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School Trip to Krakow and Auschwitz, classic programme.

Krakow and its surroundings are a great destination for any school trip. It enables students to understand the history and feel the unique ambiance of these beautiful places. Sightseeing of Krakow connected with the visit to the Auschwitz Memorial Museum is an unforgettable learning experience. 

Our 4 days school trip to Krakow and Auschwitz Museum includes three main topics:

  • Polish history on the example of Krakow - the most beautiful city in Poland and the historical capital of the country.
  • History and culture of European Jews on the example of the Jewish Quarter in Krakow.
  • Holocaust’s history on the example of the Jewish ghetto in Krakow and the death camp of Auschwitz - Birkenau.

Trip Highlights:

  • Visit to the St. Mary's Basilica with its famous wooden altarpiece made by Veit Stoss 
  • Tour of the Wawel Castle - the former royal residence of Poland from the 11th Century
  • Tour of Kazimierz, one of the best-preserved Jewish quarters in Europe
  • 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 Arrival in Krakow. Transfer to your hotel and check-in.
afternoon “Krakow –  between Nuremberg, Florence, Vienna and… Jerusalem” – a guided tour of Krakow’s Old Town. Programme includes the Market Square with the Renaissance Cloth Hall; St Mary’s Church, with Europe’s largest Gothic altarpiece, a masterpiece by the Nuremberg master Veit Stoss; Collegium Maius, the fifteenth-century building of Krakow’s university and the Wawel Royal Castle.
evening Dinner and free time

Day 2 Jewish district and the former ghetto in Podgórze
morning “The Krakow Jerusalem” – a tour of Kazimierz, one of the best-preserved Jewish quarters in Europe. Programme includes Tempel Synagogue, Remuh Synagogue with its sixteenth-century cemetery, and the narrow streets of the medieval Jewish town.
afternoon “Krakow during the Holocaust” – a tour of the site of the former ghetto in the district of Podgórze. Program to include the site of memory at the Eagle Pharmacy, the remaining sections of the ghetto wall, the “empty chairs” memorial commemorating the extermination of Krakow’s Jews, and the exhibition “Krakow under Nazi occupation 1939-1945” in the former Oskar Schindler Factory.
evening Dinner and a concert of live Jewish music in a Jewish restaurant in Kazimierz.

Day 3 Auschwitz - Birkenau
morning “Auschwitz – The topography and logic of the Holocaust”: excursion to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and site of memory; two-part tour. Part I: Auschwitz I – Stammlager (the original camp): the exhibition in the prisoner blocks, the death block, the wall of death, and the only surviving gas chamber and crematorium. Part II: Auschwitz II – Birkenau, with the prisoners’ blocks, and the ruins of the gas chambers and crematoria.
afternoon Return to Krakow.
evening Dinner in your hotel and a talk rounding off the visit to the Auschwitz Museum, or a meeting with a witness to history: a survivor from the Krakow ghetto or one of the “Righteous among the Nations” – one of the people who helped Jews survive during the Holocaust.

Day 4
Transfer to the airport. Return flight.

Possible extension:

Day 1:
 
morning & afternoon “Wieliczka – underground town”: excursion to Wieliczka, a town on the outskirts of Krakow. Tour of the 800-year-old underground salt mine – a unique relic of medieval European technology. The route leads through several kilometers of underground corridors, chambers, caves, and chapels all cut into the rock salt. 
On the return journey a tour of Nowa Huta, the workers’ district of Krakow built entirely from scratch after World War II as a model socialist town. In time it evolved into one of the most important centers of resistance to Communist authority in Poland.
evening Optional “What else would you like to know about Krakow and Poland?” – a meeting with a Krakow political commentator or journalist who can answer all your questions about the contemporary social and political situation in Poland.

Day 2:
morning Visiting the newly open Underground Museum of Krakow. In the archaeological park, which is located more than 4 meters below the surface of the Main Market Square, you can see the exhibition “Following the traces of European Identity of Krakow”. The underground museum offers a fully interactive experience, with multimedia presentations recreating the atmosphere of a 15th-century merchant’s hall.
afternoon “The City of Kings” – a tour of the royal castle at Wawel and Wawel Cathedral, the venue of the coronations and burials of the Polish kings.
evening Night out at one of Krakow’s music clubs.

See also: 
Holocaust and Auschwitz study tours and school trips

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.

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