Brisk Pace, Sadness Prevails
This was a comprehensive tour of Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II (Birkenau). Our wonderful guide, Zsymon, kept us on a fast pace which while it could have been challenging for some, allowed us to stay separated from the tour group behind us as well as to see all there was to see at this two infamous sites. There are times that the emotion and sadness and anger at what took place grab you and make you want to just sit with head down. Our guide had personal knowledge of the sites and in-depth knowledge of the history of Poland and brought personal insight to the strange and sad history of this wonderful country.
I would like to say - based on some previous reviews - that if you are not moderately fit, this is not your tour. If you use crutches or a cane, take a special tour here if offered. The terrain is flat, but you are walking on cobblestones and uneven ground. I clocked 3+ miles on this tour. So if your idea of walking is a stroll to the corner store, you will be tailing the group and not enjoying as much as if you were more capable of keeping up with others.
• January 08, 2018