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Łódź Province

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From Lodz: Auschwitz-Birkenau Small-Group Tour with Lunch

1. From Lodz: Auschwitz-Birkenau Small-Group Tour with Lunch

Explore the tragic history of the Holocaust on a guided tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. Depart Lodz and travel to the town of Oświęcim with an English-speaking driver. Upon arrival, learn more about the history of the camp at exhibitions that detail how almost 1.3 million people were put to death. See original documents and items belonging to the prisoners, such as shoes and suitcases. Learn about the terrible events that took place at both the Auschwitz and Birkenau camps, where more than 90% of the prisoners were killed behind the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" gate.

Lodz Private Vodka Tasting Tour

2. Lodz Private Vodka Tasting Tour

Meet your tour guide at one of the city’s most beloved bars, then embark on your vodka tasting adventure! Listen to your guide share fascinating insight into the history and culture of Poland’s national drink, as well as the customs surrounding vodka and the role it plays during weddings, family events, and more. Visit a selection of venues around the city, each of which have been carefully chosen to provide a different experience, atmosphere, and vodka. At each venue, feel immersed in the authentic and vibrant atmospheres which reflect the different periods of Polish culture and history. During the tour, try a selection of 7 different vodkas and learn about the production of the drink as well as the best ways to taste and serve them. Your guide will also help you to understand the different types of vodka produced in Poland, made from grains and potatoes. Finally, discover the answer to the age-old question surrounding the drink… was vodka invented in Poland or Russia?

Lodz: Private 3-Hour City Tour

3. Lodz: Private 3-Hour City Tour

Discover how to become a millionaire by being a bootblack and follow the traces of 19th-century factory owners. To get the best walking tour around Lodz, you must visit Manufaktura - a former factory that was renovated a few years ago. Nowadays, this complex is located in the city center and is a shopping mall. It is also a center for culture, trade, and entertainment. One of the gates of the triumphal arch of the old mill remains. See Poznanski Palace belonging to the most famous factory magnate in Poland. Currently, this building houses the City Museum of Lodz, where you can admire the Neo-Baroque facade, staircase, dining- and ballroom. Then, have a walk along the longest European trading route – Piotrkowska Street. This pedestrian street is the heart of the city, full of clubs, restaurants, bars, and a wide range of cultural sites. Admire old buildings, renovated factories, and a Lodz’ specialty – Rickshaws. At the end, you will be invited to the White Factory (Biała Fabryka), which is home of Textile Museum (Muzeum Włókiennictwa). The museum houses a number of looms, old materials and examples of the weaver’s art. 5-hours walking tour option: After the 3-hour walk, you will also see the places connected to Jewish history and the Litzmannstadt Ghetto. First, visit the Jewish cemetery, the largest in Europe. A number of the tombs commemorate factory owners like Silberstein, Prusak or Stiller. Do not miss the spectacular Israel Poznanski Mausoleum in an Art Nouveau style. Then, visit Radegast Station (Stacja Radogoszcz) – railway station where more than 140,000 people (mostly Jews) were deported to the German concentration camps in Poland. Hear stories about the brave people who smuggled food from the countryside to the ghetto and escaped from the forced labor camps in Germany.

Warsaw: Polish Countryside Tour

4. Warsaw: Polish Countryside Tour

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Łowicz region (about 1 hour from Warsaw). Visit the ethnographic park with its wooden, colorful houses which housed Polish peasants in the 18th and 19th century, and a reconstruction of a typical Polish village. After this hands-on experience, enjoy a traditional Polish lunch in a classic local restaurant. Then, walk along the alleys of a large 18th-century garden with picturesque ruins and small buildings. The garden is called Arkadia and was created for Helena Radziwiłł, who you will hear more about on your next stop: the palace of Nieborów.  See works of art, beautiful furniture and portraits of Polish kings and aristocrats. Learn all about the 17th-century palace from your guide and why the former owners left the palace in 1945.

Warsaw to Łódź: Discover Poland's Coolest City

5. Warsaw to Łódź: Discover Poland's Coolest City

On this tour you will discover the energy of Łódź, a city that used to be dominated by industrial activity and now is being transformed into a modern and innovative hub. Visit the former industrial complexes which have been transformed into beautiful art museums and buzzing commercial centers. Visit a beautifully restored palace that used to belong to the Herbst family, one of the richest factory owners in Łódź. After lunch you will be taken to the Jewish cemetery in Łódź (once the largest one in Europe) and listen to the history of the Jews who built this city along with Polish, German and Russian inhabitants. Then your guide will take you to the hidden backyards with artistic installations off the beaten track. The tour will finish with a walk along the longest promenade in Poland, Piotrkowska Street. Here you can take a rickshaw while you admire the beautiful facades of bourgeois palaces and tenement houses built in the 19th century.

Lodz: Private City Walking Tour

6. Lodz: Private City Walking Tour

Your guide will be waiting for you with your name by the Planetarium EC1 main entrance (Targowa 1/3, 90-001 Łódź). After a century marred by wartime occupation, economic woes, and industrial decline, Lodz - Poland’s third-largest city - is on the rise. Visit this vibrant metropolis, explore its rich cultural heritage and experience the renewed energy of a city in the midst of an exciting revitalization. Start your tour at the Planetarium EC1 main entrance. Head towards Piotrkowska street, a popular avenue full of shops, pubs, restaurants, and sculptures commemorating famous inhabitants of Lodz. Next, walk to the Old Town Square, where your guide shares how this area was home to a thriving Jewish community before World War II. Learn how the look of this square changed during and after the war as your guide points out the simple, Soviet-style architecture. At the end discover the renovated industrial complex of the Manufaktura, which boasts an open-air plaza surrounded by large brick buildings and the longest stretch of fountains in Europe. Once you've had your fill of the third-biggest city in Poland, learn from your guide what else you can discover on your own after this tour.

