5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26 Reviews

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  • Location: Krakow, Poland
  • Duration:  6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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HannahBLondon
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

A profoundly moving experience. The tour leader was polite and helpful, and the pickup and transportation was well organised.The video presentation played on the bus on the way there, really helped to provide some context, as well as to help prepare us somewhat for what we were about to see at Auschwitz. The tour guide was also excellent, she handled what is a very difficult topic in a highly sensitive way, whilst really impressing upon us the extent of the horrors that took place there. I am so glad that I chose to do the small group tour, as it was more intimate, and gave us more space and time to take everything in, and we didn’t feel like we were being herded around.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Very moving and humbling tour...our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate...Im pleased we went on the small group tour and the early tour as well, our guide took the time to explain what is a very difficult and sensitive topic to us and answered any questions we asked. The tour gives you just a very very small insight into what conditions the prisoners lived in. We had the time to look and read the information in the blocks and try and imagine what this camp was like, im not sure if you went on a later tour you would be able to take your time to look and read all info and take in the surroundings as when we left Auschwitz approx. 11am it was extremely busy. This trip was an experience I am pleased we decided to go on even though it was and is an extremely sensitive topic.....unimaginable horrors

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

It is hard to find the right words to describe this experience, but I will try. Visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau was an experience I will never forget. I walked away from the camp with a much clearer idea of what life in the camps was like and at the same time a sense of humility and respect for those whose lives were taken away from them Our guide Martin was the reason for this. He was very well informed and insightful. I highly recommend this visit. It is time well spent. We can never forget.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Excellent tour. The transportation staff and tour guides were professional and very knowledgeable. Having a guide (Michael) who provided so much insight, anecdotes and history and really made this a moving experience. I would highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Very efficient transportation and a very nice driver who made our entry into the museum easy despite the crowds. Unfortunately, the video presentation shown on the ride to the museum was not working properly which meant that we missed major parts of what was a well chronicled story about the concentration camp. The tour was a small group which was really nice and our tour guide was amazing with her knowledge about the site. The lunch was good although we didn't get to eat it until the ride back because the guide wanted to get us through the tours ahead of the big groups - which was a good trade off. Overall, a beneficial experience to be on the tour at such a moving site and well worth joining the tour to see it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Fact filled, very emotional experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Excellent tour. Highly recommend these folks. Even better than expected. Great transportation, knowledgeable guide, good lunch. Well done.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Excellent tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

The actual Auschwitz-Birkenau tour was very good. The guide was knowledgeable and very respectful regarding the incidence which happened there.
I expected a bit more from the escort, on the bus ride over to Auschwitz. She put on a documentary on the way there which gave us a pretty good overview. That was the extent of her, or the drivers interaction with us.
One the way back, it would have been nice if she or the driver spoke something about the area we were traveling through, maybe gave us some interesting facts about the towns (or even the names) we were passing through. The bus driver and the escort talked to each other all the way home and didn't interact with the passengers at all, except to thank us for using the service and they hoped we have a good rest of the trip.
This is the first time I ever experienced no interaction with the escort on a trip.
Jean Schlameuss
JAS Travel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Tour was well organised, very informative and educational. Tour guide was excellent, eye opening, sobering and overwhelming all at the same time. Would highly recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

It was an excellent tour. We were totally satisfied with the agency that supplied the driver and car, also the guide was very good. She was Polish and very passionate about the subject and delivered her message appropriately and clearly. As there was only six persons in the tour, we received very personal attention and very comfortable. It also commenced quite early, which meant we were ahead of the main large tour groups. This tour has already been recommended to other tourists we have met along the way. One particular was through trip advisor my wife reviewed and conversed through other travellers questions.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

The early departure was really good as we got there before most of the big groups. Guide was great and knowledgeable.

Natalie T
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Driver and guide were great. Much nicer to be part of a small group rather than a coach load.

Natalie T
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Driver and guide were great. Much nicer to be part of a small group rather than a coach load.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

The Viator Aushwitz- Birkenau tour was excellent. The tour group was relatively small and fit into a van rather than a large bus. This made things move a lot quicker through the sites and exhibits. We did the early tour ( meet van at 7:15 am) so arrived before many of the larger groups and were able to see all the important displays and not have to wait as what normally happens when you have multiple tour groups going through museums. The drive was pleasant and you got to view a lot of the country side- beautiful small towns along the route. They showed a documentary film on the way down which gives historical information and gives the background information behind the camps. We were given a sack lunch of 2 sdw.s ( veg and chicken), water, and a pear. Once we arrived at the site, another tour guide ( associated with the museum) accompanied us through Auscwitz and Birkenau. Once thing I really liked is we were all given head sets to wear which amplified the tour guides voice so hearing was never a problem. I recommend doing both camps as Aushwitz is more like a museum and Birkenau more like a concentration camp because you see the actual living conditions the people had to endure. I was surprised at the vastness of Birkenau - the sheer size alone was mind boggling. I was also suprised how much of what we saw was the original and not reproductions. This makes the tour very personable and real when you see the photographs or view their possessions and see where they lived. Definetly a sobering experience to do this tour but serves as an example of how important and valuable tolerance is.

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