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I did the city tour with Ida and I really enjoyed it! She gave us a lot of information and showed us to be very passionate! I really recommend the tour and the guide!
We only had one day to head south from Warsaw and take in Kraków and Auschwitz-Birkenau. We selected Warsaw City Tours based on the recommendation from the hotel staff at the Hampton, and were not disappointed. It was a long day, starting with a 7:20 AM hotel pick up to a train ride to Kraków, followed by an excellent three-hour walking tour guided by Michael, who was exceptionally knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and knew where and when to be at certain places to see interesting events in Kraków. We then got in a minivan and drove to Auschwitz, where we joined a group for a total of 12 of us. Magdalena guided us through a very informative and somber three hour walking tour of the compound - her presentation was very good. Finally another 90 minute drive back to the train station in Kraków, and a two hour train ride back, arriving after 10 PM. It was a great experience, but I would suggest bringing lunch as there is no spare time in the tour for eating or shopping. The cost wound up being $240 per person – which we originally thought was a lot – but considering the amount of manpower required, the quality of the tour guides, and events that we were able to see within our time constraints, we considered it a great value.
We had planned on taking a walking tour of Warsaw, but it was raining so we decided to take this bus tour booked through our hotel the Polonia Palace. It was great. Our guide, Artur, was knowledgeable about his city but also showed a good sense of humor as we followed him through the rain (they provided some umbrellas, but sadly not enough for everyone) While it was a bus tour, we still did a good amount of walking through Lazienki Park and the Old Town. Art showed enthusiasm for his country, and its greatest composer, Chopin, ("Other composers make you feel, but Chopin makes you think!) and had a deep knowledge of its history. He was also fun, and recommended foods, the pierogis and the "zurek," a soup. Despite the rain, it was well worth the trip.