Oswiecim, Poland
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clock-o15 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Combine two UNESCO World Heritage–listed attractions on a full-day tour of both Wieliczka Salt Mine and Auschwitz-Birkenau from Krakow. Alongside your guide, you'll navigate the atmospheric tunnels of Wieliczka Salt Mine as you listen to fascinating tales about the 700-year-old complex. Later the same day, visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, and learn about the devastating history of the Holocaust during a guided tour. Round-trip transport from your Krakow hotel is included.
  • Full-day combo tour to Wieliczka Salt Mine and the Auschwitz-Birkenau from Krakow
  • Explore 700-year-old chambers home to intriguing relics at the Wieliczka Salt Mine
  • Learn about the history of the Holocaust during a guided tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex
  • Round-trip transportation from your Krakow hotel is included
Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour (4 hours):
After pickup from your Krakow hotel, you’ll travel through the scenic Polish countryside and then descend 440 feet (135 meters) to the subterranean Wieliczka Salt Mine. Meander through a succession of UNESCO-listed chambers and observe the ornate Chapel of the Blessed King, home to chandeliers and altarpieces made from salt, as you listen to history-rich commentary from your guide.
Marvel at a salt mining exhibition, listen to the legend of Hungarian princess Kinga, and browse souvenirs in the gift shop. Then, shoot back to sea level in a high-speed lift before you return to central Krakow to enjoy two hours of leisurely free time before your next tour.
Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour (7 hours):
Depart from central Krakow in a comfortable vehicle and travel directly to the UNESCO-listed Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp complex with your guide. During the journey, watch a documentary that details the history of the Holocaust.
On arrival, embark on a guided tour of the complex and visit significant buildings including the gas chambers and crematoriums. Examine exhibitions in the historical museum and see the watchtowers formerly patrolled by Nazi officers before you pay your respects at the camp’s memorial.
Following your exploration of the grounds, return to your vehicle for the journey back to your Krakow hotel, where the tour concludes.

Reviews

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, Jul 2016

I truly wish I could give this experience 10 stars, it was that good. Based on this trip I will absolutely use Viator again.

The excursions were meticulously organized and left no detail unchecked. We accidentally missed the hotel pickup van by a couple minutes and after one panicked phone call they sent a taxi to pick us up and bring us to the main meeting spot, and on their expense...no questions asked. Furthermore, the buses are very nice--clean, outfitted with a bathroom, and even have tvs which you use on the Auschwitz-Birkenau portion of the trip.

The Salt Mines were spectacular and the guide was a fount of information. There were opportunities all throughout the trip for bathroom breaks as well as a really cool cafe in the depths of the mines where we were provided a snack break. The mines are kept at a very comfortable temperature and are clean as a whistle. Overall, it was great fun and an interesting way to beat the heat!

After a couple hours pause began the Auschwitz-Birkenau segment, which was very different in nature, of course. It's certainly mentally and emotionally gripping, but a must-do in your lifetime. On the ride there, we viewed a film taken after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau which detailed the horrors the soldiers witnessed and gave testimony to the inhumanities seen by those who experienced the camps. The film concluded just as we approached the entrance to the museum and suddenly you're there in the very place you'd been watching in black and white. Guides are arranged according to the language you speak, which is a really nice touch. After touring the first site of the camp, you board the bus again and are taken to Birkenau. Words really can't describe the impact of being there in person--and particularly later in the day, as the sunlight is starting to fade and casts a sad glow across the endless camp. Poignant. Our driver spoke a few touching words on the way back, talked of never forgetting what happened there And we won't.


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