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Holocaust and WW II
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Holocaust and WW II

Auschwitz School Trip / Study Tour, 4 days

"The topography and logic of the Holocaust". 

School trips to the Auschwitz Museum evoke deep reflections regarding human conditioning, the world we live in and our own responsibility for us and other people. They put a question about the limits of opportunism and compromise as well as about everyone’s civil courage to rise up against evil. For the youth, they are a lesson of shaping their philosophy of life as well as political awareness.

Trip Highlights:

  • Visit to the St. Mary's Basilica with its famous wooden altarpiece made by Veit Stoss 
  • Visit to the Wawel Cathedral with its royal tombs and Sigismond's Bell
  • Visit to the former ghetto in the district of Podgórze
  • Tour of the multimedia exhibition “Krakow under Nazi occupation 1939 – 1945” in the former Oskar Schindler Factory
  • Trip to Auschwitz- Birkenau - the world’s largest Nazi extermination camp 

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 Krakow
morning Flight to Katowice or Krakow. Coach transfer from the airport to your hotel in Krakow. Lunch.
afternoon “Krakow, city of kings”. Tour of the Old Town in Krakow, the historic capital of Poland. Program includes the Main Market Square, the Cloth Hall, and St Mary’s Basilica, with its famous wooden altarpiece made by Wit Stwosz (Veit Stoss); the Gothic courtyard of Collegium Maius, the narrow streets of the Old Town, the Cathedral on Wawel Hill, with the tombs of the Polish kings, and the Royal Castle.
evening Dinner at your hotel and free time.

Day 2 Auschwitz - Birkenau
morning & afternoon “Auschwitz–the topography and logic of the Holocaust”: two-part tour. The first part covers the exhibition in the prisoner blocks in Auschwitz I–Stammlager (the original camp): the death block, the wall of death, and the only surviving gas chamber and crematorium. After a rest, a tour of Auschwitz II–Birkenau, the site of the mass extermination of the Jews, with the preserved prisoners’ barracks, the ruins of the gas chambers and crematoria, and the monument commemorating the victims of the camp. Return to Krakow. 
evening Dinner, followed by a meeting with an “eyewitness to history”–a survivor of the Krakow ghetto or a “Righteous Among the Nations of the World”, one of the people who helped fellow Jewish residents of the city survive during the Holocaust.

Day 3 Kazimierz - the Jewish district
morning “Before the Holocaust”–tour of Kazimierz, the former Jewish quarter of Krakow. Visit to the Gothic and Renaissance Old Synagogue, now the Jewish Museum, and to the sixteenth-century Jewish cemetery adjacent to the Remuh Synagogue. After a rest, a tour of the site of the former ghetto in the district of Podgórze–surviving sections of the ghetto wall; the Eagle Pharmacy, a site of memory; and the “empty chairs” memorial. Lunch.
afternoon Tour of the multimedia exhibition “Krakow under Nazi occupation 1939–1945” in the former Oskar Schindler Factory.
evening Dinner in a Jewish restaurant in Kazimierz and a concert of klezmer music.

Day 4
Check-out. Transfer to the airport and flight out of Krakow.

Services included:

  • 3 night's accommodation in Krakow in a 2* student hotel or hostel on bed and breakfast basis
  • All transfers as per above mentioned itinerary
  • Private English speaking guide as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for all sightseeing
  • Meals as per the itinerary

Services not included:

  • The journey to and from Poland
  • Tour guide 
  • Public transport
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenditure, tips, etc.
  • All other services not mentioned in the itinerary

Price on request.

For Auschwitz school trip /study tour planning, tailored specifically to your needs, please fill out our free no-obligation online form. A member of our team will respond via email or phone within one business day.

For individual guests and small groups /up to 10 people/ this trip can also be booked under the particularly favorable travel conditions of our “New opening special offer”. Find out more here.