Last December 26th, I took the chance to join the free tour my friend had recommended me while I was in Warsaw. It was a lovely day, the sun was finally out shining, glaring my very own eyes after hiding for almost a week of constant rain and alternatively, drizzle.
Prior to going to the tour on that day, I made a booking online for my spot the night before. The reason for this it that, they would like to make sure how many people are expected to come in that day. Our group was composed of 15 people. I assumed not many people came because it was the day after Christmas. I decided to take the “Best of Warsaw Tour” as stated on the website. The tour was all for free. Even if you have not registered yourself online, you are still allowed to join the group tour as long as you’ll ask the guide’s permission.
The tour was about to start at 11 am. I was running late so I decided to take Uber from the place where I was staying to the main square. It definitely saved me from being late. I paid around 29 PLN for the ride. It wasn’t bad because it was Warsaw anyway.
When I arrived at the meeting place, I saw this girl with an orange umbrella. She was our guide for that day. Her name was “JOANNA”. She was friendly, informative and she told me she loves walking, which is why she’s in that job for quite some time now. She was a local in Warsaw and I find her very knowledgeable including some of the myths Warsaw had decades ago.
During the tour, we basically walked along and through the Royal Route where the old Royal residences, establishments, parks and churches were situated. The famous Krakowskie Przedmieście is a street where the replica of Canaletto’s paintings which are encased in a glass panels can be found. These paintings exactly resemble the facade of the street way back in the 18th century.
We headed down to Palace of Culture and Science to cap off the tour. This is the most well-known landmark in Warsaw as it is the highest building amongst all. Unfortunately, since the tour fell after Christmas, we were not able to see and explore inside. The guide said that the inside of this Palace look as sophisticated and stunningly beautiful as it is from the outside. I can only imagine!
Note: The tour was free, but at the end, it would be up to you if you’ll give some amount as a consolation for the guide’s work. Let’s just say, it’s a tip for a job well done. Any amount will be appreciated.
If you are traveling, I suggest you explore Orange Umbrella to benefit from these free tours they are offering to public at any day including holidays.