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Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow

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Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow
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icon7 hours  (approx.)
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Overview

Experience a poignant piece of World War II history on a day trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau from Krakow. Led by a knowledgeable guide, explore the UNESCO-listed former Nazi concentration camp complex and preserve the memory of those who perished there. Pass through the crematoriums, old prison blocks, and moving memorials, and hear the stories of this dark time in history from your guide in a sensitive manner. Your tour concludes with transportation back to your original departure point in Krakow.
  • Day trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau from Krakow with a local guide
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed complex and learn about its terrible past from a knowledgeable guide
  • Trace the stories of individual prisoners and visit the memorials to the camps’ victims
  • Learn the history of WWII’s Holocaust and about the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This guided tour offers pickup and drop-off from select hotels and morning or afternoon departure times.
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Air-conditioned vehicle.
Tour escort/host.
Documentary film during the transfer.
Local live guide.
Headsets to hear the guide clearly.
Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels all over Krakow).
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

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9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.DEPARTURE TIME The hours you book are tentative and may change, and departures from Krakow may take place in the following hours: 8.00 am – 11.00 am. You are required to contact Cracow Tours no earlier than 3 days and no later than 24h before the date of the tour to confirm the time of departure on +48 12 430 07 26, +48 602 49 70 64. DEPARTURE POINT Choice of pickup from our main tour departure point: the bus park at 7 Powisle Street, across from the Sheraton Grand Hotel Krakow, near Hotel Wyspiański, Westerplatte 15 street or selected hotels all over Krakow. If you do not require hotel pickup, or your hotel cannot be serviced, you must make your own way to the main tour departure point: the bus park at 7 Powisle Street, across from the Sheraton Grand Hotel Krakow. Check-in at this location is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time. PICKUP SERVICE Our pickup service is available from selected hotels in Krakow. Depending on the location of the hotel, the pickup service will be between 30–50 minutes before the tour departure time. Please enquire at your hotel reception desk regarding the pickup time and the possibility of a pickup. Please note: pickups can only be guaranteed if you book 24-hours in advance. RETURN DETAILS Original departure point.
Established in the early 1940s by the Nazis, Auschwitz was originally intended for Polish political prisoners. Later, when it was extended to include the neighboring site of Birkenau, it became a larger concentration camp for primarily European Jews, killing an estimated 1.1 million people.

Begin your trip with pickup at select Krakow hotels or in central Krakow, at your preferred departure time. Accompanied by your guide, travel to the town of Oswiecim while a documentary on WWII and the Nazi Holocaust is shown on board. Arrive at the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Enter the gates bearing the inscription Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Sets You Free) and then head inside to learn about how the complex quickly turned from a detention camp to a center for mass murder. Your guide discusses the camp’s history in a sensitive manner as you visit the crematoriums and gas chambers, as well as the watchtowers and fences at Birkenau where the Nazi officers stood guard.

