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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, explore the UNESCO-listed concentration camp and be 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 19 people and will conclude with transportation back to your Krakow hotel.

Highlights

  • Small-group tour limited to 19 people ensures a more
  • Be one of the first groups to enter the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
  • Lunch box, entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport included
  • Auschwitz half-day trip from Krakow with an expert guide
  • Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and memorial
  • Learn about the history of WWII, the Holocaust and the German concentration camps

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What You Can Expect

Auschwitz-Birkenau Small-Group Tour from Krakow

Learn about the history of the Holocaust during your Auschwitz-Birkenau tour

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 1.6 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, 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 onsite. 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 drop-off back at your Krakow hotel.

Customer Reviews

Martha B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

very solemn, that's why I booked on the last day so it wouldn't make the trip melancholy. It has to be seen however, especially Birkenau. So Sad.

Andrea D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Guides and driver attentive, prompt and very respectful. Having the van transport us to the memorial was convenient and being part of the tour enabled us to enter the memorial site without waiting. The tour through auschwitz was solemn yet thorough and handled with grace.

Jennifer Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Transportation was very right on time and comfortable, there was a video to watch on the way there, and it was nice to have a utilitarian lunch provided 2 thin sandwiches, an apple, water, and some biscuits. Someone really tall might have felt squashed in the van, however. Claudia was an excellent guide- she kept us moving but not too fast, I had plenty of time for photos and the bookshop at Auschwitz, and she was very informative and easy to understand. I really liked the time of day and smaller size of our group. The size of Birkenau was very thought-provoking I never realized it's true scope before. I think that everyone should visit a concentration camp at some point it's too important to disappear from memory. Warning- lots of walking, especially at Birkenau which is entirely outdoors. Dropped off right in front of my hostel. Only suggestion- could have used maybe 10 more minutes at the end of the Birkenau portion due to one set of restrooms being closed.

Samantha F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour, being a small group made the experience feel more personalised. Transport to the sites was very comfortable mini van and the guide was amazing, she gave us the history behind both sites as we walked around, she was both very knowledgeable but also very personable. Would highly recommend.

Steven T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fantastic tour of a very sad place. Our guide was excellent explaining every area and buiding we went into.
This is a place everyone should see.

carmen m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was excellent! Our guide in the cc camp was name Isabela. She was very clear, took her time for us to see what was important, she responded all our questions and more. She cared about us leaving the camp with facts, history and real impressions. Pick up and drop off at hotel was flawless.

Nina R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We really appreciated this tour. It was interesting and respectful. I am recommending it to all friends and family who have an interest in visiting Poland.

Sue

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Well organised, with timely pick-ups and the guide who walked us round the two camps was amazing. She was very detailed and answered any questions we had. The day was very interesting but at the same time incredibly emotional but we would have no hesitation in recommending this tour. Excellent both in terms of content and value for money.

Laura P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A very moving tour.
Our guide was very professional, very knowledgable and very respectful. A place everyone should visit to see and hear how all of them under a terrible regime suffered and to make sure it never happens again.

Yen Jane L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Good experienced English-speaking tour guide

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