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Warsaw: Private Polish Beer Tasting Tour

1. Warsaw: Private Polish Beer Tasting Tour

Sample some of the best Polish popular, craft, and regional beer during this beer tasting tour in Warsaw. Learn everything about Polish beer including its history, traditions, and customs. Discover Warsaw's beer scene and embark on a fun-filled beer tasting adventure. This cultural evening offers an insightful introduction to the world of Polish beers. Spend time only with your group of friends or family on this private tour with a beer-loving expert guide who will explain everything about the different kinds of beers. Sample beers from major Polish breweries, as well as specialty regional beers from the Mazovia region, and craft beers from microbreweries located in Warsaw. During your tour, you will also be treated to Polish appetizers. Each venue offers a unique experience with different atmospheres and selections of beer for you to choose from. If you choose the 2-hour option, you will taste a set of 7 beers paired with some appetizers at 3 different venues. If you want to indulge in some more beer tasting, select the 3-hour option where you'll visit 4 venues and savor delicious appetizers along with 11 beer samples. Ultimate beers lovers can choose the 4-hour tour where you'll enjoy 13 different Polish beers and traditional food in 5 venues.

Warsaw Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

2. Warsaw Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour through Warsaw. Explore Warsaw at your own pace, starting and stopping wherever you want. Visit the Saxon Garden, the Royal Castle, and more. To get started, download the tour app (download credentials received via email after booking), then set out on an adventure to explore this iconic city. You can start the activity at any time. When you begin, work with your team or compete against them as you make your way around the city. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answer trivia questions, and solve challenges. On the tour, you'll visit the Visitationist Church, New Town Market Square, Krasinski Palace, the Warsaw Barbican, Old town Market Place, the Royal Castle, the Polish National Opera, the Unknown Soldier Monument, the Saxon Garden, and Obelisk Drogowskaz. Scavenger hunts are great as an everyday activity, for bachelor or bachelorette parties, birthday parties, or team-building events. Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by the person.

Warsaw: 3-Hour Panoramic City Bus Tour with Pickup

3. Warsaw: 3-Hour Panoramic City Bus Tour with Pickup

Take a 3-hour comprehensive tour of the main highlights of Warsaw on a comfortable air-conditioned bus with a group of 15 participants at most. Learn about the somber and troubled history of the city by visiting some of the remaining sites and monuments to the uprisings and tragedies that took place in Warsaw during WWII. Your knowledgeable guide will also point out some iconic architectural wonders along the way.   Start your trip in the Royal Garden Lazienki, full of monuments that survived the war. The next stop will be the Monument to Warsaw Ghetto Heroes, which commemorates the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising during WWII. Continue on to Umschlagplatz, one of the most heartbreaking places in Warsaw: on this square, Nazis loaded Jewish people into carriages and transported them to Treblinka concentration camp.   Visit Warsaw’s Old Town, where the Royal Castle is located—destroyed during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, the castle was rebuilt in 1984 and remains today one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. In the Old Town you’ll also drive by the Archcathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, one of the most important churches in Warsaw. The building was created in a specific Masovian Gothic style and went through the same destruction and rebuilding as the Royal Castle.     Next, take a stroll through the Old Town with your guide—take in the magical atmosphere of the old town and explore Barbicam, a defensive wall made in the Gothic style with handmade red bricks. Finish off this historical tour with a visit to the Warsaw Uprising Monument, the most expressive and symbolic monument in Warsaw. Here, you can take a moment to process all that you’ve seen during the day.

Warsaw: 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

4. Warsaw: 2-Hour Old Town Walking Tour

Learn about the unique history of Warsaw's old town on this fascinating walking tour led by an English-speaking local expert. Discover how old town emerged from the ashes after it was completely destroyed during World War II – true to its original pre-war form – and earned a place on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Explore the romantic streets of old town, and enjoy the scenery along the Royal Route. Discover the most beautiful corners and the most spectacular monuments, architectural highlights, royal palaces, and residences in the city. Hear legends and authentic stories. See the places associated with famous Warsawians like Fréderic Chopin, Pope John Paul II, and Marie Curie, as well as sites connected with the Solidarity movement. Learn about the Venetian painter Canaletto and the invaluable role of his paintings during the reconstruction of old town. Have a look at Castle Square, King Sigismund’s Column, St. John’s Cathedral, the Market Square, the Barbican, and new town.

Gdansk: Private Guided Tour to Warsaw with Transportation

5. Gdansk: Private Guided Tour to Warsaw with Transportation

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Gdansk and heads to the train station where you travel by train to Warsaw, or drive directly to the city (depending on option selected). Upon arrival in Warsaw, meet your local guide and set off into the historic city streets.  Pass by iconic sights and landmarks, including the Palace of Culture and Science, the Grand Theater, and Saxon Garden, home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Head into the Old Town district and soak up the charm of this idyllic neighborhood. See the magnificent Royal Castle, and learn about the impressive Polish Kings who once lived here. Wander through Market Square next, then see the Warsaw Barbican and Uprising Monument.  Finally, enjoy a visit to the impressive Wilanow Park, a complex of palaces and vibrant gardens. Admire the richly decorated interior as you explore the impressive White Hall and Apartments of King Jan III Sobieksi. At the end of an insightful day, relax on the return journey to Gdansk.

