Religious Studies Trips to Krakow
The horror of the treatment of the Jewish population under Nazi rule cannot be overstated. During a study visit to Krakow your learners can follow the Jewish experience, from the Kazimierz district which formed the Krakow Ghetto to the Final Solution at Auschwitz-Birkenau. A Guided sightseeing tour of Krakow old town will take in some of the major sights including Kazimierz, the former Jewish quarter, Remuh and Isaac Synagogues, Wawel Cathedral, St Mary’s Church and Collegium Maius.
Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.
|1||Check in to UK airport for flight to Krakow||Arrive and transfer to your accommodation||Guided Walking Tour of Krakow|
|2||Visit to the Galicia Jewish Museum to meet a Holocaust Survivor||Guided visit to the Salt Mines||Evening meal in a local restaurant|
|3||Visit to Auschwitz - Birkenau Concentration Camp||Visit to Wodny Waterpark||Evening meal|
|4||Guided Tour of Schindler's Factory||Transfer to Krakow airport for return flight||Arrive UK, onward travel to school|
|Morning||Check in to UK airport for flight to Krakow|
|Afternoon||Arrive and transfer to your accommodation|
|Evening||Guided Walking Tour of Krakow|
|Morning||Visit to the Galicia Jewish Museum to meet a Holocaust Survivor|
|Afternoon||Guided visit to the Salt Mines|
|Evening||Evening meal in a local restaurant|
|Morning||Visit to Auschwitz - Birkenau Concentration Camp|
|Afternoon||Visit to Wodny Waterpark|
|Morning||Guided Tour of Schindler's Factory|
|Afternoon||Transfer to Krakow airport for return flight|
|Evening||Arrive UK, onward travel to school|
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Reasons to Visit
To understand the central role that Catholicism still holds in contemporary Poland, the Czestochawa Monastery is one of the world's greatest places to pilgrimage as people flock to see its famous icon, the Black Madonna, reproductions of which exist in almost every Polish church.
Galicia Jewish Museum
Housed in a renaissance synagogue this museum is a rich collection of Judaica dedicated to Jewish heritage and is one of the best in Central Europe.
Guided sightseeing tour of Krakow
Half day walking tour of the Old Town takes in some of Krakow’s major sights, including Kazimierz – the former Jewish quarter, Remuh and Isaac Synagogues, Wawel Cathedral, St Mary’s Church and Collegium Maius.
Kazimierz: Jewish Quarter
Kazimierz was the historical centre of Krakow’s Jewish religious and social life and was incorporated into Krakow in the 18th century. The tour takes you to the most important monuments in this area including the Old Synagogue, the Remuh Synagogue and Remuh Cemetery.
Wawel Castle & Cathedral
The Wawel Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill was built at the time of Casimir III the Great, who reigned from 1333 to 1370. It is the most historically and culturally important site in Poland. The castle is a combination of Medieval Romanesque, Renaissance styles all brought by different rulers and houses extremely valuable museum collections.
The Cloth Hall in the Old Town Square was built in the 1550’s is one of the most distinctive sights in Krakow. Once the main focus of Krakow’s trade, the hall is still used today with stalls and shops on the ground floor. A great place to purchase trip souvenirs!
Folklore Evening with Dinner, music and Dancing: Held in a cellar restaurant your students will experience an atmospheric evening enjoying traditional Polish cuisine accompanied by folklore music and dancing.
Auschwitz was etched forever in the history books when it became the chosen site of the largest death camp in the Third Reich. Between 1.1 million and 1.5 million people were exterminated here as part of the Nazi Final Solution. Visit the brick blocks where prisoners were kept, the infamous gas chambers and the crematorium. Although harrowing, this exhibition is thought provoking and poignant and arguably an essential visit for students no matter what they study.
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wieliczka is one of the oldest salt mines in Europe, which has been working for over 700 years. The oldest part of the mine has been opened to the public as a museum. A tour of the mine takes in the galleries, chambers and chapels on three upper levels, between 64 and 135 metres below ground. All exposed figures and monuments are carved of salt. The high-light is the richly ornamented Chapel of Blessed Kings.
Day trip to Zakopane
Zakopane, the winter capital of Poland is located about 100km south of Krakow, close to the Slovak border and on the edge of the Tatra Mountains National Park. It has gradually evolved from a little village, to the region's primary health-resort and the undisputed winter capital of Poland. It is popular for activities such as skiing, mountaineering and tourism.
Water Parks and IMAX Theatre
There is an IMAX theatre in Krakow as well as Water Park Wodny which is Polands biggest indoor aquapark and offers slides, flumes and wave pools. Both these visits are often booked after a visit to Auschwitz to offer your students some light relief.
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The meal in Krakow at the restaurant was excellent and I would highly recommend there for future groups as the quality of food was excellent (Browar Lubicz). Maricourt Catholic High School
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A very well organised itinerary that worked very well for the group and fitted very well with our curriculum. The Skinners School
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