Tour code: 5752_09

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Discover Poland's top UNESCO-listed sites on this Super Saver, combining two popular Krakow tours at a special value price. First, follow an expert guide on a half-day tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau and explore the moving exhibitions and prison blocks of the concentration camp complex. On Day Two, marvel at the underground tunnels and salt formations inside the 700-year-old Wieliczka Salt Mine. Sharpen your knowledge on two important historical sites over the course of two days.

Highlights

  • Combine two best-selling Krakow tours at one discounted price!
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp complex
  • See prison barracks, watch a documentary film about the camps and learn about the millions of Jewish prisoners who were sent there
  • Explore the Wieliczka Salt Mine, another of Poland’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Go hundreds of feet underground and see spectacular salt formations like the Chapel of St Kinga
  • Choose from several 2-day departures or do both tours on the 1-day tour

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What You Can Expect

Krakow Super Saver: Auschwitz-Birkenau Half-Day Tour plus Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Tour

Wieliczka Salt Mine

This Super Saver allows you to explore Krakow's top historical points of interest over the course of two days. See the Itinerary section for more details on each half-day trip.

Itinerary

Auschwitz-Birkenau Half-Day Trip from Krakow (Day 1; 7 hours)
After pickup from the central meeting point or your hotel, start the 1.5-hour drive by minivan to Auschwitz-Birkenau, located outside the town of Oswiecim. During the ride, watch a documentary film about the concentration camp. When you arrive, meet your tour guide at the visitor center, and then proceed into the barbed-wire encampment through the gate that still reads “Arbeit macht frei" (Work sets one free).

Established in 1940, the Auschwitz complex saw the deaths of nearly 1.5 million people, most of whom were European Jews. The complex, today a UNESCO World Heritage-listed museum, comprises the Auschwitz I camp and the Birkenau (or Auschwitz II) camp with a total of about 150 buildings and 300 ruins. Auschwitz was only partially destroyed by fleeing Nazis when the camp was liberated, so you are able to see many of the original brick buildings as you walk around. Explore the exhibitions, housed in some of the prison blocks, some of which are dedicated to victims from particular countries.

You’ll also see Birkenau, once home to 300 prison barracks and four large gas chambers. Most of this camp was destroyed, but you will get an idea of the vast size of the area, fenced off with watchtowers, and you can enter some of the surviving barracks.

When your Auschwitz-Birkenau tour ends, you'll be driven back to the original meeting point.

Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Trip (Day 2; 4 hours)
Your tour begins with meet-up at the central meeting point or your hotel followed by a 30-minute drive to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, southeast of the city. The 700-year-old mine and UNESCO World Heritage Site houses nearly 200 miles (300 km) of eerie tunnels, all carved by hand from salt blocks, and you’ll see the section that’s open to the public.

With your guide, visit the three upper levels of the mine, at depths of 209 to 443 feet (64 to 135 meters). Begin with a descent down the stairs to the first level, where you’ll be led through chambers and shown underground lakes, shrines and salt monuments. Admire the showstopper – the Chapel of St Kinga – and marvel at how every one of its features, from chandeliers to the altar, is made of salt! Hear from your guide about the chapel’s history and how it took more than 30 years for two men to complete the wonder, which required more than 200,000 tons of rock salt.

Then head to the Eram Baracz Chamber to see another mine highlight, the salt lake whose water contains 11 ounces (320 grams) of salt per liter. You’ll also see a collection of mining equipment, some of which dates back to the Middle Ages. By the time your tour ends, you’ll be 443 feet below ground!

Take an elevator back up, and then head back to Krakow by minivan.

Customer Reviews

David M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour! Bus was clean, air conditioned and on time. Tour leaders were helpful, knowledgeable and organized. Glad we did tour instead of booking on our own, skipped all lines. Highly recommend!!!

Evelyn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great organization! The tourist guide was amazing. And the history of all was something no one can forget. Fully recommended

Debbie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Was delighted with our tour guide, very clear english and explained everything well

Hayley G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

mr902

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

James S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Auschwitz was very sad but a must visit if you are in Krackow . Salt mines were fantastic could not recommend it highly enough.

Kristel T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour, great value

Arthur B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a wonderful experience. Well worth going.

Karen T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing, it was a long day but well worth it. Auschwitz was very mind provoking the guide was very informative. Salt mines are well worth a visit again the guide was very good and it was nice to see what can be carved out of salt.

Robina F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We did this tour over two days.. My main focus was Auschwitz as four members of my family died there. I didn't understand that the two sections are quite separate ie the work camp is at Auschwitz 1 and gas chambers are at auschwitz 2. I needed longer at auschwitz 2 than a regular visitor would want..I would therefore recommend a private tour for anyone who has personal reasons to visit. it still worked out due to the sensitivity of our wonderful guide Barbara who stayed back in her own time to give me the time and Information that was so important to me. I can't thank her enough. if you do the super saver I think the two day option is the way to go as you would be exhausted doing them back to back and salt mine is a fun tour to lighten up after your day at Auschwitz. Excellent tour highly recommended and I Was lucky to have such an incredible guide.

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