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  • Location: Krakow, Poland
  • Duration:  6 hours (approx.)
Explore Auschwitz-Birkenau with a private guide on a full-day trip from Krakow, and learn about life inside the world’s most feared concentration camp during the days of the Third Reich. While the genocide that took place inside Auschwitz-Birkenau is undoubtedly chilling, your guide will explain the site's history with sensitivity, explaining the key events in its history while showing you places like the gas chambers, crematoriums and exhibition halls inside the old prison blocks.


  • Day trip to Auschwitz in Oswiecim from Krakow
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp with a private guide
  • Learn about the Jews of Europe and other races deemed inferior, who died at the camp
  • See the main points of interest like the crematoriums and gas chambers
  • Visit the camp’s memorial to pay your respects to those who perished in the camp

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Ideal if you want to know more about this part of history but do not want to experience this sensitive, sad place in a big group of strangers.

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour from Krakow

Explore Auschwitz-Birkenau on this private tour from Krakow

Meet your private guide at your Krakow hotel at your preferred time, and then leave the city by minibus, traveling to Oswiecim, a small town roughly an hour west of Krakow. Your destination here is the UNESCO-listed Auschwitz-Birkenau complex – a harrowing site where the world’s largest genocide attempt once took place.

Enter via the infamous gates bearing the inscription Arbeit Macht Frei (translated as ‘Work Brings Freedom') and then head into the camp to explore its remaining prison blocks while learning about the atrocities that once took place inside.

Established in the early 1940s by German Nazis, the camp was first intended just for Polish political prisoners, but was later changed to become a death center for the Jews of Europe and other groups deemed ‘anti-social,’ like the Poles and Romanians. When this happened, the original Auschwitz camp was extended to include the neighboring site of Birkenau, and the new larger camp went on to be the 'death factory' of an estimated 1.6 million people.

While tales of Auschwitz-Birkenau can be distressing, your guide will explain its history in a sensitive way while showing you the main points of interest. See the crematoriums and colossal gas chambers, as well as the original fences and watchtowers from where the Nazi prison officers would stand guard. Explore the exhibitions inside the old prison blocks and learn about the people who met their fates inside Auschwitz. You’ll also visit a sombre memorial at the camp, where you can stand still for a moment to pay your respects to those who perished here.

During your tour there will be a break for you to have lunch. There is no café at Auschwitz-Birkenau, so you will need to bring your own packed lunch with you (own expense) on the day.

At the end of your time at Auschwitz-Birkenau, return to your minibus for the journey back to Krakow. Your tour finishes with a drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Our driver arrived at 6.45 am and arrived at around 7.45. We were met by an extremely good guide who was informative and the whole experience was very humbling, emotional and truly brought home the reality if these camps. Would highly recommend this organisation for booking this tour. Cannot praise them enough.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Tragically mind-blowing experience made all the more poignant by our excellent guide and their great insight. Had the earliest possible booking in the day which worked well as any later would have meant waiting behind huge coach groups. We chose a personal guide (only 4 of us in the group) and I would absolutely recommend this. It meant we could always hear what was being said and could easily ask questions whenever we wanted.
From beginning to end the trip was brilliantly organised with timely pick-up from the hotel with dedicated transport for our use throughout. This experience is one everyone should undertake and whilst the learning can be quite disturbing we would all be better for going.

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