Berlin & Auschwitz History School Trips (9 Days)

Visit Berlin & Auschwitz & investigate the reasons behind the Nazi rise to power and how Adolf Hitler maintained his authority through an assortment of oppression and propaganda. We will also consider how Nazi racial beliefs led first to the persecution and then, following the Wannsee Conference, the extermination of minorities, especially the Jews. Our Berlin tours can also be adapted to include locations and topics relating to post-1945 Germany and the Cold War.

If Berlin was at the heart of the Reich, Auschwitz and the other Polish Death Camps were the ultimate manifestation of Nazi ideology.  More than 1.5 million people from across Europe, of various political convictions, ethnic groups, religions, civilians, members of resistance organizations and prisoners of war all met their deaths in gas chambers of Auschwitz.  

This school trip can be tailored to cover your students' specific learning objectives. Please ask to speak to one of our team to discuss your requirements.

 

Itinerary

 

Days One & Two:  Outward Journey

  Reichstag Berlin 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


  • School pick-up (06.00 hours approx) to Dover
  • Ferry to Calais /Dunkirk & onward travel
  • Check-in at accommodation & evening meal
  • Overnight full-board accommodation for one night
  • Depart after breakfast
  • Visit to Bergen-Belsen
  • Three nights' half-board accommodation in Berlin
 
 
 
 
 

Soviet Memorial T34 Tank

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Days Three & Four:  Berlin & Wannsee

 
  • The Reichstag
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • The Soviet War Memorial
  • Pariserplatz
  • Wilhelmstrasse
  • Propaganda Ministry
  • Goering's Air Ministry
  • Unter den Linden
  • Humboldt Library
  • Berlin Wall 
  • Checkpoint Charlie
  • Site of SS & Gestapo Headquarters
  • Topography of Terror
  • Site of Hitler's New Chancellory
  • Site of the Führerbunker
  • Alexanderplatz
  • Karl Marx Allee
  • Holocaust Memorial
  • Wannsee Villa
  • Sachsenhausen
  • 1936 Olympic Stadium
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Days Five to Seven:  Krakow & Auschwitz-Birkenau    

 
  • Travel to Krakow (Day 5)
  • Half-board for two nights
  • Morning of Day 6: Auschwitz
  • Afternoon of Day 6: Birkenau
  • Return to Berlin (Day 7)
  • Half-board in Berlin
 
 
 
Days Eight & Nine:  Return    

 

 
  • Travel to Arnhem (Day 8)
  • Full-board for one night
  • Depart after breakfast for return ferry from Calais / Dunkirk
  • Return to school with evening drop-off
 
 
 
You may also be interested in visits linked to the Cold War......    
  • Hohenschöenhausen Remand Centre • Cecilienhof Palace, venue for the Potsdam Conference
 
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Visits

 

      
  Berlin
     
     
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Themes

 

Types of Location Included:

 

         Main Themes   Holocaust Memorial-Detail
 
 
 

Reichstag Facade

  • The failure of the Weimar Republic & the rise of Hitler
  • Nazi government, SS, Gestapo, concentration camps & propaganda
  • Racial beliefs & the Nuremberg Laws
  • Impact of WWII: Extension of the Reich, Wannsee, the Final Solution & creation of the Death Camps
  • Aftermath of defeat
 
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Curriculum

 

Outward Journey / Pre-Tour

      Brandenburg Gate
 
 
 
  • The Treaty of Versailles
  • The Weimar Republic
  • Hitler & the Rise of Nazism
  • Munich Putsch & Mein Kampf
  • The Wall Street Crash
  • Nazi Electoral Success
 
 

Berlin & Wannsee

     
  • The Failure of Democracy
  • Elimination of Opposition
  • The Totalitarian State
  • The Role of Propaganda
  • Rearmament & Economy
  • Opposition to Nazism
  • Hitler's Role as Führer
  • Anti-Semitism
  • The Nuremberg Laws
  • Kristallnacht
  • Impact of WWII
  • The Final Solution
 
 

Auschwitz & Krakow

     
  • Lebensraum
  • Extension of Anti-Jewish Laws
  • Concentration Camp System
  • Creation of Jewish Ghettoes
  • Beginnings of the Holocaust
  • Creation of the Death Camps
  • The Evolution of Auschwitz
  • Industrialised Genocide
  • Deportations & Selections
  • Conditions at Auschwitz
  • Gas Chambers & Barracks
  • Liberation of the Camps
 
 

