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Auschwitz-Birkenau: Guided Tour, Transfers and Lunch

1. Auschwitz-Birkenau: Guided Tour, Transfers and Lunch

Spend an hour and fifteen minutes in an air-conditioned bus, as you depart Krakow for a confronting day of reflection at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp complex, a solemn place that leaves a lasting impression on all visitors, and an important memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Visit the museum and memorial in the suburbs of Oświęcim, about 60 kilometers west of Krakow. Upon arrival meet a professional guide who will show you around the site and speak of its dark history. Receive a lunch box, to take a break with during the tour. Discover the tragic history of the largest concentration camp of the Holocaust, funded by the Nazi party in 1940, Auschwitz-Birkenau became both a symbol of human suffering and a witness to physical and emotional exhaustion. Learn how it became the final resting place for millions of people, mostly Jews, put to their death in the hideous gas chambers. Pass through the gate with the inscription “Arbeit Macht Frei" (work sets you free) to enter Auschwitz I, where your guide will show you around the preserved area and explain the history of this place.  Then, spend about one hour at the second camp at Birkenau, where mass killings took place as part of the Nazi “Final Solution to the Jewish Question”, before meeting your driver for the return journey to Kraków.

From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour with Lunch

2. From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour with Lunch

Gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and the Nazi concentration camps on this visit to one of the major historic sites: Auschwitz-Birkenau. You will be joined by a professional museum guide who will lead you through the exhibition at the historic Auschwitz Museum. Acquire a sense of the importance of this place, as you visit the remaining prison blocks, gas chambers, and crematorium buildings, before being transported to Birkenau, where you will see the remains of the railway ramp. Discover the tragic history of the largest concentration camp of the Holocaust, funded by the Nazi party in 1940. Learn how it became the final resting place for millions of people, mostly Jews, put to their death in the hideous gas chambers. During break, don't worry about missing your free time while stending in queue to eat something with premade lunch box including 2 x fresh sandwiches, apple, banana, dark chocolate wafer, orbit gum, still mineral water 0,5 l, tissue, paper bag. Sandwich can be with Ham (default) or vegetarian.

Auschwitz-Birkenau: Tour with a Licensed Guide

3. Auschwitz-Birkenau: Tour with a Licensed Guide

Auschwitz is a haunting site of genocide where approximately 1.5 million people were killed during the WWII Holocaust. Today, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it poignantly commemorates the lives of those who died within its walls and fences and is a must-visit for all. Established in 1940, the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex is a network of German Nazi concentration camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Poland throughout its five years of operation, was a place of systematic extermination with the majority of victims being Jews, along with Poles, Gypsies, Russian POWs and members of other nationalities. The Martyrdom Museum was founded in 1947 covering the area of KL Auschwitz (Auschwitz I) in Oświęcim and the Birkenau camp (Auschwitz II) in Brzezinka. It comprises approximately 150 buildings and 300 ruins and the original roads, fences, watchtowers and railway ramps have all been preserved. What's more, the buildings house a collection of original exhibits and documents. Your ticket to Auschwitz-Birkenau includes a visit to Auschwitz I - the administrative center of the Auschwitz death camp. You can also visit an Auschwitz II - Birkenau - there are no entry fees. As you explore the gas chambers, crematoriums, and exhibition halls inside the old prison blocks, listen closely as your guide sensitively explains the who, how, where, when, and why of these haunting places Explore the moving memorial dedicated to those who died in the Holocaust and step back to the days of World War II as you walk through the gate of the infamous concentration camp where more than a million European Jews and other prisoners were confined or killed during World War II. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, see a collection of sobering exhibits and documents in the original buildings. Itinerary: 1. Visiting Auschwitz I Museum 2. Transfer with a local bus to Auschwitz II Birkenau (You have to go to Museum's bus stop, the bus departs every 5-10 minutes) 3. Visiting Auschwitz II Birkenau

