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Bucharest: Day Trip to Brasov with Peles & Dracula's Castle

1. Bucharest: Day Trip to Brasov with Peles & Dracula's Castle

Enjoy a full-day car, van, or bus tour from Bucharest to the historic region of Transylvania. Uncover the influence of different cultures, including Romanian, Saxon, Turkish and Hungarian. See Dracula’s castle and Peles Castle and venture to Brasov for a guided walking tour.  Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel and sit back and relax on the drive to Sinaia in the Transylvanian Alps. Sinaia is known for its beautiful late 17th-Century Byzantine monastery. Visit the neo-classical Peles Castle, built on a medieval route that linked Transylvania to Wallachia. Continue to the medieval Bran Castle which is better known as Dracula’s Castle due to its association with Vlad the Impaler. Admire the castle's romantic setting on a forested hill. Gaze up at its imposing towers. Explore one of the largest in medieval town's in Romania on a walking tour of Brasov. Tour the historic streets and take in sights such as the Council Square, Black Tower and Black Church to get an idea what a typical old Transylvanian city looked like. Take in gorgeous mountain scenery as you drive back to Bucharest and are dropped off at your hotel.

Bucharest: Guided Sightseeing City Tour

2. Bucharest: Guided Sightseeing City Tour

Uncover the gems of Bucharest on a half-day guided tour. Start your journey with a convenient pick-up from central locations in the city center. Explore the historical city center with a knowledgeable guide and discover its rich cultural heritage. Visit the open-air Village Museum and learn about traditional village life in Romania. Admire and learn about the history of the monumental Palace of the Parliament, the world's largest administrative building, and stroll around Constitution Square. Hear the stories and legends of the city as you see where communism came to an end on Revolution Square. You will also have the opportunity to walk along Calea Victoriei, one of Bucharest's oldest and most famous streets. This street is known for its beautiful architecture and historical significance. You will pass by some of the city's most iconic buildings such as the National Museum of Romanian History, the Royal Palace and the National Museum of Art. As well as the Romanian Athenaeum located on Calea Victoriei. As you explore the city, your guide will share with you interesting facts and stories about the landmarks and sights you will see. You will learn about the history of Bucharest, from its medieval origins to its present day. Get a taste of the city's beauty and history while learning from a knowledgeable guide. The tour is the perfect way to get to know Bucharest and see its most famous sights. The tour is designed to provide a comprehensive experience of the city's rich cultural heritage, architecture and landmarks, making it an unforgettable experience.

Bucharest: The "Last Days of Communism" Tour

3. Bucharest: The "Last Days of Communism" Tour

Romania has been a communist country for more than 40 years, between 1948 and December 1989. Nicolae Ceausescu became the General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party in 1965 and the president of Socialist Republic of Romania in 1974. 15 years later, he was removed from power and executed after a violent revolution during the winter of 1989. While nowadays Romania is a democracy, the communist period remained interesting as well as controversial. Follow the guide on this trip through Bucharest to reveal the “great accomplishments of the golden era” and to hear the story of people who built it. You will see the first communist building in Bucharest, the Revolution Square with the balcony where the dictator gave his last speech, the majestic “House of People” and the former residence of the presidential couple. The tour will start in the morning at your hotel and following a 4 hour itinerary you will see the most interesting communist sights of Bucharest downtown with entrance at the Parliament Palace "House of People" and Primaverii Palace. The itinerary depends on your hotel’s location, but it will include: Free Press Square (Piata Presei Libere), The Arch of Triumph (Arcul de Triumf), Victoriei Square (Piata Victoriei), Calea Victoriei – Revolution Square (Romanian Atheneum, Revolution’s Memorial), The Palace of Parliament (Palatul Parlamentului), Union Square (Piata Unirii) – University Square (Piata Universitatii), Romana Square (Piata Romana), Victoriei Square and Charles de Gaulle Square (Piata Charles de Gaulle).

From Bucharest: 9-Day Private Guided Tour of Romania

4. From Bucharest: 9-Day Private Guided Tour of Romania

An adventure of a lifetime, for this 9-day tour of Romania we have chosen an assortment of rich sensory experiences, from medieval sites to a taste of the wilderness, with deep forests, vibrantly colored wildflowers and fresh mountain air (in the right season), all the way to modern exhibits, and a dash of traditional herbs and spices with the delicious foods we will be trying in every medieval town we visit. It’s the best way to understand Romania and the Romanians – Private Tour 9 days in Romania with a local guide :) Join us! Total Duration: 9 days Day 1 : Bucharest City Tour - Overnight in Bucharest What could be a greater adventure than Bucharest City Tour in a Share Tour with maximum 5 persons and having a elegant minibus for our time exploring : The Palace of Parliament or People’s House, The Bucharest National Village Museum, Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue), Revolution Square, The Bucharest Old City Centre, Rich and Poor Area in Bucharest! Itinerary steps: 6 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 2 : 1. Curtea de Arges Monastery 2. Poenari Castle 3. Transfagarasan Highway 4. Sibiu City Tour - Overnight stay in Sibiu Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 3 : 1.Biertan Fortified Church 2. Sighisoara City Tour - Overnight stay in Sighisoara Itinerary steps: 2 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 4 : 1. Turda Salt mine 2. Cluj Napoca City Tour (Botanic Garden) 3. Surdesti Wooden Church - Overnight in Sighetul Marmatiei Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 5 : 1. Explore Maramures all day(local market) 2. Merry Cemetery 3. Sighet Memorial Museum - Overnight in Sighetul Marmatiei Itinerary steps: 2 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 6 : 1. Barsana Monastery 2. Borgo Pass Road 3. Ciocanesti village - Overnight in Gura Humorului Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 7 : 1. Voronet Monastery 2. Humor Monastery 3. Sucevita Monastery 4. Moldovita Monastery - Overnight in Gura Humorului Itinerary steps: 4 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 8 : 1. Lucia Condrea - egg painted museum 2. Nicolae Popa Museum 3. Bicaz Gorges - Overnight Stay in Brasov Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included Day 9 : 1. Brasov City Tour (Black Church) 2. Bran Castle / Dracula's Castle 3. Peles Castle - Back to Bucharest Itinerary steps: 3 Meals not included Accommodation not included

