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Warsaw: Afternoon City Tour with Pickup & Drop-off

1. Warsaw: Afternoon City Tour with Pickup & Drop-off

Climb aboard a comfortable, 18-passenger air-conditioned coach and sit back and relax as you see the sights of Warsaw in the intimacy of a small group. Tours are available year round and can typically start with a hotel pick-up at 2:00 PM and end with a return drop off at 5:00 PM. The program is flexible but includes many landmarks, including the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Old Town. Go to Castle Square and the Royal Castle, where the Polish monarchs resided from 1596 until 1795 and the Polish President briefly took residence in 1918. Get the chance to see King Sigismund's III Column, the first secular monument in Poland. Admire the Gothic church of St. John's Cathedral, where the sarcophagi contain the remains of eminent Poles. Look at the architecture of the Old Town Market Square and Barbican, before visiting the former Jewish Ghetto. Here, stop briefly at the Memorial to the Heroes of the Ghetto and see the awe-inspiring contemporary architecture of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Go to Umschplag Platz and Mila Street to discover the site of the bunker where the leader of the Ghetto Uprising, Mordehal Anielewicz, committed suicide. Journey along the "Royal Route" admiring the aristocratic residences and famous monuments such as the Holy Cross Church, where an urn contains the heart of Fryderyk Chopin (1810–1849). Finally, walk through the Royal Park to experience the city's most beautiful urban oasis. Commonly know as "Lazienki" or "The Baths," the park is home to the "Palace on the Water," the lavish summer residence of the last King of Poland, Stanislaw August Poniatowski (1764–1895). Other important places of interest you might see on the tour include the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, the Monument of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 and the Monument to the Victims of Katyn. If traffic allows, visit the Warsaw Praga District, including the National Stadium, St. Florian's Cathedral, the Orthodox Church, and Targowa and Ząbkowska Street. See the monument of the Brotherhood of Arms and the 19th-century vodka factory of the Koneser with its unique view of Warsaw Old Town from the Dąbrowski Bridge.

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Warsaw: Warsaw Historical Group Tour with Pickup & Drop-Off

2. Warsaw: Warsaw Historical Group Tour with Pickup & Drop-Off

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel, and then journey along the Royal Route of Warsaw to see aristocratic residences and famous monuments. Visit the summer residence of the last King of Poland in Łazienki Park. Then, walk around the UNESCO World Heritage monuments of the Old Town to see the Royal Castle, St. John's Cathedral and the tombs of the Jagiellonian and Vasa dynasties. Enter the former Jewish Ghetto to look at the Polin Museum and Memorial to the Heroes of the Ghetto. Continue to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews and discover where the Nazis assembled the Jews for deportation to the death camps on the infamous Umschlagplatz. Continue by bus to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Monument of the Warsaw Uprising and Monument to the Victims of the Katyn Massacre. Drive through the gritty Praga District, traffic permitting, and see the Monument of Brotherhood of Arms. Get a unique view from Dąbrowski Bridge before getting dropped off at your hotel. 

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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.

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Warsaw: Private 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Car

4. Warsaw: Private 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Car

Discover the many facets of Warsaw on a private tour of the city. Find out how Warsaw was in the past, how it is today, and what it will be like in the future. Visit the important monuments, architectural highlights, royal palaces, and residences. A Polish expert will show you the places and events connected with the Second World War and the post-war period when the city was in the hands of Moscow. Admire the modern side to Warsaw, a city that is dynamically developing. Stroll through the picturesque old town and see the Royal Route. Marvel at the royal Łazienki Park and the palace complex, and learn more about the Warsaw Ghetto, the architecture of socialism, and the history of Warsaw Jews.

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Private Warsaw City Tour

5. Private Warsaw City Tour

Relax and enjoy the comfort of a private city tour, at any requested hour. Tour the beautiful city of Warsaw straight from your hotel in an air-conditioned limousine, van, minibus or coach (depending on the number of persons). Don’t hesitate to provide your own suggestions for sightseeing. The guides will respect all your requests, and can change the plan according to your needs.  An example program for the 5-hour city tour might include the following.  Drive through the Warsaw City Center, during the rush hours hundreds of thousands of the Warsaw citizens are flitting between the glass skyscrapers. In the central point of the city there is the monumental Palace of the Culture and Science - the highest and probably the most characteristic building in Warsaw and Poland. You will have a chance to enjoy the view of the City from the highest viewing terrace in Warsaw located on the 30th floor. From there go to the Royal Park, and walk in the most beautiful park in Warsaw commonly known as Lazienki or 'The Baths' with its 'Palace on the Water', the lavish summer residence of the last King of Poland, Stanislaw August Poniatowski (1764–95). The park is inhabited by friendly squirrels, awaiting to be fed them with hazelnuts, and proud peacocks strolling around with their huge, colorful tails. Next, go to the Royal Route, with superb aristocratic residences and famous monuments, including the Presidential Palace, Warsaw University and the Holy Cross Church with its urns containing the heart of Fryderyk Chopin. Walk through the Old Town, included on the UNESCO World Heritage site list. Go sightseeing to the interiors of the Royal Castle, residence of monarchs (1596–1795), as well as the residence of the Polish President in 1918. There is also a chance to see King Sigmund's III Column- the first secular monument in Poland. St. John's Cathedral, a Gothic church and witness to some of the most important events in the history of Poland with sarcophagi containing the remains of eminent Poles. The Old Town Market Square and Barbican. Make a trip, then to the former Jewish Ghetto, the Memorial to the Heroes of the Ghetto, Umschlag Platz and the real modern work of art – the building of the Museum of the history of Polish Jews. Visit the Old Praga district, a fascinating district, overflowing with artistic studios, galleries, alternative theaters and underground clubs, where we can also find many streets which were undamaged during World War II, and so there are some beautiful pre-war lamp-posts, sidewalks and apartment blocks. On the way back there will be opportunity to see The National Stadium, the largest, state-of-the-art stadium in Poland. Winner of the 2012 CEEQA Industry Awards in category: “Building of the Year in Central and Eastern Europe”. The stadium is the venue that hosts the most important sport and cultural events in Poland. Other important places of interest include the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, the Monument of the Warsaw Uprising.

