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Kraków & Auschwitz-Birkenau history school trip

Support your classroom teaching of the societal and cultural effects of WWII and the Holocaust on this school trip to Kraków which includes a moving visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

  • Key stage 3 - 16+
  • Year round
Overview

A thought provoking school trip to Kraków & Auschwitz-Birkenau

On a school trip to Kraków and Auschwitz your students will learn about the devastating impact of WWII on the Jewish people of Europe and see, firsthand, locations of historical importance such as the Kraków Ghetto, Holocaust sites and museums, Kraków Jewish Quater and Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. We can even organise for your students to meet an Auschwitz survivor or relative to bear witness to the impact of the Holocaust.

The centre of UNESCO-listed Kraków has maintained a mix of medieval and baroque architectural styles, making it a popular destination for school history trips, particularly those studying WWII, the Holocaust and Judaism.

As well as advancing your students’ understanding of WWII and the Holocaust, there are also many chances to learn about the wider history of Europe by visiting some of Krakóws beautiful medieval and baroque sites such as Wawel Castle, as well as some weird and wonderful moments provided by the underground Wieliczka Salt Mine and a folklore-themed evening meal and performance.

We can tailor your itinerary to your unique learning requirements, please contact us for a bespoke quote.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Depart from UK airport
  • Arrive in Krakow
  • Guided tour of Wieliczka Salt Mine

Day 2

  • Guided tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau German concentration camp, memorial and museum
  • Polish folklore evening meal and performance

Day 3

  • Visit the Galicja Jewish Museum
  • Meet and have a discussion with a Holocaust survivor
  • Guided tour of Schindler's Factory

Day 4

  • Free time for shopping
  • Return flight home
Excursions
Auschwitz train track
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial
Galicia Jewish Museum
Galicia Jewish Museum
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Schindlers Factory
Schindler's Factory
Polish folklore evening
Polish folklore evening
Krakow main square from above
Kraków Walking Tour
Krakow Kazimierz 2
Kazimierz
Plaszow
Płaszów
Vistual River Cruise
River Cruise
Auschwitz train track

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial

Learn the history of the Holocaust and the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on this 3.5 hour guided tour of the former concentration camp. This is a stark and gripping reminder of the horrors of WWII that always resonates with students.

Galicia Jewish Museum

Galicia Jewish Museum

A memorial to the victims of the Holocaust and a celebration of Jewish culture. The photographic exhibits look at the history of Jewish communities in Poland pre and post-WWI & WWII. We can also arrange for your group to speak to a Holocaust survivor to coincide with this visit.

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Take a guided underground tour through Kraków's fantastical disused salt mine which is practically an underground city. The fun tour explores all the twists and turns and requires a lot of walking, but it's worth it to marvel at the chandeliers, pools, chapels and statues carved by miners from rock salt.

Schindlers Factory

Schindler's Factory

Take a 90-minute guided tour of Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory. Your students will learn the remarkable story of Oskar Schindler and how he safeguarded 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them at his factory during WWII.

Polish folklore evening

Polish folklore evening

Experience the local culture through food and fun! Your students will learn about Polish folklore by enjoying a traditional Polish evening meal with a performance from folk dancers and an accompanying live band.

Krakow main square from above

Kraków Walking Tour

Explore Kraków and learn about its prominence in European history on a 4-hour guided walking tour of the city. You will explore the medieval square featuring the Cloth Hall and visit important sites including Wawel Cathedral and its royal crypts, Sigismund Tower and St. Mary's Basilica.

Krakow Kazimierz 2

Kazimierz

Kazimierz is the historic and contemporary Jewish quarter of Kraków. Here you will find the 15th century Old Synagogue, which is one of the most important Jewish sites in Europe. The district was the centre of the Jewish population of Kraków for over 500 years before being targeted and destroyed in WWII.

Plaszow

Płaszów

The site of a former Nazi concentration camp is now a peaceful open green area with some relics of its horrible past and memorials that invite visitors to quietly reflect.

Vistual River Cruise

River Cruise

Board your boat and cruise along the Vistula river, the largest river in Poland.

Included

Our European school trips include:

  • Board and lodging as specified in your itinerary
  • A detailed itinerary with pre-booked excursions
  • Return flights & overseas transfers
  • Free teacher to student ratio 1:10 (air groups)
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Assistance with inspection visits

Extras to budget for:

  • School to airport transfers and meals en route (if required)
  • Visa charges and supplements for small parties, single rooms and additional adults
  • Local tourist taxes which can only be paid in cash to the hotel
  • Entrances other than those specified in your itinerary
  • Hotel damage deposits

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