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Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour with Pickup and Lunch

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

Travel about an hour and a half in an air-conditioned bus departing Krakow for a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp complex, a historic site that leaves an unforgettable experience for all visitors and is an important Holocaust memorial. Explore the museum in the outskirts of Oświęcim, approximately 60 kilometers west of Krakow. Upon arrival, meet a professional local educator who will show you around the site and tell you about its inhuman history. You will be provided with a meal box to take a break during the tour. Learn the tragic history of the largest Holocaust concentration camp, founded by the Nazis in 1940, Auschwitz-Birkenau has become both a symbol of human suffering and a witness to physical and emotional exhaustion. You will learn how it became the final resting place of millions of people, mostly Jews, 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. In the second part, you will 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, our staff will take you back to Krakow.

Kraków: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Pool

2. Kraków: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Pool

Enjoy one of the best views in Zakopane with a cable car ride up to Gubałówka. Marvel at the spectacular views of the High Tatras that are covered with snow up until May. Visit Krupówki, the most popular street in the heart of Zakopane, where you can experience the ambience of the mountain region and enjoy the aromas of local foods coming from the traditional restaurants. After your tour of Zakopane, take a break for some rest and relaxation in the thermal pools. Enjoy outdoor and indoor swimming pools, water slides, whirlpool baths and many other attractions in the heart of the mountains.

Kraków: Auschwitz-Birkenau & Wieliczka Salt Mine with Pickup

3. Kraków: Auschwitz-Birkenau & Wieliczka Salt Mine with Pickup

You will start in the early morning around 08:00 a.m. (in the winter season the pick up might be slightly earlier). The tour begins in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum: first part lasts about 1,5 hours, you will visit Auschwitz I Museum with certified live guide provided by the museum. You will learn the tragic history of the largest concentration camp in Europe. After short break you will be driven to the Birkenau Museum when you will spend around 1 hour with the same guide. During the second half of your full-day program, you will travel to the Salt Mine in Wieliczka, which is one of the oldest working salt mines in the world. Before entering the Salt Mine you will have 1 hour lunch break. The English-speaking tour of the Mine will begin at 16:00 or 17:00 (depending on road conditions). 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. You should arrive around 19:30 p.m. to Kraków.

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

4. 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.

Krakow: City Tour by Electric Golf Cart

5. Krakow: City Tour by Electric Golf Cart

Meet your driver-guide at the meeting point in the center of the city. Discover the best of Krakow on a 1.5-hour tour with an audio guide in 28 languages. Learn about the monuments and areas you pass by and receive plenty of recommendations for your stay in the city. First, visit the Old Town of Krakow with the largest medieval market square in Europe. Travel along the Royal Route and the defensive walls and fortifications. See many beautiful buildings such as the Jagiellonian University, Słowacki Theater, and the breathtaking Wawel Castle. Explore the Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz where you can see beautiful synagogues, old cemeteries, atmospheric streets and squares. Visit the district of Podgórze where you can stop at Ghetto Heroes Square, the Eagle Pharmacy, and the remains of former Ghetto walls. Learn of the tragic history of the Jewish community during the years of World War II, and see the famous factory of Oskar Schindler, where many lives were saved. Then, be dropped off at the meeting point or any location in the city center.

From Krakow: Trail of the Eagles’ Nests Day Tour

6. From Krakow: Trail of the Eagles’ Nests Day Tour

Be picked up at 9:00 AM from your accommodation in Krakow. Your route runs through the closer surroundings of Krakow. See, among other sights, the castle in Korzkiew. Also, pass through a fragment of the picturesque Ojców National Park. Get an unforgettable experience at the castle in Pieskowa Skała and Hercules Club nearby. In the castle, visit the courtyard and the observation tower. Next, visit the ruins of the castles in Rabsztyn and Ogrodzieniec, which have been adapted for tourists. The monumental nature of the buildings and views from the towers provide extraordinary impressions. The huge ruins of the castle in Ogrodzieniec have recently gained popularity thanks to the series "The Witcher". On the way to the magnificent castle in Ogrodzieniec, make a stop at the viewpoint next to the only desert in Europe - the Błędowska Desert. Your final 2 attractions are located next to each other. These are castles in Mirów and Bobolice. The last one has been rebuilt in recent years and made open to the public. After the tour, you will be back in Krakow by late afternoon.

