Bucharest Communist Tour | Palace of the Parliament and Ceausescu Residential Palace (tickets included)

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  • Holiday Type
    City Tours
  • Activity Level Fairly Easy

The communist regime left a powerful mark on the whole Eastern Bloc.

Even though Europe’s last dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, was taken down from power almost 30 years ago, the traces of the communist era are still clearly visible throughout the city.

Our Bucharest communist tour will take you through the most striking remnants of the heyday of Romanian communism and help you learn new details about life in that period. You will visit neighborhoods that were built for the working class, discover the grandeur of the Palace of the Parliament, and take a tour of the Spring Palace, the place where the Ceausescu couple lived their luxurious lives.

  • Palace of the Parliament
  • Primaverii Palace, the Ceausescu Residential Palace
  • Communist neighbourhood
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Entrance fees (The Palace of the Parliament – standard tour, Ceausescu residence);
  • Professional English-speaking guide;
  • Transport with a modern, well-equipped car, minibus or coach;
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Lunch (approx. €13/person);
  • Entrance fees to monuments/sights other than those mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Photography fees;
  • Tips for the tour guide.
  1. Itinerary Discovering Bucharest

    It has been nearly 30 years since the reign of the former communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu has ended and communism in Romania has collapsed, yet the marks of the cruel regime are still visible throughout the capital city of Romania. Embark on a full-day city tour of Bucharest and step back in time for a history lesson filled with dreams of glory built on the oppression and manipulation.

    Your Bucharest communist tour will begin with a trip to some of the metro stations built under the Ceausescu Regime. The first line was opened in 1979, and the metro network is completely different from other systems in Eastern Europe, having been built with two purposes in mind: speed of transit and practicality. We will then visit a communist neighborhood that was built especially for the working class. Here you will catch a glimpse of what the day-to-day lives of common people looked under the rule of the communist party. This walking tour is also a perfect opportunity to spot some of the street art that was strictly prohibited during Ceausescu’s reign.

    Next, we will visit the most famous tourist attraction in Bucharest, the Palace of Parliament.  Originally named ”House of the Republic”, it was one of the most spectacular projects carried under the rule of Ceausescu. It was built between 1984 and 1997, and it holds the Guinness World Record for the largest administrative building in the world, measuring 240 meters in length, 270 in width, and 84 in height. The building is also known as the House of the People.

    Fun fact: Due to its enormous weight, the Palace of the Parliament sinks by 6mm each year.

    Your communist tour also includes a walking tour through Piata Revolutiei (Revolution Square), a place that played an important role in the fall of the communist era, and one of the starting points of the anticommunist revolution.

    The final landmark of your tour is the home of the Ceausescu couple, the Ceausescu Residential Palace (Spring Palace). This luxurious estate was built between and 1964 and 1965, and it hosted Elena and Nicolae Ceausescu from 1965 until their death in 1989. After the fall of the communist regime, the Spring Palace was used as a VIP residence for official delegations and foreign presidents, and in 2016 it became a museum.

    After visiting the Ceausescu Residential Palace, your communist tour of Bucharest will come to an end, and we will drop you off at your hotel.


    The Residential Palace can only be visited from Wednesday to Sunday between 10:00 and 18:00, so take that into consideration when booking your trip.


In what languages can the tour be organized?

By default, the tour is organized in English, but it can be organized in French and German upon request.

What is the pick-up location?

We will pick you up from the hotel, or from the requested location.

At what time does the tour start?

The tour starts at 10:00.

Overall Rating
Blanca M
Reviewed On 20/05/2016

I have visited Romania a lot of times and saw most of the villages and the rural destinations, but this was the first time I have truly visited Bucharest and I must say I was impressed by this communism city tour. I heard a saying that Bucharest is severely underrated, and it's true. I saw Ceausescu's megalomania. I was quite sad after I visited it because I listened to the way it was built, and all the gray period during communism. Now I understand it, and I see it with other eyes. This tour was exactly what I needed it, it was complex; it has history, feeling, beautiful sights and most important it remained in my mind, it made me think about it. Generated from TripAdvisor

Elina Djuve
Reviewed On 06/05/2016

It’s a great tour to understand the history of the country. Thanks to Mihai, our well-informed guide, this tour was so great and we’ve had such a beautiful time here. Generated from TourRadar