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Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour with Transportation

1. Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour with Transportation

Auschwitz Birkenau is one of the most important and recognizable places in the world. This place is proof of what one human being can do to another. With an English-speaking driver, get picked up from a chosen location and enjoy a comfortable bus to the city of Oświęcim, where the Auschwitz 1 death camp was located. When you arrive, you will first meet the activity provider's greeter, who will then introduce you to the place and pass you to the official museum guide. He will tell you about the rules of the tour and after you go through security gates. Based on your chosen option, you'll either receive headphones and a receiver set to hear your guide, or proceed with the guidebook in your language. The tour begins at the legendary gate "Arbeit Mach Frei". The place where murderous and destructive work was performed by prisoners. The sightseeing route leads through all the most important barracks, which are dedicated to specific topics, such as daily life, work, selection, and extermination. There is an original exhibition in each of the barracks. Original and stolen belongings of prisoners, such as suitcases, glasses, or children's toys, all this, combined with the guide's story, makes you think and does not allow you to pass by indifferently over this exhibition. The last, but also the most dramatic place on the Auschwitz 1 route is the gas chamber and the place where the corpses of prisoners were burnt. This place and its silence are just terrifying. After visiting the first part of the camp (Auschwitz 1), there will be a short break (about 10 minutes). Board the bus to the second part of the camp called Auschwitz II (Birkenau). The ride takes 10 minutes and you will join the same guide you already know on site. Visiting the second part of the camp will take about 1 hour. Auschwitz II Birkenau is an open space and a place that shows in its vastness the scale of the crime that happened here. Gas and cremator chambers were located here, where thousands of people were murdered. You will see the place where the selection was made, the so-called ramp. It was here that the decision about life or death was made. In Birkenau, you have to walk about 1 km so you should wear comfortable shoes. After the sightseeing and a short break, you will return to the driver who will take you back to Krakow.

From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour with Transportation

2. From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour with Transportation

Leave Krakow for a day to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial. Enjoy the convenience of an independent tour and make use of transportation from Kraków. Explore on your own the historic monuments Auschwitz and Birkenau and feel the weight of the tragic events that took place in these locations. Start your day trip from the meeting point located in the center of Krakow and journey by air-conditioned vehicle to the Town of Oświęcim. Rent informational booklets that are available in your language and receive all the important information regarding your visit. Head into the museum to visit numerous permanent exhibitions intended to provide an account of the horrors of this camp. See the remnants of prisoner barracks and the notorious gas chambers. Finish your tour and relax on the ride back to Kraków, as you pass by various landmarks on the way.

From Katowice: Auschwitz-Birkenau Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

3. From Katowice: Auschwitz-Birkenau Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest of Nazi Germany’s concentration camps. Located in German-occupied southern Poland, it took its name from the nearby town of Oświęcim, situated about 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) from Katowice. The complex consisted of three main camps: Auschwitz I — the administrative centre; Auschwitz II (Birkenau) — an extermination camp; and Auschwitz III (Monowitz) — a work camp. On this guided tour of Auschwitz II-Birkenau, discover the terrifying but touching site where at least 1.1 million people were killed, 90% of them Jews from almost every European country. See the gas chambers where the vast majority were slaughtered using Zyklon B, and learn more about the Holocaust with your English-speaking guide. Hear about the most important original objects at Birkenau, and visit the permanent exhibition and original buildings on the grounds of the main camp (Auschwitz). Pay your respects and take some moments for reflection in a place laden with historic horrors.  With this tour, both skip-the-line entrance tickets and hotel pickup and drop-off in Katowice are included. However, if you are staying in a hostel, Airbnb, or any form of private residence, you will have to make your way to the meeting point at the local partner's office in the city center to begin your tour.

From Krakow: Auschwitz Birkenau Small Group Tour with Pickup

4. From Krakow: Auschwitz Birkenau Small Group Tour with Pickup

Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau and experience one of the darkest chapters in European history on a full-day guided tour from Krakow. Learn about the inhumane conditions people had to live in as you tour the site with a guide. Arrive at Auschwitz, the site of extermination during Nazi occupation. With a licensed guide, contemplate the barbed wire fences, watchtowers, barracks, gallows, and gas chambers. Spend 2 hours here with a short 20-minute break.  Continue to Birkenau, a 5-minute drive from Auschwitz. Explore the site, comprised of 300 buildings, including watchtowers, latrines, and gas chambers. Gain an understanding of the people who passed through the camp and the memory of those who perished. Spend approximately 1.5 hours at Birkenau before the 1 hour and 20 minutes drive back to Krakow.

