Auschwitz Tour from Krakow

from $3623 pp

9.9 Excellent (based on 525 reviews)

"Was a brilliant tour - very moving. Guide was very knowledgable and was happy to answer our questions." Julie, Manchester

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Comfort Tour includes:

  • Pick up at your hotel
  • Transport to Auschwitz Camp from Krakow
  • English speaking guide
  • Transport back to Krakow
  • All fees and tickets included!
  • Documentary movie subject to availability

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Extra time after the tour

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What you will see

In your programme

  • Main gate "Arbeit macht frei"
  • Objects of everyday use
  • Personal belongings
  • Gas chambers
  • Pictures of individual prisoners
  • Original documents
  • Crematoria
  • Original wooden barracks
  • Bathhouse
  • Watchtower

You walk into the camp throught the main gate just like the thousands of its prisoners, looking up at the infamous sign 'Arbeit macht frei'. Highly ironic, as most of them were never to see the outside world again.

You see for yourself the living conditions of the prisoners while visiting the blocks. People say the most horrifying sight are the piles of personal belongings taken from the prisoners, as well as the gas chamber and the Death Wall which remind us of their sad fate. It is especially important to remember them today. As George Santayana said:

“Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it”.

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Entrance gate "Arbeit macht frei"

See for yourself the gate that Auschwitz prisoners passed every day returning to their barracks from emaciating work.

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Railway trucks

These are original rails used by the Nazis. Prisoners were transported by cattle wagons in terrible conditions.

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Personal belongings

All that was left after the murdered were piles of personal belongings - glassess, childrens’ shoes, hairbrushes...

About tour

Exemplary itinerary for the Comfort Tour

Pick up
Morning pick-up or afternoon one during the high season, depending on your location, and 1h30min journey by bus to Auschwitz from Krakow. 
If you have any requests regarding the time of the tour, please make a note while booking it.

Tour
The Auschwitz Concentration Camp Tour takes about 2 hours, then you are transferred to the second camp, Birkenau. The tour continues for around 1h 20min

Free time
After the guide has left, you'll have 15 min free time to reflect on the experience or visit the camp's book store

Transport back to Krakow
You will be dropped off at your accommodation or by the Market Square if requested

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Our tip

We recommend to take your own refreshments or a packed lunch as there is no lunch bar or deli at the Museum. Bottle of water and a hat is advisable during the hot sunny weather.

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Note

Please note that the tour is not running on the following days: 24.12.2017, 25.12.2017.
Standard language: English
Other languages: French, Italian, German, Spanish available on request
If your accommodation is located within the Old Town's pedestrian zone, we will set up a meeting point accessible for bigger vehicles as close as possible.
Our pick up service covers the Old Town and Jewish district Kazimierz area.

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Important!

For Comfort tour: Due to road works untill the end of November, if your accommodation is located on following streets: Marii Sklodowskiej - Curie, Dluga, Bonerowska, Radziwillowska, Szlak, Strzelecka, Lubicz, Westerplatte, Basztowa, Zyblikiewicza, plac Matejki, Pawia, Ogrodowa, Rynek Kleparski, we will set up a meeting point as close as possible. For more details please contact our office.  

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Nothing to improve. I was surprised everything ran so smooth
and for the price was an absolute bargain.
Kenny

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My boyfriend and I used Esacpe2Poland for our entire stay in Karkow. But more specifically for the Auschwitz and Birkenau Tour After I made the booking i received all the confirmation by email, its made very clear on all the emails that the tickets will be sent 3 days before we received ours in good time and all the details were clearly given. We were met at our hotel promptly as you are given a specific time slot the drive to Auschwitz is quite long so be prepared to be travelling for well over an hour be sure to take a bottle of water with you and wear comfortable shoes as there will be a lot of walking. Once we arrived we were then met by the tour guide Patrica who gave us headsets to wear for the duration of the tour she was very professional and had a vast knowledge of the camps. this is something i have always wanted to experience and I am glad we used Escape2Poland as booking was easy and everything was taken care of. The tour is powerful to say the least given the subject matter but well worth doing. You get taken to both camps and get to see pretty much everything I cannot recommend this enough. I am not sure I would visit Krakow again as I think it is a one trip sort of place but a place well worth visiting none the less.

Reviewed by: Lucie - England

Comment date: 2017-07-19

10.0

I booked airport transfers and the Auschwitz-Birkenau tour through this company and was not disappointed. Emails and texts were received to inform/remind me of collection points and times which were useful. The drivers were polite and friendly and spoke English well enough to give us necessary information. https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g274772-d2154551-r502149539-Escape2Poland_tours_and_transfers-Krakow_Lesser_Poland_Province_Southern_Poland.html#

Reviewed by: Steve

Comment date: 2017-07-19

9.8

(Tour by MINIVAN) Just back from Krakow. I had booked our transfers to and from the airport and also the

Reviewed by: Natalie

Comment date: 2017-07-18

10.0

We booked the Auschwitz tour through this company. Booking online was easy. We paid the driver in Zloty on pick up. We were picked up from the main square early as we were all ready! We watched a very interesting documentary on the journey there. The tour guide was excellent, did not feel rushed at all, though some more time in Birkenau would've been appreciated. I would recommend taking your own headphones for the tour radio used to listen to the guide. Overall, a very efficient service.

