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From Warsaw: Auschwitz-Birkenau Small Group Tour with Lunch

1. From Warsaw: Auschwitz-Birkenau Small Group Tour with Lunch

Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation in Warsaw and journey to the village of Oświęcim. Enter the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum for a guided tour of the Nazi concentration camps of World War II. Hear how more than 1.3 million Jews and prisoners from Poland, France and Italy were murdered by the Nazis. See the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" gate and learn the origins of the camp and what life was like for the prisoners. Visit original sites such as the railway ramps, watchtowers and other reminders of the terrible events. Take a poignant trip through history in the museum and see period photos and personal artifacts that bring the past to life.

Warsaw: Warsaw Ghetto Private Walking Tour with Hotel Pickup

2. 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: Old Town Guided Walking Tour

3. Warsaw: Old Town Guided Walking Tour

Discover the oldest parts of Warsaw as you join your guide on a tour of the city's Old Town. Learn about Warsaw's history, admire the colorful facades, and walk across the city walls. Your tour begins at Castle Square. Meet your guide and learn about the city's history and find out when Warsaw became the capital of the country before walking over to the inner courtyard of the Royal Castle just a few meters away. Continue your tour as you head to one of Warsaw's most romantic spots, Piwna Street. Venture down narrow alleyways and see the best parts of Warsaw Old Town with your guide. Walk past St. John's Cathedral, St. Martin's Church, the Old Town Market Square, and more. See the house where Marie Curie was born and finally, head to the Warsaw Uprising Memorial, where your tour comes to an end.

From Warsaw: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Krakow Private Day Trip

4. From Warsaw: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Krakow Private Day Trip

Meet your driver and get picked up from your accommodation in Warsaw in the early morning. This private trip starts the day with a drive to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. When you arrive at the site, you will embark on a 3.5 hours guided group tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau with a guide speaking your chosen language. Start in the Auschwitz concentration camp and learn about how it was established by German Nazis on the outskirts of the town Oswiecim in 1940. After the war, the camp was turned into a museum displaying evidence of the genocide, which you will have the opportunity to browse. In the museum watch a film made after the liberation of the camp shown in various languages. After spending time in Auschwitz head over to the Birkenau section of the concentration camp. Discover how, in 1941, the German Nazis established a new camp called Auschwitz II Birkenau. In 1942-1945, approximately 1.5 million people lived and died here. Most of them (90%) were Jews, others were Poles, Gypsies, Russians, and prisoners from 28 countries of Europe. In 1979, Auschwitz–Birkenau Concentration Camp was listed as a UNESCO World Culture and National Heritage Site. Depart Auschwitz-Birkenau for a 1.5 hours journey to Krakow. You will have three hours of free time to see the Main Market Square in Krakow, the biggest Medieval old town square in Europe. In the Old Town you can also see Wawel Hill where the Cathedral and the Royal Castle are, the Town Hall Tower, St. Mary’s Basilica, Krakow Barbican and Sukiennice, famously known as the Cloth Hall, thousands of bars and delightful regional restaurants, many historic buildings, and horse-driven cabs. During the trip there will be time to eat lunch in a restaurant. You will get picked up after your time in Krakow and returned to Warsaw where you will be dropped off at your accommodation in the evening.

