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Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided One Day Tour

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Krakow, Poland
Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided One Day Tour
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icon10 to 11 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
iconOffered in: English

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Overview

Both the Wieliczka Salt Mine and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum can only be explored in a group led by an official guide. Given it takes around three hours to travel between the two on public transport, your only practical option for seeing both in a day is with a transfer service. This cost-effective package includes admission tickets, guided tours, and door-to-door transfers to and from central Krakow hotels.
  • Pay tribute at the somber Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum
  • Wander the echoing caverns of a UNESCO World Heritage salt mine
  • Round-trip transfers direct from your hotel save hours of time
  • Explore both sites with specialist guides, with a tour leader in transit
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All admission tickets and fees
English speaking driver/tour leader service
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Lunch break time
Licensed english speaking guide (museum's guide)
Air-conditioned vehicle
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8:00 AM
We pick up travellers from hotels, apartments and other venues in Kraków in the area of 3 kilometeres from the city centre. Please note that 8:00 AM starting time may change as we provide door-to-door hotel pickup service.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Choose Cracow
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided One Day Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided One Day Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided One Day Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine Guided One Day Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "Good footwear required as the roads on the camps are very rough and uneven." See review
  • "It is a long day with lots of walking, but worth it!" See review
  • "It is a long day but as I said if you're short on time then it's the thing to do." See review

