Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour with Private Transport

7,5 h
Between 7 AM and 12 PM
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  • Private transport (free hotel pick up, drop off) 
  • Personal attention of English-speaking driver
  • Guided tour by the official Auschwitz Educator
  • Entrance Fees

About

The story…

Auschwitz is a must for most who come to Krakow. Probably for you as well, right? You heard a lot about it but it is hard to imagine what really happened without visiting Auschwitz. We as humans being should get to know the history not to allow such things happen again.

 If you don't know what happened in Auschwitz Birkenau, let us quickly explain:

The Auschwitz-Birkenau complex was Nazi Concentration Camp established in 1940 and throughout the five years of its inglorious operation, over 1.5 million people including Jews, Poles, Italians, Frenchmen, Romani, and citizens of most Europe countries perished here.

Walk through the same entrance used by prisoners more than 60 years ago, and read the same slogan - "Arbeit machtfrei" which translates to „Work sets one free” - sarcastic and cruel having known that most of the prisoners never got to experience freedom again.  You will ask yourself: Why? We ask that every time we are there, the shock and disbelief never fade. 

…that should never be forgotten

  • Our Auschwitz tour includes a visit to the original camp (Auschwitz I), as well as the extermination facility (Auschwitz II). These places have remained a living monument of death.
  • Our trip is designed keeping your comfort in mind - you do not have to worry about details such as transport or fees.
  • We also provide you with a professional guide who has a deeper and comprehensive knowledge of this formidable place.
  • While we take care of the logistics, you get a chance to focus and reflect on the history associated with Auschwitz.
  • Our services ensure that you avoid the queues and other tedious formalities associated with the tour. 
  • The Auschwitz tour provides an insight into the origins of the concentration camp, its history and most importantly - it shows you the everyday life of its prisoners, their personal belongings, and their story.

Private transport option:

  • Guarantees a pickup from any location in Krakow
  • Provides the transportation in a private, executive car
  • You will not waste time in a car while other clients are being picked up
  • In Auschwitz you will join our group for the sightseeing
  • After the tour our driver will drive you back to your location

Itinerary

Booking
While booking your tour please contact our Support Center in order to arrange your tour and confirm the pickup place and time.
On the way
The driver will pick you up from your location. On the way you will get a chance to watch a documentary about Auschwitz. It will help you to feel more prepared before the tour.
Local expert guide
Official Auschwitz guide will share the heartbreaking story in your language. Entrance fees are already paid so you don’t have to worry about anything.
Drop off

After the tour our driver will take you back to your location in Krakow.

History

1,5 million of stories

A little girl finds herself crowded in a cattle wagon, holding her mother’s hand very tightly.  All of the people gathered there did not know where are they (were) going and what was going to happen to them. It was a long journey without food, water or light in temperature of -20 degrees. They were segregated upon arrival and little did they know that this was probably their last moments with their loved ones. It was 4th of December, 1943 and it was this day that the little girl - Lidia got transported to Auschwitz - Birkenau.
 
Women and children had their belongings and clothes taken away, their heads shaved and their arms tattooed with numbers. This number would now replace their name. Lidia’s number was 70072. 
 
Dirt, cold, hunger, and a great longing for her mother were unbearable for Lydia, but she learned from other children that something even worse was waiting for her in the camp. She was to become the "experimental rabbit" of Dr. Mengele. After one of the visits to the camp hospital, where paramedical experiments took place, even her mother did not recognize her. And it was just the beginning of her story.

As she says herself, she survived only because of a few coincidences that saved her.

 The Museum Today

The museum was founded in 1947, combining the area of KL Auschwitz (Auschwitz I) in Oświęcim and the Birkenau camp (Auschwitz II) in Brzezinka; 
it comprises of approximately 150 buildings and 300 ruins. The original roads, fences, watchtowers, and railway ramps have been preserved. The buildings house the collection of original exhibits and documents. In 1979, the concentration camp was designated as one of the UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. 

Today the museum is open for tourists from all over the world who want to commemorate the victims of this terrible crime and to learn more about the dark side of human nature. Watching a documentary or reading about the camp will never fully replace the harrowing and hard to forget the experience of going from Krakow to Auschwitz and visiting the museum in person.

Museum Regulations

  • Please, wear comfortable shoes - the tour requires a lot of walking, and also take an umbrella or a raincoat so you’re prepared in case of rain (the majority of the tour will take part outside)
  • 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. We provide you with a documentary on the way, you will learn and prepare yourself for sightseeing
  • You will be asked to leave your bigger belongings in a car (don’t worry, they will be locked and supervised by our driver).  The allowed dimensions of a bag you can take with you are 30x20x10 (A4 size)
  • You will get a headset to hear the guide clearly throughout the whole tour
  • Eating and smoking, as well as acting in a loud manner are forbidden at the site
  • 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. 

Terms & Conditions

  • Since it is an "or request" tour, the cancellation is not possible
  • Please arrive at the designated pick-up point minimum 5 minutes before the departure time
  • Minor delays (circa 20 minutes) are possible due to traffic conditions.
  • A customer is kindly requested to contact us at least 24h before the beginning of the tour to confirm pick-up time and place of departure.
  • To receive a discount the participant is required to show a valid ID confirming the age of the participant (students are required to have a valid Student ID)
  • The lunch is not provided during the Auschwitz tour, so we highly recommend taking a lunchbox with you

Faq

How far is Auschwitz from Krakow?

It is 66 km distant from Krakow which means that it takes about 1 h 30 min to get there by car. It is a separate town with no administrative relevance to Krakow, which is why the tour takes that much time. If you are interested, please read more about Auschwitz Location.

I am using a wheelchair, can I visit Auschwitz?

Yes, you can visit Auschwitz with an assisting person. Bearing in mind that the wheelchair should be capable of folding so it would fit into a minibus. However, some sites in Auschwitz are available only through steps so you may not be able to see some of them. Sightseeing in a wheelchair is difficult due to the historical aspect of the buildings (no driveways, large steps, and stairs, pebbly ground).

What luggage size can I take to Auschwitz?

The dimensions are 30x20x10 and you will not be able to enter with any luggage that exceeds those. These are strictly followed and controlled. You can leave your bigger luggage in the car, it will be locked and supervised by the driver.

Will I get the private tour?

The option with private transport provides the private car taking you to Auschwitz Museum, however you will join the group on the spot. So the sightseeing will not be a private experience.