The Ashes of Communism: Private Tour of Bucharest


37 EUR

Unveil Bucharest and the marks left by the communist era: massive structures and unhealed scars. Enjoy a story that takes you through 45 years of communism, allowing you to see beyond Bucharest’s colourful present. Go back in time and take a look behind the Iron Curtain!

Duration: 4 hours
    Available in
  • English


  • Travel back to communist Bucharest and admire the exterior of the Palace of Parliament
  • Walk across Revolution Square and University Square
  • Admire magnificent architecture in the Old Town
  • Pass by the former KGB headquarters
  • Visit the Memorial of Rebirth
  • Visit one of the "hidden" churches

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Bucharest – a city once called Little Paris, a city that could have been much more than that. You’ll easily see this for yourself during our Ashes of Communism tour, a tour that’s characterised by emotive visual contrasts.

You’ll visit two areas that perfectly depict the opposition of two eras: the massive communist Civic Centre – an empty shell admired mostly by foreign tourists, and the beautiful Old City with its Belle Époque perfume.

Walking around the Old City, you’ll be charmed by the gorgeous architecture of old palaces, byzantine churches, bohemian cafés and 19th-century houses. You’ll also learn that all of these historical treasures had to be restored or entirely rebuilt. Why? To hide the marks of bullets, to hide scars that have not yet healed even though almost three decades have passed since the fall of the regime and the bloody revolution.

The tour is much more than a visual experience – it’s a story that takes you through 45 years of communism, allowing you to see beyond Bucharest’s colourful present: Stalin and his monstrous enslavement, the genocide committed by the KGB secret police, the eradication of culture, private property and free press…

Behind Stalin’s Iron Curtain there was no good or evil, no black or white. Not even grey. Just red.

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What’s included & not included

  • Hotel pick up and drop off by car
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Flexibility – the itinerary may be customised
  • Meals/snacks

Meeting point

Pick-up from your hotel or accommodation in Bucharest. Please specify hotel name or pick-up address when booking.

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