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Our most recommended Warsaw Cruises & Boat Tours

Warsaw: Traditional Galar Cruise on The Vistula River

1. Warsaw: Traditional Galar Cruise on The Vistula River

Climb aboard a replica of a traditional wooden boat and enjoy an intimate 1-hour sightseeing cruise on the Vistula River. Your tour departs from the Mermaid Monument Pier, where you will board the traditional 12-seater Galar ship. Drift along the river towards the historic old town on a boat designed according to the principles of local folk boatbuilding traditions. Discover the stunning natural views as you approach the center of Warsaw for a unique perspective of the city's skyscrapers and stadium. Look out for parks and natural refuges along the right bank of the river before returning to your pickup point.

Warsaw: Warsaw Ghetto Private Walking Tour with Hotel Pickup

2. 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.

Palace of Culture and Science: Tour with Viewing Terrace

3. Palace of Culture and Science: Tour with Viewing Terrace

Join this guided tour of the Palace of Culture and Science, one of the highest and most magnificent buildings in Warsaw and visible from almost all places in the city. As an added perk, skip the line to the viewing terrace. During the tour, discover the characteristic interiors of the Palace of Culture and Science: ballrooms with excellent woodwork, conference rooms with original furniture and equipment from the ’50s, and majestic marble staircases. Your local guide will bring you closer to the entire history of the building from 1952 until now. Enjoy entertaining stories and anecdotes as you walk through the building’s history. At the end of your journey, skip the line to the elevator and go to the viewing terrace on the 30th floor to discover a beautiful view of the city. You’ll never look at the Palace of Culture and Science in the same way after this tour.

Warsaw: 3-Hour Communism Tour in an Original Socialist Van

4. Warsaw: 3-Hour Communism Tour in an Original Socialist Van

On this unique trip through the legacy of Polish socialism, you will explore Warsaw in a Nysa 522, an original socialist-style van. You will be picked up from your hotel before starting the tour around the places in Warsaw connected with the socialist past, where you can experience this era in Polish history for yourself. The tour starts at Plac Konstytucji (Constitution Square), the first square ever to be built especially for the working people. Here you will feel the propaganda of the socialist era before heading on to the Ministry of Agriculture, where you will have the chance to learn about the utopian plans of the post-war city reconstruction. The next stop on the tour is at the Palace of Culture and Science, where you can learn about this gift from “Uncle” Stalin. You will then continue on to the very heart of socialism, the old seat of the Central Committee of the Polish United Workers’ Party. You will also visit a typical housing estate and enter a flat furnished in the socialist style. Here you will be invited to taste a typical refreshment of the workers from the socialist era – a shot of vodka and a slice of bread with lard and pickles. Not only will you see how people used to live during the socialist era, you will also have a unique opportunity to watch the post-1950s propaganda films.

Warsaw: Afternoon Public City Tour with Pickup and Drop-off

5. 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.

From Warsaw: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Krakow Private Day Trip

6. From Warsaw: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Krakow Private Day Trip

Meet your driver and get picked up from your accommodation in Warsaw in the early morning. This private trip starts the day with a drive to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. When you arrive at the site, you will embark on a 3.5 hours guided group tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau with a guide speaking your chosen language. Start in the Auschwitz concentration camp and learn about how it was established by German Nazis on the outskirts of the town Oswiecim in 1940. After the war, the camp was turned into a museum displaying evidence of the genocide, which you will have the opportunity to browse. In the museum watch a film made after the liberation of the camp shown in various languages. After spending time in Auschwitz head over to the Birkenau section of the concentration camp. Discover how, in 1941, the German Nazis established a new camp called Auschwitz II Birkenau. In 1942-1945, approximately 1.5 million people lived and died here. Most of them (90%) were Jews, others were Poles, Gypsies, Russians, and prisoners from 28 countries of Europe. In 1979, Auschwitz–Birkenau Concentration Camp was listed as a UNESCO World Culture and National Heritage Site. Depart Auschwitz-Birkenau for a 1.5 hours journey to Krakow. You will have three hours of free time to see the Main Market Square in Krakow, the biggest Medieval old town square in Europe. In the Old Town you can also see Wawel Hill where the Cathedral and the Royal Castle are, the Town Hall Tower, St. Mary’s Basilica, Krakow Barbican and Sukiennice, famously known as the Cloth Hall, thousands of bars and delightful regional restaurants, many historic buildings, and horse-driven cabs. During the trip there will be time to eat lunch in a restaurant. You will get picked up after your time in Krakow and returned to Warsaw where you will be dropped off at your accommodation in the evening.

3-Hour Guided Cycling Tour of Warsaw

7. 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: The City in a Nutshell Small Group Walking Tour

8. 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 Jewish Ghetto Private Tour with Synagogue & Cemetery

9. Warsaw Jewish Ghetto Private Tour with Synagogue & Cemetery

During this 3-hour tour you will explore the real-life neighborhoods, streets, and homes that made up the Warsaw Ghetto, the largest of all the Jewish ghettos in German-occupied Europe during World War II. Learn from a professional guide who will weave together the harrowing stories of everyday life in the ghetto while you explore fragments of the ghetto walls, the last street of the ghetto, and the still-functioning synagogue that survived the Second World War. Learn about the history of this haunting place where German authorities imprisoned Jews, located in the Muranów neighborhood of the Polish capital, between October and November 1940. Over 400,000 Jews from Warsaw and the surrounding area were located in this area of four square kilometers. 100,000 people died here from exhaustion, hunger, disease and more than 300,000 were killed in the nearby Treblinka extermination camp. Discover the ghetto's history, including the 1943 uprising, and its lasting legacy. 

Skip-the-line Lazienki Park & Palace Private Tour and Cruise

10. Skip-the-line Lazienki Park & Palace Private Tour and Cruise

Visit Lazienki Palace and park on this private guided tour. You'll discover the magnificent palace set in the largest park in Warsaw with skip-the-line tickets. Explore the many richly ornamented chambers, including the Solomon Room, the Bathing Room, and the King’s Bedroom. Then, your private guide will take you on a gondola cruise through the water canals in the park. You'll hear stories about the park and palace, learn the origins of the name, and get a chance to see the Belweder Palace. If you're lucky you'll also get to see some of the park's beautiful resident peacocks.

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What people are saying about Warsaw

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Easy to find location, we had a lovely sunny day for late September, but not very warm, Andrew our host gave us blankets and it was really comfortable. It was really nice to travel along the river and the views were stunning. Andrew was lovely and chatty with good English and told stories as we went along. We really enjoyed the trip. It was also very good value. Would highly recommend it.

Chris our driver was great. He picked us up from the hotel on time and drove us safely to Krakow, stopping once for a comfort break. Chris gave us a map and suggested a route to walk around the town. At Auschwitz he escorted us to the front of the queue prior to the tour starting. He was waiting in his car after the tour and again drove us safely back to the hotel.

Our guide Jacek was knowledgeable and informative about Warsaw history. We liked his humor and enjoyed the tour very much. We had learnt so much about the history, culture, language, and heroes of Warsaw. Highly recommend this tour to first time visitors to Warsaw.

Very interesting and informative. Make me reread about some of the facts and events of Polish history. Highly recommended!

It was just fantastic.One of the Best things we did in Warszawa!