Wieliczka
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Krakow: Schindler's Factory, Jewish Ghetto & Salt Mine Tour

1. Krakow: Schindler's Factory, Jewish Ghetto & Salt Mine Tour

Tour Schindler's factory with a licensed museum guide. Oskar Schindler's factory, featured in Stephen Spielberg's oscar-winning film "Schindler's List," employed thousands of Jews and saved approximately 1200. Next, walk through the streets of Podgórze and see the evidence of the gruesome events that took place during World War II. See a part of the undestroyed wall surrounding the ghetto, houses where thousands of displaced Jews used to live, the pharmacy "Under the Eagle," and the Empty Chair Monument in the Heroes' Square, with its symbolic 68 chairs. Then you will be driven to Wieliczka, a small town 10 kilometers from Krakow. Visit one of the largest old salt mines in Europe and explore it at your own pace without a guide. The depth of the 700-year-old mine is 340 meters, and the total length of corridors and tunnels is over 245 kilometers. Walk along a route of more than 3 kilometers and see 20 halls, including the largest, St. Kinga's Church, named for the patroness of miners. Admire the underground church's interior, richly decorated with chandeliers and sculptures of saints carved out of salt. Experience the special curative microclimate in the mine and learn about the sanatorium, 135 meters below ground.

Krakow: Schindler's Factory, Jewish Ghetto & Salt Mine Tour

2. Krakow: Schindler's Factory, Jewish Ghetto & Salt Mine Tour

Take a tour with a museum guide of Schindler's factory, featured in Stephen Spielberg's oscar-winning film "Schindler's List." Learn about the story of a German entrepreneur who helped many Jews throughout the war. Stroll through the streets of Podgórze and see the evidence of the terrible events that took place during the Second World War. See a part of the undestroyed wall around the ghetto, houses where thousands of displaced Jews used to live, the pharmacy "Under the Eagle", and the Empty Chair Monument in the Heroes' Square, with its symbolic 68 chairs. Begin the second half of the tour and be driven to Wieliczka, a small town 10 kilometers from Krakow. Visit one of the largest old salt mines in Europe and explore it at your own pace without a guide. The depth of the 700-year-old mine is 340 meters, the total length of corridors and tunnels is over 245 kilometers. Walk along a route of more than 3 kilometers and see 20 halls, including the largest, St. Kinga's Church, named for the patroness of miners. Admire the underground church's interior, richly decorated with chandeliers and sculptures of saints carved out of salt. Experience the special curative microclimate in the mine and learn about the sanatorium, 135 meters below ground.

Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine and Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour

3. Krakow: Wieliczka Salt Mine and Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour

Depart Krakow and travel back through history as you make your way towards the infamous Nazi labor camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. Throughout your experience you can avail of the services of an English-speaking driver, who will be happy to field any questions which may arise throughout your tour. Upon arrival, take a guided tour with a licensed guide and learn the history of both camps and the terrible genocide that took place during World War II. See some of the original buildings, including the infamous gas chambers and the remains of the railway ramp in Birkenau, where the prisoners would arrive to meet their fate. Then, travel to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, where a local guide will lead you through the underground city. Learn the history of the mines and salt extraction dating back to the Middle Ages, and benefit from the healing properties of the special climate and micro-element filled air. You're bound to amazed by the statues and chapels carved out of the rock salt, and upon completing your tour of the mine you will be returned to Krakow.

From Krakow: Auschwitz Camp & Wieliczka Salt Mine Day Trip

4. From Krakow: Auschwitz Camp & Wieliczka Salt Mine Day Trip

Visit both Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine, 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. Do not bother about Lunch, it will be delivered during the tour. The exact program of the tour depends on the situation, tour leader will inform the group at the beginning of the tour about what will be the first to see. Transfer between Wieliczka and Krakow takes about 40-minutes. Transfer between Krakow and Auschwitz takes 1-hour and 15-minutes. Transfer between Auschwitz and Wieliczka takes 1-hour and 15-minutes Auschwitz Museum Visit (duration approx. 3.5h) Auschwitz tour is divided into two parts, Auschwitz I and Birkenau located 3 km away from the first camp. Transfer between camps will be provided by the tour operator. 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. Salt Mine Wieliczka Visit (duration approx. 3h) It is designed to allow tourists to comfortably travel through the passageways without feeling uncomfortable. Way to underground leads through 700 steps, and the whole route counts 3km. Temperature is between 14 - 17 °C. Salt Mines offer a one of a kind experience to tourists, is known as one of the most beautiful mines in the world. Underground are two beautiful lakes and a magnificent chapel of the Blessed Saint Kinga, who is the patron saint of miners around Poland’s capital region. Your guide will cover all details and stories as well as myths related to the mines to help you learn in detail about the Wieliczka Salt Mines, which is known to be one of the oldest operational mines in the world. The tour ends up in one of our drop-off locations.

