Contrast the beauty of Krakow, a city rich in medieval grandeur, with an Old Town listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and Kazimierz, an important Jewish Quarter, with the sombre experience of a study tour to Auschwitz. An important and unforgettable visit for anyone.
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- Religious Studies
- Cultural and religious aspects of Krakow's Jewish community
- Understanding the Holocaust and the persecution of the Jews
- Consider the issues of right and wrong
- The largest medieval square in Europe to escape virtually unscathed from WWII
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Krakow, once the capital of Poland and still to this day an important economic hub, is rich in medieval architecture, with the most notable examples present in its beautiful UNESCO-listed Old Town. Spend part of your tour exploring this magnificent city, rich in early European history, from the majestic courtyard of the 14th-century Royal Castle that sits atop Wawell Hill, to the Old Synagogue in the Kazimierz Jewish quarter.
A large part of your visit to this area will be taken up with a study tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, once the seat of power for Germany’s occupying forces. Students visiting Auschwitz will learn of the atrocities of WWII, an essential part of any student’s study, and allow a better understanding of the horrors of the Nazi regime during the Holocaust.
We recommend a 4 day tour to Krakow to really do it justice - please see the "Suggested Itinerary" section of this page. However we can turn this into a 3 day tour subject to flight times, your preferred travel dates and budget.
What is Included
- Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
- 3 nights accommodation in centrally located hotel (multi rooms for students and singles for staff)
- Breakfasts and dinners daily (at hotel)
- Experienced local TCBC guide in Krakow for all included sightseeing
- Schindler's List guided walking tour (approx 4 hrs)
- Entrance fees to Remuh Synagogue and cemetery, Galicja Jewish Museum and Schindler's Factory Museum
- Guided walking tour of Krakow Old Town (approx 3.5 hrs)
- Entrance fee to St Mary's Basilica
- Study tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau by coach (approx 6 hrs)
- Free staff places as requested
- ROOF charity donation
- 24 hour emergency contact numbers
What is not Included
- Flights (see FAQs)
- Medical, trip cancellation / interruption or baggage insurance (see FAQs)
- UK airport transfers (unless requested)
- Public transportation tickets
- Entrance fees (unless stated)
- Gratuities for local guides and drivers (see FAQs)
- Tickets for evening activities (see FAQs)
4 DAYS - AT A GLANCE
- Day oneArrival, check in, dinner
- Day twoSchindler's List tour, Kazimierz Jewish Quarter, Krakow Old Town
- Day threeAuschwitz-Birkenau study tour
- Day fourWieliczka Salt Mines, flight home
KRAKOW 4 DAYS
The suggested itinerary below is based on our most popular school tour to Krakow but is fully customisable to suit your needs. Most groups visit Krakow because of its proximity to Auschwitz-Birkenau, but the town of Krakow itself does have a lot to offer school tours including guided walks around the UNESCO Old Town and the Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz. If Auschwitz is the main aim of your trip it is possible to turn this into a 3 day visit. Please contact us to discuss your needs further and to get a free quote.
DAY 1 ARRIVAL DAY
Fly to Krakow and transfer by coach to your hotel for check in and dinner.
DAY 2 SCHINDLER'S LIST TOUR, KRAKOW OLD TOWN WALK
Today begins with a guided walking tour following in the footsteps of Oskar Schindler and the Schindler Jews. Walk around Kazimierz, Krakow's former Jewish quarter made famous thanks to Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List, a movie which has played a significant part in regenerating interest in this area. Before World War II Poland housed the largest Jewish community in Europe and Kazimierz has become a symbol of Jewish history in Poland. Retrace the history of Krakow's Jews and see the remains of their culture that once flourished here. Discover Szeroka Street, the Old Synagogue, Remuh Synagogue and the 16th century cemetery. Tour the Galicja Jewish Museum which commemorates the victims of the Holocaust and celebrates the Jewish culture of Polish Galicja. Then cross the Vistula and see the Ghetto area and Schindler's Factory Museum which is dedicated to the life of Schindler, the fate of his Jewish workforce and life during the Nazi occupation of Krakow.
