Private Walking Tour Of Communist Bucharest

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 7 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    08:30 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    Bucharest, Bucharest
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We meet clients at all hotels from central Bucharest.
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Book a private and complete 7 hours tour of communist Bucharest. You will get to know the whole history of the Communist Party, from its illegal days to its violent seizing of power, its main leaders, the critical decisions and their consequences while visiting the key landmarks the regime left behind.

This is mainly a walking tour.

Highlights

  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Led by a local guide

Know More about this tour

The order of the attractions may vary depending on the starting point.

The communist Civic Center
We ross Dambovita River to the other side of central Bucharest where Romania's last communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, built a completely different city after demolishing several historical neighbourhoods. 

The Palace of the Parliament
We visit the Parliament Palace, the second largest administrative building in the world and a symbol of the communist regime. This is no doubt the most famous landmark from Romanias communist period and the second largest administrative building in the world. Part of Ceausescus vision for creating his own version of the capital, the construction is truly monumental with more than 1,000 rooms. It's full of details, like hand-made decorations from the finest and most expensive materials, including 1 million cubic meters of marble and 3.5 tonnes of crystal.

The tour of the Parliament takes approximately one hour and a half. Ten minutes walk afterwards to visit two of the centuries-old churches that escaped communist demolitions after being moved from their original location. 

Churches that escaped demolitions
We visit two of the churches that miraculously escaped communist destruction afer being moved even 300 meters from their original location.

15-20 minutes walk to the city center.

Lunch in the Old town at own expense.

The Revolution and the 21st of December Squares
Two central squares in the heart of Bucharest, both testament of the Revolution of 1989, key places for the collective memory of Bucharest. The small 21st of December Square was the central location of the violent events of December 1989 and the early 90's, when groups of people occupied it to protest against the communist regime. We stop in the Revolution square for an ample presentation of the events in December 1989 and the history of the Romanian Communist Party.

We also stop in front of the former Royal Palace and the Atheneum for more stories related to the time of the communist regime.

To reach the next location from the itinerary, we take the subway, a major infrastructure project of the communist regime and one of its most important achievements in Bucharest

Ceausescu Mansion
We visit the house where dictator Nicolae Ceausescu lived until he was executed on Christmas Day 1989. Preserved like in the old days, the mansion is one of the best examples of Ceausescu's cult of personality and the overall fake image built around image by the communist propaganda.

This attraction is only part of the tours done from Tuesday to Sunday.

Car drop off at your hotel or other agreed place in central Bucharest.

Inclusions

Professional guide

Transport by private vehicle on some parts of the itinerary

Hotel pickup for groups of maximum 3 people

Exclusions

Food and drinks

All Fees and Taxes

Entry/Admission - Ateneul Roman

Entry/Admission - Palace of Parliament

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

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  • 20-Jul-2019

    We had an amazing and very informative tour and I strongly recommend it to anyone in Romania. It provided a very detailed explanation of a part of modern world history that is not frequently talked about. The itinerary is full of interesting sites and we were able to see so much. All the sites are important to the topic and very interesting to visit. All relevant background information about the topic was given, as well as many touching stories of average peoples experience during Communist Romania. Anyone who would take the tour would strongly enjoy, appreciate and learn a lot from this tour, weather or not they know a lot about Communist Romania before taking the tour. Diana, who was our guide, was very friendly, very well informed and very helpful. She explained the background and context of relevant political events very well. She explained the relevance of each site we saw very clearly and with great detail. She answered all of our questions very well, helping us to know a lot more about the topic. She also gave very helpful advice about directions, and good lunch dishes where we went for lunch. This trip would have been amazing with anyone but she made it even better.

  • 15-Jul-2019

    Laura took us on a fabulously informative tour. She was very knowledgeable and knew her way around the city well.

  • 14-Jul-2019

    Laura took us on a fabulously informative tour. She was very knowledgeable and knew her way around the city well.

  • 28-Jun-2019

    My husband and I booked this unique, experiential walking tour of the darker 1980s Ceaușescu-era in Romania's history. Diana was our guide for the day. A keen and well-studied historian, Diana is a fountain of knowledge, as well as continuously inquisitive. She brought the history of Communism to life in this full-day tour, taking us back in time to the embryonic beginnings of Communism in Romania. We were fortunate to begin our tour inside the spectacular Atheneum concert hall, where a music rehearsal was taking place. The importance of the Atheneum, and how its surround of historical frescoes evaded Communist re-painting, was brought to life. I will ensure there are no spoilers in my review, as I want to encourage as many people as possible to take this unique tour. From there, it was on to Revolution Square and environ, as Diana took us through the steps leading up to the 1989 Revolution. Included in the tour itinerary was a visit to the home of the Ceaușescu's, only opened since 2016. From there, it was on to the Militar neighborhood, where we visited the living-museum experience of Ferestroika. Originally, we had hoped to visit the Palace of Parliament - Ceaușescu's gargantuan megalomaniac construction project - but it was closed for private meetings. So Diana offered us the substitute of the Ferestroika tour (for which you can also read my review here on TripAdvisor). This whole day was one I will carry for the rest of my life...it was so deeply thought-provoking, emotionally and viscerally connected, and intellectually stimulating. Couldn't help thinking at times - given how the political climate is shifting around the world at this moment in our own history - if we, as humans, might not be learning from our past. Highly, highly recommended! If I could award this more than 5-stars, I definitely would!!

  • 13-Feb-2019

    I expected a little bit more from this tour and not only the huge rooms and the balcony. I thought they were going to show us the underground's and tunnels but no.

  • 18-Aug-2018

    My wife and I cannot recommend this private tour enough! Our guide, Diana, was personable, punctual, and extremely insightful. You will learn a lot about life under Communist rule in Romania (especially during Ceausescu's dictatorship). All of the sights were visually and historically fascinating. If you book the tour on a day when Primaverii Palace (Ceausescu's home) is closed, be sure to schedule time to see it while in Bucharest. The home richly embodies the lifestyle and aspirations of the dictator and his family. On the tour you will visit Primaverii Palace, Palace of the Parliament, the Athenaeum, "hidden" churches, and other important landmarks. While you can technically see these places on your own, there is nothing like having someone intimate with the culture and history of Bucharest to give you context, share personal stories, and answer any questions you may have. Again, my wife and I highly encourage you to book this tour. You won't be disappointed. Thank you, Diana, for a wonderful experience!

  • 07-Apr-2018

    my guide Diana went above and beyond what I was expecting of the tour. she was great in her knowledge not just of the city but Romania has whole, and did not mind answering questions in regards to all of Romanians history and culture. with a focus mainly on the communist era of Bucharest. the highlights for me where seeing revolution square and seeing Ceaușescuc house. and it ending on the balcony on the parliament. defiantly worth the price!!

  • 13-Aug-2016

    Diana was very informative and we had a great day with her.

  • 13-Aug-2016

    Diana was very informative and we had a great day with her.

  • 04-May-2016

    This was a fantastic tour - the guide was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. We would give this 10 stars if we could. We saw so much and learnt so much and at the end the guide even refused to take a tip. We felt more like we were being shown around by a friend or relative than by a paid guide. I would recommend this tour and this particular guide to anyone. We have had several experiences with Viator - all good but this one was truly exceptional.

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