- 7 h tour from Krakow to Auschwitz-Birkenau
Please note that all times are approximate and depend on traffic. On several dates the site is closed - this information will be available upon booking.
- 8.30 - 9.00 Hotel pick-up
Our experienced driver picks you up from your centrally located Krakow hotel/apartment. Shared transportation in a comfortable A/C minivan (up to 8 passengers). Exact pick-up time will be given after reservation is confirmed.
- 9.00 - 10.30 Transport from Krakow to Auschwitz
We drive from Krakow to Oswiecim town (1.5 h travel time), where Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum is located.
- 10.30 - 10.45 Coffee break
15 min break to grab a cup of coffee, snack or to go to the bathroom.
- 10.45 - 12.30 Auschwitz camp visit
Guided tour of Auschwitz concentration camp in English with a licensed museum guide. Headsets to hear the guide clearly are provided. All fees included in price.
- 12.30 - 12.45 Snack break and transport from Auschwitz to Birkenau
We provide you our free snack box (homemade sandwich and water) and then take you to the second part of the sightseeing tour to Birkenau camp grounds.
- 12.45 - 14.00 Birkenau camp visit
Guided tour of Birkenau concentration camp in English. All fees included in price. Please note that due to our schedules, after the end of the tour with guide in Birkenau, you should come to the car promptly, as you driver cannot wait for you more than 10 minutes.
- 14.00 - 15.30 Transport from Birkenau to Krakow
Return transportation from Birkenau to Krakow (1.5 h travel time).
- 15.30 - 16.00 Hotel drop-off
Our driver drops you off at your hotel.
Auschwitz - Birkenau was the largest concentration camp established by the Nazi regime in June 1940 to carry the extermination of 1.1 million European Jews but also 140,000 Poles, 23,000 Gypsies, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war and 25,000 prisoners of other nationalities, mostly Czech, Belarusian, German, French, Russian, Yugoslavian, Ukrainian and many others from the countries of Nazi-occupied Europe. It consisted of three main camps: Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II - Birkenau (the largest center for the extermination of Jews and the largest Nazi German concentration camp) and Auschwitz III (Monowitz). After WW2 the Polish government restored Auschwitz and turned it into a museum. It was also included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979. What makes this an exceptional place is the fact that it was the largest extermination center, and is the only camp to be preserved to such an extent in its original condition. The museum consists of the grounds containing human ashes, ruins of gas chambers and crematoria, the places where Nazi doctors carried out selection, the roads leading to the gas chambers, the places where Jewish families awaited death and execution sites. The most moving evidence of crimes are almost two tons of victim's hair.
- On this tour you will be able to see:
- The famous main gate with the inscription "Arbeit macht frei", where thousands of prisoners walked through on their way to hard labour.
- Living and sanitary-hygienic conditions of the prisoners
- Personal belongings seized from murdered Jews (glasses, Jewish prayer shawls, pans, bowls, suitcases, shoes, shaving brushes)
- Enlarged camp mugshots and victims' hair. All the women and all the man shown in these photographs were killed in the camp.
- The roll call square with a booth where the SS man in charge of roll call could supervise the proceedings during bad weather.
- The collective gallows. As a way of intimidating the prisoners, the death penalty by hanging was carried out during roll call.
- Death Block and Death Wall, where people were shot as a method of execution. The SS shot more than 5,000 people sentenced to death by German summary courts.
- Crematorium 1 and the first gas chamber. Auschwitz was the only extermination camp where the corpses of murdered Jews were cremated on such a mass scale in modern complexes of crematorium furnaces. After the unburned bones were ground up, the ashes were loaded on trucks and dumped in the Vistula river.
- The main entrance to Auschwitz II Birkenau (The Gate of Death). Prisoners' barracks, watchtowers and fence system.
- The unloading platform (the so called 'Judenrampe' was the destination for trains carrying Jews to Auschwitz). The wagon placed at the ramp is a reminder of the conditions in which people were brought to the camp and the symbol of the Holocaust.
- What our Clients say:
- "A very well managed tour with an expert guide at Auschwitz and Birkenau. This was a trip I had long promised myself and was so pleased to see that the people I depended on to organise it for me were so expert." John Owens
- "Pick up from our hotel was bang on time. Driver was friendly, bus was comfortable. The tour was outstanding !! Tour guide who took us round both concentration camps was full of interesting facts and was able to answer all questions. The head sets ensured that everything said was heard also. Would definitely rebook." Graham Bell
- "Easy to book, perfectly on time with clean comfortable vehicles. Used for airport transfers and their trip to Auschwitz. Definitely recommended." Rachel Walsh
- What is your cancellation policy?
For individual reservations, whenever we charge the deposit we require a 7 days notice by e-mail or phone. Changes or cancellations made after this time cause the loss of your deposit. For group reservations cancellation rules are confirmed via e-mail.
- Pick-up points in Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter) restricted traffic zone.
The map shows the restricted traffic area, due to major roadworks and road closures to be carried out in 2019. Guests staying in hotels/apartments located in the zone are kindly requested to use one of 4 arranged pick-up points. Exact pick-up point and time will be sent in confirmation e-mail.
- How do I pay for the tour?
You pay all up-front, or locally to our driver.
- What is the pick-up time?
We confirm your exact pick up time just after we confirm you reservation. It is between 8.20 am and 9.00 am from centrally located Krakow hotels/apartments.
- What is your snack box?
It's a sandwich and water. Auschwitz Tour takes 7 hours from pick up to drop off and requires walking. Although we provide a sandwich and water, we recommend to eat a hearty breakfast before departing or to take some candy bars just in case, as sometimes the site and the local snack bars are very crowded, making it difficult to buy something on the spot.
- Can I take this tour in other languages?
Yes, French, Italian, German, Spanish are available on request.
- How many people will there be in the van and on the guided tour of Auschwitz?
To guarantee you a comfortable journey, we use max. 8 passenger vehicles (shared transportation). If you are the only clients that day, we may sometimes use a 4 passenger minivan. The group visiting the Museum may consist of up to 30 visitors. In the period between 1 April and 31 October from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. the entry on the grounds of the former Auschwitz I camp is permitted only with the Entry Pass for Guided Tours (literally it means, that each guest has to purchase a ticket for the official tour organized by the Museum and we include these tickets in the price).
- Can children visit Auschwitz?
Although it is the parents' decision, it is not advised for children under the age of 12 to visit the camps. Prams and strollers are not allowed.
- Can I bring my bag inside Auschwitz Museum?
The max. size of handbags brought into the museum is 30x20x10cm.
- Can I take pictures on site?
Yes, taking photos for your own purposes is free of charge.