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From Bucharest: Dracula's Castle, Peleș Castle & Brașov Tour

1. From Bucharest: Dracula's Castle, Peleș Castle & Brașov Tour

Immerse yourself in the legend of Vlad the Impaler, inspiration for Count Dracula, on this full-day tour of Transylvania. Discover some of the historic castles of the region, and visit the city of Brasov. Start your tour with pickup from certain pickup points in Bucharest and drive towards the region of Valahia. Discover Peles Castle situated in picturesque Sinaia, and known as the Pearl of the Carpathians. Travel through the mountain scenery to Bran, where you will visit Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula’s Castle. Learn the legend of the terrifying fictional Count. Move on to Brasov, located in the heart of Transylvania. Embark on a walking tour through the historical center. Encounter sights such as the Gothic church of Biserica Neagră, and the Medieval Catherine's Gate, the last remaining of the city’s defensive walls.

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Bucharest: Day Trip to Dracula's Castle and Brasov

2. Bucharest: Day Trip to Dracula's Castle and Brasov

Enjoy a comfortable ride in an air-conditioned vehicle from Bucharest to Bran Castle, the inspiration for Dracula’s Castle. On the journey, your local guide will tell you tales of Transylvania’s history and mythology as you journey through the majestic countryside. You'll also get to go far beyond the standard tours of Transylvania’s legendary castle by going 30 metres underground the castle to the Time Tunnel. The unique Romanian construction was designed to describe the history and culture of the Bran Castle with a state-of-the-art multimedia exhibition. To reach the tunnel, you will get into a 'stone' elevator, located right in the courtyard of the castle and which is considered to be the one of the greatest current innovation among the European museums. After the tour of the castle, you will have two hours to have lunch in Brasov, a picturesque city in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains. Follow your local guide on a tour of this impressive city. Visit Brasov’s Council Square, the incredible Black Church, and the city’s old defensive walls.

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Bucharest: Parliament Palace Skip-the-line Ticket

3. Bucharest: Parliament Palace Skip-the-line Ticket

Experience one of the top attractions during your visit to Bucharest, with a planned visit to the Parliament Palace. The Palace was ordered by Nicolae Ceaușescu, the dictator of Communist Romania and it was constructed between 1984-1997. Started during the darkest period of communism, Ceausescu's mad dream became the largest building in Europe and the 2nd largest building in the world. Start the tour by skipping the line with your fast-access ticket. Meet the Bucharest Parliament Official Guide, and begin your exploration of the building's interiors. Immerse yourself in the history and contemporary realities of this unique building during a captivating tour which covers 3 levels of the building. Begin on the ground floor where the entrance is located. Learn an array of mesmerizing facts including how the Palace has a height of 84 meters (276 ft), a floor area of 365,000 square meters (3,930,000 sq ft) and how it is the heaviest building in the world. Then, head up to the 1st level where the main meeting rooms are located together with the Ballroom. As you admire the interiors and architecture, find out about how the building contains almost 500 chandeliers, over 1400 mirrors and ceiling lights, 35 million cubic feet of marble, and 32 million cubic feet of wood together with carpets and other decorations make this building a place like no other. Listen to other mind-boggling facts including how the building has 8 underground levels, the last one being a nuclear bunker, linked to the main state institutions by 20 km of catacombs. End the tour on the 2nd level where the balcony will offer you great views over the Fountains Avenue.

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Bucharest: 3-Hour Dark History Tour with a Local

4. Bucharest: 3-Hour Dark History Tour with a Local

Learn the dark history of Bucharest, starting with a visit to the monumental Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance, built as a reminder of the cruel events that unfolded between 1950 to 1977. Hear about the torture methods used at the deportation camps during the days of communism. Travel back to the beginning of the 20th century, when Bucharest was known as "Little Paris" for its sexy and sophisticated atmosphere. Stop for a drink inside a former brothel, and hear the story of the serial killer nicknamed the "Vampire of Bucharest" when he terrorized the city between 1970 and 1971. Visit one of the oldest churches in the city to explore the bloody feuds between the Muslim world and the Christian rules of Romania. End at Bellu Cemetery to look at the amazing funerary architecture and learn more about some of the site's mysteries.

