Are you interested in finding out more about "the instrument of terror – The Securitate"? Do you want to know how people lived during those days of oppression and shortages? We can answer all this questions and together we
will discover what the communist regime meant for Romania and it's people.
This tour will present you Romania during the communist regime, and also aspects about the Revolution from 1989 and the beginning of democracy.
If we speak about communism, you cannot miss an outside visit to the Palace of the Parliament (People's Palace), build by Ceausescu and his megalomany. Considered the world's second-largest administrative building (after
the Pentagon), this palace is just stunning. The dictator was executed in 1989, when the palace was almost done, and never got the chance to live here. He left us this colossal building as legacy.
You continue the tour by visiting the private house of Ceausescu's family called, Primaverii Palace. Hidden to the public eyes so far, the comfortable and opulent house was recently opened for everyone. The inside tour will
present you the luxury lifestyle of the communist dictator.
Later on you will explore University Square, the Revolution Square - the place where the Communism was finaly defeated, the Communist Party Headquarter, you will also see the balcony of Ceausescu's last speech and have a
stop in front of State Security Headquarter, the infamous offices of forced confessions, torture and execution during the communism regime. We will show you video clips from the revolution time (21-23 december 1989) and we
will talk about people's courage, about the terror of those days and the hope in a better future for the country.
/ daily & flexible starting time, agreed with the traveler
Prices for a private tour:
1 person: euro per person
2 persons: euro per person
3-8 persons: euro per person
English speaking professional guide
Private transportation with air-conditioned car / minibus
Entrance fee to the Primaverii Palace
Pick-up & drop off from your hotel in Bucharest
Crafted Tours Romania is a local company with more than 10 years experience in the touring and hospitality industry. We put the foundation of this private company as an alternative to the big bus tours, willing to offer our
guests full flexibility and personal decision in organizing a tour in Romania. We craft tours based on your specific wishes, hoping to deliver a memorable experience in Romania as a final result.
During these 10 years we have made strong connections with hotels, restaurants and museums, thus we will recommend you what we have experienced. Of course, we also have a licence and legal accreditation from the National Ministry of
Tourism in Romania.
Georgiana from UK: Would highly recommend this experience! Toni Tatar is super knowledgeable, really nice and passionate about touring, as well as accommodating to our questions and interests I.e. we asked him to incorporate more
details about communism in the tour, which he gladly did and adapted the route as well to this request. Also we got lots of other recommendations from him regarding other spots of interest in Bucharest (including restaurants for
example) as well as for the rest of our trip within Romania. Really enjoyed it and would recommend it further for sure!
Alexander from Serbia: It was very Informative. The guide is friendly and precise. I recommend it for anyone. You should definitely try it when you come to Bucharest.
Jeroen from the Netherlands: „Great way to get to know Bucharest! hat a great way of walking through Bucharest. Manuela knows so many facts about the city and she takes the time to show them to you. We had a tour as a
couple and she answered all if our questions. Tips for restaurants, places to visit and shops to go to, she knows it all. We highly recommend this tour to all people who visit Bucharest and want an honest opinion about the city and his residents.”
Sarah from UK: „A fabulous experience. Manuela presented the tour in a really friendly and informative manner. We learnt so much from her about Bucharest and it's history. She was also incredibly thoughtful taking care of
my 83 year old father in the tour, incorporating small rest stops when needed and even joined us for a cup of tea. I would really recommend this tour as it leaves you feeling more connected to the city and it's wonderful culture.
Thank you so much.”
Panoramic Tour of Bucharest
Jonathan from USA: Toni Tatar was a great tour guide! We went to all the amazing spots in Bucharest. Toni had so much knowledge about the whole town. He even hung out with us after the tour in old town Bucharest.
Maria from Cyprus: Superb!! Very well known guidance. TONI Tatar is a very educated and friendly guide. We saw many important landmarks and learned a lot. I truly recommend it. You will not regret it!
Pat from USA: „The tour is designed specifically for your needs. The pick up time was adjusted when my flight was delayed and I was able to indicate my special interests. The guides humored me and let me have a drink in a
hookah bar because it was something I wanted to do.
When I showed interest in a topic they were very knowledgeable and expanded on it.”
Lou from Australia: „I took this driving tour with Toni Tatar to get an over-view of Bucharest. Toni has very good knowledge, is easy to communicate with in English and is very helpful. The tour was made very easy, pleasant and
informative. I would recommend this tour.”
The Fall of the Communism Tour
Linda D. from UK: „Myself and friend stayed at the Rembrandt hotel, were Toni Tatar very kindly organised two private tours one was a combined city tour with the Communist and the other to Bran castle, Pele's and Brasov,
both were excellent, got to see and do everything we wanted, was tailored to our needs and lovely personal service from both Toni and Marius. Would highly recommend this company.”
Carmen S. from Australia: „We had no idea what to expect, but what we got was one of the highlights of the trip. Picture a vicious megalomaniac with access to unlimited budget. Add a wife who was worse than he was. Then
follow their demise by starting at the place where he gave his final speech. Toni Tatar, our guide, brought a taping of the event and so standing where the protesters were made us feel like we were there. Next we saw their Spring
Palace, with a tour of the tackiest 50 room mansion, which was where they lived. Finally, we went to the second largest building in the world, which they were building to replace the mansion for some $8 billion: eight stories above ground,
six below of Stalinesque. It was so large, we couldn't get the entire building in our picture. Seeing the 1800 chandeliers (actually you only can see a fraction of them) the ballroom, their studies the size of basketball stadiums, and the
auditorium for operas and speeches, gave you enough of a taste for what was planned. Toni had arranged it, took us to the locations, and gave us a background so we could understand what happened. He also helped us get to and from the airport
and buy train tickets. We were impressed with his concern for the safety and well being of his clients. We give kudos to him and urge others to contact him if you want a top notch experience for a reasonable price.”
Relax & Wellness at Therme Spa Bucharest
Avengers74 from Naples: „A paradise! Fabulous place to spend a whole day in total relaxation away from the urban chaos. The outdoor swimming pool is beautiful, especially in winter because you could immerse yourself in
the hot water surrounded by snow. The restaurant service is also excellent, good food at a good price. Too bad that with children under 16 you cannot access all areas.”