- 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
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.
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.
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.