The Holocaust

The Holocaust

Poland and the Nazi Death Camps

Experience

4th - 10th April 2019
(7 Days)

Guide : Dr Isabel Wollaston

Tour price: £2,225

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The Holocaust

Poland and the Nazi Death Camps

Experience

Your Holiday Essentials

4th - 10th April 2019
(7 Days)

All of the below tours include return flights from London, 4 star hotels, buffet breakfast, 3-course dinner with drinks each evening, all entrance fees and expert guide throughout.

Activity Level: 1/2

Guide: Dr Isabel Wollaston

Tour price: £2,225

Single supplement: £295
Deposit: £200
Price without flights: £2,100

Booking open

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4th - 10th September 2019
(7 Days)

Guide: Tim Cole

Tour price: £2,225

Single supplement: £295
Deposit: £200
Price without flights: £2,100

Booking open

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16th - 22nd October 2019
(7 Days)

Activity Level: 2

Guide: Dr Waitman Beorn

Tour price: £2,225

Single supplement: £295
Deposit: £200
Price without flights: £2,100

Booking open

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Tour Introduction

In this 7 day tour to Poland, we visit the sites of the former ghettos in Warsaw, Lublin and Krakow alongside four of the concentration and death camps – Treblinka, Majdanek, Belzec and Auschwitz-Birkenau - that played such a significant role in this genocide. We look at the struggle of both the Jews and the Poles against their oppressors, visiting the scenes of the Ghetto Uprising in 1943 and the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. You will see the shift from complete physical destruction of ghetto and camp to the actual remnants due to the rapid advance of the Soviets. However the tour is not limited to the serious and emotive history of the Holocaust, with its clear message for future generations, we also enjoy expert guided tours of the historic cities of Warsaw and Krakow. We sample much of the local culture and visit the world famous salt mine at Wieliczka. Each evening we will dine in a different local restaurant to enjoy a wealth of diverse local cuisine.

Background

Some six million Poles died during the Second World War, half of whom were Jews murdered in the forests in the east of the country or the death camps set up after the German occupation of their country. By far the largest of these was Auschwitz-Birkenau which was the site of over one million deaths, mainly Jews brought here from all over Europe. The smaller, purpose built 'killing' camp of Treblinka where Warsaw's Jews were taken, was said by its commandant SS-Obersturmfuhrer Franz Stangl to be able to murder over 1000 people per hour at its peak. With the positioning of the Majdanek camp on the outskirts of Lublin, the Germans made no effort to disguise the killings, its gas chambers and crematorium being plainly visible to passers-by. The overarching narrative of the tour is about the shift from Polish Jews to European Jews and the evolution of policy from concentration camps to death camps.

Highlights

"All in all an incredibly enriching and moving experience, I am so glad I went with The Cultural Experience. With Tim's vast expertise he brought everything to life. Examining events in chronological order was an amazing way to learn"

Itinerary

Please note that this itinerary is for our 2018 tours and is subject to change in 2019.

Day 1 - Depart

Fly London to Warsaw. Check-in to our central hotel for two nights. Introductory talk.

Day 2 - Warsaw

Guided tour around Warsaw including the Warsaw Rising monument, '44 Rising Museum, Nozyk Synagogue, and the Jewish Cemetery. We walk the 'memorial route to the struggle & martyrdom of the Jews' in the site of the former ghetto.

Day 3 - Treblinka & Lublin

Visit the death camp of Treblinka before driving to Lublin, with its imposing castle/prison which served as a Nazi processing centre. Check-in to our hotel for one night.

Day 4 - Belzec & Majdanek

Visit the concentration camp of Majdanek, where the barracks, guard towers, the only remaining gas chamber that is completely intact and long lines of (formerly) electrified double barbed wire remain just as they were over seventy years ago. Thence to Belzec, the precise location of which was not identified until the 1990s. Check-in to our hotel in Zamosc for one night.

Day 5 - Krakow

This morning we drive to Krakow where take a change of pace and emphasis with a guided tour of the architectural wealth of Krakow's Old Town with its busy street life. Check-in to our hotel for three nights.

Day 6 - Auschwitz and Birkenau

We travel out to the concentration and death camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. To enter the camp of Auschwitz, one passes under the infamous inscription 'Arbeit Macht Frei' mounted upon its main gate, before visiting the exhibitions in the surviving prison blocks. In the afternoon we visit Birkenau, also known as Auschwitz II, the purpose-built camp that had hundreds of barracks and 4 massive gas chambers and functioned as the epicentre of the Holocaust during 1943 and 1944. The day at Auschwitz and Birkenau explores two large camps and will involve a good amount of walking. 

Day 7 - Kazimierz and Wieliczka

Before WW2, some 70,000 Jews lived in Krakow, mostly in the suburb of Kazimierz. We explore this tiny area including the Old Synagogue Museum and there will be an opportunity for an optional unaccompanied visit to Oscar Schindler's Factory. This afternoon we visit the awesome 700 year old salt mine at Wieliczka, its labyrinth of 300km of tunnels revealing chapels, underground lakes and a museum. After an early dinner, we take a late night flight from Krakow to London. 

Recommended Reading List

Photo Gallery

  • Prof Tim Cole at the Ghetto Wall in Krakow
  • Treblinka Memorial
  • The Infamous "work makes you free" gate
  • Oskar Schindler's Desk
  • Prof Tim Cole at Auschwitz
  • POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
  • Majdanek concentration camp mausoleum
  • Group at The Ghetto Heroes Monument
  • Bełżec Camp
  • Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • Auschwitz-Birkenau from the main tower

Your Holiday Essentials

4th - 10th April 2019
(7 Days)

All of the below tours include return flights from London, 4 star hotels, buffet breakfast, 3-course dinner with drinks each evening, all entrance fees and expert guide throughout.

Activity Level: 1/2

Guide: Dr Isabel Wollaston

Tour price: £2,225

Single supplement: £295
Deposit: £200
Price without flights: £2,100

Booking open

click here to book

4th - 10th September 2019
(7 Days)

Guide: Tim Cole

Tour price: £2,225

Single supplement: £295
Deposit: £200
Price without flights: £2,100

Booking open

click here to book

16th - 22nd October 2019
(7 Days)

Activity Level: 2

Guide: Dr Waitman Beorn

Tour price: £2,225

Single supplement: £295
Deposit: £200
Price without flights: £2,100

Booking open

click here to book

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