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Warsaw: Afternoon Public City Tour with Pickup and Drop-off

1. Warsaw: Afternoon Public City Tour with Pickup and 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.

Warsaw: Old Town, Royal Castle, and Wilanow Palace Tour

2. Warsaw: Old Town, Royal Castle, and Wilanow Palace Tour

Explore Warsaw in small groups and avoid big tour buses and crowded transport. Rely on door-to-door transport by a friendly, English-speaking driver and informative audioguides available in Polish, English, German, Russian, French, Italian, Spanish to help you get acquainted with the main attractions.  Stop first at the Warsaw Old Town, which consists of the central city square surrounded by characteristic tenements. Spot the centrally-situated fountain with a sculpture of a siren, the city symbol. Enter the impressive Royal Castle, one of Warsaw's most iconic and historically-significant landmarks. See Sigismund’s Column while you're at Castle Square, known as the first secular monument in the form of a column in modern history. Wander to the nearby Pilsudski Square and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Travel the famous Royal Route, the most prominent artery of the city that connects two former royal residences, and check out the atmospheric cafes, restaurants, and art galleries that line it.  Hop back on your small-group transport to visit the magnificent Royal Palace of King Jan III Sobieski. The origins of the palace date back to 1677, although in time it became a magnificent villa surrounded by phantasmal gardens after subsequent owners expanded the grounds. Discover the traces of former residents that remain in the palace, from their interests and customs to the magnificent collections of artworks they amassed. Learn about the history of Warsaw and its place in a larger European context. See sights in the palace including the White Hall, the statue of Jan III Sobieski, the chapel, the King’s library, the King’s bedroom, the Grand Vestibule, the Queen’s bedroom, the Etruscan cabinet, the museum, and the baroque gardens.

Warsaw: 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

3. 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.

Warsaw: 2-Hour Guided Old Town Walking Tour

4. Warsaw: 2-Hour Guided Old Town Walking Tour

Take a walking of Warsaw, learning of the beauty of the city accompanied with a whirlwind of anecdotes, history, legends and intrigue. Your local guide will be part of a team of history researchers looking to offer the richest parts of what the city of Warsaw is all about. During your 2-hour walking tour, each of your senses will be engaged. You will hear and learn a motley of incredible stories about Warsaw whilst walking through secret doors, quiet streets and alleys. You will be taken to some incredible parts of Warsaw that you never would have thought to exist. You will also be taken to Castle Square, S. Mary's Basilica and Sigmund's Column, before venturing to some of the lesser known parts of the city that only the locals and history enthusiasts know about.

Warsaw: Highlights Guided Retro Bus Tour

5. Warsaw: Highlights Guided Retro Bus Tour

Do you like visiting cities on a bus but not listening to a taped story on headphones? Then go for an amazing live-guided tour with style. A classic bus Jelcz 043, better known as “Cucumber,” and one of the most iconic communist-era vehicles will take you for a ride in Warsaw. A guide on-board will comment on the objects you will pass and tell you more on a walk around certain stops. On this tour, you will see the most popular landmarks of the city and hear fascinating stories about them. During this 2.5-hour tour, see the most important sights of Warsaw. The tour starts at the Palace of Culture and Science from where you will set off to Royal Park Łazienki. At this stop, you will find out who and when this place was established. Why was it popular to visit on Thursdays in the 18th century? Why should you bring nuts when you come here? On this walk, you will see a statue of Frederic Chopin, the Palace on the Isle and an 18th-century amphitheater. After a walk with the guide, the “Cucumber” bus will pick you up and drive you to the Old Town where you will see a city reconstructed from scratch. Get to know who the man on the column in the Castle Square is. What and why it is the symbol of the city? What is the most “romantic” place in Warsaw? During the walk, you will see the Royal Castle Square with Sigismund's Column, the Old Town Market Square, Cathedral of St. John, a statue of the Warsaw Mermaid and the Barbican. From the Old Town, you will return to the Palace of Culture and Science to hear the history of this controversial building and to finish the tour. The tour takes place every Saturday at 2 PM14:00. It starts by the main entrance of the Palace of Culture and Science. Just look for a big retro bus in front.

Warsaw City Sightseeing in a Retro Bus: Groups

6. Warsaw City Sightseeing in a Retro Bus: Groups

Start the tour at your chosen time from your accommodation. Your group is picked up by Retro bus Jelcz "Cucumber", and a tour guide will introduce you to Warsaw. Your guide will present you the plan of the tour, which includes the most important sights of the city. During the tour, tells you about Warsaw's history and present. On the road, you hear more about the objects you pass by. Your first stop will be Palace of Culture and Science. During a walk the guide will tell you more it and why is it called a symbol of Polish Communism, how it was constructed and what influence it has on modern Warsaw. Next, hop on the bus that will take you to the historic heart of Warsaw. You'll get off the bus to take a stroll down the streets of Old Town. Here, learn about fascinating past of Poland, see the Sigismund's Column and Royal Castle and hear about Polish Royals, their fates and battles they did for the country. Follow to see the Cathedral of St. John and find out about its post-war restoration. Then, in the Old Marketplace. in the middle of this UNESCO-listed site, you see symbol of the city – Warsaw Mermaid. Walk down by the picturesque houses of the Old Town, to reach the Barbican, fragment of the restored city wall, then have a look at the birthplace of Marie Curie, a great Polish scientist. Walking back to the bus, you'll pass by the Warsaw Uprising Monument, an impressive memorial. Here you'll learn more about this WWII event from your guide. Next, the bus takes you to the Royal Park Łazienki. In the upper fragment of the park you'll see the monument of Frederic Chopin, one of the best known Poles, a romantic period composer. Then, the guide will present you the incredible Palace on the Isle, summer residence of the king of Poland, Stanisław August Poniatowski. On the walk through the park, you'll hear stories about turbulent late 18th-century Poland while admiring examples of architecture of that period. After this relaxing stroll in the "green lungs" of Warsaw, the bus will take you back to your hotel or a requested location within the city.

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What people are saying about Sigismund's Column

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(The best city guide we have experienced in Europe by far. She (we unfortunately did not write down her name) made the history of Warsaw come to life and so enjoyable. We highly recommend her and this tour.

the tour was AMAZING! Olaf speaks very good English. Greeted us at the hotel, we walked around historical places, and shopped for souvenirs along the way. 100% recommend. Thank you!

Great tour, very friendly and well informed guide, fluent in several languages!

Wonderful guide - informative and amusing . A great overview of the city.

Fabulous experience. Clean bus. And great tour Guide.