Auschwitz School Trip

Krakow, Auschwitz

The Auschwitz school trip is a momentous yet humbling experience, and surely one that you and your children will never forget. No amount of published literature or reconstructed film footage can prepare you for the melancholy and sense of realisation that is felt as you experience an authentic former Nazi concentration camp.

Words often fail to put into practice the scenes which one encounters at Auschwitz; an atmosphere which is dominated by feelings of sombreness, bound to evoke and stir emotion. However, it is these curious feelings that remind visitors, historians and people alike that it is imperative that we never forget the abhorrent atrocities which took place.

A visit to Auschwitz, followed by a visit to Schindler's factory, the Jewish museum and the chance to meet with a Holocaust survivor, all make for a very emotionally-charged journey, but one that undoubtedly benefits your pupils, presenting them with a greater understanding about the harsh realities of life under the Nazi rule.

Meet with a Holocaust survivor…

Meeting with a Holocaust survivor is a truly unique opportunity. This is often the most touching and heartrending element of our Krakow tour, where the stories are accounts of real events, as told by an actual survivor. There are fewer sources of information available where your pupils will find such vivid detail and factual information, which in turn will cultivate your pupils’ knowledge of WW2 in a very exclusive way, whilst simultaneously delivering awareness to the masses of the very harsh realness of life under the unrelenting Nazi rule.

 

Recounting the Holocaust can be a poignant experience, which is bound to leave one with a feeling of mixed emotions. Therefore, we do advise that some focus is directed away from the Holocaust whilst in Krakow.

 

Within Auschwitz school trip, there is the option to incorporate a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. At over 700 years old, this site holds a plethora of history and it is little wonder that it remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in Poland, attracting around 7000 visitors daily. Over the years the mine has proved to be a cornerstone for much of the country’s wealth, and had previously been the pride of numerous Kings.

A journey into the Wieliczka Salt Mine will provide some truly astonishing sights, coupled with an abundance of history that will help you discover and understand the intricacies of mining, along with its importance to both the city and the country.

Your pupils will also meet a local guide who will take them on a journey around the beautiful Old Town and help them discover the history of Krakow and Poland.

This beautiful city is steeped in history, some of which may appear oppressive and saddening, but nonetheless history which can only truly be ascertained by exploring for oneself.

This journey can include:
  • A guided tour of Auschwitz concentration camp
  •  Jewish Museum
  • Schindler’s Factory
  • Krakow Jewish District
  • Meet with a Holocaust survivor
  • Wieliczka Salt Mine guided tour
  • Guided tour of the Old Town
  • Zakopane and Tatra Mountains guided tour

Our workshops and tour itineraries can be designed with you in mind, to ensure we create the best all round learning experience for your pupils. We feel the best way for your pupils get the most from their experience is to work with you side by side, building the perfect learning experience together.  

We know the industry; you know your pupils – together we can create the perfect package for everyone!

For more on our bespoke tours,workshops and events.

Accommodation

We believe that the accommodation for your students must be in a safe and secure environment where they can unwind and enjoy themselves. Where possible and depending on the destination, we use accommodation that has facilities that are perfect for students to relax, unwind and build great friendships. Our accommodation, depending on availability, can include: bowling alleys, football pitches, pool tables, basketball hoops and a disco.

Why Travel With Esprit?

1.- Pre-tour Presentations / Workshops

Every tour comes with a pre-tour option that is unique to your tour. Our unique characters, musical drama performances or guide lectures will really bring the history to life for your pupils.

2.- Local History Focused/bespoke itinerary

Every tour comes with a pre-tour option that is unique to your tour. Our unique characters, musical drama performances or guide lectures will really bring the history to life for your pupils.

3.- Face-to-face Deign Meeting

Every tour comes with a pre-tour option that is unique to your tour. Our unique characters, musical drama performances or guide lectures will really bring the history to life for your pupils.

4.- Personal Tour Developer

Every tour comes with a pre-tour option that is unique to your tour. Our unique characters, musical drama performances or guide lectures will really bring the history to life for your pupils.

