Auschwitz Tours from Krakow

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Auschwitz tours to former concentration camp known all over the world as symbol of the Holocaust. During World War II Auschiwitz-Birkenau was the largest concentration camp of Nazi Germany. It was established in the suburbs of the city of Oswiecim (Auschwitz in German), 60 kilometres west of Krakow. It took lives out about 1.1 million people, mostly Jewish, but also Poles, Romani, Russian. Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp took place in January 1945. Before that however, Nazi authorities tried to destroy as much evidence of massive murders as possible. After the war, Polish government decided to restore Auschwitz-Birkenau and turn it into a museum. It preserves the memory of Auschwitz-Birkenau and honours victims of Nazism. Now it is part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites and more than a million tourists visit Auschwitz each year.

Private tours to Auschwitz

Our Private Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour from Krakow takes approximately 6.5 hours. We offer door-to-door pick up and drop off, private, modern Mercedes Benz car and friendly, English speaking driver. We will set up the pick-up time based on the availability. The journey takes about 1 h 10 minutes each way. The tour can be extended upon request for additional charge. In Auschwitz there are regular guided tours that you can join or private guided tours. As the exhibits in Auschwitz-Birkenau are very well posted, walking on your own comes as an alternative. You may also consider visiting Auschwitz Birkenau and Salt Mine or Auschwitz Birkenau and Schindler’s Factory in one day to save your precious holiday time. After the tour we will drop you off at your hotel in Krakow.

What's Included:

  • Door-to-door pick up and drop off
  • Admission and regular/shared guided tour in English
  • Private, air-conditioned Mercedes car/van
  • English-speaking driver's assistance
  • All transportation costs
  • High quality, flexibility and experience
  • Insurance

Sightseeing options for the private car tour:

  • Regular/shared guided tour in English is included in the price.
  • There are also tours with shared/regular guided tour in other languages available. Please contact our customer service to check the availability of the tours in other languages.
  • If you decide to walk on your own in the camps, then our private car tour price will be your final amount. In this case the pick up time should be set between 6:45 and 8:15 a.m. or after 14:30 p.m.
  • Private/personal guided tour in any available foreign language is possible for additional charge. From April to October it is necessary to book it at least few weeks before the tour date. Please contact our customer service to check the availability of a private guided tour.
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Shared tours to Auschwitz

Our Shared Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour from Krakow takes approximately 6.5 – 7 hours. We offer door-to-door pick up and drop off, modern Mercedes Benz van or minibus and friendly, English speaking driver. We will set up the pick-up time based on the availability. The journey takes about 1 h 10 mins each way. Auschwitz-Birkenau guided tour with a professional English-speaking guide takes about 3.5 h. You may also consider visiting Auschwitz Birkenau and Salt Mine or Auschwitz Birkenau and Schindler’s Factory in one day to get the most of your city break in Krakow. After the tour we will drop you off at your hotel or accommodation in Krakow city centre.

What's Included:

  • Door-to-door pick up and drop off
  • Admission and regular/shared guided tour in English
  • Mercedes van or minibus
  • Documentary film on a minibus
  • English-speaking tour leader's assistance
  • All transportation costs
  • High quality, flexibility and experience
  • Insurance

Sightseeing options for the shared tour:

  • Regular/shared guided tour in English is included in the price.
  • There are also tours in Spanish and Italian available. Please contact our customer service to check the availability of Spanish and Italian tours.

 

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Auschwitz Tours with KrakowDirect - details

Auschwitz entrance gate arbeit macht frei

Former concentration camp in Auschwitz Memorial and Museum is one of the most popular attractions for day trips from Krakow. Tourists from all over the world visit Auschwitz in Poland to pay tribute to everyone who died there. It is now a museum, located in Oświęcim, preserving the memory of every person sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau and reminding about dreadful times of World War II and the Holocaust. It represents extremely important history and it’s highly recommended to explore the place to everyone. In 1979, Birkenau State Museum has been added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Tours to Auschwitz can prove to be traumatic, but it is a must during your stay in Krakow.

Tours to Auschwitz

During Auschwitz tour with KrakowDirect you will visit Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II Birkenau – 2 main Nazi concentration camp sites. The whole complex covers an area of nearly 200 ha and most of the tour of Auschwitz is outdoor. The first important object you’ll see is the infamous inscription on the entrance gate to concentration camp, which says “Arbeit macht frei” (Work makes you free). This ironic slogan, created by Nazis, begins Auschwitz Birkenau memorial tour. You’ll see prisoners’ barracks, places of work, original blocks, where they were being punished. You’ll see railroad tracks that transported people often straight to gas chambers, that were used for extermination. At the end of the war, Germans tried to destroy them by blasting. The only remnants of those are now rows of chimneys covering a large surface of the concentration camp. Auschwitz tours from Krakow are extremely popular, but keep in mind that they are not a tourist attraction. In fact, they are opportunity to learn a live history lesson in a place of deep reverence. Visitors need take into consideration that while many visit Auschwitz for purely historical reasons, some people go there to see the place that took lives of their relatives, since approximately one in six Jews who died in the Holocaust, died in Auschwitz-Birkenau.

