Bucharest Sites & Bites

See the Main Sites with a Twist!

Adult
€57
Child
€47

Take a stroll through Bucharest’s often turbulent but always fascinating history on this tour.

Food Tour of Bucharest Highlights

  • Take your tastebuds on a history tour and learn how Romania’s past has influenced its cuisine today
  • Get a 101 intro to the city and see the sites that have shaped Bucharest
  • Hear the stories of Old Town, from Ottoman rule to French aristocracy, from communist ruin to a new capitalist (night)life
  • Enjoy a three-course traditional Romanian meal in one of the most charming restaurants in Bucharest

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, three-course Romanian meal, and a house beer or wine or soft drink.

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

Schedule details

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Meeting point: Revolution Square, in front of the horse statue
  • Starting time: 11.00 AM
  • Ending point: Unirii Square
  • Full Itinerary
  • Your Bucharest tour begins in the political centre of the city, Revolution Square (formerly known as Palace Square), which has witnessed most of the important events in Romanian history. It was from here in 1989 that dictator Ceausescu made his ill-advised rallying speech to a crowd that quickly turned on him, instigating the Romanian Revolution. Surrounding the square are several other notable landmarks, including the former Royal Palace, the Athenaeum concert hall, and Athenee Palace, the heart of espionage and intrigue in the years between the wars.

    And in such a historical spot, it’s appropriate that we have a historical treat. We indulge in a covrig, a daily salty snack for most Romanians that was likely introduced by Hapsburg or German merchants in medieval times.

    Next up, we leave the square and head south along Victory Street, named after the spectacular victory of the new Romanian nation in the 1877 War of Independence.  However, full unification of the three Romanian principalities did not take place until 1918, which explains why each region has its own distinct character, traditions, and cuisine — like sweet for Moldova, earthy for Transylvania, and spicy for Muntenia.

    This stretch is also home to many spectacular landmarks of the inter-war period, including the ‘Telephone Palace,’ Military Circle, and former National Theatre, as well as the beautiful church of Kretzulescu, one of the most famous in Bucharest.

    From Victory Street, we head into an older Bucharest, exploring the numerous paths and passageways of the Old Town. This is the heart of medieval Bucharest, the literal crossroads between East and West, where Ottoman pashas rubbed shoulders with Transylvanian princes, and churches and mosques stood side by side. Here you can witness the many diverse influences on Romanian food — the Balkan mici (skinless sausages), the Ottoman sarmale (stuffed cabbage leaves), Russian borscht and ciorba (sour soups), and Austro-Hungarian schnitzel. Among the many sights and stories of Old Town are lavish interiors and princely courts, the exquisite calm of an orthodox monastery and the great wooden inn of Hanul Lui Manuc.

    En route to our final destination, we get a look at the famed People’s Palace, the centre of Ceausescu’s megalomaniac attempts to re-shape the city, and the second largest building in the world (only the Pentagon is bigger!).

    Finally, our Bucharest tour ends with a sampling of the culinary specialties at a traditional hanu, or inn, that’s widely considered to be one of the most beautiful in the city.  You’ll dig into a three-course meal with platters of local delicacies — giving you a ‘taste tour’ of the history and geography of the region.

    It was said that during the time of the ancient Romanians (the Dacians), so much wine was drunk by the people that their leader, Burebista, banned its production entirely. But the supremely inventive Dacians immediately began brewing beer — thus, you have a chance to lubricate your palate with both fine Romanian wines and/or locally brewed beer, just like the Dacians would have wanted!

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, three-course Romanian meal, and a house beer or wine or soft drink.

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

    Dress standard: Please wear casual dress.

    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]

  • Reviews
  • Ms. Colleen H. from United Arab Emirates travelled on 22 Aug 2017:

    This tour was a great introduction to Bucharest. Since it was a small group tour we weren’t following a flag or pin wheel around and it felt just like exploring the area with friends. It’s a great way to start out a visit to Bucharest because Mircea shared a lot of useful info about places to eat and drink, which rooftop bars have the best views, and info like a passport is needed to visit the People’s Palace. The lunch at the end was extremely filling and delicious. It was the perfect end to an afternoon exploring a new city.

    Mrs. Katherine B. from USA travelled on 09 Apr 2017:

    We have taken two Urban Adventure tours and we really enjoy them! A great way to see the city!

    Mr. Lisa H. from Australia travelled on 18 Oct 2016:

    I thought the tour was great – I got a lot of history and culture about Bucharest. We went to the market and tried local foods and drinks, which I really enjoyed. I also got a better idea of life in Romania during it’s revolution. I enjoyed the tour a lot.

    Mr. Raphael O. from Australia travelled on 24 Jun 2016:

    Our tour was guided by Mrs. Ema and that is our special positive remark: Her guidence was clear explained,detailed and above all ,interesting.That, together with her
    nice and kind behaving towards us, made us enjoying a lot, your tour. We thank you for that.
    Raphael & Rina Onona