From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Tour with Pickup

5. From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Tour with Pickup

Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum with the convenience of a pre-booked entrance ticket and roundtrip transfer from your Krakow hotel. See original buildings and artifacts on a poignant and informative tour with a licensed guide. After a 1-hour and 15-minute journey, arrive at the Auschwitz I Museum and embark on a walking tour with a certified educator. Explore the remains of the Nazi camp's barracks, watchtowers, and crematoriums. With the help of the provided headset, listen as your guide tells about the ghastly Nazi crimes committed in the camps and hear stories of the everyday lives of the prisoners. Next, continue the walking tour at the Auschwitz-Birkenau II Memorial. Witness gas chambers and the remains of the railway which transported prisoners to the camps. Commemorate the camp’s victims and discover stories of survival on the memorial site. Afterward, get a bit of time to explore on your own before returning to your Krakow accommodation.

Auschwitz: Guided Tour (Ticket Entrance Option)

6. Auschwitz: Guided Tour (Ticket Entrance Option)

Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum with a skip-the-line entry ticket and guided tour in one. Explore the former Nazi concentration camp, preserved intact as a reminder of the crimes committed against humanity. Begin your tour at Auschwitz I, the former main camp and administrative headquarters of the camp complex. See countless photographs and belongings of the prisoners. Discover the spot where Rudolf Hess, the longest-serving commander of the camp, was later executed in 1947 as a war criminal. After a short break, head to Auschwitz II, the site of the concentration camp. Witness the ruins of crematoria, gas chambers, the railway platform, and other sights. Learn about the history of World War II and gain a deeper insight into the Holocaust from your guide.

From Krakow: Auschwitz and Wieliczka Salt Mine Full-Day Tour

7. From Krakow: Auschwitz and Wieliczka Salt Mine Full-Day Tour

Auschwitz Birkenau Museum is for sure one of the most recognizable places in Europe if not in the World. The former Nazi camp is real proof of human cruelty. It’s going to be a full-day excursion (7-8 hours), visiting well maintained Auschwitz camp which became a memorial museum with intriguing expositions. Our English-speaking driver will pick you up from the chosen meeting place in the city center of Krakow. With a comfortable air-conditioned bus, you will drive to the city of Oswiecim. The ride will take about 1,5 hours. The first steps begin at the well-known gate with “Arbeit Macht Frei” writing. The place was a work camp in the past and the prisoners were forced to do a destructive job. The route leads through important places which show the daily life of prisoners, work, selection, and extermination. Each barrack is an original exhibition made up of belongings left by prisoners The combination of these items with the guide’s appalling stories helps you see through your own eyes what really happened here, and why we can’t remain indifferent to this place. After visiting the first museum, you will get a lunchbox with a sandwich, fruit, and water. Time for a quick break. The next place is Auschwitz II Birkenau a vast open-space camp that shows the size of the murder committed there. You will see the field with many barracks, gas chambers, and crematoriums fenced with barbed wire. Thousands of people were murdered in this place. Wear comfortable shoes as you will walk around 1km around the camp. After finishing the tour, our driver will wait for you in the parking, the same place where you arrived. You’ll have a short break and then depart to Krakow city center. You will have approximately 1 hour of free time in between the trips. Ideal for having a decent meal or a coffee cup. Your driver will pick you up from the meeting point in front of the Maltanski hotel (Straszewskiego 14 Street) and you will travel to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the UNESCO monuments and has been gathering salt for over 700 years. It’s one of the most beautiful facilities of this type in the world. The whole sightseeing should take about 2,5 hours. After arrival at the parking, you will meet our guide, and that is how the adventure begins. Time to go deep! We will have to walk down the wooden stairs to a depth of 65 meters. Our guide will explain the rules of a salt mine as well as various legends and stories about the mine’s past. The tour takes place in the underground corridors and chambers, well prepared for the visiting tourists. Certain points on your way are dedicated to famous people who decided to visit Salt Mine in the past, for example, Chopin or Goethe. There will be many stories about mining and the progress of the works over the years. After the trip, you should return to the parking lot where the driver will be waiting to take you to Krakow.

