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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: What’s Cooking? Jewish Culinary Experience Ticket

2. Warsaw: What’s Cooking? Jewish Culinary Experience Ticket

Come see the "What’s Cooking?" exhibition devoted to Jewish culinary traditions and customs. Visit the POLIN Museum with this entrance ticket and take a culinary journey across time as you learn about Jewish foods, religion, and culture. Start by learning about a variety of traditions and meals Jews have followed and eaten throughout the ages. Discover how Jews, while migrating, brought various dishes and products with them, from the Middle Ages to the great waves of migration in the 19th and 20th centuries. Guide yourself through the exhibition as you hear the rules of kashrut, the methods of preparing meals that follow the religious foundation of Jewish cuisine. No matter what they put in their pot, the meals are cooked following similar guidelines. Find out why, in the present day, many Jews distance themselves from the tradition or, alternately, seek their roots anew. The exhibition demonstrates the uniqueness of Jewish cuisine and why it is so difficult to define. Uncover secrets of Jewish cuisine as you find out what potato pancakes have in common with latkes, Polish gołąbki with Jewish holishikes. How chulent is different from adafina, and why in New York City pickled gherkins and borsht are considered Jewish food. Marvel at the four sculptures by artist Anna Królikiewicz, which serve as a metaphorical commentary on the narrative devoted to Jewish cuisine.

Bialystok Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

3. Bialystok Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Discover the highlights of Bialystok with a very knowledgeable private guide on a walking tour of the historic city center. Bialystok is a totally charming town with a myriad interesting destinations. Uncover all the most beautiful corners of the city with a private group of just your friends or family.  On the two-hour tour, explore Kosciuszko’s Market Square and the beautiful Town Hall. Follow your guide to see many sacred buildings such as St. Roch's Basilica, Cathedral Church, and the Complex of the Arch-Cathedral, Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Discover the monument to the Great Synagogue, a symbol of Jewish Culture.  Too experience even more, select the three-hour tour and your guide will lead you to Griffin Gate, where you can explore the beautiful Branicki Palace, built in a Baroque style. The top destination in Bialystok, the palace complex is sure to delight with its amazing architecture and ornamentation. Wander around the breathtaking garden on the palace grounds and hear about the history of the royal family.

Warsaw: Treblinka and Tykocin Day Tour

4. Warsaw: Treblinka and Tykocin Day Tour

You will be picked up by your guide from the hotel, and following a 1.5-hour ride you will arrive to Treblinka. Visit the site with a beautiful memorial commemorating hundreds of thousands of victims that passed through the camp, as your guide provides you with historic context to help you understand the events that took place there between 1942 and 1943. The next stop will be in Tykocin, where you will have free time to enjoy lunch in one of traditional restaurants recommended by the guide, and to stroll through this picturesque place. The must-see attractions in Tykocin are its beautiful synagogue and castle. The synagogue was built in the 17th century, before being decorated iinside in the 18th century. You can admire the inscriptions on the walls in Hebrew and Aramaic, and can also admire its beautifully decorated bima. It's a perfect place to discover the rich heritage of the Jewish community that lived for centuries in the east of Poland, which used to be a religious and ethnic melting pot. Another interesting place in Tykocin is its modest museum organized by its people in one of the oldest wooden houses. It exhibits a typical interior of a Polish house in the countryside until the mid 1990s. On the other bank of the Narew River you will discover the castle. The version of the castle you are able to visit today is a faithful reconstruction of Tykocin's castle, which in the 16th century was the main residence of one of the Polish kings. During the visit you will discover different weapons and armor used by Polish knights, and can discover the king's secrets. Following your visit to the castle, the guide will bring you back to Warsaw.

Warsaw: 4-Hour Old Town, Royal Castle, & POLIN Museum Tour

5. Warsaw: 4-Hour Old Town, Royal Castle, & POLIN Museum Tour

On an intimate 4-hour guided tour of Warsaw’s stunning Old Town, wander through the city square, surrounded by traditional tenements and a beautiful sculpture of the symbol of the city, Siren. Learn about the fascinating history of Warsaw as you pass the Warsaw Barbican and the defensive walls in the Old Town.  Walk down the series of streets once trekked by kings, referred to as the Royal Route. The former communication route of the city, this wide boulevard connects two former royal residences and now brims with cafes, restaurants, and historical attractions. Discover the Castle Square with the famous Sigismund’s Column, and take a guided tour of the magnificent Royal Castle.   The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews documents the centuries-old history of Jews in Poland. Replete with 4,000 square meters of space, multimedia exhibitions, and eight galleries, discover the successive phases of history, beginning with Jewish settlement in Poland. Travel through thousands of years of religious and political diversity, dramatic events in history, the Holocaust, and conclude with contemporary times.

Warsaw: Private Vintage Car Jewish Tour

6. 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. 

