Auschwitz was a must-see on our list when visiting Krakow. It was very harrowing to see but I would say it’s something that everyone needs to do at least once in their life.
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and I feel I learned a lot about the camps and how the victims were treated.
One thing that we thought would make visiting difficult was the travel, but the private transfer sorted this concern. We were collected directly from our hotel and dropped back there too. It meant we didn’t need to worry about public transport, and as we were only in Krakow for 48 hours it meant we had more time to sightsee elsewhere as our travel time was less to and from the camps.
Our driver also offered us the choice of purchasing a lunch box as the food choice is limited on site. I’d recommend this as there are only vending machines otherwise. It cost £10 per lunch box but it came with a sandwich, water, juice, fruit, a croissant and a chocolate so was worth the money.
My only feedback was that the tour was quite rushed- I wish we had more time to properly take in what we were seeing as at times we felt we were rushed out of exhibits and it meant we couldn’t really process what we were looking at. I felt it lessened the impact of some of the exhibits. I think some time to wander round the camp outside of the tour would be valuable, as I wished I had time to simply just take in the camp and really reflect.
Nonetheless, I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Krakow as overall I feel I learned more through the guide than I could have on a self-guided tour, and the transfer made the visit smooth.