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Discover Poland's top UNESCO-listed sites on this Super Saver, combining two popular Krakow tours at a special value price. First, follow an expert guide on a half-day tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau and explore the moving exhibitions and prison blocks of the concentration camp complex. On Day Two, marvel at the underground tunnels and salt formations inside the 700-year-old Wieliczka Salt Mine. Sharpen your knowledge on two important historical sites over the course of two days.

Highlights

  • Combine two best-selling Krakow tours at one discounted price!
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp complex
  • See prison barracks, watch a documentary film about the camps and learn about the millions of Jewish prisoners who were sent there
  • Explore the Wieliczka Salt Mine, another of Poland’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Go hundreds of feet underground and see spectacular salt formations like the Chapel of St Kinga
  • Choose from several 2-day departures or do both tours on the 1-day tour

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What You Can Expect

Krakow Super Saver: Auschwitz-Birkenau Half-Day Tour plus Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Tour

Wieliczka Salt Mine

This Super Saver allows you to explore Krakow's top historical points of interest over the course of two days. See the Itinerary section for more details on each half-day trip.

Itinerary

Auschwitz-Birkenau Half-Day Trip from Krakow (Day 1; 7 hours)
After pickup from the central meeting point or your hotel, start the 1.5-hour drive by minivan to Auschwitz-Birkenau, located outside the town of Oswiecim. During the ride, watch a documentary film about the concentration camp. When you arrive, meet your tour guide at the visitor center, and then proceed into the barbed-wire encampment through the gate that still reads “Arbeit macht frei" (Work sets one free).

Established in 1940, the Auschwitz complex saw the deaths of nearly 1.5 million people, most of whom were European Jews. The complex, today a UNESCO World Heritage-listed museum, comprises the Auschwitz I camp and the Birkenau (or Auschwitz II) camp with a total of about 150 buildings and 300 ruins. Auschwitz was only partially destroyed by fleeing Nazis when the camp was liberated, so you are able to see many of the original brick buildings as you walk around. Explore the exhibitions, housed in some of the prison blocks, some of which are dedicated to victims from particular countries.

You’ll also see Birkenau, once home to 300 prison barracks and four large gas chambers. Most of this camp was destroyed, but you will get an idea of the vast size of the area, fenced off with watchtowers, and you can enter some of the surviving barracks.

When your Auschwitz-Birkenau tour ends, you'll be driven back to the original meeting point.

Wieliczka Salt Mine Half-Day Trip (Day 2; 4 hours)
Your tour begins with meet-up at the central meeting point or your hotel followed by a 30-minute drive to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, southeast of the city. The 700-year-old mine and UNESCO World Heritage Site houses nearly 200 miles (300 km) of eerie tunnels, all carved by hand from salt blocks, and you’ll see the section that’s open to the public.

With your guide, visit the three upper levels of the mine, at depths of 209 to 443 feet (64 to 135 meters). Begin with a descent down the stairs to the first level, where you’ll be led through chambers and shown underground lakes, shrines and salt monuments. Admire the showstopper – the Chapel of St Kinga – and marvel at how every one of its features, from chandeliers to the altar, is made of salt! Hear from your guide about the chapel’s history and how it took more than 30 years for two men to complete the wonder, which required more than 200,000 tons of rock salt.

Then head to the Eram Baracz Chamber to see another mine highlight, the salt lake whose water contains 11 ounces (320 grams) of salt per liter. You’ll also see a collection of mining equipment, some of which dates back to the Middle Ages. By the time your tour ends, you’ll be 443 feet below ground!

Take an elevator back up, and then head back to Krakow by minivan.

Customer Reviews

mike

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very sad day

Louis S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Upsetting but worth the visit.

Jason S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The guide was most knowledgeable, friendly and understanding. She made the tour very interesting and spoke at an excellent pace. The hosts driver and assistant were very friendly, helpful and were very pleasant throughout the trip.

Planning to return next year with family rather than as a solo traveller although as a two day tour.

Linda H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was amazing!

Dennis P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was very moving and gut retching. There was a fair amount of walking and unfortunately it rained also. Tired so we did not do the Salt mine, that would have started about 3:00 and we were too tired to do all in one day. It was an organized tour and we saw all of Auschwitz-Birkenau that was advertised.

susan m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Nice size group. Lots of walking....have the correct shoes. Book this tour because it and #39;s an important piece of world history.

Christian L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very hassle free pickup and drop-off for tour. I guess you can save a bit of money if you find your own way to the museum and then join one of the organized tours but in my experience this is easier way to do things as the tour operator takes care of transportation. Overall we were happy with the way everything turned out. Auschwitz is a must see if you're in Krakow and have never been. Even my wife who doesn't really fancy doing these types of tours because of the depressing nature found it very interesting and educational.

David B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing trips!
The Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau is a very long half day - we didn't get back until after 8 - but well worth it. The guides we saw were all very knowledgeable and seemed to have a real concern about the place. Auschwitz main camp is quite somber and Birkenau is eerie, particularly when you realise that you are standing in the place where the incoming prisoners were split up - some going for the deadly shower within minutes.
The salt mine is stunning and a good few hours well spent. The standard of the guides again was excellent. I didn't realise that the tunnels went so far until we came up in the lift to find ourselves the other side of town.
Two little points though. Both tours involve a considerable amount of walking if you are to get the best out of them. If it's raining, neither of the venue's have much in the way of group shelters on the way in, so take something to keep the wet off.

Jill G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and the day flew in. If you're planning to do both in one day - there is a lot of walking involved, but it's so worth it!

Brian F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

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