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Auschwitz-Birkenau & Wieliczka in one day Best Value Shared Tour

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icon10 to 11 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Visit two of Poland’s UNESCO-listed sites in a single day on this combo tour from Krakow. Pay tribute to victims and survivors of the Holocaust on a guided tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau former concentration camp, and then descend deep underground to explore the fascinating chambers and tunnels of the historic Wieliczka Salt Mine. Skip-the-line tickets and a boxed lunch in between attractions make for a seamless experience.
  • Full-day combo tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau and the Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow
  • Explore the incredible underground world of the Wieliczka Salt Mine
  • Skip the long entrance lines at both sites with reserved tickets
  • Includes a boxed lunch and round-trip transport from Krakow hotels

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour has skip-the-line tickets, and a long lunch break so you can pause and reflect between sites.
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Professional English-speaking driver or tour pilot
Air-conditioned vehicle
Hotel Pick-up & Hotel Drop-off
Professional English guide, museum employee
WiFi on board
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Bottled water
Private transportation
Lunch

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2/10/2022 - 12/31/2022
Thursday:07:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Saturday:07:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Pickup is offered from Your Hotel/Hostel/Apart or 8 comfortable meeting points. Customers may select a point from the list or enter their accommodation address manually. Upon return, it is possible to stop a front of start location or at one of 4 central drop-off points, in the main districts of Krakow. Meeting and drop-off points are visible on the map in the link. Customers will receive a message with the exact departure time until 7 pm on the day before the activity. We kindly ask that guests wait outside, in front of the entrance 5 minutes before departure. The driver will wait no longer than 15 minutes after the specified departure time. At the end of the trip, customers may return to the places were they start the tour or one of 4 droop off location from the map in Krakow.
Be ready for morning pickup at your Krakow hotel, and drive to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial, where more than an estimated one million Jews and other targeted populations were murdered during World War II. The former Nazi concentration and extermination camp is now preserved as a memento of Europe's darkest chapter.

Skip the entrance lines with a timed ticket, and connect with your guide for a tour of the camp including prisoner barracks, the unloading ramp, and ruins of a gas chamber and crematorium. Spend some time at Auschwitz I, the former SS administrative center, or at Auschwitz II-Birkenau, where most of the murders took place (depending on option selected). After this sobering visit, take a break for reflection and tuck into a provided boxed lunch.

In the afternoon, explore the mesmerizing underground world of the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Be prepared for a steep climb down several hundred steps as you descend into the tunnels and caverns of one of the world’s oldest salt mines. Admire sculptures carved out of salt rock and see mysterious saline lakes during your guided visit. Return to the surface via an elevator, and relax on the return drive to your Krakow hotel in the evening.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim, less than 70 km from Krakow, lies on the grounds of the former Nazi German concentration camp. The main camp KL Auschwitz was created in the mid-1940s, in the nearby suburbs of Oswiecim. A year later the German Nazis established the second part of the camp Auschwitz (II) - Birkenau which became the largest extermination centre for European Jews. It is the most recognizable symbol of the Holocaust and human genocide in the world. The Memorial Site is an area of almost 200 ha, over 150 buildings, and about 300 ruins, including remains of gas chambers and crematoria destroyed by the Germans. The trip includes permanent exhibitions, original buildings of the main Auschwitz camp and the most important buildings of the Auschwitz (II) - Birkenau camp.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Wieliczka Salt Mine
We predict a long break about 60 to 90 minutes for lunch. In the winter, from November to the end of February, this break is reduced to about 30-45 minutes due to the mine closing earlier. Depending on the order of the visits the lunch break can be in the town of Wieliczka near the Salt Mine, or near the Auschwitz Museum in Oświęcim. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the most recognizable tourist attractions in Poland. About 1 million tourists visit every year. The origins of the mine date back to the Middle Ages. In the 16th century, the Wieliczka Salt Mine was the most profitable enterprise in Europe. Profits from salt extraction in the times of Casimir the Great constituted 30% of the entire kingdom's income. Visiting Wieliczka takes about two and a half hours.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Auschwitz II Historical Gate
In the tour option Wieliczka Salt Mine & Birkenau you will skip the entrance to the Auschwitz I Museum for an extended visit of the Auschwitz II Birkenau concentration camp. You will have about 2h to explore the original buildings and different exhibitions. You can use the guidebook as a map to plan your visit and choose what you wish to see. Among others, you can visit the Birkenau ramp, the crematoria ruins, prisoner living barracks, and the prisoners' sauna where you can observe the personal photographs of the people that perished in the gas chambers.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • The temperature in the Salt Mine varies between 16-18 degrees Celsius throughout the year.
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Bags and backpacks larger than 30x20x10cm are not allowed on the museum grounds. You may store luggage in the vehicles free of charge.
  • A considerable amount of walking is involved
  • Youth between 18 and 26 years must present a valid student ID on the day of the activity.
  • Please, provide exact name and surname from your passports/documents (tickets are personal)
  • Please bring a document confirming the name and surname of each participant
  • you can order an extra paid lunch-box from the driver
  • the exact time of the lunch break depends on the traffic on the day
  • Not recommended for travelers suffering from claustrophobia.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Auschwitz-Birkenau is not recommended for children under 14 years of age
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY CRACOW LOCAL TOURS
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Auschwitz-Birkenau & Wieliczka in one day Best Value Shared Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Auschwitz-Birkenau & Wieliczka in one day Best Value Shared Tour.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Auschwitz-Birkenau & Wieliczka in one day Best Value Shared Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Auschwitz-Birkenau & Wieliczka in one day Best Value Shared Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "Lots of walking and paths are very uneven and covered in puddles , on the day was sleet rain all day, very cold so wear warm clothes and proper shoes not runners if the weather is going to be bad." See review
  • "Lots of walking and a long day so make sure you are prepared with comfortable shoes!" See review
  • "The day is a long day with plenty of walking so comfortable shoes are a must." See review

