Tours & Day Trips in Bucharest

Tours & Day Trips in Bucharest

Bucharest - capital of Romania. Visiting this eclectic city, sometimes rough on the edges, will surprise you: a Balkan vibe, historic Oriental influences and Western inspired personality, all-in-one! Why visit Bucharest? To see a European capital bustling with activity, always-on-the-move, with a hip cultural and urban scene, fine-dinning, Belle Epoque era villas mixed with communist landmarks and a glimpse of Romanian culture and life - to have a good time! While Bucharest is famous for its own sights, it is not like other major Romanian cities such as Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu, Brasov or Timisoara and not at all representative for Romanian authentic culture and local life, which is best seen in the countryside in Transylvania. It's has its unique young vibe of a bustling and modern European capital which will surprise you!

Check our Bucharest travel guide to see what to do and where to go out in the city and our tourist practical guide to Bucharest to read about Bucharest Airport, public transport, taxis, safety and tourism in the city.

Here's the list with the tours and day trips we locals recommend in Bucharest:


Street Art and Architecture Tour of Bucharest

Street Art, Belle Epoque Architecture & Cool Urban Hangouts

Start from: Bucharest

  • urban culture
  • architecture
  • street art
  • off-the-beaten path
  • history
With: Doru
6
€25/person

Essential Walking Tour of Bucharest: Old Town & Revolution Square

Start from: Bucharest

  • 'must see'
  • major landmarks
  • 3 hours
  • history
  • street culture
With: Doru
6
€25/person
Vacaresti Natural Park (photo credit Helmut Ignat)

Vacaresti Natural Park: the Newest Urban Delta

Start from: Bucharest

  • nature in the city
  • wildlife photography
  • ecotourism
  • new attraction
  • leisure walk
With: Stefan
2
€25/person
In front of the Palace of Parliament, Ceausescu's masterpiece

The Communist Heritage: Megalomania & Weird Names

Start from: Bucharest

  • urban
  • history
  • Romanian life
  • walking
  • 'must see'
With: Stefan
2
€25/person
The manor we will be visiting

UNESCO Pottery Workshop & Oltenia Countryside Tour

Start from: Bucharest

  • UNESCO
  • workshop
  • take home souvenir
  • countryside
  • local food
  • responsible tourism
With: Gabriela
€164/person
pelicans

2-Day Danube Delta & Birdwatching Tour from Bucharest

Start from: Bucharest

  • UNESCO
  • responsible tourism
  • 2-day
  • Constanta
  • with locals
  • photo
With: Alina
1
€380/person
Best of Transylvania Tour

3-Day Best of Transylvania Tour: Brasov, Sighisoara, Bran & Viscri

Start from: Bucharest

  • top attractions
  • UNESCO
  • countryside
  • culture & local life
  • customize
With: Bogdan
5
€450/person
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Bike & Wine Tasting Trip in Bucharest Countryside

Start from: Urlati (or Bucharest)

  • Dealu Mare region
  • premium wines
  • local life
  • countryside
  • picturesque
With: Oana
1
€95/person
Hiking tour from Bucharest

Bran Castle & Hike in Piatra Craiului National Park

Start from: Bucharest

  • top attractions
  • natural park
  • landscapes
  • hiking
  • local food
With: Dan
1
€125/person
Bran (Dracula) Castle tour Bucharest

Bucharest Day Trip: Visit Bran (Dracula) Castle and Peles in Sinaia

Start from: Bucharest

  • major landmarks
  • 2 cities
  • 2 castles
  • history
  • no vampires!
With: Bogdan
5
€135/person
The Parliament building

Bucharest Getaways: Mogosoaia Palace & Snagov Lake

Start from: Bucharest

  • half-day
  • major landmarks
  • by car
  • city getaways
  • nature
With: Bogdan
5
€95/person
Bucharest nightlife tour

Bucharest Nightlife Tour: Craft Beer & Hip Bars

Start from: Bucharest

  • off-the-beaten path
  • drinks & food
  • local experience
  • city history
  • major sights
With: Doru
6
€54/person
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Bucharest Secret Retreat: Bike Tour to Snagov Forest & Lake

Start from: Bucharest

  • green oasis
  • active
  • fresh air
  • hidden attraction
  • kayak
With: Oana
1
€115/person
Good fun in Baiului Mountains

Castle Tour & Hiking with Great Views in Prahova Valley

Start from: Bucharest

  • top attractions
  • castles & history
  • hiking
  • landscapes
  • photography
With: Dan
1
€115/person
casa poporului

Complete Bucharest Communism Tour: Palace of Parliament & Ceausescu's Home

Start from: Bucharest

  • 'must see'
  • inside tour
  • history
  • unique sights
  • 3-4 hours
With: Alina
1
€85/person
Iezer Papusa

Hike to a Glacial Lake in a Magical Part of the Carpathian Mts.