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star-5
Unique experience
Matija_K
, Aug 2022
Unforgettable experience at a very decent price. The group was great, as well as our guide Christopher and the guides in Wieliczka mine and Auschwitz. Be prepared for a lot of walking and don't forget a hat and/or a sunscreen if you are doing this tour during the summer. Also, do take along some handkerchiefs, the Auschwitz tour is very upsetting and emotional.
star-5
Great value, great day
Michael_T
, Jul 2022
Tour was fantastic value, couldn’t have enjoyed it more, The guide at Auschwitz was very knowledgeable and informative. Auschwitz isn’t somewhere I can say I enjoyed going but the guide was great.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you very much we really appreciate that! :)
star-3
Consider doing this as 2 tours
Terrence_M
, Jul 2022
We wish a bit more information was provided in advance of the tour. It was only after we were picked up that we learned we were in for a lot of walking, later figuring out we walked 6.5 miles (or about 10 kilometers). If we had been armed with this information when booking, we probably would have booked as two tours and allowed additional time for Krakow. The driver told everyone after all had been picked up that our lunch break would be after our Birkenau stop. "Lunch ended up beginning at 4:35 with only 25 minutes allotted so some people didn't eat unless they had snacks with them. The bus driver continually left people in the dust and when they caught up they had no time to grab a snack or to catch their breath. The Auschwitz & Birkenau local guide did pretty much the same thing, saying we'd walk slowly to the next point. The walks were fairly brisk in our estimation. Plan on walking around 4 miles just in the Auschwitz/Birkenau complexes. It would be our recommendation the walk be broken up a bit more with additional descriptions. Our The Wieliczka Salt Mine tour was very interesting even if tiring at the end of the day and the guide, who as excellent, allowed the group to catch up before giving her descriptions or moving on.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It is a day with a lot of walking and we inform about that in tour's description. The trip contains both Auschwitz and the Birkenau with around 4 kilometers of walking and then over 3 kilometers of the tourist route in the Salt Mine. We could arrange only 35 (not 25) minutes break that day regarding couple of facts: one group has been late 15 minutes for the pickup in the morning, some participants had problems with walking which slowed down the group a bit and it was a huge traffic on the highway caused by an accident and the driver used a side road. We normally provide around 50 minutes lunch break but all the facts above caused a delay. The driver apologised the group for the incovinience of shorter lunch break and waited for everybody. Also the driver has not left anybody after announcing the lunch break. We are always opened for answering all the questions and to give any useful advice. We do apologise for any incovinience however we are happy that you were satisfied with the guides and the tours themselves and we wish you a nice day!
star-5
Excellent trip
Samantha_B
, Jul 2022
Christopher made sure the day went as smoothly as possible. The camps were a harrowing experience but one everyone should feel. The salt mines was a good way to end the day with a lighter tone.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you very much for your review!
star-4
Very informative and worth a visit
Bryan_K
, Jul 2022
The tour guide was very good. It would have been better to spend more time at Birkenau. Well explained and all questions answered
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for your review :) on the standard tour visitors spend standard 60 minutes time in the Birkenau which is caused by very heavy traffic in this place. You have to remember the museum serves nearly 3 milion visitors a year so the time to spend there with a guide must be limited by the authorities of the museum.
star-5
Auswich tour
Noel_H
, Jul 2022
One of the most memorable tours I have ever taken should not be missed to ensure that history never repeats itself tour guides and transport were excellent
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you! :)
star-5
Excellent tour guide
Pat_N
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide was excellent. She was very passionate when explaining all the information about this atrocity. It was a very moving experience.
star-5
Great experience, Amazing guides
Vasiliki_K
, Jul 2022
The Salt mine was an incredibly interesting place for a visit , unique experience the tour guide was amazing and really friendly as were our driver and other guide at Auschwitz. The only thing I wish was done a bit differently would be for out Auschwitz guide to speak a little louder during the second part of the tour and maybe share just a little bit more information but I can understand that the time was limited and I'm sure that he would have answered any questions that I'd have so I really can't complain. Overall a great experience that I would definitely recommend.
star-5
Great trip.
Paresh_P
, Jul 2022
Well organised trip. Christopher was a great driver and guide. Each place’s guides were also very good and knowledgeable. Definitely worth doing.
star-4
Confirmed trip was...
ChunNam_Y
, Jul 2022
Confirmed trip was cancelled suddenly by organiser due to peak season. We need to extend our staying in Krakow. It mess up our travelling plan. Otherwise, the arrangement was good.
star-5
Well organised trip. Bus...
James_P
, Jul 2022
Well organised trip. Bus turned up on time with a helpful guide. Plenty of brakes due to it being a long day
star-5
Very good day
judith_w
, Jul 2022
Good communication. Driver arrived on time and kept us informed. Guide very passionate about the subject matter and very knowledgeable. Good value
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
We paid €72 each....
Eimear_D
, Jul 2022
We paid €72 each. Auschwitz 1 was fine, we saw everything but Auschwitz 2 (Birkenau) was very short. The guide was nice but difficult to understand and didn't seem very interested. My boyfriend had been there before and explored the place himself. He was able to tell me alot more about it than the tour guide. The salt mines were good, the guide was good but we could have gotten through it much quicker. Lovely driver with good English.
star-5
Great day trip. Would recommend
Victoria_W
, Jul 2022
Lovely day trip. Our driver Martin was great and picked us up right by our hostel. The tour guide at Auschwitz especially was excellent. Would definitely recommend this day trip to anyone visiting Krakow.
star-4
Worth visiting.
Jean_M
, Jul 2022
It was a rainy day during my tour but it did not stopped me exploring the place. Wieliczka Salt mine was amazing. Worth visiting. Auschwitz- Birkenau, the whole experience overwhelmed me, however, I fully recommend to others to visit the place.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Great sights, bad tour company
Matthew_M
, Jun 2022
While I would recommend the locations visited on this tour, I would not recommend this tour company. Our driver/tour guide was silent the whole time and did not provide any commentary during the drive. He also used his phone while driving. Once at the sights he dropped us off with the tour guides provided by each site who were fantastic. These are the same tour guides you get if you go on your own.
star-4
Day trip
Mark_H
, Jun 2022
Very well organised trip and a full day out. Driver was great as were the tour guides, both very knowledgeable in their subjects.
star-5
Terrific experience
MARGARITA_S
, Jun 2022
Excellent experience and wonderful tour guides.ALso the driver was very kind. It took us almost 12 hours
star-5
Best trip ever!!
Tara_R
, Jun 2022
Best trip ever!!! Both tour guides at the Salt mines and Auschwitz-Birkenau were excellent and very informative. Would highly recommend this trip to everyone. Plus another bonus was the pickup/drop-off at our hotel.
star-5
Salt mines , Camps
Nicola_M
, Jun 2022
We were collected by a comfortable air conditioned minibus along with 11 fellow travellers. First stop the salt mines , Marek our guide was very informative about the history of the mines , his tour was delivered with many interesting facts and a sense of humour . Lots of steps down into the mines but a lift back up . There were a couple of breaks on the tour for toilet/ Refreshments . Back on the bus and driven to Auschwitz where we had time for lunch in the cafe there before entering the camp. Our guide was very informative and her tour was delivered with comosssion and respect making sure everyone was ok in entering a room/ display/ exhibit after explaining what was about to be viewed .Also advising on the respect to be shown as in silence , no photos in certain areas . The camp is very thought provoking but history cannot be forgotten . Onto Birkenau, our driver took us the few minutes ride to the park to meet up with the guide . We were shown the transport carriages, “living” accommodation, several exhibits and the remains of the gas chambers , the full horror of this camp ! The camps are full of past horrors which should be remembered and respect shown for the millions who suffered there . The camps are very thought provoking tours , well worth visiting

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