5.- Company Guide Throughout

All our tours, unless agreed prior, will be accompanied by a guide throughout. This ensures that your staff can relax and enjoy the experience just as much as your pupils

6. – Curriculum Based Package

Our Packages are based around the curriculum and age of your group. This can help your students apply their experiences with us to their exams and coursework.

7. – Flexible Tour Timings

You know your pupils better than anyone. This is why we allow for flexible timings to allow your students to get the best experience.

8.-  Help to increase interest

We can help you gather interest in your tour by offering a presentation to pupils and parents before booking so they know exactly what they are paying for.

9.- Free staff places

Our tours include free staff places, which will depend on the size of the group. A typical 49 seat coach will consist of 44 paying students and 5 completely free staff.

10. We focus on your pupils

We always put your pupils first! With you, we want to design a package that is designed exactly the way you want for your pupils. You know your pupils, we know the industry – together we can build something special!

"From the onset, it was a very humbling and unique experience. It involved a diverse group of people young and old– from visually impaired students, sighted children, blind veterans, a poet and a missionary, all of whom were from different walks of life, who all shared this fascinating experience together."

Suzy
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Fire Cadets

"The tour was an incredibly well organised trip, which was headed by our tour guide Brian [Esprit Tour Services], who was incredibly knowledgeable and shared many fascinating stories. He was instrumental in making the tour such an emotional journey for many of us.

The fire cadets and myself were very overwhelmed by the experience we had and it will be something that we will cherish forever."

Suzy
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Fire Cadets

"He (the guide) did Esprit proud and we would have no hesitation in recommending your tours to anyone interested."

Mr and Mrs Davies

"Ken (WW1 battlefield guide) was the most interesting person we have met in a long time. He was very knowledgeable about everything to do with WW1 and really brought it all to life for us, his explanations of each site we visited was amazing and it was our great pleasure to visit even though we have no known relatives who took part, it was very surreal to learn the facts and figures of the enormous amount of lost lives."

Mr and Mrs Davies

"Thanks so much for the whole WW1 experience last week. Your company was professional from start to finish and it was helpful and engaging that you asked what we were studying to tailor the workshop to exactly what the pupils needed before reading the books. Your company was punctual, efficient and the relationship you built with the kids was lovely to see. It was an exciting hands-on experience that the pupils learnt a lot from. They particularly loved the artefacts and loved being able to touch ‘something real’."

Miss Fallows
Head of Department

"I am just emailing to say thank you very much for today's sessions. The pupils really enjoyed the presentation and were talking about it for the rest of the day."

Miss Seddon
Head of History

"Esprit provided a wonderful World War 1 presentation for St. Michael's on Wyre Primary School. The room was transformed into a WW1 trench, where the children could experience what life was like for the soldiers. There was a wide variety of authentic artefacts for the children to explore, and the knowledge and professional of staff was second to none.

All of the children learned more about life during the conflict and they were keen to ask questions, which were answered expertly. This kind of presentation brings history to life, being engaging and inspiring"

Mrs Brough
Headteacher

"THANK YOU!

We have had an amazing day at school. The children really enjoyed the presentations and have learned so much."

Mrs Brough
Headteacher

"Esprit tours provided an outstanding service for our recent trip to Ypres . The trip planning and consultation pre-tour was meticulous and delivered with military precision …this was much appreciated given our tour was for blind and partially sighted young people and service veterans"

Dr Patterson
Headmaster

"The tour guide, Brian provided wonderful reflections on the Great War, peppered with intriguing and captivating short stories of individual soldiers serving 1914-1918. He demonstrated a deep knowledge, which was thoughtfully matched to the sights of interest chosen to stop at in relation to the needs of our visually impaired group. The flow of information during the journey brought the trip to life for us. It was encouraging to have post –trip visits by Esprit including for our Armistice assembly. Professional, knowledgeable, thoughtful and caring; thank you Esprit"

Dr Patterson
Headmaster