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Warsaw: Majdanek Concentration Camp & Lublin Guided Day Tour

1. Warsaw: Majdanek Concentration Camp & Lublin Guided Day Tour

Learn more about Majdanek Concentration Camp and the city of Lublin in Poland on a full-day guided tour. You’ll hear the history of the camp and how it fitted into the Nazi’s Regime plans during the Second World War. See the city of Lublin itself after the visit to the camp. After your pickup, your expert guide will escort you through what remains of the camp barracks, which was captured more or less intact in 1944. Hear how it was the first concentration camp to be captured by Allied forces and how it is unusual with it being located within the boundaries of a city. See the monument at the former front gate that symbolizes the conditions the prisoners lived in.   After a traditional Polish lunch, visit the city of Lublin, often dubbed “Little Cracow”, “Vienna of the North”, and “Little Jerusalem”. As you stroll through the narrow cobbled streets of the Old Town, you’ll learn how Lublin was a very wealthy city with its palaces, sacral architecture, and tenement houses, all of which make it one of the most beautiful cities in East Poland.

Lublin Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

2. Lublin Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Discover the highlights of Lublin with a knowledgeable, private guide on a walking tour of the historic city center. The Old Town in Lublin is considered to be one of the best preserved historic complexes in Poland. In the past, Lublin played an important role as an administrative, trade, and military center in the Polish kingdom. During the two-hour tour, explore the Market Square and stroll down streets to admire renaissance buildings and see the former Town Hall. Walk through the historic gates which are remnants from the defensive walls of the 14th century, Krakowska Gate and Grodzka Gate. See the extremely old remains of Fara Square and Trinity Tower. Follow your guide to check out the beautiful neo-Gothic Lublin castle. Enter St. John the Baptist Cathedral and discover its rich interior and stunning organs. Finally, visit the Church the Holy Spirit with its spectacular altar. Extend your tour to three hours and admire other extraordinary sacral buildings like the Carmelite Church or the Roman Catholic Church of St. Piotr and Paul. Lublin is full of delightful architecture; look out for beautiful Romanesque townhouses in the heart of Lublin, like the building of Theatre of Osterwy. End the tour at Lublin Union Monument and find out the story behind it.

Warsaw: Majdanek Concentration Camp and Lublin Old Town

3. Warsaw: Majdanek Concentration Camp and Lublin Old Town

Experience Lublin in 12-hours. From a hotel pickup and drop off. Your guide will take you through the best parts of south-east of Poland.  See Majdanek, the former Nazi concentration camp in Lublin. You will explore the barracks where prisoners from many European countries lived and the sites where they were murdered. The guide will show you multimedia exhibition as well as other exhibitions organized in the barracks. Majdanek is the best-preserved Nazi concentration camp of the Holocaust where you will see the original crematorium ovens as well as the famous Mausoleum that contains ashes of cremated victims. Next visit the Old Town of Lublin where you will have free time for lunch. Take your time exploring this beautiful and extremely calm place. Then you will discover the Lublin castle, its tower with a viewing terrace and the magnificent Chapel of the Holy Trinity where quite recently 15th century frescoes were discovered.

Gross-Rosen Camp & Jawor Tour

4. Gross-Rosen Camp & Jawor Tour

During this trip, you will get to visit 2 very unique places and experience the fascinating region of Lower Silesia. With its turbulent past, interesting culture, and incredibly beautiful landscape, it is one of the most visited "voivodeships" (provinces) in Poland. First up is the Gross-Rosen Museum in Rogoznica, which was the biggest Nazi concentration camp in Lower Silesia, with particularly harsh conditions and hard labor in the quarries. The motto of the place was "Vermichtung durch Arbeit" (extermination through labour). Around 40,000 prisoners died there including Poles, Jews, Russians, French, and Hungarian. The second part of the trip will be spent at the Churches of Peace in Jawor, one of the largest wattle and daub religious buildings in Europe, built in the old Silesia in the middle of the 17th-century. This place is a manifestation of the desire for religious freedom and a rare sign of Lutheran ideology connected with the Catholic Church. Situated outside of the city walls, the churches were made of wood or clay in less than a year and are currently on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