After examining the exhibitions inside the old prison blocks, pay your respects at the camp's somber memorial. Your trip concludes with drop-off back at your original departure point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
Explore the twin concentration camp: Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II- Birkenau with a guide as you learn about the Nazi Holocaust and how the camps functioned.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • DEPARTURE TIME The hours you book are tentative and may change, and departures from Krakow may take place in the following hours: 8:00 am – 11:00 am. You are required to contact Cracow Tours no earlier than 3 days and no later than 24h before the date of the tour to confirm the pickup time and pickup point on +48 12 430 07 26, +48 602 49 70 64 or office@cracowtours.pl.
  • DEPARTURE POINT Choice of pickup from our main tour departure point: the bus park at 7 Powisle Street, across from the Sheraton Grand Hotel Krakow, Hotel Wyspiański, Westerplatte 15 street or selected hotels in Krakow. If you do not require hotel pickup, or your hotel cannot be serviced, you must make your own way to the main tour departure point: the bus park at 7 Powisle Street, across from the Sheraton Grand Hotel Krakow. Check-in at this location is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time. PICKUP SERVICE Our pickup service is available from selected hotels in Krakow. Depending on the location of the hotel, the pickup service will be between 30–50 minutes before the tour departure time. Please enquire at your hotel reception desk regarding the pickup time and the possibility of a pickup. Please note: pickups can only be guaranteed if you book 24-hours in advance.
  • RETURN DETAILS Original departure point.
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION The hours you book are tentative and may change, and departures from Krakow may take place in the following hours: 8.00 am – 3.00 pm. All customers are required to contact Cracow Tours no earlier than 3 days and no later than 24h before the date of the tour to confirm the time of departure on +48 12 430 07 26, +48 602 49 70 64 or email: office@cracowtours.pl.
  • All customers are obliged to take their ID document with them on the day of the tour (if there is no such document, the staff of the facility have the right to refuse entry to the museum). The name and surname on the reservation must be identical as in ID document. Cracow Tours does not take any responsibility if any of our customers will be refused to enter Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau due to lack of documents.
  • The maximum size of backpacks or handbags brought into the Museum cannot exceed dimensions 30x20x10 cm. Larger bags must be left in the bus.
  • Most of the tour takes place outside, so please be prepared for the different weather conditions.
  • Taking photos in the buildings with the use of flash is forbidden. You are allowed to take photos only in selected parts of the Museum.
  • Eating and smoking, as well as acting in a loud manner are forbidden at the Museum.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • There is a 15-minute break during the tour, we suggest taking a sandwich and water with you.
  • Please bear in mind that there are hundreds of tourists visiting the Museum every day and keeping your own pace of sightseeing is not possible.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Intercrac
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
How can I let you know where to pick me up?
A:If you are interested in complementary hotel pickup please make sure to contact the supplier no later than 24h prior to your tour. You can let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul 2019
Q:
Where is the meeting point?
A:The meeting point for this tour is at 7 Powisle Street at the bus park opposite the Sheraton Grand Krakow hotel.
Jul 2019
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow.
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What is the social distancing policy during Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial Guided Tour from Krakow.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Also if possible don’t combine it with another trip eg salt mines- you need to give this all the time you can and time to reflect." See review
  • "The tour takes you to 3-4 main camp buildings so you have a good idea of the area but it will not afford you a deep comprehensive visit if that's what you are looking for." See review
  • "The museum is not a pleasure to visit, but would recommend the tour as it a stark reminder that these atrocities must never happen again." See review

