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Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow

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Kraków, Poland
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7 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English

Overview

Experience a poignant piece of World War II history on a day trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau from Krakow. Led by a knowledgeable guide, explore the UNESCO-listed former Nazi concentration camp complex and preserve the memory of those who perished there. Pass through the crematoriums, old prison blocks, and moving memorials, and hear the stories of this dark time in history from your guide in a sensitive manner. Your tour concludes with transportation back to your original departure point in Krakow.
  • Day trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau from Krakow with a local guide
  • Take a guided tour of the former Nazi concentration camp and memorials
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed complex and learn about its terrible past from a knowledgeable guide
  • View the prison dormitories, gas chambers, and exhibitions at Auschwitz I
  • See what remains of Birkenau’s watchtowers, fences, barracks, and gas chambers
  • Trace the stories of individual prisoners and visit the memorials to the camps’ victims
  • Learn the history of WWII’s Holocaust and about the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This guided tour offers pickup and drop-off from select hotels and morning or afternoon departure times.
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 concentration camp for primarily European Jews, killing an estimated 1.1 million people.

Begin your trip with pickup at select Krakow hotels or in central Krakow, at your preferred departure time. Accompanied by your guide, travel to the town of Oswiecim while a documentary on WWII and the Nazi Holocaust is shown on board. Arrive at the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Enter the gates bearing the inscription Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Sets You Free) and then head inside to learn about how the complex quickly turned from a detention camp to a center for mass murder. Your guide discusses the camp’s history in a sensitive manner as you visit the crematoriums and gas chambers, as well as the watchtowers and fences at Birkenau where the Nazi officers stood guard.

After examining the exhibitions inside the old prison blocks, pay your respects at the camp's somber memorial. Your trip concludes with drop-off back at your original departure point.
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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How can I let you know where to pick me up?
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If you are interested in complementary hotel pickup please make sure to contact the supplier no later than 24h prior to your tour. You can let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul 2019
Q:
Where is the meeting point?
A:
The meeting point for this tour is at 7 Powisle Street at the bus park opposite the Sheraton Grand Krakow hotel.
Jul 2019

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Could have been good but was terrible
edilbert1102
, Sep 2019
The tour was late. call time was 13:00, departure was 13:15. I was already there 12:30. We were there and some other tourists waiting for the bus but no bus came. there were no updates or apologies! We just have to call the office and they just said, just wait! Bus came 14:30! This is a terrible tour. very disappointing. Try booking other tours other than cracow tours. The service sucks.
Something you really need to do
adecarolis2019
, Aug 2019
This is definitely a tour you need to do while in Poland. It is hard and in reality, it really shouldn't be easy. It was an awful time for humanity. It is an over-whelming but totally humbling and knowledgeable experience. The tour guides both on the bus and in the camps were great at their jobs and could answer every question we had thoroughly. Like others, I would say it was a bit rushed. I would have liked some free time to wander in the first camp but it was very heavy on the soul so at the same time I appreciated that I felt we saw the majority of what we needed to see at quite a steady pace. From Krakow it is a 6-7 hour tour so I believe if it was much longer you would not be able to do much else with your day either before or after. Thanks to the tour guides!
Great Tour
Jennifer K
, Aug 2019
Our trip to and from Auschwitz was very good - our host on the bus was very informative and we enjoyed listening to him. The video we watched, on the bus, prior to our arrival was full of information that we had never heard. Our guide at Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau conveyed much of the same information that was on the film - this information had the same descriptive facts and data at each location. A bit of new information was peppered in but a lot of repetition. But.... although somber we are so happy we went to Auschwitz.
A well organized tour spoiled by robotic like guide
Roving187311
, Aug 2019
The bus pick up and transfer was excellent as was the basic organization by Cracow Tours. Our tour guide at Auschwitz and Birkenau was not good. She did not make eye contact, did not encourage any questions or conversation and delivered the commentary in a rushed, robotic tone marching from place to place so that we had to rush to keep up - no time to read signage. She could have been much friendlier. We realize the subject of the tour was a serious one - all the more reason to show a little more humanity!
Auschwitz Birkenau museum and memorial guide
Shiraz A
, Jul 2019
I don’t know what museum they’re talking about cause we didn’t see any. We didn’t see the memorial guide either. In birkenau we only saw one starvation cell in the women’s section. Very disappointed I came all the way to Poland for this. It’s an emotional tour, I didn’t have time to see or process everything went by super fast and in Birkenau we didn’t see anything. Was expecting the tour guide to be more patient and emotional. I was expecting a lot more out of this tour.
Well delivered and organised tour
Margaret H
, Jul 2019
Comfortable, air conditioned bus, ran on time, well organised and really well delivered, excellent guide, knowledgeable and thoughtful
Fantastic, insightful and interesting
Passport06821496676
, Jun 2019
As title says, tour was very well organised. The guides gave deep insight into a dark period of human history. I can recommend this tour to everyone with even a slight interest in WW2 and the holocaust.
Comprehensive first visit albeit rushed
RoyQC
, Jun 2019
Impressive organization; the organizer was Krakow Tours to whom I would easily award 5* for organizing the trip and for excellent pre-trip communication. The tour guide assigned to us on-site was knowledgeable and friendly. This tour will save you a lot of time and hassle of getting to Auschwitz by yourself. However, it is rather rushed so if you have any idea of leisurely strolling from building to building and to spend lots of time photographing, reading or really taking in and pondering over the exhibits, shelf that idea right away - you will not get that opportunity. The tour takes you to 3-4 main camp buildings so you have a good idea of the area but it will not afford you a deep comprehensive visit if that's what you are looking for. If it was my first time, I wouldn't hesitate to go with the tour for a good overview of Auschwitz but wouldn't follow it on a return visit.
Good
Megan H
, Jun 2019
It was good only thing I would say is more walking than expected, and it’s very factual not emotive, would not need to go again though, was very shocking and I learnt things I didn’t know before
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Roving39197152872
, May 2019
A very well organised trip throughout. The documentary on the coach was very informative and relived the shocking events. The guide on the coach and at the museum were very knowledgeable, informative, sensitive and professional. The tour was extremely sobering walking within the grounds, museum and gas chamber. The museum is not a pleasure to visit, but would recommend the tour as it a stark reminder that these atrocities must never happen again.

Product code: 2145IT3

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