This afternoon, another guided walking tour shows you the beauty of Krakow, the royal city and cultural capital of Poland. Discover the Old Town, a UNESCO listed area, and admire all the highlights - the main Market Square (the largest medieval square in Europe), the resplendent St Mary's Basilica with the biggest medieval altar in Europe, Cloth Hall (famous among souvenir hunters) and Wawel Hill with the magnificent Royal Castle and Cathedral – the main Coronation church of Polish kings. You will also visit the students’ quarter to see the oldest Polish university – the Jagiellonian University and the marvellous courtyard of the Collegium Maius building.
Return to the hotel for dinner.
DAY 3 AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU STUDY TOUR
Travel west today to Auschwitz-Birkenau for a guided tour of the largest of the Nazi's concentration camps where the mass killing of more than 1 million people took place during World War II. See the exhibition in the brick blocks where prisoners were kept, the gas chambers and the crematorium. Then head to the largest camp, Birkenau (Auschwitz II), and see the Gate of Death, the wooden barracks and the Victims' Memorial. The exhibitions are extremely thought provoking and you leave with a much better understanding of the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime during the Holocaust.
Return to Krakow for some free time, then to the hotel for dinner.
DAY 4 RETURN HOME
Activities today will depend on the flight times. If you have an afternoon flight, we suggest you visit the famous UNESCO Wieliczka Salt Mines in the morning (approx 7 miles south east of Krakow). For centuries salt was the source of Poland's wealth and this is the oldest mine, lying on nine levels under the town of the same name. Discover salt chambers, lakes and even the famous St Kinga's Chapel with its magnificent decorations carved in salt. The mines are well developed for tourists with underground souvenir shops, cafes and even a post office! Later on transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Our Krakow school tours are very busy. There is little time to add any additional services - a lot will depend on the timings of your flights on arrival and departure days. Please see below for ideas on how to fill your evenings.
Dinner and Dumplings
Take part in a hands-on workshop as a local chef shows you how to make traditional Polish dumplings. First comes the pastry, then different kinds of filling as each participant dons an apron and makes their very own dumplings. You will then have a 3 course dinner based on traditional Polish cuisine, including eating the dumplings you have made. After dinner there will be a brief lecture on Polish cuisine and traditions.
Jewish Evening - Dinner and Concert
Enjoy a cultural evening in a restaurant in the old Jewish Quarter of Krakow's Old Town as you listen to a concert of Jewish Klezmer Music whilst feasting on a 3 course dinner. Klezmer is a musical tradition of the Ashkenazic Jews of Eastern Europe.
Dine at a local restaurant and enjoy your very own folk show with a live band and dancing!
Krakow's Aquapark is one of Europe's greatest. Featuring attractions such as saunas, water massage, jacuzzis, climbing walls and 800 meters of twisty slides.
Cinema City (Zakopianka)
Films will be in the original version with Polish subtitles.
Fantasy Park is located in the lively Plaza shopping centre and a good option for groups who want to bowl or play billiards.
Krakow has an excellent range of accommodation at good prices for you to take advantage of. Listed below are the ones we make use of the most. If you have any preferences please let us know.
RT Galicya is situated about 4 km from the historic centre of Krakow with convenient transport connections (10 mins by tram). A convenient location, the hotel offers a spacious interior, comfortable accommodation and experienced, friendly staff. With 63 rooms it is perfectly equipped to welcome our school groups.
Atrium Hotel is a 3 star hotel located in the heart of Krakow's Old Town, within walking distance of most major sights including St Florian's Gate, the Barbican, the Royal Route, the Town Hall in Market Square, Cloth Hall, St Mary's Church and Wawel Hill. Built in 2001 and completely renovated in the years since, Atrium Hotel provides guests with a homely atmosphere, secure and comfortable surroundings and friendly service.
This modern, 2 star hotel is well located with excellent road and public transport links to the city centre. It is just a 10 minute drive from Krakow Old Town and 12 minutes from Krakow Airport in Balice. The hotel has 107 bedrooms, each one contemporary and functional in its design, with a private bathroom, TV and free wifi. Traditional, freshly prepared Polish and Italian food is served in the Rosso Nero Restaurant from early in the morning until late at night. Breakfast is offered as a buffet and lunches and dinners are a la carte. There is also the Lobby Cafe Bar, situated between the reception area and restaurant, where you can relax after a busy day of sightseeing. The Quality System represents excellent value and our schools are always warmly welcomed by the friendly and helpful staff.
Below are some handy links to help you plan your trip to Poland. If you find a broken link or have a good addition to this section, please let us know. Please note that we are not responsible for the content of any external links.
