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This was an amazing trip, cannot recommend highly enough!
The guide was excellent. Her English was perfect and her knowledge was amazing and she really brought things to life.
I think it would be advisable to tell people they may need a packed lunch because if they didn't research carefully they may not be prepared, and calling it a half day trip is quite misleading as it is realistically almost a full day.
Having done the salt mines on a different day, I think doing the 2 together would be a mistake as there would not be enough time to get the most from both venues.
This was an amazing tour. Auschwitz-Birkenau was deeply moving. At Auschwitz, we were given head sets and our English speaking guide took us on an educational and emotional journey through one of the most tragic graveyards in history. The tour was long enough to see a lot of the death camp. Auschwitz is difficult to describe. Anyone visiting Poland should visit this tragic memorial/museum.
The Salt Mine was an extremely unique experience. First, it was a great escape from the summer heat wave. The mine was a cool 20 degrees c. The carvings and church was spectacular. The only complaint with this tour was that we waited in the group line for over an hour, but to make up the time, we didn't have to walk down the 300 stairs instead we took the scary elevator. If you have a fear of heights, the elevator can be an uncomfortable minute.
I suggest taking the two half day trips because you still have your afternoons free. Both tours involve a lot of walking, so it was nice to take it easy in the afternoon and enjoy the Krakow square. Wear comfy shoes and pack some snacks for both trips because there was no lunch and the tours didn't end until about 1.
Highly recommended day trip in Zakopane from where you can have great views of the Tatra Mountainsyou don't actually go to Tatras Mountains. If you have the opportunity it definitely worth staying there for 2-3 nights! Very beautiful place with outstanding views and lots of thinks to do.
Excellent tour. Guide was very knowledgeable and handled subject very sensitively but not emotionally. All practical arrangements very good and professional approach. Would highly recommend. Note that half day trip is 7 hours door to door
If you do not drive a car there, this half-day trip is recommendable. I found the video presentation aboard the bus very informative and a good way to spend about one hour bus ride.
HTravelerUK United Kingdom
A great day trip. The castles were very impressive, and the setting of them was really beautiful. It was great to get out of the city for the day, and learn a bit about Poland's fascinating history. A well organised and fascinating tour!
Doing what: Polish Castles Day Trip from Krakow
Very efficient and timely pick ups, excellent guides both on the coach and our actual site guide. Although they say it's a half day trip, it's really more like 6 hours allowing for the coach trip. Highly recommended.
Half day trip long enough to see whats required.
Our guide was very good, coach was on time everything was planned very well.
The tour was excellent and was more like a day trip than a half day trip. Very informative guide who was Polish and therefore able to convey the information with passion and clarity. Everyone should take this tour.
The local guide knew a lot about the place and he was very nice. The place was nice as well and it would've been great it we could've visited the Tatra mountains, but it's impossible to see everything in 1-day trip :)
Lazy traveller Australia
Love the day trip and the guide is very knowledgeable.
An excellent trip. The pick up and travel by coach could not have been better organised. On arrival we were allocated an experienced guide who explained everything clearly and in a very dignified manner.A very humbling experience with plenty of time to see everything. In total we were given six and a half hours,including travelling time for this half day trip-excellent value for money and highly recommended.
This was s a great trip, although its sold as a half day trip, it takes the whole day.
There is also a lot of walking on this trip, I'm very fit and even I struggled, there's also a lot of stairs to navigate, but if you can put up with the walking, its a must see. The coach was comfortable and the guides were great too, although I was knackered on the way back, and most of the coach were asleep on the way back. Would I go back again...NO
we had a enoyable trip to krakow. The half day trip to Auschwitz - Birkenau was very well organised and the guide was excellentfive stars
The Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Halkf Day Trip from Krakow was excellent. The organisation of the tour was excellent and I would recommend it to anyone.,
Our guide Jacek (Jack) really made the day great.
The day started off a bit rainy (drizzling only), and so it turned out we were the only people on the tour, however the tour still went ahead and we had a personalised tour where we were driven out by Jack in a very comfortable car.
What really made the day special though was the opportunity to talk with Jack about Polish politics, history, the amazing history of the families who lived in the castle, modern Polish music, insights on the difference in culture between Krakovians and Zakopane highlanders and all sorts of other interesting topics.
A really great day. The boat ride itself goes into Slovakia (so you can claim you've been to another country).
An easy day trip from Krakow, and certainly worth doing.
Natalie H United Kingdom
This was a well organised trip with our tour guide lady being very informative and sensitive to this difficult, surreal and moving place. The children`s shoes I found the most moving in one of the museum rooms at Auschwitz 1. The museum rooms were very busy when we visited on New years day and so you had to wait for one group to leave a room before our group could enter. But we all had headphones and our guide had a microphone so she always made it clear where she was heading next or waiting for us so nobody got left behind or lost. It is worth noting that this is more than a half day trip, we left Krakow at 9.30am and arrived back in Krakow at 4pm so it is really a whole day. There is only 10 minutes or so allocated at the first Auschwitz site to buy refreshments and there is not a huge selection in the small shop and vending machines here just crisps and chocolate etc. So I would recommend bringing sandwiches on the coach as there is time to eat these when travelling between the two Auschwitz sites. This trip is definitely worth doing and I think everybody will learn something here.
Sandra W United Kingdom
An excellent tour, the guide was great really knew his stuff, the view of the Tatras mountains was really good we were really lucky we went on a very clear day the weather was really hot, there was loads of market stalls selling everything you could want, all in all a great day trip.
It is a must-go day trip from Krakow.
Weather dismal but very apt. A full day trip would be better to allow time for lunch or break. A half day trip is a misnomer as get back at 3.304pm with no lunch or coffee stop. Felt rushed.
Brian W United Kingdom
Excellent guide. Radio guide to individual headsets meant we all heard every word spoken even if we were not close by. Three hours there is not enough for most interested people - there should be a full day trip available. If there is, it is not on the Viator web site.
Helen F United Kingdom
Very well organised and efficient half day trip - kept exactly to time. Guides both on the bus and at Auschwitz were very good, and delivered their information appropriately. A shocking and humbling experience, but one which many people should try to do.
Both tours were excellent. The first trips to Auschwitz and Birkenau were very emotional and moving. We had an excellent guide who was very informative.
The salt mine was also very interesting however, as the group was so large and we seemed to end up at the back, we couldn't hear anything the guide was saying through the headphones as I suspect we were out of range. A bit disappointing.
Please note that although these are advertised as half day trips, we did not get back to our hotel until after 3 p.m. from memory. We went on this trip last December, and I have only just been asked to write a review.
Tour was informative and emotional. Movie shown on tour bus during trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau was important part of understanding the experience. Guide was well informed and bus comfortable. Must say we were unprepared for a half-day trip to take almost 8 hours and require 4 miles of walking, most on gravel pathways. This would have been good information to have prior to the trip.
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