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Bucharest: Guided Ceausescu Villa Tour

1. 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.

Bucharest: Private Communism Tour with Ceausescu Mansion

2. Bucharest: Private Communism Tour with Ceausescu Mansion

Learn all about Romania's communist history on this private tour through Bucharest. Start your tour at the Palace of Parliament, the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon. Learn how dangerous and damaging the totalitarian regime was in Romania at this influential site. Next, visit the Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum. See traditional homes and how Romanian villagers to have built ecological and sustainable environments in their backyards.  See Victory Avenue, a boulevard with communist buildings where you can also admire French architecture. Make a stop at Revolution Square and learn about the Romanian Revolution in December 1989. Visit Ceausescu Mansion, the private residence of Nicolae and Elena Ceauşescu and their children for a quarter of a century (1965-1989), during their communist rule in Romania. Finish up your tour with drop-off back at your hotel or the airport.

Bucharest: Snagov, Ceaușescu Mansion, & Village Museum Tour

3. Bucharest: Snagov, Ceaușescu Mansion, & Village Museum Tour

Village Museum: In this Bucharest city tour, you will visit The National Village Museum – in one place, you will see an embodiment of Romanian traditions and you will learn what it meant for Romanian villagers to have built an ecological and sustainable environment in their backyard. You will also get a glimpse of their simple and modest lifestyle, in social and spiritual harmony with their surroundings. Book a guide in Bucharest and you will enter the universe of the traditional Romanian houses, large or small, made of wood and adobe, but also stone and other materials, from all areas of the country. You will also see national symbols such as the mill or the wooden church and you will learn how these treasures of spirituality and civilization have kept us united for thousands of years, without needing to invade other nations. Ceausescu Mansion: The “Ceauşescu Mansion” was for a quarter of a century (1965-1989) the private residence of Nicolae and Elena Ceauşescu and of their children, Nicu, Zoia, and Valentin. Built in the mid-1960s and known at the time as the “Spring Palace”, the mansion was enlarged between 1970 and 1972. The preferred choice for the design of the Ceauşescu family’s residence was Aron Grimberg-Solari (born 1928). The architecture of the palace is complemented by landscaping conceived by the architect Robert Woll (who was also the main furniture designer for the house) and the landscape engineer Teodosiu. Victory Avenue: On Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue) – with your private guide you will 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. You will see old orthodox churches, enveloped in an aura of mystery, a music store, where you can find a large selection of music, as well as casinos, bohemian restaurants, museums, theatres, tea shops, retail stores, and gift shops, where you can purchase souvenirs, and even the National History Museum and the Romanian Athenaeum, another Romanian architectural landmark, the CEC Palace and many others. Revolution Square: In this private tour you can be transported back in time to the moment where the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was ousted, leaving behind the secrets of a great fortune and controversies about the state security service and his offshore accounts. As we mentioned earlier, when we reach the Senate Palace, you will see the building which used to house the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party and the place where the Revolution of December 1989 started – a major historical event whereby, through human force and sacrifice, Ceausescu was removed from power. Snagov Monastery: This is a surprise! It's 40 min outside Bucharest, on an Island and it's the place where is the tomb of Dracula!

Tuk-Tuk Bucharest Private Tour North Side

4. Tuk-Tuk Bucharest Private Tour North Side

The tour starts in front of Novotel Hotel or if you choose to pickup, in front of your hotel. After you get to know your guide and driver, your experience begin with a slowly ride towards Roman Square on the busiest boulevard in Bucharest. The tuk tuk ride goes to Victory Square, a large opening space in the middle of the city. Around the square you can observe the Government Building, the Natural History Museum & Romanian Peasant Museum. From here you'll enter to an exclusive area of Bucharest filled with beautiful villas. In this area it's located also the House of Ceausescu, former communist dictator of Romania. Tuk Tuk will take you at the entrance for taking photos. Top attraction of the tour is Arch of Triumph. Tuk Tuk stops by as close as no other car can stop. Tour continues on main boulevard towards House of Free Press. On the way you'll see an open air museum called Village Museum. With the open top tuk tuk you get a complete 360 view over the city and photo stops in impossible places for other vehicles. Tour ends where it started or you can be dropped-off anywhere in the downtown. At the beginning of the tour you'll get complimentary bottled water and Romanian snacks. On board of tuk tuk you have power banks, blanket, selfie stick & free Wi-Fi. Book now & enjoy a unique way to see Bucharest! Tuk Tuk Way!

