Krakow 2018

Date: 30 October to 3 November 2018 
Venue: Krakow, Poland
Age: 14 to 17 years
Cost: £200
Closing Date: Monday 16 July 2018

VICTA will be hosting an international trip for 14 to 17 year olds to the fascinating city of Krakow in Poland. We are planning an exciting itinerary exploring the historical sites in and around this medieval city. Attendees will enjoy a walking tour along the Royal Route visiting churches and cathedrals which document the country’s architectural history. The tour takes us to Wawel Castle, once the political heart of Poland.

Before becoming the vibrant cultural centre it is today Krakow has undergone a history of oppressive regimes and wars. To help comprehend its history we will be visiting Auschwitz, a concentration camp well known for the part it played in World War II. Now transformed into a lasting reminder of the past and a memorial to the people who suffered within its walls, this is sure to be a moving and informative experience.

Also on the itinerary is a trip to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, where we will walk the maze of eerie underground chambers, exploring hand-crafted salt sculptures and underground lakes over 600 years old.

Along the way we will be immersing ourselves in Polish culture and will be sure to sample the traditional cuisine. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a culinary workshop and learn how to make Polish dumplings!

We will also have the opportunity to experience a Vistula River cruise tour with an English audio guide and embrace the stunning views and history that Krakow has to offer. The river cruise will be followed by a Polish folk show which will be accompanied with the group having dinner overlooking Kryspinow Lake.

The contribution required towards this trip is £200 which will cover flights, accommodation, breakfast and all the organised activities. You will require spending money for lunch, dinner and any souvenirs, snacks and drinks you wish to buy.

If successful you will be required to pay a deposit of £100 by the 31 of July and pay the remaining £100 by the 31 of August.

Why apply?

  • A great opportunity to meet other visually impaired people your age
  • Increase your mobility and independence skills
  • Experience Polish history and culture hands-on
  • Gain all of this while having a fun trip in a supportive, encouraging environment

Who can apply?

You must be:

  • Blind or partially sighted
  • At least 14 years old on 30 October 2018
  • Aged 17 or under on 30 October 2018
  • Willing and physically able to take part in walking tours over uneven ground, including steps
  • Able to maintain your own personal hygiene