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Auschwitz-Birkenau Early Morning Guided Tour

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Kraków, Poland
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icon6 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

With over two million visitors each year, Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum is one of Europe’s most frequently visited museums. Avoid the main crowds for a different perception of the site—and minimal distractions— on this early-morning tour with a guide who’ll chart the Holocaust and the atrocities here as you explore. A perfect opportunity to peacefully reflect on recent history, and ideal if you’re short on time in Krakow as you’ll have time for other activities later in the day.
  • 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
  • Entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport included
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle from Cracow city centre
Expert Auschwitz-Birkenau guide
Drop off at the city centre
Gratuities (optional)

Departure Point

DiscoverCracow, plac Szczepański 8, 31-011 Kraków, Poland

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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, travel out of the city to the town of Oswiecim. A documentary on the history of the Holocaust is available onboard for some insightful background before reaching the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex.

Your group is one of the first to enter the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Your guide explains the camp’s history in a sensitive manner as you tour the grounds and museum exhibitions, paying homage to the lives lost.

Your trip concludes with a drop-off in town.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Discover Cracow Tours
Start your tour with a pickup from Market Square in central Krakow at 8 Szczepanski square. Then relax in 1.5-hour minivan drive to Auschwitz-Birkenau.  You’ll be one of the first groups to enter the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, comprising the Auschwitz I concentration camp and Auschwitz II extermination camp, also known as Auschwitz-Birkenau. Auschwitz is the best-known of all the Nazi concentration camps, where an estimated 1.1 million people were killed during World War II. Today, millions of visitors come to pay tribute to the lives lost and the atrocities this site witnessed under the hands of Adolf Hitler. Listen to your guide explain the origins of the camp and hear what life was like for prisoners here. See original roads, fences, watchtowers and railway ramps as you explore the camp, and head inside the museum to explore the poignant exhibits detailing the stories your guide touched on during the tour. Roughly halfway through the tour, a 15-minute break is factored in to your itinerary. Use this free time to enjoy your lunch box that includes two sandwiches, fruit and bottled water. After approximately three hours at Auschwitz, travel back to central Krakow and finish with a drop-off in town. • Babies up to 5 y.o. do not require any ticket
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
You’ll be one of the first groups to enter the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, comprising the Auschwitz I concentration camp and Auschwitz II extermination camp, also known as Auschwitz-Birkenau. Auschwitz is the best-known of all the Nazi concentration camps, where an estimated 1.1 million people were killed during World War II. Today, millions of visitors come to pay tribute to the lives lost and the atrocities this site witnessed under the hands of Adolf Hitler. Listen to your guide explain the origins of the camp and hear what life was like for prisoners here. See original roads, fences, watchtowers and railway ramps as you explore the camp, and head inside the museum to explore the poignant exhibits detailing the stories your guide touched on during the tour.
Duration: 5 hours 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
DiscoverCracow
After approximately three and a half hours at Auschwitz, travel back to central Krakow and finish with a drop-off in town.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Eating, smoking, taking photographs inside the buildings and acting in a disruptive manner are forbidden at the site.
  • Please note, that the maximum size of backpacks or handbags brought into the Auschwitz Museum & Memorial can not exceed dimensions: 30x20x10 cm.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Please, wear comfortable shoes - the tour requires a lot of walking. Also take an umbrella or a raincoat with you in order to be prepared in case of rain (the majority of the tour will take place outside).
  • You will get a headset to hear the guide clearly throughout the whole tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Discover Cracow

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Auschwitz-Birkenau Early Morning Guided Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Auschwitz-Birkenau Early Morning Guided Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Auschwitz-Birkenau Early Morning Guided Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Auschwitz-Birkenau Early Morning Guided Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Auschwitz-Birkenau Early Morning Guided Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Auschwitz-Birkenau Early Morning Guided Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Auschwitz-Birkenau Early Morning Guided Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Auschwitz-Birkenau Early Morning Guided Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Auschwitz-Birkenau Early Morning Guided Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Auschwitz-Birkenau Early Morning Guided Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "It was a very early start to the day - 6:30 pick up - but well worth it." See review
  • "If travelling with Coeliac (GF) friends / family ensure you take GF snacks as nothing is GF except drinks." See review
  • "An absolute must, complete tour from Krakow with experienced tour guide and a lunch bag, all inclusive and very much worth the cost" See review

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Outstanding Guide
ksN6240SR
, Jan 2020
Extremely well organised early morning trip. Guide was friendly & informative would definitely recommend. If travelling with Coeliac (GF) friends / family ensure you take GF snacks as nothing is GF except drinks.
star-4
Excellent tour. The meeting point in...
Shirley A
, 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.
star-5
A must see
blaekhuset
, 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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One should never forget what has been done in Auschwitz
annakaaaaaaaaissssa
, Sep 2018
Our driver was nice and he showed us film before we entered the area of Auschwitzi. It was informative film. Our guide inside Auschwitz knew what she was talking about. Only negative was that we had only 15min to eat and go to toilets so that was quite a rush, especially when there were lot of other people too going to the toilets. And keep coins with you! Toilets costs 2 zlotys and they did not have any change!
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The guide makes the tour
SummitSeries72
, 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.
star-4
Good Tour
TravisOklahoma
, 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.
star-2
a mediocre tour
hoffmanlevi23
, Jul 2018
The pick-up was flexible to my location in Krakow, and the transport was great. The video on the way up was extremely interesting and the vans were comfortable. It is well organized, my only trouble was with our guide. If you have even the slightest knowledge of what happened at Auschwitz, the guide is no use to you. We were provided superficial information or quite an overview and the guide often repeated herself verbatim several times at Auschwitz and at Birkenau. However, this was not drive home a point, but more so felt like a form of memorization or scripting on her part. There was a lack of feeling to this guide experience as she spoke with the passion of an automated weather alert. My partner went through a different service and spoke of her guide. At that point I felt even more cheated out of a proper guide experience. I would recommend using a different service. I will no longer use Viator/ discover Krakow for tours.
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Hard day
, 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.
star-5
An absolute must, complete tour from...
Roger A
, 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
star-5
Insightful
m00nfam5
, Jun 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.

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