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History Tours for Schools 2012/13

Ireland’s Leading School Tour Specialists

ABTA No.V0550

TA 0449


There’s no substitute for being there. That’s why, since 1996, we’ve been helping to create tours which educate, inspire and enable children to develop a sense of independence. If you want to deliver the most effective learning outside the classroom experience for your group, choose NST. For 16 years, our expertly planned tours have supported teachers in getting the very most of their time away. NST provides your complete school tour creation service.

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What You Can Expect in 2012/13 Optional Guided Study Tours in Europe Our expert guided study tours are growing in popularity with our History groups. All of our History Guide Lecturers are professional academics, historians and writers, with incomparable knowledge of their subject area and an ability to communicate their learning in a way that will enlighten and stimulate your students.

What will your Guide Lecturer do for you? If you choose to include a Guide Lecturer, we will select a guide from our specialist team to meet your exact visit requirements. Whilst on tour, your guide will be with you to provide both local knowledge and educational support – helping you to get the most from your time outside of the classroom.

Benefits of NST Guide Lecturers Specialist knowledge All of our guides are former teachers, meaning they are well-equipped to help meet your specific learning needs and understand the demands of organising a tour.

Help preparing your ideal itinerary Your guide will contact you before your tour to discuss your learning objectives and build an itinerary that matches your requirements.

More time for one-to-one teaching With an NST Guide Lecturer leading the group, you will be able to provide individual tuition and enjoy the visits with your students.

First evening talk Your guide will hold an informal discussion on your first evening, setting the scene for the coming days and focusing your students on the days to come.

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Contents Berlin

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WWII Normandy

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Krakow

6-7

Dublin

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WWI Battlefields

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Derry & Belfast

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4 days from €389*pp

Berlin

As the momentous events of 1989 and their consequences become more widely studied, NST’s Berlin tours also cover the fall of Communism. These tours cover the growth of political dissent, the effects of policy changes emanating from Moscow and the events of the autumn of 1989. Choose from a range of sites to cover aspects of German history from the Wilhelmine period, to the end of the Cold War.

Our Guide's Introduction Jeff Garner

The recent history of Germany’s capital is still clearly evident today, to the extent that it is impossible to walk through the city without being continually made aware of its recent past. The pace and breadth of change since 1989 has been breathtaking. A visit to this hugely exciting city provides students the opportunity to visit its unrivalled range of excellent museums, covering all aspects of its recent past.

Key Educational Visits NST Guided Walking Tours

Topography of Terror

Throughout a full day or split across two half days, our guides can cover a number of key historical sites, providing your group with full commentary that will put them in the context of your curriculum.

Exhibition contained in former cellars of Gestapo HQ illustrating terrors and crimes of Nazi era.

The Third Reich & the Holocaust Visits Wannsee Conference Museum

This is a huge site with 2,751 concrete pillars to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust. This abstract memorial is a touching, memorable visit.

Permanent exhibition on the Wannsee Conference and the genocide of European Jews.

Sachsenhausen Memorial Site Holocaust memorial centre and former concentration camp operating between 1936 and 1945. It was named after the Sachsenhausen quarter, part of the town of Oranienburg.

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Holocaust Memorial

Jewish Museum (Judisches Museum) Explore the Art and Culture of Berlin’s Jewish Population through a variety of exhibits from Berlin Museums relating to the history of the city.

Additional Third Reich & Holocaust Key Visits: • Berlin Bunker Tours • Olympic Stadium • Berlin Wall Memorial • Reichstag

• Jewish Synagogue • East Side Gallery • German Resistance Memorial Centre


More Key Educational Visits The Cold War

Additional Cold War Key Visits:

Allied Museum

• Schloss Cecilienhof

This museum is housed in what used to be a cinema for allied personnel, and comprehensively explains the allies’ efforts in Berlin since WWII, concentrating in particular on the blockade and airlift periods.

• German History Museum

• Stasi Museum, Normannenstrasse

Featuring exhibitions about this legendary border crossing point with demonstrations of how individuals smuggled themselves across the border and interactive exhibits as well as documenting the unpleasant events of the Cold War.

This former political prison for people detained by the Stasi is now a museum which covers not only the Stasi period but its origins as a Soviet Special Prison from 1946-51 and provides groups with a very authentic picture of prison conditions in the GDR.

DDR Museum

Meet with an Ex-Political Prisoner

This museum gives visitors a hands-on, interactive experience of life in the German Democratic Republic. GDR style homes are set up and groups can rummage through the cupboards and drawers, watch documentaries on the TV’s and get an impression of life in the GDR.

A rare, memorable opportunity to discuss experiences first hand with people who were there takes place at the Hohenschönhausen Memorial. We can arrange for a guided tour to be taken by an ex-political prisoner, providing a great opportunity to ask questions about how they came to be imprisoned here and what life was like both in the prison and outside.

