• 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 22 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

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 a drop-off in town.

Customer Reviews

Raymond M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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.

Roger A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

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

Peter B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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.

lbeansie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We thought this was an excellent experience overall. Although it was heart-wrenching, we are really glad we did it.

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.

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