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Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour with Pickup & Lunch Options

1. Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour with Pickup & Lunch Options

Pay your respects at the site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. Make use of transportation from Krakow, and take a guided tour of the historical landmark. Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation in Krakow, and journey by air-conditioned vehicle to Oświęcim. Enter the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum for a 3.5-hour guided tour of the former Nazi concentration camps.  Hear how 1.3 million Jews, along with prisoners from Poland, France and Italy were murdered there during World War II. See the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" gate and learn the origins of the camp and what life was like for the prisoners. Visit the original barracks and gas chambers, along with platforms and other sites, and take a poignant trip through history via period photos and personal artifacts that bring the past to life.

Kraków: Auschwitz-Birkenau & Wieliczka Salt Mine with Pickup

2. Kraków: Auschwitz-Birkenau & Wieliczka Salt Mine with Pickup

You will start in the early morning around 08:00 a.m. (in the winter season the pick up might be slightly earlier). The tour begins in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum: first part lasts about 1,5 hours, you will visit Auschwitz I Museum with certified live guide provided by the museum. You will learn the tragic history of the largest concentration camp in Europe. After short break you will be driven to the Birkenau Museum when you will spend around 1 hour with the same guide. During the second half of your full-day program, you will travel to the Salt Mine in Wieliczka, which is one of the oldest working salt mines in the world. Before entering the Salt Mine you will have 1 hour lunch break. The English-speaking tour of the Mine will begin at 16:00 or 17:00 (depending on road conditions). Head 140 meters underground on a 2.5-hour journey along more than 2.5 kilometers of tourist routes and see chambers with amazing carvings and statues, with everything made of salt. You should arrive around 19:30 p.m. to Kraków.

Oswiecim: Auschwitz-Birkenau Skip-The-Line Entrance Tickets

3. Oswiecim: Auschwitz-Birkenau Skip-The-Line Entrance Tickets

Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, on the convenient tour with booked tickets, skip the tickets line access and a professional. Museum Visit Firstly visit Auschwitz I memorial site for approx. 2h with a, accompany of a professional guide through the whole camp. Enter to camp through the main gate with the inscription “Arbeit Macht Frei" (work sets you free). Pass brick Barack's, see the artefacts, photographs of prisoners, reconstructions of the whole complex as well the only remaining gas chambers and crematories. Then, continue the visit with a guide to the camp Birkenau for about 1h. Enter to horrifying wooden blocks, where almost 1000 people were living in inhuman conditions. See the ruins of has chambers and crematoria, a part of the industrial genocide of Nazi Germany.

From Katowice: Auschwitz-Birkenau Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

4. From Katowice: Auschwitz-Birkenau Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest of Nazi Germany’s concentration camps. Located in German-occupied southern Poland, it took its name from the nearby town of Oświęcim, situated about 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) from Katowice. The complex consisted of three main camps: Auschwitz I — the administrative centre; Auschwitz II (Birkenau) — an extermination camp; and Auschwitz III (Monowitz) — a work camp. On this guided tour of Auschwitz II-Birkenau, discover the terrifying but touching site where at least 1.1 million people were killed, 90% of them Jews from almost every European country. See the gas chambers where the vast majority were slaughtered using Zyklon B, and learn more about the Holocaust with your English-speaking guide. Hear about the most important original objects at Birkenau, and visit the permanent exhibition and original buildings on the grounds of the main camp (Auschwitz). Pay your respects and take some moments for reflection in a place laden with historic horrors.  With this tour, both skip-the-line entrance tickets and hotel pickup and drop-off in Katowice are included. However, if you are staying in a hostel, Airbnb, or any form of private residence, you will have to make your way to the meeting point at the local partner's office in the city center to begin your tour.

Auschwitz-Birkenau: Fast Track Entry Ticket & Guided Tour

5. Auschwitz-Birkenau: Fast Track Entry Ticket & Guided Tour

Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp on a guided tour with a WWII expert. Explore the history of this infamous complex and learn about the tragic events that took place in it. See the original barracks in which prisoners were held to fully understand their situation. Meet your guide near the museum entrance, receive your entrance ticket, and go through security to join your group. Pass through the famous "Arbeit macht frei" gate to enter Auschwitz I, where your guide will show you around the original preserved site and explain its touching history. After a short break, visit the second camp in Birkenau, where mass murders were carried out as part of the Nazi "Final Solution to the Jewish Problem".