From Krakow: Skip-the-Line Day Tour to Wieliczka Salt Mine

7. From Krakow: Skip-the-Line Day Tour to Wieliczka Salt Mine

Visit the most famous salt mine in Europe. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the UNESCO monuments and has been gathering salt for over 700 years. It’s one of the most beautiful facilities of this type in the world. An English-speaking driver will pick you up from the city center or from the hotel if private transport is selected. With an air-conditioned, comfortable bus/van, reach Wieliczka town in about 25 minutes. Meet your guide, and walk down the wooden stairs to a depth of 65 meters. The guide will explain the rules of a salt mine as well as various legends and stories about mine’s past. The tour takes place in the underground corridors and chambers, well prepared for visitors. Certain points on your way are dedicated to famous people who decided to visit Salt Mine in the past, for example, Chopin or Goethe. Hear many stories about mining and the progress of the works over the years. After a while, encounter a huge chapel carved underground. It’s considered one of the most beautiful chapels in the world – St. Kinga Chapel, where the artists carved a church in salt. It’s time to get some photos and have a quick rest before proceeding with the tour. After a short break, proceed to a huge area with an underground lake, where the world’s first underground balloon flight took place. There will be a few places to buy souvenirs as well. Don’t worry there is no need to climb these hundreds of steps again to go to the surface. There is a mining elevator that helps you get out of the mine. It’s time to meet your driver at the place of departure to the mine, and have a safe journey back to Krakow.

Krakow: Electric Car Tour and Optional Schindler’s Factory

8. Krakow: Electric Car Tour and Optional Schindler’s Factory

Discover the city of Krakow in a day on an eco-friendly electric buggy city tour. Learn about the city's colorful history from your local guide as you glide through the city's iconic neighborhoods and past its main landmarks. See Wawel Castle, the Jewish Quarters, and the former Jewish Ghetto all from the comfort of your e-buggy. Embark on an unforgettable journey in an eco-friendly electric buggy through the charming streets of Krakow. Visit the city's three most historical districts with ease and comfort. First, make your way to the Old Town to see the enchanting Wawel Royal Castle towering over the city and the Vistula River, the Barbican with its fortified turrets and walls, impressive churches, and a number of other historical buildings. Next, head to the city's historic Jewish quarter with its breathtaking array of Christian churches, Jewish synagogues, and the historical buildings of the former city of Kazimierz. Marvel at the trendy shops, bars, and galleries that now line these streets. Finally, ride to the remains of the former Jewish ghetto's walls and main square before ending your tour at Schindler's Factory Museum. Here, if the option has been selected, visit the museum at your own pace, unguided, with pre-purchased skip-the-line tickets. After an hour in the museum, be picked up and brought back to the original starting point of the tour. Alternatively, if you don't visit the museum, be dropped off immediately after the tour ends at the original starting point of the tour.

Kraków: Hot Air Balloon Flight with Champagne

9. Kraków: Hot Air Balloon Flight with Champagne

Experience the thrill of flying with a hot air balloon trip and admire the sights of Krakow's buildings and lush gardens from a new perspective. Take some time away from your busy travel schedule to simply relax and admire your surroundings, then celebrate with some post-flight champagne. Hop into your balloon's gondola and get to know your professional pilot before you take flight. Feel the wind in your face as you take in panoramic views of Krakow and its vicinity, being able to see as far as the areas of Wieliczka, Tyniec, and Ojców. Let go of your worries on this scenic adventure and rest assured you're in the hands of an expert. Receive a personalized certificate to commemorate your experience, then celebrate with a glass of champagne.

From Krakow: Wadowice & Sanctuary of Divine Mercy Tour

10. From Krakow: Wadowice & Sanctuary of Divine Mercy Tour

Start your tour with pick-up from your hotel, hostel or apartment. After a 40-minute drive, arrive at the main square of Wadowice. Before you visit the Museum of John Paul II, see the front of the parish church of Karol Wojtyla, where little Karol was baptized, and the high school he attended. Visit the museum for around 90 minutes, before a coffee break to taste the famous papal cream cakes known as kremowka. On your arrival to Lagiewniki, begin your sightseeing of the Divine Mercy Sanctuary and JP2 complex, together with the chapel of miraculous painting of Merciful Jesus. Throughout your visit, rely on guidance and assistance by one of the nuns who serves in the Divine Mercy Monastery. Before heading back to Krakow, have lunch in one of the local restaurants.

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4.6 / 5

based on 42,651 reviews

My family really enjoyed our tour around Krakow, very interesting facts were provided along the trip and being our first excursion on arrival to the city, this gave us our bearings and helped us decide what we wanted to go and visit next. The tour guide was extremely friendly, picked us up from our hotel, which was very convenient and even offered to drop us off at one of the attractions instead of having to go back to the hotel.

I had a wonderful experience in the trip! and the guide was kind and informative. I learned many things and explored different places in Zakopane and Tatra mountain. Totally recommend this trip!

A nice experience with a great guide. It is best to take the first time slot of the day. You may be the first in the mines!

Really enjoyable tour. Guide was very friendly it was the best way to do the tour on a hot day

Great tour of the city and Jewish quarter. Guide onboard was lovely and informative