Established in the early 1940s by the Nazis, Auschwitz was originally intended for Polish political prisoners. Later, when it was extended to include the neighboring site of Birkenau, it became a larger complex for primarily European Jews, killing an estimated 1.1 million people.
Begin your half-day trip with pickup at your Krakow hotel or in the city’s Main Square. Accompanied by your local guide, you'll travel out of the city to the town of Oswiecim, roughly an hour west. A documentary on the history of the Holocaust will be available on board for some insightful background before reaching the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex.
Your small group will be one of the first to enter the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Your guide will explain the camp’s history in a sensitive manner as you tour the grounds and museum exhibitions, paying homage to the lives lost.
There is no café at Auschwitz-Birkenau, but midway through the tour you will be given a break to eat a provided boxed lunch, including two sandwiches, bottled water and fruit. Your trip will conclude with a drop-off in town.