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  • Location:Krakow, Poland
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Krakow Super Saver: Auschwitz-Birkenau Half-Day Tour plus Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Tour

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
  • 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

Gain a deeper understanding of two of Krakow's UNESCO-listed sites over two days with this Super Saver. Check out the Itinerary below for complete descriptions of each tour.

Itinerary

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

Andrea G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent tours. Tour guides provided a lot of information and were very helpful. Pickup and drop off at my hotel were very convenient.

Jennifer S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent service once again but we have come to expect this from Viator.
The pick up from our apartment was prompt, the guide at Auschwitz was superb, both in information and tone, the link up instructions for the salt mine clear and honoured.
We are delighted with Viator and will, and are, continuing to use them.

armand a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The salt mine was very good tour and the bus was very comfortable. I hope you get a more livelier tour guide because it makes a huge impact on the your and experience.

Lorraine.osullivan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great value for money with the two trips incorporated into the price. However be warned the Auschwitz trip is more like a full day tour, we didn't get back until around 6pm. Auschwitz is a moving and memorable tour that has to be whilst the salt mines were very interesting. Pick up at the hotel was prompt and the tour bus was clean and comfortable. All of the staff are very polite

b v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Absolutely wonderful. The tour guide was fabulous, explained everything very well. Highly recommended.

Elisabeth G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Both days were very well organised and enjoyable. The bus picked us up at the right time and the documentary we saw on the way to Auschwitz prepared us well for what to expect there. We were very fortunate to get the best, most knowledgable tour guides who knew a lot about the places, their history and talked very passionately about them. The tour was definitely worth every cent.

Pearl B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Extremely powerful experience. The minibus collected me from my hotel in Krakow and we were driven to camp1, where we were escorted around by a very knowledgeable guide. We then had a little time for lunch and to look in the bookshop before being driven to camp 2. The same guide escorted us around. There was plenty of time to see everything you needed to see and to visit the bookshop. The day lasted about 9 hours and was quite tiring.

Paula Maria C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Very good organisation and transport from the hotel to the tours and return.
Tour guide was excellent, knowledge and guidance was effective and informative.

Megan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Definitely a must-do while in Krakow.

Roy D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

very well organised and informative tour, would highly recommend.

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