Majdanek and Auschwitz
Two of Nazi concentration and exterminations camps: Majdanek in eastern Poland and Auschwitz-Birkenau. The itinerary also includes sightseeing tour in the Polish former capital city Krakow.
- Arrive in Warsaw. The guide meets at the airport and takes you to Lublin – a town that lies 150 km southeast from Poland’s capital.
- Accommodation and dinner in Lublin.
- Breakfast. A guided tour in Majdanek concentration camp which occupied an area of 270 ha and was situated in the southeast suburbs of Lublin. The first prisoners at Majdanek were Russian Prisoners of War but the camp soon became a detention center for Jews after the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question” was planned at the Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942. Mass transports of Jews began arriving at the Majdanek camp in April 1942. Among an estimated 300,000 prisoners who entered Majdanek, 230,000 were killed here.
- After the visit we leave for Krakow.
- Lunch in the picturesque town Sandomierz
- Arrive in Krakow in the evening
- Transfer to Oswiecim, situated 60 km west of Krakow.
- Visit to Auschwitz museum. During the WWII, the Nazis established a concentration camp for Polish prisoners here. With time it became a death factory where appr. 1,1 million people were exterminated between 1940 and 1945. We start the visit at the main camp Auschwitz 1. The exhibitions in former prison blocks tell the story of the camp and people’s suffering
- Visit to Auschwitz 2-Birkenau (3 km away), which was established in spring 1942 as a sub camp to Auschwitz. Birkenau was the largest of all Nazi camps and the place of genocide of Jews who were transported here from European countries occupied by the Nazis. We will climb the watchtower over the main gate to see the horrifying vastness of the area of the camp, the remains of the wooden barracks, and the ruins of the four crematoria.
- After breakfast we start sightseeing tour in Krakow’s Old Town and the former Jewish district Kazimierz which functioned as a centre for Jewish culture in many centuries. Before WWII, 64 thousand Jews inhabited Kazimierz; only a small number survived the war and Nazi occupation.
- Transfer to the airport in Krakow (or other city) for departure.