Poland at War

Invasion, Resistance and the Holocaust

  • Visit historic Gdańsk, where World War Two began
  • Enter the haunting site of the Treblinka death camp and feel the weight of its dark history
  • Spend time in Oskar Schindler’s former factory in Kraków

If any country experienced the Second World War to its full murderous extent, it was Poland. Fought over and occupied by the totalitarian regimes of Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union, its people endured the most brutal war possible, registering the highest per capita death toll of any combatant nation. It would be in occupied Poland that Nazi Germany would launch its systematic extermination of Europe’s Jews, carried out at extermination camps, such as Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka and Majdanek. Poland became the unwilling stage for the Nazis’ “Final Solution of the Jewish Question”. Alongside the wholesale murder of Europe’s Jews, the Germans also carried out the diabolical persecution of Poland gentile population, thereby spawning the Polish “Home Army” one of the war’s most effective resistance organisations. The Home Army’s Warsaw Rising against the Germans, in 1944, lasted for two months before the insurgents were defeated and much of the capital was razed. We follow the story of this brave attempt to derail one of the most devastating occupations in history. This tour is a cross-country journey that begins with the war’s opening shots at Gdańsk’s Westerplatte, visits the nation’s capital, Warsaw, and culminates at its cultural heart, Kraków. It provides a much-needed overview of a complex, searing, and murderous period.

What's Included

  1. Tour Manager & Guide Lecturer
  2. Meals - Most meals included
  3. Transport - Return flights (UK only) & all local travel
  4. Hand-picked hotels throughout the tour