Krakow: Auschwitz Birkenau Guided Tour & Krakow Ghetto Tour

8. Krakow: Auschwitz Birkenau Guided Tour & Krakow Ghetto Tour

We invite you for a day trip in the footsteps of occupied Krakow. First, we will take you to the area of the former Auschwitz I extermination camp (the tour will last about 2 hours) where, after a break, you will visit this place. Then, together with the guide, we will go to the second Auschwitz II Birkenau camp (the visit will last about 1 hour). During the trip we will learn the history of occupied Poland, the history of people who died in this place. You will see, among others, the wall of death and gas chambers. It is a place that you must see once in your life, you must experience this emotional event in person. After visiting both camps, we will go back to Krakow on ul. Szeroka located in the center of Kazimierz. This is where we will take an hour-long lunch break where you will be able to try Polish and Jewish cuisine. Then, after a lunch break, we will go to the electric golf carts that will take you on a tour of the Krakow ghetto. We will see the square of the heroes of the ghetto, the place where Jews were deported to the extermination camp, then the pharmacy under the eagle, Schindler's factory, a preserved fragment of the ghetto walls on ul. Lwowska, the Zucker Synagogue and the Podgórze Market Square. Finally, our drivers will take you to 2 drop off locations, one of them is the address Starowiślna 66 - tourist information point - Jewish Quarter Kazimierz, the other is the Wielopole 2 kiss and ride car park located 100 meters from the main square in the Old Town.

From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp Complex Guided Day Trip

9. From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp Complex Guided Day Trip

Discover the human stories of the Holocaust on this guided trip from Krakow to the concentration camps of Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Monowitz. Learn how the camps were set up and the purposes each one served. Pause to reflect on what happened in these sites. Start with your pickup in Krakow. From there, you will ride about 45 kilometers to reach the former main camp in Auschwitz. Listen to your guide discuss the camp’s former use as barracks for the Polish military. At the entrance, note the gate with “Arbeit macht frei” over it. Visit the prisoner blocks, which now house artifacts from the camps and belongings left by the prisoners. See photographs and documents, shoes, suitcases, and glasses among other personal effects. From Auschwitz, travel a short distance to the former camp at Birkenau. There you will find the gas chambers and crematoria. Keep the camp’s victims in mind as you make your way around the memorials.  After Birkenau, your tour will finish at the concentration camp in Monowitz. Learn about the connection between corporations and the camps. Unlike Auschwitz and Birkenau, Monowitz supplied workers to nearby factories. The trip will end with your return to Krakow.

From Warsaw: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour with Private Transfer

10. From Warsaw: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour with Private Transfer

Get picked up from your accommodation in Warsaw in the early morning. Meet your driver and climb into a private car or minivan, then set off for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. When you arrive at the site, you will embark on a 3.5-hour 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. Block no. 11, known as the Death Block, was where people were murdered at the Wall of Death. Outside the camp, see the gas chamber, where 70,000 people were killed in 1940-1943. Watch a film made after the liberation of the camp which is shown in various language versions within the museum. After this, head over to the Birkenau section of the concentration camp. Discover how, in 1941, 3 km from Oswiecim, in the former village of Brzezinka, the German Nazis established a new camp called Auschwitz II Birkenau. In 1942-1945, approx. 1.5 million people lived and died here. Most of them (90%) were Jews, others were Poles, Gypsies, Russians, prisoners from 28 countries of Europe, and people of all nationalities and political and religious persuasions. Since 1944, transports of prisoners from all over the continent entered directly through the Gate of Death. In 1979, Auschwitz – Birkenau Concentration Camp was listed as a UNESCO World Culture and National Heritage Site. During the tour, there will be time to eat lunch in the restaurant. You will get picked up after the tour and returned to Warsaw where you will be dropped off at your accommodation in the evening. The entire tour lasts up to 13 hours. The tour is available in English by default. Other languages: Spanish, Italian, German, and French are available on request.

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The tour was great, our driver was named Paul. He went the extra mile by telling us information about the areas we travelled to along with some guide books that he provided us with. Paul is a great guy, really engaging and full of knowledge, he made the tour much better for our group. I would recommend this tour for people who don’t want to follow a tour guide all day but want some direction and knowledge of where they are going.

Well organised trip. Guide and driver were friendly and knowledgeable. Unfortunately we were sat on the minibus for 20minutes after our auschwitz tour before leaving for Birkenau through no fault of the driver. I was due to other passengers not returning to the bus at the designated time.

Paul was very informative, kind, and patient. Has a great time and got a lot of information. A great company to book with, transportation was spacious and the guide lovely. thanks for a fabulous time Paul if you see this !

Pavel was extremely welcoming and helpful. The tour itself was very moving, and something I’ll never forget.

Great value for money with brilliant tour guide and driver.