Oswiecim, Poland
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clock-o7 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

The Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps were the largest and most notorious of the Nazi regime and this full-day tour from Krakow visits both. Take a moving tour of the preserved ruins, museum, and memorials at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and uncover the harrowing truths of Poland’s WWII history and Nazi occupancy. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Full-day tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau from Krakow
  • Tour the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps and memorials
  • Learn more about Poland’s WWII history from a knowledgeable guide
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pickup, entrance fees, and round-trip transport.
Your tour begins with pickup from your central Krakow hotel in time for a 9.15am departure. Traveling by air-conditioned Mercedes Benz vehicle, set out on the around 1-hour 10-minute journey to Auschwitz and watch the documentary ‘The liberation of Auschwitz’ along the way. On arrival, use your prepaid skip-the-line tickets to head straight inside and follow your guide on a tour of the vast complex.
Explore the various buildings of the Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau camps, passing beneath the ‘Arbeit macht frei’ sign at the main entrance, and visiting the original wooden barracks, the bathhouse, and the watchtower, as well as seeing the crematorium, gas chamber, and the Death Wall. Along the way, learn more about the history of the camp and how it became one of the most notorious of the Nazi Regime, hear about life in WWII-era Poland, and visit the on-site museum, which displays a moving collection of photographs, documents, and personal items belonging to the prisoners.
At the end of the visit, return to Krakow, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel around 4.15pm.

Reviews

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L
, Nov 2018

The trip was well organised and would recommend but at the same time a little sad looking around and that so many lost their lives

P
, Oct 2018

Thank you for the opportunity to describe our experience on this tour. First, the good -- the van driver did an outstanding job of coordinatiing our visit to the Auschwitz Concentration camp. He made sure we were in the right place at the right time and provided clear instructions on where and when to meet him. The van was quite satisfactory

Unfortunately, the local tour guide who led us through the camp was one of the worst we have ever encountered. She appeared to be simply going through the motions with her explanations of the things we were seeing. At time she was difficult to hear, especially during the second part of our visit
at the Birkenou Camp. When walking through this very large camp she made no effort to keep our group together and we never finished the complete tour with her.

C
, Apr 2018

Comfortable mini bus with well informed driver. Out going journey filled with film about liberation and very bleak though necessary and informative. Tour guide was excellent and organisation was well done. Am returning to Krakow soon with friends who have already booked this trip on my recommendation. A thought provoking experience but should not be missed.

D
, Mar 2018

A very moving experience not too be missed. The tour went very smoothly from pick up to drop off. The tour guide was amazing very knowledgeable. The only negative point was, as there is so much walking we would have liked a bit longer break between the two camps to have a coffee and rest. Other than that I would recommend this tour company.

T
, Jan 2018

A truly moving experience. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, he made the visit interesting and was very aware of the mixed ages within our group walking at a pace that suited everyone. He used his knowledge and experience to bring the visit to life for us but was respectful at all times. It was a very somber visit but something I am very glad to have done. The pick up and drop off was on time and went very smoothly. The only thing that could've been better was the weather! It rained all day so unfortunately part of the Birkenau site was closed cutting the visit short. Wonderful guide.

A
, Jan 2018

I booked this tour for my husband and some foreign guests, and I felt they were quite disappointed. The tour guide took away from their experience, rather than adding to it, and really rushed them through the tour. They felt they missed some things from this important site.

The hotel pick-up was punctual and very convenient, however.

b
, Nov 2017

This was an amazing tour.

T
, Sep 2017

Tour guide was awful and ruined the experience. I am very disappointed as this was a trip of a lifetime and I felt it fell far short of my expectations.

A
, Sep 2017

Really good. Sometimes the tour group was large enough that if you were at the back, couldn't hear the tour guide properly. Felt a little rushed at times as well just how the tours are guided - would have liked the chance to read all the exhibits we didn't get to see.
Besides all that, well worth the trip. Would recommend.

M
, Aug 2017

The guide from Viator was excellent. The local guide at the place is a lottery because it has to be an official one from there and she was unfortunately not the level I expected! But the tour is anyways a must !


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