Understanding the Holocaust Berlin and Krakow

6 days/5 nights

Overview

6 days/5 nights

This twin centre history tour to Berlin and Krakow gives a deeper historical perspective on what life was like in Berlin Under Hitler’s Rule under the Nazi regime as well as the experience in Krakow under Nazi occupation finishing at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp where the Nazis' Final Solution was turned into reality.

Your pupils will stand on the site of the Burning of the Books at Bebelplatz, hear about the Reichstag Fire of 1933 whilst exploring the Dome and terrace and learn about brutal efficiency of the SS and the Gestapo at the Topography of Terror. The tour continues to Krakow with a guided walking tour of the former Jewish community of Kazimierz, a visit to Schindler's Factory Museum and finally a full-day’s study visit with guide at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp.

I have organized many trips with Key Stage and have always enjoyed the relationships with staff and the ease of the process.

Key Stage are an excellent tour provider. The whole process is stress-free and the company has a far more laid back and understanding approach compared to other providers I have booked with in the past.

DP, John Frost School

Curriculum focus

  • AQA GCSE History A: Unit 2D Germany 1919-1945
  • OCR GCE History B: Debates about the Holocaust
  • WJEC: Nazi economic, social and racial policy, Terror and Persuasion, Hitler’s foreign policy

What's included in the trip?

  • Return flights from the UK
  • Arrival transfer from Berlin airport
  • Overnight transfer from Berlin to Krakow
  • Departure transfer to Krakow airport
  • Accommodation on a Half Board basis
  • Guided Walking tour of Berlin
  • Guided Walking tour of the Jewish Quarter
  • Guided tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp
  • Entry to Schindler’s Factory Museum
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Vamoos Travel App
  • Free itinerary planning and visits booking service
  • Comprehensive travel pack
  • 1:10 leader place ratio

Sample itinerary

  • Day 1

    Flight to Berlin. Transfer to accommodation. Visit the Brandenberg Gate and the Reichstag Dome and Terrace. Evening meal and activities at accommodation.

  • Day 2

    Breakfast at accommodation. Meet guide for Third Reich tour of Berlin visiting the WW2 Memorial Church, Air Defence Ministry, Propaganda Ministry, Holocaust Memorial, Bebelplatz (Burning of the Books).

    In the afternoon visit the Topography of terror exhibition (former HQ of the Gestapo and SS)

    Evening meal at accommodation. Board coach for overnight travel to Krakow

  • Day 3

    Meet guide for walking tour of the Jewish Quarter. Finish tour at Schindler’s Factory Museum for the exhibition “Life Under Nazi Occupation 1939-45. Evening meal at hotel.

  • Day 4

    Breakfast at hotel. Board coach and drive to Auschwitz-Birkenau for full day guided tour. Evening meal at hotel and visit Rynek Glowny by night.

  • Day 5

    Breakfast at hotel. Board coach and transfer to airport for return flight to UK.

Accommodation

Enhance your trip

  • Housed in the Bendlerblock, former headquarters of the Weimar, this exhibition focuses on Von Stauffenberg, but also has rooms devoted to other elements of resistance. Groups have a guided tour.
  • An architectural icon in its own right, the Jewish Museum offers themed guided tours about Jewish life and culture in Germany.
  • The former concentration camp on the outskirts of Berlin served many purposes. Used first as a pure concentration camp, it later also contained a Gestapo prison, a small camp for Jewish prisoners who forged currency notes and other items, and later still Soviet prisoners of war. It contains both a “medical research” section and the remains of a gas chamber. Guided and audio tours are available.
  • This exhibition relates in non-specialist terms the history of the city from its founding to the present day. It contains a Cold War nuclear bunker which our groups visit.
  • The central institutions of Nazi persecution and terror were located on these grounds. The exhibition tells the story of these organisations and a guided tour can be arranged.
  • This is important only for one day in history, on 20 January 1942 Reinhard Heydrich led a meeting of those who would need to be involved in executing the Final Solution, which Hitler had decreed 12 December 1941. Today the house contains an exhibition detailing the steps to the Holocaust. Groups will have a guided visit.
  • This was created as one of the five main ghettos by Nazi Germany and was a staging point where ‘able workers’, who were sent to Plaszow Labour Camp, were separated from those who would be killed or sent to Auschwitz. Schindler’s Factory can still be seen here, which is now home to a museum.
  • Built for the 1936 Olympics, this is an excellent example of Nazi architecture. Guided and self-guided tours available.
  • The Galicia Jewish Museum exists to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and celebrate the Jewish culture of Polish Galicia. Meeting with survivors is, for many of our groups, the highpoint of their entire educational tour. Stories told by elderly people who have been through so much make an impact on young people and alter their outlook.