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Warsaw: Old Town Tour With Royal Castle and Uprising Museum

6. Warsaw: Old Town Tour With Royal Castle and Uprising Museum

This small-group tour is dedicated to customers who want to discover Warsaw in a more intimate setting. It will see you sharing transport and attractions with others, but with vehicles containing a capacity of no more than 8 passengers (no buses). The Old Town consists of the city square (surrounded by characteristic tenements), and a centrally placed fountain with a sculpture of a siren, the city symbol. Other elements of the Old Town are the Castle Square (with the Royal Castle next to it), and the Sigismund’s Column. Not far from the Old Town one can also find Pilsudski Square, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. A series of streets called the Royal Route begins from the Old Town. The Royal Route is the most prominent artery of the city, connecting two former royal residences. There are also numerous atmospheric cafes, restaurants and art galleries in the Old Town. During your tour, you will experience Warsaw's Old Town, including the streets of the Old Town, Barbican and defensive walls, the Old Town Market Square, Castle Square, the Royal Route, and the Royal Castle (with a tour inside). At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your point of origin.

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Warsaw: Guided Frederic Chopin Tour with Concert

7. Warsaw: Guided Frederic Chopin Tour with Concert

You’ll begin your tour by meeting your guide at 5:30 PM next to the Copernicus Monument in front of the Polish Academy of Science. Along the tour, you’ll learn interesting facts the the composer’s life while visiting the locations around town that were most important to him and his family. You’ll visit the church where Chopin played the organ every Sunday, the cafe where he spent his free time, the buildings where he lived with his family, the palace in which he gave his first public concert, and the location from which he departed Warsaw forever in a carriage. Along the way, you’ll also find out what the composer ate and drank to take care of his health and have a chance to taste that very drink yourself. Finally, at the end of the tour, you’ll be left at one of Warsaw’s finest music salons, where you’ll relax and enjoy an exceptional 1-hour recital of Chopin’s music. The tour will conclude at the beginning of the concert and the concert fill finish around 8 PM.

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Best of Warsaw 4-Hour Tour on Foot and by Private Car

8. Best of Warsaw 4-Hour Tour on Foot and by Private Car

Discover the best of Warsaw with a private guide on a tour that can be customized to your interests and is ideal for people with limited time in the city. Following pick-up from your hotel or other specified location, venture into historical areas such as the picturesque Old Town and tragic Jewish Ghetto. Admire the old churches and palaces of the city center and see the attractions of the so-called "Royal Route" that ran south from Castle Square to the personal residence of King Jan III Sobieski in Wilanów. Go to Łazienki Park, transformed in the 18th century by King Stanisław August into a setting for palaces, villas, classicist follies and monuments. Along the way, learn the rich history of the city and discover how it was rebuilt after the devastations of World War II.

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Warsaw: History and Modernity City Tour by Private Car

9. Warsaw: History and Modernity City Tour by Private Car

Be collected from your accommodation and travel to see places in Warsaw that are located too far from the city center to walk to. Your guide will create your route based on your requests and it is possible to spend more than three hours seeing all the places that you wish to. For example, the tour can include: • 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 Fryderyk 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

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Warsaw: 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

10. Warsaw: 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

Learn about the unique history of Warsaw's old town on this fascinating walking tour led by an English-speaking local expert. Discover how old town emerged from the ashes after it was completely destroyed during World War II – true to its original pre-war form – and earned a place on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Explore the romantic streets of old town, and enjoy the scenery along the Royal Route. Discover the most beautiful corners and the most spectacular monuments, architectural highlights, royal palaces, and residences in the city. Hear legends and authentic stories. See the places associated with famous Warsawians like Fréderic Chopin, Pope John Paul II, and Marie Curie, as well as sites connected with the Solidarity movement. Learn about the Venetian painter Canaletto and the invaluable role of his paintings during the reconstruction of old town. Have a look at Castle Square, King Sigismund’s Column, St. John’s Cathedral, the Market Square, the Barbican, and new town.

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What people are saying about Royal Route, Warsaw

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 423 reviews

Definitely recommend the 4 hour tour, did not feel rushed at all as my guide Paul (Pavlo) took the time to answer any questions I had and explained everything perfectly Great way to see parts of Warsaw that would be easily missed by bigger groups

Excellent city tour with a great bus for 10 people and a great city guide with knowledge of history, now and great focuses, with an excellent presentation in German!

The leadership was great. Jacek's tour in German was really varied and interesting. We would definitely do that again.

It was a very nice experience, with a very friendly guide. We were lucky that it was a private tour for us.

The guide and driver excellent. The visit to Prague very short. Everything interesting and exciting