Krakow: Schindler's Factory, Jewish Ghetto & Salt Mine Tour

5. Krakow: Schindler's Factory, Jewish Ghetto & Salt Mine Tour

Take a tour with a licensed museum guide of Schindler's factory, featured in Stephen Spielberg's oscar-winning film "Schindler's List." Learn about the story of a German entrepreneur who helped many Jews throughout the war. Then, walk through the streets of Podgórze and see the evidence of the terrible events that took place during the Second World War. See a part of the undestroyed wall around the ghetto, houses where thousands of displaced Jews used to live, the pharmacy "Under the Eagle", and the Empty Chair Monument in the Heroes' Square, with its symbolic 68 chairs. Next, begin the second half of the tour and be driven to Wieliczka, a small town 10 kilometers from Krakow. Visit one of the largest old salt mines in Europe and explore it at your own pace without a guide. The depth of the 700-year-old mine is 340 meters, the total length of corridors and tunnels is over 245 kilometers. Walk along a route of more than 3 kilometers and see 20 halls, including the largest, St. Kinga's Church, named for the patroness of miners. Admire the underground church's interior, richly decorated with chandeliers and sculptures of saints carved out of salt. Experience the special curative microclimate in the mine and learn about the sanatorium, 135 meters below ground.

Krakow: Schindler's Factory, Jewish Ghetto & Salt Mine Tour

6. Krakow: Schindler's Factory, Jewish Ghetto & Salt Mine Tour

Take a tour with a licensed museum guide of Schindler's factory, featured in Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning film "Schindler's List." Learn about the story of a German entrepreneur who helped many Jews throughout the war. Stroll through the streets of Podgórze and see the evidence of the terrible events that took place during the Second World War. See a part of the undestroyed wall around the ghetto, houses where thousands of displaced Jews used to live, the pharmacy "Under the Eagle", and the Empty Chair Monument in the Heroes' Square, with its symbolic 68 chairs. Begin the second half of the tour and be driven to Wieliczka, a small town 10 kilometers from Krakow. Visit one of the largest old salt mines in Europe and explore it at your own pace without a guide. The depth of the 700-year-old mine is 340 meters, the total length of corridors and tunnels is over 245 kilometers. Walk along a route of more than 3 kilometers and see 20 halls, including the largest, St. Kinga's Church, named for the patroness of miners. Admire the underground church's interior, richly decorated with chandeliers and sculptures of saints carved out of salt. Experience the special curative microclimate in the mine and learn about the sanatorium, 135 meters below ground.

From Kraków: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour with Lunch and Pickup

7. From Kraków: Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour with Lunch and Pickup

Pay your respects and hear about the history of the Holocaust on this day trip to the Auschwitz from Kakrow. The trip will visit both the Auschwitz I Museum and the Birkenau Camp. Licensed Auschwitz guides will lead you through the history of the largest concentration camp complex and its role in the Holocaust. See the original roads, fences, watchtowers and gas chambers. Commemorate the camp's victims as you walk through the site. At the Auschwitz I Museum, learn about the Holocaust and the warning from history that the camp represents. Hear the somber stories of what it was like to live at the camp as you view exhibitions containing original items from the camp prisoners. Your itinerary will involve pickup and drop-off from a choice of meeting points in Krakow, entrance to the Auschwitz I Museum and exhibits, a 15-minute break, and a visit to Birkenau, before returning to Krakow. During the tour each of the guests will receive a fresh-made lunch box.

