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Warsaw: Warsaw Ghetto Private Walking Tour with Hotel Pickup

1. Warsaw: Warsaw Ghetto Private Walking Tour with Hotel Pickup

Experience an informative and impressive tour of the Warsaw Ghetto. The topic of this tour is the history of the establishment and liquidation of the largest ghetto in Europe. In 1940 the Nazis established the ghetto in the heart of Warsaw. Over 400,000 Jews from Warsaw and the surrounding area were crammed in an area of 4 square kilometers. 100,000 people died here from exhaustion, hunger, and disease and more than 300,000 were killed in Treblinka extermination camp. As a result of the attempt to completely liquidate the ghetto, an uprising broke out in 1943. The unequal struggle between the rebels against the armed German troops lasted nearly one month. In revenge, the Nazis completely destroyed the ghetto. It was survived by only a few Jews including Władysław Szpilman, the hero of the movie “The Pianist” by Roman Polanski. Before the Second World War, the second largest Jewish community lived in Warsaw, making up 30 percent of the entire city population. Within less than 3 years, the Jewish community no longer existed in Warsaw. During this 3-hour tour you will explore the real places and hear authentic stories. Discover fragments of the ghetto walls, the last street of the ghetto, and neighborhoods that were located within the ghetto. Visit the only synagogue that survived the Second World War and is still in operation. Find out where the supposed logic of destruction came from and how the plan of the final solution was put into action. Learn about everyday life in the ghetto, why the Jews took up arms, and who helped them. Discover the symbolism of the Umschlagplatz (collection point) and the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes. Although the ghetto has no longer existed for a long time, its history needs to be told.

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

2. 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: Jewish Ghetto Private Tour

3. Warsaw: Jewish Ghetto Private Tour

During this 3-hour tour you will explore the real-life neighborhoods, streets, and homes that made up the Warsaw Ghetto, the largest of all the Jewish ghettos in German-occupied Europe during World War II. Learn from a professional guide who will weave together the harrowing stories of everyday life in the ghetto while you explore fragments of the ghetto walls, the last street of the ghetto, and the still-functioning synagogue that survived the Second World War. Learn about the history of this haunting place where German authorities imprisoned Jews, located in the Muranów neighborhood of the Polish capital, between October and November 1940. Over 400,000 Jews from Warsaw and the surrounding area were located in this area of four square kilometers. 100,000 people died here from exhaustion, hunger, disease and more than 300,000 were killed in the nearby Treblinka extermination camp. Discover the ghetto's history, including the 1943 uprising, and its lasting legacy. 

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

4. 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. 

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

5. 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: Private 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Car

6. 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.

WWII Warsaw: Muranów District Exploration Game

7. WWII Warsaw: Muranów District Exploration Game

Explore Warsaw’s fascinating history while solving clues throughout the Muranów District. Each clue will lead you from one place to another by providing you with exact directions, so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. As you solve the problem and guess the answer, the secret story of Warsaw will unravel before your eyes. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members can play the city game on their smartphones. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour. The city game will take you about 1.5 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit. You won't need a guide - just download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure.

Warsaw: World War II Private Walking Tour

8. Warsaw: World War II Private Walking Tour

Warsaw played an important role in World War 2. On this private walking tour, you'll learn about events like the Warsaw Uprising and the building of the Warsaw ghetto. Your professional guide will take you to the most meaningful monuments and memorials in Warsaw devoted to war victims or soldiers including the Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto. You'll also see the monument to the Little Insurgent in the Old Town, dedicated to the children who were involved in the war, and visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Finally, if you choose the extended tour option, you'll visit Powązki Cemetery where you'll learn about a few more of Warsaw's heroes.

Warsaw Communism Private Tour in a Retro Fiat

9. Warsaw Communism Private Tour in a Retro Fiat

Feel the spirit of communist Poland during a drive in the iconic automobile of the 70’s and 80’s Fiat 125p. You will be chauffeured by a professional driver-guide who will introduce you to Warsaw of the communist epoch. You start by being picked up from your centrally located Warsaw hotel, at your chosen hour. As you travel, your guide will share entertaining facts about life in communism, how it has changed, and what does it mean to be Polish today. Your agenda can be tailored to your preferences, so feel free to ask to visit somewhere of particular interest. Visit Palace of Culture and Science, the hulking symbol of Warsaw’s long-gone communist epoch. Find out more about its construction, listen to some anecdotes and get to know why is it called the gift from Moscow. See the Stalin-era architecture at the Constitution Square, a unique and the most representative communist housing district. Visit communist ministerial district with its amazing Ministry of Agriculture and hear interesting stories about the House of Communist Party, find out what is it used for now. Then gaze at communist-era housing blocks of Muranów built upon the former Ghetto and learn more about the Party’s influence on architecture. As you ride, have a shot of best traditional vodka, alongside a tasty snack. After the tour you are driven back to your hotel.

Warsaw: Guided City Tour in a Retro Bus or Minibus

10. 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.

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Mary was excellent. She guided us through sites of the former ghetto and despite the volume of information narrated very well the history and kept us captivated the entire tour. Her tour is very thorough and was so interesting that it felt like we had only been together for an hour after 3 hours of walking talking and visiting the different sites. I highly recommend this tour with Mary

(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!

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

Amazing guide! Very passionate, super friendly and amazing personality. ✨