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From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Guided Tour

From Krakow: Auschwitz-Birkenau Full-Day Guided Tour

Activity provider: Royal Tours Krakow
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Walk through history on a full-day guided tour of Auschwitz. Learn what happened in the camp and how it shaped the past, and the present.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Duration 7 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, German, French, Polish, Spanish, Italian, Russian
Pickup optional
Your accommodation in Krakow.
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit one of the most important places in the history of WWII
  • See the remains of these significant concentration camps
  • Learn about this part of history with a licensed guide
Full description

Go on a full-day history tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum, where the infamous WWII concentration camps once operated. Learn about this part of world history with a licensed guide, who will explain the significance of these camps.

Head out of Krakow in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan to first visit KL Auschwitz 1. Walk through the iron gate bearing the notorious slogan Arbeit Macht Frei, which means Work Sets You Free. See 22 brick barracks where hundreds of thousands of victims of the Holocaust were placed in.

Next, make your way to block 11, the so-called prison within the prison. Block 11 contained special torture chambers where various punishments were inflicted to prisoners. The first extermination attempts using Zyklon B took place in this block, and the only crematorium and gas chamber that are still standing are located at the end of the camp.  After the visit to KL Auschwitz 1, travel in the minivan to KL Auschwitz 2 Birkenau. This part of the camp is 25 times larger than Auschwitz 1, and was the largest of the concentration camps. Over 1 million people died here. 

End your visit at the Memorial and pay your respects to all of the victims of the genocide before heading back to Krakow.

Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off at your accommodation
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned minivan
  • English-speaking driver
  • Entrance fees
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Headset
  • Booklet available in different languages
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Passport or ID card

    Not allowed

    • Sleeveless shirts
    • Alcohol and drugs
    • Explosive substances

    Know before you go

    • As per the requirements of Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, all participants are required to provide their full name and contact details as part of the booking
    • Entrance may be refused if the name provided on the booking is not identical to the name on the ID provided when entering
    • Owing to the requirements, all tickets to the museum are non-refundable. Please consider your purchase carefully
    • This tour is not recommended for children younger than 14 years old
    • In case of bookings made over 1 month in advance, the pickup time can be changed. You will be informed by phone or email in the event of any changes
    • The pace and duration of the tours are determined by the memorial's visitor service. Unfortunately, GetYourGuide and your guide have no influence on the duration of the break times
    • Bags bigger than 20x30x10 cm are not allowed in Auschwitz museum
    • Please advise if you require a child seat
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 837 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.5/5
    • Transportation
      4.7/5
    • Value for money
      4.5/5
    • Safety
      4.7/5

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    Excellent communication. Trip involved a bit more walking than my travel companion was able to cope with, overall it was informative but in some ways a bit sanitized if one has any background knowledge of the holocoust. Be advised that it is 4+miles of walking over stones etc. and that it might be quite warm in the summer.

    April 16, 2022

    It goes without saying that the emotional impact of visiting here is huge. What I want to focus on instead is the actual logistics of the experience, which was good but could be better. We had a 10 minute break in an eight hour day which was physically exhausting. Don't book this tour if you want A) any time for personal reflection or B) if you're not able to keep moving. I'm 31 and was exhausted by the pace of the day, which felt rushed and like we were being rushed in and out. No quiet time for reflection was particularly sad given the nature of this tour. The transport was so unprofessional it was almost a joke. Our driver was on his phone during the return trip, he shouted at passengers and he drove like a maniac with the radio on. It was almost laughably inappropriate given where we'd been. Top marks to our tour guide who was knowledgeable, compassionate and friendly, but it's a shame the experience as a whole was a bit of a logistical chaos.

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    March 1, 2022

    This trip was very emotional, and very educational, our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable, don’t do if walking difficulties though, it is a long day, but there’s so much to see and hear, really glad I done it, we should never forget about these atrocities, and these trips are not only educational but help keep the memories of all who perished alive.

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    February 27, 2022

    Product ID: 185330