Krakow: Guided Auschwitz Birkenau Tour

6. Krakow: Guided Auschwitz Birkenau Tour

Your experience begins at the meeting point of 14 Straszewskiego Street. From Krakow, you will travel directly to the Auschwitz Birkenau Museum. Your local guide will maintain your interest for 3.5 hours as you visit both concentration camps. You'll also tour exhibitions which sit in remaining prison blocks, as well as prisoner rooms, the death wall, the gas chambers, crematoria buildings, remaining barracks, the railway ramp in Birkenau, and many other original objects presenting everyday camp reality and the treatment of imprisoned people. The UNESCO-listed Auschwitz Museum and Birkenau are located in Oświęcim, and are two of the most significant places in Europe. The site is the symbol of the Holocaust, one of the greatest crimes against humanity in world history. At the conclusion of your experience, you'll be returned to your accommodation in Krakow.

From Krakow: Auschwitz and Wieliczka Salt Mine Full-Day Tour

7. From Krakow: Auschwitz and Wieliczka Salt Mine Full-Day Tour

Auschwitz Birkenau Museum is for sure one of the most recognizable places in Europe if not in the World. The former Nazi camp is real proof of human cruelty. It’s going to be a full-day excursion (7-8 hours), visiting well maintained Auschwitz camp which became a memorial museum with intriguing expositions. The second part is a vast camp – Birkenau, situated just outside the city of Oswiecim. Our English-speaking driver will pick you up from your hotel in the city center of Krakow. With a comfortable air-conditioned bus, you will drive to the city of Oswiecim. The ride will take about 1,5 hours. The first steps begin at the well-known gate with “Arbeit Macht Frei” writing. The place was a work camp in the past and the prisoners were forced to do a destructive job. The route leads through important places which show the daily life of prisoners, work, selection, and extermination. Each barrack is an original exhibition made up of belongings left by prisoners The combination of these items with the guide’s appalling stories helps you see through your own eyes what really happened here, and why we can’t remain indifferently to this place. After visiting the first museum, you will get a lunchbox with a sandwich, fruit, and water. Time for a quick break. The next place is Auschwitz II Birkenau a vast open-space camp that shows the size of the murder committed here. You will see the field with many barracks, gas chambers, and crematoriums fenced with barbed wire. Thousands of people were murdered in this place. Wear comfortable shoes as you will walk around 1km around the camp. After finishing the tour, our driver will wait for you in the parking, the same place where you arrived. You’ll have a short break and then depart to Krakow city center. You will have approximately 1 hour of free time in between the trips. Ideal for having a decent meal or a coffee cup. Your driver will pick you up from the meeting point in front of the Maltanski hotel (Straszewskiego 14 Street) and you will travel to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the UNESCO monuments and has been gathering salt for over 700 years. It’s one of the most beautiful facilities of this type in the world. The whole sightseeing should take about 2,5 hours. After arrival at the parking, you will meet our guide, and that is how the adventure begins. Time to go deep! We will have to walk down the wooden stairs to a depth of 65 meters. Our guide will explain the rules of a salt mine as well as various legends and stories about mine’s past. The tour takes place in the underground corridors and chambers, well prepared for the visiting tourists. Certain points on your way are dedicated to famous people who decided to visit Salt Mine in the past, for example, Chopin or Goethe. There will be many stories about mining and the progress of the works over the years. After the trip, you should return to the parking lot where the driver will be waiting to take you to Krakow hotel.

Auschwitz-Birkenau: Memorial Entry Ticket with Guided Tour

8. Auschwitz-Birkenau: Memorial Entry Ticket with Guided Tour

Come to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum (listed by UNESCO as a Natural and Cultural Heritage site) using your own means of transport. Enjoy having tickets for a guided tour already with you and walk to the entrance. Meet your authorised, live guide on-site and follow them into Auschwitz I where you will have a chance to walk on the ground of the former camp, built in 1940 in the suburbs of Oswiecim. Use a headset provided to let you hear the guide's words no matter the distance or group size. Discover lives of people who were kept in this place while seeing exhibitions presented in barracks they used to live. The total number of deaths is estimated at over 1.5 million people, representing 28 nationalities. Nearly 90 percent of them were Jews. Once the first part of the tour is completed, take a bus available on-site and travel few minutes to Auschwitz II-Birkenau where the visit with the guide continues. Walk along the railway which facilitated transports to the other part of the camp. See ruins of gas chambers in which people "vanished" on a mass scale. You can contribute to keeping the memory of the atrocities commited there by coming there and learning more about it.

