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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 Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

2. Warsaw Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Learn the facts and legends of the capital city Warsaw on a private walking tour of the highlights and main attractions. Warsaw was the most important city for the economy of Poland in the modern era and we truly believe that it's one of the most unique places on earth. See the beauty of the city and learn anecdotes, history and legends. You will walk around the Old Town to see the most remarkable places, but also to discover hidden gems of the City and get to know incredible stories. Admire the main attractions of Warsaw such as Sigmund's Column on Castle Square, Warsaw Barbican, Main Market Square and impressive Monument to the Warsaw Uprising Fighters. In the 2-hour option, you will also enter the Archcathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist. Explore more with the 3-hour option and see Little Insurgent Monument, Braniecki Palace and visit St. Anne's Church with very rich decorations inside and exceptional ceilings. Extend to 4 hours to step inside Royal Castle. See gorgeous apartments of former kings full of old historical paintings, furniture and decorations. Learn the history of Polish monarchs and their daily life inside the XIVth century castle. In the 6-hour version, you will experience all attractions above and visit the most iconic building in Warsaw - the Palace of Culture and Science. Walk through the New World (Nowy Świat), the lively center of the city connecting Old Town with the new town and explore inside the palace, learning about the fascinating PRL-times history and admire the view from the top.

Warsaw Jewish Ghetto Private Tour with Synagogue & Cemetery

3. 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: Afternoon Public City Tour with Pickup and Drop-off

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

Climb aboard a comfortable, coach and take in the sights of Warsaw on this guided sightseeing tour with hotel pickup and drop-off. Pass through the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Old Town, Castle Square, and the Praga District.  Hop aboard the bus which has plenty of space to stretch out your legs and head to Old Town. View 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. 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. Take in sights like 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 urban oasis at Lazienk park.   Admire the "Palace on the Water," the lavish summer residence of the last King of Poland, Stanislaw August Poniatowski. Cruise by sights like the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, the Warsaw Uprising monument, and the Monument to the Victims of Katyn. Go to the Warsaw Praga District (if traffic allows) and see sights like the the National Stadium, St. Florian's Cathedral, the Orthodox Church, and Targowa and Ząbkowska Street.  Drive by 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: Historic Private Tour in Retro Fiat

5. Warsaw: Historic Private Tour in Retro Fiat

Cruise through the city of Warsaw in style in the passenger seat of a retro 125p Fiat. With your tour guide, set off from your pick up location and head to the unique district of Praga, a UNESCO listed World Heritage site located in Warsaw's Old Town. Here you will have a chance to learn about the tragic history of Warsaw's Jewish community whilst visiting the remnants of the old Jewish Ghetto.  Continue your tour through to some of the city's most important historical landmarks. Visit key locations whilst learning about the uprising of Warsaw, the largest armed uprising of civilians during World War II. Finish your tour with a trip to the Polish capital and discover how it was rebuilt under the regime of Stalin after its destruction during the World War. 

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

6. 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: 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: Guided City Tour in a Retro Bus or Minibus

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

10. 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.

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This was an excellent observational tour of Warsaw with a knowledgeable and gracious guide, offering not only dry facts, but contextual understanding of history of the city and its people, even with insightful references to current realities of life in Warsaw. Highly recommended. This was a time well spent.

It was a great tour, I learnt so much about Warsaw and Poland. It's a great way to discover the city and its history. Everything is well organized, it's a must do while in Warsaw ! Many thanks to Dorothy who helped arrange the pick up !

We went on our afternoon tour of warsaw on sunday the10th july.The tour guide a polish gentleman was absolutely outstanding very comical as well.His knowledge was sensational.Brilliant!

This is a must do. Martin was excellent, full of knowledge and answered all the questions we had. If you are in Warsaw for a limited time then this is perfect for you.

The guide we had was extremely knowledgeable and explained everything.