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Auschwitz-Birkenau: Guided Tour, Transfers and Lunch

1. Auschwitz-Birkenau: Guided Tour, Transfers and Lunch

Spend an hour and fifteen minutes in an air-conditioned bus, as you depart Krakow for a confronting day of reflection at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp complex, a solemn place that leaves a lasting impression on all visitors, and an important memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Visit the museum and memorial in the suburbs of Oświęcim, about 60 kilometers west of Krakow. Upon arrival meet a professional guide who will show you around the site and speak of its dark history. Receive a lunch box, to take a break with during the tour. Discover the tragic history of the largest concentration camp of the Holocaust, funded by the Nazi party in 1940, Auschwitz-Birkenau became both a symbol of human suffering and a witness to physical and emotional exhaustion. Learn how it became the final resting place for millions of people, mostly Jews, put to their death in the hideous gas chambers. Pass through the gate with the inscription “Arbeit Macht Frei" (work sets you free) to enter Auschwitz I, where your guide will show you around the preserved area and explain the history of this place.  Then, spend about one hour at the second camp at Birkenau, where mass killings took place as part of the Nazi “Final Solution to the Jewish Question”, before meeting your driver for the return journey to Kraków.

Krakow: Private Guided City Tour by Electric Car

2. Krakow: Private Guided City Tour by Electric Car

After meeting with your guide, you will begin your city tour around Krakow in an electric car with an audio guide in your language. You will visit Old Town, Wawel Castle, the Jewish Quarter, former ghetto, and Schindler's Factory. Your tour will take 1.5 hours, and during your tour, you can listen to information about the history of Krakow and descriptions of the monuments in your choice of 28 languages. One car can take up to 7 people on board. In case of more people, there are next car available. The roof is panoramic, so you will be able to see the monuments clearly. During good weather the car will be open, but in case of rain, you can use transparent curtains so as to still see your surroundings.

Krakow: Schindler's Factory & Ghetto Guided Tour

3. Krakow: Schindler's Factory & Ghetto Guided Tour

Visit one of the most important and popular museums in Krakow at Oskar Schindler's with your professional guide. Learn about the story of a German entrepreneur who helped many Jews throughout the war at the exhibition "Krakow Under Nazi Occupation" Then, walk through the streets of Podgórze and see the evidence of the terrible events that took place during the Second World War. See a part of the undestroyed wall around the ghetto, houses where thousands of displaced Jews used to live, the "Pod Orłem" pharmacy, and the Empty Chair Monument in the Heroes' Square, with its symbolic 68 chairs.

Krakow: 2-Hour Electric Car Sightseeing Tour

4. Krakow: 2-Hour Electric Car Sightseeing Tour

Your tour begins next to the Wawel Castle at an easy-to-find meeting point. From there, you will begin covering the most important parts of Krakow. Begin by explore the Old Town, including Wawel Castle. This area contains many gorgeous churches as well as the Bishop's Palace, the Jagiellonian University, and many other historical buildings. You will then explore the Jewish Quarters, which contain breathtaking Christian churches, old Jewish synagogues, and historical buildings from the former city of Kazimierz. You will then discover the remains of the Ghetto walls and Main Square, as well as Schindler’s Factory. Following those 2 hours, you will have some time to go inside Schindler's Factory on your own. Please check the price of the ticket and if the museum will be open this day, and your driver is able to wait for about 50 minutes before driving you back to the city center.

Kraków: 1.5-Hour Guided Tour of Schindler's Factory

5. Kraków: 1.5-Hour Guided Tour of Schindler's Factory

Visit Schindler's Factory and explore the museum dedicated to preserving the history of these incredible events. Learn the historical context with your expert guide to fully understand the story of Oscar Schindler. See an intimate portrait of the life of Schindler from his pre-war endeavors to his post-war fate. Visit his original office and hear the accounts of the Jewish survivors that he saved. Step into the old enamelware factory and learn the reality of everyday life in Kraków during the Nazi occupation. Immerse yourself in the past with reconstructions of the 1939 battlefield, the bustling streets of Kraków, public execution sites, the railway station, and the Jewish ghetto wall. As you walk from 1939 to 1945, meet not only Schindler but other important figures active in Kraków during that period: Himmler, Pankiewicz, Pope John Paul II, Amon Goeth, and more.

