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Bucharest: The Underdog of Europe Evening Sightseeing Tour

1. 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

2. 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: City Highlights Guided Private Tour

3. Bucharest: City Highlights Guided Private Tour

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.

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Bucharest: History and Culture Private Walking Tour

4. Bucharest: History and Culture Private Walking Tour

Experience the history and culture of Bucharest as you stroll past landmarks in Calea Victoriei, the old town, and the former Civic Center. Experience Bucharest through the eyes of a local expert. Meet your friendly guide at one of the most beautiful buildings in town, the Romanian Athenaeum. Listen as your guide introduces you to the local history and culture as you venture to the historic avenue of Calea Victoriei, the pedestrian Old Town, and University Square. Next, walk to the former Civic Center in the Communist neighborhood built in the 1980s by the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Take in the immense size of the Palace of the Parliament and the view from Constitution Square of the former "Victory of Socialism Boulevard." Stop for an optional lunch break in a traditional and historic restaurant, or for a coffee break in a typical outdoor café.

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Bucharest Walking Tour

5. Bucharest Walking Tour

Meet up with a young, friendly and English-speaking local guide that will try to immerse you in Bucharest's history and stories, from the birth of the city to the revolution in 1989 and beyond. Start your day of discovery by meeting your friendly guide at Constitution square in front of the Parliament Palace. After a short meet and greet, make your way towards the Old Town, taking in the sights and sounds along the way. Enjoy a lovely stroll along the Calea Victoriei and stop at Revolution Square to find out more about the country's communist times and how it affected the people. At the end of your journey, feel free to ask your guide for any tips or recommendations about the capital city of Romania.

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Bucharest: Instahood Stories Tour

6. Bucharest: Instahood Stories Tour

With this tour, local guides turns tourists into locals and locals into tourists. Begin in the busy Roman Square (Piata Romana), before and move on to quiet, hidden old streets to see and even explore turn-of-the-century villas. Following that, you will move on to the new creative quarter, checking out reverse graffiti art and artsy courtyards which you can sneak into. Make a refreshment stop on the way for some tasty local bites and end with a lovely coffee close to the Old Town.

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Bucharest: Old Town Walking Tour

7. 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.

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What people are saying about Calea Victoriei

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 6 reviews

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.

Best tour I ever been on

If you are going to do a tour of Bucharest do this one. Our guide the owner of the company was exceptional. He was so passionate and made the history of the communist era come alive. I will never forget this tour thanks so much, Nic and Katherine.

Our guide brought us to the old church which is breath-taking beautiful church. He well explained history and showed us the significant buildings. We enjoyed this 2 hours walking tour.