History Study Trips to Poland
Post War Recovery
From beaches to ski slopes, and culture to history, Poland is a unique History study trip destination. Krakow Old Town was one of the first ever urban towns to become a UNESCO heritage site, and it isn’t hard to see why. Mazes of cobbled alleys, historic merchant houses and huge squares edged by medieval churches and ancient buildings. Just south of Old Town is Kazimierz, the Jewish Quarter. Steeped in history, this seemingly crumbling area is a hub of local life. A city tour here will include entrance to the synagogue; a place of worship and hope for local Jewish people for over 100 years.
Building hope from History
Poland was one of the worst affected areas of the Holocaust. The location of the harrowing Auschwitz Concentration Camp, and the home of Oskar Schindler, Krakow is the best place to see the real effects the Nazi regime had on the population. The city shows visitors explicitly the affect the atrocities had on the country and its people. However, it is also a place of hope. From great adversity came great strength and this city is a testament to that.
A 4-hour drive away from Krakow is Poland’s capital, Warsaw. A walk around this broad city demonstrates its turbulent history. It was once named one of the most beautiful cities in the world, until 85% of its buildings were destroyed in WWII. Not letting it beat them, the city rebuilt itself. As a result, the architecture is a jumble of gothic palaces, modern offices and communist concrete blocks; a visual display of how the city has changed. A city tour here will explore the effects WWII and communism have had, and how that has shaped what it has become. It also celebrates the successes of its people. A visit to the Marie Curie Museum explores how this Nobel Prize-winning trailblazer, conducted her research on radioactivity and its ability to treat cancer.
What to do in Poland?
There are so many activities for students to enhance and enrich their History studies. Here we have some excursions we can include in a bespoke itinerary.
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Below are some sample itineraries for a History study trip to Poland. All itineraries can be tailored your students needs.
The quickest way to get to the cities of Poland is by flying. Using low cost airlines, we can get you there from almost anywhere in the UK. There is also the option of hiring a coach to drive you over the continent. We can arrange travel to and from the school gates including both coaching and ferry crossings. We will tailor travel arrangements to any group’s requirements.
Where to Stay
Hotel Astoria This 3* hotel is situated in the heart of the Jewish Quarter. Offering buffet breakfasts, packed lunches and dinner options in the dining area, this hotel caters for all requirements. The Internet is available in social areas and it is fully adapted for wheelchair access.
Hotel Wyspianski Centrally Located in Krakow, this hotel is perfect for groups with a busy itinerary. It offers a fantastic breakfast buffet as well as additional options such as packed lunches, dinners, free WI-FI and meeting rooms. It is also fully adapted for those in wheelchairs or with special access requirements.
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When to visit Poland?
Poland can be visited any time of the year.
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