Trips to Krakow for History Students
A college trip to Krakow, with opportunities to explore pre-war history or to better understand the Holocaust, is guaranteed to leave an impact on your students. World War destruction and years of communist rule have done much to damage Poland’s heritage. Yet amazingly the ancient royal city of Krakow survives and with its medieval market square and Grand Cloth Hall, the city rivals the beauty of Prague and Vienna. For history students, the Jewish quarter where Schindler’s List was filmed and a guided excursion to Auschwitz-Birkenau bring home the realities of Nazi occupation.
Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.
|1||Daytime flight from a London airport & transfer to accomodation||Kazimierz, Podgorze & The Schindler Museum. Visit to Galicia Museum to meet with a Concentration Camp Survivor||Free time. Evening meal|
|2||Full day coach excursion to Auschwitz-Birkenau including a guided tour||Free time. Evening meal|
|3||Guided tour of Krakow - Old Town Square, University district, Wawel Hill, Jewish Quarter||Transfer to airport for return flight to the UK|
|Morning||Daytime flight from a London airport & transfer to accomodation|
|Afternoon||Kazimierz, Podgorze & The Schindler Museum. Visit to Galicia Museum to meet with a Concentration Camp Survivor|
|Evening||Free time. Evening meal|
|Morning||Full day coach excursion to Auschwitz-Birkenau including a guided tour|
|Evening||Free time. Evening meal|
|Morning||Guided tour of Krakow - Old Town Square, University district, Wawel Hill, Jewish Quarter|
|Afternoon||Transfer to airport for return flight to the UK|
Price Shown includes
- 2 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation
- Return flights & overseas airport transfers
- Extensive group travel insurance
- 1 in 10 free place ratio
The visits shown in the sample itinerary above are not included in your quoted price unless indicated. If you would like to add any of these activities to your quote price, please get in touch.
Price shown is based on 30 paying passengers departing from a London airport on selected dates and is subject to availability.
On-tour support includes...
- Airport assistance when you arrive back at your UK airport when you book a coach transfer to take you home
Additional on-tour support available...
- Airport assistance during check-in, security and gate checks on your outbound flight from the UK
- Pre-booked meals at great group prices
Top visits for college groups in Krakow
This historic Jewish district was left deserted as residents were forced by Nazis to move to the Podgorze ghetto. Visit the old synagogues and the cemetery, as well as iconic Jewish sites and museums.
In March 1941, the entire Jewish population of Krakow were crammed into this tiny ghetto as Nazi prejudice took hold. Also the location of Schindler’s Factory, students can explore the ghetto and consider the anti-Semitic events which took place here before large numbers of Jews were sent to labour and death camps.
Presenting Jewish history from a new perspective, this private museum celebrates the Jewish culture of Galicia and poignantly commemorates the victims of the Holocaust through its moving photographic exhibition. During your visit, your students can take part in a choice of interactive workshops, including Choices Faced, Decisions Made: The Holocaust and Wartime Morality, Po-lin: Here We Will Rest (reflecting on Jewish history), and Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Jewish Culture (exploring Jewish belief and tradition). Groups can also take part in exhibition tours, lectures, concerts, and much more.
Meet with a Concentration Camp Survivor or Relative
Groups have the invaluable opportunity to meet and speak with either a concentration camp survivor or a member of a survivor’s family. This is an incredible, poignant chance to hear moving eye-witness testimony and gain first hand insight into life under Nazi rule. Common themes covered often include conflict, prejudice and the values of tolerance and understanding.
Following the Nazi invasion of Poland in September 1939, Oświęcim was incorporated into the domains of the Third Reich. The town’s name was changed to Auschwitz and it became the largest concentration and death camp. Today, as a museum, Auschwitz serves as a poignant reminder of the horrors of Hitler’s tyranny and a guided visit will give students a fuller view of the terrible events and conditions, also allowing consideration of key study themes, including obedience, prejudice, tyranny and much more.
Auschwitz is a one-hour coach journey from Krakow and is a truly emotive and thought-provoking visit.
In a fortified position overlooking the river and city are the Castle and Cathedral.
The Old Town Square
Visit Rynek Główny (Town Square), the largest in medieval Europe, Mariacki Church (St Mary’s Church) of Gothic origins with its fine altar, Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) of vast proportions and view the University District and the Collegium Maius - the historic heart of the university area.
Traditional Jewish Restaurant
Enjoy Jewish culture with a traditional Jewish meal at a local restaurant, with a range of delicacies to be experienced, including czulent (bean casserole), knyshe (dumplings) and stuffed gooseneck.
Wieliczka Salt Mine
With a labyrinth of tunnels, Wieliczka Salt Mine is an eerie underworld which has been hand carved from salt blocks. Located 14km south east of Krakow, here your group have the opportunity to view a section of the mine and 22 chambers connected by galleries. A fascinating trip.
Krakow Under Nazi Occupation Museum
Also referred to as the Schindler Museum, this visit not only tells Schindler's story but covers every aspect of the Polish and Polish-Jewish experience of occupation in a way that is hugely relevant to British students. We thoroughly recommend this excellent museum, made famous by Spielberg's film, Schindler's List.
Guided Walking Tour of Old Town
Includes Old Town Square, St John’s Cathedral, the Royal Palace, Monument to the Little Insurgent and the Uprising Memorial.
Guided Walking Tour in the City Centre
Includes Novy Swiat, the Radziwill Palace, the Memorial to Józef Piłsudski, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Saxon Gardens, Marszałkowska and the Palace of Culture and Science.
Janus Korczak Orphanage
The orphanage in which Korczak led the famous march of the children still exists and is still in use. It may be visited by prior arrangement.
Warsaw Uprising Monument
Marking the place where Polish partisans and citizens entered the sewer system to escape from German troops surrounding the Old Town during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising - one of the most important chapters in Warsaw’s history. The monument is dedicated to the heroes who gave their lives for their homeland during the Uprising.
- Laser tag
- Folklore evening dinner
- The Formation of Modern Europe
- The Cold War