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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: Afternoon Public City Tour with Pickup and Drop-off

2. 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: Warsaw Historical Group Tour with Pickup & Drop-Off

3. 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 Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

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

5. 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.

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. 

Warsaw: Guided City Tour in a Retro Bus or Minibus

7. 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.

Jewish Warsaw Private Tour

8. 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: Muranów District Exploration Game

9. Warsaw: Muranów District Exploration Game

Explore Warsaw’s fascinating history while solving clues throughout the Muranów District. Each clue will lead you from one place to another by providing you with exact directions, so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. As you solve the problem and guess the answer, the secret story of Warsaw will unravel before your eyes. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members can play the city game on their smartphones. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour. The city game will take you about 1.5 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit. You won't need a guide - just download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure.

Warsaw: 4-Hour Jewish Heritage Tour

10. Warsaw: 4-Hour Jewish Heritage Tour

Warsaw today is a capital that tries to recall the missing past and brings its charm to the future of hectic metropolitan eastern European life. The original stones and bricks that survived the horrors of the past are silent but have many stories to tell. Discover the melancholy beauty of the past: the remains of the ghetto walls, the orphanage of Janusz Korczak, the Warsaw Synagogue, the Jewish Theater, the Nordwache building, and the only street that remained after the Warsaw Ghetto, Chłodna street. The Jewish cemetery of Warsaw in Okopowa commemorates polish Jews who have lived there for the last 200 years. The Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto, the Umschlagplatz Monument, the bunker in Miła 18, and the Great Synagogue shows the Jewish resilience to keep living there against all odds.  The Jewish heritage of Warsaw is not only found in the western bank. Should you like to explore more there is the opportunity to go to Praga district and see the setting for Roman Polanski's The Pianist, the oldest market in Warsaw, and the great frescos pf the former Synagogue that are being renovated now.

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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!

I’m definitely not a tour-taking person, but my colleague thought it would be a good idea. She was right!! Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable! We learned many new things about Warsaw. Loved the diversity of our group. I would totally do it again.

I am pleasantly surprised. I recommend :) One thing that could be changed is the information in which language the tour will be conducted.

Agnieszka guide, very professional, to the point with a great knowledge of the city! I highly recommend - Warsaw in a nutshell

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