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Royal Palace of Bucharest: Our most recommended tours and activities

Bucharest: 2-Hour City Highlights Bike Tour

1. 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: Private Communist History Walking Tour

2. Bucharest: Private Communist History Walking Tour

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. Walk through 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.

Bucharest: Museums and Galleries Walking Tour

3. Bucharest: Museums and Galleries Walking Tour

Discover one of the most romantic capitals in Europe: Bucharest. All Romanians will tell you that their capital is referred to as “Little Paris”. Learn about Bucharest's origins, including whether or not it was infact once a Roman city, as you wander around its charismatic streets. Discover what constitutes Romanian contemporary art, as you experience the excitement of modern art in the Zorzini Gallery. The quiet and charming tree-lined streets containing Art Deco villas are also sure to leave you speechless during your walk around the Old City. With your local charismatic guide you will visit the Național History Museum, Național Art Museum, Național Art Galleries, and Houses of Parliament. Before your tour concludes, don't forget to grab some souvenirs in the Neogalateca shop.

Private Bucharest Beer Tour: Best local beers with a local

4. Private Bucharest Beer Tour: Best local beers with a local

Enjoy a Romanian street food pastry on the way to one of Bucharest's favorite craft beer bars, where you'll sample 4 local craft beers and chat about the brewing processes and passion that goes into Romanian beer-making, as well as introducing you to the up-and-coming craft beer scene. With your beer buzz setting in, continue down Victory Avenue and some of the city's most important landmarks, which boast a complicated historical mixture of royal and communist influences. En route to the next bar, you will discover intriguing sights, such as the former National Theatre of Bucharest, the former Headquarters of the Communist Party, one of the oldest churches in Bucharest, Kretzulescu Church, and the University Square with its superb late 19th-century architecture. Our last stop will vary between cold and hot seasons. With so many good options it's hard to choose even for us. Either a famous spot for a Transylvanian beer or a truly hidden gem from Old Town or even the very own beer garden operated by the most popular craft beer brand in Bucharest. And we haven't forgotten about food either. We'll make sure to add some solid nourishment for the best pairing with our beer selections. Our tour ends here but before you go, don’t forget to ask your local guide for tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay.

Bucharest: Charm of the Belle Époque Private Tour

5. Bucharest: Charm of the Belle Époque Private Tour

Imagine yourself in the late 19th century, in a romantic era of peace & prosperity called the “Belle Époque”. Bucharest was a city where the West met the East, instantly charming travelers with its multicultural diversity, Boehme lifestyle and gorgeous architecture. Back then, the flourishing city was experiencing the greatest cultural boom of its history, with King Carol the 1st being the mastermind behind it. His family ties with Napoleon the 3rd or Wilhelm the 1st amplified the process, turning Bucharest into a Paris of the East. The tour is structured as a story, taking you along the famous Victory Boulevard and through the fully restored Old City. Each major attraction has its own tale to tell, allowing you to go back in time and discover the social and cultural life of the era. You’ll see beautiful palaces and historical buildings – architectural gems displaying a mix of styles: Neoclassic, Art-Nouveau, Baroque or Byzantine blended in with the local Brancovenesc. Along the way you can admire various impressive buildings – hot spots for the era’s high society: the palace of one of the most famous composers of 20th century; the Athenaeum music hall; the former Royal Palace; the Capsa Restaurant (meeting place for noblemen & artists); the former Lafayette Galleries (providing latest Parisian fashion) etc. Next, you’ll enter the Old City – an area bursting with life that truly resembles the charm of the Belle Époque: old street lamps, vintage cafes, bistros & lounges nested within 18th century houses or street musicians playing the violin. Some places are former cabarets, theaters or dance halls while other still continue a century old tradition, operating as inns and beer houses. Take the Belle Époque tour to feast your eyes with architectural wonders and to journey back in time…In a time of Tango & Charleston dances, balls permits, jockey clubs, fringed dresses and secret love letters!

From Bucharest: Full-Day Peles, Dracula Castle & Brasov Tour

6. From Bucharest: Full-Day Peles, Dracula Castle & Brasov Tour

Hop in your comfortable air-conditioned vehicle and start your day with a fantastic visit to Peles Castle. Situated in Prahova Valley at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains, a place well-known for both wine and winter sports (even if not both at the same time), Peles Castle is considered to be one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, which King Carol I of Romania fell in love with.  Further on, continue your journey to the mysterious Bran Castle, known from Bram Stoker’s fang-tastic stories. As an alternative to the haunted stigma, the Bran Castle can be seen as a rich medieval patrimony for Romania, a royal palace in a not so common part in Europe.  After visiting the two enchanting castles, you'll be pleased to step in a city abundant with cobbled streets, as Brasov is proudly boasting to be Transylvania’s most impressive medieval town, a treasure of wealth for historical interests. Brasov is an exceptionally relaxing place, excellent for walking around aimlessly, admiring the old buildings and charming facades or just stopping at one of the great restaurants or bohemian cafés which you can find at any step.

Bucharest: Private South Side Tuk-Tuk Tour with Pickup

7. Bucharest: Private South Side Tuk-Tuk Tour with Pickup

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: Panoramic Walking Tour in Revolution Square

8. Bucharest: Panoramic Walking Tour in Revolution Square

Let us take you through a trip in time and history of Romanian capital. What is story behind Arch of Triumph? Have you ever heard about the Village Museum, one of the world's most interesting ethnographical parks in open air? Here you can see 50 complete homesteads, churches, windmills and even sunken houses from rural Romania. With local charismatic guide, you will visit The Revolution Square, one of the city's most important squares, surrounded by emblematic buildings such as The Athenee Palace, the Romanian Athaeneum, the Royal Palace and Library, King Carol The 1st Statue. You will hear stories and secrets about Patriarchal Church, the majestic centre of the Romanian Orthodox faith, Carol Park with the Mausoleum and Eternal Flame monument, Palace of Parliament, also called the House of People.

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What people are saying about Royal Palace of Bucharest

Super amazing experience ! Our tuk tuk guide/ driver Valentin made our last min spontaneous decision worth a while. genius idea to drive around main attractions by only one tuk tuk in Romania and have a stop for magnificent pictures. And he has honestly great eye to catch best pictures you could wish for. He is Knowledgeable, spot on for facts and very interesting to listen. He also recommended us to go certain restaurants to make sure we will taste local food. He introduced us the water harmony show. And the roof top places for sunset cocktails. And brought us to the coolest bar in heart of down. When I was booking the tour I thought it was very short time , but honestly it was exactly enough time to fit the beauty from Bucharest to our eyes and hands. I Would highly recommend his service as we got to see Bucharest so much. thanks for this last min tour. Thanks for Valentin that our memory from capital of Romania is incredible!!! Thank you !

Great tour around all the landmarks you want to see and know about in Bucharest! Alex is very smooth and tells the story of his country/city in a captivating way!!

This was a great way to see Bucharest. Very friendly and informative guide, paste that suited everyone and interesting sites. I would definitely recommend it.

One of my favorite so far, Alex was so nice and friendly, I even thought to take the tour once more

This tour is highly recommended! Our guide had a lot of interesting things to say.