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Bucharest Alternative Tour: Small-Group Morning History and Street Art Tour

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    What to Expect
    We will greet you in Romana Square (known by locals as Piata Romana), a very popular meeting spot, with a piping hot street snack to get your morning off to a delicious start! Then we’ll move away from this busy central area to discover our favourite neighbourhoods in Bucharest, which all ooze character and charm. 

    Not long after the beginning of our walk, we’ll come across our first ‘secret’ hangout favoured by locals and spot some of the biggest wall murals in the city, learning as we go about the local artists, the themes and hidden messages within their artworks, and the variety of techniques used to create them. 

    Next up is yet another high point of the morning, strolling around one of the most beautiful parts of Bucharest, as your guide points out each important landmark, explaining its significance. We’ll walk through a maze of streets and iconic public gardens that will provide stunning backdrops for your precious photo collection! 

    About halfway through our tour, we will reach the most famous street in Bucharest, a unique place that unites the works of our most important local artists. And it’s about now that we’ll stop for a short refreshment break in a beautiful summer garden, that doubles as a famous local bookstore. 

    Zigzagging our way down the city’s busiest boulevard, we’ll begin our approach to the most important landmark in Bucharest, Revolution Square. As we walk, your guide, who will certainly be your friend by now, will share with you tales of the city and its dramatic past. 

    Our penultimate stop will unlock and reveal a secret hidden gem — exceptional street art within the University of Architecture. Why is it a hidden gem, we hear you ask? Because it’s not normally open to the public, but we can take you inside on this very special tour! Here you will discover three unique murals: incredible works by some of the best local and international artists that were commissioned by us, using ticket money from the same tour you are on right now. The idea behind this is to build awareness of this beautiful art form and to encourage upcoming generations to continue ‘painting the city beautiful!’ 

    We are slowly approaching the end of our tour, but not before showing you one of the first Square Cat murals, a very rare blast from the past in our crazy little city. This exceptional artwork was recently restored by the artist himself and is painted on the doors of the Cinema Capitol Garden, an incredible historical site that waits in ruins for the chance of a well-deserved future! 

    Our colourful tour will end here within short walking distance from University Square and Cismigiu Park. But before you go, don’t forget to ask your friend/local guide for more tips on what else to see, do and eat in beguiling Bucharest!
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    Departure Point
    KFC Leonida, Bulevardul General Gheorghe Magheru 28-30, București 010325, Romania
    Departure Time
    10:15 AM
    3h 30m
    Return Details
    University's Square, Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta 3, București 030167, Romania
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • One street snack
    • One refreshment
    • Snacks
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • One street snack
    • One refreshment
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • 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.
    • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    We booked the Alternative Tour on very short notice and the organising team was very helpful in making it possible for us (Thank you for that!). Our tour was with Lala and it was one of the best guided tours we ever took part in....More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank settingforthh
    Reviewed 19 July 2019

    On our alternative tour through Bukarest our guide Ioana showed us beautiful street art and architecture that we would not have seen without her. She kept amazing us on this three hour walk with her knowledge about the city, the buildings and the art we...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank sylroem
    Dana T, Guest Relations Manager at Bucharest Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2019

    "Dear Sylvia, I'm really glad that you've enjoyed the tour! It was a pleasure meeting you and Ron and showing you around. Thank you so much for this great review! Big hugs, Ioana"

    Reviewed 12 June 2019

    As a big fan of murals and street art, tracking them in every new city I visit has become a hobby of mine. One of the most efficient ways to find them, especially in Bucharest, where many of the murals are rather hidden, is via...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank NK419
    Dana T, Guest Relations Manager at Bucharest Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2019

    "Hi, Nicola! Thanks for your very kind review! Your interest in street art was absolutely contagious! It was a real pleasure to show you around the city and to tell you the stories behind the murals! Greetings, Ioana"

    Reviewed 4 June 2019

    Ioana led this street art tour and was very knowledgeable about the city and local artists. She was also super nice and answered all of the questions our tour had. The tour takes you to some places you'd never see wandering along by yourself. Highly...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Shulatop
    Dana T, Guest Relations Manager at Bucharest Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2019

    "Hi, Kathleen! Thank you for your very nice words! I'm really happy that you've enjoyed the tour so much! Lots of hugs! Ioana"

    Reviewed 28 May 2019

    Tudor gave us an amazing walkabout on a cold and wet Sunday morning in Bucharest. We learnt so much about local areas and hidden gems of cafes and book shops. We didn't know much about street art or understand its symbolism and beauty, but now...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank nicky212017
    Dana T, Guest Relations Manager at Bucharest Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2019

    "It makes me so happy that you've enjoyed our tour! And thanks to these nice words, my job is all the more pleasant 😉. I'll be expecting you back for another adventure together. Keep in touch, Tudor"

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