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București, Romania
Hidden Gems of Bucharest Tour

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Overview

Discover tucked-away pockets of Bucharest that even most locals don’t know about this 3-hour city tour. Travel off the beaten path to some of the city’s most charming and lesser-known historic neighborhoods while learning how layers of Romanian, Ottoman and communist influence have shaped the urban landscape. Experience the capital’s serene side with stops for snacks and refreshments in historic summer gardens and tea houses.
  • 3-hour tour of Bucharest's hidden gems and tucked-away treasures
  • Visit charming corners of the city unknown even by many locals
  • Learn how a unique and tumultuous history has shaped the capital
  • Enjoy refreshments in summer gardens and historic tea houses
  • Led by a knowledgeable local guide
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Snacks
One refreshment
Local guide
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Teatrul Național București , Bulevardul Nicolae Bălcescu 2, București 010051, Romania

Directions: The closest Subway station is Universitatii. From there it's a 1 minute walk to National Theater where your guide will await you on the stairs in front of the main entrance. She or he will have an ID or wear a clothing item saying Urban Adventures.

10:00 AM
KFC Romană , Bulevardul General Gheorghe Magheru 28-30, București 010336, Romania
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Interesting Times Bureau
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Anita will show you the wonders of Bucharest! Book now!
airdmj23
, Jul 2021
This was a wonderful walking tour of Bucharest with sights that you would not see if you were out exploring on your own. Anita adjusted the tour to suit my needs for great photo locations! She is amazing and quite knowledgable. Bucharest is a fascinating place, with rich architecture, eclectic street art, and happy people. I loved all the stories that went with each stop. So much history to consume! I wished the tour was longer! By the way, 5 To Go has some great hot chocolate! Would highly recommend if you want to be enriched mentally, socially and physically!
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great hidden gems
linda
, Feb 2020
We loved this tour and found our guide, Ioana, to be extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. we would never have found "the Gems" on our own. I can recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
"Hi Linda! Thank you very much for your lovely feedback! I enjoyed being your guide and I'm looking forward to seeing you again if you'll decide to pay Bucharest another visit! Hugs, Ioana"
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This was a wonderful walking tour of...
Raphael S
, Dec 2017
This was a wonderful walking tour of Bucharest. Tudor was a great guide and host to his city. We had a very pleasant exchange of ideas, and he accommodated his tour to suite our needs. Bucharest is a fascinating place, with rich architecture and a stormy past. Tudor guided us through old neighborhoods, pointing out all the hidden gems, each with its own story. I would highly recommend this tour!
star-5
it was the smartest thing I ve done...
1juliabond
, Dec 2017
it was the smartest thing I ve done visiting Bucharest - ordered this tour. 3 hours walking around the city center and enjoying the guide's speech - Bucharest became more interesting and these 3 hours gave us a lot of understanding and hidden beauty. must!
star-5
We had just arrived in Bucharest...
MARY ANN S
, Oct 2017
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.
star-5
What a great tour.. We had a group...
Sandra Anne D
, Oct 2017
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
star-5
LaLa was a fantastic guide caring...
Mary F
, Oct 2017
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
star-5
This was a really amazing tour. So...
Emma C
, Jul 2017
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.
star-5
Our guide, Mircea Constantin, was an...
Norma G
, Jun 2017
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!
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After seeing all of the very...
Robert G
, Jun 2017
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.
star-5
Lala our guide greeted us warmly and...
Betty W
, Apr 2017
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.
star-4
Very intetesting tour, got lots of...
Erin M
, Apr 2017
Very intetesting tour, got lots of information about the history of the city and architectural points of interest.
star-5
Great tour....got special VIP...
Robert_L
, Mar 2017
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.
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This is in my husband's name, but I...
Erin_M
, Nov 2016
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.
star-5
Wow. We had no idea that just off...
Virginia H
, Oct 2016
Wow. We had no idea that just off of central Bucharest is a labyrinth of streets with beautiful 19th century mansions. Many are abandoned or in deteriorating condition but you can see how lovely they once were. Others are restored or being restored. Some of the streets were ethnic communities such as Jewish, French, and Armenian areas. The story behind this part of Bucharest is fascinating, as well as the story of how the communist system destroyed this area and left many of the residences currently in depute over who really owns them. Our guide was wonderful. She also introduced us to a boutique restaurant where we were able to get a gluten-free lunch. By all means take this tour!!!
star-5
Our guide was so informative. She...
peter_N
, Sep 2016
Our guide was so informative. She really knew her city and showed us a completely different perspective of Bucharest. great tour.
star-5
We spent a few days in Bucharest and...
Bryan M
, Apr 2016
We spent a few days in Bucharest and were absolutely blown away by it. One of the highlights was definitely this tour - we walked through streets and our guide, Roxana, really brought things to life. Lots of things in Bucharest seem to be hidden behind closed doors and not immediately obvious, so we were pleased to have a local guide to show us round. Highly recommended as it's not the usual dates and statistics, but a real insight into life in the city past and present.

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