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Warsaw: Historic Private Tour in Retro Fiat

1. Warsaw: Historic Private Tour in Retro Fiat

Cruise through the city of Warsaw in style in the passenger seat of a retro 125p Fiat. With your tour guide, set off from your pick up location and head to the unique district of Praga, a UNESCO listed World Heritage site located in Warsaw's Old Town. Here you will have a chance to learn about the tragic history of Warsaw's Jewish community whilst visiting the remnants of the old Jewish Ghetto.  Continue your tour through to some of the city's most important historical landmarks. Visit key locations whilst learning about the uprising of Warsaw, the largest armed uprising of civilians during World War II. Finish your tour with a trip to the Polish capital and discover how it was rebuilt under the regime of Stalin after its destruction during the World War. 

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

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

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.

Warsaw Must-Sees: 4-Hour Private Tour by Retro Fiat

3. Warsaw Must-Sees: 4-Hour Private Tour by Retro Fiat

Start your private 4-hour tour with a pick-up at your central Warsaw hotel at the time of your choosing. Your driver/guide will meet you and you’ll hop on board a historic Fiat 125p, the iconic 1980s car and a symbol of Warsaw’s communist years. As you travel your guide will provide entertaining commentary about life in Warsaw, what it means to be Polish today and how this has changed throughout the years. The itinerary of the tour can be tailored to your preferences, so feel free to ask to visit places of particular interest. Explore the UNESCO-listed Old Town and learn how its buildings were rebuilt after WWII. See the Royal Castle and admire the beauty of churches, parks and palaces along the Royal Route. Visit the Palace of Culture and Science, the most iconic monument of Communist-era Warsaw. See the Soviet-era architecture around Constitution Square and housing blocks from that period, as you learn about life in Warsaw under Communism. During the ride you can enjoy a shot of traditional Polish vodka with a tasty snack on board. Visit the former Jewish Ghetto and see a fragment of the wall. Then you’ll visit Grzybowski Square, home to the only synagogue that survived WWII. Another stop will be in the Praga district, a once-derelict area where you’ll now find numerous bohemian bars and cafés.

Warsaw: Off the Beaten Path Tour

4. Warsaw: Off the Beaten Path Tour

Go on an adventure through history on a tour of Warsaw. Ride in an original Polish socialistic car, the Nysa 522, as you travel all across the city, learning about various historical facts and seeing the most important sites related to the socialist era. Experience the bygone era of socialism through the typical blocks of flats, monumental palaces, squares, and sculptures. See the different faces of Warsaw: from the yards of XIX-century tenement houses to Constitution Square, the Palace of Culture and Science, Próżna street, Muranów District, and pre-war Praga on the other side of the river. As you travel along, your tour guide will entertain you with facts and anecdotes about life in Warsaw. Meanwhile, you will get a lesson on socialist propaganda in the form of news. In Praga, you will see unconventional sites: from a bazaar, where you could buy almost anything, or to the quiet Jewish cemetery. See an old Vodka factory, and finally visit a famous local band, who will play a song just for you.

