- 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
Recent Photos of This Tour
- inside the campPhoto by: leroypae
- Auschwitz-BirkenauPhoto by: Jennifer E
- Auschwitz II - BirkenauPhoto by: Aaron S
- The Barracks of BirkenauPhoto by: Japandrea02
- The Last SupperPhoto by: Japandrea02
- BirkenauPhoto by: causje
- AuschwitzPhoto by: causje
- AuschwitzPhoto by: causje
- BirkenauPhoto by: causje
- In MemoryPhoto by: Sharon B
- EntrancePhoto by: stef
- Sleeping Quarters in BirkenauPhoto by: stef
- Auschwitz II - BirkenauPhoto by: stef
- one of the underground ...Photo by: Nevin C
- The salt minePhoto by: Patricia
- Birkenau selection areaPhoto by: Anna J
- The entrance to Auschwitz 1Photo by: Anna J
- A can of Zyklon BPhoto by: Anna J
- The Last Supper carved from ...Photo by: Anna J
- A sign in Auschwitz 1 showing ...Photo by: Anna J
What You Can Expect
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.
Everyone should take this tour.
Reply to my email about when and where to collect was quick and professional, and the mini bus though arriving late on the first trip due to heavy rain and traffic was on time the second morning. Everything was explained clearly and the guides provided were excellent. The drivers were very obliging on our return, stopping at particular landmarks if required. The only criticism is the size of the seats on the buses which were very tight, and if the journey had been longer, would have been quite uncomfortable.
2 Excellent tours conducted by knowledgeable guides. The pick up and drop offs were well coordinated by the friendly Discover Krakow staff. Completing the 2 tours in a single day makes for a long day but well worth the time. Doing the 2 in one day and given the amount of walking I wouldnt recomend this for someone who has any difficulty walking at a decent pace. All of the sites are busy and the groups need to keep to a schedule to stay seperated from the other groups and prevent bottlenecks and the 360 steps down to reach the start tour in the salt mines. The use of the headsets worked very well ensureing you didnt miss any of the information.
This was a very moving visit to a place of mass killing and torture. The day was well planed and we had time to take in all that we were shown. The guide was very informative and got the heartfelt points across in a clear and concise manor. This was more of a pilgrimage than a sightseeing tour for me. Diarmaid McGarrigle Northern Ireland
A must see for those visiting Krakow!
A must see for those visiting Kraków!
Wonderful friendly tour guides and drivers.Very extensive knowledge of both places.Your staff are very committed.
Lots of walking on both tours but so worth it.
Excellent tour picked up on time at hotel very comfortable journey. Pleasant drivers highly recommend this company.
Both tours were amazing.trip leaders were friendly and organized and tour guides informative .well impressed.would highly recommend
Really great! Transport was taken care of very well and the tour was well-organised. Audio guides made it very easy to listen in on what the guide was saying. Money well spent!