Walking the streets of Warsaw you can feel all of its glamour - not just in the high-end boutiques and world class restaurants, but above all, along the Royal Route. This important route is the most representative boulevard of the capital, and presents the most significant insights into Warsaw’s history and spirit.
Along the way you’ll be accompanied by the most honoured Poles. Straight from the pedestals or windows of their residences they will tell their fascinating stories, making Warsaw’s history come alive. In addition, we’ll see the favourite cafes and beloved spots of a few famous Varsovians like Nicolaus Copernicus, Frederyk Chopin, King Sigismund III Vasa, Marie Curie-Sklodowska, or Wojciech Fangor.
Just next to the Presidential Palace you’ll find yourself in one of the most prestigious addresses in town: the Bristol Hotel. The presidential couple next door if often busy, so you can have a cup of coffee with other VIPs who habitually stay in this most distinguished hotel in Warsaw. Café Bristol attracts its guests with a classic interior, and tempts with the smell of freshly brewed coffee and gossip about its famous regular visitors.
Now that you’re caffeinated, get ready to meet the most outstanding Polish poet – Adam Mickiewicz. His best-known works are lavished with alcohol: meads, vodkas, liqueurs and brews are celebrated on seemingly every page. Poland’s chief wordsmith can’t be wrong, so next you’ll have the chance to delight in the taste of royal mead. After all, it is the Royal Route!
Now it’s time for some of the most recognisable symbols of Warsaw: the Castle Square with King Sigismund’s Column and the Royal Castle. The whole square witnessed close to total destruction during the Second World War, and the royal residence alongside the old town was rebuilt in the 1970s and 80s.
You’ll learn from your guide why these buildings, despite not being original, are registered as protected UNESCO World Heritage Sites, why Warsaw’s bugle-call is not played at noon, why the king on the column is not facing in the same direction he originally was, and why the most famous pastry in town shares its name with a busy road.
The emblem of Warsaw is undoubtedly the Mermaid. You’ve already passed plenty of her likenesses on walls, logos, public transportation, and in statue form, but the most famous one stands proudly in the middle of the Old Town Square. Listen to the legend of how she became Warsaw’s guardian and protector, and, if you ask politely, this beauty might even pose for a selfie with you.
But one does not live on stories and legends alone! Now its time to end your date with history and head to a restaurant serving traditional local fare. What is the most popular food in Poland? There can only be one correct answer: pierogi. This version of the famous dish will be the real noble treat, dumplings at their best, specially made for honoured guests.
The tour ends here and you’ve just become an expert on Warsaw’s bittersweet history, and best friends with its most significant residents. Now sit back, relax, and watch the newest chapter of the city’s history being written right in front of you.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, 1 original Bristol coffee, 1 shot of Royal mead,1 Polish traditional dumplings (pierogi),1 mineral water.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
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Closure of sites: There is very small likelihood to have tour sites closed. If it happens we try to replace the site with the comparable one
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge.
Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.