Auschwitz Birkenau Small Group - Guided Tour

7.5 hours
Between 6 AM and 7 AM
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  • Hotel pick-up and drop off from selected hotels
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guide
  • Snack-box 
  • An early tour to avoid crowds

About

The most memorable visit...

It's likely you have already learned about the camp, either in school or through films and other forms of media and now you are considering visiting this place yourself. Correct? Visiting Auschwitz is like taking part in an extraordinary history lesson. Why is it so special you may ask? 

History places tend to feel distant and not relatable. Visiting Auschwitz makes for a different experience. The place has a heavy atmosphere as the events are only two generations old. The feeling is hard to describe, it is very personal and causes visitors to reflect upon life. 

 The experience will resonate with you as well. The Auschwitz-Birkenau history is a heartbreaking and shattering one, yet so important to be told and remembered.

..that you will ever experience

We created our tour to help Tourists experience Auschwitz - Birkenau without any distractions. We take care of all the logistics, so you can focus and contemplate the heartbreaking story.

Auschwitz has been put on the UNESCO World Heritage List as well as Wieliczka Salt Mine.

Highlights of the tour:

  • watch a documentary about Auschwitz on the way
  • visit the memorial of death at Auschwitz-Birkenau with official Auschwitz Educator
  • step inside memorials and exhibits to understand the concentration camp
  • snackbox included in the price
  • early start of the tour to avoid crowds
  • small-group tour with a maximum of 22 people ensures maximum engagement at all times
  • the assistance of English speaking driver throughout the whole tour

Itinerary

Pickup from selected hotels

While booking the tour you will have a chance to choose your pickup point. The list of hotels is limited so if you cannot find your accommodation, please pick Discover Cracow Plac Szczepanski 8.
Transport by an air-conditioned minibus (professional drivers and executive cars)
An English speaking driver will assist you during the whole tour.
Screening of a Documentary on the way

Watching the documentary will help you feel more prepared to experience Auschwitz tour.
Local expert guide
Official Auschwitz guide will share the heartbreaking story with you. Because of the early start of the tour, you will avoid crowds and experience Auschwitz in much more calm circumstances. Entrance fees are already paid so you don’t have to worry about anything.
Drop off
You can be dropped off near the place of the pickup or the Main Market Square

History

"You are in Auschwitz"

Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camp - a dramatic place of genocide, tragedy and terrifying Second World War history where over million people were killed. 

The camp was originally intended to house political prisoners and members of the resistance movement, most of whom were Poles. The abandoned artillery barracks were erected in the area. It consisted of two- and one-storey brick buildings built by prisoners. The number of people who were kept in one place ranged to over 20,000. 

The first mass transfer of prisoners took place in June 1940. The camp in Birkenau was a place of mass extermination of Jews. There were about 300 buildings in the area, which made up a few larger parts, including female, male and family camps and a hospital section. The camp occupied a rectangular area of ​​about 200 hectares, surrounded by electrified barbed wire. 

 Then and now

The tour around the Auschwitz concentration camp is a testimony to humanity's worst nature, the Nazi crimes during World War 2. Today this infamous place is known all around the world due to the inhumane conditions people were forced into.

The old camp, now a museum, is drenched in a grave atmosphere and right outside of it you will find an average neighborhood. It is perhaps this contrast of everyday life and what used to be a death machine, which further inclines us to reflect while learning about the life of its prisoners.

 It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that this is one of the most important museums in the world.

Museum Regulations

  • Please, wear comfortable shoes - the tour requires a lot of walking. Also take an umbrella or a raincoat with you so you’re prepared in case of rain (the majority of the tour takes place outdoors)

  • 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

  • If you cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the activity you will get a full refund 
  • If you cancel within 24 hours of the activity or you do not show up for the tour - no refund is due
  • Groups of 15 people and more are obliged to cancel the booking at least two days prior the tour to get a full refund
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Pickup from hotels located in Old Town or Kazimierz might include about 5 minute walk to the bus                         
  • 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
  • In case of any issues, you can always ask our Tour Leader for help or call our Support Center (the number will be on the sticker that you get before the tour)
  • The snack box is included in Small Group Tour option so you don't need to worry about taking snacks with you

Faq

Is there an option to pick me up from a place which is not on the list?

Unfortunately, we have a limited number of pick up points which are mentioned while booking. If you can’t find your hotel, please pick Discover Cracow Plac Szczepański 8 which is our visitor's center located in the Main Market.

At what time will you pick me up?

You can specify your desired pickup time during the reservation process. It is also indicated on your voucher. If you aren’t sure, you can always call our 24/7 support center or use our live chat - our consultants will be happy to help anytime. 

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 our minibus, it will be locked and supervised by the driver.

What is the difference between Regular and Small Group Auschwitz tour?

The main difference between those two is the number of participants - The regular group is up to 30 persons and the small group is up to 22, which gives you more personalized guide's attention. Also, the Small group tour offers entering the Museum earlier avoiding crowds and a snack box is included in the price. The itinerary is the same for both tours.

I do not need transportation, can I join the tour in Auschwitz itself?

Unfortunately, logistical challenges do not allow us to add guests to an existing tour. Therefore, it becomes mandatory to use the transportation provided by us.

How can I change a date of my tour or cancel it?

You can contact our Support Center via phone, live chat or email and our consultants will gladly amend or cancel your booking as long as the change is made minimum 24h prior to the tour (according to the Cancellation Policy).