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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
  • 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

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 July 2015

Fantastic and very emotional tour. Won't let you down

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had some incredible tour guides for both trips. I would highly recommend this!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The local tour company conducting this tour was fantastic.
Shortly after booking, I was notified that they could not fulfill the intended order because tickets were not available, but I was provided with two options to resolve the issue - either spreading the tour out over two days, or switching the order and participating in two other half-day tours they were conducting. I went with the second option, and was unsure how hard it would be to explain to the actual people conducting the tours what my situation was, but everyone was incredibly well informed of my circumstance and made the entire day move very smoothly. The guides for both the salt mine and the Auschwitz-Birkenau tour were fantastic.

Very highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

the only comment I would like to make is that is when we got there the guide told us to leave everything inside of the bus including our wallets. The bus left and we found ourselves without money to buy food or to pay for the bathroom. She didn't specify or gave us enough information so we could be more prepare.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

A two day tour that we recommend. A visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau is an emotionally exhausting excursion but a must do when visiting Krakow. The tragedy of this period of history is a wake up call to the traveler to visually see the atrocities committed at this concentration camp. The trip to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, although touristy, was a fun experience in contrast to the Auschwitz visit.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I want to say that i never write reviews... I would highly recommend, first time in Poland did not know what to expect, the tour was very organized. Auschwitz was very touching, I think everyone needs to visit.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very good tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fantastic Day. Congratulations to all for the great organization. !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

There was a lot of walking on the Auschwitz/Birkenau tour. Guides excellent, driver answered 5 calls on his m obile.Not sure of the law in Poland...But one call was answered on a busy roundabout.24/06/15.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great day. Well organized, but be prepared to do much walking, especially at Berkenau as it is very large. The salt mine was awesome also. Doing them both in one day takes you from around 7am to about 8pm, so you will be tired after that.

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