Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Tour

Every year, millions of visitors from around the world walk through the gate bearing the inscription ‘Arbeit macht frei’ – Work Sets One Free, and enter Auschwitz, one of the best-known concentration camps in the world and a living monument to those that died in the Holocaust.

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Auschwitz is a haunting site of genoci

de where approximately 1.5 million people were killed during WWII’s Holocaust. Today, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it poignantly commemorates the lives of those who died within its walls and fences and is a must-visit for all.

Established in 1940, the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex is a network of German Nazi concentration camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Poland and throughout its five years of operation, was a place of systematic extermination with the majority of victims being Jews, along with Poles, Gypsies, Russian POWs and members of other nationalities.

The Martyrdom Museum was founded in 1947 covering the area of KL Auschwitz (Auschwitz I) in OÅwiÄcim and the Birkenau camp (Auschwitz II) in Brzezinka. It comprises approximately 150 buildings and 300 ruins and the original roads, fences, watchtowers and railway ramps have all been preserved. What’s more, the buildings house the collection of original exhibits and documents.

Your tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau includes a visit to Auschwitz I – the administrative centre of Auschwitz death camp – and Auschwitz II, designed and constructed quite simply as an execution facility.

As you explore the gas chambers, crematoriums and exhibition halls inside the old prison blocks, listen closely as your guide sensitively explains the who, how, where, when and why of this haunting place and the key events in its history.

Pick up times – depending on morning or afternoon departure

* From January to December, morning tours commence between 6.30am and 8.30am – exact pick up times will be advised upon confirmation.

* From January to May, afternoon tours commence between 10.00am and 3.00pm; from June to September, afternoon tours commence between 12.00pm and 3.00pm – exact pick up times will be advised upon confirmation.

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Experience Includes

* Visit to Auschwitz from Krakow

* Guided walk through Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp

* Pick-up and drop off from centrally located Krakow hotels.

* English speaking guide

* Entrances fees

Experience Excludes

* Refreshments

* Optional gratuities

Departs

Daily, except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Departure location

Hotel pick-up from centrally located hotels or a central location detailed on your voucher.

Duration

Approximately 6.5 hours in total including around 3 hours at Auschwitz.

Additional information

* Eating, smoking and photography inside the buildings as well as acting in a loud manner are forbidden at the site.

* Journey time to Auschwitz from Krakow is just over 90 minutes.

* According to Polish law children up to 12 years old or under the height of 1.5m are obliged to travel in baby seat or booster seat. These will be provided free of charge.

* Infants 0-5 years are free of charge, but require a child seat. Please advise at the time of booking if you are travelling with an infant.

Terms & Conditions

* You will be sent a voucher upon confirmation. Please follow the instructions on it.

* Hotel pick-ups are available from centrally-located Krakow hotels – please reconfirm your tour locally at least 24 hours beforehand. Details provided on your voucher.

* If you are being collected from your hotel, it is recommed to be ready and waiting at the agreed location at least 15 minutes prior to your tour departure time.

* If you are making your own way to the departure point, it is recommended to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your tour departure time.

* You must present your voucher to the guide at the start of the tour.

* Child rates are available for guests aged between 6 and 15.

* According to Polish law children up to 12 years old or under the height of 1.5m are obliged to travel in baby seat or booster seat. These will be provided free of charge.

* Eating, smoking and photgraphy inside the buildings as well as acting in a loud manner is forbidden at the site.

* Please note that backpacks or handbags brought into Auschwitz cannot exceed the dimensions 30x20x10cm. Please leave these on the bus.