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Private Bucharest Communism Tour (7 hrs)

Visit key sites and monuments in Bucharest associated with the communist regime and Romanian anti-communist revolution of 1989 and get an understanding of what happened in Romania from the establishment of communism to degeneration and collapse.
Learn how the (in)famous House of the People (Palace of Parliament) was built in the heart of the city and how Bucharest has been affected in its recent history.

This is a private and personal tour, so I will be there to answer all your questions. We can sit and talk over a cup of coffee or during lunch, and I will tell you what you wish to know about what was it like living in Communist Romania.

Tour type: historical, museums, city tour

Revolution Square, Bucharest
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Tour Information

DURATION
7 hrs (with lunch break around the midpoint of the tour)

PRICE
130 EUR/tour for 1-2 people
150 EUR/tour for 3-4 people

ACTIVITY LEVEL
moderate – please be aware that visit of the Palace of Parliament involves climbing quite many stairs

WHAT IS INCLUDED
– your guide/driver service
– hotel pick-up and drop-off
– transportation by private car, a 2017 Volkswagen Golf, air conditioned
– all parking fees and fuel

EXCLUSIONS
– admission fee to the Palace of Parliament (40 Lei/person for the standard tour)
– any food and drink you choose to buy during the tour
– the cost of the optional visit of Primaverii Palace (50 Lei/person)

PICK-UP, DROP-OFF
at your hotel or place of choice (within city limits), starting time at 9:30 am or as agreed upon

Highlights/Details

The Revolution Square, the starting point of the demonstrations that led to the fall of communism – see the building of the Communist Party’s Central Committee and the balcony where the dictator Ceausescu gave his famous last speech before fleeing by helicopter at the onset of the Romanian Revolution; account of the 1989 anticommunist Revolution in Romania, discussion about context and causes; the Revolution Memorial

University Square, a site linked to the dramatic events of the 1989 Revolution in Bucharest, but also essential for what was called the ‘1990 University Square Phenomenon’, a marathon anti-communist rally in the spring of 1990 

• Inside guided visit of the House of the People (Palace of Parliament) including the presidential balcony where Ceausescu intended to hold his public speeches. While Ceausescu’s “House of the People” is a popular tourist objective, its significance as center and symbol of Ceausescu’s political power and its impact on the city are usually overlooked by the official guided tours. You will learn how the vast House emerged in the heart of the city and gain a better understanding of how Bucharest was affected in its recent history.

• Visit a typical communist era working-class district including a little neighborhood produce market

• Optional, it is possible to arrange an inside tour of the opulent Primaverii Palace, Ceausescu’s former private residence (if interested, please let me know). 

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