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History in Krakow

3 & 4 Day Study Experience Tours from £299 per student
Departing: Throughout 2018 & 2019

Krakow is a bustling, vibrant city, with a rich history and well preserved medieval architecture. It also had an established Jewish community until the Nazis arrived in 1939 when it became the capital of Germany's General Government and played a significant part in wartime history.

The city of Kraków lies on the banks of the Vistula River. Its Old Town, along with Wawel Castle and the city’s Kazimierz district were placed on the First World Heritage List, created by UNESCO in 1978. The centrepiece of the Old Town, or Stare Miasto, is Kraków’s Main Market Square, or Rynek Glowny, and its centre is dominated by the Cloth Hall, or Sukiennice, home to the Gallery of the National Museum, the new Underground Museum and numerous arts and crafts market stalls. If you are travelling in December you can visit the wooden stalls of the Christmas Market that surrounds the vast Sukiennice (Cloth Hall). At 40,000 square metres in size, the square is the largest plaza of medieval Europe and one of the world’s finest. The square is lined by grand old houses and is also home to Kraków’s oldest church, St Adalbert and the 15th Century town hall tower, as well as the towering twin spires of the gothic St Mary’s Basilica. Directly to the south of Kraków Old Town is Wawel Hill, where the Royal Castle and Kraków Cathedral are to be found.

Approximately 1½ hours away from the centre of Kraków, Auschwitz was the location of the three largest German Nazi concentration camps and extermination centres. Over 1.1 million men, women and children lost their lives here between 1941 and 1945. Kraków and Auschwitz have since become enduring and deeply moving testaments to the brutality and inhumanity of war.

What the price includes

  • Return Flights to Krakow
  • Return airport to accommodation coach transfers
  • 2 or 3 nights’ accommodation
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Meet & Greet Tour Manager service in Krakow
  • Individually tailored itinerary
  • Educational Visits and Attractions Guide
  • 1 Free Staff place for every 10 students
  • All Government Taxes, City Taxes, Service Charges & VAT
  • 24 hour emergency cover and support

Remembrance Travel for Schools & Young People

A History tour to Kraków can also be booked through our sister brand Remembrance Travel. Accompanied throughout by a Royal British Legion Tour Guide, these dedicated military historians are highly experienced and knowledgeable, and will help bring your tour to life. In addition to your specialist guide, the following is also included at a supplement:-

  • Full Days Coach Excursion (with a packed lunch) to include a guided tour of the Auschwitz & Birkenau Concentration Camps and a visit to the Rakowicki Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery
  • Entrance to Oskar Schindler’s Factory & visit to the Nazi-era Jewish Ghetto (on a walking tour with your guide)
  • Act of Remembrance with a Royal British Legion Wreath & Remembrance Tokens

For more information and a quote call 020 8335 9768 or email

Tour Highlights

Study Experiences can arrange a wide range of visits in Krakow, such as:

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camps

This authentic Memorial consists of the former camps and the post-camp relics, protected by the State Museum which was created in 1947. Your guided tour is conducted by an Auschwitz Memorial guide which ensures efficient movement around the entire Museum grounds and full information about the museum, the buildings and their history, and the exhibitions.

Auschwitz I was used originally to hold those deemed to be political prisoners, while Auschwitz II, also known as Birkenau, was the purpose-built death camp constructed to murder many thousands of European Jewish, Roma and Sinti people.

Instantly recognisable by the haunting train tracks and watchtowers, Auschwitz II-Birkenau was the largest of all the concentration camps in the area. The camp itself has been maintained in the same condition in which the Nazis left it, as a constant reminder of the atrocities that took place. Its size, with its endless lines of barbed wire and watch towers, provides students with an insight into the scale of the Nazi programme, that can only be understood by visiting the camp.

Oskar Schindler’s Factory/Museum

This museum located on the right-bank of Vistula River focuses on life in Kraków pre and post invasion and is located in the former administrative building of Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory at 4 Lipowa Street. The permanent exhibition ‘Kraków under Nazi Occupation 1939– 1945’ is primarily a story about Kraków and its inhabitants, both Polish and Jewish, during World War II.