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Palace of Parliament: Skip-the-Line Entry & Exclusive Tour

5. Palace of Parliament: Skip-the-Line Entry & Exclusive Tour

Pre-book your skip-the-line entry ticket and guided tour in one for an exclusive look through the Romanian Palace of Parliament in Bucharest. Discover twelve stories, over a thousand rooms, and four underground labyrinths, including a nuclear bunker. Follow your guide to see the nation's political hub and international conference center, also housed in the palace, and the extravagant rooms in traditional Romanian styles. Marvel at the carefully planned details of the interior, from the ceilings and chandeliers (one of which has over 7,000 light bulbs) to the marble and gold leaf details. The Romanian Palace of Parliament or Palatul Parlamentului is not only the seat of the Parliament of Romania but also the second-largest building in the world. Although shrouded in historical controversy, the building has become a must-see for anyone visiting Romania.

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Bucharest: Guided Ceausescu Villa Tour

6. Bucharest: Guided Ceausescu Villa Tour

Once having arrived in front of the Villa, your staff member will take over. Your tour begins with the dictator's private office, followed by the chess room. Following that, stroll through the villa admiring the bedrooms, family dining room, and the relaxation table. Heading upstairs, encounter another set of bedrooms which belonged to the Ceasescu couple, before you move on to the green house which houses a recreated tropical climate. This climate allows the cultivation of exotic fruits such as bananas and pineapples, including many other fruits which are not indigenous to the country. The owner of the villa was a big fan of exotic birds, which is why the garden was populated by peacocks. Last but not the least, visit the indoor pool, a work which took months to complete. The pool is decorated entirely in blue mosaic and contains flower and animal themes which are reminiscent of those from Ancient Rome. Discover all of this, squeezed into just one house that was far from people eyes. It was a house a where a dictator's family was living the high life, as the rest of the population were starving.

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Bucharest: Relics of Communism 3-Hour Walking Tour

7. Bucharest: Relics of Communism 3-Hour Walking Tour

Enjoy a fascinating 3-hour tour exploring the communist roots of the great city of Bucharest. Discuss the day to day life of Romanians during communism, from ration cards to the black market, to propaganda and the secret police. As the dominant political ideology for more than 40 years, Bucharest is full of souvenirs of its communist past. Begin the tour in Unirii Square, one of the largest squares in central Bucharest originally built during the Communist era and bisected by the massive Unirii Boulevard. Continue the tour and explore the new districts of the "Socialist realism" built during the reign of Nicolae Ceausescu, including the Palace of the Parliament, designed as the absolute center of power, and the buildings of the Civic Centre Project. Discover the hidden churches that the communists wanted to forget about. See the contrast between the elegant city architecture and the communist blocks surrounding the oldest park in Bucharest, Cismigiu Gardens. End the tour in front of the balcony where Ceausescu held his last speech, the Revolution Square. Hear the story of the '89 Revolution and Romania's transition into democracy.

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Bucharest Old Town 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour

8. 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

9. 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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From Bucharest: Day-Trip to Ruse, Bulgaria

10. From Bucharest: Day-Trip to Ruse, Bulgaria

Start the day with pickup from your accommodation in Bucharest. After a short meet and greet, you will head off on your journey and see what this city has to offer.  On your tour, see the lasting effects of the 19th-century, a prosperous time for the city that helped create its nickname - "Little Vienna". Throughout the day you will get to admire the charm of imposing belle epoque architecture, a style totally unique to this part of the country. Your guide will introduce you to the main highlights of the city, starting at Svoboda Square - from here you will spread out throughout the city.  Visit the neo-baroque Profit-Yielding Building. Built in the 19th-century by Viennese architects, it is the home of dramatic theater in Ruse. Nowadays, it also houses a few restaurants, within which, you will get to stop for a typical lunch and dine the way the locals do. During your tour you will get to marvel at dozens of buildings with European heritage. You will get to see how the city combines several architectural styles, whilst making them harmonious at the same time. You will get to stop near the Girdap - the first privately owned bank in the country, the Opera House, School of Music, Hotel Plaza Charlino, Regional Library Building and more. Follow this up with a visit to the oldest church of Ruse - Holy Trinity Church and the Ruse Historical Museum. In the Museum, Bulgaria's rich history and traditions will reveal themselves to you  during your informative visit of the premises.  The tour will end with a relaxing walk near the majestic Danube River. The river not only gives the city its’ romantic look but also defines Ruse as a significant transport, logistics, business and cultural center of Bulgaria. You can enjoy a breathtaking panorama before departing back to Bucharest full of exceptional memories.

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What people are saying about Bucharest

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 855 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!

Everything perfect, you need to go to the entrance of the Visitor Center 30 minutes bifore the visit. Then a guy will collect all the people, help them to enter. The visit of the parliament is instead guided by local personnel of the palace. The building is really a must, you need to go.

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.

Guide was excellent and gave a real insight into the communist era in Romania, illustrated by the sights on the walking tour and by photographs of the period

Wonderful day, excellent guide, definitely recommend