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Warsaw: Behind the Scenes City Tour by Retro Minibus

1. Warsaw: Behind the Scenes City Tour by Retro Minibus

Get to know Warsaw more intimately on this cool, behind-the-scenes city tour. Feel the city's atmosphere, taste its flavors, and understand its history deeper in a small-group tour. This tour will take you to the spots which are harder to find in the guidebooks and will let you experience the true city. You will be transported by an authentic communist-era retro minibus, known as a Żuk, to give you a real feel for the old days. Get ready to explore what remains of the pre-war city and compare it with the monumental post-war communist constructions.

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

2. 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: Highlights Guided Retro Bus Tour

3. 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: 3-Hour Communism Tour in an Original Socialist Van

4. Warsaw: 3-Hour Communism Tour in an Original Socialist Van

On this unique trip through the legacy of Polish socialism, you will explore Warsaw in a Nysa 522, an original socialist-style van. You will be picked up from your hotel before starting the tour around the places in Warsaw connected with the socialist past, where you can experience this era in Polish history for yourself. The tour starts at Plac Konstytucji (Constitution Square), the first square ever to be built especially for the working people. Here you will feel the propaganda of the socialist era before heading on to the Ministry of Agriculture, where you will have the chance to learn about the utopian plans of the post-war city reconstruction. The next stop on the tour is at the Palace of Culture and Science, where you can learn about this gift from “Uncle” Stalin. You will then continue on to the very heart of socialism, the old seat of the Central Committee of the Polish United Workers’ Party. You will also visit a typical housing estate and enter a flat furnished in the socialist style. Here you will be invited to taste a typical refreshment of the workers from the socialist era – a shot of vodka and a slice of bread with lard and pickles. Not only will you see how people used to live during the socialist era, you will also have a unique opportunity to watch the post-1950s propaganda films.

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

5. 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: Guided City Tour in a Retro Bus or Minibus

6. Warsaw: Guided City Tour in a Retro Bus or Minibus

Discover the best of Warsaw during a 3-hour guided tour on board of a retro bus Jelcz (Cucumber) or of a retro minibus Nysa, commonly used during communism in Poland. Be surprised by the contrasts of the city. Sit back and relax as your knowledgeable local guide and driver presents Warsaw’s top attractions. The tour visits the following highlights: • The Palace of Culture and Science, a remnant of the communist area • The UNESCO-listed Old Town with its square and the Warsaw Mermaid • Castle Square and the Royal Castle with its Sigismund Column • Łazienki Królewskie Royal Park from the 18th century • The monument to the Ghetto Heroes • Constitution and Piłsudski Square At the end of the tour, you will be given a shot of traditional Polish vodka.

Warsaw Off The Beaten Path Self-Drive Tour

7. 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: Private Communism Tour by Communist Car

8. Warsaw: Private Communism Tour by Communist Car

Start the tour with pickup from your accommodation in Warsaw where you will meet your guide and board a retro Communist-era minibus. Set off to discover the story of the communist regime which ruled in Poland between 1945 and 1989 during a 3-hour tour.  Start your tour with an introduction to Polish history from the beginnings of WWII through to the post-war reconstruction period. See green, spacious neighborhoods filled with amazing examples of Communist architecture. As you drive through the city, find out more about the unbelievable social engineering and political madness that was all controlled from the back seat in Moscow. Then, learn about the harsh Communist regime of the 1950s and 60s, stopping to look at the outside of the Palace of Culture and Science, the Communist Party Headquarters, Censorship Headquarters, and Free Speech Memorial. Next, find out more about how Polish people built the Solidarity movement and managed to become free and independent in 1989.  Finally, head to Pilsudskiego Square - the spot which links the spy games between East and the West, a political mission for Pope John Paul II and, a deal made in 1989 between the Party and Solidarity movement to shut down the communist system. Get dropped off at your chosen point in the city center where the tour concludes.

Warsaw: WWII Private Tour by Retro Minibus

9. Warsaw: WWII Private Tour by Retro Minibus

This tour is a choice for those primarily interested in the history of World War II. Tyranny, resistance and gore would be the most appropriate words to describe that part of Polish history. From the remains of the street fights and two insurrections to Warsaw’s so-called 'liberation' by the Soviets in 1945. You'll learn about the battles, heroes and everyday life in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation, the political situation in the region that has changed diametrically throughout coupe years of WWII and the consequences that war has brought to Poland and Europe. Find buildings that may be considered war memorials due to the bullet holes, ricochets, and lost souls, pieces of the Jewish Ghetto wall, hills of rubble, gloomy Umschlagplatz, Soviet tanks and aeroplanes. Travel through the time thanks to stories you'll hear, combined with archival photographs and our Zuk retro minibus.

Warsaw: Historic Private Tour in Retro Fiat

10. 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. 

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This tour is a absolute must have for anybody visiting Warsaw. Just going to the museums is not enough. Our guide Marcin is extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to be around. Highly recommended.

Adam, was an excellent English tour guide with plenty knowledge of the history, current and passed. We only had 6 hour stop over in Warsaw and completed the tour with ease. Was a great choice.

Very interesting, comprehensive tour. Our guide Conrad was very knowledgeable and gave us a real flavour of the history and life in Praga. Highly recommend.

Our guide was an excellent historian, helpful, speaks English well, professional, and we highly recommend him for other travelers.

very interesting, excellent, knowledgeable guide, came away with a real insight into Warsaw's past. highly recommend!