Return Journey / Post-Tour

     
  • The Soviet Role in the Defeat of Nazism
  • The Nuremberg Trials
  • Division of Germany
  • The "Iron Curtain"
  • The Cold War
 
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Resources

 

Study Materials Relevant to Your GCSE/National Curriculum KS3   Berlin Olympic Stadium
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Our study materials are designed by teachers with GCSE examining experience.  When you book with us, you will receive a copy of both our student study packs & teachers' notes, free of charge. You can:

 
  • use our study materials exclusively
  • use your own study materials
 
  • use a combination of both your own & our study materials
 
 
The Student Pack Includes  

The Teacher Pack Additionally Includes

 
  • Factual detail on each location visited as well as background information about the war 
  • Maps, illustrations & a time line of main events
  • Eye-witness accounts
  • Tasks, activities & discussion points to provide a focus for each location visited
 
 
  • Further guidance notes giving a broader context to each visit
  • A curriculum matrix linking each location to assessments objectives
  • Differentiated mark schemes for written tasks
 

Integrate with Your Scheme of Work

  Study Materials:  Skills & Concepts  
  • Introductory materials can be used on tour or as part of your pre-tour preparation
  • Study materials are also suitable for post-tour follow-up
 
  • Knowledge, recall & comprehension 
  • Historical concepts
  • Understanding, analysis & evaluation of evidence
 
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Guides

 

Our Guides

   

  Hohenstauffen Watch Tower

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

We believe a study tour is an educational experience best delivered by people with a knowledge and understanding of the educational system & culture. You can discuss learning aims & objectives with your guide so that the tour meets your requirements.

 
  • Our guides are former teachers, excellent communicators & have examining experience.
  • They have organised tours themselves so understand the demands placed on accompanying staff.
  • They have an enthusiasm for imparting knowledge & ideas & engaging with young minds.
 

 

Steve Clarke, BA (Hons), PGCE

   

 

Steve is a former Head of Humanities & prior to retiring was an Assistant Head. Steve joined Galina in 2010, having led school groups as a client for a number of years. His experience includes battlefield tours to the Western Front, RS tours to the Netherlands & a range of UK tours.

Steve has 30 years' teaching experience in secondary schools in Hull.

"As always, Steve, our guide, tailored the tour to suit our needs & adapted his information & stops to meet our requests. Excellent – we have always been very satisfied with the service provided.”  Merchant Taylors' Girls School, Liverpool

  Steve Clarke  

 

Selected & Trained by Galina 

 
  • We have our own training programme to ensure consistently high standards.
  • Our guides up-to-date with current examination specifications & amendments to Key Stage 3.
  • All guides are DBS-checked.
 
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Accommodation

 

Safety

    Topography of Terror
 
 
  • All the accommodation we use regularly is audited following guidelines laid down by the School Travel Forum and incorporated into our Safety Management System.
 
 

Our Most Popular Accommodation 

   
  • 4* Berlin Mark Hotel
  •  2* Citylight Hotel, Berlin
  •  3* Wyspianski Hotel, Krakow
 
 

Certification

   
  • Operating Certificate
  • Fire Certificate
  • Food Hygiene Certificate
  • Pest Control Certificate
 
  • Public Liability Insurance
 

Safety Audit (Main Headings)

   
  • Building Design
  • Fire Alarms
  • Escape Routes
  • Signage
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Fire Equipment
  • Fire Prevention
  • Electrics
  • Security
  • Flooring
  • Glass
  • Gas & Water
  • Lifts
  • Balconies & Balustrades
  • Bedrooms & Beds
  • Pool (where applicable)
  • Food Delivery Areas
  • Storage
  • Stock Rotation
  • Food Handling
  • Pest Control
  • Cleanliness
  • Temperature Control
  • Staff Training
 
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Testimonials

 

Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, Leeds

"Outstanding. In fact AMAZING! The tour was outstanding and I thought the Tour Guide was fantastic in his support and information provided."

 

Christ's School, Richmond upon Thames

"The guide was excellent and the coach driver friendly, helpful and great with the kids."

 

Roade School Sports College, Northampton

"The Final Tour Details are set out in an easy to understand way. The file you send is so useful – especially the pocket at the back and all filed in order is very much appreciated – one less job to do. Great organisation from Helen. Many thanks for your excellent service."

 

Pudsey Grangefield School, Leeds

"Very impressively handled from start to finish by Marlène, our Tour Administrator! Andrew was possibly the nicest coach driver I have ever travelled with. Hotel – once again a fantastic stay and the staff were so accommodating and friendly."

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