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Lonely Planet Experiences: Bucharest Communist History Tour

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Relive life behind the Iron Curtain and discover what Romania was like under Communism on a 3-hour guided tour of Bucharest. Visit important monuments from the days of the Communist era, hear stories about Nicolae Ceauşescu and more.
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Duration: 4 hours
Starting time 10:00 AM
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  • Travel back to the days of Communist rule in Bucharest
  • Visit Nicolae Ceausescu’s house
  • Admire grand palaces alongside Soviet-style tower blocks
  • Visit the hidden mausoleum where the first Communist leaders were buried
  • Take in the city skyline from a surprising location that survived the demo​litions of Bucharest
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Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience.

Travel back in time on a half-day tour of Bucharest, once known as “Little Paris,” and discover what the city was like during the Communist era, when Bucharest was a dark place to be. The era has left its mark on the city and you will discover some places with relevance to Bucharest under Communism.

Walkthrough the Old Town to see firsthand the effects of the nationalization process led by the Communist regime over the beautiful turn of the century architecture of Bucharest. Venture behind the megalomaniac structures surrounding the Palace of the Parliament and find remnants of the former city. Visit some of the churches of Bucharest that were moved to avoid destruction under Communism. 

For a change of scenery, climb Patriarchy Hill to experience firsthand the massive changes the city underwent during the 70s and 80s. Then hop on the tram and ride to one of the communist neighborhoods of the city, erected to house the thousands of people relocated from the country to the capital to work on massive construction sites. See examples of true socialist architecture and feel how day to day life was unfolding for the average inhabitant of Bucharest during that time. 

Brace yourself for a surprising turn into a green oasis of the city. Hidden among the concrete, find Carol Park and the former burial site of the first communist leaders. Cross the street to see the Heroes of the Revolution memorial and cemetery and finish your tour with tales of the 1989 revolution that ended the Communist regime in Romania. Return to Unirii Square and make sure to ask your local guide for tips on where to eat, drink, and shop in this hidden gem of a European capital city.
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Tickets for public transport
  • Covrig street snack
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
  • Personal expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Additional food or drink
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Revolution Square, near the equestrian statue of Carol I.

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• This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed. Please select ‘child’ above when booking
• Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform at the time of booking if you will be bringing a child under the age of 6
• This is a small-group tour with a maximum group size of 4 people
• This tour is priced for a minimum of 2 travelers
• A solo traveler may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for 2 travelers

From US$ 56.93 per person

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Product ID: 53110