From Warsaw: Private Full-Day Suntago Water World Trip

7. From Warsaw: Private Full-Day Suntago Water World Trip

Escape the hustle and bustle of Warsaw and experience the thrill of Europe's largest waterpark, located just outside Warsaw and featuring 30 slides, thermal baths, mineral pools, a spa complex and over 10 different types of saunas.  After getting picked up from your hotel in Warsaw, travel to the park and explore the 3 distinct sections: Jamango Water Jungle, Relax and the Saunarium. In Jamango, enjoy fun for all the family with various swimming pools, a “lazy river”, a wave pool with a retractable roof, an artificial surf park and several slides. The other 2 areas are reserved for guests over the age of 16. In the Relax zone, enjoy a calming oasis filled with 700 palm trees dotted around tropical gardens, heated thermal pools, and a swim-up bar. In the saunarium, relax on one of the sunbeds or make your way through the neverending network of saunas, steam rooms, and relaxation areas set to different temperatures and humidities. At the end of the day, get dropped off back at your hotel in Warsaw.

Warsaw: History and Modernity City Tour by Private Car

8. Warsaw: History and Modernity City Tour by Private Car

Be collected from your accommodation and travel to see places in Warsaw that are located too far from the city center to walk to. Your guide will create your route based on your requests and it is possible to spend more than three hours seeing all the places that you wish to. For example, the tour can include: • 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 Fryderyk 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

Jewish Warsaw Private Tour

9. Jewish Warsaw Private Tour

With a knowledgeable, experienced guide you will have a unique chance to discover the traces of the second largest Jewish community in the World. This 3-hour tour will take you to the fascinating world of a vibrant, colorful Jewish district. It will also help you to understand the most terrible tragedy in history.  After being picked up from your hotel, you will travel to The Jewish Martyrdom memorial route on Zamenhofa Street and then to the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes. On arrival, you will learn about the history of the place and also see Polin Museum, a real modern work of art. Taking a short walk, you will see Mila Street and a bunker where the commander of the Jewish Uprising, Mordechai Anielewicz, committed suicide. After the short ride in the car, you will stop by The Umschlagplatz Wall - a memorial wall to symbolize the former Ghetto walls and commemorate the Nazi victims. After, you will visit The Jewish Cemetery. You will then visit The Old Synagog, the last in Warsaw, a pre-war Jewish house building which survived the 2nd World War. The interiors where changed by the Nazis and used as stables. After the war it was reconstructed. On the way back to your hotel, you will stop by Sienna Street to see and touch part of real wall of the ghetto.   

Warsaw: Jewish Heritage 4-Hour Private Tour

10. Warsaw: Jewish Heritage 4-Hour Private Tour

Enjoy a half-day tour of Jewish Warsaw and see the most important sights related to the history of the community. During the 4-hour tour, your private guide will explain the huge influence the Jews played in the history of the Polish capital. From the 11th century until the beginning of World War 2, Poland was known as the cultural and spiritual centre of European Jews, and before the war only New York had a larger Jewish population than Warsaw in the entire world. Highlights of Jewish Warsaw include the remnants of the Ghetto wall, Nozyk Synagogue, and former Jewish Street. Go to the famous Okopowa Street Jewish Cemetery, one of the largest Kirkuts (Jewish cemeteries) in Europe. See monuments that commemorate the martyrdom of Jews during World War 2. And go to the Umschlagplatz, where some 300,000 of the city’s Jews were put onto cattle wagons bound for the concentration camps. Learn about the Ghetto Uprising of 1943, when a few hundred brave Jews stood up to the heavy artillery and dive bombers of the Nazis. The Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto, built by sculptor Nathan Rappaport in 1948, pays fitting tribute to these resistance fighters and the spirit of the Jews who made one last desperate fight against the horror of the Holocaust.

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based on 129 reviews

I spent several weeks visiting WWII sites throughout Eastern Europe, and my tour by Mary through the Warsaw ghetto was by far the best one I had the privilege of going on. I have an extremely in depth knowledge of the Holocaust, and ended up canceling several guided tours in various other cities because it was more efficient to visit the sites on my own, however this tour is one I would absolutely recommend attending. There is no way you could find all the historical sites throughout the ghetto on your own, and Mary is incredibly knowledgeable. She had photos of various important sites before and during the war, so we could better imagine what we were looking at. She also was an invaluable resource on the history of the few surviving buildings within the ghetto subsequent to the war, which I would never have been able to figure out on my own. I cannot say enough positive things about my tour with Mary, it was simply the educational highlight of my entire trip. Thank you Mary!

Big thanks to Marzena, who was our guide. The tour itself was very interesting and 3 hours went imperceptibly. We walked around almost all the ex-ghetto landmarks and learned many scary and interesting stories about Jewish life during nazi occupation and beyond it.

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.

Mark did a great job driving us to the ausheitch camps and answering our question. I really appreciate it

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