Take a full-day tour from Warsaw that includes a Krakow city tour and a sobering visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau. At Auschwitz-Birkenau, visit still-standing parts of the original Nazi concentration camps along with artifacts from the prisoners who perished there during World War II. Learn about the murderous Nazi campaigns against Europe’s Jewish populations and other ‘undesirables’ as you tour the camps. Change pace in Krakow, taking in landmarks including St. Mary’s Basilica and more.
Full-day tour to Krakow and Auschwitz-Birkenau from Warsaw
Visit the UNESCO-listed memorial site of the former Nazi concentration camp complex, Auschwitz-Birkenau
Take a city sightseeing tour of Krakow
Includes guide, transportation, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off
Krakow was a very long ride with 2.5 hours of a walking tour. Unfortunately, we had three members of our van who opted out. To wit, we had four other travelers who joined our group and were habitually late and ruined our experience.
Moving to the death camps our guide Barbara was splendid in bringing these events to life and we left with a sober experience of what the Nazis did to gentiles and Jews.
I knew this day was going to be memorable, but wasn't sure how I would feel once I was there. I'm still not sure I have absorbed what I saw to fully grasp what humans are capable of doing to other humans and how to put my head around it all.
This is a full day trip, 16 hours overall between the travel, time at Auschwitz and time in old town Krakow. Old Town is magnificent and a full day or two could be spent just seeing this area, but my main objective was to go to Auschwitz and Birkenau.
It's a powerful experience in my opinion, and you have to see the exhibits to begin to understand the scope of what occurred 75 years ago to humanity. There was so many potential contributions lost that we will never know of. The potential future musicians, artists, engineers, scientists, craftsmen... gone, before they had their time.
It's a deep and powerful moment in my life to have seen this place, and I intend to share it as often and as best I can with others.
Piotr was our tour guide driver and was absolutely wonderful! There were 6 of us on the tour. I was very disappointed in the guide who took us through Auschwitz-Birkenau though. He seemed to rush us through the visit and wouldn’t let us take pictures in some buildings, although the other guides let their groups take them. However, it was an experience I will never forget. By the time we got to the 2 hour tour of Krakow, I was unable to walk due to leg problems. Piotr took me and my boyfriend to the end of the tour and gave us a small personal tour of old town. He went above and beyond what was expected. He was very nice, funny and knew the history of most of the buildings. I definitely recommend this tour and try to request Piotr.
The Krakow and Auschwitz 1 Day Tour was Incredible. The Auschwitz portion of the trip was very humbling and sad since many of my family members were murdered at this camp. The overall tour was very informative. The guide was very good.
The Krakow portion of the trip was fantastic. We were lucky to have a guide who really knew and understood Krakow and it's history. This tour was beautiful and fascinating all at the same time. We covered a lot of ground and were very happy that we did the tour.
Our driver was very helpful all along the tour.
We were extremely lucky.
Outstanding transportation and driver and wonderful knowledgeable guides that were sensitive to the place and times. Guide for Krakow cultured and very passionate about the history and the experience that you have in Poland - I would highly recommend this tour through AB Poland.
I had wanted to come to Auschwitz for years simply to pay respects to the millions who were murdered here, firstly our guide Piota was amazing, nothing was too much to ask, we upgraded our car for more comfort and we were on this tour on our own which is how we like it.
When at camps 1 and 2 we joined another tour operator who was very good but I just feel as though we were rushed too much, I would have liked a bit of time on my own to ponder and reflect.
in Hindsight I would have split the two tours and taken a two day tour with perhaps a night in Krakow. The full day was too much for us physically challenged people.
we asked our guide if we could cut our tour of Krakow short so he arranged for us to have some time to ourselves in the City square which was nice, although we invited him along with us for the walk in the cool night air before heading back to Warsaw.
I cannot say enough about Piota I hope I have spelled that correctly he was fabulous and highly recommend asking for him as your guide.
My dad and I decided to do this day trip and could not have made a better decision...our tour guide Przymek was AMAZING and MADE THE TREK for us...not only did he do the basics like be on time for each event, but he continually went above and beyond in various ways including always being early, making sure we were okay before leaving us with tour guides, making multiple pit stops on the 4 hour drive each way, getting us special pierogis for lunch, showing us sites out of the way, and letting me lay down and sleep in the back while entertaining my dad...we were lucky we even convinced him to join us for dinner after! Awesome guide, awesome day, very accommodating, five stars!!!
Our driver was excellent. The guide at old town Krakow was adequate--her English vocabulary was limited so that made her explanation a little difficult to follow.
The educator guide at Auschwitz was excellent.
Too much to squeeze into one day. 3.5 - 4 hours driving without a rest stop from Warsaw to Krakow. The Krakow tour guide was very knowledgeable and really did a nice job showing us around the beautiful city in the time allotted. There was adequate time to get a look at the key sites, but that was all. After Krakow we had a lunch in a decent restaurant but by this time I was realizing the trip to Auschwitz was going to be too short to really take in the history. We didn't arrive at Auschwitz until late afternoon. Our drivers were a bit disorganized and wasted 30-40 minutes talking to assorted tour guides before we were actually assigned a guide and began our tour. Auschwitz was very rushed. The guide was very knowledgable but literally lost people on our tour because he was walking so fast from exhibit to exhibit. We certainly took in the history but there wasn't time to reflect on each of the sites in the camp. We got back to our hotel around 10PM and we did not stop on the drive home for a dinner or break.
I would use Viator again but not suggest a day as packed as Krakow and Auschwitz from a Warsaw departure.