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star-5
Best Tour Driver
LizaAD
, Jul 2021
Michel is very efficient, helpful, and service with a smile. He is one of the best tour driver I ever had, and I do travel a lot.
star-5
Amazing tour!
Mary_H
, Sep 2020
Amazing tour! Our guide/driver was great. We accidentally got lost and missed our time at Auschwitz and everyone was really accommodating and got us onto a later group.
star-5
Krakow 2020
Elaine_B
, Sep 2020
We had a Great day The Driver was lovely and friendly Will definitely book again Thank elaine and kirsty
star-5
Tick off the bucket list experience
David_B
, Sep 2020
A highly recommended this tour and this tour operator. We where picked up close to are hotel at the time specified. The Auschwitz-Birkenau is a must see but harrowing experience and the salt minds spectacular.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Tour
Autumn_K
, Sep 2020
Michael was our fearless driver who drove us to and from Krakow. He was very organized, even though the other groups that were with us were not (they were late ~20 minutes, which delayed our tour). He kept us updated on the time schedule. A great experience visiting a very somber place. I highly recommend it.
star-5
A trip like no other
Nicola_A
, Sep 2020
This was an excellent trip. Was collected on time and looked after very well all day. Provided with a lite lunch which was welcomed. The day is a long day with plenty of walking so comfortable shoes are a must. Would definitely recommend this trip
star-5
Two must see polish sites in one day
Jason_P
, Aug 2020
A haunting visit to Auschwitz that feel everyone needs to see and hear so we never forget. Followed by a tour of the Salt mine that takes you deep underground to the many caverns and monuments in this iconic site. Be warned it’s a long day but does mean you make the best of the time available if not got a lot of time. Joseph, our driver did a great job Shepard I got us to both venues and making sure we got the most out of the day.
star-5
Great experience
Sarah_O
, Aug 2020
This tour was excellent from the very beginning. The driver was brilliant very professional and even told us interesting facts and places of interest whilst driving to and from locations. The lunch that was provided was basic but still tasted good. The tour guides at both places were very informative and shared lots of knowledge with us. It was a long day we were picked up at 9am and dropped back off at 7pm but it was well worth it. If you go in the summer like we did it is worth taking hats etc as auschwitz 2 is very open and if it is sunny there isnt much shade. An emotional experience and a must when visiting Krakow. I would definately recommend this tour
star-5
Surreal experience
Stephen_J
, Feb 2020
Very informative tour and our driver was great. Learnt a lot of things that I didn’t know. Quite surreal to see the camps and the salt mines were amazing, would definitely recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Aushwitz day tour
Bobbi_S
, Feb 2020
Excellent well organised trip myself and my boyfriend were very touched by the history of aushwitz a real eye opening trip and lots learnt
star-5
All of it !
damianmchugh7
, Feb 2020
Driver was very nice and car(minibus) was spotless and very comfortable, camps are about 1.5 hrs out of Kraków.. the weather on the day was horrible so be advised. Lots of walking and paths are very uneven and covered in puddles , on the day was sleet rain all day, very cold so wear warm clothes and proper shoes not runners if the weather is going to be bad. Paths are paved with large puddles Our driver (Peter) had umbrellas at hand 🙏🏻. Birkenau is ALL outdoors. But weather added to the experience Guide was excellent, approx 5 mins drive between the two locations Salt mine was about 1hr from camps and we had about 1 hour to have a break before tour... lots of walking again .. and steps .. most down though... fabulous place . If you’re claustrophobic ask before taking tour !!! Overall a great day out .. worn out walking but a bucket list item ticked. Thanks to our driver again Highly recommended trip as this is or split over 2 days (Picked up at 8am back around 19:00 )
star-5
Great tour
Sergio_B
, Jan 2020
Great tour, greats guides. It was very organized and the guide was really good explaining the history
star-4
Very nice
Monica_F
, Jan 2020
Attractions are worth it a visit, concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau are well maintained. Salt Mine is charming
star-5
Fab day
Hilary_C
, Jan 2020
Fantastic day ! Disappointing that we couldn't get to Birkenau as it was too slippery underfoot. The salt mines and Auschwitz were amazing ! I think it should become part of the school curriculum. This was my 5th visit but I shall certainly be back.
star-5
Well organised
William_D
, Dec 2019
