The Secrets of Third Reich

KRAKOW & SCHINDLER’S FACTORY  • AUSCHWITZ – BIRKENAU  • WROCLAW •  SECRET RIESE MINES •  KSIAZ CASTLE • WIELICZKA SALT MINE

Day 1

Arrival in Krakow. Our guide greets the group at the airport. Private coach transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay.

Day 2

Morning:  we follow the story of Oskar Schindler and the Schindler’s Jews. All the history shown in the Schindler’s List movie took here, in Krakow. We visit Kazimierz, the old Jewish town in Krakow, which became world famous thanks to the film, “Schindler’s List”, made here by Steven Spielberg. We discover the remains of the Jewish culture: the Old Synagogue, Remuh synagogue and the cemetery, Tempel synagogue, the old-fashioned crooked streets and the birthplace of Helen Rubinstein. During the tour we visit the Galicja Jewish Museum with the impressive photo exhibition. After the break we follow the traces of the Holocaust: the Ghetto Square & the famous Schindler’s Factory (guided tour of the Museum). Lunch break.

Afternoon: we stroll around the Old Town of Krakow (UNESCO). We explore all its highlights: Main Market Square (the largest medieval square in Europe), splendid St. Mary’s Basilica (with the biggest medieval altar of Europe!), the Cloth Hall (famous among souvenirs hunters) and the Wawel Hill with the magnificent Royal Castle and the Cathedral – the main Coronation church of the Polish kings.

Day 3

Morning: we go to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, where we get to know the facts about the frightening plan of building the Factories of Death. We visit Auschwitz, where we see the exhibition in the brick blocks (where the prisoners were kept), the gas chamber and the crematorium. Then we go to Birkenau (Auschwitz II), the largest Nazi extermination camp. Here we see the Gate of Death, the unloading ramp and the wooden barracks. After lunch break we continue to Wroclaw (4 h drive).

Afteroon: arrival in Wroclaw. Dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Wroclaw.

Day 4

Morning: The secrets of the Giant – a full day trip to the secret Reise mines (in German: a Giant).
We visit the amazing underground mines excavated in the Sowie Mountains during World War II. Hundreds kilometers of underground tunnels, chambers and installation systems are the remains of the secret plan (cryptonym Riese) of Hitler. It was probably built as Hitler’s main underground headquarters, or a weapons factory , or the laboratories. For sure the Riese project was one of Hitler’s largest undertakings! We visit part of the whole complex: shafts in Włodarz ( during the tour we have an underground boat ride here ) and the Underground Mine Osówka. We also see the exhibition of military vehicles, and in a military tent we enjoy the soldiers’ delicacy: bean soup.

Afternoon: we go to Książ, where we admire the magnificent castle, one of the largest in Poland. It is often called the Pearl of the Silesia region. We have a tour of the castle and a stroll through the beautiful gardens here. During World War II in the Nazis built  secret tunnels, chambers and  shafts for transporting cars under the castle. It was  probably another of Hitler’s headquarters or the command centre for the Riese project. Return to Wroclaw . Dinner & overnight.

 

Day 4

Morning:  sightseeing of the Old Town of Wroclaw. We see Ostrów Tumski (The Cathedral Island), the medieval churches and the Episcopal Palace. We walk around the picturesque medieval Square with the magnificent gothic Town Hall. In 1944 Wrocław was proclaimed to be a  German Fortress with the number of German citizens up to one million. During the tour we learn about the secrets plans which  Hitler connected with Wroclaw city.

Afternoon (approx. 13.00) departure for Krakow & Wieliczka Salt Mine.  to see one of the oldest and biggest Salt Mines in Europe (UNESCO). During the underground tour we discover treasures of the mine: chambers, lakes, chapels, including famous St. Kinga’s Chapel with its magnificent decoration carved in salt. Return to Krakow. Dinner, overnight stay.

Day 5

After breakfast we leave for the airport

OPTIONS:  departure from the Wroclaw airport.