controversies behind the House of the People. The tour will end at a grand traditional inn with beer and some local snacks.

Classic Romania Tour

7. Classic Romania Tour

On the first day you will have a city tour of Bucharest, where Western and Eastern cultures merge beautifully. After an overnight stay in the city, you will leave the next day for the beautiful Transylvania region. You will stop at an important religious landmark, Curtea de Arges Monastery (replace in the summertime with a road trip to Trasnfăgărășan). You then head to Sibiu, named the European Capital of Culture in 2007. On day three, visit Sibiel – a quaint Transylvanian village praised as one of the most authentic and well-preserved rural areas in Europe. After a short walk in the village, your tour continues with a short trip to Alba Iulia, before visiting the Turda Salt Mine. The next morning will be devoted to a city tour of Cluj-Napoca. From Cluj, you will be heading to the northwestern part of Romania, Maramureș, a region resembling a fascinating open-air museum. You end the day with a Romanian dinner and folklore show. The next day you will visit two ancient wooden churches that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Poienile Izei (Iza Meadows) and Barsana. Next up is Biertan, the largest fortified church in Transylvania, built by the Saxons in the sixteenth century and nowadays listed as a UNESCO monument. An important highlight of the Classic Romania Tour is Sighișoara, the only inhabited medieval fortress included in UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. Eventually you will reach Brasov, a city founded by the Teutonic Knights, located at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. After an overnight stay, you will take a walking tour of Brașov before visiting the famous Bran Castle. Here, you will learn about the legend of Dracula. On the last day you will return to Bucharest.

Bucharest: Mahallopolis Tour

8. Bucharest: Mahallopolis Tour

Departing from Old Town by tube, you will visit the oldest and most beautiful cemetery in town. The cemetery is an open-air museum, which is comparable to Père Lachaise or High Gate. Enchanted in the rapture of its mysterious stories, you'll take a turn through a lively park little known to tourists but cherished by locals. Following that you'll discover the oldest train station in Romania, which is not too far away from the former KGB headquarters. You’ll then take a break at an old factory which has since been turned into a cultural hub and is the perfect spot for quirky souvenirs and a sound meal. Lastly, you’ll be shown a secret passage to an old Mahalla, which is the oriental term for "neighborhood".

Private Bucharest: Communist History Walking Tour

9. 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.

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What people are saying about Bucharest Old Town

As a young woman who happened to travel by herself in Romania and to have this tour as solo, I highly recommend Razvan's and Ioanna's bar tour! I instantly felt safe with them and knew from the start of the tour that I will have a great time that night. They both created a friendly atmosphere and made sure that all participants (around 17 people who were strangers between us) are included and feel part of the group. I am happy to have met so many people from different countries and to share a drink with them. The bars/clubs we visited were amazing, right in the heart of the Old City.

I highly recommend this pub crawl to anyone in search of a genuine nightlife experience in Bucharest (tourist or not). It was my second time at the pub crawl and as always, our guides, Ioana and Razvan, did a great job, since they managed to create a group energy that made the whole night a wonderful escape.

One of the best nights you can get in Bucharest. You get it all: lovely guides, amazing atmosphere as they try and the best to attend everyone’s needs and even craziness if that is what you look for. Totally recommend!

Very authentic and enriching tour. The guide gives absolutely new perspective to the city of Bucharest. It was also very interesting to visit the billiard in a very romantic location.

Great time with a great bunch of like minded people. Loved it