From Krakow: Wieliczka and Auschwitz Bus Trip with Lunch

4. From Krakow: Wieliczka and Auschwitz Bus Trip with Lunch

Come to a selected pickup point or get picked up from your address in Krakow (it depends on an option you choose), greet your driver and travel to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum or Wieliczka Salt Mine first (the order can vary depending on a particular day and time chosen). Meet your authorised, live guide on-site and follow them into Auschwitz I where you will have a chance to walk on the ground of the former camp, built in 1940. Use a headset provided to let you hear the guide's words no matter the distance or group size. See exhibitions presenting shoes, pots and other everyday life objects belonging to people who were kept in this place. In Auschwitz II-Birkenau walk along the railway which facilitated transports to the other part of the camp. See ruins of gas chambers in which people "vanished" on a mass scale. Reflecting on the knowledge gained, travel with your driver to Wieliczka Salt Mine. Have a chance to eat the packed lunch that is included before continuing the tour. The mine is around 800 steps down deep. When you stop on particular floors on the tourist route you can be astonished by the salt sculptures and objects within it, made and left by the miners. Like before - the headset will let you hear the guide clearly when you listen to the history of the mine and observe carvings. When the visit ends - take a lift up and get back with your driver to Krakow.

Auschwitz-Birkenau: Skip-the-Line Ticket and Guided Tour

5. Auschwitz-Birkenau: Skip-the-Line Ticket and Guided Tour

Avoid queues and save time on your visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau with skip-the-line tickets. Be met in Auschwitz I Museum by a local host who will accompany you to the museum and give you tips on how to best plan your visit to the museum. Follow your authorized official Auschwitz-Birkenau guide through Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II–Birkenau in a group of up to 30 people and take in the emotional nature of the space while learning the somber story of the place. Take your tour for around 3.5 hours with 1.5-2 hours at Auschwitz and 60-75 minutes at Birkenau.

From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Live Guided Tour

6. From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Live Guided Tour

Witness one of the most significant places in Poland, a symbol of the Holocaust and the largest of the German Nazi concentration camps —Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. Gain a deeper understanding of the atrocities that took place here with a guided tour. Departing from Krakow, head to the town of Oświęcim. First, visit Auschwitz I and learn more about the conditions that made such a horrific crime possible at the permanent exhibitions in the barracks. Walk through a former gas chamber. At Auschwitz II Birkenau, pay your respects to the former inmates at the Holocaust memorial, see the barracks where prisoners were kept and the railway platform where they were unloaded in their thousands every day. After your tour, begin the journey back to Krakow.

Warsaw: Full-day Tour to Krakow and Auschwitz by Train

7. Warsaw: Full-day Tour to Krakow and Auschwitz by Train

Following an early morning pickup from your accommodation in Warsaw, get transferred to the train station with a private vehicle. Your English-speaking driver will assist you with the check-in and wait until you are boarded for the train to Krakow. After a short train ride, you will be welcomed by a local English-speaking driver and start your tour via shared transportation to Auschwitz. Embark on a 3.5-hour guided group tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau. Start the tour with a visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp where you'll learn about how its establishment by German Nazis on the outskirts of the town Oswiecim in 1940. After the war, the camp was turned into a museum displaying evidence of the genocide, which you will have the opportunity to browse. In the museum watch a film made after the liberation of the camp shown in various languages. After spending time in Auschwitz continue the tour to the Birkenau section of the concentration camp. Discover how, in 1941, the German Nazis established a new camp called Auschwitz II Birkenau. Between 1942-1945, approximately 1.5 million people lived and died here. Around 90% of them were Jews, others were Poles, Gypsies, Russians, and prisoners from 28 countries of Europe. In 1979, Auschwitz–Birkenau Concentration Camp was listed as a UNESCO World Culture and National Heritage Site. Depart Auschwitz-Birkenau for a 1.5-hour journey to Krakow. You will have three hours of free time to see the Main Market Square in Krakow, the biggest Medieval old town square in Europe. In the Old Town, visit Wawel Hill where the Cathedral and the Royal Castle are, the Town Hall Tower, St. Mary’s Basilica, Krakow Barbican, and Sukiennice, famously known as the Cloth Hall. Absorb the city's unique atmosphere with its thousands of bars and delightful regional restaurants, historic buildings, and horse-driven cabs. During the trip, there will be time to eat lunch in a restaurant. After your time in Krakow board the train at about 7.30 PM, get picked up at the platform and be transferred from the train station back to your hotel in Warsaw.

Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Skip-the-Line Tour

8. Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Skip-the-Line Tour

Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, on the convenient tour with booked tickets, skip the tickets line access, a professional guide and transfer from one of the multiple meeting points in Krakow. Transfer between Krakow and Auschwitz takes 1-hour and 15-minutes, after arrival is a 15-minutes break. The whole tour is divided into two parts, Auschwitz I and Birkenau located 3 km away from the first camp. Transfer between camps is provided by the tour operator, the tour leader will inform the group about the exact program and timing. Museum Visit Firstly visit Auschwitz I memorial site for approx. 2h with a, accompany of a professional guide through the whole camp. Enter to camp through the main gate with the inscription “Arbeit Macht Frei" (work sets you free). Pass brick Barack's, see the artefacts, photographs of prisoners, reconstructions of the whole complex as well the only remaining gas chambers and crematories. Then, continue the visit with a guide to the camp Birkenau for about 1h. Enter to horrifying wooden blocks, where almost 1000 people were living in inhuman conditions. See the ruins of has chambers and crematoria, a part of the industrial genocide of Nazi Germany. Return to Krakow to the same locations as the starting meeting point.

Krakow: Auschwitz Birkenau Guided Tour & Free Walking Tour

9. Krakow: Auschwitz Birkenau Guided Tour & Free Walking Tour

See the biggest former concentration camp set up by the Nazis in occupied Poland at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum. Take a solemn opportunity to familiarize yourself with the tragic history of life during the war in Poland. Visit one of the most significant heritage museums in the country. Although the Germans tried to destroy Auschwitz-Birkenau, some original camp buildings or their ruins have survived. Your tour starts as your driver arrives at your hotel to pick you up. On your way, you’ll watch a 45-minute documentary film, "The liberation of Auschwitz”, introducing you to the tragic history of the camp. Upon arrival, you’ll meet with a professional guide, with whom you’ll drive around Auschwitz I. Get to see numerous camp blocks, endless barbed wire with warning signs, and the grave of the last victims of Auschwitz. The guide will familiarize you with a comprehensive Auschwitz story, including the life of prisoners and the cruel practices of Nazi officers. Next, visit Auschwitz II-Birkenau, the extermination camp that housed the gas chambers. See long rows of inmate barracks while your guide tells you Birkenau's tragic story. After the tour, your driver will take you to your hotel in Krakow. Finally attend the 1h free walking tour provided by a professional Guide in Krakow Old Town. It starts at Plac Matejki Square and ends by the dragon scuplture by the Wawel hill. During this walking tour you will hear the most importan facts about Krakow Market Square and see Krakow's Old Town Highlights

Kraków: Kazimierz, Wieliczka, Płaszów and Auschwitz

10. Kraków: Kazimierz, Wieliczka, Płaszów and Auschwitz

Day 1: Begin your tour by exploring Kazimierz, the historic Jewish quarter of Kraków. Walk along artistic streets home to independent galleries and vintage fashion boutiques. Learn about the history and heritage behind this part of the city from your guide. After your walking tour, you'll stop for lunch at a local café. Next, head to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the oldest mines in the world and an extraordinary place full of secrets and legends. Stroll past magnificent chambers, countless corridors and see majestic salt sculptures. Day 2: Visit Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory, now hosting two museums: the Museum of Contemporary Art and a branch of the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków. Broaden your understanding of Kraków's history with World War II and the life of Oskar Schindler. After the tour, you'll stop for lunch at a local café. Visit the Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp later in the afternoon. Learn about its dark history, and see memorials dedicated to remembering the victims of the Holocaust. Understand the impact of Nazi rule in the area and how the deportation of Jews from the Kraków Ghetto, beginning in 1942, came to pass. Day 3: On the last day of your tour, visit Auschwitz, a former Nazi concentration camp that is preserved intact as a reminder of the crime committed against humanity. The Auschwitz museum includes the ruins of crematoria, gas chambers, the railway platform, and other elements from the former concentration camp. Get deep insights about the Holocaust from your guide.

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What people are saying about Auschwitz

Everything was very well organized from picking you up at the hotel to returning. The tours in Auschwitz were well thought out. The guide was very knowledgeable; one could see that he had absolutely mastered the historical subject matter. In addition, the guide managed to captivate his listeners in his sympathetic way. I recommend planning and carrying out a visit to Auschwitz with GetYourGuide! Uwe Niklas

At first I was skeptical that everything would work out as agreed. In addition, our booked hotel had closed. So I thought the trip would go haywire. But everything had been organized and rescheduled for us. Can only recommend. Completely content.

We were picked up in time at our desired point, the tour guide was amazing, speaking very good English. The tours in both Auschwitz and Birkenau were exceptional, would highly recommend this outing.

Everybody was helpful, everything was orderly; impressed with all the tour guides - clock work! Kind driver and guide.

Guide (Martin) & the driver were great. Informative, friendly Auschwitz guide. Highly recommended *****