Meet your driver during pickup at your central Krakow hotel or another preferred meeting point, and travel in a private vehicle about 1.5 hours to reach the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, located in the city of Oświęcim. The most infamous of all Nazi concentration and extermination camps, Auschwitz-Birkenau was the site of an estimated 1 million murders during World War II. Today, its remnants have been converted into a memorial to those victims and a reminder of one of Europe’s darkest chapters.
Walk into the camp through the main gate beneath the historic ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ sign, and begin with a tour of Auschwitz I, the former SS administrative center. With an English-speaking guide, learn about the site’s dark history and the atrocities committed here. See photos and the personal belongings of prisoners at the museum, and tour the remnants of the barracks, a bathhouse, a watchtower, gas chambers, and crematoria at Auschwitz II-Birkenau, where most of the murders took place. If needed, provided headsets allow you to hear the guide clearly.
After several hours at the site, reconnect with your driver and reflect in privacy on the return drive to Krakow, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.