Lublin: Local Jewish Heritage Full-Day Guided Tour

5. Lublin: Local Jewish Heritage Full-Day Guided Tour

Your guide will greet you at the hotel and invite you for the fully private sightseeing. The history of Lublin Jews is almost as long as the history of the city - it has about 700 years. Before the outbreak of World War II, the Jewish population constituted 30% of the citizens of the city. Over time, Lublin became the center of Jewish culture, religion and science. In the 1930s, the largest and most prestigious rabbinical school in the world was opened in Lublin. The town was called the Jewish Oxford and the Jerusalem of Poland. Go through a Memorial Trail of Lublin Jews, that commemorates places related to the tragic history of the Jewish community and marks the borders of the ghetto in Podzamcze and the last road of Lublin Jews to Umschlagplatz, from where about 28,000 people were transported to the death camp in Bełżec. Hear about a world that no longer exists. See the Lublin castle, the Grodzka Gate (called also the Jewish Gate), Chewra Nosim Synagogue - the only preserved pre-war Jewish temple, the Old Jewish Cemetery, and the former Academy of the Sages of Lublin – currently hotel and synagogue. Finally, visit the Majdanek State Museum – the former German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp. Enjoy the most important places for Jewish history in Lublin and learn from your guide what else you can discover on your own after this tour.

Lublin & Majdanek Small-Group Tour from Warsaw with Lunch

6. Lublin & Majdanek Small-Group Tour from Warsaw with Lunch

Lublin was competing for the title of the European Capital of Culture 2016, because it presents an idea of integration, tolerance and dialogue between cultures of the West and East. Amount of cultural festivals, galleries, theaters, places for artists is very impressive. You’ll never feel bored in this city. On the outskirts of Lublin there is a historical place of Nazi concentration and extermination camp – Majdanek. It was unique sample of camp located near population center. The camp was going to be the source of a free workforce for the realization of the plans to build a German empire in the east.  Prisoners came from nearly 30 countries, mainly Poles and Jews, also Russians, Byelorussians and Ukrainians.  The tragic history of the Lublin concentration camp came to an end on 23rd July 1944 after the Red Army entered the city. Now you can visit Majdanek National Museum, Monument of Struggle and Martyrdom at Majdanek, Mausoleum containing ashes from the victims of Nazi hate and some remains of the camp.

Lublin Private Traditional Polish Food Tour

7. Lublin Private Traditional Polish Food Tour

Meet your friendly guide at Krakowska Gate, then set off on a 2.5, 3.5, or 5-hour food tour (depending on the option chosen). The tour has been designed to showcase the very best of Polish cuisine at 2, 3, or 4 carefully selected venues across the city while giving you a guided walking tour of Lublin's highlights. At each venue, taste, compare, and explore the flavor combinations of Polish delicacies while learning about local history and traditions. On the 2.5-hour option, visit 2 venues to taste different styles of dumplings, as well as Polish meats. Your meal is accompanied by a soft drink, a coffee or tea, and a delicious cake. On the 3.5-hour tour, taste authentic Polish food at 3 venues, including 3 kinds of dumplings, Polish meat, regional specialties, traditional soup, as well as a soft drink, coffee or tea, beer, and a cake. During your tasting, listen to your guide share fascinating information about local customs and which delicacies are related to which occasions. To get a deeper understanding and appreciation of Polish cuisine, select the 5-hour option, which offers a combination of food and alcohol tastings with sightseeing. In addition to food sampling, savor tastings of 8 vodkas or beers, and enjoy a guided walk through the city’s Old Town where you can admire the stunning architecture of the district which is one of the best-preserved historic complexes in the country. Stop by the former Town Hall in the bustling Market Square, then end the tour with a stroll by the Old Town Gate, a remnant of the defensive walls from the 14th century.

Warsaw to Majdanek Concentration Camp One-Day Trip by Car

8. Warsaw to Majdanek Concentration Camp One-Day Trip by Car

Be taken back in time to World War II and see the history of Majdanek Nazi concentration camp. This tragic place was in operation between 1941 and 1944, and now is a monument and memorial to all the people who were interned there. The site now stands as a moving lesson about the Holocaust and the horrors of the Nazi regime, and to the dark times of WWII. Visiting Majdanek will leave you reflecting about human history. Your professional guide will take you into the most interesting parts of the Majdanek site, and tell you everything you want to know about its history. Your tour is private, so it’s you who decides where you want to go. Pay your respects and have a moment with your thoughts while visiting such a meaningful place. At the end of the Majdanek tour, see the highlights of Lublin. Far back in history Lublin played an important role as an administrative, trade, and military centre in the Polish kingdom. Your guide will give you a piece of its history and show you the most important places, such as Lublin Castle and Krakow Gate.

