Private tour

Bucharest: The Ashes of Communism Private Walking Tour

Private tour

Bucharest: The Ashes of Communism Private Walking Tour

From US$ 72.91 per person

Discover Bucharest's traces of the Communist era: massive structures and unhealed scars. Enjoy a story that takes you through 45 years of Communism, allowing you to see beyond Bucharest’s colorful present.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Romanian
Pickup included
· The guide will be waiting for you in the hotel lobby, next to the reception desk · If your accommodation does not have a lobby, then the guide will be waiting at the entrance, in front of the building
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • View the exterior of the Palace of Parliament – the largest, most expensive and heaviest administrative building in the world
  • Explore the major squares and buildings where the action took place during the anti-Communist revolution
  • Admire the contrast between the Communist Civic Center and the beautifully restored Old City
  • See where Europe’s last dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, gave his final speech
  • Go back in time, look behind the Iron Curtain and learn about the violent rise and fall of the Communist regime
Full description
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.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Licensed English-speaking guide
  • Private tour
  • Meals & snacks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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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.

December 30, 2021

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.

June 27, 2018

Great. Interesting with personal insight. Will recommend to friends!!

October 23, 2017

Product ID: 62120