Staying in Warsaw, I really wanted to visit Hitler's Wolfsschanze. Going there on my own didn't exactly seem straightforward, especially since I don't have a car and don't speak a single word of Polish. However, while searching for the best way to visit the place, I came upon an article recommending IntoPoland's services. I decided to trust this recommendation, and I am very glad I did.
To begin with, the booking was simple and easy. On the day of the tour, the vehicle, which was clean and comfortable, arrived on time to pick me up at my Airbnb. Anna, who booked my tour and subsequently drove me (though they also have other drivers) was friendly and spoke very good English. During the long drive, she entertained interesting conversations and I got to learn more about Polish culture and history.
The best part, however, was of course the guided visit of the Wolf's Lair. My guide, Jagoda, was energetic, enthusiastic, funny and passionate. She knew how to navigate the site in such a way that we could avoid other visitors as much as possible, and therefore ensure the best experience. She truly cares about the historical importance of the place and goes above and beyond in preserving what remains of it, even when the site management does not seem to care. Having booked the extended tour, she also showed me the buildings outside of the main area. This part does not have any kind of signage, so her knowledge was essential in knowing what I was looking at. She knew the use of each building and could even point out little details such as plumbing, electrical wiring, remaining tiles and so on, which I would surely have missed had I been exploring by myself. Most importantly, she was very willing to go off the beaten paths to make sure I could see everything, for which I was very grateful since, in my experience, guides often prefer to stick to the script. I am sure that other guides are also good, but if you are lucky enough to have Jagoda, know that you are in for a treat.
In conclusion, though this tour certainly wasn't cheap, I found that it was well worth it. If you are only going to go there once in your life, then you might as well make sure that you get to enjoy the best possible experience.