Bucharest: Private Historical Tour with Dracula's Grave

5. Bucharest: Private Historical Tour with Dracula's Grave

Why miss out on any of Bucharest's major attractions when you can see them all on this full-day tour? And to cap it all off, visit the monastery on the green island in Snagov Lake, where the tomb of Dracula/Vlad Tepes is located. Benefit from a customizable itinerary and private guide. 40 minutes outside of Bucharest on a verdant island is the final resting place of the legendary Dracula. Head there and explore the site while you hear about the history. Visit the National Village Museum and learn what it meant for Romanian villagers to have built a sustainable environment in their backyards. See the iconic Arch of Triumph. At the Palace of Parliament or People’s House, learn about the implications and consequences of the communist regime in Romania. Here you will have the chance to see the second-largest administrative building on the planet, after the Pentagon. Peruse the Romanian Athenaeum. On Victory Avenue, prepare to be amazed by the historical contradictions: on one side, 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. See old Orthodox churches, enveloped in an aura of mystery, a music store, as well as casinos, bohemian restaurants, museums, theaters, tea shops, gift shops — where you can purchase some memorabilia —, and much more along the way. Go back in time at Revolution Square to the moment where the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was ousted, leaving behind a great fortune and a suite of controversies. Your guide will shed some light on this important moment in history. Patriarchate Hill is a small hill in Bucharest and an important historic, cultural, architectural, religious, and touristic location. Visit Ceauşescu Mansion, once the private residence of Nicolae and Elena Ceauşescu and their children. End the tour with hotel drop-off.

Bucharest: Communism and Ceauşescu’s History Private Tour

6. Bucharest: Communism and Ceauşescu’s History Private Tour

Palace of Parliament: In Bucharest City Tour at the Palace of Parliament or People’s House – you will learn how dangerous and damaging a totalitarian regime like communism can be for a nation. You will feel small seeing what pointless opulence and megalomania “the sleep of reason” can create. Imagine you have the chance to see the second largest administrative building on the planet, after the Pentagon, and that it will be an experience you will be able to share with your grandchildren. Ceausescu Mansion: The “Ceauşescu Mansion” was for a quarter of a century (1965-1989) the private residence of Nicolae and Elena Ceauşescu and of their children, Nicu, Zoia, and Valentin. Built in the mid-1960s and known at the time as the “Spring Palace”, the mansion was enlarged between 1970 and 1972. The preferred choice for the design of the Ceauşescu family’s residence was Aron Grimberg-Solari (born 1928). The architecture of the palace is complemented by landscaping conceived by the architect Robert Woll (who was also the main furniture designer for the house) and the landscape engineer Teodosiu. Museum of Communism (ferestroika): This is the building, now museum, where Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife were tried and executed. It is now old, dilapidated, and not maintained very well or used except for the area of the trial. Entry cost was 8 ron and there is an addition charge to take photos. The rooms are very small and you can tell by the furniture it was a very poor country in 1989. It appears they do not want to glamorize the event or persons as there were limited photos. There is a room where they checked President Ceausescu and his wife medically before the trial. There is room with the tables and chairs that the trial was in. There are two chairs in a corner where they sat. The other tables were used for the defense, prosecutors and guards. There is a room with the beds where they ate and slept. You can go outside and see the area where they stood them up and used automatic weapons to kill them. There were no trees there at that time as now. Revolution Square: One of the most important place when we talk about Romanian Revolution, December 1989!

