School Religious Studies Trip to Krakow
Words cannot describe the enormity or the horror that the Jewish population experienced in Europe at the hands of the Nazi regime. Visiting Krakow is an experience which your students are unlikely to forget. They will gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust, its cost in human life and it’s impact on generations that followed, not only in the Jewish faith, but both on wider society and modern day life.
Study themes: Religion and Prejudice, Religion, War and Peace, Places of Worship
|Day 1||Flight to Krakow, transfer to hotel||
Guided tour of the Jewish quarter and synagogue
|Day 2||Guided tour of Auschwitz||
Visit St Mary's Basilica and Rynek Glowny
Visit Schindler's Factory Museum and Galicia Jewish Museum
|Day 4||Transfer to airport||Flight to UK|
This price includes:
- 3 nights' half-board accommodation
- Return flights including tax
- Airport transfers in Poland
- Half-day excursion to Auschwitz
- Free staff place ratio 1:10
- Detailed information pack
- Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
- Itinerary planning service
Flight from UK, on arrival transfer to hotel
Guided 4 hour walking tour of the Jewish Quarter
|Day 2||Guided excursion to Auschwitz-Birkeanu||
Evening meal and sightseeing around Main Square
|Day 3||Visit to Schindler's Factory Museum||Transfer to airport||Return flight to UK|
This price includes:
- Return flights from UK
- Coach transfers to/from Krakow airport
- 2 nights' half-board accommodation
- Guided tour of Auscwitz-Birkenau by coach
- Guided walking tour of the Jewish Quarter
- Travel and medical insurance
- Detailed information pack
- Experienced itienrary Manager
The mass atrocities of the Holocaust are an extremely painful part of Europe’s history and a horrifying example of the tragedy caused by an attempted religious genocide. The calculated and organised policy of persecution and murder adopted by the Nazis is almost incomprehensible these days, certainly when it is reduced to some written facts in text books. That’s why we offer tours for...
The medieval Jewish quarter of Kraków became the city's ghetto between 1939 and 1941, and a film set during the shooting of Spielberg's Schindler's List. Today, it's a monument to a vanished community. Groups receive a guided walking tour of the area which may include visits to the Schindlers Factory Museum and the Galicia Museum if required.
The exhibition 'Traces of Memory' is a photographic tribute to a vanished world and a powerful acknowledgement of Poland's Jewish heritage. Groups can book educational workshops and the visit can be combined with the Jewish quarter walking tour. Workshops include: Introduction to the Holocaust, Polish Heroes, Meetings with recipients of the Righteous Among the Nations Award - an ...
The lop-sided glory of St. Mary's is one of the most photographed sites in all Krakow. According to legend, two brothers built the towers, and one brother deliberately built higher in a bid for greater glory. When the tricked sibling returned to town and discovered the betrayal, he did away with his brother in a fit of rage (the grisly knife still hangs in the Cloth Hall).
The Main Square (Rynek Główny) is the natural centre of Krakow. The centrally located Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) has, despite the odds, survived to this day and is testament to Krakow's fascinating history. Other buildings in the heart of the square include the diminutive Church of St Adalbert, a site of important archaeological discoveries and the solitary tower - a remnant of the Town Ha...
Hotel Batory Guest Rooms
The Batory Guest Rooms are situated in the centre of Krakow, just a short walk from the city’s historical Old Town.
The guest rooms offer 45 beds in total; students will be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms, with staff in twins. All guest rooms are en-suite and have TV, radio and a telephone.
You can start your day with a great breakfast, served in the Hotel Batory next door. Traditional Polish cuisine will be served in the restaurant in the evenings.
Hotel Wilga is a modern 3* hotel located close to the banks of the river Vistula, within walking distance of the Kazimierz district and Wawel Castle.
The hotel offers 36 modern and comfortable rooms, all with en-suite facilities, TV and radio. The hotel also boasts its own bowling alley and games room in the basement!
Other amenities include a pool table, bar, a restaurant and meeting rooms.
Hotel Alexander II
The Alexander II Hotel is ideally situated in the heart of Krakow, close to the Main Square, the Planty and the railway station. Its attractive location in the very centre of Krakow makes it a convenient starting point for a sightseeing tour of Krakow Old Town and a great place to rest and relax.
The hotel offers 30 comfortably furnished single, double and triple rooms. In-room facilities include an en-suite bathroom with shower, hairdryer, TV, telephone and Internet access.View on map
The 3* Maksymilian hotel is housed in a completely renovated 19th century building and is just a 5 minute walk from the Market Square.
Students are generally accommodated in triple or quad rooms and staff in twins, all rooms are ensuite and have TV, telephone, WIFI access and safe.
A buffet breakfast is served every morning and you evening meals will be taken in the hotel restaurant.
The 3* Hotel Astoria is very well located in the Kazimierz District.
The hotel offers a total of 33 clean and comfortable guest rooms. All rooms are ensuite and have air conditioning, television and internet access.
A buffet breakfast is provided every morning and the onsite restaurant offers dinner to groups booked on a half board basis.
What our teachers had to say about this destination
Excellent communication. Staff commented on the service of tour guides in Poland - excellent! Very, very helpful and couldn't do enough to assist!
A school visit to Krakow is a very interesting and moving experience. Our students found the salt mines added a light alternative to the 'heavier' subject matter of Schindler's Factory and Auschwitz, balancing the trip well. Food is very reasonable and there is a very nice cafe across the road from the salt mines. A packed lunch for Auschwitz, due to the amount of time needed there, is a must. There is a lot of walking, so students need good footwear and warm/waterproof outerwear - we were very glad of both. Krakow itself is a lovely place for students to have free time and relax - with a walk around the grounds of Wawal Castle, visit to Rynek Gowney museum, a wonderful chocolate shop and plentiful souvenirs.
The workshop with the holocaust survivor, delivered the day after our visit to Auschwitz, was an incredibly moving, heart-wrenching and ultimately redemptive experience.
Krakow is an excellent centre for developing an awareness of the Holocaust. Schindler's factory is well worth a visit and sites are easily walkable, depending on where you stay.