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Duration: approx. 11 hours
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Available languages: English
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Lunch included

What is the Auschwitz Birkenau & Salt Mine One Day tour?

Auschwitz Birkenau & Salt Mine One Day Tour is a top-notch guided tour with an opportunity to explore the history of the most horrifying death camp in Europe along with the top tourist attraction near Krakow, which is the Wieliczka salt mine. 

  • Located 66 km from Krakow, Auschwitz Birkenau is the largest German Nazi concentration camp and extermination centre. The Auschwitz Birkenau Museum and Memorial attract people from the entire world, which pay their highest respect to the victims of World War II. 
  • Wieliczka Salt Mine is associated with the next noteworthy tourist spot near Krakow, which has been functioning continuously since the Middle Ages. 
  • Both places are deemed a crucial part of Poland’s history and inscribed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list.
  • With the help of an English-speaking private guide, you will receive an outstanding chance to experience the history of the appalling death camp in Europe. You will spend 3 hours in the Auschwitz I Museum, and the journey underground the Wieliczka Salt mine will take around 2.5 hours. 
  • During the trip we will serve, our delicious lunch set. It is included in the price of the tour. We have vegan, vegeterian and gluten-free options available
  • Combined with the transportation and door-to-door services, it gives 11 hours of unforgettable memories. The trip back to your hotel is included in the transport.

What is Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum?

The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum is an institution whose mission is to cherish the memory of those who died during the Holocaust. This institution strives to venerate the victims of World War II to emphasize the mistakes of the past to avoid devastating repetition in the future. It consists of an Auschwitz I Museum, exhibits, and Birkenau sites. As part of the one day tour, you will explore all of them and with feasibility to memorate and pay your respect herein. This is an exceptional chance to experience the horrors placed between Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp walls killing 1,5 million innocent humans.

Discover Wieliczka salt mine 140 meters underground!

Wieliczka Salt Mine attracts a record-breaking number of tourists each year and is one of the most valuable places nearby Krakow, Poland. Considered as one of the oldest working salt mines in the world, also delivers unforgettable moments due to the underground chambers (2300) and hundred kilometres of corridors (250 km!). Thus, this place resembles a mysterious labyrinth with a possibility to discover natural monuments and Miocene salt deposit. The salt mine constitutes a great place for various happenings, including underground concerts, balls or life events. Poles treat this place as a National Health Resort thanks to the clean air being filled with salt-related aerosols contributing to health improvement.

Auschwitz Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt mine - the Unesco World Heritage Site

As of 2021, there are 16 World Heritage Sites in Poland. Both places are inscribed on the UNESCO list, along with the historic centre of Krakow. They are recognized for their extraordinary cultural or natural significance to the common heritage of humanity. The horrors linked to the Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camps are associated with crimes against human beings and freedom. As a testimony to this severe violation of human rights resulted in the agony and murder of more than 1 million people, the place has been on the UNESCO list since 1979. Crowds of people visit Auschwitz every year despite the depressing nature of the concentration camp that makes visitors weep and cry. But still, it constitutes the most memorable Heritage Site in Poland, Europe, and possibly the world.

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is associated with a world-class natural monument making this place a historic landmark in Wieliczka, Poland. The site was inscribed on UNESCO's list in 1978 and resembles an underground city made of salt. The mine delivers an outstanding experience and a lot of walking through the winding corridors and mystical chambers. The first tourists explored their depths in the 15th century. Notable visitors of the salt mine involve Nicolaus Copernicus, Fryderyk Chopin or Pope John Paul II.

Why is it worth attending one day tour and see Auschwitz and the Salt Mine in Wieliczka?

Visiting the Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp is a haunting experience but every visitor must see it. Tourists always leave this place with reflection and pensiveness after the harrowing tour. Each year, different nations from the most remote countries pay their respects and honour the victims of World War II. Most of the victims of this genocide were Jews, Poles and others.

The Wieliczka Salt mine is a must-see attraction linked to the exploitation of salt deposits from the Miocene. Underground walls, corridors, chambers are built of salt at 9 levels. Delivering unforgettable moments for a day trip and mine tour. We also recommend taking some warm clothes with you, as the temperature in the salt mine is between 17 and 18°C. It may sound like a refreshing way to spend the day in the summer, but even then we recommend that you bring some extra pieces of cloth.

Here is the list of arguments in favour of one day tour combining the visit to Auschwitz Birkenau and Wielka salt mine.

  • You should visit Auschwitz Birkenau to memorate victims of World War II and honour their memory.
  • The mine tour also holds concerts, conferences and various events between salty walls.
  • A day trip to both places is an English speaking tour giving a chance to check top-notch places from the UNESCO list of Global Cultural and Natural Heritage.
  • Accompanied by an expert, English-speaking guide, you’ll tourist route will be unforgettable and full of a helpful bit of information.