Bucharest: Private Last Days of Ceausescu Tour in a Dacia

7. Bucharest: Private Last Days of Ceausescu Tour in a Dacia

On the 22nd of December 1989, 12:07 Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife run with the helicopter from the roof of the Communist Party Headquarter Palace escaping the fury of 100.000 persons who surrounded the building asking for his resignation. Having in mind to regroup and fight back to keep his supreme power over Romania that he had for almost 24 years Nicolae Ceausescu runs towards Pitesti to find support from the working class and the army but he is captured in that day near Targoviste. A classic car tour with a fully restored Dacia which explores both the geographical as well as the emotional roadmap covered by Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena on the 22nd of December 1989. Discover all the key moments from when they got in the helicopter to leave Bucharest until the last day of his 24 years of communist Presidency. We will explore the pivotal moments of Ceausescu’s last day as a President and cover a route of 90 km towards Targoviste- and back to Bucharest- the place where he was captured, detained and executed on the 25th of December 1989. Feel the terror and the fear which overwhelmed Nicolae Ceausescu after losing in just one day the supreme power he had over the country for 24 year and discover his lesser known attempts to get it back. Highlights •A 5.5 hours private tour with a classic car which crosses the city landmarks - such as The Revolution Square and Palatul Primaverii, the personal residence of Nicolae Ceausescu •Leave towards Targoviste •Stop where the Dictator abandons the helicopter and continues his run with a Dacia •Stop at The Steel Factory and The Militia station where Ceausescu tried to organize support but he gets arrested •Stop and visit the building where Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu were detained, judged and executed on the 25th December 1989 •Return to Bucharest You will hop on or hop of the car on the main stops of the circuit, you’ll get the best photo shots of your travel, and you will hear the most amazing life stories that portray the way a real. You will discover in a 180 km itinerary towards Targoviste the rural Romania, the fears of Nicolae Ceausescu who lost everything on that day! Be ready to feel drive with a car that made the nation, a Classic Dacia car!

Bucharest: Private History of Communism Van Tour

8. Bucharest: Private History of Communism Van Tour

Dive into Bucharest's past on a private guided van tour of the city's Communist era. See its famous Communist sights and grand architecture as you sit back in the comfort of your own car or minivan. Marvel at other, non-Communist sights, enjoying what Bucharest looks like today. Enjoy a relaxed pickup from your hotel or accommodation in Bucharest and set off on your full-day historical journey. Listen to your driver/guide recount stories of the city's Communist past as you make your way to its sights. On your tour, make your way to Victory Avenue, one of Bucharest's oldest and most famous streets. See Revolution Square, the Romanian Athenaeum, the Palace of the Parliament, and more. Taking a step away from Communism, feel spooked visiting the grave of Dracula at the Snagov Monastery. Or enjoy the regal architecture of the House of Ceauşescu, the former 80-room home of President Ceauşescu. Best of all, speak with your guide and decide your itinerary along the way.

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What people are saying about House of Ceauşescu

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based on 39 reviews

The dictator's house is located in district 000 where all the embassies usually are! The visit to the house was very interesting with a guide in English or Romanian! Inside there is also a small bar and a fantastic garden where you can have a drink, coffee and eat some snacks !! Overall the visit was very satisfying

Very exciting to walk in Ceausescu's living rooms, but also frightening with opulence when you thought that the population outside was so poor. Super good and funny guide who told vividly about the different rooms.

Very good leadership. Extensive and interesting explanations of all the backgrounds of the Ceaucescu house were given. The guide also responded to questions. The visit is highly recommended

This was so much fun, great explanations and a very friendly guide. Will we book again next time for other tours. Price/performance is totally justified!

Perfect, very interesting and informative. Our guide Nicoleta was perfect and made us discover Bucharest in a very nice way.