Warsaw: Private Vodka Tasting Night with Snacks and Pickup

5. Warsaw: Private Vodka Tasting Night with Snacks and Pickup

If you prefer knowing the country by its liquors and the city by its bars, then this is what you need! Get into a retro Fiat 125p and prepare for an unforgettable night ride In Warsaw. Go on a city sightseeing tour with vodka tasting! On this ride, visit two different bars and the Polish Vodka Museum, where you will taste around 12 different types of vodkas. For the whole time you are accompanied by a driver-guide who helps you understand Polish culture, customs and cuisine. And no worries about transportation, no need to call a taxi, no waiting for public transport or walking unnecessary miles and getting lost! You have your private chauffeur-guide! Start by being picked-up from your hotel, where you already get something for starters! A shot of Polish herbal vodka to start this vodka night. Get on board your vehicle – a yellow retro cabby from communist times which takes you to the to the first stop – the Polish Vodka Museum which is located on the other side of Warsaw, so to get there, you ride through amazingly picturesque downtown and cross Vistula river with one of the spectacular bridges. Here, in the Museum you will be familiarized with the process of vodka production, raw materials used for it and also its various flavours. After an informative tour of the museum you will have the opportunity to taste three different types of polish vodka in a special service sector. Next, is a bohemian bar in Praga district, which for a long time has been considered a dark side of the city and its mysterious atmosphere still has an impact on people. But are there reasons for it? If you want to find out where to get forged documents, what was cultural, folklore and a business heart of Warsaw and is still a shady place, just take your shots and enjoy the story. On your way to the next bar, have a small stop-for-shot by the Palace of Culture and Science, the most recognizable landmark of Warsaw and symbol of Polish communism. Its colorful illumination is different every day and makes you raise your head and gaze in amazement. Palace is right in the heart of Downtown and your guide will tell you about its fascinating history and  incredible surroundings The final stop is in Muranów district. Here, in a bar dating back to the 60s’ enjoy the atmosphere, spirits and some snacks. The guide will tell you about the fascinating, yet harsh communist times in Warsaw and in Poland, the staff will tell you a fascinating story about the place and a beautiful neon will help you feel like you are in the streets of communist Warsaw. After end of this tour you can be either dropped at your hotel or enjoy the rest of the night going wild in some more Warsaw pubs! 

Warsaw Off The Beaten Path Self-Drive Tour

6. Warsaw Off The Beaten Path Self-Drive Tour

You’ve already visited the top tourist attractions in Warsaw? Tired of traditional form of touring? Hop on board of the well-known Fiat 126p a.k.a „Toddler” and take a self-drive tour to not-so-well-known spots of Warsaw! Guides will show you some of most interesting attractions which are not present in a typical Warsaw tour. You start the tour by the Palace of Culture and Science, where you quickly learn how to drive a Fiat 126p. Then, well prepared you set off for your first stop, tightly connected with the Palace. Neighborhood of constructors of the Palace of Culture and Science with its wooden housing. Here you find out how the life of those workers looked like and what is this place now. Afterwards, you drive to a completely different world in Old Bielany district. This picturesque interwar-era housing district with its gas lanterns (last ones in the city) has some of the most beautiful examples of modernist architecture. From Bielany you travel even more back in time to the era of Russian Tzars' control. Here you have a chance to drive by an authentic 19th century Warsaw Citadel. During the tour your guide tells you stories connected with the places you drive around.

Warsaw: 2-Hour Praga Walking Tour

7. Warsaw: 2-Hour Praga Walking Tour

This tour shows a different face of Warsaw, the authentic and legendary district of Praga. Located on the right bank of the Vistula, just a few minutes from the Old Town, Praga differs significantly from the left side of Warsaw. Over the centuries this part of Warsaw was characterized by trade and industry and was a melting pot of cultures, where the Christians, Jews and Orthodox lived side by side. During this 2-hour walking tour, you will explore the streets of pre-war Warsaw including tenement houses with bullet holes, as well as grey apartment blocks from the communist time and the industrial post-industrial zones. These buildings now home art galleries, boutique designers and restaurants. You will hear about the best known entrepreneurs who helped make Praga the major trading hub in the pre-war time, and later on during the communist time to a symbol of free trade. You will also hear the authentic history about the director of the Warsaw Zoo and his wife, who helped save hundreds of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto. Take a look at St. Florian Cathedral, the orthodox church (former place of the synagogue and the ritual bath), the Rozycki Bazaar, the monument of the Praga Street Band and the complex of the vodka factory “Koneser”, all with your local expert guide.

Multicultural Praga: Museum and City Walking Tour

8. Multicultural Praga: Museum and City Walking Tour

Start your day of learning and discovery by meeting your friendly guide at the Museum of Praga. After a short meet and greet with one another, you will peruse the building as you learn about the fascinating history of this neighborhood.  During your tour, you will discover the multicultural heritage of this part of the city. You will get to see two Jewish prayer houses that were destroyed during World War II, only to be rebuilt sometime later. Take a walk around the famous market of Różycki Bazar, long considered a symbol of Praga since the 19th-century. Wander the narrow streets of Praga and witness the old tenements and get a perfect picture of how the locals live in this area. Your walking tour will also teach you about modern day Praga. Your informative guide will tell you about the effects of gentrification on this neighborhood and will point out to you the famous modern paintings and street murals that adorn the walls. Finally, visit the Neon Museum that collects the old neon signs and electro-graphic artifacts from Warsaw. Your guide will explain you the phenomenon of neon in the communist era.

