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$46.17 Day Trips & Excursions

Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow

Meet your host at your Krakow hotel or in central Krakow, and then travel by coach to the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oświęcim, a small Polish town roughly an hour away.  When you arrive at your destination, you will be met by your professional guide and enter the site at Auschwitz I, walking through the gate to the camp that bears the inscription Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Sets You Free). The Auschwitz-Birkenau complex was established in 1940, originally to hold Polish political prisoners, and operated for five years before the remaining prisoners were liberated in 1945. During its operation, more than 1.5 million Jewish, Polish, Italian and French prisoners were brought here as part of one of the world's largest attempts at genocide. The museum and memorial were founded in 1947, combining the area of KL Auschwitz (Auschwitz I) in Oświęcim and the Birkenau camp (Auschwitz II) in Brzezinka. The camp comprises approximately 150 buildings and you can see the original roads, fences, watchtowers and railway ramps that have all been preserved. Visit some of the barracks on the Auschwitz I complex, which now house a collection of original exhibitions and documents, as well as articles confiscated from prisoners upon their arrival at the camp. After exploring the Auschwitz I complex, your host will meet you to take you by coach for the short journey to nearby Birkenau (Auschwitz II) where your tour will continue. Here you will see the original fences and crematoriums as well as the remains of the colossal gas chambers. Your tour then concludes with a drop-off at the city centre.

$75.03 Cultural & Theme Tours

Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow

The tour departs between 8 and 9 am and includes a guided visit of both sites with an English-speaking guide. See the infamous Nazi extermination camp located in Oświęcim (Auschwitz), about 70 km away from Krakow and the renowned UNESCO's cultural and natural heritage site, the salt mine in Wieliczka. For your comfort, prior arrangements for entrance and guided visits at both Auschwitz-Birkenau and the Wieliczka Salt Mine will be made so you are guaranteed to skip long waiting lines. Please note that during high season (July-August) due to a large number of visitors there might be a 20-30 min delay accessing the sites.Your trip itself lasts approximately 11 hours and will include a ticket for the general English guided tour of the Auschwitz Historical Museum (around 2 hours), Birkenau, the second part of the Museum (around 1 hour) and the guided tour in the Salt Mine (around 3 hours). Before sightseeing the Salt Mine you will have a lunch break for about 1-1,5 hour. The tour includes all permanent exhibitions and buildings at Auschwitz I (main camp) and the most significant original buildings at Auschwitz II Birkenau: the prisoner barracks, the unloading platform (ramp), the ruins of the gas chamber,  crematoria II - III and the Wieliczka Museum after your lunch break. You will return to Krakow after the tour at around 8 pm.For details on the pickup and drop off locations please see the map by copying and pasting the link below in your browser:https://drive.google.com/open?id=1VGZS6QWW_UVsYJ7eWbiRGciHn30&usp=sharing

$53.58 Day Trips & Excursions

Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour with Private Transfers from Krakow

Start your experience with a pickup from your hotel at your preferred departure time. Then, settle into your private car with your driver and travel direct to Auschwitz-Birkenau, outside the town of Oświęcim, without any stops to pick up other passengers.After roughly 1.5 hours, arrive at the visitor center. Here, take your leave of your private driver and set off on a guided group tour of the UNESCO-listed site.Enter the gates of the compound under the chilling inscription of ‘Arbeit macht frei’ or ‘work sets one free,’ and learn how the Nazi concentration camp was founded in 1940 as a detention camp for Polish prisoners before becoming an extermination center for the Jews of Europe and other ‘anti-social’ groups.Discover how this change saw Auschwitz extended to include neighboring Birkenau, creating a camp that was to claim the lives of an estimated 1.1 million people. Explore the key buildings — some still intact and some in ruins — and see the exhibitions that chart the fates of many of those imprisoned here.View the crematoriums and gas chambers, and gaze at Birkenau’s watchtowers and barracks as you hear how the camp was run and guarded. While the facts of what happened here are distressing, your guide will explain everything in a sensitive and considered way.Break from your explorations to visit the memorial to the camp’s victims, and spend a few moments in memory of those who were detained here not so long ago.During your tour, there will be a brief break for lunch. There are no eating facilities at Auschwitz-Birkenau, so please bring your own refreshments on the day.Afterward, leave your group and meet back up with your driver and car. Then, travel directly back to your Krakow hotel, where your tour concludes.

$38.09 Cultural & Theme Tours

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum from Krakow

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum is located in the suburbs of Oświęcim, about 60 km to the west of Kracow. This historic landmark is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.The concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau (1941-1945) is known across the whole world as a symbol of Nazi genocide and terror. During the Second World War, it was the biggest Nazi concentration camp in which over one million people died, mostly Jews. After the war, Polish authorities converted the camp into a museum dedicated to the memory of the Nazi victims.Guests can be collected from a hotel between 8:50 and 9:10am (details by e-mail) or from a central meeting point at 9am and will return to central Krakow at around 3:30-4pm. The museum is closed on the following dates: 1st of January, first day of Easter, 16th of April and 25th of December.

$45.02 Day Trips & Excursions

Small-Group Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum from Krakow

Your trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum will begin in the city center or at your hotel in Krakow. After a 1.5-hour drive, you'll arrive and begin your 3-hour tour of the museum. Visit Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau, where you'll find crematoriums and gas chambers, as well as loading and unloading ramps, and wooden and brick barracks, the former of which is entered through the iconic gate inscribed with Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Sets You Free). Visitors can see some surviving barracks and the ruins of gas chambers and crematoriums. At the end of the route is where you’ll encounter the Monument to International Victims of Fascism. Your tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum is guided by experienced professionals who will tell you all about the history of the area and many interesting facts about World War II.

$39.25 Day Trips & Excursions

From Kraków: Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Group Tour

Auschwitz - Birkenau is the largest death camp in human history, the site of mass destruction and genocide in Europe during World War II. Currently camp Auschwitz-Birkenau is a synonym for world’s most cruel terror, genocide and atrocities. The camp has been built by the Nazis in 1940 in the suburbs of Oswiecim. The total number of deaths and executions is estimated to be over 1.5 million people from 28 nationalities. Almost 90% of these people were Jews. The former concentration camp leaves a big impression, partly because it allows imagining the scale of the Holocaust. Since 1979 this site is listed on the UNESCO Cultural and Natural World Heritage list.