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flight Brussels - Kraków in economy class, airport transfers Kraków, breakfast, 2 nights in 4* hotel based on 2 persons sharing, breakfast, guided tour Kraków, transfer to Auschwitz, entrance fees Auschwitz, guided tour Auschwitz, breakfast, great group of international people, a lifetime memory
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We are also organising a new trip from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 October.
The dates are confirmed, the program is virtually the same,
but we are still working on the final details.
You can now pre-register (for free, without obligations) and we will
inform you when it opens up.
This weekend trip will take us to one of the most historic and horrific war sites: Auschwitz-Birkenau. We will be spending one full day with an official private guide to discover Auschwitz I (the original camp), Auschwitz II–Birkenau (a combination concentration/extermination camp), and Auschwitz III-Monowitz (a labor camp to staff the IG Farben factory), and possibly also learn more about some of the 45 small satellite camps. We of course also visit the beautiful Polish city Krákow, as well as the stunning Wieliczka Salt Mine (optional).
OUR PROGRAM We depart on Friday morning from Brussels Airport with a direct flight to Krákow by Brussels Airlines. Upon arrival we check-in to our hotel and visit the beautiful city with a professionally guided tour. In the evening we have dinner in the city center (optional). On Saturday we spend the whole day at Auschwitz-Birkenau with an official guide. Regular tours are much shorter, so we will have the chance to see much more than other visitors. Lunch is provided. On Sunday we visit the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine and enjoy again a long private guided tour. We have lunch underground (included) before we return to the airport. We arrive around 16h00 on Sunday afternoon.
Friday 8 June
09h30 – Meeting at Brussels Airport
11h10 – Departure to Krakow
13h00 – Arrival Krakow
14h00 – Check-in hotel
15h00 – Guided city tour
18h30 – Dinner
20h30 – Free time
Saturday 9 June
08h15 – Departure to Oswiecim
09h00 – Start full day guided tour
18h00 – Departure to Krakow
20h00 – Dinner
Sunday 10 June
08h15 – Checkout
08h30 – Departure to Wieliczka (optional)
09h00 – Guided tour Wieliczka Salt Mine, Museum and lunch
12h45 – Departure to Krakow Airport
14h15 – Departure to Brussels
16h05 – Arrival in Brussels
THE CITY OF KRAKÓW
Kraków is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Poland. With over 750.000 inhabitants it is also the country’s 2nd largest city after Warsaw. Its history goes back to the middle of the 1st millennium and its still one of the leading cultural, academic and artistic centres of the country. It has much to offer, including beautiful churches, baroque-style buildings and Europe’s largest medieval market square. We will discover this city during a 2-hours professionally guided tour.
The city’s theater
The Wawel Cathedral
Enjoy the beautiful city center of Kraków
AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU MEMORIAL & MUSEUM Contrary what many people believe, Auschwitz was not one single concentration camp. It consisted of three larger separate camps (Auschwitz I, the original concentration camp) Auschwitz II-Birkenau (a combination concentration/extermination camp) and Auschwitz III-Monowitz (a labor camp to staff an IG Farben factory), as well as 45 smaller camps in the vicinity. It was originally built to imprison Polish political prisoners, but from 1942 it was used as an extermination camp. Over 1.1 million died in the camps, 90% of them were jews. If you would like to learn more about Auschwitz, especially if you join our trip, you can read more on the official website here, or we can recommend the 6-part documentary Auschwitz: the Nazis and the Final Solution on Netflix.
During this day we will have an 8-hours private tour with an official tour guide from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial & Museum. Our guide will show us all the most important parts of this complex. A regular tour takes just 3,5 hours, so we will have the unique opportunity to learn and see much more than most regular visitors and take time to digest our thoughts and feelings.
The infamous entrance to Auschwitz I with the words “Arbeit macht frei” (works sets you free)
The pre-war Polish baracks of Auschwitz I
The railway entrance gate to extermination camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau
One of the train wagons that arrived here
All personal belongings had to be left behind upon arrival
WIELICZKA SALT MINE Upon the recommendation of many local expats we will optionally visit the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine on Sunday morning. You may never have heard of it, or you may think visiting a salt mine is not interesting at all, but we guaranteed that this will impress you. The mine is a national historic monument and has been producing table salt on a continuous basis from the 13th century (!!!) until 2007. It is made up of an intricate network of corridors and halls and contains four chapels and numerous statues. It is truly an amazing place to visit, so we arrange again a private guide for our group to show us around during a 2 hours tour, followed by an underground lunch and a visit to the museum. Since some told us they don’t want to spend time underground and because the salt mine has not 100% confirmed our visit, it will be optional. You can indicate whether you would like to join during checkout. Payment follows later.
