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Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau & Labyrinth Exhibit Full-Day Tour

1. Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau & Labyrinth Exhibit Full-Day Tour

Travel from Krakow and visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum alongside an official guide. See the remaining structures, view touching exhibits commemorating the camp’s victims and survivors, and end with a special guided walk through "The Labyrinths" art installation. Start with a timely pickup from a centrally located meeting point in Krakow and then relax on the air-conditioned bus while your tour leader reviews the day’s itinerary. During the journey, get an introduction to the history of Auschwitz-Birkenau and its role during the Holocaust. After a 1-hour and 40-minute drive and a brief security check, meet the official licensed museum guide who will accompany your group around the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex. Receive a headset to enhance your hearing as you learn about the largest concentration camp complex from World War II. The first portion of the complex tour will lead you around Auschwitz, now a designated national museum, where the barracks are still intact. Hear somber tales of what life was like in the camp as you view the various exhibitions displaying original items that belonged to the camp prisoners. Next, take a short drive to the Birkenau Memorial. Here, witness the gas chambers and the railway, which transported prisoners to the camps, and the unloading platform. Commemorate the camp’s victims as you walk around the memorial site. After the guided Birkenau tour, meet up with your tour leader and board the bus towards your last tour stop before returning back to Krakow. Head to a nearby village of Harmęże, where agricultural forced labor was done by Auschwitz prisoners, and enter the village’s monastery. See the “Frames of memory. Labyrinths” art exhibition, created by Marian Kołodziej, camp prisoner no. 432 and a survivor of Auschwitz. This one-of-a-kind exhibit recreates the reality of the camp through his art. Reflect on the moving artworks and step inside emotional installations, which aim to inspire visitors so that the atrocities of the Holocaust will never be repeated again. From 24th September until the end of October, your start time may be changed to either the morning or afternoon, due to some time slots being blocked for local school groups. Departures at 12:00 PM will run with a reversed itinerary: Labyrinth exhibition, then a short lunch break at Auschwitz Museum, followed by the guided tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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I highly recommend this excellent trip. Konrad and Sophie were friendly and extremely informative and the whole day was very well-organised. Whilst aware of the history, I found the scale of the operation difficult to comprehend. Everyone should visit Auschwitz-Birkenau at some point in their lives in attempt to recognise evil and ensure it never happens again. The art exhibition in the Labyrinth was equally thought provoking. A unique insight into how one man's incarceration affected him long after liberation. If you do nothing else in Krakow, make sure you do this trip!!

Great value for money, comfortable transportation (usb charger on it). When going in this kind of places it’s so important to take a guide and fortunately our guide, Sophie, was great in her job! If you want to really know the history and what happened there, do yourself a gift and take a guide. GetYourGuide always make your journey great!

Good quality transfer bus. Informative film during journey. Tour leader (Konrad) was very helpful. Tour guide (Kamil) was high quality. Exhibitions were really thought provoking. Highly recommended.

Great customer service highly recommend, learned a lot of history the van was nice and clean both guides where extremely professional.

Recommended, well organized and cost/ benefit super nice