Duration: 3 Days
Highlights of Krakow
This brief tour takes in the major attractions of Krakow, visiting the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz and taking in the beautiful city of Krakow. The area is steeped in history and has a huge variety of educational attractions for students to immerse themselves in.
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The Edventure Travel Package
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Customised for you
All tours are 100% customised to suit your group. We believe that every group should be treated individually, it’s your tour after all. If you want to add something that is not featured on our website just let us know and we will work with you to develop an itinerary to meet your needs.
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- Return Flights
- Executive Coach throughout
- All travel when at your destination
- Accommodation based on bed and breakfast with students in multi-bedded rooms
- Teachers free of charge sharing twin rooms
- All meals mentioned in the itinerary
- All activities mentioned in the itinerary unless otherwise stated
- Travel Insurance
- Single Room Supplements
- Personal Expenditure
- Overseas departure taxes if applicable
- Tips for guides and drivers
- UK Coach Transfers
- Full Time Tour Director
- Activities not mentioned
- Meals not mentioned
- Luggage in the hold of the aircraft
Depart the UK
Depart the UK and fly to Krakow. Upon arrival you will transfer to your hotel.
Take a guided walking tour of the Jewish Quarter with impressive architecture and cultural landmarks. This afternoon you can visit Schindler’s Factory Museum.
Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel or at a local restaurant.
Spend the whole day visiting Auschwitz where students will learn about the travesty of the holocaust during World War 2.
You will return to Krakow in the late afternoon where you can explore the beautiful buildings and the central Market Square
Spend the morning at leisure in the city before you take your transfer to the airport and fly back to the UK.
Auschwitz Concentration Camp
Edventure Travel highly recommends this tour so that students get an insight into the atrocities that occurred in the concentration and extermination camps built and operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland during World War II and the Holocaust. The Auschwitz concentration camp consists of Auschwitz I, the main camp, and Auschwitz II–Birkenau, a combined concentration and extermination camp three kilometres away. Auschwitz I was a former army barracks converted to hold Polish political prisoners. Your group will visit block 11, where the first gassing of prisoners took place in September 1941.
At Auschwitz II–Birkenau your students will see the notorious transport trains and rail line which delivered Jews from all over German-occupied Europe to the camp’s gas chambers. This camp was the major site of the Nazis’ Final Solution to the Jewish Question. It is estimated that at least 1.1 million died here and around 90 percent of them Jews. Many of those not killed in the gas chambers died because of starvation, forced labour, infectious diseases, individual executions, and medical experiments.
Take your group and stroll down the old narrow streets of the Kazimierz district to feel the atmosphere of the Jewish past of this area. Visit the Museum of Judaism in the Old Synagogue dating back to the 15th century. In 1941 Jewish inhabitants were forcibly relocated by the German occupying forces into the Krakow ghetto just across the river in Podgórze. This area is now one of the major tourist attractions of Krakow to demonstrate the cultural life of the city. There are also other interesting synagogues to visit in this area.
This factory is one of the most fascinating museums and is well-known since Steven Spielberg’s film Schindler’s List in 1993. Your students can discover how this factory was used by Oskar Schindler to help Jews survive WW2. It is now a museum devoted to WW2 experiences in Krakow during the 5 year occupation. It contains artifacts, photos and documents to create a full experience. Schindler also produced ammunition shells, so that his factory would be classed as an essential part of the war effort. A sixth of the museum is dedicated to the Jewish workforce and their fate.
Wieliczka Salt Mine
This mine is now an official Polish Historic Monument which reaches a depth of 327 meters and extends via horizontal passages and chambers for over 287 kilometres and was a main producer of table salt in the past. Students will descend the many steps of the wooden staircase to gain access to the mine to access four chapels; a reception room that is used for private functions; a chamber with walls carved by miners to resemble wood; statues carved by miners from the rock salt; an underground lake; shafts and labyrinthine passageways and exhibits on the history of salt mining.
Galicia Jewish Museum
At this museum your students will have the opportunity to learn about the Jewish past of towns, cities and ancestry in an original and appealing way. Learn about the Holocaust, Jewish culture, religion, history and even contemporary art through the exhibitions that are organised here. Your group will visit the permanent exhibition ”Traces of Remembrance. A Contemporary View on the Jewish Past of Poland”, which is an epitaph for the exterminated Jewish culture.
Wawel Royal Castle
Visit this important museum with Edventure Travel and learn about the history and culture of Poland. The museum houses a collection paintings, prints, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, military items, porcelain and furniture. Discover the tapestries of Zygmunt August and magnificent Renaissance Italian paintings from the Lanckoronski collection. Visit rooms depicting the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
Students will experience a different culture and gain an understanding of other nationalities, principles and values.
This trip offers students the opportunity to develop their independence and self-confidence by putting themselves into a new environment.
School trips can offer the opportunity for students to develop their relationships and interactions with others.
This trip can help develop a student’s motivation for the subject and inspire them when back in the classroom due to personal experience.
Knowledge and Perspective
Personal experience and close interactions with these locations can help students understand the subject and put it into perspective.
A trip can make a students engage with a subject and become more positive about a subject.
Students will work together in an unfamiliar environment and rely on each other for help.
Educating through a school trip can create a better understanding of a subject with hands-on learning. Students are engaged, enthusiastic and observant.
This trip can be a reward trip for students that have studied hard over the course of the year and can give them a well-deserved break with their friends.
This tour is great for history students, giving them an insight into the events that took place and a sense of what it was like during this period in history.
Explore the impact of World War 2 and how events shaped the landscape.
This tour provides and insight into the religious beliefs of the country and explores their values and principles.