Bucharest Hidden Gems Tour

Uncover the Most Beautiful Neighbourhoods


Once called the Paris of the East, Bucharest is a smorgasbord of neo-classical architecture, Communist-era high rises, pretty churches, and fabulous public parks. Take this morning tour with a local to get yourself acquainted with this magnificent city and ensure you don’t miss out on its many hidden gems.

Intro to Bucharest Tour Highlights

  • Take a walk through the Batistei neighbourhood and admire its charming old church
  • Visit the oldest house in town and absorb its intriguing secrets
  • Stroll along Bucharest’s prettiest street and the old stomping ground of Romania’s most brilliant writer, Mircea Eliade
  • Try a covrig, a delicious Romanian street food snack

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, and a covrig street snack.

Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, and tips/gratuities for your guide.

Schedule details

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Meeting point: On the stairs of the National Theatre in front of the main entrance. View on Google Maps.
  • Starting time: 10.15 AM
  • Ending point: University Square.
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  • We start our hidden gems of Bucharest tour with a gentle stroll to one of the most well-known mahalas (neighbourhoods) in the city, Batistei.

    Mahalas usually rose up around a religious building and were inhabited by groups of people from the same ethnic, social, or religious groups. As the city grew, so did these areas, suffering through waves of modernisation, earthquakes, wars, and Nicolae Ceausescu’s numerous demolition projects.

    Batistei is still a vibrant and exciting neighbourhood to explore; we visit the 18th-century stone church, listed as a historic monument by Romania’s Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs, and hear stories about what it was like to live here before the Communist regime took over.

    The Armenian neighbourhood houses one of the best preserved Orthodox churches in the city and that is where we head next. Built in the early 20th century for the once burgeoning (now diminishing) Armenian population, the church is an exact replica of a cathedral in the Armenian city of Ecmiazin.

    Next on the agenda is the city’s oldest home, a fascinating example of a traditional Wallachian peasant house with its high cellar and glass-covered veranda. Casa Melik, as it is known, hides a mass of secrets including a striking art collection. Legend has it that a series of underground tunnels connect the house with local masonic lodges.

    Snack time! We make a pit stop to try one of Romania’s favourite historic street food snacks, the covrig.  It was originally thought that Greek merchants introduced covrigi, a salty snack similar to a pretzel, in the 19th century to encourage increased consumption of their wine, but it’s remarkable similarity to German pretzels, suggesting Romanians may have been eating these long before that.

    Our next stop is one of the prettiest areas in Bucharest: Mantuleasa street. It was originally a mahala for rich merchants, and elegant architecture can be found here that combines neoclassical, Romanian, and modernist styles. This was also Mircea Eliade’s favourite part of the city. Here we stop to learn more about the life and work of Romania’s most revered writer and philosopher, who was a professor at the University of Chicago until his death in 1986.

    Your tour ends with a visit to the breathtakingly beautiful Ioanid block and Icoanei mahalla but be sure to ask your local guides for tips on where else to visit in beautiful Bucharest and where the best places to eat and drink can be found.

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, and a covrig street snack.

    Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, and tips/gratuities for your guide.

    Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.

    Local contact

    Office phone number: +40 722 629 540
    Email address: [email protected]