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  • Location: Krakow, Poland
  • Duration:  5 to 6 hours
Take a sobering tour of the World War II Auschwitz-Birkenau complex on a 6-hour trip from Krakow. Travel by coach to the UNESCO World Heritage compound and explore the twin concentration camp compounds with a knowledgeable guide as you learn about the Nazi Holocaust and how the camps functioned. Explore the poignant exhibition halls, and see the barracks, gas chambers and other buildings at Auschwitz I. Then, view the watchtowers, crumbled buildings and intensely moving memorials at Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Your guide will explain everything you see with care and sensitivity.

Highlights

  • 6-hour trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau from Krakow with a local guide
  • Take a guided tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and memorials
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed sites and learn about their terrible past from a knowledgeable guide
  • View the prison dormitories, gas chambers and exhibitions at Auschwitz I
  • See what remains of Birkenau’s watchtowers, fences, barracks and gas chambers
  • Trace the stories of individual prisoners and visit the memorials to the camps’ victims
  • Learn the history of WWII’s Holocaust and about the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945

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What You Can Expect

Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Half-Day Trip from Krakow

Learn the history of Auschwitz-Birkenau on a half-day trip from Krakow

Choose your preferred departure time when you book, and begin your experience with a pickup in central Krakow or from your Krakow hotel.

Board your coach and as you travel, watch an onboard documentary that explains the history of WWII and the Nazi Holocaust. Learn how approximately 1.5 million people — mostly Jewish, Polish and Russian prisoners — were killed at Auschwitz-Birkenau from 1940 onward, until both camps were liberated by the Allies in 1945.

After roughly 1.5 hours on the road, arrive at Auschwitz and set off on a guided tour of both the UNESCO-listed Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau sites. Enter the Auschwitz I compound through the gates inscribed with ‘Arbeit macht frei’ or ‘work sets one free,’ and discover how it quickly turned from a detention camp for Polish prisoners into a center for mass murder.

Explore the main buildings — some still intact and some in ruins — and walk around the exhibitions that chart the fates of many of those detained here. View the dormitories and gas chambers, and see the factory areas where prisoners were forced to make munitions and other products for Germany’s war efforts. While the facts of what happened here are shocking and distressing, your guide will explain everything in the most sensitive way possible.

After viewing Auschwitz I, take a short break to collect your thoughts and then visit nearby Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Here, see what remains of the watchtowers, fences and barracks as you hear about the appalling conditions endured by those held here. Witness the remnants of the gas chambers and crematoriums that were destroyed by the fleeing Nazis, and then visit the deeply poignant memorials to the victims to spend time in memory of those who suffered and died here.

After approximately three hours, travel back to Krakow where your tour ends at your original start point.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Not as sad as I thought it would be. Powerful and very informative, a must to visit.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

it's very worth it, very professional guide and service

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Guide was helpful and informative, although the tour was very intense.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A very emotional trip I honestly believe every young person should be made do this trip as it would let them know how lucky they are to live now. The trip is in parts very physical to do and I would recommend Spring or Autumn as the best time. We did it in 38 degrees

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very knowledgeable

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour. Guide was very knowledgeable and handled subject very sensitively but not emotionally. All practical arrangements very good and professional approach. Would highly recommend. Note that half day trip is 7 hours door to door

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent - tour guide in Auschwitz itself was thoroughly knowledgeable and passionate. The radio headphones allowed us to hear every detail. Teenage kids listened to every word - best history lesson they've ever had. .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a mixed bag, the tour guide on the bus was awful, he yelled at myself a a couple of other ladies about the size of our bags going into Auschwitz saying they were too big but on the bus he said they were fine. The guide inside was amazing and the tour of the camps was outstanding. A very sobering day out.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

If you do not drive a car there, this half-day trip is recommendable. I found the video presentation aboard the bus very informative and a good way to spend about one hour bus ride.

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