Warsaw: Full-Day Private City Tour by Luxury Car

9. Warsaw: Full-Day Private City Tour by Luxury Car

Get picked up from your accommodation in Warsaw and set off for an exciting experience. Cruise around in a luxury Mercedes car with a dedicated driver. Enjoy a wonderful eight hours with a private city guide as you visit locations inaccessible by foot. Your guide will create your route based on your requests; some sample itinerary items are as follows: • The Royal Route drive along the most elegant artery in Warsaw • The Royal Łazienki Park to explore the unique European park with a monument of Frederic Chopin • The Praga district to see the mysterious tenement houses on Ząbkowska and Targowa Street, St. Florian’s Cathedral, and the National Stadium • The former Jewish ghetto of Umschlagplatz, Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto, Tomb to the Unknown Soldier, Grand Theatre, and Monument to the Katyń Victims • Warsaw Old Town with Sigismund’s Column, the Royal Castle, the Warsaw mermaid, the colorful facades of tenement houses, and St. John’s Cathedral In addition to your full-day tour, you can enjoy included entry into two museums from the following four:  • The Royal Castle in Warsaw (Polish: Zamek Królewski) is a castle residency that formerly served throughout the centuries as the official residence of the Polish monarchs. It is located in the Castle Square, at the entrance to the Warsaw Old Town. The personal offices of the king and the administrative offices of the Royal Court of Poland were located there from the sixteenth century until the Partitions of Poland. • Palace of Culture and Science is one of the tallest buildings in Warsaw. With a total height of 237 metres (778 ft) it is the tallest building in Poland, the 5th-tallest building in the European Union (including spire) and one of the tallest on the European continent. Constructed in 1955, it houses various public and cultural institutions such as cinemas, theaters, libraries, sports clubs, university faculties, and authorities of the Polish Academy of Sciences.  • The Warsaw Uprising Museum in the Wola district of Warsaw, Poland, is dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. The institution of the museum was established in 1983, but no construction work took place for many years. It opened on July 31, 2004, marking the 60th anniversary of the uprising. • Life Under Communism Museum feels like a time capsule of communist Poland. It’s meant to let younger generations get a sense of the lives their elders lived within the People’s Republic of Poland. A lot of the material was donated by members of the public, and the collection continues to grow as more donations arrive.

Warsaw: Praga District Tour with Vodka Museum and Tasting

10. Warsaw: Praga District Tour with Vodka Museum and Tasting

Your guide will greet you at the hotel and invite you for the fully private sightseeing. Cross the bridge to east side of Vistula River and discover different face of the Polish capital! This part of Warsaw was culturally, ethnically and religiously diverse for centuries. Nowadays Praga is considered to be the most authentic part of the city, as it miraculously was not destroyed during World War II. During the tour you will see two historical churches: St. Florian's Cathedral (Catholic) and the Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene (Orthodox) and the Monument to the Prague Backyard Band. Pass through the most popular streets in Praga – such as Zabkowska street. While strolling along cobbled roads, among old pre-war tenement houses, feel as if have stepped back in time by several dozen years! During the walk seek out famous little shrines hidden everywhere and the original murals on the old buildings. In the end, visit the Polish Vodka Museum in the renovated Koneser centre. Here explore the interactive exhibition, walk through over 500 years of history and tradition connected to Polish national beverage and learn what made Polish Vodka famous worldwide. Learn ins and outs of alcohol tasting and experience the taste of three different Polish Vodkas. Na zdrowie!

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A sensational way to explore Warsaw, a very competent and well-equipped driver and at the same time the guide Konrad showed us Warsaw that we did not know before, just cymes

This is a must do. Martin was excellent, full of knowledge and answered all the questions we had. If you are in Warsaw for a limited time then this is perfect for you.

Friendly driver and guide! Amazing and awesome retro bus, super bouncy. Just a really great way to see a bit and learn a little about Polands history.

Our guide was very informative and took the time to share so much of his knowledge of Warsaw. Highly recommend.

super guide. spoke superb english.super informative..highly reccomend..thank you for super trip