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Auschwitz-Birkenau & Salt Mine Tour in One Day from Krakow

1. Auschwitz-Birkenau & Salt Mine Tour in One Day from Krakow

Visit both Auschwitz-Birkenau & Salt Mine in one day trip. Auschwitz-Birkenau is the largest death camp in human history. Currently camp is a synonym for world’s most cruel terror, genocide and atrocities. It was built by the Nazis in 1940 in Oswiecim. The total number of deaths and executions is estimated to be over 1.5-million people from 28 nationalities. Almost 90% of these people were Jews. After your visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, head to the Wieliczka salt mine, one of the most treasured monuments in Polish cultural history. Over a million tourists from around the world visit it yearly. This unique place is listed on the UNESCO Cultural and Natural World Heritage List. The miners left dozens of sculptures and bas-reliefs cut out of the salt, keeping their work alive for many further years. There are 800 steps to climb of which 350 at the beginning take you down into the mine. There's a lift to the top of the mine at the end of the route.

Auschwitz-Birkenau: Memorial Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

2. Auschwitz-Birkenau: Memorial Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

Come to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum (listed by UNESCO as a Natural and Cultural Heritage site) using your own means of transport. Enjoy having tickets for a guided tour already with you and walk to the entrance. 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 in the suburbs of Oswiecim. Use a headset provided to let you hear the guide's words no matter the distance or group size. Discover lives of people who were kept in this place while seeing exhibitions presented in barracks they used to live. The total number of deaths is estimated at over 1.5 million people, representing 28 nationalities. Nearly 90 percent of them were Jews. Once the first part of the tour is completed, take a bus available on-site and travel few minutes to Auschwitz II-Birkenau where the visit with the guide continues. 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. You can contribute to keeping the memory of the atrocities commited there by coming there and learning more about it.

Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour with Pickup and Lunch

3. Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour with Pickup and Lunch

Step into history with a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Learn about the tragic history of the largest Holocaust concentration camp from your guide. Travel by climate-controlled bus from Krakow, and take a break with a nice boxed lunch during your tour.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Krakow and board a comfortable bus for the 1.5-hour trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp complex, a historic site that serves as an important Holocaust memorial.  Explore the museum in the outskirts of Oświęcim, approximately 60 kilometers west of Krakow. Upon arrival, meet a local guide who will show you around the site and tell you about its inhuman history. Stop for a break where you can refuel with a tasty box lunch before continuing your tour.  Find out how Auschwitz-Birkenau has become both a symbol of human suffering and a witness to physical and emotional exhaustion. Hear about how it became the final resting place of millions of people, mostly Jews, that were sentenced to death in hideous gas chambers.  Walk through the gate marked "Arbeit Macht Frei" (work frees) to enter Auschwitz 1, where your guide will show you around the preserved area and introduce the history of the place. Spend approximately an hour in Birkenau, where the mass killings as part of the Nazi "Final Solution to the Jewish Question" took place. After the visit, you can reflect on the experience during the ride back to Krakow. 

Krakow: Auschwitz & Salt Mine Day Trip with Optional Lunch

4. Krakow: Auschwitz & Salt Mine Day Trip with Optional Lunch

Learn about the tragic history of the largest former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau and descend to the underground Museum: Wieliczka Salt Mine on this guided tour from Krakow. Begin in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum with a guide provided by the museum. You'll learn the terrible history of the largest concentration camp in Europe. After a short break, you will be driven to the Birkenau Museum where you'll spend around 1 hour with the same guide. During the second half of your full-day program, travel to the Salt Mine in Wieliczka, which is one of the oldest working salt mines in the world. Spend some free time before entering the Wieliczka Salt Mine. 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.

Auschwitz-Birkenau: Memorial Entry Ticket with Guided Tour

5. Auschwitz-Birkenau: Memorial Entry Ticket with Guided Tour

Come to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum (listed by UNESCO as a Natural and Cultural Heritage site) using your own means of transport. Enjoy having tickets for a guided tour already with you and walk to the entrance. 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 in the suburbs of Oswiecim. Use a headset provided to let you hear the guide's words no matter the distance or group size. Discover lives of people who were kept in this place while seeing exhibitions presented in barracks they used to live. The total number of deaths is estimated at over 1.5 million people, representing 28 nationalities. Nearly 90 percent of them were Jews. Once the first part of the tour is completed, take a bus available on-site and travel few minutes to Auschwitz II-Birkenau where the visit with the guide continues. 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. You can contribute to keeping the memory of the atrocities commited there by coming there and learning more about it.

From Krakow: Auschwitz and Birkenau Small-Group Day Trip

6. From Krakow: Auschwitz and Birkenau Small-Group Day Trip

Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site, a former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, where more than a million Jews and other prisoners were oppressed or killed during World War II. The flower strewn Death Wall, national memorials, gas chambers and crematoriums, preserved ruins, the remains of hundreds of barracks, watchtowers, the railway line and ramp - all this forms a moving testimony to the number of those who lost their lives. The tour is led by a sensitive, licensed and local guide which helps to understand the touching history and cruel things that happened there.