From Krakow: Private Tour to Warsaw with Guide and Transport

6. From Krakow: Private Tour to Warsaw with Guide and Transport

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Krakow in a private car. Next, travel to Warsaw either by car or train, depending on your preference. Arrive in Warsaw and be greeted by your friendly guide, then set out on your sightseeing adventure.  Stroll through the New Town and stop by the Palace of Culture and Science, the Grand Theater, and the Saxon Garden to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Explore the historical Old Town next and admire the impressive Royal Castle. Listen to your guide’s fascinating stories about the city's impressive history and former Polish Kings. Afterwards, wander around the Market Square, soak up the bustling atmosphere, and see the Uprising Monument. Stretch your legs as you discover Wilanow Park and admire the colorful gardens that surround you. Finally, stop by the White Hall to marvel at the richly decorated and ornamented interior. At the end of the tour, relax on your return journey to Krakow.

Private Warsaw City Tour

7. 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.

Warsaw: Highlights Guided Retro Bus Tour

8. Warsaw: Highlights Guided Retro Bus Tour

Do you like visiting cities on a bus but not listening to a taped story on headphones? Then go for an amazing live-guided tour with style. A classic bus Jelcz 043, better known as “Cucumber,” and one of the most iconic communist-era vehicles will take you for a ride in Warsaw. A guide on-board will comment on the objects you will pass and tell you more on a walk around certain stops. On this tour, you will see the most popular landmarks of the city and hear fascinating stories about them. During this 2.5-hour tour, see the most important sights of Warsaw. The tour starts at the Palace of Culture and Science from where you will set off to Royal Park Łazienki. At this stop, you will find out who and when this place was established. Why was it popular to visit on Thursdays in the 18th century? Why should you bring nuts when you come here? On this walk, you will see a statue of Frederic Chopin, the Palace on the Isle and an 18th-century amphitheater. After a walk with the guide, the “Cucumber” bus will pick you up and drive you to the Old Town where you will see a city reconstructed from scratch. Get to know who the man on the column in the Castle Square is. What and why it is the symbol of the city? What is the most “romantic” place in Warsaw? During the walk, you will see the Royal Castle Square with Sigismund's Column, the Old Town Market Square, Cathedral of St. John, a statue of the Warsaw Mermaid and the Barbican. From the Old Town, you will return to the Palace of Culture and Science to hear the history of this controversial building and to finish the tour. The tour takes place every Saturday at 2 PM14:00. It starts by the main entrance of the Palace of Culture and Science. Just look for a big retro bus in front.

Warsaw: Full-Day Private City Tour by Luxury Car

9. Warsaw: Full-Day Private City Tour by Luxury Car

Get picked up from your accommodation in Warsaw and set off for an exciting experience. Cruise around in a luxury Mercedes car with a dedicated driver. Enjoy a wonderful eight hours with a private city guide as you visit locations inaccessible by foot. Your guide will create your route based on your requests; some sample itinerary items are as follows: • The Royal Route drive along the most elegant artery in Warsaw • The Royal Łazienki Park to explore the unique European park with a monument of Frederic Chopin • The Praga district to see the mysterious tenement houses on Ząbkowska and Targowa Street, St. Florian’s Cathedral, and the National Stadium • The former Jewish ghetto of Umschlagplatz, Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto, Tomb to the Unknown Soldier, Grand Theatre, and Monument to the Katyń Victims • Warsaw Old Town with Sigismund’s Column, the Royal Castle, the Warsaw mermaid, the colorful facades of tenement houses, and St. John’s Cathedral In addition to your full-day tour, you can enjoy included entry into two museums from the following four:  • The Royal Castle in Warsaw (Polish: Zamek Królewski) is a castle residency that formerly served throughout the centuries as the official residence of the Polish monarchs. It is located in the Castle Square, at the entrance to the Warsaw Old Town. The personal offices of the king and the administrative offices of the Royal Court of Poland were located there from the sixteenth century until the Partitions of Poland. • Palace of Culture and Science is one of the tallest buildings in Warsaw. With a total height of 237 metres (778 ft) it is the tallest building in Poland, the 5th-tallest building in the European Union (including spire) and one of the tallest on the European continent. Constructed in 1955, it houses various public and cultural institutions such as cinemas, theaters, libraries, sports clubs, university faculties, and authorities of the Polish Academy of Sciences.  • The Warsaw Uprising Museum in the Wola district of Warsaw, Poland, is dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. The institution of the museum was established in 1983, but no construction work took place for many years. It opened on July 31, 2004, marking the 60th anniversary of the uprising. • Life Under Communism Museum feels like a time capsule of communist Poland. It’s meant to let younger generations get a sense of the lives their elders lived within the People’s Republic of Poland. A lot of the material was donated by members of the public, and the collection continues to grow as more donations arrive.

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What people are saying about Warsaw Barbican

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 42 reviews

Fantastic tour! Very rich in Poland history, just what I needed. The driver was so nice. My tour guide Olav(I’m not sure how to spell his name) was very knowledgeable and patience with all of our questions. I love how passionate he was talking about Polish history. He also pointed out some great restaurants about certain food in the old town which I went back to have- the Polish sweet dumplings. They were delicious!!! I have a complete different view about Poland after my visit to Poland and May I tell you how much I love Poland?!

A very rewarding tour of the old town with a guide who knew her subject well and spoke English very well. She introduced me to this most typical part of Warsaw. She also helped me get a train ticket so took me to the central station, I thank her very much.

I really liked the tour, was really interesting and full of information! Our guide Olaf was amazing, gave us lot of details and curiosity, he is passionated about what he does and you can feel it! Thanks!

Highly professional guide, it was fun to listen and talk to him. Comfortable bus. He was very willing to do special requests.

Although it was very cold and icy, our guide managed to give us a good picture of Warsa's historical facts and places.