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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: Warsaw Historical Group Tour with Pickup & Drop-Off

3. 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. 

WWII Warsaw: Muranów District Exploration Game

4. 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

5. 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: 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: Private Vintage Car Jewish Tour

7. Warsaw: Private Vintage Car Jewish Tour

Climb into a vintage car, the Nysa 522, which was popular in Poland during the communist era. Embark on a 3-hour private tour of sites in Warsaw related to Jewish culture and history. Discover how before WWII, almost 350,000 Jewish people lived in the city before their heritage was nearly destroyed by the Nazi occupation. See how the area was rebuilt after the way and visit numerous locations related to Jewish history including Grzybowski Square, the last street of the Jewish Ghetto, the Nożyk Synagogue, The last piece of the Ghetto Wall, the Muranów district, the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, Zamenhofa Street, Mila Street, and Umschlagplatz. End the tour with a trip to the Jewish Museum where you will have a chance to explore numerous exhibitions with a local guide or an audioguide. 

Warsaw: Three-Hour Tour of Daily Life in the Ghetto

8. Warsaw: Three-Hour Tour of Daily Life in the Ghetto

Experience an informative and impressive tour of everyday life in the Warsaw Ghetto, which was the biggest ghetto in Europe. In 1940, the Nazis set up the ghetto in the very heart of Warsaw. 460,000 Jews from Warsaw and the surrounding area were herded together in an area of just four square kilometers. 100,000 people died here from exhaustion, hunger, and disease. Over 300,000 were sent away to the Treblinka extermination camp. In 1943, an uprising broke out in the ghetto in response to an attempt to totally liquidate it. In an act of revenge, the Nazis laid waste the area of the ghetto. In just three years, Jewish Warsaw had ceased to exist. During this 3-hour tour, you will see real places and hear authentic stories. You will get to know what the ghetto was, how daily life problems were solved, and why the uprising broke out. You will hear about the destruction, helpfulness, indifference, blackmail, and resistance. Furthermore, you will learn about the Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto and the secret organization Oneg Shabbat, which took on the task of documenting the life in the ghetto. The archive survived the war in metal cases and milk cans and was entered into the UNESCO Memory of the World register, which comprises the most important documents preserved by mankind. You will also get to know the history of the courier of the Polish Underground State, who was among the first people to tell the world about the Holocaust. You will see the last preserved street of the ghetto, remains of the ghetto wall, the former location of the Footbridge over Chłodna Street, and the bunker at 18 Miła Street. You will also learn about the symbolism of the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, the Umschlagplatz, and the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Although the ghetto itself long ago ceased to exist, it is worthwhile to know its history.

Warsaw: 4-Hour Jewish Heritage Tour

9. Warsaw: 4-Hour Jewish Heritage Tour

Warsaw today is a capital that tries to recall the missing past and brings its charm to the future of hectic metropolitan eastern European life. The original stones and bricks that survived the horrors of the past are silent but have many stories to tell. Discover the melancholy beauty of the past: the remains of the ghetto walls, the orphanage of Janusz Korczak, the Warsaw Synagogue, the Jewish Theater, the Nordwache building, and the only street that remained after the Warsaw Ghetto, Chłodna street. The Jewish cemetery of Warsaw in Okopowa commemorates polish Jews who have lived there for the last 200 years. The Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto, the Umschlagplatz Monument, the bunker in Miła 18, and the Great Synagogue shows the Jewish resilience to keep living there against all odds.  The Jewish heritage of Warsaw is not only found in the western bank. Should you like to explore more there is the opportunity to go to Praga district and see the setting for Roman Polanski's The Pianist, the oldest market in Warsaw, and the great frescos pf the former Synagogue that are being renovated now.

Private Warsaw City Tour

10. Private Warsaw City Tour

Relax and enjoy the comfort of a private city tour, at any requested hour. Tour the beautiful city of Warsaw straight from your hotel in an air-conditioned limousine, van, minibus or coach (depending on the number of persons). Don’t hesitate to provide your own suggestions for sightseeing. The guides will respect all your requests, and can change the plan according to your needs.  An example program for the 5-hour city tour might include the following.  Drive through the Warsaw City Center, during the rush hours hundreds of thousands of the Warsaw citizens are flitting between the glass skyscrapers. In the central point of the city there is the monumental Palace of the Culture and Science - the highest and probably the most characteristic building in Warsaw and Poland. You will have a chance to enjoy the view of the City from the highest viewing terrace in Warsaw located on the 30th floor. From there go to the Royal Park, and walk in the most beautiful park in Warsaw commonly known as Lazienki or 'The Baths' with its 'Palace on the Water', the lavish summer residence of the last King of Poland, Stanislaw August Poniatowski (1764–95). The park is inhabited by friendly squirrels, awaiting to be fed them with hazelnuts, and proud peacocks strolling around with their huge, colorful tails. Next, go to the Royal Route, with superb aristocratic residences and famous monuments, including the Presidential Palace, Warsaw University and the Holy Cross Church with its urns containing the heart of Fryderyk Chopin. Walk through the Old Town, included on the UNESCO World Heritage site list. Go sightseeing to the interiors of the Royal Castle, residence of monarchs (1596–1795), as well as the residence of the Polish President in 1918. There is also a chance to see King Sigmund's III Column- the first secular monument in Poland. St. John's Cathedral, a Gothic church and witness to some of the most important events in the history of Poland with sarcophagi containing the remains of eminent Poles. The Old Town Market Square and Barbican. Make a trip, then to the former Jewish Ghetto, the Memorial to the Heroes of the Ghetto, Umschlag Platz and the real modern work of art – the building of the Museum of the history of Polish Jews. Visit the Old Praga district, a fascinating district, overflowing with artistic studios, galleries, alternative theaters and underground clubs, where we can also find many streets which were undamaged during World War II, and so there are some beautiful pre-war lamp-posts, sidewalks and apartment blocks. On the way back there will be opportunity to see The National Stadium, the largest, state-of-the-art stadium in Poland. Winner of the 2012 CEEQA Industry Awards in category: “Building of the Year in Central and Eastern Europe”. The stadium is the venue that hosts the most important sport and cultural events in Poland. Other important places of interest include the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, the Monument of the Warsaw Uprising.

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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.

Fabulous experience. Clean bus. And great tour Guide.