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History School Trips to Krakow, Poland

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Journey to an area that witnessed one of the 20th century’s darkest periods.

Krakow is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with a rich cultural history, but set against the backdrop of the horror of the Holocaust. For centuries it was the capital of Poland and the charming market square and impressive churches are a testament to that importance.

A trip to Krakow is most valuable in helping students to begin to understand the full inhumanity and damage of the Holocaust. A visit to one of the Nazi concentration camps or death camps is essential and the notorious Auschwitz and gas chambers of Birkenau are just a short drive away from the city.

Similarly, the Jewish Quarter is brimming with original sites, as well as a host of museums that will help students discover over 750 years of the country’s rich history.

Bring history to life

A helping hand from a History Tour Guide.
Expert knowledge, an understanding of your students’ educational and social needs and in-the-field assistance are just three of the benefits of opting for a History Tour Guide. We have carefully selected a handful of guides who specialise in various areas of history including WWI, WWII and the Holocaust.

Find out how a guide can enhance your school’s History Trip.

“A fabulous experience for staff and students, well organised, supported and thoroughoully amazing!”

St Ives School, Miss Sarah Smith - Krakow

What other history teachers thought of Krakow…

100% of our clients said they would recommend a Krakow History Trip with Rayburn Tours to another history teacher rating their overall touring experience at 4.8 out of 5. As Mr Russell Williams from The Gateway Academy said, “A trip to Krakow is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to absorb a different culture and to learn where prejudice can ultimately lead.”

Did you know?

In 1939, Poland had the largest Jewish community in Europe of almost 3.5 million. This may be why 70% of the Nazi extermination camps during WWII were located in what is now Poland, including the three most infamous camps: Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka and Belzec.

Almost 1.4 million people visit Auschwitz Birkenau every year.

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Krakow Fact File

Perfect for:
KS4 and KS5 (or equivalent)

Transport options::
Flight or coach

Nearest Airport:
John Paul II International Airport Krakow – Balice

Curricular Links:

  • Modern European History
  • The Early 20th century
  • The Second World War
  • The Holocaust
  • Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries
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Study Visits

Krakow History Study Visits

For students studying the Holocaust, Krakow is the destination for the ultimate History Trip. Although a visit to Auschwitz will undoubtedly be the highlight, there are an array of other visits that help enhance your students’ understanding of this area of the history syllabus. Here are just some of our most highly recommended visits.

Auschwitz Kraków Walking Tour Wawel Hill and Castle Galicia Jewish Museum Schindler's Factory Wieliczka Salt Mine 'Pharmacy under the Eagle' museum
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Krakow Sample Itineraries

Your bespoke itinerary will include the appropriate balance of educational visits and leisure excursions to fill your chosen duration and meet your aims and objectives. Your dedicated School Tour Coordinator will offer advice and recommendations with the sole aim of creating the perfect itinerary for your group, but just to get you inspired, we have outlined the itinerary created for one of our clients below.


4 days,
3 nights

Dates: 24th - 27th March 

Passengers: 24 students and 3 adults

Departure airport: Liverpool Airport

Accommodation: Hotel Wyspianski

Board Basis: Half Board

Overview of visits: Walking tour of Krakow, Auschwitz and Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Schindler's Museum.

Day 1:

After meeting at Liverpool airport for an early flight, the group arrived safely in Krakow. They were swiftly transferred to their hotel, The Wyspianski, for a lunchtime check in and unpacking. With no time to waste it was off for a stroll to the main square for some lunch and the groups' first taste of Krakow. The group were then met by their local tour guide at St Mary's Church in the old town square and spent the remainder of the afternoon on a 4 hour guided walking tour of Krakow old town and the Jewish Quarter, where they learned of the 17,000 Jewish people who were forced to resettle in 1941. It was then back to the hotel for an evening meal and some much needed sleep.

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Day 2:

The day ahead would prove to be an emotional and thought-provoking day as the group headed to Auschwitz and embarked on a 6 hour guided study tour that included both camps Auschwitz and Birkenau. The evening was spent winding down, and reflecting as a group on what they had learned and experienced that day.

Day 3:

The group was rewarded with a small lie in today before departing for the Wieliczka salt mines where they took part in a guided tour of the mines. The group was amazed at the three chapels, and entire cathedral that had been entirely carved out of the rock salt by the miners. It was then off to Schindler's Museum where they would be shown round by their tour guide. The rest of the afternoon was spent at leisure exploring the centre of Krakow where the group saw the Cloth Hall on the Market Square and explored the Jewish Quarter and Wawel Castle before returning to the hotel for an evening meal.

Day 4:

After breakfast the group checked out of the hotel and began their journey home arriving back at Liverpool airport at lunchtime.

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4 days,
3 nights

Dates: Friday 15th February – Monday 18th February

Departure airport: London Gatwick

Passengers: 20 students and 2 adults

Accommodation: Hotel Wyspianski

Board Basis: Bed and Breakfast

Overview of visits: Walking tour of Krakow, Auschwitz and Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Schindler's Museum

Day 1:

The group had an early start to their trip coming from the Isle of Wight and arrived at London Gatwick for an earlier than usual check-in. Upon arrival in Krakow the group travelled directly to their hotel for their rooms to be allocated. Once settled, it was just a short walk to meet up with their guide at St. Mary's Church on the old town square for a 4 hour walking tour of Krakow. The group continued to the CK Dezerter restaurant for their evening meal and spent the rest of the evening at leisure. A busy and educational day had been had by all.

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Day 2:

After breakfast it was off to the Wieliczka salt mines for a guided tour, where they witnessed the skill of the miners who had carved chapels and an entire cathedral out of the rock salt located here. This was followed by lunch and an afternoon spent at Schindler's Museum before continuing on into Krakow for some late afternoon sight seeing and an evening meal at the Western themed Sioux restaurant.

Day 3:

The group spent the day at Auschwitz, taking part in a 6 hour guided study tour of both camps Auschwitz and Birkenau. After an emotional day the group returned to Krakow to wind down over a folklore themed evening meal and show at the Miod I Wino restaurant, before returning to their hotel.

Day 4:

The group returned to the UK on an early morning flight.

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Krakow Accommodation

We have a number of hotels and hostels in and around Krakow which are perfectly suited to school groups. Here are two of our favourites:

Hotel Alexander II

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Similar to Hotel Alexander I, this hotel is located in the city centre and just a 10-minute walk of Galeria Krakowska Krakow Barbican and Florian’s Gate. Just 15 minutes away you’ll find the Main Market Square and Czartoryski Museum.

Featuring 30 rooms which all include free Wi-Fi, LCD TVs and air conditioning, guests are sure to have a comfortable stay. The hotel also has a 24-hour desk and computer station.

Hotel Alexander II
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Wyspianski Hotel

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Named after the painter and poet Stanislaw Wyspianski, this welcoming and friendly hotel is modern and comfortable and is located in the heart of Krakow close to the market square and train station. The hotel has 231 rooms spread over 4 floors each with TV, telephone, wi-fi and hairdryers. There is also a gift shop and restaurant serving Polish and International food. The Wyspianski is fully adapted for disabled students with lifts, ramps, and spacious rooms, all with wide doorways and accessible bathrooms.

Wyspianski Hotel
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  • Private facilities in each room including hairdryer and towels, TV, WiFi

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