Check availability and book your guided tours to experience outstanding memories nearby Krakow. By visiting the places, you gain an opportunity to explore top natural heritages on the same day. Take your friends and family to Auschwitz Birkenau. Help to make sure that genocide of this scale will never be allowed to happen again.

Why the guided tours to Auschwitz Birkenau and Wieliczka with MrShuttle are worth your attention?

A positive experience and overall comfort of our customers have been our first and foremost priority when rendering the services. We offer hotel pickup, door-to-door transportation and experienced tourists guides with advanced knowledge of English. This is why our customers consider MrShuttle as a reliable and affordable service guaranteeing the best memories and an individual-oriented approach.

How long does the Auschwitz & Salt Mine tour take?

The tour covers the exploration of two top-notch places and takes about 7 hours to complete. You will spend 2.5 hours in the underground city of the Wieliczka mine and 3 hours in Auschwitz Birkenau Museum and Memorial.

  1. First and foremost, you will be provided with an English-speaking private tour guide. Auschwitz -Birkenau is around 66km from Kraków. It takes about 2 hours to drive from Kraków to reach your destination. You will spend the next 2 hours in Auschwitz I Museum and 1 hour in Auschwitz II Birkenau (Birkenau Camp). Once the first part is completed, you will be transported to the next sport to continue your salt mine tour.
  2. The second part of the trip covers transportation to the salt mine where you spend around 2.5 hours to proceed with your underground journey. Both food and drinks will be provided on the way to the next place. Also accompanied by the English-speaking guide who will assist you with any queries during the tour. Discover salt mine in one day!

Trip Itnerary

  • 1
    7.00* Hotel Pickup

    We will pick you up early from your hotel (or any meeting point which you choose).

  • 2
    Transfer to Auschwitz-Birkenau

    First, we will go to Auschwitz during the ride you will watch the documentary movie about the Camp (optional).

  • 3
    Auschwitz Museum

    You will have a 2-hour long guided tour in the Auschwitz Museum.

  • 4
    Birkenau Camp

    After visiting Auschwitz, we will transfer you to Auschwitz II Birkenau camp where you will spend another hour with the guide.

  • 5
    Transfer to Wieliczka Salt Mine

    On the way will be served with our lunch box. The ride should take around 1 hour.

  • 6
    Wieliczka Salt Mine Sight Seeing

    Now it is time to visit the UNESCO listed site. A local expert guide will take you on 2.5 hours underground journey.

  • 7
    Transfer and hotel drop off

    Our service covers door-to-door transportation. That means You will be taken back to the hotel at the earliest convenience, depending on road conditions.

Please note that all times are approximate and depend on traffic conditions and guides availability.

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  • Sarah profile avatar
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

    This was a great trip. The scenery along the way is lovely and the driver put a video about Auschwitz-Birkenau on to watch. The tour is done in a sensitive but informative way. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Lunch provided was lovely. The salt mine was interesting with cheap gift shop buys and delicious ice cream! Thoroughly enjoyed the whole day.

  • Kathleen profile avatar

    Very well-coordinated, accommodated my motion sickness request. The driver drove very nice, didn't feel too sick. The young tour guide at Auschwitz was a little difficult to understand and the salt mine was very interesting. Bring comfy shoes!!! Lots of walking!

  • Ian profile avatar
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

    Excellent pickup, no waiting, was very punctual. Although Auschwitz was quite emotional. It was also very compassionate and informative too, excellent lunch. The salt mine was amazing, we had a really enjoyable day.

  • Rosalind profile avatar

    Cannot tell you how fantastic this trip is. Transportation was clean and efficient. Highly recommend this company. Used them more than once.

  • Robert profile avatar
    Robert ,
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

    A must-do if you visit Krakow. Booking the trip was easy and the trip was very professionally run. The transfer was very comfortable. It was very quick getting into Auschwitz with the guide who was also great and made the trip for me, giving us plenty of information and letting us take it all in. It was a very moving experience. The salt mine was very good also, and I would visit again. The whole day was good, it was a full day and I would consider both trips separately.

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    Karty Pracy do Druku

    I just wanted to drop by and say that your post is excellent! It's clear, concise, and filled with practical tips. Thank you for providing such valuable content!

  • Sophie Tredwell profile avatar
    Sophie Tredwell

    Excellent! Received a pick up time the day before via text, we were collected on time and were shown a video on the way to Auschwitz. Getting into all the sites was quick and easy with MrShuttle sorting all the tickets. The guides provided at all sites were brilliant and very knowledgable. Lunch was excellent, plenty of tasty food to keep us going throughout the long day. Would highly recommend!

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Here is a break down of all the activities in the tour:
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In Auschwitz I Museum You will join an English tour – provided by the Museum’s guide – for about 2 hours. After that, we will transfer You to Auschwitz II – Birkenau, which is about 2 km away. You will spend there about 1 hour with the same guide.