Warsaw: Old Town, Royal Castle, and Wilanow Palace Tour

5. Warsaw: Old Town, Royal Castle, and Wilanow Palace Tour

Explore Warsaw in small groups and avoid big tour buses and crowded transport. Rely on door-to-door transport by a friendly, English-speaking driver and informative audioguides available in Polish, English, German, Russian, French, Italian, Spanish to help you get acquainted with the main attractions.  Stop first at the Warsaw Old Town, which consists of the central city square surrounded by characteristic tenements. Spot the centrally-situated fountain with a sculpture of a siren, the city symbol. Enter the impressive Royal Castle, one of Warsaw's most iconic and historically-significant landmarks. See Sigismund’s Column while you're at Castle Square, known as the first secular monument in the form of a column in modern history. Wander to the nearby Pilsudski Square and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Travel the famous Royal Route, the most prominent artery of the city that connects two former royal residences, and check out the atmospheric cafes, restaurants, and art galleries that line it.  Hop back on your small-group transport to visit the magnificent Royal Palace of King Jan III Sobieski. The origins of the palace date back to 1677, although in time it became a magnificent villa surrounded by phantasmal gardens after subsequent owners expanded the grounds. Discover the traces of former residents that remain in the palace, from their interests and customs to the magnificent collections of artworks they amassed. Learn about the history of Warsaw and its place in a larger European context. See sights in the palace including the White Hall, the statue of Jan III Sobieski, the chapel, the King’s library, the King’s bedroom, the Grand Vestibule, the Queen’s bedroom, the Etruscan cabinet, the museum, and the baroque gardens.

Warsaw Jewish Ghetto Private Tour with Synagogue & Cemetery

6. Warsaw Jewish Ghetto Private Tour with Synagogue & Cemetery

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

7. 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: Private 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Car

8. 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.

Warsaw Uprising Museum and POLIN Museum Tour

9. Warsaw Uprising Museum and POLIN Museum Tour

This small-group tour is dedicated to those who want to discover Warsaw in the intimacy of a small group. It means that you can share transport and attractions while touring with others, using a vehicle with a maximum of 8 passengers. With its magnificent historical tenements, state-of-the-art sewage system, rapid growth, style and courtesy, this beautiful city used to be called "The Pearl of the North”. This marvelous city was demolished almost to the last building and the last brick. A generation of people who were not even 20, the future of the country, perished. The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews documents the centuries-old history of Jews in Poland. Multimedia exhibitions await visitors, showing how Poles and Jews lived together for many hundreds of years, and how both cultures merged together. In the conventional space, you can get acquainted with family and neighborly relations. The Core Exhibition is a journey through 1000 years of the history of Polish Jews, from the Middle Ages until today.

Warsaw: Wolf’s Lair, St. Lipka & Mamerki Private Tour

10. Warsaw: Wolf’s Lair, St. Lipka & Mamerki Private Tour

Discover Adolf Hitler’s military headquarters, where he spent most of World War II. See for yourself 50 well-camouflaged massive bunkers, where Hitler made the decisions about war strategy and construction of death camps, and where he was attacked in 1944. The Wolf’s Lair was highly guarded, surrounded by minefield and operated for 4 years with over 2,000 inhabitants.  Your local guide will share interesting stories and facts about this place and show you hidden gems of this enormous area. If you choose the extended tour option, you will also see Mamerki village, the former headquarters of the Supreme Command of the Land Forces. This is a huge area with bunkers, shelters, and houses for generals and officers. See the interior of a famous U-boot or enter the museum dedicated to the Eastern Front before visiting the St. Mary’s Sanctuary in Święta Lipka. See the striking baroque architecture, colorful and rich gate as you enter. Inside you will find beautiful organs, paintings on the walls, a richly-decorated roof and sculptures.

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What people are saying about Warsaw

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 341 reviews

We loved our tour with Mary! She was quite knowledgeable and managed to really make the tour come alive despite the fact that a lot of the original buildings are no longer there. She answered questions throughout the tour and clearly has a vast expertise.

A really excellent introduction to Warsaw and it’s history. The guide was very knowledgable and fun, with a wry view of things. She was excellent. Also, an extremely comfortable coach, with water, coke and beer. All round a great experience.

Our English guide Michal S. was fantastic! Yes, this almost 3.5 hour tour into the treacherous past of the Jews and Pols will stay with you for ages. Michal could have not told it better.

Very good tour, with an incredibly good guide, Olof! Interesting and personal which made the three hours go very fast! Can be recommended.

Mark was an excellent guide. He was informative, intelligent and understood our interest in the tour.