The underground altar
The main mine shaft from where we will start our journey
The magnificent internal structures shows how big the mines are
INCLUDED IN THE TRIP FEE
✈︎ airfare & taxes Brussels – Krakow by Brussels Airlines, including 23kg of checked-in luggage
✈︎ airport transfers in Krakow
✈︎ 2 nights accommodation in a 4* hotel, based on 2 people sharing a room
✈︎ 2x breakfast
✈︎ transfer to Auschwitz-Birkenau and local transportation
✈︎ entrance fees and 8-hours guided tour
✈︎ transfer to Wieliczka (optional)
✈︎ entrance fees and guided tour Wieliczka Salt Mine (optional)
✈︎ underground lunch Wieliczka Salt Mine (optional)
OUR TRANSPORTATION We will depart from Brussels Airport on Friday 8 June in the morning at 11h10 by Brussels Airlines and come back around 16h00 on Sunday afternoon. Your flight ticket is already included in the trip. You can check-in 1 suitcase of maximum 20kg (both ways). During checkout you can indicate your seat preference.
OUR HOTEL – BEST WESTERN PREMIER KRAKOW We are staying in the 4* Best Western Premier hotel in a suburb of Krakow at 10 minutes by bus/taxi from the inner city center. It has spacious, clean and comfortable rooms with an ensuite bathroom. There is a large breakfast selection and a nice bar. The hotel has a swimming pool and a sauna. You can choose between various rooms: one large bed for single travellers (for a surcharge), one large bed for couples (no surcharge), or two single beds for two friends sharing or single travellers who want to share (no surcharge). Breakfast is included.
Many people come on their own to our events. You can of course opt for a single room to have maximum privacy. But at Expat Club we also offer you the possibility to share a room with another lady or gentleman to avoid the single-surcharge. We only offer male or female rooms. During checkout simply select the twin-room sharing option. We will then introduce you to other participants in the same situation, either during a pre-meeting in Brussels or at the airport upon departure, so you won’t have to worry about finding one or paying the single surcharge. All our participants are normally adult and decent people and normally between the age of 30 and 70.
We offer special prices for families and single parents (children up to 18 years). Please contact us first by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that the Memorial & Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau advises a minimum age of 14 years. If you would like to come with a child that is younger, please inform us first about his/her/their age(s).
COMMENTS & SPECIAL TERMS
This trip is carefully planned. Still, all timings are indicative and may change if required by circumstances.
The trip is sold as a package. You cannot go with your own transportation or arrange your own accommodation. If there are specific things that you do not want in the package, please let us know and we may find a solution.
You are personally responsible for getting a good cancellation and/or travel insurance that covers you for unforeseen emergencies and medical expenses before or during the trip.
You are personally responsible for using the hotel room in an appropriate way. Any missing or broken items will be billed after the trip.
Expat Club cannot be held liable for long delays that influence the program (e.g. missed guided tours), neither can Expat Club be held liable for weather-related cancellations or any other unforeseen events that influence the course of the trip, including, but not limited to technical problems with the airplane, coach, strikes, weather etc.
Expat Club cannot be held liable for personal injuries during the trip, such as, but not limited to, things that happen during the guided tours. Joining this trip is safe but still at your own risk.
If you do not find a room partner on your own, we will find one for you (male/male, female/female). During the outbound trip we will connect you with others in the same position. If you decide to take a single room during the trip, then you will have to fully pay for it yourself.
If you book a double / twin room and your travel partner cancels, you will have to pay the single room supplement or share a room with another person (if available).
The cancellation with a refund, as described in the terms & conditions, is 6 weeks. Within this period you cannot cancel the trip and get a refund in line with the terms and conditions. You can find a friend or colleague who will join instead of you up until 2 weeks in advance.