Warsaw Uprising Monument

Essential Warsaw

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The perfect introduction to Warsaw, our Essential Warsaw is designed to introduce you to some of the sites you need to see on your first trip to the city.

The Basics

  • Three nights in one of the city’s top hotels, inclusive of tax and breakfast
  • Private airport transportation to and from your hotel
  • Private Exeter Guide at your service as described in the program
  • Entrance Fees to all the sites mentioned in the program
  • 24-hour, English-speaking local assistance in case of emergency or change

Easy to Combine with:

  • Krakow, Gdansk and Wrocław
  • Prague
  • Berlin
  • Moscow

For custom luxury travel and tours to Warsaw and Poland, please contact one of our travel experts.

Download a PDF itinerary here.



$2,075 per person, based on two guests traveling together. Please contact Exeter International for specific pricing and availability. 

Day 1
Arrival | Warsaw

Upon your arrival in Warsaw you will be transferred to your hotel, where the remainder of your day will be at leisure.

Often overlooked, Warsaw is a phoenix that has risen out of the ashes of immense carnage to emerge as a vibrant, contemporary and edgy European capital. Its eclectic architectural style reflects the different influences throughout the ages. In Old Town Warsaw, tall church steeples, colorful houses, and narrow cobble-stoned lanes give way to the newer part of the city and a larger more contemporary skyline. Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings have been exquisitely restored to their former glory in the post-World War II era, while more recent construction reflects Warsaw’s cosmopolitan vibe.

Exeter Services: Arrival Transfer

Hotel: Bristol Warsaw

Day 2
Warsaw | Warsaw Royal Palace, Warsaw

Today your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby at 10AM for a half-day walking tour of Warsaw’s Old Town. On the tour with your guide have a stroll through Warsaw’s renowned Castle Square. In this square, you’ll find street artists, small cafes and shops among the rebuilt gothic mansions of Warsaw’s nobility. View Zygmunt Column, built to honor King Zygmunt III Wasa, who moved Poland’s capital from Krakow to Warsaw in the 17th-century.

Next, your guide will take you to the Royal Castle, which boasts one of the most magnificent art collections of the city, including famous views of Warsaw by Bellotto, the nephew and student of the famous Venetian painter Canaletto. Bellotto was the court painter of King Stanislaw August and his paintings of Warsaw were used for rebuilding the city after its near complete destruction in World War II.

Afterward, your driver will meet you for an overview city tour. You’ll stop at the Palace of Science and Culture – a gift from Stalin to Poland and mimicking the design of Moscow’s Seven Sisters. Today you can head to the top for a panoramic view of the city.

On your overview, you can also stop at Łazienki Park, one of the most beautiful and serene areas of Warsaw and a favorite of the local residents. Take a stroll through the park to see the Palace on the Water before heading down Warsaw’s most elegant street back to your hotel.

Note: Some touring is on foot. Please be prepared to be outside and walking over cobblestones.

Exeter Services: Vehicle & Driver (4 Hours); Guide (8 Hours)

Hotel: Bristol Warsaw

Day 3
Warsaw | Warsaw Details, Royal Castle, Warsaw

Today you will meet your guide and driver at 10AM to visit the major places of Jewish Interest in Warsaw. Before World War II, Poland’s capital was the most important Jewish center in Europe. Out of all the cities in the world, only New York had a greater Jewish population. The first stop on any itinerary of Jewish Warsaw is the Nozyk Synagogue, the only one of the ghetto’s three synagogues still standing. A short distance away is the Ghetto Heroes Monument. Unveiled in 1948 on the fifth anniversary of the Ghetto Uprising, the monument recalls the immense courage of the Jewish resistance.

Nearby you will have time to explore the Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN). This is a massive timeline of Jewish life in the region, stretching back 1000 years. Unlike many museums, this exhibit doesn’t focus on the Holocaust. Rather, it focuses on the development of Jewish life and community.

Today you will have the chance to explore the fascinating Museum of the Warsaw Uprising. The museum, which opened on Aug. 1, 2004 to mark the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the fight for Warsaw, is a tribute paid by residents of the city to those who fought and died to bring freedom to Poland and its capital. The exhibition displays all aspects of the battle as well as everyday life in Warsaw against the background of the German Nazi occupation. More than 500 exhibit items, plus about 1,000 photographs, films and sound recordings, depict the days leading up to the outbreak of the uprising, its day-by-day development, the forced evacuation of the fighters from Warsaw, and their ordeal after their heroic fight was over. Don’t miss the short film, City in Ruins, at the end.

Exeter Services: Vehicle, Driver & Guide (8 Hours)

Hotel: Bristol Warsaw

Day 4
Departure | Warsaw Warsaw, Old Town, Poland

Today your driver will transfer you to the airport for your onward flight.

Exeter Services: Transfer

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