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Warsaw: Traditional Galar Cruise on The Vistula River

1. Warsaw: Traditional Galar Cruise on The Vistula River

Climb aboard a traditional wooden sailboat and enjoy an intimate, hour-long sightseeing cruise along the Vistula River. Your tour departs from the Copernicus Centre pier, where you will board your traditional 12-person Galar ship. Drift along the river towards the historic old town on a boat that was designed according to principles of folk boatbuilding. Discover the rich history and unique, natural views as you approach downtown Warsaw to get a unique perspective of the city’s skyscrapers and stadium. Look out for the parks and natural refuges along the right bank of the river before being returned to the pickup point.

Warsaw Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

2. Warsaw Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore Warsaw at your own pace and get to know the historic and modern sides to the city on the panoramic hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus. The tour starts at the monumental Palace of Culture and Science, the highest building in Poland. Enjoy fantastic views of the city from the 30th floor, before you head off to explore further. History buffs will love the Warsaw Rising Museum, where the city’s turbulent history is brought to life through more than 1,000 exhibits, while the National Museum contains over 400 works by Poland’s greatest artists. Take the kids to meet the famous native brown bears of Warsaw Zoo, and see 500 other species of native and exotic animals while you are there. Choose from two lines: Red Route: 1. Palace of Culture & Science (Dworzec Centralny 14) 2. A- Grzybowski Market Square (Plac Grzybowski 1) 3. Old Town (Stare Miasto 05) 4. B - Warsaw University Library (Bibliteka Uniwersytecka 01) 5. C- Copernicus Science Center (Metro Centrum Nauki Kopernik 03) 6. D- National Stadium (Most Swietokrzyski 04) 7. E- Praga (Okrzei 02) 8. F- Multimedia Fountain Park (Bolesc 02) 9. G- Museum of Polish Jews History (Nalewki Muzeum 02) 10. H- Warsaw City Hall (Plac Bankowy 03) 11. Downtown (Centrum 06) Blue Route: 1. Palace of Culture & Science 2. Warsaw Rising Museum 3. Grzybowski Square 4. Zacheta Gallery 5. Old Town 6. Castle Square 7. Chopin Museum 8. National Museum 9. Three Crosses Square 10. Lazienki Royal Park 11. Constitution Square 12. Downtown

Warsaw: Chopin Concert in the Old Town

3. Warsaw: Chopin Concert in the Old Town

The Time for Chopin concert series is a celebration of one of Warsaw's most famous geniuses, Frederic Chopin. The daily concerts are carried out by different pianists and you will hear different interpretations of each piece, a theme for fascinating conversations. An equally inspiring experience to both guests and performers, these shows allow you to hear well-known works from a different perspective each time. The project is created by outstanding pianists with a passion for Frederic Chopin's music. The pianists were assisted in their creative development, influencing artistic formation and depth of interpretation. As a guest, you are one of the key elements of the Time for Chopin project - your presence and perception of music of Frederic Chopin is the most important aspect. The chamber mood of the concert hall promotes a peculiar musical dialogue with the auditorium in the course of the performance of a solo concert. Deepening your involvement still, after the concert there is time to exchange opinions between guests and the artist.

Warsaw: The City in a Nutshell Small Group Walking Tour

4. Warsaw: The City in a Nutshell Small Group Walking Tour

See Warsaw in a nutshell with a walking tour and learn the tragic history of the city. Learn the complexities of regional, city, and country history past and present and admire iconic sites. Walk along the Royal Route, see the Presidential Palace, and stroll through Old Town encased by city walls. Learn how Warsaw rose from the ashes after a dark history during World War II. Allow your guide to share the complexities of the two largest uprisings against Nazi rule that blazed the city to the ground. Explore the Polish capital that now stands firmly as the center of European trade, tourism, education, and politics. As you step along the Barsovian Royal Rout, meet famous inhabitants of the city, like Chopin and Marie Curie. Witness the Presidential Palace, Warsaw University buildings, and the Old Town. Get the essence of this complex city and leave full of knowledge and understanding.

Warsaw: Polish Vodka Museum Tour with Tasting

5. Warsaw: Polish Vodka Museum Tour with Tasting

Journey back through time as you discover the history of Polish vodka with tons of fascinating facts thrown in. Enjoy a 70-minute tour at the Vodka Museum in Warsaw's Praga district with a qualified guide. Arrive at the museum, and begin the tour with memories presented by former employees of the Warsaw Vodka Factory at Koneser. Explore 5 interactive modern galleries enabling you to become acquainted with the history of Polish vodka. After the tour, head over to the Vodka Academy for a 20-minute tasting workshop. Once you've wet your palette with some delicious vodka samples, visit the 3/4 Koneser Cocktail Bar located on the 3rd Floor of the museum. Try the best cocktails prepared with different types of Polish vodka.

Warsaw: Live Chopin Piano Concert

6. Warsaw: Live Chopin Piano Concert

Make the most of your time in Warsaw and enjoy an evening of classical music in the heart of Old Town. Hosted at the enchanting Dean’s Palace at the Museum of the Warsaw Archdiocese, this concert offers the unique opportunity to connect with one of the world’s most iconic composers, in his hometown. Surrounded by a collection of paintings by famous artists, take your seats in the atmospheric concert hall, which boasts perfect acoustics and the highest-quality KAWAI grand piano. The piano’s music is clear, transparent, and rich, ensuring an emotional and comfortable reception at the recitals. As the lights dim, the music begins, taking you on a journey through the life and works and Chopin. During the 55-minute concert, hear stunning performances from professional pianists and touring artists. By the end of the show, you will have a deeper appreciation for Chopin and his music, and an idea of how this incredible city influenced his work.

Warsaw: Warsaw Ghetto Private Walking Tour with Hotel Pickup

7. 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.

3-Hour Guided Cycling Tour of Warsaw

8. 3-Hour Guided Cycling Tour of Warsaw

On this 3-hour tour you’ll have a comfy city bike and an expert guide who’ll take you to impressive places in Warsaw. Bike through the famous Royal Route, the Old Town and get panoramic views of central Warsaw from the banks of the Vistula River. See the University Library rooftop gardens, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Palace of Culture and Science.  The duration of the tour is 3 hours and covers about 9 miles, cycling at a very relaxed pace. A break for refreshments is planned at the midpoint of the tour.

Warsaw: Old Town Guided Walking Tour

9. 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.

Warsaw: Treblinka Concentration Camp Tour with Hotel Pickup

10. Warsaw: Treblinka Concentration Camp Tour with Hotel Pickup

After being collected from your accommodation in Warsaw, you will make your way towards Treblinka, the biggest Nazi camp in all of Europe. The camp is only a 1 hour drive from Warsaw, and once having arrived, your guided tour will begin. During World War II, there were almost 2 million people killed in Treblinka and Auschwitz-Birkenau, a smaller concentration camp which lies outside of Krakow. Treblinka is a very impressive and touching place when it comes to the history, of which you will learn about throughout your tour here. In the central part of fa ield full of stones, you will discover the famous must-see monument of "The Victims of Holocaust". During your trip you will also see the “Never Again” stone, which is dedicated to the Janusz Korczak commemoration. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned back to your point of origin in Warsaw.

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What people are saying about Warsaw

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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

Excellent cruise, great little and intimate boat, very friendly and engaging captain (Andresz). Would definitely recommend this cruise - great way to experience Warsaw from the river in a cozy and informal setting.

Guide and drivers were amazing but the price is too high (I made a comparison with the price of everything included and this is very very overrated). But lived the experience anyway

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

Owner was very nice. A low key relaxing hour. I enjoyed it greatly