Start from: Bucharest

  • difficult hike
  • landscapes
  • Carpathian Mts.
  • off the beaten path
With: Dan
1
€135/person
7 stairs Canyon tour

Hiking Day Trip: 7 Stairs Canyon & Castles Sightseeing

Start from: Bucharest

  • natural wonder
  • customisable
  • Bran/Brasov/Peles
  • adventure
  • 'must-see' sights
  • full day
With: Bogdan
5
€130/person
Bike tour in Bucharest

Panoramic Bike Tour of Bucharest

Start from: Bucharest

  • 'must see' sights
  • healthy
  • safe biking
  • sightseeing
  • active
With: Oana
1
€60/person
Visit Transfagarasan Highway

Road trip on Transfagarasan Highway

Start from: Bucharest

  • must-see
  • great nature
  • Vidraru Lake
  • history
  • landscapes
With: Bogdan
5
€132/person
Casino Palace Constanta

The Black Sea Calling: Day Trip to Constanta & Mamaia Beach

Start from: Bucharest

  • sea views
  • free time
  • history
  • fish food
  • gondola ride
With: Alina
1
€120/person
Carpathian Mountains hike

The Most Spectacular Hike in the Romanian Carpathians

Start from: Bucharest

  • unique sights
  • medium hike
  • landscapes
  • best of Carpathian Mts.
With: Dan
1
€135/person
Wine tasting tour in Romania

The Wine Tour of Romania: Cellars, Manors & Wine Tasting

Start from: Bucharest

  • best wines of Romania
  • local food
  • history & culture
  • village life
  • landscapes
With: Alina
1
€160/person
The beautiful Transalpina Road

Transalpina Road Trip & Cooking with the Locals

Start from: Novaci

  • 'must see'
  • responsible tourism
  • local culture
  • traditional
  • countryside
With: Gabriela
€306/person
Garlic - present in every household

The Garlic Workshop: Food, Magic and Vampires

Start from: Bucharest

  • food tasting
  • unique experience
  • local culture
  • storytelling
With: Ioana
1
€32/person
Bucharest street food tour

Bucharest Street Food Tour: Farmers' Markets & Hidden Streets

Start from: University Square

  • cultural shock
  • local life
  • food & drinks tasting
  • communist areas
  • La Belle Epoque
With: Doru
6
€60/person

Top things to do & tours in Bucharest


Bucharest has many attractions and sights that can keep visitors busy for at least 3 days. Being Romania’s largest city, it’s also diverse with lots of things to do, events, places to hang out, coffee shops, bars & the like. Romania’s capital offers so many sightseeing options that all types of travellers will be pleased: communist history & landmarks mixed with French-inspired 19th century architecture, a talented local cultural scene along with street art & abandoned buildings, hip urban spots, green parks and hidden areas that will provide shelter from the bustling city. Here’s our choice for the top things to see on a Bucharest city break.

Undoubtedly, the main highlights and tourist attractions are the Palace of Parliament, Romanian Village and Peasant Museum (they are separate!), ancient Orthodox churches and the Old Town District of Lipscani.


1. Holding a rightfully-acquired first place is the famous Palace of Parliament also known as House of People as former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu liked to call it. This massive building will surely impress tourists and visitors, whether from the outside or inside. With more than one thousand rooms and impressive amounts of marble, hardwood, glass crystals and gold, this outstanding attraction presents a unique glimpse into Romania’s history. Its construction started in the early 80s and was oversaw by the-then presidential couple Elena and Nicolae Ceausescu who played an essential role in lavishly decorating it, while the Romanian people were suffering from shortages of food and basic necessities. The Parliament House can be visited inside on our Essential Communism Tour which will also take you to visit Ceausescu’s private home Vila Primaverii, a ‘must-see’ for those interested in a communism tour!


