Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Half-Day Trip from Krakow

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  • Location: Krakow, Poland
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2145IT3
Take a sobering tour of the World War II Auschwitz-Birkenau complex on a 6-hour trip from Krakow. Travel by coach to the UNESCO World Heritage compound and explore the twin concentration camp compounds with a knowledgeable guide as you learn about the Nazi Holocaust and how the camps functioned. Explore the poignant exhibition halls, and see the barracks, gas chambers and other buildings at Auschwitz I. Then, view the watchtowers, crumbled buildings and intensely moving memorials at Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Your guide will explain everything you see with care and sensitivity.

Highlights

  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Led by a local guide
  • All entrance fees included
Choose your preferred departure time when you book, and begin your experience with a pickup in central Krakow or from your Krakow hotel.

Board your coach and as you travel, watch an onboard documentary that explains the history of WWII and the Nazi Holocaust. Learn how approximately 1.5 million people — mostly Jewish, Polish and Russian prisoners — were killed at Auschwitz-Birkenau from 1940 onward, until both camps were liberated by the Allies in 1945.

After roughly 1.5 hours on the road, arrive at Auschwitz and set off on a guided tour of both the UNESCO-listed Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau sites. Enter the Auschwitz I compound through the gates inscribed with ‘Arbeit macht frei’ or ‘work sets one free,’ and discover how it quickly turned from a detention camp for Polish prisoners into a center for mass murder.

Explore the main buildings — some still intact and some in ruins — and walk around the exhibitions that chart the fates of many of those detained here. View the dormitories and gas chambers, and see the factory areas where prisoners were forced to make munitions and other products for Germany’s war efforts. While the facts of what happened here are shocking and distressing, your guide will explain everything in the most sensitive way possible.

After viewing Auschwitz I, take a short break to collect your thoughts and then visit nearby Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Here, see what remains of the watchtowers, fences and barracks as you hear about the appalling conditions endured by those held here. Witness the remnants of the gas chambers and crematoriums that were destroyed by the fleeing Nazis, and then visit the deeply poignant memorials to the victims to spend time in memory of those who suffered and died here.

After approximately three hours, travel back to Krakow where your tour ends at your original start point.

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Schedule details

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
From your centrally located Krakow hotel depending on its location or from central Krakow.

Hotel Pickup: Hotel pickup is only available from selected centrally located Krakow hotels. Please advise your full hotel name and address at time of booking

Departure Time:

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Duration:
5 to 6 hours
Return Details:

Tour drops off at selected Krakow hotels. You will be advised on the day the closest drop off point to your hotel.


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11:30am Departure
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3:15pm Departure
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Departs at 3:15pm. Available May to September only

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Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Half-Day Trip from Krakow

Auschwitz-Birkenau Half-Day Trip from Krakow

Inclusions:
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance fees
  • Headphones
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Carla W, July 2015

What an experience. Tour bus driver and tour guide were great. Tour guide at both locations were very knowledgeable. Highly recommend this for anyone in the Krakow area visiting.

Reviewed by: Deborah C, July 2015

Definitely recommend this tour if you are in Poland.
Very thought provoking and puts things into perspective . Be aware that this is a long tour tour, around 7 hours in total from pick up to drop off. Lots of walking because of the scale of the camp.
Can be exhausting both physically and emotionally.
Also be aware of weather conditions, we visited on a very hot day, afternoon tour so we were there whilst the sun set. Tourists who had visited earlier in the day found it very hard going in the heat, as there is very little shade.
Our guide was excellent, very knowledgable, informative and respectful.

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