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Time6 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English

Overview

Take in a poignant piece of World War II history on a half-day trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau from Krakow. Led by an expert guide, you'll explore the UNESCO-listed former Nazi concentration camp complex and be part of one of the first groups to enter the museum onsite. Pass through the old prison blocks and exhibits, and preserve the memory of those who perished there. Your small-group tour is limited to 22 people and will conclude with transportation back to your Krakow hotel.
  • Auschwitz half-day trip from Krakow with an expert guide
  • Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and memorial
  • Be one of the first groups to enter the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
  • Learn about the history of WWII, the Holocaust and the Nazi concentration camps
  • Lunch box, entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport included
  • Small-group tour limited to 19 people
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.

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S
, Sep 2018

Excellent tour. The meeting point in Krakow was easy to find. The drive to Auschwitz was smooth. I'd read about other tours that showed a video on the way to the concentration camp and would have liked to see that on our way. The local guide was fantastic, although I do wish we had been given some time on our own - to reflect and explore. It did feel quite rushed.

Lunch was a brown-bagged lunch with sandwiches, fruit, etc. Tasty and filling, but we only had a short time to eat it.

This was the only tour I've been on where we weren't given time to visit any of the shops - and for once I would have liked to! The guide mentioned several books and I would have liked the opportunity to look for them.

b
, Sep 2018

During in the 2nd World War, the Nazis eradicated 1,300,000 people of which 1,100,000 Jews in these camps. Here everything had reuse value: clothes, shoes, hair, golden teeth... The only thing without value was the people being transported to the camps. The visit made a lasting impression - and can only be recommended.

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, Jul 2018

This was my third tour of Auschwitz, and unfortunately, my worst. What made that even sadder is that I brought my wife and children this time. Our English-speaking guide, Theresz, spoke English alright, but with a very heavy, heavy accent. It made understanding her very difficult. Since a tour guide can make or break a tour, and owing to the very important subject matter of Auschwitz, a good guide with critical language skills is essential. Unfortunately, we did not get this this time.

T
, Jul 2018

Very interesting tour. The guide at Auschwitz and Birkenau was very knowledgeable. The tour compresses a lot of information into about 5 hours of onsite touring. Provided a great box lunch but only allowed 15 minutes to eat it. Wear comfortable shoes. You'll do ALOT of walking. I only have one negative and it's more of a comment that doesn't go to the tour itself. The driver who picked us up at our hotel texted on his phone while driving nearly the entire trip to and from Auschwitz. I didn't care for that.

g
, Jul 2018

The tour guide was very knowledgeable. It was very well organized. I would recommend taking this tour. You learn things you never learned in school. It was a horrific time and very disturbing but something we all should see.

R
, Jul 2018

If you are using Viator to set this up, be sure you are only traveling in a group of two or less. Otherwise, you might end up getting split up by Discover Cracow into two or more buses.

r
, Jul 2018

They split our family in two groups. We confirm a week before and again a day before. . . Discover Cracow was a mess. Rude people. Don’t have control of anything. They could of transfer a couple from the other bus so we can be all together. The person in charge said it was impossible. So stupid response.

R
, Jun 2018

An absolute must, complete tour from Krakow with experienced tour guide and a lunch bag, all inclusive and very much worth the cost

P
, Apr 2018

This was an extremely well-organised trip. We took the early option, leaving Krakow before 7.00am and so missing the larger crowds that arrive later. It is vital to book in advance. The guide who took us round the two sites was very informative and more than willing to take extra questions as we walked. The experience is a very emotional one with many poignant moments as you walk along the same paths and pass through the same buildings and yards as those who met their deaths there. I would definitely recommend this tour.

S
, Apr 2018

This place is a must-see. The millions who died there is unbelievable. Only thing I'm not giving it 5 stars is because the tour bus we were on had no documentary film which I have read from others are available. The driver was curt and did not smile at all. There was no commentary during the ride. The tour guide at the camp gave us a lot of information but he had this monotone that when he spoke it felt like we were listening to a robot and his English was not clear. Also my listening device was faulty towards the end of the tour so I missed the last part. The tour guide tried to fix it but only succeeded after the tour.


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