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Open Doors

Bucharest, Romania
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The best way to discover Bucharest is by walking. Join our themed tours (Communist, Alternative, Historical) to get to know and understand the city.
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wanderer_scotland wrote a review Nov 2021
West Kilbride, United Kingdom1210 contributions693 helpful votes
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Romania and Bucharest is one of the last European countries I had left to visit, and for a recent trip that took in Odesa and Chisianu, my last stop before flying home was Bucharest. I had a basic understand of Romanian history, but I like to get deeper into a street level feel for the places I visit, and this tour was right up my street. Booked through tripadvisor, and was shocked a week beforehand when I got a whatsapp message from Elena asking if I would not mind joining a larger tour and getting a further hour at no extra cost. Being someone who likes to get the most out of new cities I visit, I had no issue with this. Met at the new spot, and Elena showed up right on time. A LOT of ground was covered in 4 hours, and to be honest, maybe the last 30 minutes seemed to drag on a little bit as people started to get tired and minds turned to other things, but Elena kept the tour really interesting and I really enjoyed it. You walk right around the centre of Bucharest, and no matter what direction we walked, we seemed to find ourselves within stones throw of the Parliament building. Fantastic insight into what life was like during Communist times under Nicolae Ceaușescu, with details on where people lived, what conditions were like, how the city grew and ultimately what lead to Ceaușescu downfall. The first part of the tour you wind your way down to the Nation's Heroes Memorial, with great views of the city, and after that you start to make your way to the Palace of Parliament. Once this bit is over with you finally make your way up the Ministry of Internal Affairs, where Ceaușescu made his final speech in power of Romania. As said, maybe the last 20 minutes got a little bit boring, but for 4 hours it truly was a excellent tour and thanks to Elena, came away knowing a lot more on Bucharest and the history of Romania than I did before.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Response from OpenDoorsTravel, Manager at Open Doors
Responded Nov 18, 2021
Thank you for joining our tour. We are happy you enjoyed your extended walk in the city with Elena.
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HalVIII wrote a review Sep 2021
Chatham, United Kingdom8 contributions6 helpful votes
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We did this excellent tour with Elena yesterday. We saw things we would never have even noticed before - let alone think about. Thoroughly recommend this if you want to see beyond the “normal” tourist sites.
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Response from OpenDoorsTravel, General Manager at Open Doors
Responded Sep 29, 2021
Thank you, we are happy you enjoyed seeing Bucharest in a different way.
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Christoph Klamt wrote a review Jul 2021
Herxheim am Berg, Germany2 contributions
Elena is a great guide who knows much about the art scene and about Romania . It was a pleasure to explore the city with her , and talk about the culture and everything else . I can only recommend it!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Response from OpenDoorsTravel, Manager at Open Doors
Responded Jul 13, 2021
Thank you very much for visiting Bucharest and exploring it with our team! Elena was happy to share the afternoon with you too.
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cvorster2017 wrote a review Aug 2020
Singapore, Singapore3 contributions
We walked the heart of Bucharest with our utterly engaging, knowledgeable guide called Elena. She showed us a wide selection of great street art in this city with many secrets. I particularly liked the way she spent timer with different members of our group answering questions. It was an immensely pleasurable tour. As a bonus we also found out about cool cafes, plus we benefitted from Elena's historical perspective. The best thing (apart from the art) was Elena's hope, optimism and love for her city. I fell in love with the old lady of Bucharest through the stories she told to us. Thank you so much Elena. Highly recommend!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from OpenDoorsTravel, Manager at Open Doors
Responded Aug 28, 2020
Thank you for your kind words and for visiting Bucharest with our team!
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Roxana B wrote a review Aug 2020
Paris, France6 contributions1 helpful vote
Elena was perfect, simple perfect in adapting the tour to the places I already saw with her in the classic tour, in explaining the different street art techniques and caracteristics of each artist. I really appreciated the addresses she recommended during the tour, as the Coffee shops & souvenirs shops since they are authentic places and defintely hard to find without a guide like her. I've learned new things about street art and its importance in Romanian social development after the revolution. I loved the fact that she insisted on the cronologial evolution of street art, since as time goes by, as years go by the places and areas given to street art increased and therefore the size and visual impact, too. I loved the 2020 Coronavirus street art at the end of the tour, and of course, its message and apparently devinitory role.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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