From Warsaw: Small-Group Tour to Lodz with Lunch

7. From Warsaw: Small-Group Tour to Lodz with Lunch

Discover how to become a millionaire by being a bootblack and traces the lives of 19th century factory owners. To have the best walking tour around Lodz, you must make a visit to Manufaktura - former factory which was renovated a few years ago. Nowadays this complex, located in the city center, is a shopping mall. Think about the Industrial Revolution while seeing genuine architecture of red brick buildings. One of the gates remain as a triumphal arch of an old mill. Then, have a walk along the longest European trading route – Piotrkowska Street. This pedestrian street is located in the heart of the city, full of clubs, restaurants, bars and wide range of cultural sites. Admire the old buildings, renovated factories and a Lodz speciality – rickshaws. At the end, you will be invited to the White Factory (Biała Fabryka), home to the Textile Museum (Museum Włókiennictwa). The museum possesses a number of looms, old materials and examples of the weaver’s art.

Warsaw: Private Life and Times of Frederic Chopin Tour

8. Warsaw: Private Life and Times of Frederic Chopin Tour

Discover some of the most interesting places around Warsaw on this private tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in the morning, head to the village of Zelazowa Wola, located near Warsaw, where world-famous composer Frederic Chopin was born. Visit Chopin's birthplace, an old manor, which now houses a museum with a beautiful garden dedicated to the composer. Next, head to the traditional village of Maurzyce and pay a visit to the town's heritage park to learn more about Polish daily life. On the way back to Warsaw, stop in Nieborow Palace. Admire the baroque architecture of the palace and its surrounding park which was designed in the traditional French style. Nearby, visit a traditional English-style garden in the village of Arkadia before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

From Lodz: Warsaw City Private Guided Day Trip

9. From Lodz: Warsaw City Private Guided Day Trip

Meet your driver at the hotel and take a full day trip to Warsaw. Get to know the sights in Poland's capital on a tour to explore the city of Warsaw. With the company of a private guide, visit some of the most important sites from the city's long and remarkable past, all as you get to know the city's background and its role in the history of Poland. Start your route with a visit to the city's Old Town. Now inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, after World War II, much of Warsaw lay in ruins. But it has been painstakingly restored to its former glory, with buildings dating from the 13th to the 20th-Century. Pass the former residence of Polish monarchs at the Royal Castle, the Baroque edifice of Krasinski Palace, the modern columns of the Supreme Court building, and the monument dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. Next, visit the city's largest park, Lazienki Park, where you see the famous monument to Frederic Chopin. During World War II, the Royal Lazienki was extensively plundered and heavily damaged by the German occupiers. In 1960, after many years of careful restoration, the Royal Lazienki was returned to the Polish people as a museum. Walk around the sublime park with its serene Palace on the Water, see the beautiful Orangery and Amphitheatre, and admire the exquisite Island Theatre, nestled among the sound of ducks and swans. Take the chance to relax in the beautiful rose garden and among the amazing nature of this place before the tour comes to an end with a ride back to your hotel in Lodz.

Lodz: Full Day Tour from Warsaw by Private Car

10. Lodz: Full Day Tour from Warsaw by Private Car

A private driver will pick you up from the address provided in Warsaw by Mercedes car, comfortable for up to six passengers and will take you to Łodź for a full-day tour. During this 3-hour city tour, the local English speaking guide will introduce you to the atmosphere of this beautiful industrial city. It is often compared to Manchester – the largest 19th-century textile industry centre in the world. Lodz is therefore often called the “Polish Manchester”. One of the first steam engines in the Kingdom of Poland was run at Ludwik Geyer’s White Factory in 1839 and it was here that the first factory chimney appeared on the Lodz skyline. Księży Młyn (‘Priest’s Mill’) is a well-preserved, complete industrial quarter with a factory, workers’ dwellings, hospital, school, fire station, owner’s villa, stalls and garden. In recent years the factory has been redeveloped into exclusive apartments. The villa holds a museum presenting the luxurious 19th-century interiors. Not far away, there’s the Scheibler Palace with the Cinematography Museum.  This engaging 5-kilometer catwalk is Łódź's primary playground and personifies everything this city is attempting to achieve in the coming years. It's with good reason that visitors will spend a significant amount of time on this street. Piotrkowska not only keeps going but it has even more alternative culture, terrific gastronomy and more post-industrial complexes for you to explore! OFF Piotrkowska is an altogether different, unique and alternative proposition. Situated just off ul. Piotrkowska (hence the name) between numbers 138-140, the complex has taken over the beautiful old cotton mill buildings of the former Ramisch factory. Originally from Czechoslovakia, the Ramisch family relocated to Łódź in the 1830s and in 1850 purchased the first plot of land on which construction of the factory began; adjoining plots were purchased as the empire expanded. By 1909 the factory, in the very heart of the city, was firing on all cylinders. Production continued right up until 1990, after which the buildings and their rich heritage were all but forgotten about and the area fell into a sad and dilapidated state. Manufaktura today is the result of Poland’s largest renovation project since the reconstruction of Warsaw’s Old Town in the 1950s. The history of the site is one of the fortunes made and lost, of war, nationalisation and destitution. What you see before you was once a series of factories – all producing various textiles – that were constructed in the latter part of the 19th century. After sightseeing and lunch, the driver will take you back to Warsaw and drop you off at your chosen location.

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