From Warsaw: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour with Private Transfer

9. From Warsaw: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour with Private Transfer

Get picked up from your accommodation in Warsaw in the early morning. Meet your driver and climb into a private car or minivan, then set off for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. When you arrive at the site, you will embark on a 3.5-hour guided group tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau with a guide speaking your chosen language. Start in the Auschwitz concentration camp and learn about how it was established by German Nazis on the outskirts of the town Oswiecim in 1940. After the war, the camp was turned into a museum displaying evidence of the genocide. Block no. 11, known as the Death Block, was where people were murdered at the Wall of Death. Outside the camp, see the gas chamber, where 70,000 people were killed in 1940-1943. Watch a film made after the liberation of the camp which is shown in various language versions within the museum. After this, head over to the Birkenau section of the concentration camp. Discover how, in 1941, 3 km from Oswiecim, in the former village of Brzezinka, the German Nazis established a new camp called Auschwitz II Birkenau. In 1942-1945, approx. 1.5 million people lived and died here. Most of them (90%) were Jews, others were Poles, Gypsies, Russians, prisoners from 28 countries of Europe, and people of all nationalities and political and religious persuasions. Since 1944, transports of prisoners from all over the continent entered directly through the Gate of Death. In 1979, Auschwitz – Birkenau Concentration Camp was listed as a UNESCO World Culture and National Heritage Site. During the tour, there will be time to eat lunch in the restaurant. You will get picked up after the tour and returned to Warsaw where you will be dropped off at your accommodation in the evening. The entire tour lasts up to 13 hours. The tour is available in English by default. Other languages: Spanish, Italian, German, and French are available on request.

Oświęcim: Auschwitz-Birkenau Admission Ticket & Guided Tour

10. Oświęcim: Auschwitz-Birkenau Admission Ticket & Guided Tour

Take a guided tour of Auschwitz to learn about the haunting genocide site where approximately 1.5 million people were killed during the Holocaust. Today, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it poignantly commemorates the lives of those who died within its walls and fences and is a must-visit for all. Established in 1940, the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex is a network of German Nazi concentration camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Poland throughout its five years of operation. It was a place of systematic extermination with the majority of victims Jewish, Polish, Romani, Russian POWs, or other nationalities. The Martyrdom Museum was founded in 1947 covering the area of KL Auschwitz (Auschwitz I) in Oświęcim and the Birkenau camp (Auschwitz II) in Brzezinka. It comprises approximately 150 buildings and 300 ruins and the original roads, fences, watchtowers, and railway ramps have all been preserved. What's more, the buildings house a collection of original exhibits and documents. Your ticket to Auschwitz-Birkenau includes a visit to Auschwitz I - the administrative center of the Auschwitz death camp. You can also visit Auschwitz II - Birkenau - there are no entry fees. As you explore the gas chambers, crematoriums, and exhibition halls inside the old prison blocks, listen closely as your guide sensitively explains the who, how, where, when, and why of these haunting places Explore the moving memorial dedicated to those who died in the Holocaust and step back to the days of World War II as you walk through the gate of the infamous concentration camp where more than a million European Jews and other prisoners were confined or killed during World War II. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, see a collection of sobering exhibits and documents in the original buildings. Itinerary: 1. Visiting Auschwitz I Museum 2. Transfer with a local bus to Auschwitz II Birkenau (You have to go to Museum's bus stop, the bus departs every 5-10 minutes) 3. Visiting Auschwitz II Birkenau

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based on 346 reviews

Took the option for lunch. Glad we did as you have only 15 minutes between Auschwitz 1 & 2. Our driver Jakob was friendly and got us easily where we needed to be. There were several thousand visitors on the day we visited, definitely gets more crowded later in the day.

The tour was amazing from the beginning to the end, we thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was very well organised and the tour guide chris’ knowledge was exceptional. Thank you so much it, made our trip!!

Excellent bike tour , it little difficult to find the starting address but got there in the end Very enjoyable and informative and fun

Convenient transportation; Polite and experienced guide; Organized on an excellent level

Visit well managed and timely communication. Recommended