Poland: Auschwitz, Kraków and Warsaw

To plan and arrange your tour, call us on: 01709 385500

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Although it has seen an enormous amount of tragedy, Poland is now a vivacious country and this tour takes in much of the cultural and scenic interests as well as studying and remembering the Holocaust.

Krakow, Poland
Krakow, Poland


A visit to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps will leave a lasting impression. If your school group has already visited the House of the Wannsee Conference in Berlin, it will bring home the enormity of the decisions made in that beautiful setting. English-speaking guides will escort your group.

Teacher’s Guide and Student Notes cover the historical background to the Holocaust and the visit to the camp.

During your visit, it is possible to stay in the Polish town of Oswiecim at the International Youth Hostel, about one mile from the Auschwitz Camp. The hostel is run as a joint German-Polish venture and needs booking well in advance, as it is very popular with European school groups.



A tour can be arranged with a return flight to Warsaw and spending a day in this beautifully rebuilt city, taking in an English speaking guided tour telling the story of the Warsaw Ghetto. Warsaw has been reconstructed and is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Monument. From Warsaw’s central Market Square, narrow streets lead to medieval walls, the Barbican, St John’s Cathedral and the Royal Castle.

After a night in Warsaw, transfer to the rail station and take a direct intercity express to Kraków, where you will be met by coach and stay in Kraków for three nights before returning by train to Warsaw for the flight home.

Wawel Castle Krakow


The city is about a half-an-hour drive from Auschwitz. Kraków has a delightful old town and after the bleakness of Auschwitz a visit here is highly recommended. The Jewish Quarter still survives and it is possible to visit a synagogue and Jewish Cemetery. One synagogue has been converted into a Jewish Museum, giving insight into the Jewish religion and then the story of the holocaust in both Kraków and other parts of Poland.

Kraków is the old capital of Poland and managed to escape destruction during WW2. At one end is the Wawel, a castle built on a hill, and in the centre of the main square is the imposing Cloth Hall. At the north end of the town is the Barbikan and the remains of the medieval city walls with four towers. An optional trip to the salt mines outside Kraków can be included.

Old Town
Krakow Old Town

Suggested Itineraries

Krakow & Auschwitz - 4 day tour from £450 per person

Although it has seen an enormous amount of tragedy, Poland is essentially a vivacious country, and we see much of the cultural and scenic interests, as well as studying and remembering the Holocaust.

Our suggested itinerary to Krakow and Auschwitz includes:

  • Flights from a UK airport to Krakow with EasyJet or British Airways
  • Return airport transfers in Krakow
  • Three nights half board hotel accommodation in Krakow
  • City tour of Krakow by coach with English speaking guide
  • Admission to Wawel Cathedral, the Royal Tombs, Sigimond’s Bell & St Mary’s Church
  • Visit to Aushwitz by coach including English guide
  • Visit to Birkenau by coach including English guide
  • Visit to Wieliczka Salt Mines by coach with English guide
  • Visit to Galicia Jewish Museum including meeting with a Holocaust survivor
  • Visit to Schindler’s Factory
  • Exclusive teachers information booklet and student guides (compiled in co-operation with a Chief Examiner in GCSE History at EDEXCEL).
  • Tour Manager to assist throughout with your tour planning
  • Small student back packs
  • Bag for Tour Leader

You could also look at including other visits, all they have to do is let us know their requirements and we can build them into the itinerary.

Jacqui Shaw - Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours

Expert guidance and planning

Here at Holts, we believe that Battlefield Tours are an important part of how a student learns about history, and perhaps even themselves. We have passion, experience and the knowledge to help make the most of your Battlefield Tour and make it an experience for your students to remember for a lifetime.

Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours, Jacqui Shaw, was educated at Reading and Cambridge, and has worked as a teacher for over 20 years. Inspired to learn more after visiting the Battlefields herself on a school tour, she has been returning ever since and is excited to be able to bring the experience to new generations of students. With Holts, we seek to bring history to life, understand the past, and ensure a memorable and rewarding Battlefield Tour for your students.

To arrange and plan your tour, call us on 01709 385500