School trips to Poland

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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.

Activities in Poland that your school group will love

Auschwitz Concentration Camp

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

Schindler's Factory

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

Galicia Jewish Museum

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

Wieliczka Salt Mine

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

Wawel Royal Castle

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

Kazimierz (Jewish Quarter)

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

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

Berlin Cathedral

One of the principal buildings of the nineteenth-century Berlin, the cathedral was completed at the turn of the century and

Berliner Fernsehturm (TV Tower)

Visible from almost any point in the city, the television tower was a flagship of east German architecture. From its

Potsdamer Platz

In the years since German reunification Potsdamer Platz has made a transformation from a swathe of no man's land abutting

Wawel Royal Castle

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

Wieliczka Salt Mine

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

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

Where to visit in Poland

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FAQs

I can’t see the destination I’m looking to travel to, can you still help me with my trip?
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.
Can we have a guided tour of Auschwitz?
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.
How long does the tour of Auschwitz last?
Tours of both Auschwitz sites, Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau, take around three and a half hours.
Is there a dress code when visiting Auschwitz?
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.
Do you offer travel insurance?

We do offer travel insurance as an optional extra - find out more in our travel insurance resource which includes the policy documents and FAQs. 

If you choose not to purchase this insurance through us (which is absolutely fine), just remember that you must have suitable travel and medical insurance in place to cover your group. 

How far ahead should I start planning my trip?

As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your trip 12-18 months before you want to travel.

This gives you plenty of time to get it approved and launched to students and parents.

Planning early will mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options - and it will make paying for the trip easier for families.

Want to travel sooner than this? It's possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. Whenever you're ready to start planning, we'll be here to support you.  And make sure you check out the many trip-planning guides in our resource hub

Can the trip itinerary be adapted to my curriculum and requirements?
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.
What accommodation options are available?
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.

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