Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow

Cultural & Theme Tours in Oświęcim

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from$62.80
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Take a 11-hour combination tour of the former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau and the Wieliczka salt mine in one day from Krakow with a 1 hour lunch break in between attractions. This tour is most frequently chosen due to the price as well as the possibility of visiting the two most popular destinations in the south of Poland on the same day. The price includes pickup from your accommodation or the office, as well as admission tickets, a tour with a professional guide in English a drink and transport back to Krakow.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oswiecim, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandThe Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim, less than 70 km from Krakow, lies on the grounds of the former Nazi German concentration camp. The main camp KL Auschwitz was created in the mid-1940s, in the nearby suburbs of Oswiecim. A year later the German Nazis established the second part of the camp Auschwitz (II) - Birkenau which became the largest extermination centre for European Jews. It is the most recognizable symbol of the Holocaust and human genocide in the world. The Memorial Site is an area of almost 200 ha, over 150 buildings, and about 300 ruins, including remains of gas chambers and crematoria destroyed by the Germans. The trip includes permanent exhibitions, original buildings of the main Auschwitz camp and the most important buildings of the Auschwitz (II) - Birkenau camp.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Wieliczka Salt Mine, Wieliczka, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandWe predict a long break about 60 to 90 minutes for lunch. In the winter, from November to the end of February, this break is reduced to about 30-45 minutes due to the mine closing earlier. Depending on the order of the visits the lunch break can be in the town of Wieliczka near the Salt Mine, or near the Auschwitz Museum in Oświęcim.The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the most recognizable tourist attractions in Poland. About 1 million tourists visit every year. The origins of the mine date back to the Middle Ages. In the 16th century, the Wieliczka Salt Mine was the most profitable enterprise in Europe. Profits from salt extraction in the times of Casimir the Great constituted 30% of the entire kingdom's income. Visiting Wieliczka takes about two and a half hours. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Camp Birkenau Historical GateIn the tour option Wieliczka Salt Mine & Birkenau you will skip the entrance to the Auschwitz I Museum for an extended visit of the Auschwitz II Birkenau death camp. You will have about 2h to explore the original buildings and different exhibitions. You can use the guidebook as a map to plan your visit and choose what you wish to see. Among others, you can visit the Birkenau ramp, the crematoria ruins, prisoner living barracks, and the prisoners' sauna where you can observe the personal photographs of the people that perished in the gas chambers.Duration: 2 hours

What’s included

  • Door to door service with limitations in the option Door to Door by Private Car
  • Professional English-speaking driver or tour pilot
  • Guided tour with headsets
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel Pick-up (selected hotels) & 8 Meeting Points in Group Tour Option
  • 5 Drop-off Points to choose from in central Krakow
  • Professional guide, museum employee
  • Bottled water - Each tour option includes a choice of drinks. Guests can note their choice in the special requirements field. If not they will receive still water by default.
  • WiFi on board
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • Entry/Admission - Wieliczka Salt Mine

What’s not included

  • Lunch
  • Hotel drop-off not offered in the Group Tour option
  • 10 PLN permit for taking photographs in the Salt Mine

Highlights

  • Excellent value for money
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Skip the line
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • All entrance fees included
  • Qualified and professional pilot
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