Advice from the British Foreign Office on travel to Poland
Vaccination information for people travelling to Poland from the UK
The NHS site dedicated to Healthcare abroad with handy tips and information on the free European Health Insurance Card
A wealth of information about Poland from a geographic perspective
Information on what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint whether at home or when you are travelling.
How do I get more information or make a booking?
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Where can I find your booking conditions?
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Are flights included and what is your ATOL number?
Yes, ATOL 10834
What is your free staff ratio?
We normally include 1 free staff place for every 10 paying participants, but we are flexible with this. Please contact us for more details.
Can you arrange travel insurance?
A fully comprehensive school group travel insurance is included in our quote. If your school provides you with your own policy then of course you are welcome to take advantage of that however, please note that no cost will be deducted from the tour price by using your own insurance. If you do decide to opt out from our policy, we will need to see a copy of your cover before departure. For more information please see our booking conditions, clause 10.
What is my luggage allowance?
Each airline has different policies on luggage allowance and it is best to visit your airline’s website to check the latest allowance. Here are some of the most popular airline links:
What are the current hand baggage restrictions?
This handy site details what you can and can't carry in your hand baggage, including current restrictions on the quantities of liquids and size and type of hand baggage allowed.
Where can I get the latest travel advice?
For the latest travel advice please visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website
Will I need any vaccinations?
Please click here for up to date travel health information provided by the NHS.
What money should I take?
It is wise to take some złoty with you to Krakow, this will save the whole group needing to withdraw money on arrival, although ATM’s are not difficult to find.
What is the current exchange rate?
Please see this handy currency converter for the latest rates
How much should we budget per day?
All breakfasts and dinners are included, so you will only need additional money for lunches and snacks as far as meals are concerned. We suggest allowing around £5-£10 per person per day to cover this and allowing for any money for souvenirs your students may wish to buy.
Do we need to tip anybody?
We ask that you recognise the service your receive from your local guides and drivers. We will provide you with a gratuity guideline in our quote.
Are there any hidden expenses?
Never. Our aim is to include as much as possible in our quotes so you can work out exactly how much money your students will need in Krakow. There will be no hidden costs on tour - everything will be explained clearly beforehand. There are, however, some items we cannot include this far in advance, for example tickets for evening activities, as these are dependent on schedules and ticket availability which we usually will not know until two months before departure. Nearer your departure time we will look at all the options for your group and inform you of ticket prices. The only other items your students will need extra money for in Krakow will be their lunches, snacks, public transportation tickets and any souvenirs they may wish to buy. Gratuities are not included, but we suggest you collect this money in advance of departure.
Do you organise UK airport transfers?
Yes we do. Just let us know of this requirement at the outset.
How will we get around Krakow?
Krakow is very compact and much of your time will be taken up with walking tours. When you visit Auschwitz you will go by coach.
What is the time difference between the UK and Poland?
Poland is GMT +1hr
Do I need to take an adaptor plug?
You will need to take a two pin adaptor plug for Poland
What clothes should we bring?
If visiting over the autumn and winter months it is advisable to prepare for the worst and pack a good warm coat, hat, scarf and gloves, plus a water proof jacket and sensible shoes. Remember you’re likely to be outside a great deal as well as walking between sights of interest. Layers are best.
If travelling in spring and summer it is possible to pack lighter clothing, however always be prepared for the rain. Again, sensible footwear is essential.
Will there be hairdryers in the rooms?
Some hotels provide hairdryers in some rooms. Please check with us before departure. We would suggest where students are sharing a room they take one or two hairdryers between them.
What will the food be like?
Unless otherwise stated in your quote all breakfasts and dinners will be included. These are usually of a buffet style meaning that there will be various options to suit all tastes, but this is accommodation dependent. We will take details from you of any special dietary requirements to ensure that meals are arranged with these requirements in mind. Lunches are usually bought individually whilst on tour and your guide will suggest a range of establishments close to the group’s meeting spot to allow students and staff to find something to suit them.
Checklist of essential items to bring
- Photocopies of passports
- Spending money
- Standard European continental power adaptor 220v
- Camera (perhaps suggest not to bring expensive video cameras)
- Hairdryers if not supplied by your hotel
- Toiletries and travel tissues
- Medications and supporting prescriptions or letter from your GP
- Food supplements if you are on a special diet
- Small suitcase and daypack