Panoramic Bucharest Walking Tour

5. Panoramic Bucharest Walking Tour

Panoramic walking tour in Bucharest is ideal for lovers of beautiful views of authentic city. Bucharest is the city taking the colors through centuries. You may obtain a broad overview of Bucharest on this wonderful two-hour panoramic tour, which begins every morning in Revolution Square. Bucharest is a city of contrasts. It is also called Balkan Paris. Wide, tree-lined streets and magnificent buildings designed by French architects in the Beaux Arts style give Bucharest its charm. But the Soviet period also left its mark on the appearance of the city. You will walk along the charming cobbled streets of the Old Town and admire its cozy squares and ancient churches. And also appreciate the 17th century Victory Avenue and the neoclassical concert hall, the Romanian Ateneum. Then, see the Palace of the Parliament, the world's second largest building, and Revolution Square, where protests led to the fall of communism in December 1989.

Bucharest: 2-Hour City Highlights Bike Tour

6. Bucharest: 2-Hour City Highlights Bike Tour

You will start in the Old City Center with a visit to the oldest witnesses of Bucharest's birth and development: the Old Court Citadel, Manuc's Inn and Stravopoleos Church. After, you guide will take you to visit the most famous boulevard in Bucharest, Calea Victoriei, with its impressive architecture and grandiose buildings like Military Cercle, Telephone Palace, Royal Palace, Romanian Atheneum and more. You will then shed the city crowds and have the opportunity to relax and cool down in the Cismigiu Gardens and near Bucharest City Hall. At the end of the tour, you will see the grandiose Ceausescu's Palace and Union Boulevard, which was designed to be even longer and wider than Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Bucharest: The Ashes of Communism Private Walking Tour

7. 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.

Tuk-Tuk Bucharest Private Tour North Side

8. 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!

Tuk-Tuk Bucharest Private Tour South Side

9. Tuk-Tuk Bucharest Private Tour South 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 on the most touristic and oldest street in Bucharest - Victory Avenue. Along the street you'll see some of the most important buildings in the city such as Cec Palace, National History Museum or former Royal Palace and get additional information from your guide. Top attraction of the tour is Parlament Palace. With tuk tuk you'll have the chance to get a complete 360 view around the building and see all it sides. After a photo stop in front of the building the tuk tuk follows the boulevard with artesian fountains nicknamed "Champs-Elysees of the East". This is the only opportunity to be so close to the main fountain in the center of boulevard. Tour goes on towards University Square. Here you'll admire other iconic buildings like first hospital of Bucharest or new building of National Theatre. Down the Queen Elisabeth's boulevard you'll see Cismigiu Gardens and the City's Hall. The 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: The Underdog of Europe Evening Sightseeing Tour

10. 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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What people are saying about Romanian Athenaeum

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Ttour guide Alex was very knowledgeable and friendly, and he was prompt. We knew virtually nothing about Romanian history and Alex told the history in an entertaining and digestible way. Although Bucharest is not a very bike friendly city, Alex designed a route that was mostly in very rider friendly/safe areas, with the exception of a few busy crossroads. We had fun & learned a lot, I would recommend particularly to younger people who wanting to do something more active and quicker paced than standard walking tour. Some considerations when booking, factor in the time of sunset. We would’ve preferred to ride a bit earlier just to have better visibility, particularly of the parks. Also, no big deal to us, but there is no formal store front or office at the meet up location. Factor in as far as pre-biking bathroom stops & clothing attire, etc.

This trip was our first guided tour experience in Sinaia and Brasov.we are very grateful to our guide who took us on a wonderful journey back in time. Our tour guide was knowledgable and very friendly explaining everything with great detail and passion. We highly recommend this tour to anyone! Thank you so much, we had a great time and we are looking forward to our next trip with you.

Great in depth tour of Transylvania. Engaging host with a wealth of knowledge. Tour was rushed through Bran Castle so was unable to enjoy the full experience, unfortunately. We stayed on in Brasov, so would definitely recommend this tour as a way to see everything on the way to Brasov in a day.

Super expert and prepared guide, I recommend him to anyone, impressive polyglot, maximum availability and great passion and patience as well as a great driver, maximum knowledge of the area and history. Fantastic experience, money really well spent. It lasted longer than expected.

Excellent tourist tour, better than in the capital. Punctual bus, supplied with USB to recharge phone. Interactive tourist guide with the group, the only flaw very fast in visiting the places NB if you went in winter, cover yourself well because it is very cold