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Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial from Krakow

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Kraków, Poland
Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial from Krakow

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Remember victims of the Holocaust with a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, the largest and most infamous Nazi concentration and extermination camp. On this full-day trip from Kraków, learn about the dark history of the camp through informative displays and a guided tour of the surviving prison barracks, gas chambers, and crematorium. En route to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, watch a documentary film about the liberation of Auschwitz for added historical context.
  • Day trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum from Kraków
  • See the remnants of the deadliest Nazi concentration and extermination camp
  • Pay tribute to victims of the Holocaust
  • Watch a documentary video on the bus ride to the camp
  • Learn about the history and liberation of Auschwitz, now named a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Respectful way to explore the legacy of World War II in Poland
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Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Professional guide
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

plac Jana Matejki 2, 31-156 Kraków, Poland

Meet your guide at the Cracow City Tours office on Matejko's Square

Departure Time

8:40 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide and tour group in central Kraków in the morning, and climb aboard a bus for the roughly 1.5-hour drive to Auschwitz. Along the way, get an orientation to the site’s painful history and 1945 Soviet liberation through a documentary video.

When you arrive, take a short bathroom break before beginning a 2-hour guided tour of the Auschwitz I site, which served as the one-time SS administrative center during World War II. Learn about the estimated 1.5 million Jews and other targeted people who were murdered here through a series of museum displays and live commentary from your guide. Headsets will be provided for groups of more than 10 people to ensure everyone can hear clearly.

Return to the bus for a short drive to the neighboring Auschwitz II-Birkenau site, where the majority of mass executions took place during the camp’s operation. Throughout the tour, you will see the remnants of prison barracks, gas chambers, a crematorium, and railroad tracks that have been preserved as a reminder of one of Europe's darkest chapters. After 1 hour at Auschwitz II-Birkenau, return to the bus for the drive back to Kraków.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer to assist them on the day
  • Only small handbags/purses are allowed inside the museum, backpacks, rucksacks and larger bags may not be brought inside. Baggage left on the bus is at the owner's own risk
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • OPERATED BY Malopolska PKS Sp. z o.o.

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.


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Don't use this company
Tom_C
, Jul 2021
This company is basically just a ticket and bus service. They do not give the tour. They give you your ticket at the meeting point in town and then herd you onto a disgustingly filthy bus. The staff at Auschwitz gives you headsets and provides a guide that speaks your chosen language. This guide then walks you around the facility explaining everything you see. The Auschwitz tour itself is good however I would not recommend booking with this company. There are many options to get to Auschwitz without using an "organized tour service" such as this. I wish I would have researched this a bit before booking a tour with this company. The bus that took us to Auschwitz did not look like it had been cleaned since the pandemic started. The windows were all greasy from people leaning their heads against them and there were food crumbs as well as drink and other food stains on the plastic portions of the seats (armrests, tray tables, etc.). Stuff that could have been easily cleaned up had they just wiped it down. When we got back to Krakow, there was another group waiting to board our bus. I'm sure this bus is rarely cleaned and certainly not sanitized. It was really gross.
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Highly recommend visiting but not...
Charlene A
, Nov 2017
Highly recommend visiting but not with this company. The guide was knowledgeable, the down side. This trip was very rushed, the guide moved so quickly some older members of the group couldn't keep up. If you didn't keep up,you missed out. I wouldn't recommend using this company. Very limited time!
star-5
This is a sobering tour but one that...
Karen D
, Sep 2017
This is a sobering tour but one that everyone should take.
star-5
Ordering from this website made it...
Lauren T
, Aug 2017
Ordering from this website made it confusing and difficult for the travel company, but the travel company were amazing! Also, it includes lunch, check that!
star-5
The tour was very well organised and...
Jane E
, Jun 2017
The tour was very well organised and our English speaking guide was brilliant. He shared some amazing anecdotes and was passionate in his guiding of both sites. I would strongly recommend this tour.
star-5
Excellent, informative and well...
Maria F
, Mar 2017
Excellent, informative and well organized visit by Cracow City Tours and Vladimir our guide, who was very knowledgeable and sensitive in his explanations. A difficult visit to make but important to do so.
star-4
It was an informative and...
Deborah A G
, Dec 2016
It was an informative and educational tour and an important place to visit. Our guide was knowledgeable but earphones can drop in and out so it's a good idea to stay near the guide. Breaks are very short and rushed, bring food as queues can be long. Wrap up if you're going in winter.
star-4
Voyage très bien organisé mais trop...
Martine G
, Apr 2018
Voyage très bien organisé mais trop court sur place, la visite d'Auschwitz a presque été faite à la course et il y a eu trop d'attente à l'entrée. Il faudrait plus de temps.

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