This tour is a combo of two of our best-selling Bucharest tours, Absolutely Bucharest and Bohemian Bucharest, giving you the ultimate local experience all in one epic day!
Your Total Bucharest Tour leads you first through the political centre of the city, Revolution Square. Formerly known as Palace Square, this iconic spot has witnessed some of the most important events in Romanian history. Case in point, it was from here in 1989 that dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu made his rallying speech to a crowd that quickly turned on him, instigating the Romanian revolution.
Leaving the square, you’ll go south along Victory Avenue, named for 1877 War of Independence. Along the way, you’ll pass by — and get the stories behind — palaces, museums, and the beautiful Kretzulescu Church, one of the most famous churches in Bucharest.
Next, it’s time to explore the many sights of Bucharest’s Old Town. This is the heart of medieval Bucharest, the literal crossroads between East and West, where Ottoman pashas rubbed shoulders with Transylvanian princes. The winding, cobbled streets are filled with bars, cafés, shops, and restaurants, but if you need a dose of peace and quiet, you can find it in the calming courtyard of Stavropoleos Monastery.
Along the way, we’ll get to visit one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, the stunning Carturesti Carusel, and snack on traditional covrig (basically a soft pretzel), one of the most popular street foods in Romania.
We’ll finish off the Old Town portion of the tour at the ruins of the Old Princely Court, and the former residence of one of the most famous individuals in history: Vlad Tepes, the inspiration for Dracula.
No doubt hungry from all that history (and walking!), we’ll visit an exquisite turn-of-the-century townhouse for some Romanian treats. Under trees and vines, with grapes dangling overhead, you’ll sample a selection of Romanian entrees (gustari), including goat cheese, cured meat, spring onions, homemade bread, and locally brewed craft beers. It is said that while Romanians love the culture and sophistication of urban life, when it comes to food their taste is always for the peasant food (cucina povera) of the countryside.
To help us digest all that food, we’ll then make our way to the Armenian quarter, with its spectacular architectural styles, and the Jewish quarter, home to one of the most beautiful and peaceful areas of the city: Mantuleasa.
After exploring 19th-century and inter-war Bucharest, we’ll stop for an ice-cold Romanian weissbier before experiencing the quintessential Bucharest public transport: a short ride on a tram. Rattling along the famous Mosilor Street, you’ll enter into Communist Bucharest, with its regimented blocks and housing projects, as you make your way to the famous Obor Market, the largest and most famous of all the peasant markets in Bucharest.
We’ll stop for a sip of traditional Romanian palinca (brandy) before entering the indoor market to sample a range of Romanian cheeses: cow, sheep, and goat. After that, it’s on to the vegetable market, amid a riot of colours and textures, to taste and photograph the fresh local produce.
Probably the most famous and typical of Romanian foods is called mici, which translates as 'little.' A kind of skinless sausage, these are served with mustard and cold beer, and every Romanian has their own opinion about where and how the best ones are made. But certainly the stall in Obor Market has been known for more than 50 years as one of the temples of mici, and here you will get to try them for yourself!
And finally, because your gastronomic adventure would not be complete without a dessert, we’ll grab a sweet Wallachian doughnut, served piping hot, before sending you happily on your way home.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, food and drink samples, including a ‘peasant platter’ (local cheese and meats, plus seasonal vegetables and homemade bread), street snack, 2 mici (includes bread and mustard), a platter of local cheeses, 1 Wallachian doughnut, 3 beers, and a shot of palinca and one shot of visinata (sour-cherry brandy)
Exclusions: 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 12 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: 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 below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.