With the 20th century having had a profound impact on Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland, today they offer an incomparable immersion in the post-war world. Take your students to experience history for themselves as you browse the many interpretive sites and remains from this period on an educational trip. See also how peace, hope and resilience materialize, as you meet hospitable peoples in these attractive cities as much as in their bucolic countryside.
Flight to Berlin
Board your coach and travel to central Berlin. Start your tour of “East Berlin” with a local guide on board to discover some must-sees including the “Brandenburger Tor”, the gate forming an integral part of the Berlin Wall, symbol of the city’s division, and the Reichstag building, a historic building originally built to house the parliamentary assembly of Germany. Then see the Holocaust Memorial where a field of concrete stelae commemorates the deaths of thousands of European Jews in World War II. You will continue your visit with “Potsdamer Platz”, once a major road intersection in the city and crossed by the Berlin Wall. A place to discover which will amaze all visitors. You will also see the Sony-Center, a shopping center whose architecture is one of the most impressive in the capital. Finally, visit the Checkpoint Charlie House Museum, a private museum dedicated to the Berlin Wall. Meals included: Dinner.
After a good breakfast at your accommodation, explore West Berlin on foot and by coach, accompanied by a local guide. You will pass through Kurfürstendamm, Berlin’s most famous avenue with the best boutiques and big box stores. You can admire the Gedachtniskirche, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, a building with an old part of the church destroyed by bombardments as well as a new part built to revive the church. This church is the symbol of the destruction of the Second World War. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time to let students taste the local gastronomy and make their own discoveries in the capital. Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.
Departure by coach to Dresden, capital of the German federated state Saxony. There are archaeological remains on site that suggest an urban presence since the Stone Age. Formerly a princely and royal residence, the city was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War and rebuilt thereafter giving a Baroque and Rococo architectural cachet to the current city. Upon arrival, set off to explore the city’s most beautiful sights with a local guide. Also visit the Church of Our Lady in Dresden which is considered one of the most beautiful Lutheran churches in Germany. Almost completely destroyed during the bombardments, it was entirely rebuilt according to its original architecture in the 1990s and 2000s. At the end of the afternoon, settle into your accommodation and enjoy some free time to walk the streets of this beautiful town. Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.
In the morning, departure to Prague, the capital and the largest city of the Czech Republic. Start your visit with a walk with a local guide to discover Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge crossing the Vltava, today the very symbol of the capital. On the right side of the bank of the Vltava, the Old Town, which is now the historic center. There you will see, among other things, the medieval astronomical clock. At the sound of the hour, watch this engineering monument come to life and pull out your cameras! In the afternoon, continue your tour of Prague, with your guide, in the Malá Strana district to visit Prague Castle. It is one of the largest castles in the world, including within its walls the Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica and the Golden Lane, three historic attractions that shouldn’t be missed. In the evening, head to the Black Theater for a one-hour performance and learn why this world-famous theater is one of Prague’s most representative place of traditions. Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.
After breakfast at the hotel, board your coach and travel first to Kutná Hora. This city, registered since 1995 on the UNESCO World Heritage List, will captivate you with its charm. Its many architectural treasures are to be discovered, including the alleys of the historic center and its medieval remains as well as the remarkable Gothic-style Sainte-Barbe cathedral. Then continue your journey to Brno, the capital of the South Moravian region. Once there, take a stroll with your tour guide to learn more about this city nicknamed “Little Vienna”. Then settle into your accommodation. Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.
This morning you will be back on the road to head to Oświęcim, Poland. In the company of a local guide, take a tour of the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, the largest concentration and extermination camp in the Third Reich. A disturbing and emotional visit that leaves no one indifferent, but a staple of a tragic part of 20th century history. Continue on to Krakow, where you can enjoy a free evening and make your first discoveries of the city after checking in at the hotel. Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.
Following your breakfast, meet a local guide for a sightseeing tour of Krakow on foot and by coach. Visit the old town of this ancient capital, see the Basilica of Our Lady in Krakow, and take a stroll through the Jewish Quarter. Then, visit the exhibit on Oskar Schindler’s heroic deed at Oskar Schindler’s Factory, where he saved the lives of more than a thousand Jews during World War II. The film “Schindler’s List”, rated one of the best films in the world, tells this touching story. After a free time for lunch, continue the guided city tour including Wawel Cathedral, the main church in Krakow and an important shrine for Poland. Your guide will teach you more about the history of the city and about these monuments. Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.
For this final day, board your coach for a departure to the Wieliczka salt mines. As the protection of the heritage and the development of the tourist activity had become incompatible with the exploitation of this mine, its operations ceased in 1996. Visit about 1% of all the rooms of the mine and see the Michałowice chamber, 35 meters high and requiring 20 years of excavation work. Then, after lunch, return to Carcovie for a free afternoon. Take the opportunity to do your souvenir shopping and other visits of your choice. Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.
- Round trip flight as well as airport transfers and taxes
- Coach transportation as indicated in your itinerary
- Local tour guide services
- Activities, visits and meals mentioned on your program
- 3 stars hotel accommodation
- 24/7 emergency phone service
What’s not included
- Meals that are not mentioned on your program
- Personal expenses
- Optional activities
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