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Auschwitz-Birkenau: Guided Tour, Transfers and Lunch

1. Auschwitz-Birkenau: Guided Tour, Transfers and Lunch

Spend an hour and fifteen minutes in an air-conditioned bus, as you depart Krakow for a confronting day of reflection at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp complex, a solemn place that leaves a lasting impression on all visitors, and an important memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Visit the museum and memorial in the suburbs of Oświęcim, about 60 kilometers west of Krakow. Upon arrival meet a professional guide who will show you around the site and speak of its dark history. Receive a lunch box, to take a break with during the tour. Discover the tragic history of the largest concentration camp of the Holocaust, funded by the Nazi party in 1940, Auschwitz-Birkenau became both a symbol of human suffering and a witness to physical and emotional exhaustion. Learn how it became the final resting place for millions of people, mostly Jews, put to their death in the hideous gas chambers. Pass through the gate with the inscription “Arbeit Macht Frei" (work sets you free) to enter Auschwitz I, where your guide will show you around the preserved area and explain the history of this place.  Then, spend about one hour at the second camp at Birkenau, where mass killings took place as part of the Nazi “Final Solution to the Jewish Question”, before meeting your driver for the return journey to Kraków.

Oswiecim: Auschwitz Concentration Camp & Museum Guided Tour

2. Oswiecim: Auschwitz Concentration Camp & Museum Guided Tour

Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, on the convenient tour with booked tickets, skip the tickets line access and a professional. Museum Visit Firstly visit Auschwitz I memorial site for approx. 2h with a, accompany of a professional guide through the whole camp. Enter to camp through the main gate with the inscription “Arbeit Macht Frei" (work sets you free). Pass brick Barack's, see the artefacts, photographs of prisoners, reconstructions of the whole complex as well the only remaining gas chambers and crematories. Then, continue the visit with a guide to the camp Birkenau for about 1h. Enter to horrifying wooden blocks, where almost 1000 people were living in inhuman conditions. See the ruins of has chambers and crematoria, a part of the industrial genocide of Nazi Germany.

Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip with Licensed Guide

3. Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Trip with Licensed Guide

Spend a day learning about Auschwitz-Birkenau—a former concentration camp during Nazi-occupied Poland. This site now stands as a place of remembrance to the victims who lost their lives there during the Second World War. You’ll be able to travel to Auschwitz-Birkenau with ease as Krakow hotel pickup and drop-off is included. Avoid long visitor lines as entrance tickets are included. By going on a guided tour, you’ll learn more about the sites you see, as well as background historical information too. A visit to the Museum is divided into two parts: the tour in Auschwitz I, which takes about two hours, and then the tour in Auschwitz II Birkenau, about one hour. Including transportation time it lasts about seven hours.

Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Skip-the-Line Tour

4. Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Skip-the-Line Tour

Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, on the convenient tour with booked tickets, skip the tickets line access, a professional guide and transfer from one of the multiple meeting points in Krakow. Transfer between Krakow and Auschwitz takes 1-hour and 15-minutes, after arrival is a 15-minutes break. The whole tour is divided into two parts, Auschwitz I and Birkenau located 3 km away from the first camp. Transfer between camps is provided by the tour operator, the tour leader will inform the group about the exact program and timing. Museum Visit Firstly visit Auschwitz I memorial site for approx. 2h with a, accompany of a professional guide through the whole camp. Enter to camp through the main gate with the inscription “Arbeit Macht Frei" (work sets you free). Pass brick Barack's, see the artefacts, photographs of prisoners, reconstructions of the whole complex as well the only remaining gas chambers and crematories. Then, continue the visit with a guide to the camp Birkenau for about 1h. Enter to horrifying wooden blocks, where almost 1000 people were living in inhuman conditions. See the ruins of has chambers and crematoria, a part of the industrial genocide of Nazi Germany. Return to Krakow to the same locations as the starting meeting point.

Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau & Frames of Memory Morning Tour

5. Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau & Frames of Memory Morning Tour

Travel from Krakow and visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum alongside an official guide. See the remaining structures, view touching exhibits commemorating the camp’s victims and survivors, and end with a special guided walk through "The Labyrinths" art installation. Start with an early-moring pickup in Krakow to avoid the busiest time at the memorial. Ride in an air-conditioned bus while your tour leader reviews the day’s itinerary. During the journey, get an introduction to the history of Auschwitz-Birkenau and its role during the Holocaust. After a 1-hour and 40-minute drive and a brief security check, meet the official licensed museum guide who will accompany your group around the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex. Receive a headset to enhance your hearing as you learn about the largest concentration camp complex from World War II. The first portion of the complex tour will lead you around Auschwitz, now a designated national museum, where the barracks are still intact. Hear somber tales of what life was like in the camp as you view the various exhibitions displaying original items that belonged to the camp prisoners. Next, take a short drive to the Birkenau Memorial. Here, witness the gas chambers and the railway, which transported prisoners to the camps, and the unloading platform. Commemorate the camp’s victims as you walk around the memorial site. After the guided Birkenau tour, meet up with your tour leader and board the bus towards your last tour stop before returning back to Krakow. Head to a nearby village of Harmęże, where agricultural forced labor was done by Auschwitz prisoners, and enter the village’s monastery. See the “Frames of memory. Labyrinths” art exhibition, created by Marian Kołodziej, camp prisoner no. 432 and a survivor of Auschwitz. This one-of-a-kind exhibit recreates the reality of the camp through his art. Reflect on the moving artworks and step inside emotional installations, which aim to inspire visitors so that the atrocities of the Holocaust will never be repeated again.

