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Kraków: Auschwitz-Birkenau & Wieliczka Salt Mine with Pickup

1. Kraków: Auschwitz-Birkenau & Wieliczka Salt Mine with Pickup

You will start in the early morning around 08:00 a.m. (in the winter season the pick up might be slightly earlier). The tour begins in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum: first part lasts about 1,5 hours, you will visit Auschwitz I Museum with certified live guide provided by the museum. You will learn the tragic history of the largest concentration camp in Europe. After short break you will be driven to the Birkenau Museum when you will spend around 1 hour with the same guide. During the second half of your full-day program, you will travel to the Salt Mine in Wieliczka, which is one of the oldest working salt mines in the world. Before entering the Salt Mine you will have 1 hour lunch break. The English-speaking tour of the Mine will begin at 16:00 or 17:00 (depending on road conditions). Head 140 meters underground on a 2.5-hour journey along more than 2.5 kilometers of tourist routes and see chambers with amazing carvings and statues, with everything made of salt. You should arrive around 19:30 p.m. to Kraków.

From Warsaw: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Krakow Private Day Trip

2. From Warsaw: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Krakow Private Day Trip

Meet your driver and get picked up from your accommodation in Warsaw in the early morning. This private trip starts the day with a drive to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. When you arrive at the site, you will embark on a 3.5 hours guided group tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau with a guide speaking your chosen language. Start in the Auschwitz concentration camp and learn about how it was established 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 head over to the Birkenau section of the concentration camp. Discover how, in 1941, the German Nazis established a new camp called Auschwitz II Birkenau. In 1942-1945, approximately 1.5 million people lived and died here. Most of them (90%) 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 hours 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 you can also see 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, thousands of bars and delightful regional restaurants, many historic buildings, and horse-driven cabs. During the trip there will be time to eat lunch in a restaurant. You will get picked up after your time in Krakow and returned to Warsaw where you will be dropped off at your accommodation in the evening.

Kraków: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine Day Trip

3. Kraków: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine Day Trip

Our One Day Tour to both Wieliczka Salt Mine and Auschwitz – Birkenau Museum provides the occasion to spend the day effectively without the stress and worry of getting tickets to the museums. We provide pick up and return to designated meeting points, highly qualified official guides at both locations and between the two tours you will have time for a break to eat lunch box included in the tour price. We start our day in the Wieliczka Salt Mine – where nature and man have created an extraordinary attraction on a world’s scale. The magic of underground salt tunnels, beautiful handcrafted chapels and charming underground lakes make this tour unique. Wieliczka was the only mining facility that had been continuously active for 700 years - resulting in a huge underground kingdom with 240 kilometres of galleries and 2,350 chambers, reaching the depth of 327 metres - a massive feat of human effort and ingenuity. The visitors are guided in groups and the tour takes about 3 hours. You will walk about 2km through the mine, please wear comfortable shoes. The temperature in the mine is 14°C. Light jackets in the summer are recommended. Then we proceed with the tour and visit the Auschwitz – Birkenau Museum - the largest concentration camp of the Nazi Third Reich. It claimed the most victims, and was the only concentration camp that functioned simultaneously as a centre for systematic extermination in gas chambers. You will see the original roads, fences, watchtowers and gas chambers. Auschwitz I is where the Nazis opened the first Auschwitz camps, where they murdered the prisoners. Birkenau is where the Nazis erected most of the machinery of mass extermination. The nearly 200 hectares of grounds include the ruins of the gas chambers and crematoria and places filled with human ashes. Your itinerary in the Museum involves entrance to the Auschwitz I Museum and exhibits, a 15-minute break, and a visit to Birkenau.

Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine Day Trip

4. Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine Day Trip

Take a sobering tour of the World War II Auschwitz-Birkenau complex on a 7-hour trip from Krakow. Travel by coach to the UNESCO World Heritage compound and explore the twin concentration camp with a guide as you learn about the Nazi Holocaust and how the camps functioned. Explore the poignant exhibition halls, and see the barracks, gas chambers and other buildings at Auschwitz I. Then, view the watchtowers, crumbled buildings and memorials at Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Your guide will explain everything you see with care and sensitivity. Wieliczka Salt Mine was opened in the 13th century as one of the world oldest salt mines. It reaches almost 327 meters below the ground and has over 287 kilometres. You will walk through 20 chambers taking increadible journey for over 2 hours. Besides admiring magnificent timber construction, lakes, chambers and majestic corridors, your visit will also have a positive effect on your health. Get ready for an amazing trip to Wieliczka Salt Mine!

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What people are saying about Auschwitz I

This is the best way to visit Auschwitz and Krakow by far. Our driver Agnieszka was extremely helpful and kind, and the car was very comfortable. The tour itself was very informative and helps you truly understand the history of the area. Krakow is also very beautiful with many good restaurants and sites to see. I would 10/10 recommend this to anyone.

The driver (Kris) picked us up from our hotel at 6:30am and it took about 4 hours to drive there. We stopped for coffee and snacks along the way. We had a local guide there and after Kris brought us to Krakow. He was great and recommended some places to see. After 3 hours we drove home. It a well organized trip and I highly recommend it.

What a brilliant experience… couldn’t ask for more off our driver Kris a gentleman and so nice.. he made sure we knew where we needed to go and showed us exactly enough for us to enjoy or trip couldn’t fault the experience…. 5*

Our driver picked us up at appointed time and place. She was professional, knowledgable, personable, and fun. We spent 16 hours with her and enjoyed ever minute. Highly recommend this service.

Great trip! Driver was very kind and helpful. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable!!