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6 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English and 4 more


See a poignant piece of World War II history on a 5.5-hour tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau, with private transfers to and from Krakow. After pickup from your Krakow hotel by private driver, journey to the UNESCO-listed site for a guided group tour of the complex. Your guide will discuss the camp's harrowing history as you walk. Visit the watch towers, crematoriums and exhibitions as you hear stories of the lives that were lost there. Your trip will conclude with private transportation back to your Krakow accommodations.
  • 5.5-hour trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau, with private round-trip transport from Krakow
  • Take a group tour of the UNESCO-listed former Nazi concentration camp with a knowledgeable guide
  • Learn about the Jews and other groups who were imprisoned here
  • See the remaining buildings, watchtowers, crematoriums and gas chambers
  • View the exhibitions that chart the story of what happened here
  • Pay your respects to the victims at the camp memorial
  • Travel directly to and from the site in a private car, with no other hotel pickups or drop-offs

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Ideal if you want to know more about this part of history, but prefer a flexible itinerary. This tour allows you to pick the transfer time that best suits your schedule, with no waiting times for additional hotel pickups and drop-offs.
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 an extermination camp for primarily European Jews, killing an estimated 1.1 million people.

Begin your trip at your Krakow hotel, where a driver will meet you at your preferred pickup time. Arrive outside the town of Oświęcim around 1.5 hours later, where you’ll join up with your guide at the camp’s visitor center.

Enter the gates of the complex under the chilling inscription of ‘Arbeit macht frei’ (‘Work sets you free’) and explore the key buildings and exhibitions that preserve the memory of the many lives lost there.

Learn how the Nazi camp functioned as you pass the barracks and watchtowers, as well as the gas chambers and crematoriums. Your guide will take care to discuss the harrowing stories in a sensitive manner as you go. You will have a brief break to eat a pre-packed lunch (own expense), as there are no eating facilities at the camp.

Afterward, visit the camp's memorial, and spend a quiet moment to remember the lives of the victims. Your tour will conclude with private transportation back to your Krakow hotel.


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, Mar 2018

It was great to picked up at my hotel and be driven directly to the tour sight -- everything was taken care of.

, Dec 2017

very good professional tour ,

, Oct 2017

The experience we very somber and the most memorable of our trip.

Our driver was great. Very courteous, kind, and efficient.

, Oct 2017

This was a truly moving and emotional experience. Our driver Michael, while not the tour guide, was very informative. A very smart guy who share his experiences, videos and asked us questions too. We chatted with him both ways from Krakow and back. We thank Michael for his insights and conversation and his love for Poland and teaching us about Poland. Thanks, Michael.

, Jun 2017

The tour is quite shattering, so be emotionally and physically prepared. Don't plan much that night and don't go alone. The tour guide was just fantastic. Deeply knowledgeable and you could tell that what she was telling us just scratched the surface of the story. Because of the tour, I bought several books at the bookstore and, less than 24-hours later, I have already finished one. Reading these histories is completely different when the narrator refers to a place or a building, and you have been there. There is a lot of walking, so wear good shoes. It was probably the most meaningful tour I have ever been on. We used the private transport, and our driver was also just excellent. He provided history as we drove, and yet also knew exactly when we needed to contemplate in quiet. He also suggested other tours which we booked immediately based on this experience.

, May 2017

Wasn't looking forward to this trip, but so glad I went. Its important that we see and hear what happened, so it doesn't happen again. We were meet on time from out hotel in a comfortable minivan. On route he showed us a film which set the mood of the visit and prepared us emotionally as to what to expect. This trip has lots of walking especially when you visit Birkenau, so be warned. Little time between Auschwitz and Birkenau visits so maybe bring food and drink with you. There are cafes in Auschwitz but depending on when you go could have queues.

, May 2017

I had hired a private driver to take a friend and myself on this tour. Dominic was professional, helpful and considerate. During our 90 minute drive to Auschwitz-Birkenau, we were shown a video in the car. It was extremely helpful in giving me more information about what I was to see upon arrival. Upon the end of the tour at Birkenau, Dominic was waiting for us.This is a tour everyone should take. The nations of the world need to work together so the horrors that happened at these camps never, never, happens again. There are no words to express the complete devastation, inhumanity that I witnessed while touring the remains of these sites. Photos will never do it justice.

, Jan 2017

Very informative

, Jan 2017

I chose this tour as it was a Christmas present for my 86 yr old mum. There were just the two of us and I can highly recommend it. The driver was informative and helpful and the whole thing was thoroughly well organised. It was definitely worth the extra as just the walking around Auschwitz 1 and then later Auschwitz 2 was quite a jaunt, without having to walk between the two camps. I would also say that apparently visitor numbers to the camps are treble in the summer months and wow, that would be heaving, it seemed fairly busy to us even in January.

, Nov 2016

Excellent tour the private transfer is extra luxury but well worth it the driver was brilliant The tour guide was very knowledgeable and it was a very emotional and humbling experience a must visit really

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