Hidden Gems Of Bucharest Tour

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Overview

Visit places only 10% of Bucharestians know about such as romantic neighborhoods full of history and charm ready to be explored. Get inside tips from your local guide.

Highlights

  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Led by a local guide
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

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Discover the history, the architecture and charm of some places most locals dont even know exist.

The evolution of Bucharest is one of the best instances of the ambiguous relationship existing between the Romanian lands and the Ottoman Empire. Although it was not an Ottoman town, it shared many aspects with towns in the Ottoman area of influence.

One of these shared aspects was the division by Mahallas. Mahallas were small quarters of the town which arose around a religious building and which were often inhabited by a homogeneous community of people belonging to the same ethnic, social or religious groups.

As the town grew, mahallas fused with each other giving birth to wider neighborhoods that suffered through waves of modernization, earthquakes, wars and Ceausescu's demolition projects. This was the fate of neighborhoods like the Armenian Quarter, Mantuleasa, the Old Jewish Quarter & Batistei. Discover and learn about all the mixtures of architecture, cultures and cuisines.

Walking around the oldest parts of the city can make you thirsty, so, to top it all off, also included is some leisure time in Bucharests most beautiful summer gardens and teahouses, some of them are in 100-year-old houses. Stop and take some refreshments (own expense).

Inclusions for Hidden Gems Of Bucharest Tour

  • Snacks
  • One refreshment
  • Local guide
  • Walking tour

Exclusions for Hidden Gems Of Bucharest Tour

  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A moderate amount of walking is involved

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • We had just arrived in Bucharest late the night before. The rest of our group wouldn't arrive until the following day. We knew nothing about Bucharest, and needed a relaxed introduction to the city. LaLa proved to be a delightful, well informed guide knowledgeable about history and architecture. Our stroll through small quiet neighborhoods tucked away among Bucharest's loud and busy avenues immediately made us more comfortable in this strange and fascinating city. She ended our tour by bringing us to a cozy restaurant for lunch. We offered to have her join us, our treat, but she had another appointment and could only stay for lemonade.

    Bucharest must have been spectacular just before World War I. But 2 World Wars, 50 years of Communist dictatorship and the sudden reversion to a market economy have taken their toll. It is, to say the least, rather frayed around the edges. Nevertheless, see this remarkable city before it becomes a tourist destination like Prague and Budapest. And hope you have a guide as charming and delightful as our LaLa. Note - Because a previous Viator of Savannah, GA was booked for us by my sister-in-law, this review uses her name. My name is Dave.

  • What a great tour.. We had a group of six friends and no one else joined us so we had a private tour. Highly recommend this. Cheers

  • LaLa was a fantastic guide caring and working w our various requests
    We did 3 tours thru Urban Adventures and they made each one very special so there was no overlap

    We saw some fantastic --truly Hidden Gems of Bucharest--places one would not find on the typical tour information

    She was an excellent guide!!

    Mary
    CA

  • This was a really amazing tour. So informative and so interesting. Our guide Mircea, really loved his city and that was so evident throughout the tour. We got to really appreciate the eclectic nature of the Bucharest architecture and learn about the city. We were on this tour on the hottest day of the year, it was 45 c, and Mircea made sure that we were hydrated and comfortable throughout. He gave us loads of good advice and tips by email afterwards. I would recommend this to anyone coming to Bucharest. It was one of the highlights of our trip, well worth the money, which is an extremely reasonable price. I really can't praise this tour or Mircea enough.

  • After seeing all of the very positive reviews for the Hidden Gems walking tour, I booked it for my one free day here in Bucharest. Took a short taxi ride to meet up with my guide outside the Intercontinental Hotel. My guide Roxana immediately spotted me an let me know that there would just be the two of us. Roxana proved to be a stellar tour guide, so very knowledgeable about the small neighborhoods Mahallas that we walked through. She was extremely personable and flexible as she introduced me to the history and culture of these areas. She pointed out all of the unusual architectural details and explained about the historical significance of many of the buildings. We stopped partway at a delightful cafe Simbio on the outskirts of the Jewish quarter for a refreshing smoothie, and then had a delicious lunch at Hanu Manuc at the end of the tour. What a pleasure to have a very intimate tour with such an exemplary tour guide, I felt totally spoiled throughout. If you want to see some extraordinarily interesting and unusual sights I highly recommend the Hidden Gems tour.

  • Our guide, Mircea Constantin, was an amazing guide -- full of stories and knowledgeable about all the things you don't see as a typical tourist. This was a 3 hour walking tour and my husband wasn't able to walk the last hour so Mircea kindly and thoughtfully had a car from the office pick us up and drove around for the duration of the tour.
    Mircea also sent us additional information on the areas we covered and took us to Share Café - very interesting establishment..
    HIGHLY RECOMMEND MIRCEA!

  • Lala our guide greeted us warmly and gave us a traditional pastry. We were won over from that moment! She was born and bred in Bucharest and loved her city. Her enthusiasm was infectious. She took us on a walk around the 'Hidden Gems' of Bucharest good footwear is a must. She concentrated on the fascinating architecture of this city. There were many influences French, German, Armenian and communist to name but a few all side by side in varying states of repair but charming never the less. Lala gave us a brief history of the city in a way that was fun to listen to. We stopped for coffee on the go and ended at a delightful cafe garden where we bought delicious soup for lunch. They chatted to us throughout lunch giving great recommendations of what else to see and where to eat. The restaurant she recommended was great. Thank you Lala we strongly recommend this tour.

  • Very intetesting tour, got lots of information about the history of the city and architectural points of interest.

  • Great tour....got special VIP treatment of THREE tour guides haha. They gave me a snack and we started the tour finding hidden spots in Bucharest that most don't know about and learning about them and the history. At the end we stopped for a drink at a hidden café.

  • This is in my husband's name, but I am the one who took the tour. :

    We had a rocky start, because we didn't spot each other outside my hotel at first, so we started 30 minutes late. And in order to take the tour I had to pay for two people, even though I was alone.

    Once we got going, this was a really interesting and educational walk through three lesser unknown neighborhoods. My tour guide was super knowledgeable and very willing to stop along the way for me to take photos or visit homes or buildings that were not scheduled. She paid attention to the fact that I love old abandoned places. She noticed when my interest was peaked, and she always made sure to walk to those places, and she was very patient with all of my photo-taking she even snapped a few herself. She described the history of each place we walked by as well as the history of what it was like in communist Bucharest. She explained why so many of these beautiful mansions and homes are left to sit there, abandoned and crumbling. At the same time we saw places that were being renovated and put to use in the recovering city. We visited a lovely orthodox church, and she even took me into a renovated French victorian home that is now a busy restaurant where she helped me make reservations for that evening. We walked for a little over two hours, and it was perfect. I believe she would have walked further had I wanted to. I highly recommend this walk. It's off the tourist path, which makes it unique.

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