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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. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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
Great-value tour includes hotel pickup, entrance fees, and round-trip transport.
Your tour begins with pickup from your central Krakow hotel in time for a 9.15am departure. Traveling by air-conditioned Mercedes Benz vehicle, set out on the around 1-hour 10-minute journey to Auschwitz and watch the documentary ‘The liberation of Auschwitz’ along the way. 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 with drop-off at your hotel around 4.15pm.
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
Visit the former Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau on this 7-hour trip from Krakow. By June 1940, Jews and over 700 political criminals had been sent to Auschwitz and the atrocities had begun.
Birkenau was built by Auschwitz prisoners and by October 1941 was used as an extermination camp. Between 1 and 1.5 million were killed, and approximately 90 percent of those killed were Jews.
Before Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated in January 1945, the SS attempted to blow up the camp and destroy the documentation. They were only partially successful, and the Polish government decided to restore the site as a memorial to the victims.
Auschwitz Camp - exhibition in buldings
Birkenau Camp (Auschwitz II) - exhibition outside
Former barracks where prisoners lived
This was an excellent trip. The tour guide was very informative and very professional in her knowledge. Would recommend to everyone. Also a special mention to our driver and guide Thomas. Who was excellent through out trip.
Tour guide with 20+ years experience had little to say
, Dec 2019
Our tour guide might have been having a bad day but she was of very little help and offered practically no information or annecdotes. There was so much potential while walking for hours to tell a tremendous amount of information but she, instead, repeated walking directions multiple times with long pauses of silence in between. She was also very heavily one-sided in her description by minimizing the Jewish autrocities and speaking nearly entirely about the Polish impact both during and after the war. Again...I hope she was simply having a bad day. She claimed to have been a guide for 20+ years...so, I hope she was more knowledgable than what she shared.
We went for a tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau the pick up point and service was excellent from start to finish The company Krakow Direct were excellent throughout our Tour arrived at the stated time from the meeting point the driver very obliging very good manners
The Tour of the Camps was so sad and would recommend taking a bouquet of flowers as we did to place at the Death Wall .
We went as a family of 6 including 2 young boys aged 9/11 years and they were intrigued by what they saw and they think everyone including School Trips should be made to see the reality of the way things were and how these poor people suffered just to make people grateful for what they have now and lucky at the way things are in their lives now.
The Tour Guide was excellent about everything she was very good.
We would recommend this trip highly this was our 2nd trip and we are still dumfounded at the reality of it all, you get the real information when you see it in front of you as the films do not give you the true unimaginable events that took place you need to visit
do not forget your flowers in memory of those poor people
Excellent tour, well organised, punctual and efficient. Would have liked a bit more time at both sites as there is so much to take in but gained a lot of insight to what happened in the camps, guide was very good. Driver was very pleasant and helpful as well.
Time of pickup was altered from 8.45 to 10.15 which I thought was better as less rushed in morning Let us know day before. Pick up arrived on time Driver was good informative etc and the mini bus was comfortable etc eventho full. Provided video re camps which was useful.
We had a guide that took us round both camps. Cannot remember Polish name but he said could call him Michael (I think) He was brilliant. When speaking to him realised that his family had suffered from the German occupation. His grandfather had been shot and family lost property. He therefore spoke with passion trying to convey the scale of what had taken place and it was all very moving and frankly upsetting.Over all a well run well delivered trip and a special thank you to Michael
Must attend this piece of history to remember can never attend again.
Tour guide was knowledgeable. A small pitty it was a warm day and the Birkeneau tour was shortened but it was satisfying enough what we got.
Driver Luca was great and reliable. Always on time at every meeting point said.