Long day but we’ll worth it, not a tour for a young family. Our tour guide was very good and informative. The tour of the camps is a must see amazing and very sensitive. The overall cost is good value with a pack lunch included. When booking make sure cost includes for the entry to all. We still had to pay for the mine entry. The mine visit is okay but I would not rush back. You are emailed your pick up point and time, make sure you are on time. The coach was very good clean and tidy. The driver was experienced and did not think he was Lewis Hamilton. This was one of my tick boxes and I am glad I did. Viator made very easy.
star-4
Insightful yet harrowing in Aushchwitz, followed by jaw dropping salt mines!
Macey_G
, Dec 2019
The driver was welcoming and as informative as he could be about the plan of the day. The tour in Auschwitz was delivered by a fantastic guide with superb English. He really delivered it well at a good speed. Sometimes I felt like we were walking past a lot of billboards which he may have been explaining verbally and may have just been for tourists doing self-tours, so we probably weren't missing information. The tour started early enough to miss the huge traffic of people we saw going in on our way out which was another plus. Then we were taken to the salt mines by the driver, and the driver explained that the exit is about 600m down the road from the car. It was a bit confusing and disorientating after walking around for 3 hours in the mine to then have to find the driver but plenty of people were in the same situation so it was easy enough to find the entrance to the salt mine again and find the driver. The only negative about this trip was the unclear information before hand via email. The link to claim our tickets took me to a page which said 'THIS IS NOT YOUR ENTRY TICKET - you can redeem your tickets at any one of these locations' and then listen many street names around the city. On the night before the event we saw this after arriving into Krakow late, and we spent hours trying to find a place open and a place where we could redeem the tickets. The tour operator phone line was closed so we felt really stuck. In the end at 5am, after calling them multiple times and using a lot of our phone credit, they told us the email with booking reference is sufficient and we don't need to redeem any tickets. The other negative was that it would have been nice to have a printed/emailed itinerary of how the day was going to be, how long things were going to last and what times things would start etc, as we got on the bus not sure of the day ahead of us.
star-5
Long day but worth it
Nicola_M
, Dec 2019
I wasn't too keen on visiting Auschwitz, but so glad I did. Very sobering experience & really brings home the importance of keeping the memory alive of all the prisoners who lost their lives during that time. Salt mines was very impressive, although a lot of walking so not ideal for young kids or elderly! Got to say I was also glad to see the daylight again, the idea of being 150m underground was beginning to give me anxiety. Worth the experience though. Driver & tour guides both very good.
star-4
Jam packed day!
Laura_G
, Dec 2019
We started very early, with pick up from our accommodation at 5:50am. Having said that, this meant we got to Auschwitz ahead of the traffic and queues. Our driver was also the tour guide for Auschwitz and he was very good. Very sensitive and knowledgable. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see Birkenau due to the icy conditions so got to the Salt Mines earlier than planned. I must say after the morning at Auschwitz, the Salt Mines were not the highlight of the trip. However, the tour guide and service was great, with door to door pick up. There is a lot of walking but value for money with a packed lunch thrown in, it was great!
star-4
Well Organised Experience
Daniel_R
, Dec 2019
Very early start at 5:45AM, despite this our driver was fantastic and the journey to and from the locations was seamless. The tour guide we had was exceptional and extremely informative regarding Auschwitz and gave a very thorough insight into the history of the site. On the day, the operators card machine had stopped working - This lead to us all having to withdraw money to pay the 89PLN fee for entrance to the Salt mines. In hindsight, the fee for the Salt mine should be included in the price paid, rather than having to find the money on the day. Otherwise, I would definitely recommend this trip.
star-5
Auschwitz and Wieliczka salt mine in one day
rebecca6131
, Dec 2019
This was an amazing trip, it was a full on tiring day but really worth it. Our tour guide was Francesco he was very knowledgeable and also very respectful of the places we visited he told the stories of the events in a way that made you feel the horror of what happened there. I think everyone should go there once in their lives and understand the horrors of what occurred I came away feeling like I’d paid my respects and also felt very grateful for my lot in life. The salt mine was also a good experience the guide there was knowledgeable and pieced together the history of the place. It was a whistle stop day but well worth it. We were picked up at 7.20 and got back at 6.30pm there were plenty of breaks to use restrooms along the way.

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