Your afternoon tour starts at the infamous Revolution Square, with its many landmarks that tell the story of the city’s turbulent past. There is much to be explored in this square, including the former Royal Palace (now the National Museum of Art), the Athenaeum, and the University of Bucharest Library. We’ll head towards the Archives, a building that still bears the bullet holes of the 1989 revolution.
Over to Constitution Square next, where will see a stunning example of larger-than-life communist ideals at the Palace of the Parliament. The world’s second biggest administrative building after the Pentagon is quite overwhelming. Ceausescu ordered the destruction of historic neighbourhoods in order to construct this colossal, controversial complex, which he ironically named The People’s House (Casa Poporului). Here we will ascend to the roof for spectacular views across the city (subject to availability)
A quick stop for refreshments will give you an opportunity to try Romania’s favourite street food snack, a covrig, similar to a pretzel but arguably even more delicious!
Next we will visit a neighborhood in the east of Bucharest, where you will see examples of true socialist architecture and one of the city’s famous 'Hunger Circles' — a canteen from the communist era, so-called because of the severe food shortages that locals suffered through at the time.
On our way, we will stop at the Romanian Television HQ (TVR). Due to the ‘energy saving programme’ introduced by Ceausescu, the TVR schedule was severely limited to only about two hours per day. Much of this was dedicated to the cult of Ceausescu and his wife Elena, featuring entertainment laced with a heavy dose of propaganda.
For a fascinating comparison, we will then make our way to the Primaverii neighbourhood, one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city and still home to many politicians and local celebrities. Nicolae Ceausescu actually occupied a whole block of villas here, including one for his security guards and one for domestic servants, and the area has remained an exclusive district ever since.
Your tour ends at Victory Square, where you will see the Victoria Palace, headquarters of the Romanian government.
Before you go, 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.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, covrig street snack, entrance fee to the rooftop of the Parliament (when available), transportation during the tour via private car.
Exclusions: Entrance to Primaverii Palace (Ceausescu’s house), transportation to and from the meeting point, additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 4 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.