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Downtown Bucharest Private Walking Tour (3-4 hours)

Explore Bucharest through a relaxed walk covering Bucharest’s Old Town and central area, with your local private guide.
A walking tour is the best way to experience Bucharest up-close, learn the stories behind buildings and monuments and take in the atmosphere. You will have your personal guide to answer all your questions, provide you with insights into the local culture and history, and show you the local’s favorite places and hot spots.

Tour type: cultural, local experience, heritage, historical

Bucharest Old Town lively atmosphere

Tour Information

Duration
3-4 hours

Activity level
Moderate (approx. 4 km of leisure walk – medium physical demands)

Price
100 EUR/tour/1-4 people
Please request a group booking quote for larger groups!

Includes
– Tour guide fee
– Hotel pick-up and drop-off for up to 4 people

Exclusions
– Admission fees, if any
– Any food and drink you wish to buy during the tour

Pick-up 
At your hotel (for up to 4 people) or other agreed-upon location 

Highlights

• discover central Bucharest with the most representative areas: the Palace Square, the Revolution Square, University Square, the Old Town, Unirii Square
• admire Bucharest’s diverse and unique architectural landscape and some of the most iconic architectural landmarks from different eras and styles
• stroll around the enticing Old Town
• see over 30 landmarks
• plenty of insights into history, architecture and local culture
• tips on the best local restaurants, cafes, venues and places to go

(scroll down the page to see the full description of the tour)

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What to expect

I will pick you up from your hotel and we start the Bucharest tour from the emblematic Palace Square, that served as stage of decisive historical moments in the past century. This is a good place to learn about the rise of modern Romania through the important monuments and buildings lining the square, such as the legendary Athenee Palace Hotel and the iconic Romanian Athenaeum.

Close by there is the Revolution Square, the starting place of the dramatic events that led to the overthrow of the communist dictator Ceausescu. See the balcony where he gave his last public speech and get a narrative of the Romanian anticommunist revolution.

Then, we make our way down Calea Victoriei, once the chic promenade of the “Little Paris”, toward the University Square, the heart of present-day Bucharest. The area is usually populated with students, as two of the most prestigious universities are located here. Examine the magnificent facade of the University of Architecture and see Bucharest National Theater, another iconic landmark of the city. The University Square is a site of public memory, linked to the violent events of the 1989 Revolution and 1990 student protests that we will discuss about.

Next we continue to the pedestrian Old Town, the historical core of the city which in recent years turned into Bucharest’s entertainment hub. We may stop for rest & refreshment to one of the many cafes, occasion for people watching and taking in the atmosphere, and I will give you tips on the best restaurants, cafes and local favorite spots in the area.

Just off the Old Town we reach Piata Unirii (Unirii Square), emblematic of the recent communist history. From here you will see the (in)famous House of the People, the second largest building in the world, and I will explain about the political and social context of the last years of communism when the House was built.

The tour ends up here. I will give you suggestions for further exploring the area on your own if you like, or we walk back to the car and to your hotel. For larger groups I will help with information regarding how to get to hotel using the public transport.

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To request a guided tour or get more information, please use the form below. I will answer every message personally within the next 24 hours, providing details of availability, booking and payment. 
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