School Trips to Poland

With the exception of a history trip to Krakow and possibly Auschwitz, Poland doesn't usually feature high on a short list for school trips to Europe. This is a shame, as the country and it's people, despite it's turbulent past, provide the warmest of welcomes and a wealth of fascinating destinations.

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The importance of the events in Poland in the 20th Century cannot be underestimated

Poland became a unified kingdom in 1025 and over 1000 years has seen many different kings, dynasties and occupations. Primary destinations such as Warsaw, Krakow and Wrocław offer students and teachers an insight into this potted history, each having a period of dominance or importance in the country's story.

The 20th century delivers the most intense and disturbing chapter. The Second Polish Republic was established in 1918 at the end of World War I, after a period of nearly 150 years where the country officially didn't exist, it's lands partitioned between Russia, Prussia and Austria.

The Second World War began with the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939 and over 6 million Poles died during the conflict, the majority in the 6 extermination camps set up across the country. This fact is sobering as much as it is unbelievable, and a visit to Auschwitz is a challenging but valuable experience for history students.

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Krakow music school tour

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Kraków & Auschwitz history school trip

Your students will learn about the atrocities of World War...

Nicky made the planning of the trip really easy because she quickly responded to all of my numerous queries. She was extremely friendly and was never too busy to help out. Every little detail of the trip itself was very well organised and everything went according to plan. I would have no reservations in recommending Voyager to any other schools.

Catherine Goodwin, Gosforth High School

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Poznan city square school trip

If your school trip would benefit from a variety of educational subjects then Poznan, largely thought of as the oldest and founding city of Poland is well worth a visit. The Renaissance old town is enchanting, even in the knowledge it was totally reconstructed after World War II.

Outside of the main cities the country is blessed with some real natural wonders that could be of interest to geography students...the Tatra mountains are very evocative of the European alps offering excellent hiking and natural history. Similarly, the Mazurian lakes are an area of outstanding natural beauty very popular with tourists in the summer months.

Other attractions include the Wieliczka Salt Mine, amazingly the mine was in operation since the 13th century until it's commercial closure in 1996. Now a museum, visitors marvel at the dozens of statues and four chapels carved out of the rock salt by the miners.

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“It's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose”

Joseph Conrad, Polish author

“Mieć węża w kieszeni ”

The Polish phrase for 'being tight-fisted' translates as “Do you have a snake in your pocket?”

“To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge. ”

Copernicus, Polish mathematician

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