Reviewed by: anots0312 - UK

Comment date: 2017-07-17

10.0

Before leaving home I researched at length the various tours available. In the end decided on Excape2Poland as they were more reasonably priced than some. I was extremely pleased with the service, The booking service was good and they kept in touch via texts. We were picked up by minibus from our hotel (exactly on time!!) On arrival at Auschwitz we were handed over to our guide who provded an excellent commentary. I did read comments about not being able to hear the guide etc etc. but we were provided with headphones and could hear the guide perfectly at all times. I think it can be difficult but important to make this trip

Reviewed by: Ann C

Comment date: 2017-07-16

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Before your visit

What time will you pick us up for the tour?

The pick-up time depends on the Auschwitz guide's reservation which may vary from day to day. We run morning and / or afternoon tour, please contact us for detailed information. We always send an email with a tour voucher and exact time of your pick-up 3 days prior to your tour date. If you have any preference you may email us or put a request in a request box, we will do our best to accommodate your request.

How many people will be on the van?

To guarantee you a comfortable journey, we use two types of vehicles for transport: Mercedes Vito (8 seater) and Mercedes Sprinter (14 and 20 seater). If you are travelling with luggage you don't have to worry - it'll fit into the minibus.

How long does the tour last?

The tour with a guide lasts around 3,5 hours. The transfer time is around 1,5 hrs one way. The whole tour takes 6,5 - 7 hrs.

Where is the meeting point for the tour?

In case of a Budget Tour we choose the most convenient meeting point near the Old Town - Radison Blu Hotel, Straszewskiego 17, Kraków. If you book a Comfort or Premium Tour, our minibus picks you up from your hotel (hostel or apartment) within Krakow central area only, at the time stated in your tour voucher, unless it is impossible then a meeting point will be assigned (very often it is the case if your accommodation is located within the Old Town). Please note we can only guarantee a hotel pick up if the full address of your Krakow accommodation is provided.

How long do we stay in Auschwitz?

The tour around Auschwitz takes about 2 hours and the tour around Birkenau lasts about 1.5 hour.

How far is it from Krakow to Auschwitz?

The distance between Krakow and Auschwitz is about 40 miles. The journey takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Can children visit the memorial?

It is not advised by the Auschwitz Museum that children under the age of 12 visit the camps as the stories and photos are violent and cruel. However, it is the decision of the parents. Please note it is not allowed to bring prams and strollers to the campsite.

Is there any lunch break during the tour?

There is only around 10-minute break between visiting both camps. Therefore we advise to take some packed lunch with you. It is also possible to buy some snacks at the museum's shop but consumption is not allowed on the premises of the camps.

I am a wheelchair user, will I be able to see the museum?

Yes. Wheelchair users are requested to have a companion to assist them during the tour. It is necessary to have a folding wheelchair which will fit into the van. Please note that some sites in Auschwitz are accessible only by steps. It is recommended that wheelchair users take private tour rather than group tour so the guide can adjust to their individual needs.

I am an elderly person, I don't think I can manage to walk such a long distance. Could you provide a wheelchair?

Wheelchairs can be hired from the museum free of charge. Please inform us upon booking, by requesting the wheelchair in the 'other requests' box, to make sure we secure its availability. Please note that paths are not wheelchair adapted and not all exhibitions are accessible by wheelchair. It is neccessary that a wheelchair user has a companion to push the wheelchair.

If I feel tired in the middle of the tour can I go back to the minivan?

You can either go back to the minivan or to the restaurant located close to the museum and wait for the rest of the group. Our driver is always at the spot (parking lot) ready to help you.

Can I take pictures at the Museum?

Taking pictures without the flash is allowed at the Musuem, except certain exhibitions, which are excluded to honor the victims of the Holocaust. (block no. 4) and the basement of block no. 11.

When do I receive free time in the Quality Tour?

The 15 min extra time is given after the tour has finished at Birkenau Camp and the guide has left the group.

Can I take the Auschwitz Tour and the Salt Mine Tour on one day?

Yes, it is possible. In that case depending on your tour option, itinerary and your hotel location you will return to Krakow for some time to be soon picked up again. We advise to take some packed lunch and snacks with you. Most convenient solution to accommodate both Tours in one day is to upgrade them to a private transfer. In that case you have a vehicle to yourself, which will allow you to go to the Salt Mine directly from the Auschwitz Tour and have more time to spare.

What size bags are allowed in the Auschwitz Museum?

The bags should not exceed the limit of 30cm x 20cm x 10cm. It is strictly controlled by the staff at the Museum.

What's the difference between the Budget Tour, Comfort Tour and Premium Tour?

Basic Tour: the pick up from your hotel is not guaranteed; you may be asked to make your way to a meeting point nearby. Quality Tour: you have a guaranteed hotel pick up. LUX Tour: hotel pickup and private transfer is guaranteed - you have the whole vehicle for yourself. The Quality Tour guarantees 15 minutes of extra time at the end of the tour, while in case of Basic Tour it is not guaranteed. LUX Tour guarantees 30 minutes of free time after the tour has finished, or 45 if you upgrade.

Is E2P a licensed tour operator?

E2P is one of few lincensed tour operators in Krakow which means that we can offer you a full service (including guide assistance), not only transport to Auschwitz. As we're a licensed tour operator we provide money protection to all our Clients. What is more, we hold a public liability insurance with ALLIANZ Insurance Company. Moreover, to keep the highest standards of online payments safety we closely cooperate with PROTX, DOTPAY and BARCLAYS BANK. Please note that some companies offer only transport to Auschwitz advertising it as an "Auschwitz Tour". Film projection, guide's assistance and headphones are a high additional cost about which you may find out when you arrive at the Museum. Escape2Poland includes all fees.

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