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  • Location: Krakow, Poland
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Visit two of the most popular places in Poland with this Krakow Super Saver that combines two best-selling tours over two days at a discounted price! On Day 1, explore one of the most infamous sites in Europe, the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp complex, where you’ll see some of the prison barracks and learn about the prisoners in special exhibitions. Then the next day, head underground at the Wieliczka Salt Mine and marvel at the salt formations, including the stunning Chapel of St Kinga. It’s the perfect way to discover two of Poland’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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

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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

Auschwitz-Birkenau Half-Day Trip from Krakow (Day 1; 6.5 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; 4.5 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Great value and convenient! These tours are conducted by local company who provides transfer to the site and ticket to enter. The guides do not actually guide the tours, but rather ensure the group receives tickets and listening devices and hands the group over to the professional tour guides from the respective site. I was extremely pleased with the service. Upon making reservations and selecting pickup location (guest's hotel or market square), the guest is informed to contact the tour company 24hrs before the tour to confirm pickup location. Since I was in Krakow for a conference, I had forgotten to make contact and resolved myself to walk to the square for my pickup. However, I was pleasantly surprised to be informed by my hotel that the tour company had contacted them to let me know of my pickup time at the hotel despite my forgetting. Of note, pickup and drop off times vary from the posted times, since pickup/drop off times will depend on the number of other guests and locations for their hotels. The bus was extremely clean and comfortable, and the guides are professional, friendly and speak excellent english. I was pleased with the guide at Auschwitz-Birkenau who also spoke great english and presented the site in an informative and respectful manner. The guide at Wieliczka Salt Mine was also informative, but I felt her english was a little tough to understand. Since both tours are half day tours, they leave guests with ample time to see other parts of Krakow in the afternoon or evening. Despite this, I still felt that both tours show cased the sites very well without feeling rushed. As an added bonus, neither the tour company's tour guides nor the guides at the sites even hinted about tipping where you might expect this from other tour companies. Highly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Thee three ladies from Amsterdam are very content about the tours. The bus was at time bij the hotel and the young people in the bus were very kind. The guide at the places give us very good information by microfone in English language. The bus bring us back to the city or orher places in Kraku wat we wish.
Compliments for the organisation.

regrets from Sonja v.d. Oudenrijn

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