School trips to Poland are most popular among history and religious studies groups who are learning about the Nazis and the Holocaust.

Not only will you have the challenging, yet hugely important experience of visiting Auschwitz, you can also visit the beautiful city of Krakow to explore what life was like for the Jewish population of Poland before, during and after the Nazi occupation.

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Why visit Poland?

To gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust

A school trip to Poland is one of the best ways to help students really understand what life was like under Nazi occupation, and why history cannot be allowed to repeat itself.

Located in the heart of Central Europe, Poland played a key role in WW2. Its invasion by Nazi Germany on 1 st September 1939 led to France and Britain declaring war on Germany two days later.

By 1941, the Nazis had occupied the whole country. The Nazis set up six extermination camps in Poland, including Auschwitz. Jews from all over Europe were transported to these camps to be murdered. Ethnic Poles were also subject to Nazi persecution and it’s believed that around 6 million Polish citizens were killed during WW2, including 90% of the country’s Jews.

On a religious studies school trip to Poland, your students will also learn about how the country’s Jewish population lived before WW2, and how they were persecuted by the Nazis. You can also explore the role of Catholicism in traditional Polish culture.

Intricate history and culture

Although you may arrange a school trip to Poland to learn about its more recent history, the country’s history spans over 1,000 years. During that time, Poland made a huge contribution to Western civilisation in a number of fields, including art, music, philosophy, literature, science and politics.

All of this makes Poland a fascinating destination for a school trip designed to deepen your students’ intercultural understanding.

Make sure you don’t leave Krakow without taking some time to visit the spectacular Wawel Castle. Once the home of the Polish monarchy, the castle is now one of the country’s best art museums. Here your students can learn more about the history of Poland from the medieval period to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and over 100 years of Austrian rule after the Third Partition of Poland in 1795.

Another highlight of any school trip to Poland is a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, which was in operation from the 13th century right up until 2007! Your students will be awestruck by the incredible workmanship of the miners who carved out sculptures and even four whole chapels from the rock salt.

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Take a look at our range of Poland school trips below, and then get in touch with one of our tour advisers to discuss your requirements.

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Train track at Auschwitz

School Trips to Auschwitz

School trips to Auschwitz will help the next generation ensure that history never repeats itself.

Although a very difficult experience, a school trip to Auschwitz will help to humanise the victims of the Holocaust for your students. They'll gain a deeper understanding of how the Nazis industrialised murder and they'll understand why it's important to fight prejudice and hate.

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School Trips to Krakow

School trips to Krakow are immensely popular with history groups studying the Nazis and the Holocaust!

On a school trip to Krakow, your students will learn about the history and culture of the city's Jewish community. A visit to Auschwitz will then help them to understand the horrors that that community experienced during the Holocaust.

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Activities and excursions in Poland that your school group will love

auschwitz

Auschwitz Concentration Camp

At this site, chosen by the SS for no other reason than its convenient location at a railway junction, some… Read More

Schindler's Factory

Schindler's Factory

Kraków under Nazi Occupation 1939–1945 is on display at the former administrative building of Oskar Schindlers Enamel Factory at 4… Read More

Galicia Jewish Museum

Galicia Jewish Museum

The exhibition 'Traces of Memory' is a photographic tribute to a vanished world, a powerful acknowledgement of Poland's Jewish heritage.… Read More

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Wieliczka Salt Mine

This deposit of rock salt has been mined since 13th century. Spread over nine levels, it has 300km of galleries… Read More

Wawel Royal Castle

Wawel Royal Castle

Beautifully situated on a hill overlooking the River Vistila, Wawel Castle was the capital residence and burial place of Poland's… Read More

Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter)

Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter)

The medieval Jewish quarter of Kraków became the city's ghetto between 1939 and 1941, and a film set during the… Read More

The Main Square (Rynek Glówny)

The Main Square (Rynek Glówny)

The Main Square (Rynek Glówny) is the natural centre of Krakow. The centrally located Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) has, despite the… Read More

Why choose Halsbury?

Here are just a few reasons why teachers choose Halsbury for educational school trips that inspire.

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and are here to make the process of running your school trip as easy as possible.

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School trips tailored to your curriculum

We'll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure your school trip is a truly educational experience.

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Health & safety prioritised

As a proud Assured Member of the School Travel Forum, the health and safety of your group is always our priority.

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Support every step of the way

We'll be with you every step of the way, from your very first enquiry until the moment you return home, including 24-hour support while you’re on your school trip.

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Financially secure school trips

We're ABTA bonded and all our air tours are ATOL protected, so you can be sure that your school trip is financially secure.

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Rewarding loyalty scheme

You'll earn loyalty points from your very first school trip with Halsbury. These can be used towards a discount on your school trip or a free gift for your school.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, absolutely. The destinations listed on our website are only a sample of the different trips we can offer. If you have another destination in mind, simply fill out our enquiry form with all your requirements and one of our Tour Advisers will be in touch with a tailor-made quote.

All of our Auschwitz tours include a guided tour of Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Students wear headphones and are lead around by a knowledgeable guide, which allows them to fully take in their surroundings.

Tours of both Auschwitz sites, Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau, take around three and a half hours.

Auschwitz does not have a dress code policy for visitors, however, we recommend that you wear comfortable footwear as the tour involves a lot of walking. The majority of the tour will take place outside and so we recommend you dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

Yes, all of our trips include comprehensive travel insurance, which now includes Covid cover. This group travel insurance covers individuals needing to drop out of the trip in the following circumstances:

  • Because a Qualified Medical Practitioner has diagnosed them as positive for Covid-19 within up to 14 days of departure.
  • Because they have been hospitalised due to Covid-19 within up to 28 days of departure.
  • Because they have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace for a period of time that prevents them from taking part in the trip.

The insurance also covers reasonable additional costs of accommodation and flights should an individual contract Covid-19 and have to self-isolate while abroad.

And the policy also covers reasonable additional costs to account for a family member to come across or a group leader/teacher to stay with the individual.

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As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your next school trip 12-18 months before your travel date. This gives you plenty of time to get sign-off from senior leadership and to launch your trip in school to students and parents. Planning early will also mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options.

If you start planning your trip later, don't worry. It is definitely possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. We're here to support you and we have a selection of templates and useful guides to guide you through the process.

Every trip we organise is unique and your itinerary manager will work with you to understand your curriculum and adapt the itinerary to suit your learning objectives. The itineraries featured on our website are just a sample of what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.

You can see examples of the types of accommodation we have available in different destinations on the sample trip pages linked above.

All of our accommodation partners have been chosen based on their suitability for school groups. As a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), you can be certain that all accommodation contracted by us complies with local legislation with respect to fire and general safety, is contracted by trained Halsbury Travel staff or reputable agents, receives a standard audit and risk assessment prior to use by Halsbury Travel and receives a supplementary audit if it is used on five or more occasions in a year.

Your Tour Adviser will discuss your accommodation preferences with you when putting together your tailor-made quote and will assist you in choosing the best accommodation for your budget and requirements.

The Halsbury Difference

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

Rewarding loyalty scheme

Work together with other teachers in your school to save thousands of pounds on future school trips with our multi-trip loyalty scheme!