Please note that you must bring your ID or passport to enter Museum’s grounds.

Please note that this tour is not available on: 25th of December, 1st of January, Liberation Anniversary, Easter Saturday afternoon, Easter Sunday and March of the Living Day.

Auschwitz-Birkenau is the most well-known Nazi concentration camp, somehow a “point zero” for the history of other camps. Operating in 1940-1945, it ended up being the place of a massive extermination, not known to human history before. 1 million Jewish people were exterminated there, which also makes it the main place where Holocaust took place.

Auschwitz consisted of around 40 sub-camps, but the most tragic events happened in Auschwitz I (administrative headquarters) with Crematorium I and Birkenau (Auschwitz II) with crematoria II-V. The inmates in the first mass transport in June 1940 were political prisoners – Poles, there were around 700 of them. Ever since 1942 and Wannsee Conference, a massive transportation of Jews from all over Europe has started. Initially, Auschwitz was not a death camp and the first gassing was in September 1941 – it included Soviet soldiers and some of the most sick prisoners. The situation quickly changed, though.

Due to the great location of Oswiecim – the city where the camp was located – where railroad tracks from many places in Europe crossed their paths, it was possible to organise transports of Jews, Roma, Russians and various other nationalities. Auschwitz-Birkenau was the only Nazi concentration camp with such an organised number and tattooing system, which later allowed to estimate almost the exact number of prisoners/murdered there. There were around 1.3 million of inmates in Auschwitz-Birkenau during the 5 years of its existence, with approximately 1.1 million (mostly Jews) of them being killed.

Please remember to take comfortable shoes and warm clothes (the temperature in the mine ranges between 17° and 18°C). The route includes approx. 800 stairs, 380 of which are at the start.

Door-to-door service is included in the price of this tour. Our licenced driver will pick you up directly from the place where you currently stay to take you to Auschwitz Birkenau and Salt Mine tour in a comfortable, air-conditioned minibus. Once the tour is over, they will take you back to the same place, also free of additional charge.

If you are concerned with a new place and want to experience local heritage to the fullest, check out our offer and find out more about top Krakow tours. Time is money. Taking a guide service is a guarantee of well-used time. A professional tour guide will arrange a route to meet your expectations and deliver useful information as much as it is possible. Wondering if sightseeing is feasible for non-English speakers? Sure thing! Contact us to see if we can offer you a tour in different languages. We can offer you tours in English, German, Russian, Spanish, Italian, French and Polish. Please get in touch with us and we will do our best to meet your needs.

Our lunch box includes chicken salad, fruit (banana or apple, etc.), a chocolate wafer, and a water bottle. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or lactose-free option is available on request.

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Documentary movie

On your way, you will watch a documentary movie about Auschwitz Concentration Camp (optional).

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Lunch Included

We will serve you our delicious packed lunch set freshly prepared everyday.

Skip the lines

We know that your time is precious, so don't waste time in queues to buy the entrance tickets. When you book any tour with MrShuttle, all tickets are already included in the price to help you enjoy the trip. Our driver will give you the tickets and share all the essential information about the meeting point, toilet locations.

Free hotel pickup

Remember that we will pick you up and drive you back to your hotel or apartment.

Professional guide

There will be local expert English speaking guide waiting for you. Maximum group size is 30 people.

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Here you can find answers for frequently asked questions.

Please note that the maximum size of bags and backpacks allowed to carry on the Museum grounds is 30 x 20 x 10 cm. You can always leave your belongings inside the bus which will be parked nearby.

Auschwitz Birkenau Museum is closed on the following days: 25th of December, 1st of January, Liberation Anniversary, Easter Saturday afternoon, Easter Sunday and March of the Living Day.

Yes. You need to provide your personal information when holding a ticket. Tourists hitting the place are required to secure their identity documents before the entrance You will not be able to enter Auschwitz Birkenau Museum without an ID, passport, or similar document. If you forget about this mandatory step by leaving your documents at the hotel, you will not be allowed to explore the Museum and Memorial and no refund will be given to you as well.

Temperature in the mine is constant all year long. It is 17-19 degrees Celsius.

Are available before starting the tour and also in two locations during the visit.

During the tour, taking photos and filming is allowed. Guide will let you know where you shall not take pictures to pay respect to victims.

Auschwitz-Birkenau is being preserved in its original form, there are no facilities for people with walking disabilities. Our team will be happy to assist you in choosing the best option to make a visit.Some part of the underground tourist route in Salt Mine is adapted for persons not moving independently. In order to take advantage of the opportunity to visit this part of the mine, please contact our reservation team.

Please note that for Balice airport/hotels near the airport pickup the additional fee is 129/159 PLN per booking.

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