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Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour Hotel Pickup & Lunch Options

1. Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour Hotel Pickup & Lunch Options

Visit Auschwitz on a day trip from Krakow. Learn about the history of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps during a guided tour with a certified historian and guide. Auschwitz-Birkenau was founded in 1940 by Nazi Germany and was the largest concentration camp operated by the Nazis. It became the final resting place for millions of people, mostly Jews and Poles, who were murdered in gas chambers. Pass through the gate with the inscription "Arbeit macht frei" to enter Auschwitz I, where your guide will show you around the preserved area and explain the history of the site.  Then, visit the second camp at Birkenau, where mass killings took place as part of the Nazi "Final Solution to the Jewish Question."

From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour with Transportation

2. From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour with Transportation

Leave Krakow for a day to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial. Enjoy the convenience of an independent tour and make use of transportation from Kraków. Explore on your own the historic monuments Auschwitz and Birkenau and feel the weight of the tragic events that took place in these locations. Start your day trip from the meeting point located in the center of Krakow and journey by air-conditioned vehicle to the Town of Oświęcim. Rent informational booklets that are available in your language and receive all the important information regarding your visit. Head into the museum to visit numerous permanent exhibitions intended to provide an account of the horrors of this camp. See the remnants of prisoner barracks and the notorious gas chambers. Finish your tour and relax on the ride back to Kraków, as you pass by various landmarks on the way.

Krakow: Full-Day Self-Guided Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour

3. Krakow: Full-Day Self-Guided Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour

Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum and explore at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Enjoy the confidence of a pre-booked ticket and transfer from Krakow. Leave Krakow for a confrontational day of reflection with a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. The camps are a ceremonial place that leaves an indelible impression on all visitors and are also an important monument to the victims 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. As the largest concentration camp served by the Nazis, it became the final resting place of millions of people, mainly Jews, who were killed in hideous gas chambers. After arriving at the museum, collect a free admission ticket with the help of your tour leader and pick up an informational booklet. Spend approximately 2 hours of free time in the Auschwitz I Museum. Take a short break and spend about 1 hour in the Auschwitz-Birkenau II Museum. After a total of 3 hours in both museums, the tour leader will be waiting for you in the same place in the parking lot to take you back to Krakow.

From Krakow: Transfer to Auschwitz-Birkenau Self-Guided Tour

4. From Krakow: Transfer to Auschwitz-Birkenau Self-Guided Tour

Discover the largest Nazi concentration camp and pay tribute to the murdered prisoners during a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. This experience includes a round-trip transfer from Krakow and plenty of for you to explore freely at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Depart from Krakow and travel by air-conditioned minibus to the Auschwitz-Birkenau. You can manage your time as you wish during the 3.5 hours stop. Choose to rent a guidebook in your language from your driver or buy it at the bookstore. If you do not have an entry ticket booked in advance, you can easy collect it before visit. After free time, enjoy a quick return to Krakow.

From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Self-Guided Tour

5. From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Self-Guided Tour

After pickup from your hotel or apartment in Krakow, drive for approximately 1.5-hours to reach the memorial site. Begin the tour at Auschwitz I, where you will skip the ticket line and go directly inside after passing through airport-style security.  In 1947, almost immediately after the war ended, the camps were transformed into a museum. Since then visitors can see the conditions people were forced to live in and remember the victims of the Holocaust. You'll learn how during World War II, this complex was the largest and most deadly prison of all time.  After a short 10-15 minute break, you'll travel by bus to Auschwitz-Birkenau II where you'll embark on a self-guided tour of the site for 1.5 hours. At the end of the visit, take some free time to explore and reflect on your own, before returning to Kraków.

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The transport was on time amd clean. Thebtour guide friendly and informed. On arrival, the deadicated tour guide for both locations was informed and passonate at ensuring the hideious story was told with honesty and compassion. While they are both emotionally draining locations, for damn good reason, the whole day was well organised, total value for money and will stay with us for a long time.

On time pick up. And drop off. Very organised. Our tour guide Philip was great. Once you get to your destination you have passed on to another tour guide. Who was great. Very informative, a trip you should definitely experience.

Very well organised trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau, a very harrowing experience but well worth a visit. Our guide was very informative, couldn’t fault anything.

Surreal experience, hard day but so worth visiting, our guide was superb and made the experience so thought provoking

Excellent tour ! Tour guide very informative and very passionate.