Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum And Memorial Guided Tour From Krakow

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Overview

Visit the World War II Auschwitz-Birkenau complex and learn about the Nazi Holocaust on this 7-hour trip from Krakow. Your host will pick you up from your centrally located Krakow hotel and take you by coach to the UNESCO World Heritage site in Owicim. Explore the two camps with a professional guide who will carefully, and sensitively explain everything that you can see at the site, including the barracks and poignant museum exhibits at Auschwitz I, as well as the gas chambers, watchtowers and moving memorials in Auschwitz II-Birkenau. You will learn about the history of the WWII holocaust and the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945, as well as hear individual stories of some of the camp's prisoners.

Highlights

  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Excellent value for money
  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Led by a local guide
  • Editor's Pick

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Meet your host at your Krakow hotel or in central Krakow, and then travel by coach to the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oświęcim, a small Polish town roughly an hour away. During the journey, you will be shown a documentary on the history of Auschwitz and the Holocaust.

When you arrive at your destination, you will be met by your professional guide and enter the site at Auschwitz I, walking through the gate to the camp that bears the inscription Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Sets You Free).

The Auschwitz-Birkenau complex was established in 1940, originally to hold Polish political prisoners, and operated for five years before the remaining prisoners were liberated in 1945. During its operation, more than 1.5 million Jewish, Polish, Italian and French prisoners were brought here as part of one of the world's largest attempts at genocide.

The museum and memorial were founded in 1947, combining the area of KL Auschwitz (Auschwitz I) in Oświęcim and the Birkenau camp (Auschwitz II) in Brzezinka. The camp comprises approximately 150 buildings and you can see the original roads, fences, watchtowers and railway ramps that have all been preserved.

Visit some of the barracks on the Auschwitz I complex, which now house a collection of original exhibitions and documents, as well as articles confiscated from prisoners upon their arrival at the camp. After exploring the Auschwitz I complex, your host will meet you to take you by coach for the short journey to nearby Birkenau (Auschwitz II) where your tour will continue. Here you will see the original fences and crematoriums as well as the remains of the colossal gas chambers.

Your tour then concludes with a drop-off at your original start point.

Inclusions for Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum And Memorial Guided Tour From Krakow

  • Entrance fees
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Local guide
  • Tour escort/host
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)

Exclusions for Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum And Memorial Guided Tour From Krakow

  • Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not recommended for child aged 14 and under

Not wheelchair accessible

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Breaks during the tour are no longer than 10 minutes

The service does not include a meal, so please bring a packed lunch

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • I would highly recommend this tour to everyone as its a great way to learn about the history of Auschwitz from guides who are well informed. The guide was able to answer all our questions while on the tour and it was easy to follow along and understand her explanations. It is a difficult trip, however both the movie and the visit help to try to picture what it was like and make sure that it is never forgotten. The only thing I would suggest is to give an hour or two at the end for people to wander around on their own as the tour goes very fast due to the many visitors during a day. Thank you for the information and great tour!

  • Overall this was a good trip BUT there are a few things that I would change. The mini bus was full and no windows could be opened, so it was very hot, very stuffy and uncomfortable. When we arrived we were given time to stretch our legs and get a fabulous hot chocolate from one of the snack bar. It is EXTREMELY busy with many different nationalities and this makes it difficult to hear when your tour is called. We were given headsets and a receiver, to hear the tour guide but they were not great and frequently went out of range, which meant we couldnt hear her! Groups kept catching up with us and we would clash with the group in front. I cant say I enjoyed this trip due to its nature but I did find it emotional and disturbing, however you can tell the guide did this a lot as the emotion had left her voice and was quite robotic in her delivery. The place is so busy, I mean literally thousands of people are there at once, its obviously a major tourist draw now and not treated as respectfully as I feel it should be.

  • An excellent trip. Very well organised. The guide at the museum was superb - great knowledge and explained with such emotion.

  • Amazing tour. Need to update the phone number for the company you need too ring to confirm pick up time. Will definitely book with Viator again

  • Wished the bus ride there would have played a video for background or had a guide to set the scene. Loved our tour guide during our time at Auschwitz.

  • Tour was very interesting shame we had such a dull tour guide.

  • I'd seen documentaries on Auschwitz but somehow I never realized there was not one camp but three. Auschwitz 1 is the work camp, its gate reads work sets you free and 2 in Birkenau the largest death camp. This is not a happy holiday destination nor one for a selfie. The guide was excellent and how she delivered the information on what went on without going into horrific detail. I would recommend this tour but you must do some research before you go

  • Pick us up from hotel to coming back from the tour , we give them Big 10 on the scale 1 to 10.
    I regret very badly not expressing our gratitude.
    Thank you.

  • The guide was very knowledgable and we enjoyed the tour. The company operated on time although the buses were very squashed, if you are tall, ask to have a front seat reserved for you. The video that plays is also on a small screen so upfront is better. You need to be early on the bus not just at the office or you will be stuck at the back and seperated from your travelling companions.

  • Very humbling experience. Definitely recommend goin. Tour was organised well. Transportation was excellent and the tour guide was very knowledgable.

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