2. One of the things we recommend you do while in Bucharest is to go for a walk (or perhaps a bike tour) along the long promenades, the wide-boulevards criss-crossing the most important city of Romania. On your list should be Calea Victoriei (Victory Boulevard), Kisselef Road (Calea Kisselef) or Regina Elisabeta Boulevard (Queen Elizabeth Road). Observe and admire the superb and sometimes peculiar architecture of the various buildings and important edifices you will see on your way, such as the Romanian Athenaeum (considered the most beautiful building in Bucharest) or Arcul de Triumf (Arch of Triumph) which resembles its more famous Parisian brother. One can equally stroll in the magnificent parks of Bucharest, such as the centrally-located chic Cismigiu Park or the largest of all Herastrau Park enjoying their attractive and serene nature.


4. Despite being in Romania’s busiest city, you can also get a glimpse of the beautiful Romanian village life and our rich rural traditions and customs. Tucked away from crowded boulevards you will find the outdoor Romanian Village Museum close to Herestrau Park, which contains life-sized replicas of village houses from traditional and representative regions of Romania. You can also consider visiting the Romanian Peasant Museum to get a glimpse of how our resourceful, self-sustainable ancestors lived for hundreds of years in perfect communion with nature. Finally, there is the National History Museum where you should not miss the collection of golden bracelets that belonged to our Dacian ancestors.


5. For those interested in the cultural and artistic side of Bucharest, tourists will be happy to hear that there are many art galleries in town. The most prestigious with renowned painters and collections include Zorzini Gallery, H'art Gallery, Anaid and Artmark. A particular spot belongs to Galateca Gallery which specializes in avant-garde design. Of course, the National Art Museum located in the former Royal Palace building and the National Museum of Contemporary Art hosted by a wing of the Palace of Parliament are a must of art-lovers.


6. For those looking to get outside of the city and visit its surroundings, there are some very good options to consider. A trip to Mogosoaia and Snagov will take you to the locals’ favourite weekend getaway spots, with plenty of nature and history too! Mogosoaia Palace is representative for Romania’s 17-18th century feudal lords and displays a unique architectural style. And beyond dense forests lies Snagov Lake with the 15th century Snagov Monastery in the middle of it where Vlad the Impaler (the real-life inspiration for Dracula) is supposedly buried.


7. Speaking of Dracula and castles, Romania’s most famous Peles Castle and Bran Castle can be visited on a day trip from Bucharest, which will also take you to the charming medieval town of Brasov. We highly recommend choosing one of our guided tours if you want to see all three sights in one day, otherwise it might be a bit challenging for a do-it-yourself tour. You can also choose our tours with other sights in the area, such as Cantacuzino Castle, 7 Stairs Canyon or even a hiking trip in Piatra Craiului Natural Park!


8. Another major tourist attraction in Romania which can be visited on a day trip from Bucharest is the famous Transfagarasan Road – the ‘best road in the world’ according to Top Gear. Located 250 km away from Bucharest on winding roads leading deep in the Carpathian Mountains, the road is open only during June-September and is accessible only by car. On your way there, don’t miss Curtea de Arges Monastery, a major Orthodox and historic sight!


9. You may have heard about Romania’s Black Sea – yes, just 220 km away from Bucharest is the city of Constanta and the golden fine sands of Mamaia the most famous beach resort in Romania. So if you’re longing to see the sea, hear and feel its breeze and find out how the ancient port of Tomis helped spread multiculturalism, tolerance and commerce in the region – consider an escape-the-city day trip. The UNESCO biosphere Danube Delta is further away and harder to access so you will need at least 2 days to learn about its wonders and sights.


10. Finally, there’s no way of talking about Bucharest without mentioning its food scene. Burgers are hip right now, Italian food has always been a favourite while Asian and health-conscious cuisine is picking up, but Romanian traditional cuisine is a staple for the everyday lives of locals. Cabbage rolls sarmale served with polenta is a “must” for anyone visiting Bucharest, as are ciorba dishes (sour soups). Coffee shops and bars should not be missed – have a look at our post on the top places to go out in Bucharest. And while we’re at it – did you know that Romania produces some VERY good wines? A wine tour to old manors and wine cellars is the best way to find out!