From Krakow: Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau with Guided Tour

7. From Krakow: Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau with Guided Tour

Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau on a day trip departing from Krakow. Explore the history of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp complex on a guided tour with a certified educator, historian, and guide. Auschwitz-Birkenau was founded in 1940 by the Third Reich and was the largest Nazi-run concentration camp. Currently, it is the resting place of millions of people, mainly Jews and Poles, exterminated in the gas chambers. Upon arrival, you will visit the memorial museum in the outskirts of the city of Oświęcim, 60 kilometers west of Krakow. After traveling around an hour and a half, meet your professional guide for an in-depth tour. Walk through the famous "Arbeit macht frei" gate to enter Auschwitz I, where your guide will show you around the originally preserved site and explain the place's touching history. After a short break, visit the second camp at Birkenau where the mass murders took place as part of the Nazi "Final Solution to the Jewish Problem." At Birkenau, you will spend about an hour before meeting your driver for the return journey to Krakow.

Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour with Optional Lunch Box

8. Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour with Optional Lunch Box

Depart Krakow for a confronting day of reflection with a visit to the Auschwitz Museum and Birkenau Camp. Undoubtedly, it is a solemn place that leaves a lasting impression on all visitors and is an important memorial to the victims of the extermination. Starting from Krakow after a 1.5-hour drive you'll visit Auschwitz Museum with a guide provided by the museum. The first part takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes where you'll learn about the tragic history of this place. After visiting the first camp you will have a 10-minute break before taking a ride to the second camp - Birkenau which is located 2 kilometers from Auschwitz. Finally, visit the most important sites at Birkenau, the extermination camp, where you'll see ruins of crematories.

From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Guided Tour & Lunch

9. From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Guided Tour & Lunch

Travel from Krakow and visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. See the original buildings and artifacts on a poignant tour with a guide. Benefit from roundtrip transportation from Krakow. Depart Krakow and journey to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum to explore the largest concentration camp in Poland built by the Nazis. Benefit from the services of a guide as you take a poignant tour of both the Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II labor camps. Get a short break for lunch on arrival, and then get shown around Auschwitz I to see the infamous Arbeit Macht Frei sign and some of the administration buildings where the horrors were planned. Look inside the gas chamber and see personal artifacts belonging to inmates at exhibitions dedicated to their memory. Benefit from a short 15-minute break before going to the Birkenau camp for a 1-hour guided tour. Discover where the prisoners entered the camp and the wooden barracks where they were forced to live. Return to Krakow with your thoughts and get dropped off at a place of your choice in the Old Town or Old Jewish Quarter.

Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour with Lunch and Transport

10. Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour with Lunch and Transport

Visit the former Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau on this 7-hour trip from Krakow. By June 1940, Jews and over 700 political criminals had been sent to Auschwitz and the atrocities had begun. Birkenau was built by Auschwitz prisoners and by October 1941 was used as an extermination camp. Between 1 and 1.5 million were killed, and approximately 90 percent of those killed were Jews. Before Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated in January 1945, the SS attempted to blow up the camp and destroy the documentation. They were only partially successful, and the Polish government decided to restore the site as a memorial to the victims.

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Very good experience for those who wish to visit both Auschwitz and the Salt Mines in one day. The bus was clean, comfortable and air conditioned and showed a documentary on the journey to Auschwitz. The tour guide Michael was very friendly and looked after us during our stay. He also took us to a lovely restaurant for a much needed break in between Auschwitz and the Salt Mines. I would normally recommend the full day Auschwitz tour and salt mine separately as there’s a lot to see, but if you’re on a short stay like ourselves, then this is the one for you.

Everything was exactly as promised. The pickup was on time, everything went exactly as promised. The visit is a story in itself, but so worth getting a reminder of how cruel we humans can be, so history never repeats itself. Travel time from Krakow is approx. 1h 15min and it takes approx. half an hour to move between Auschwitz and Birkenau. The guide on site was very good in English and very knowledgeable. Recommend.

Chris our driver was great. He picked us up from the hotel on time and drove us safely to Krakow, stopping once for a comfort break. Chris gave us a map and suggested a route to walk around the town. At Auschwitz he escorted us to the front of the queue prior to the tour starting. He was waiting in his car after the tour and again drove us safely back to the hotel.

Very moving and educational visit to Auschwitz Museum and Birkenhau with a very informative Guide who explained and informed in a very efficient manner. The minibus journey from Krakow took around 1hr and 15 minutes in a very clean and modern vehicle A truly memorable experience.

Everything worked well - from pick-up and the entire stay at Auschwitz-Birkenau until we were dropped off. Lunch consisted of sandwiches/a bar/fruit and water, which was easy to get in as everything runs at a fairly high pace.