Krakow: Kazimierz Jewish District Guided Walking Tour

6. Krakow: Kazimierz Jewish District Guided Walking Tour

Explore the Kazimierz district with your expert guide and learn more about the history of the Jewish people in the city of Krakow. Stroll through the charming streets and discover more about local life past and present. See several of the district's magnificent and stunning synagogues. Learn more about the Jewish ghetto and the tragic fate of many of its residents during World War II. Visit the house of Mordechaj Gebirtig, a noted Jewish poet and songwriter who lived in the Jewish ghetto during the war. Enter the Old City Hall and learn more about the importance of the district in modern Krakow. Visit market squares that highlight modern Jewish culture in the city.

From Krakow: Transfer to Auschwitz-Birkenau Self-Guided Tour

7. From Krakow: Transfer to Auschwitz-Birkenau Self-Guided Tour

Discover the largest Nazi concentration camp and pay tribute to the murdered prisoners during a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. This experience includes a round-trip transfer from Krakow and plenty of for you to explore freely at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Depart from Krakow and travel by air-conditioned minibus to the Auschwitz-Birkenau. You can manage your time as you wish during the 3.5 hours stop. Choose to rent a guidebook in your language from your driver or buy it at the bookstore. If you do not have an entry ticket booked in advance, you can easy collect it before visit. After free time, enjoy a quick return to Krakow.

Kraków 2-Hour Guided Tour: History and Photos

8. Kraków 2-Hour Guided Tour: History and Photos

Spend an authentic day in Krakow after a well-planned route through the city. Instead of showing the most popular Old Town with the main market square that everyone can, this is a special trip by electric golf car. Discover the most important and suggestive monuments surrounding the Old Town, Kazimierz (Christian part with churches and Jewish part with synagogues), the Jewish ghetto from the Second World War and Oskar Schindler's Factory. Explore the most famous churches, synagogues and monuments. Explore less popular but beautiful streets, where you will feel the true climate of the district. On the tour you can try the most famous Zapiekanki (open-faced sandwich) on Plac Nowy. To reminisce about the trip for a long time, be photographed at the most interesting points. If your English is not very good, don’t worry - you have the opportunity to hear the history of the monuments from the installed audio system in your language.

Krakow: City Tour by Electric Golf Cart

9. Krakow: City Tour by Electric Golf Cart

Meet your driver-guide at the meeting point in the center of the city. Discover the best of Krakow on a 1.5-hour tour with an audio guide in 28 languages. Learn about the monuments and areas you pass by and receive plenty of recommendations for your stay in the city. First, visit the Old Town of Krakow with the largest medieval market square in Europe. Travel along the Royal Route and the defensive walls and fortifications. See many beautiful buildings such as the Jagiellonian University, Słowacki Theater, and the breathtaking Wawel Castle. Explore the Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz where you can see beautiful synagogues, old cemeteries, atmospheric streets and squares. Visit the district of Podgórze where you can stop at Ghetto Heroes Square, the Eagle Pharmacy, and the remains of former Ghetto walls. Learn of the tragic history of the Jewish community during the years of World War II, and see the famous factory of Oskar Schindler, where many lives were saved. Then, be dropped off at the meeting point or any location in the city center.

Krakow: Nowa Huta Tour with a Local NGO Guide

10. Krakow: Nowa Huta Tour with a Local NGO Guide

Get an interesting lesson about the history of Nowa Huta and see typical examples of Socialist Realist architecture aboard a Communist-era car. Learn where the large statue of Lenin stood on Aleja Róż (Avenue of Roses), and marvel at the grandeur of Plac Centralny (Central Square). Get familiar with the history of Polish communism by taking a ride in a classic Polish car of that era and visiting bomb shelters that were built around a city in the case of World War III. Get impressive views from Centrum E and the Nowa Huta Cultural Center, and then look for the shelters built to prepare for nuclear war. See the former Światowid Cinema, and visit the 13th-century Mogila Abbey and its little church of Saint Barthélemy. Learn about the legend of Queen Wanda on Wanda Mound, and discover the birthplace of the district at the Kombinat steel factory. Look at a famous sign that was altered after the fall of communism, and take photos of a Soviet tank outside the Ludowy Theater (People’s Theater). Discover the story of the Arka Pana (Lord's Ark) Church and Chapel of Conciliation and the battle the locals waged to have it built. Upgrade your tour to the extended 3.5-hour option, and include a visit to either a Cold War bomb shelter or a communist apartment.

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Our driver picked us up at appointed time and place. She was professional, knowledgable, personable, and fun. We spent 16 hours with her and enjoyed ever minute. Highly recommend this service.

Everybody was helpful, everything was orderly; impressed with all the tour guides - clock work! Kind driver and guide.

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Absolutely superb. Best tour we’ve been on. Guide was first class and so knowledgeable

Fantastic driver. Amazing guide wound definitely recommend to everyone he was amazing.