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Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour from Krakow

Kraków, Poland

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English


The Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps were the largest and most notorious of the Nazi regime and this full-day tour from Krakow visits both. Take a moving tour of the preserved ruins, museum, and memorials at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and uncover the harrowing truths of Poland’s WWII history and Nazi occupancy.
  • Full-day tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau from Krakow
  • Tour the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps and memorials
  • Learn more about Poland’s WWII history from a knowledgeable guide
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a personalized experience
Meet your guide and small group of up to 10 people in Krakow’s Old Town, and set out on the journey to Auschwitz. On arrival, use your prepaid skip-the-line tickets to head straight inside and follow your guide on a tour of the vast complex.

Explore the various buildings of the Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau camps, passing beneath the ‘Arbeit macht frei’ sign at the main entrance, and visiting the original wooden barracks, the bathhouse, and the watchtower, as well as seeing the crematorium, gas chamber, and the Death Wall. Along the way, learn more about the history of the camp and how it became one of the most notorious of the Nazi Regime, hear about life in WWII-era Poland, and visit the on-site museum, which displays a moving collection of photographs, documents, and personal items belonging to the prisoners.

At the end of the visit, return to Krakow, where your tour ends back in the city center.
Stop At:  
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
About 3 h guided tour with professional educator at the Auschwitz State Museum
Duration: 3 minutes
Admission Ticket Included

Traveler Tips

  • "Pickup was on time, but be aware the location is 10 minute walk outside main city center." See review
  • "The problem I had was that everyone on our tour had 6AM as the pick up time with a stern warning that the driver would leave promptly at 6 am and not wait." See review


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Amazing experience
, Nov 2019
Firstly I would like to thank the company "escape2poland" for the greatly organized trip and the kind driver who was always making sure everyone was alright and living the experience. He brought us our tablet from the bus when we were already in the camp and acted as well as a 2nd tour guide for me and my boyfriend (great service)!! We also received a snack (delicious polish cake) and water. Secondly, i would recommend everyone to visit the Auschwitz camp for a better understanding of history. I ve been there 2 times as I believed I was too young on my first visit and it was a great choice. Dziecje :)
, Oct 2019
A sad but good day out. Driver was cheerful and helpful and guide was very informative. Felt the trip was well worth what we paid
Tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau
, Aug 2019
Our tour guide was sensational. However, we were disappointed in the tour company. I called specifically to make certain that the description on the internet for a small van and a group of only 10 was correct. We were picked up by a bus with 25 - 30 people and in a group of the same. While our tour guide was superior, there were so many simultaneous tours that they interfered with our ability to hear our guide on numerous occasions. Regardless, this is a must see. It helps us realize that only we can prevent this atrocity from happening again, and realize that it could.
Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau
Sonya N
, Jul 2019
Brilliant tour company. The guide was great. We all learnt a lot. I would highly advise taking this tour.
Wouldn't use this company
, Jul 2019
So my overall review is not based on Auschwitz itself or the lady that was our guide there, but more on the person that picked my group up in Krakow. First the positives: The tour agency was good with communication up until the date of the tour. The lady guide at Auschwitz that took us around was amazing! It was an experience (although heavy) I would recommend to do if you are in the area. Negatives: From the moment I showed up the driver had an attitude. He was rude, and acted like he didn't want to be there. Other than telling us there was going to be a video and a short brief on how the day was going to go (which no one in the back could hear), he said nothing the entire trip over or back. Once we got to the first stop, we had a 10 minute break for which to use the bathroom, grab a snack, etc... At no point did he preface that if we bought a coffee/drink that we wouldn't be able to take it with us, so half the group bought drinks and either had to dump it out or chug it because we had to get going on our guided tour. The only time he (the driver) seemed mildly friendly was when he passed out water and a snack mid-day. Once we got back to Krakow and walked off the bus he didn't bother saying "bye", "thank you", or anything. Maybe he was having a bad day, I don't know but based off my experience I don't recommend this particular Auschwitz tour. Lastly, the Viator description of this tour says it's limited to 10 people or less. There were almost twice that. I don't know if it is a Viator misprint or the local tour company.
Great Tour
, May 2019
Pickup was on time, but be aware the location is 10 minute walk outside main city center. Guide was very good and informative. Adequate time for breaks and we were back on time.
Excellent tour, poor timing regarding pick-up time
Ronald M
, May 2019
We loved the tours provided at Auschwitz. Great guide and great organization from our driver. Really glad we got to go and had the guide we had. We were very happy regarding the tours at Auschwitz, exactly what was promised. The problem I had was that everyone on our tour had 6AM as the pick up time with a stern warning that the driver would leave promptly at 6 am and not wait. Well only one person in the group of 20-24 people on this tour had 6:15 as a pick-up time everyone else had 6 AM just I did. The driver pulled up at 6:15, with not a word as to why he was late. Very frustrating when you got up at 3:45 to make a 6 am pick-up via public transportation and you stand on a dark street corner for 45 minutes waiting. I did call the company office in the UK before leaving the states and verified the pick-up would be at 6 am. So needless to say, I was unhappy with this aspect. Otherwise fantastic tour.
Very good
, May 2019
It was a very well served experience. The driver was very helpful, good english speaking abd very friendly. Even the tour guided lady. I recommend it
Thought provoking
, Apr 2019
A very well presented experience,transport excellent, guide was very knowledgeable and compassionate about the subject. Will leave a lasting impression
Auschwitz tour
, Apr 2019
We had an early start for the tour but this was the right thing to do. We arrived for opening time and got in straight in, the small group was large enough to walk around together. The guide was excellent. A sad and distressing tour but one I would not miss.

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