5 star rating: Highly Recommended 29 Reviews

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  • Location:Krakow, Poland
  • Duration:6 hours (approx.)

Private Tour: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour from Krakow

Explore Auschwitz-Birkenau with a private guide on a half-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 November 2015

Exceptional experience, well worth the money booking the private tour for such a sensitive piece of history. The guide was friendly and knowledgable and even gave us some information on a fellow Scottish national who was a prisoner of war here. There is a small restaurant selling food and drinks on site, however I'd recommend taking your own snacks as it can be busy. Highly recommended tour for such an important site.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Exceptional tour done with compassion and great knowledge, would highly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Outstanding personable and friendly tour. Ana our tour guide was patient and had a wealth of information. We strolled at our own peace and she provided access not available to all visitors. Outstanding and worth the exclusive price for those who want to grieve in private.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Startling, sobering, stark visions of what was. My great-aunt was exterminated here after she arrived! Visiting Birkenau was another eye-opener. The destroyed crematoria buildings were evidence of a failed Nazi regime. The Memorial Pool of Ashes was very touching and remains in my vision today.
The guide was professional courteous and friendly. Very well done.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Service was very good but not enough time

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our driver was very pleasant and we enjoyed chatting to him on the journey. The guide who took us around the concentration camp was excellent and s he managed to fit so much in on a very hot day maximising on the shade that was available. She answered all our questions and was very knowledgable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our guide was beyond satisfactory, she was truly outstanding and we would highly recommend her to potential clients of yours. Brian and Gloria Davies, Cape Cod, MA, USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, she knew alot of incredible information that prior to visiting we would have never known. I would highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I would highly suggest anyone going to Auschwitz, the private tour is a must. My guide Peter took his time, answered any questions I had. In a place such a Auschwitz it takes a toll on you with what you are seeing and what took place. Peter's patience and knowledge of the history helped in such a serene place. Do the private tour instead of a bus tour with over 40 people. It is private, personal and with tour guides like Peter that help you see the history and walk and talk with just you. I can't say enough about how wonderful my guide Peter was, in such a difficult place. Thank You Sally Hoop

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

I wouldn't advise visiting Auschwitz without a private driver and guide,this tour is a very private experience and should not shared with strangers. Our driver was on time and made us feel welcomed. Our guide, Agnieszka Ostrowska, was extremely knowledgeable, her presentation made us feel that we were with a friend.

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