Tour the infamous Nazi German extermination camp, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, in Oswiecim, 43 miles (70 kilometers) from Krakow. Meet your driver and other travelers in Krakow's Old Town, then join a guided tour of the camps – a deeply moving experience that exposes a harrowing period of history.
Meet your driver and fellow travelers at a designated meeting point in Krakow Old Town at 9 am. Board your air-conditioned minivan for the 90-minute drive to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.
At the camp, preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage site, you'll join a group of up to 30 people for a guided tour provided by the museum: you'll be equipped with headsets to ensure you can hear your guide. No matter what the season, you won't need to wait in line here as your tour has been prearranged. Please note that during high season (July-August) due to a large number of visitors there might be a 20-30 min wait while going through the museum security check.
The 3.5-hour tour covers both Auschwitz I, the original and main camp, and Birkenau, the site where many of the killings happened. At Auschwitz I, you'll visit all the permanent exhibitions and buildings, home to moving displays on the story of the Holocaust and the Nazi concentration camps.
At Auschwitz II-Birkenau, you'll see what remains of the most significant buildings: the barracks, the unloading ramp, and the ruins of the gas chamber and crematoria.
Your tour will return to the main entrance, where you'll board your van to return to Krakow Old Town, arriving around 4 pm.