1. Poland
  2. Mazovia Province
  3. Warsaw
  4. Palace of Culture and Science

Warsaw: 2.5-Hour Dark Side - Praga District by a Retro Bus

Product ID: 87794
Tour a more adventurous part of Warsaw and see some of the most interesting sites, like a former vodka factory, a former black market, Russian Orthodox Church and chocolate lounge. Enjoy plenty of Praga murals and discover the history of the district.
About this activity
Duration: 150 minutes
Starting time 11:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Take a ride on a historical bus Jelcz "cucumber"
  • Listen to stories brought to you by a live guide on-board
  • Visit a famous chocolate lounge for a cup of hot chocolate
  • See the most impressive examples of Warsaw street art
  • Enjoy picturesque streets of Praga like Zabkowska, Brzeska and Stalowa
Full description
Have you seen the top attractions in Warsaw and want something more? Are you bored with the touristy places and feel like adding some new thrills to your stay in the city? Then take this unique bus tour to the “dark side” of Warsaw – the infamous Praga district. Find out why the district was considered the most dangerous part of Warsaw. See a marketplace where you could buy almost everything from jeans and diplomas to Kalashnikov rifles and check yourself if it’s still open. Every Saturday morning (at 11:00 AM) in front of the Palace of Culture and Science, there will be a retro Jelcz “cucumber” bus to take you to the Praga district for a 2.5-hour tour. On-board, there will be a guide to help you through the district and to make sure you come back in one piece.

On the road, your guide will provide commentary and introduce you to the history of Warsaw and the Praga district - a district of an amusing yet sometimes scary past. After crossing the Vistula River, you will get off at the first stop – a chocolate factory. Here, get to know the story of the company producing sweets in Warsaw since the mid-19th century and taste a cup of their delicious hot chocolate. The next stop will be Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which is one of the most impressive religious buildings in Warsaw. It’s architecture was inspired by the Roman basilica of St. Paul.

See a former vodka factory, Koneser, and find out what delicacies where made there and what is in this complex now. Tour will also cover the area called the Praga “Bermuda Triangle.” Get to know the origin of the name, and see some examples of the authentic pre-war architecture with scenic courtyards and colorful shrines inside. The neighborhood still has the atmosphere of old Warsaw and is loved by film directors, like Roman Polański, who filmed “The Pianist” here and many more that will be mentioned by your tour guide. From here, you will head back to the Palace of Culture and Science to finish the tour.
Includes
  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on-board
  • 2.5-hour bus tour
  • Transport by a 1980s coach
  • Cup of hot chocolate
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The main entrance of the Palace of Culture and Science. The main entrance is between Cafe Kulturalna and Studio Theatre from the side of Marszałkowska Street

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
• A small amount of walking is involved
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 28 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.2 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Very nice tour with a very knowledgeable tour guide, she had a lot of stories! Nice to see a side of warsaw that you normally don’t get to see. Small note, chocolate factory visit could have been more interesting if you include an actual tour trough the factory.. but overall a great tour!

November 27, 2019

So glad I booked this trip. As an English speaker my guide was Rafal. An welcoming, entertaining and knowledgable man. I’d like to thank him for the insights into the places we visited, the architectire, food, culture. Very special being driven around in the bus too. I took some amazing photos and have beautiful memories of the trip.

March 17, 2019

Great experience

This tour only avaiable on saturday and its really worth it if u want to experience the other side of warsaw. U get to visit the praga district soho factory and also a quick stop by at a choclate factory. The retro bus is a unique experience. They only have 10 left in poland. The guide speaks very good english and informative. Highly recommend

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August 26, 2018

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Warsaw Private Tours WPT1313

Product ID: 87794