Nazi-era Jewish Ghetto

On March 21, 1941, the entire Jewish population of 68,000 men, women and children, residing in Kazimierz (Jewish District), were marched across the Silesian Uprisings Bridge and crammed into what was to become known as the Podgórze Ghetto. Liquidated on March 14, 1943, the majority of the Ghetto’s residents were murdered there, while others met death in the nearby Liban quarry and Płaszów concentration camp, or in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Belzec.Traces of the Nazi-era Jewish Ghetto still exist; in the south of the square at Lwowska Street there is a fragment of the ghetto wall with a commemorative plaque. Ghetto Heroes Square, the scene of mass deportations, is dotted with large metal chairs – one for every thousand Kraków Jews. The chairs represent possessions discarded by the deportees and remind today’s passers-by of the displacement of Jews.

Kazimierz (Jewish District)

Located south of the Old Town, Kazimierz was the centre of Jewish life in Krakow for over 500 years, before it was systematically destroyed during World War II. In the communist era it fell into disrepair and gained a reputation for being one of the city’s most hazardous districts. However following the fall of the regime in the 1990’s and worldwide exposure through Steven Spielberg’s film “Schindlers List”, it has continued to develop into a fashionable, bustling district where historical sites, numerous synagogues and Jewish cemeteries reflecting traces of Kazimierz’s Jewish history sit alongside trendy cafés and art galleries, popular among tourists and locals alike.

St Mary's Church

Situated in the north east corner of Krakow’s central Main Square, St Mary’s Church (Church of Our Lady of the Assumption) is considered to be the most famous of all Poland’s churches. Following the Tartar raids in the 13th century the original church was left in ruins but was then rebuilt in Gothic style on the existing foundations and consecrated in 1320. In 1365 a chancel was added followed by large and impressive stained-glass windows, three of which are still in place. By the end of the 14th century the body of the church got its current form of a basilica. The exterior of St Mary’s Church has two towers. In the early 15th century the towers took the iconic form they have today, when the northern “Excubiarum” tower was raised to 80m high and made into a watchtower for the city. The church bells are located in the lower tower at a height of 69 metres. This is the only tower in the world from which a trumpeter has played the Heynal (bugle call) to the four quarters of the globe every hour throughout the whole day for over 600 years.

Rynek Underground Museum

One of the newest attractions in Krakow is the unique Rynek Underground located in the east corner of the Cloth Hall. Opened in 2010 the museum was built on the site of an archaeological excavation that took place over five years. Situated four metres below the main Market Square, visitors can explore the excavated medieval merchant stalls that predate today’s Cloth Hall and are taken on an interactive journey through the city’s entire history from its first settlers right up to the death of Pope John Paul II via high-tech multimedia exhibits.

Royal Wawel Castle

The Royal Castle on Wawel Hill has been home to three dynasties of Poland's monarchs, at the political and cultural heart of Poland through the 16th century, and is an important symbol of Poland.

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Located approximately 10km from the city centre, the Wieliczka Salt Mine is impressive in its size and complexity, visited by more than a million people each year. This unique mining site was placed by the UNESCO on its first World Cultural and Natural Heritage List In 1978 and is the oldest salt mine in the world still in operation.

Further Information

Travel Arrangements

We use the services of airlines such as Easyjet and Jet2. Please see approximate timings below for flights from London (please note that these times are purely for guidance). Flights are also available from a range of UK regional airports for a supplement.

Outbound: Depart London 0920hrs, Arrive Krakow 1245hrs
Inbound: Depart Krakow 1845hrs, Arrive London 2015hrs

Your Accommodation

Your group will stay in one of our carefully selected properties. Our range includes properties such as the Hotel Logos, the Blue Aparthotel, the Hotel Wilga and the Aparthotel Miodowa.

Your Meals

Your package price includes continental breakfast each morning. For lunches and dinners you can choose to make your own arrangements, alternatively your Study Experiences Tours Specialist can pre-book packed lunches or arrange affordable, value for money meals from a selected number of restaurants in and around Kraków.

Your Study Experiences Tour Manager

A Study Experiences Tour Manager will meet your group at the airport, transfer with you to your accommodation for check-in and provide a half day's service/guidance. Additional Tour Manager services can be added to your quote depending on your group's requirements.

Group Size

The prices shown are based on a minimum group size of 20.

Your Choice of Travel Dates

As our Kraków trips are available throughout the year you are able to select travel dates that suit you and your students. Please note that certain dates may carry a supplement to the prices shown. In particular, tours during the Easter Holidays can be prohibitively expensive.

Your Educational Visits & Attractions

To ensure that you make the most of your trip to Krakow your Tours Specialist is able to arrange a wide choice of educational visits, activities and dining options. Full details of everything you might wish to see and do are available in our Krakow ‘Educational Visits and Attractions Guide’.

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