Lublin: Private Guided Walking Tour of Old Town with Tasting

9. Lublin: Private Guided Walking Tour of Old Town with Tasting

Lublin is the largest city in south-eastern Poland. It is home to a long and fascinating history and stunning Polish architecture. It was here where the Lublin Union was signed in 1569 - a pact that sealed the constitutional union between the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania creating a free republic associated with a single Parliament, an elected king, a currency, and ethnic and religious tolerance. Start your private tour at the Litewski Square with a multimedia fountain famous for water performances entertaining Lublinians and the guests in the season. Your guide will be waiting for you with your name by the Lublin Union Monument (plac Litewski, 20-080 Lublin, Poland), reminding of the former glory of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Walk along Krakowkie Przedmiescie, the main Lublin promenade, to Krakow gate, a gateway to the Old Town, housing the Museum of the History of the city of Lublin. Continue to the Trinitarian Tower and the Cathedral with acoustic sacristy, treasury, and crypts. Admire historic, richly decorated tenement houses. Check-out the Lublin Monastery of Dominicans with the Basilica of St. Stanislaus and the building of the Old Theatre. Delving into the alleys and streets of the Old Town, find the Stone of Misfortune, a mural with a panorama of Lublin, the Gothic Tower, the Hartwigs alley, and many other hidden treasures. Stop by the Lublin Market Square, a building of the former Crown Tribunal to which the legend of the Devil’s Paw is connected. Explore the Lublin Underground Trail. Continue your walk to the Castle, passing the Grodzka Gate, being a passage between the Christian and the Jewish town. Currently, there is the “Grodzka Gate — NN Theater” Centre. Be amazed with the Holy Trinity Chapel and world-unique Byzantine-Ruthenian frescoes inside. Climb up the Donjon, one of the oldest buildings in Lublin with a great viewpoint. At the end of a tour taste fresh cebularz, a local delicacy and learn from your guide what else you can discover on your own after this tour.

From Warsaw: Kazimierz Dolny, Lublin, Majdanek & Kozlowka

10. From Warsaw: Kazimierz Dolny, Lublin, Majdanek & Kozlowka

This Kazimierz, Lublin, Majdanek, and Kozlowka private tour is a comfortable and special trip. During it, you will visit some of the most beautiful cities in Poland with a professional guide in an air-conditioned vehicle.  Stroll through the medieval Old Town in Lublin with its winding streets full of fascinating legends. Discover Kazimierz, the pearl of the Polish Renaissance, and a popular holiday resort, and visit Majdanek on this private tour. In Lublin, enter the impressive castle and see the fabulous Byzantine wall paintings of the castle chapel. Visit the oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in Poland and discover the history of the Jewish community of Lublin. The picturesque Kazimierz attracts many artists who seek inspiration here. Visit the concentration camp, blockhouses, a gas chamber, and crematory in Majdanek. In Kozłówka, you will find unique sights such as a social realist art gallery.

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4.9 / 5

based on 17 reviews

The day tour was fantastic though the tour was more emotional as it was one of the death camp. I am focusing on the tour guide. The more I praise about him will not be enough to measure his knowledge, his kindness as well as friendliness. I am very much satisfied to get him as tour guide in that entire day trip. I would really admire the effort of his to make us satisfied as well as filled with as much information as it can be.

The young guide Jacob did anexellent job explaining useverything about the Camp and work and live conditions. Thanks to his dedication we were able to better imagine how our grand father resp great grand father lived the last year of his life...

Damien was awesome, very knowledgeable about the area's history, he kept us entertained for the full three hours, would definitely recommend this tour!

Damien was awesome, he was really fun and knowledgeable. We had a great time, highly recommend this tour!

Great tour with lots of information. The guide responded very well to questions and requests