From Krakow: Transfer to Auschwitz-Birkenau Self-Guided Tour

6. From Krakow: Transfer to Auschwitz-Birkenau Self-Guided Tour

Discover the largest Nazi concentration camp and pay tribute to the murdered prisoners during a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. This experience includes a round-trip transfer from Krakow and plenty of for you to explore freely at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Depart from Krakow and travel by air-conditioned minibus to the Auschwitz-Birkenau. You can manage your time as you wish during the 3.5 hours stop. Choose to rent a guidebook in your language from your driver or buy it at the bookstore. If you do not have an entry ticket booked in advance, you can easy collect it before visit. After free time, enjoy a quick return to Krakow.

From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Roundtrip Bus & Entry Ticket

7. From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Roundtrip Bus & Entry Ticket

Book this transportation service and travel by bus from central Krakow to the Auschwitz Memorial Museum. A return service option to Krakow is also available as a separate option. Learn about the atrocities committed by the Nazis and the full extent of the horrors of the Holocaust. Hear about how the camp was run and the world of those who lived and died there. See the roads, fences, watchtowers and rail ramps, as well as informative exhibits and documentation. Select the 1-way option, and purchase your Museum entry and tour ticket on arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Guided Tour with Roundtrip Transfers option includes Museum Entrance Ticket with guided tour in English and transportation from Krakow to the Auschwitz Memorial site and back.

Auschwitz-Birkenau: Fast-Track Entry Pass and Guided Tour

8. Auschwitz-Birkenau: Fast-Track Entry Pass and Guided Tour

Funded by the Nazi party in 1940, Auschwitz-Birkenau became both a symbol of human suffering and a witness to physical and emotional exhaustion. Learn about the history of the largest concentration camp from WWII with a professional licensed guide provided by the Auschwitz - Birkenau Museum. Your host will meet you at the entrance to the museum, where you will enter with your pre-booked ticket after passing through the security check. The first part of the museum visit takes approximately 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hours 50 minutes. Between the first and second part there will be a 10-15 minute break, when you can eat your lunch. After the break, you will board a bus for the second part, a visit of Auschwitz II Birkenau, where you will spend around an hour with the same guide.

Krakow: Full-Day Self-Guided Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour

9. Krakow: Full-Day Self-Guided Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour

Visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum and explore at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Enjoy the confidence of a pre-booked ticket and transfer from Krakow. Leave Krakow for a confrontational day of reflection with a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. The camps are a ceremonial place that leaves an indelible impression on all visitors and are also an important monument to the victims of the Holocaust. Funded by the Nazi party in 1940, Auschwitz-Birkenau became both a symbol of human suffering and a witness to physical and emotional exhaustion. As the largest concentration camp served by the Nazis, it became the final resting place of millions of people, mainly Jews, who were killed in hideous gas chambers. After arriving at the museum, collect a free admission ticket with the help of your tour leader and pick up an informational booklet. Spend approximately 2 hours of free time in the Auschwitz I Museum. Take a short break and spend about 1 hour in the Auschwitz-Birkenau II Museum. After a total of 3 hours in both museums, the tour leader will be waiting for you in the same place in the parking lot to take you back to Krakow.

Shuttle Bus Transfer between Auschwitz-Birkenau and Krakow

10. Shuttle Bus Transfer between Auschwitz-Birkenau and Krakow

Get from Krakow to Auschwitz-Birkenau conveniently with a shuttle bus transfer. The drive takes approximately one and a half hours and is 60-kilometers (38-miles) long. Pick from eight available pickup points in Krakow's Market Square or Kazimierz neighborhood. Your expert drivers will drive you quickly and safely, straight to Auschwitz-Birkenau for you to experience the memorial and museum at your own pace. Transport between Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II–Birkenau can be taken with the free shuttle bus provided by Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. The pickup points in Krakow are: • 7:30 AM or 11:00 AM: Saint Joseph Church (Rynek Podgórski 4) • 7:40 AM or 11:10 AM: Tourist Bus Stop (Dajwór 65 Street) • 7:50 AM or 11:20 AM: Wyspiański Hotel (Kopernika 2 Street) • 7:55 AM or 11:25 AM: Kiss & Ride (Pawia 18a Street) • 8:05 AM or 11:35 AM: Kiss & Ride (Garbarska) • 8:10 AM or 11:40 AM: Tourist Bus Stop next to Radisson Blu Hotel (Straszewskiego 14 Street) • 8:15 AM or 11:45 AM: Sheraton Grand Hotel (Corner Wiślna and Plac na Groblach, Powiśle 7 Street) • 8:25 AM or 11:55 AM: B&B Hotel (Monte Cassino 1) The morning pickup arrives at Auschwitz-Birkenau at 9:45 AM and departs at 2:30 PM. Pickup at 11:00 AM arrives at Auschwitz-Birkenau at 1:15 PM and departs at 5:45 PM. Your professional driver will drop you off at Auschwitz I Birkenau and wait to drive you back to Krakow if the option is selected.

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The tour was very well arranged - clear communication beforehand about the pick up and we arrived at the camp in a nice way. The tourguide was our driver - Anna was friendly, knowledgeable and engaging. We definitely recommend this impressive tour!

Emotional and thought provoking tour. Our tour guide Joanna was wonderful. She was friendly and welcoming. She was emotional as she talked us through the atrocities that took place here. She made the tour for us ❤

Must see in Krakow. Transport was very well arranged. Lovely guide who spoke clear English. She knew a lot to tell and it was very impressive.

Fantastic day out. Guide was amazing - very knowledgeable and interesting and really made a sad day very enjoyable

V well organised from collection, travel, tour, lunch and connection to birkenhau, really recommend it