• Location: Kraków, Poland
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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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 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 19 people and will conclude with transportation back to your Krakow hotel.

Highlights

  • 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 ensures a more

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 1.1 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 drop-off back at your Krakow hotel.

Customer Reviews

Bruno M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Viator, thankyou!!We have nothing but praise for the professional organization of the tour. A special thanks goes to Sabina our tour guide. Her knowledge and passion for the awful task of telling us the chilling account was first class. Thankyou for letting us light our candles xx

Bre W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Incredible tour, very emotional and informative. We had many moments of silence where we could pay our respects to the victims. Our tour guide was incredible! She did a phenomenal job giving us perspective and helping us understand the history. She was very inspiring. I highly recommend this tour.

Russell F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

It was a very early start to the day - 6:30 pick up - but well worth it. The tour itself, walking around the sobering site, listening to the history, viewing the photos, the living conditions for those who weren't summarily killed upon arrival was very sobering - I'm still processing it all. It's just one of those things one should experience, though. Efficiently organized. Highly recommended.

stugraham

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

A very well organised small group tour. Minibus travel from hotel door. Excellent English speaking guide who was very knowledgeable and passionate. This made the tour all the more personal. Nice little packed lunch to keep us going after an early start.
Sturdy shoes required, approx 5 miles walkkng

Jon N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Tour from start to finish ran like clockwork. Pick up on time from hotel in very comfortable transport. The weather in Auschwitz was heavy rain but we were given ponchos by the tour operator which was a lovely touch. The tour guide was excellent too.

Dawn H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This tour was amazing from start to finish. Weren't thrilled with the early start 6 am but found it was ideal as crowds and hotter weather increased as we were leaving. Wonderful information and the pride from Polish people in sharing the history is perfect.

Richard T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We had an excellent tour guide. Perhaps all are this good but ours was indeed First Class. She merits 5 stars on her own. We have all read about what happened at these camps but until you go, the absolute enormity of it all does not hit home. At least it had not for us. What these people suffered at the hands of the Nazi's is beyond belief. This review though is not about their suffering etc. it is about the tour and our Viator experience. We had an airport pick up and a tour of the salt Mine also booked with Viator. Definitely 5 stars all round. We will be using Viator for lots of our future tours and trips. The service was faultless. Thank You.

Pam

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Everyone should do this tour, I can't explain what it was like, you just have to be there....

Barbara M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Very well done and professional tour. I really appreciated the movie that was played prior to arrival at the camps as they really brought the issues to the forefront and showed you the scale of the atrocities. I highly recommend this tour. It is one of the earlier one that arrive at the camps so the crowds are still somewhat light.

Tracey C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The small group tour was excellent and very well organised. As you are one of the first into the camp the queues are pretty much non existent whereas we saw a lot of people queuing on the way out. This also helps with taking photos as there are not many of you to get a good photo each time and not many other people around compared to later in the day. All in all a very enjoyable experience I would recommend this tour and they catered for a Vegetarian. The tour guide assigned in Auschwitz was excellent.

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