 

Auschwitz tour with KrakowDirect is a guarantee of high quality service and a hundred percent satisfaction. We are an experienced company that enjoys recognition as the best in Krakow. We organise daily private and shared Auschwitz tours from Krakow, that includes hotel pickup, comfortable vehicles and local guides.

Private Auschwitz tours from Krakow

Private tours from Krakow to Auschwitz are getting more and more popular, due to its facilities. If you wish to visit Auschwitz Birkenau State Museum in a private car and a driver at your disposal, choose our private Auschwitz tour. Our English speaking driver will pick you up directly from your hotel in Krakow. You can also choose whether you want to visit Auschwitz on your own, with a private guide or join one of guided tours in the museum. You should book private guided tours in any available language in advance with us. Walking the camps on your own is possible only between November and March. Guided tour in Auschwitz takes up to 2 hours. Then visitors proceed to Birkenau, located about 3 km further. This distance will be covered with our car. Between the camps you may have a quick break. After your Auschwitz tour finishes, our driver will take you back to Krakow and drop off at your hotel or anywhere in the city center. If you wish, you can also extend Auschwitz trip with Schindlers Factory tour. It will safe your time and money. What is more, Oskar Schindler’s story is perfect complement of thrilling history of Holocaust.

Shared Auschwitz tours from Krakow

Our shared Auschwitz tours from Krakow also include door-to-door pick up and drop off, but we organise stops in each hotel our clients are staying within the city centre. If your accommodation is located in further districts of the city, we can arrange transport for you for additional to reach the closest pick up point. We provide six- or eight-seater cars or minibuses, but we do not carry our passengers in coaches. There are usually up to 20 people on our Auschwitz tours and around 30 on guided tours in the museum. On a way to Auschwitz, we provide a 45-minutes documentary film titled „The liberation of Auschwitz” screened in our minibus.

Upon arrival to Auschwitz, you will join a tour with professional English speaking guide organised by the museum. Occasionally, headphones are provided for larger groups in order to hear the guide correctly. Additionally, in high season, shared guided tours in Spanish are available. During our shared tour you will visit Auschwitz and Birkenau, located within around 3 km distance. Auschwitz tour takes approximately 2 hours with a guide and in Birkenau visitors spend around 1-1.5 hour. We also provide bus transfer between the two camps. Our driver will be waiting for you. The ride will take only a few minutes. If time permits, you will have a 15-20 minutes break between the two camps. During our Auschwitz tours from Krakow, either group or private, we do not recommend any breaks on your way back, but we can arrange a short stop upon request. We can also provide lunch boxes paid additionally.

Visiting Auschwitz – useful information

Please bear in mind that during tours to Auschwitz visitors are required to behave appropriately and respectfully. There are also some restrictions regarding entering the sites of Auschwitz and Birkenau. You are generally allowed to take pictures, but only for private use. You can take photos in visited places, except for 2 spots. The maximum size of your carry-on can’t exceed the following dimensions: 30 x 20 x 10 cm. You can leave your larger luggage in the minibus. Food is not allowed while visiting, but you can eat during 15 min break, as it’s a full day trip.

Auschwitz Birkenau former german nazi concentration campInside the Auschwitz barracks

If you visit Auschwitz with little children, some areas will not be accessible with baby pushchairs. Also, we do not recommend visiting with children under 13 years old due to dreadful character of the place and some of the exhibitions. People with mobility problems should not experience any major difficulties during Auschwitz tour. Please note however that in the camps there are mostly dirt tracks. Also, some spaces are not be accessible by wider wheelchairs. For the comfort of visitors with mobility problems, the museum can provide substitute wheelchairs of size allowing to move around the grounds and buildings. Our customer service will help you to arrange the substitute wheelchair upon request prior to the tour.

The opening hours of Museum vary depending on the month. In December box office is closed at 2 pm while in June is open till 7 pm. For more info, check museum official website.

Auschwitz tours with KrakowDirect

For our Auschwitz tours we provide modern, comfortable Mercedes Benz vehicle and English speaking driver at your disposal throughout the day. We offer door-to-door pick up and drop off in the city centre. Auschwitz tours from Krakow take approximately 7 hours. One-way drive to Auschwitz from Krakow lasts about 1.5 hour. For our group Auschwitz tours we suggest pick up time at 8:30 or 9:30 a.m., or in the afternoon. Itinerary of private tours to Auschwitz is more flexible and upon request we can shorten or extend your tour.

There are two payment methods available. You can pay online while booking our Auschwitz tour from Krakow or pay in cash to the driver on the day of your tour. We prefer payment in Polish zlotys. We also accept Euros, Pounds and U. S. Dollars in amount according to current exchange rate. Our driver will give you the change in Polish zlotys.

If you want to visit Auschwitz with little children, we can arrange booster seats or child seats, but please inform us in advance. For the comfort of tourists travelling with children of less than 2 years old, we recommend private Auschwitz tours from Krakow. It is easier to arrange as many stops or breaks as needed than during group tours. Auschwitz tour with KrakowDirect is the best way to visit Auschwitz. Our company has years of experience and provide always top quality service. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and book one of our Auschwitz tours from Krakow!