Krakow & Auschwitz

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Krakow is one of the oldest cities in Poland, with evidence showing settlements there since 20,000 BC. Legend has it that it was built on the cave of a dragon whom the mythical King Krak had slain.

Auschwitz :

Beginning in 1940, Nazi Germany built several concentration camps and an extermination camp in the area, which at the time was under German occupation. The Auschwitz camps were a major element in the perpetration of the Holocaust; at least 1.1 million people were killed there, of whom over 90% were Jews. The complex consisted of three main camps: Auschwitz I, the administrative center; Auschwitz II (Birkenau), an extermination camp or Vernichtungslager; and Auschwitz III (Monowitz), a work camp. The Polish government restored Auschwitz I and turn it into a museum honouring the victims of Nazism; Auschwitz II, where buildings were prone to decay, were preserved but not restored. Today, the Auschwitz I museum site combines elements from several periods into a single complex: for example the gas chamber at Auschwitz I (which had been converted into an air-raid shelter for the SS) was restored. The museum contains very large numbers of men’s, women’s and children’s shoes taken from their victims; also suitcases, which the deportees were encouraged to bring with them, and many household utensils.

Krakow is one of the oldest cities in Poland, with evidence showing settlements there since 20,000 BC. Legend has it that it was built on the cave of a dragon whom the mythical King Krak had slain.

Auschwitz :

Beginning in 1940, Nazi Germany built several concentration camps and an extermination camp in the area, which at the time was under German occupation. The Auschwitz camps were a major element in the perpetration of the Holocaust; at least 1.1 million people were killed there, of whom over 90% were Jews. The complex consisted of three main camps: Auschwitz I, the administrative center; Auschwitz II (Birkenau), an extermination camp or Vernichtungslager; and Auschwitz III (Monowitz), a work camp. The Polish government restored Auschwitz I and turn it into a museum honouring the victims of Nazism; Auschwitz II, where buildings were prone to decay, were preserved but not restored. Today, the Auschwitz I museum site combines elements from several periods into a single complex: for example the gas chamber at Auschwitz I (which had been converted into an air-raid shelter for the SS) was restored. The museum contains very large numbers of men’s, women’s and children’s shoes taken from their victims; also suitcases, which the deportees were encouraged to bring with them, and many household utensils.

Inclusions

  • Direct flight from Dublin or Shannon to Krakow
  • Airport transfer to your City Centre Hotel
  • 3 nights in the 3* Logos Hotel (Dublin departures) or the 3* Atrium Hotel (Shannon departures)
  • Single rooms also available upon request
  • Buffet breakfast each morning
  • Guided tour to Auschwitz and Birkenau 
  • Return transfer from your hotel to airport
  • Direct flight Krakow to Dublin or Shannon
  • Services of a representative for coach transfers and insiders tour
  • Taxes, charges, 1 x check in bag per room of 15kgs (Dublin departures only) and 10kg hand luggage per person

Itinerary

Day 1

Fly directly from Dublin to Krakow and private guided transfer included to your hotel.

Day 2

Morning guided tour to Auschwitz Camp, stopping at Birkenau camp. Return to Krakow in the afternoon. (Replaced with Wieliczka Saltmines for all December departures)

Day 3

Day at leisure. There are a number of  interesting things to do in Krakow, including the Wieliczka Saltmines (€35 per person) and classical concerts in a number of the churches, including St. Peter & St Paul’s Church, and St. Bernadin’s Church. These afternoon concerts are very reasonable, working out at approximately. 40 PLN per person.

Day 4

Collection from your hotel and transfer to the airport. Return direct flight to Dublin.

Accommodation

ASCOT Hotel *** is a modern arranged and equipped building, suiting both tourists’ and businessman needs. It has 105 beds in 49 comfortably equipped, elegant and functional single, double, triple and four-person rooms. We have a lovely restaurant and bar with great selection of drinks. Moreover, the hotel offers conference hall, fully equipped with audiovisual devices, general use internet work-place and many other additional services.

Extra Information

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated above
  • Single room Supplement €99 
  • Non refundable or transferable booking deposit of €100 per person
  • Full payment due at 10 weeks prior to departure
  • Optional Insurance from €21 (conditions apply)
  • Optional tour to Wieliczka Saltmines can be added for €36pp

  Cost per person: €419pp
  Number of nights: 3

Dublin Departures:

05 November 2018 €419
12 November 2018 €419
19 November 2018 €419
26 November 2018 €419 

Shannon Departures:

09 November 2018 €419

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  Call:  (01) 294 1000