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Trip with Alicja was amazing! She is a great host. This trip is a must see and they way Alicja guides you through history is amazing! If you ever plan trip to Auschwitz, you should contact Krakow4you and Alicja and have her take her on this journey! She is a rock star! From the moment she met us, to the care along the way, it was the most unforgettable experience! Thank you Alicja! we will highly recommend you to anyone interested in this tour!
Really wanted to get a thorough immersion experience for my family with two kids and with a lot of internal debate signed up for this trip based on all the feedback that we saw online. It appears that others were lucky and have had a better experience with the company. We also did not have the lady who is well reviewed as the guide, which could also be the contributing factor. Was disappointed that we ended up paying almost three times the money for an experience that was pedestrian. I had already visited the area prior and primarily wanted to show my family the same. Was hoping that the Krakow tour at the end will make up for the poor experience, but it did not. Highly recommend free walking tour of the Jewish district rather that take his abbreviated highlight tour of an the area that has such high historical significance.
Alecja was the BEST tour guide we ever could have asked for. We wish we would have known we could have used her for all of our touring in Krakow. Alecja wanted to start at 7 AM, which we just couldn't do as we had been traveling so much prior, and we arrived in Krakow late the night before. She agreed to pick us up at our hotel at 8:30 AM. Once we got in the car, Alecja was quick to start telling us about what our day would entail, and she started telling us about the history of Auschwitz. Once we told her that my children were grandchildren of a survivor, my husbands Mother, she was so quick to want to learn about my mother-in-laws survival story, and what we were hoping to gain from the day. Alecja's understanding and knowledge of the concentration camps, and the history of Poland are so obvious when she speaks to you. She was so caring, and empathetic, and we could not have asked for anyone better to share this difficult journey with us. Somehow or another, with Alecja's help, we feel as if we have arrived at some inner resolution of knowing what our family members endured during this horrific period of history, while leaving and thinking there is so much more to know that no one ever will. We highly recommend Alecja when touring Auschwitz for true compassion, and understanding and learning so much more than we have ever been told.
We booked a trip to Krakow for the beginning of January and decided that a private tour of the concentration camp Auschwitz and the Jewish quarter would be the right choice. Since were a family of five including 2 teenagers, we chose a German speaking guide for Auschwitz to make sure theyre able to follow the tour properly. However, the majority of the time we spend with Alicja Wróbel as our guide and we were all very satisfied and would highly recommend a guided tour with her. Alicja Wróbel and the driver Robert picked us up at 6:30 am to make sure we wouldnt have to wait at our first stop Auschwitz I and that for sure was a good idea since we were one of the first groups to get there, where our German guide was already waiting for us. On our way to Auschwitz Alicja Wróbel already provided us with plenty of information about the history of Auschwitz and some general facts. After the German speaking tour had ended we were picked up by Robert and Alicja Wróbel to drive back to Krakows Jewish quarter and the Jewish ghetto, where Alicja showed us the main places to see and recommendations where to eat. She was very open, easy to understand and happy to answer all of our questions. She was able to adjust her content according to our interests and previous knowledge. Telling plenty of stories of survivors made it easy to follow and interesting for people who already have a good general knowledge of the history during the Third Reich. All in all, the tour was very well organized and Alicja Wróbel even offered their help in case we have any other questions about Krakow after the tour ends. As all of our family members were very touched by that experience, we would like to recommend this tour including Alicja Wróbel as a guide since were convinced there is no better way to plan out such a trip and learn about this particular part of our recent history.
We took this option because we wanted opportunity to explore the topic in greater depth than would be otherwise possible in a large group. We were not disappointed. Alicja is an exemplary 'host', her excellent command of the english language made for a very difficult subject and visit to be although sombre, a fulfilling experience. In practical matters, she is highly efficient pre-empting our every wish and need - nothing too much trouble so making this difficult visit also enjoyable. Congratulations.
From the start of the day when Alicja picked us up, the day was the centerpiece of our trip to Krakow. She drove us through some delightful countryside, then showed us around Birkenau by car before taking us to the Auschwitz guided tour. She then accompanied us on the tour, adding depth, and insight to the official guide's presentation.
Following a delightful lunch we went onto Birkenau. It is a very large area, and on a sunny day in the summer the pristine buildings, surrounded by grass made it hard to visualize the horrors of the past until Alicja showed us inside the buildings, and described the conditions and deprivations that existed.
We would highly recommend our experience with Alicja and Krakow4you. They provide a highly personalized service that takes great care of every aspect of the trip.
Wir sind mit großen Erwartungen nach Krakau gefahren, und sind bis auf die Hotelunterkunft voll zufrieden. Die private Führung durch Auschwitz-Birkenau können wir nur empfehlen. Unsere Begleitung war Alicia, die mit Charme, Einfühlungsvermögen und viel Hintergrund Wissen uns den Tag zum vollen Erlebnis machte. Der zusätzliche Abstecher ins Judenviertel und die vielen Informationen rund um die damalige grausame Zeit, waren für uns sehr ergreifend. Wir möchten nochmals Alicia für den perfekt organisierten Tag danken, und vielleicht sehen wir uns bald wieder, denn wir beabsichtigen noch einmal nach Krakau zu fahren, um den Rest sich anzusehen.
Viele Grüße von Frank und Heike
Though part of the day was very solemn, our guide Alicia Alice, was the best! We talked with her the entire drive, she got to know us and we her.
The two of us were picked up on time from our hotel in a very nice car. We started at 11:00am with the Warsaw Ghetto. Walking through it, we were told of the history, little stories of certain areas and buildings, and why things were like they were. This is not a place big tour groups go, so it was nice to be alone on these streets talking history. The chair memorial was very moving.
We then drove 1 1/2 hours to Auschwitz.... Alicia walked us through the Birkeknau grounds and filled us with so much detailed information! It was fantastic! Looking in each building, she explained what things were and how it all worked. You can walk through the grounds free, but without someone telling you history and information about each building, it would just be a long walk.
The Auschwitz tour is only done by THEIR official tour guides, so our guides arranged a private tour for us late in the day. We joined 3 other people and had a small group tour with the narrator on a headset. Our narrator gave us good information, but we had so much great history from just being at BirkenauIt with Alicia, we more than understood everything he was talking about. Having on a headset was much quieter and solemn and the other people around didn't bother us with their talking. I highly recommend seeing Auschwitz, it is not a joyous experience, but something that reminds us of horrors of the past and how strong people fought to survive.
Back on the lighter side, we had lunch with Alicia in the little cafe and talked all the way home. There were huge bus tour groups there, and they all walked in a big mob. I loved having our own private guide to ask questions and go our pace. Alicia is a wealth of information, I would ask for her personally if I ever go back, to see other sights,..not Auschwitz again.