Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Tour with Private Transport
Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour with Private Transport
ENGLISH, FRENCH, GERMAN, ITALIAN, SPANISH, RUSSIAN
Daily, between 9:00AM and 3:00PM
Know Before You Book
• The pickup time may differ from the one listed and may take place between 9:00AM and 3:00PM.
• You will receive all details about your pickup point and pickup time at least 2 weeks before your travel date, but remember, that your tour may start between 9:00AM - 3:00PM. After you will get confirmation there is no possibility to change departure time.
• All customers are required to contact Cracow Tours no earlier than 3 days and no later than 24h before the date of the tour to confirm the pickup time and pickup point on +48 12 430 07 26, +48 602 49 70 64 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• While you are booking, please note that we need additional information:
1. Full name of all participants (if you would like to change name of participant after booking, there is a fee: 15 Euro pp.). The name and surname on the reservation must be identical as in ID document.
2. Telephone number with prefix.
3. Email address.
4. Address of your hotel/accommodation.
• Remember to bring your identity document or passport (without it, you will not be able to enter the museum). All customers are obliged to take their ID document with them on the day of the tour (if there is no such document, the staff of the facility have the right to refuse entry to the museum). The name and surname on the reservation must be identical as in ID document. Cracow Tours does not take any responsibility if any of our customers will be refused to enter Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau due to lack of documents.
• Personal attention of English-speaking driver.
• Private transport (free hotel pickup, drop off). Guarantee of a pickup from any location in Krakow. You will not waste time in a car while other clients are being picked up.
• 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. REMEMBER! Visiting the museum takes place in a groups of up to 30 people and it starts at the strict hours (the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum does not organize visits for smaller groups).
• Guided tour with the official Auschwitz Educator in up to 30-person groups in the chosen language.
• 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.
• We also provide you with a professional, official Auschwitz Educator who has a deeper and comprehensive knowledge of this formidable place.
• 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.
• While we take care of the logistics, you get a chance to focus and reflect on the history associated with Auschwitz.
• Our trip is designed keeping your comfort in mind - you do not have to worry about details such as transport or fees.
• Our services ensure that you avoid the queues and other tedious formalities associated with the tour.
• Please bring your own child seat or child sling when traveling with a baby/children.
• Please bring your own lunch, the break is only up to 10 minutes.
• The tour is not accessible for people with a disability due to a gravel surface and many buildings with no ramps or lifts.
• 99 - 3 days before travel date: 15 EUR pp. Entrance fee is not refundable according to the Museum regulations (15 EUR pp).
• 2-0 days before travel date: no show.
• Please, wear comfortable shoes - the tour requires a lot of walking, and also take an umbrella or a raincoat so you are 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.
• 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.
During your reservation process, please make sure to put the correct name and surname of every participants. Mobile phone, email address and pickup place is required. The name and surname on the reservation must be identical as in ID document.
Confirmation with departure time will be sent at least 2 weeks before your travel date. Please arrive at the designated pickup point minimum 5 minutes before the departure time. Minor delays (circa 20 minutes) are possible due to traffic conditions.
You are required to contact Cracow Tours no earlier than 3 days and no later than 24h before the date of the tour to confirm the pickup time and pickup point on +48 12 430 07 26, +48 602 49 70 64 or email@example.com.
On the way
The driver will pick you up from your location. Tickets are per name, do not forget to take your identity document or passport to confirm your identity. All customers are obliged to take their ID document with them on the day of the tour (if there is no such document, the staff of the facility have the right to refuse entry to the museum). The name and surname on the reservation must be identical as in ID document. Cracow Tours does not take any responsibility if any of our customers will be refused to enter Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau due to lack of documents.
Local expert guide
Official Auschwitz Educator will share the heartbreaking story in the chosen language. Entrance fees are already paid so you don't have to worry about anything.
After the tour our driver will take you back to your location in Krakow.
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.
I am using a wheelchair, can I visit Auschwitz?
The tour is not accessible for people with a disability due to a gravel surface and many buildings with no ramps or lifts.
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.
The tour of the Museum, included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978, comprises both parts of the former concentration camp - Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau.
Begin your trip with pickup at your Krakow accommodation and travel to the town of Oswiecim. After roughly 1½hours, arrive at the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enter the gates bearing the inscription Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Sets You Free) and then head inside to learn about how the complex quickly turned from a detention camp to a center for mass murder. Your guide will discuss the camp's history in a sensitive manner as you visit the crematoriums and gas chambers, as well as the watchtowers and fences at Birkenau where the Nazi officers stood guard. After examining the exhibitions inside the old prison blocks, pay your respects at the camp's somber memorial.
The Auschwitz camp has become a symbol of terror, genocide and the Holocaust. It was established by the Nazis in 1940 in the suburbs of the city of Auschwitz, which was integrated into the Third Reich. The direct reason for the establishment of the camp was the growing number of mass arrests of Poles and overcrowding of the existing prisons. Initially, it was supposed to be another concentration camp created by the Nazis from the beginning of the 1930s. That was the function of Auschwitz for the entire period of its existence, even when, from 1942, it became one of the centres for "Endlösung der Judenfrage" ("the final solution of the Jewish issue") at the same time - the Nazi plan to murder the Jews living in the territories occupied by the Third Reich.
The Auschwitz camp, until the end of its existence, was first and foremost a place of extermination. Even if from 1943 mortality was reduced in other camps to conserve manpower, in Auschwitz, to which continually new shipments were coming - mostly of Jews - to supply the camp labour, human life never meant too much.
Historians estimate that in less than five years of the camp's existence 1-1.5 million people were killed in Auschwitz, most of them - approximately 1-1.35 million - were Jews. The second most numerous group were Poles (approx. 70,000-75,000), the third - Gypsies (approx. 20,000). Approximately 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war and 10,000-15,000 prisoners of other nationalities (including Czechs, Belarusians, Yugoslavs, French, Germans and Austrians) were also killed in the camp.
Due to the role that Auschwitz played in the implementation of the Nazi extermination plans, it has become a world-famous symbol of the Nazi genocide, in particular the destruction of the Jews.
In the Auschwitz I camp the Nazis established the first camp for men and women; it was the place where the first experiments of killing using Zyklon B took place, the first mass transports of Jews were being murdered, the first criminal experiments on prisoners were conducted, and the majority of executions by shooting were performed. It was there, in block 11, where the central detention camp for prisoners from all parts of the camp was housed, as well as the main camp commandant office and most other SS offices. The camp authorities supervised further expansion of the camp from there.
In the Birkenau camp the Nazis built most devices of mass destruction, with which about 1 million Jews were murdered. At the same time, Birkenau was the largest concentration camp (nearly 300 primitive, mostly wooden barracks), where in 1944 there were over 100,000 prisoners: Jews, Poles, Romani, and others. Today, on the area of approx. 200 hectares you can see preserved ruins of the gas chambers and places filled with human ashes, primitive barracks for prisoners and miles of the camp fence and roads.