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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, you'll explore the UNESCO-listed concentration camp 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 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, 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 drop-off back at your Krakow hotel.

Customer Reviews

Dianne L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a place that I had on my list of and #34;must do and #34;. The small group tour was well run and the guides friendly and knowledgeable. It was nice to have a bag lunch provided. The day was wet and cold so visiting in those conditions added to the impact that Auschwitz has. Very moving experience.

Michelle B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Extremely well organised and our Guide was very knowledgeable and we found this to be a very good tour Thanks

Anthony A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Although, due to our own lack of planning, we missed our original booking (small group tour), the local representative took care of us and allowed us to join a later tour. In addition, we were given the bag lunch that was part of original booking.

This is a tour everyone should take. Viator rocks!

JC Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A very Moving experience, one which we are very happy to have had the opportunity to take off our bucket list .

One and half hours from Krakow ,we arranged this tour in advance for the Saturday of the long weekend in September . The pick up was as scheduled for 7 am , and our English speaking guide was truly a prize. Her understanding of history and her storytelling ability took you back into the darkest places in these 2 awful camps , almost as if she was there in real time . There were 10 of us on this tour ,travelling 1 and half hours from Downtown Krakow. Enroute they showed a film which acted as the introduction of what was to come . We left,on time in a fatastic mini bus at 7 am, that was so smart as we arrived at Auschwitz as one of the very first groups to enter the grounds and allowed us to moved through all areas at a easy pace. Upon completion of this tour we had a break and a box lunch was served ........ prior to heading back to the mini bus to a short drive onto Birkenau............... Brutal............leaves you speechless learning of the tragic events that took place here on these massive grounds. Tremendous value , and worth the 7 hour tour once returned back to the centre of Krakow to our hotel ...............allowing for a wonderful afternoon evening to reflect on what we witnessed. It was well worth the weekend adventure from Toronto ,Canada.

DAVID D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

interesting trip very well organized. Tour guide informative and very good with her description of the tragedy that happened there. Very early start at before 7 am but we arrived before the crowds with virtually no lines. We also had a local Auschwitz guide that seemed to take control and make sure our group was moved along speedily and to the front of the exhibits. This also allowed us to have more free time and the day moved by quickly with virtually no waiting. Well worth the extra for the small group tour.

Robert C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

While depressing because of what happened there it is a must see. Tour guide was excellant and very informative.

Alison E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Although enjoy is not the right word to use in these circumstances, this was a very worthwhile trip. It was sobering to see up close what I'd read about.The trip was well organised. I would like to single out our guide Justyna who was knowledgeable and passionate about the subject.

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.

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