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star-5
Auschwitz Trip
John_K
, May 2022
Anna was very knowledgeable on the trip. She is an excellent driver and very personable. Our guide at Auschwitz was very detailed in her descriptions. It was a good trip albeit a very difficult place to visit. May they Rest In Peace.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your feedback. In spite of the difficult history, we are glad that you could visit the Museum in Auschwitz-Birkenau with us and that the tour meets your expectations.
star-5
Great tour
Penny_L
, May 2022
Very good tour so sad to see and hear what all the men women and children went through.. Guide was polish but her English was good .
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your opinion. We are glad that the trip has met the expectations.
star-5
Great experience and tour
Coartney_M
, Apr 2022
I highly recommend this tour if visiting Krakow. The driver was friendly and prompt picking us up from the hotel. We were in a van with one other family. It was nice to not have to worry about transportation to the site or be on a crowded bus. The tour guide was knowledgeable and gave great insight to an awful event in history.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for your feedback. I am glad, that trip was comfortable and trip and our staff fulfilled expectations.
star-4
Auschwitz amazing, bus ride not so much!
David_C
, Apr 2022
Auschwitz is an unforgettable experience. The long, cramped, bus ride which stops at several hotels and pick-up points in Kraków, much less so. I would make my own way there if I were to come again. There’s a shuttle bus between the two sites and you can book your own guide.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for your feedback. Yes, you can organise a tour on your own although it is not always as easy as you describe. We organize group trips so depending on the number of people it varies, but we do our best to make the trip as comfortable as possible for everyone.
star-5
Sombre but a must
Rebecca_P
, Mar 2022
Sombre visit but, in my opinion a must. Excellent knowledgeable guide. Viator kept me updated throughout. Would definitely use again
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for your opinion. We do our best to make sure the tour meets expectations despite its dark message. We hope that in the future we will be able to organize your stay in Cracow again.
star-4
Overall positive experience as a solo female traveler
Rebecca_M
, Feb 2022
I had an overall positive experience with a few challenges/surprises. I highly recommend visiting Auschwitz. The day before the tour, I received an email instructing me to be at the Sheraton Grand Krakow at 10:50 AM. I assumed this meant the main pickup point described on Viator (the bus parking lot across the street from the hotel). At 10:50 AM, I was standing in the empty parking lot when I received a friendly call from the main office. They informed me that the van was running a little late due to other passengers. At 11:01 AM, I received a call that the van had arrived and was looking for me. It turns out I was supposed to be across the street at the entrance to the hotel! I ran across the street and was the last person to get on the bus. I did not see a sign for Cracow Tours and the silver van looked like a lot of other vans in the area. There were 18-20 people on board plus the driver and guide. All of the seats were filled and they were very comfortable. There was not a bathroom on board and there was not a documentary, which was described on Viator. The driver greeted us in English and then we drove in relative silence to Auschwitz. We left Krakow a little after 11 AM and arrived at Auschwitz I at 12:15. I had packed a lunch and left it in my backpack in the van. We walked over to the visitor’s center and had 10 mins to use the bathroom/go into the gift shop. We met up at a specific location and were given our 12:30 PM tour tickets. Our Auschwitz tour guide greeted us and we immediately went through security… no waiting in line! Headsets were provided by the museum so we could hear our guide well. Every once in a while the signal was less clear, perhaps because I was farther away from the guide. The guide was very knowledgeable and respectful. There was little to no time for questions. You can take pictures except in one room. We returned to the visitor’s center. Before starting the Auschwitz I tour, the Cracow Tours guide told us to take a 15 min break afterward and then return to the van. This break was a stressful time for me as a solo traveler— I lost the group when I went to the bathroom and I didn’t know where to meet the van. The van had dropped us off out front then parked in an unknown location… the were so many identical vans! I then remembered that the guide mentioned “12.” I looked for a parking spot designated “12” but the spots weren’t numbered. I also looked for members of my tour group- we were each given a specific sticker. However, my sticker fell off and so did the stickers of other people in the group. Luckily I managed to spot someone familiar near a van. There was a small sign on the windshield that said “12” (there wasn’t a Cracow Tours sign). Relieved, I ate lunch as we drove a few minutes to Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Our original Auschwitz guide met us at the second location. After the tour, we walked back to the parking lot as a group. Someone quickly spotted the van labeled “12.” We drove back to Krakow and hit some traffic on the way. Due to the traffic, we were all dropped off near the border of Old Town and the Jewish district around 5 PM. I would recommend this tour— as long as you understand some of the differences from the description on Viator. Also make sure that you know how to find the van after the break!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you very much for such an extensive message and opinion. Due to, among other things, the large number of tourists not everything is as we expected, but I am glad that the trip met your expectations and went without major problems.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour with value for money 👍
Ewan_M
, Feb 2022
Easy to book with an E - mail to confirm our collection time from the hotel, the driver was on time, professional and knowledgeable. When we got to our destination at Auschwitz we were met by a guide and her assistant, and even though it was busy we got through in to Auschwitz pretty quick with no hassle. The tour was amazing for all the wrong reasons, our tour guide was very knowledgeable, professional and helpful and spent the next 4 hours with us, answering any questions we had and ensuring we were fully briefed on how, why and what had happened in Auschwitz over the 2nd WW. Excellent tour, very well looked after and defiantly value for money.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you very much for your feedback. We are glad that the trip has met your expectations.
star-4
The tour guide was...
Rhiannon_O
, Feb 2022
The tour guide was absolutely fantastic, so passionate and knowledgeable about the camps and history. Harrowing and moving experience.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you very much for your feedback. We are glad that the trip met your expectations.
star-5
5 star guided tour
Ivan_H
, Jan 2022
The best guided tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau you can find in Krakow. Everything was organized perfectly.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you very much for your positive opinion. We are glad that the trip met your expectations.
star-5
Absolutely recommended! A must do and see! Amazing guide!
Athanasios_D
, Jan 2022
Needless to say that the tour itself is a must-do when around Krakow! It always leaves you speechless to see and being narrated what happened there. But i would like to highlight here the professionalism and high experience of the operators of this tour: perfect to the last detail, from picking us up from the hotel, to leading us to Auschwitz, to explaining and telling us explicit details of what happened there. The drivers and the transfer were safe, excellent! But my sincere congratulations go to our guide: highly knowledgeable, sensitive to the topic but also totally aware of the importance of his narrations, being telling not what he read but what he communicated to acquaintances and relatives, being humble and knowing how and when to emphasise on the atrocities as they ought to have been. Highly recommended, do NOT miss!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for your opinion. We are very pleased and satisfied that we were able to organize for you a tour that met your expectations.

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