Krakow: 2-Day Tour, Wawel Hill, Jewish Heritage, Wieliczka

8. Krakow: 2-Day Tour, Wawel Hill, Jewish Heritage, Wieliczka

Spend two days exploring the best of what Krakow has to offer. Discover the history from medieval to modern with your well-informed local guide. Relax with admission covered for each historical site and travel at a leisurely pace. Start day one by visiting the Wawel Royal Castle and Cathedral. Explore the chambers of the castle and discover the secrets of the royal family. Then take a 2-hour break to relax with lunch at a café in Krakow. After lunch, walk around the Main Market Square in Krakow and stop in the Rynek Underground Museum. Go four meters under the surface of the square and experience the city’s entire history from the first settlers to modern times. On day two, begin at the Old Synagogue in the Kazimierz district and enjoy a walk-through of the most important monuments of Jewish culture. Continue to Schindler’s Factory Museum and get a guided tour of the core exhibition. Enjoy a 2-hour lunch in a café in Krakow. Depart from the bus park at 7 Powisle Street to admire the breath-taking salt miracles in the nearby Wieliczka Salt Mine. Return by bus to the bus park to end the tour.

Kraków: Kazimierz, Schindler's Museum, Auschwitz, Wieliczka

9. Kraków: Kazimierz, Schindler's Museum, Auschwitz, Wieliczka

Day 1: Begin your tour by exploring Kazimierz, the historic Jewish quarter of Kraków. Walk along artistic streets home to independent galleries and vintage fashion boutiques. Learn about the history and heritage behind this part of the city from your guide. Next, visit Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory, now hosting two museums: the Museum of Contemporary Art and a branch of the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków. Broaden your understanding of Kraków's history with World War II and the life of Oskar Schindler. Later, take a short walk around the former Kraków Ghetto with your guide. Visit the Plac Bohaterów Getta (Ghetto Heroes Square) and witness a unique art display - several dozen cast-iron chairs standing individually in the square - symbolizing the scattered belongings of the Jewish community after the liquidation of the ghetto in 1942-43. Day 2: Visit Auschwitz, a former Nazi concentration camp preserved intact as a reminder of the crime committed against humanity. The Auschwitz museum includes the ruins of crematoria, gas chambers, the railway platform, and other elements from the former concentration camp. Get deep insights about the Holocaust from your guide. Day 3: Head to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the oldest mines in the world and an extraordinary place full of secrets and legends. Stroll past magnificent chambers, countless corridors and see majestic salt sculptures.

Kraków: Wawel Castle, Jewish Quarter, Wieliczka, Auschwitz

10. Kraków: Wawel Castle, Jewish Quarter, Wieliczka, Auschwitz

Day 1: Explore the Wawel Royal Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on Wawel Hill. Explore the castle's magnificent chambers graced with paintings from the Renaissance. See its collections of paintings, sculptures, military items, porcelain, and furniture. Stop for lunch at a local café. Next, visit the Rynek Underground Museum, a modern museum located underneath that Main Market Square and famously featuring 6,000 meters of multimedia exhibits depicting the city's history. Day 2: Visit Kazimierz, the historic Jewish quarter of Kraków. Walk along artistic streets home to independent galleries and vintage fashion boutiques. Learn about the history and heritage behind this part of the city from your guide. Enter Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory, now hosting two museums: the Museum of Contemporary Art and a branch of the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków. Broaden your understanding of Kraków's history with World War II and the life of Oskar Schindler. Stop for lunch at a local café. Later, head to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the oldest mines in the world and an extraordinary place full of secrets and legends. Stroll past magnificent chambers, countless corridors and see majestic salt sculptures. Day 3: Visit Auschwitz, a former Nazi concentration camp established under the authority of the SS and police leaders in Kraków. The concentration camp is preserved intact as a reminder of the crime committed against humanity. The Auschwitz museum includes the ruins of crematoria, gas chambers, the railway platform, and other elements from the former concentration camp. Get deep insights about the Holocaust from your guide.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 422 reviews

Everything went well as per the plan and the planning of both places in one day was spot on. The pick up was on time and everything went smooth. Their communication was excellent too before and during the tour. I will highly recommend this one day tour with this company.

Everything was perfect! Our driver very polite and helpful, driving very carefully, and wanda the guide in auschwitz just amazing. Salt mines also worth the visit, but be prepared for a long day with a lot of walking!

Great tours It's a very long day so just be prepared for that. Also a shame we got back so late (around 8:30pm) though I think a normal time would have been around 7:30ish.

Nagyon jol szervezett kirandulas volt, fantasztikus idegenvezetovel.

pick was on time and the travel was very comfortable.