Berlin

Wall Museum-Haus at Checkpoint Charlie

Living History Hohenschönhausen Memorial (Stasi Prison)

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Berlin - 4 day tours from €389*pp Price (per person) includes: return flights, 1 piece of checked luggage, all taxes & charges, airport see off, 3 nights half board accommodation, return overseas airport transfers, 2.5 days coach hire, extensive group travel insurance, 1 in 8 free place ratio, 24 hr emergency contact*

And then add our most popular itinerary package below for €41*pp - or choose your own! MORNING

AFTERNOON

EVENING

Day 1

Flight from Ireland Meet & Greet and check-in assistance from NST Representative Guided Historical tour of Berlin

Topography of Terror Checkpoint Charlie Museum

Reichstag

Day 2

Guided tour at the Wannsee Conference Museum

Schloss Ceclienhoff in Potsdam Olympic Stadium

Bowling

Day 3

Guided tour of Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

Guided tour of the Berlin Bunkers

Quiz night

Day 4

Holocaust Memorial German History Museum

Free time for shopping and sightseeing

Return flight to Ireland

*Price shown based on 40 paying passengers departing in January 2013 & is subject to availability. Flight supplements may apply. This guideline price is based on the lowest price available in January 2013. Entrance fees for some of the visits featured may be payable locally, but are included in the price shown.

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Krakow

The ancient Capital of Poland is a hugely historical and cultural centre. Visit Schindler’s Krakow and take an emotional journey to Auschwitz and Birkenau to get an insight into this extreme example of the consequences of discrimination. This tour will make a lifelong impression on those who visit.

Our Guide's Introduction Jeff Garner

So much survives in Krakow that bears witness to pre-war Jewish life in Kazimierz and throughout this city. The evidence of the wartime experience of Europe’s Jewish population in ghettos such as Podgorze, coupled with a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, enables students to develop a thorough, rounded picture of the experience of Jewish communities in Central Europe during the 20th century.

Key Educational Visits Around the Old Town Square

Auschwitz-Birkenau

Rynek Główny (Town Square) - the largest in medieval Europe, Mariacki Church (St Mary’s Church) of Gothic origins with a fine altar, Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) of vast proportions.

Following the Nazi invasion of Poland in September 1939, Oswiecim and its surrounding region were incorporated into the domains of the Third Reich. The town’s name was changed to Auschwitz and it became home to the largest concentration and death camp. Today as a museum, Auschwitz serves as a poignant reminder of the horrors of WWII.

The Old Town View particularly the University District and the Collegium Maius – the historic heart of the university area.

Podgorze (The Wartime Ghetto) In March 1941, the entire Jewish population of the city were crammed into this tiny ghetto, featured in the movie Schindler’s List. There is also an exhibition on the persecution of the Jews in Krakow at the Pharmacy Under the Eagle.

Kazimierz A tour of the former Jewish district of the city visiting synagogues, museums and the old cemetery.

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The Schindler Museum The museum in the former factory of Oscar Schindler tells Schindler’s story and covers every aspect of the Polish and Polish–Jewish experience of occupation.

Leisure & Cultural Visits: • Wieliczka Salt Mine • Park Wodny • Wawel Cathedral & Castle

Photographer: MongFish

4 days from €399*pp


More Key Educational Visits Living History Galicia Museum

Teacher feedback

Groups have the invaluable opportunity to meet and speak with concentration camp survivors or with recipients of the Righteous Among the Nations award. This is an incredible, poignant chance to hear moving eye-witness testimony and gain first-hand insight into life under Nazi rule. Common themes covered often include conflict, prejudice and the values of tolerance and understanding.

Krakow

Presenting Jewish history from a new perspective, this private museum celebrates the Jewish culture of Galicia and poignantly commemorates the victims of the Holocaust through its moving photographic exhibition. Groups can take part in exhibition tours, lectures, concerts, workshops and much more.

Meet with a Concentration Camp Survivor or a Member of the Righteous Among the Nations

“Meeting with the holocaust survivor was such a fantastic experience. He was only 16 - 17 yrs old in the camp in Warsaw and is now 84yrs old. Brilliant, breath-taking visit. This was the highlight of the trip - all very moving.” Mr Pilgrim, Co. Down

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Krakow - 4 day tours from €399*pp Price (per person) includes: return flights, 1 piece of checked luggage, all taxes & charges, airport see off, 3 nights half board accommodation, 4 days coach hire, extensive group travel insurance, 1 in 8 free place ratio, 24 hr emergency contact*

And then add our most popular itinerary package below for €35*pp - or choose your own! MORNING

AFTERNOON

EVENING

Guided tour of Krakow - Old Town Square, University district, Wawel Hill, Jewish Quarter

Free time to explore the old town

Day 1

Flight from Ireland and transfer to accommodation

Day 2

Full day excursion to Auschwitz-Birkenau including a guided tour

Visit Park Wodny

Day 3

Kazimierz, Podgorze & The Schindler Museum. Visit to Galicia Museum to meet with a Concentration Camp Survivor

Quiz evening

Day 4

Free time for shopping & sightseeing

Transfer to airport for return flight to Ireland

*Price shown based on 40 paying passengers departing in January 2013 & is subject to availability. Flight supplements may apply. This guideline price is based on the lowest price available in January 2013. Entrance fees for some of the visits featured may be payable locally, but are included in the price shown.

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4 days from €399*pp

WWI Battlefields

On the Somme, a tour will follow the events of the 1st July 1916 in considerable detail. Although the events of that day were in many ways unique, examining why the British failed to break through both then and in the later fighting, gives considerable insight into the reasons for the prolonged stalemate on the Western Front. Following the events of 1917, a tour to the Ypres area concentrates on the period from the beginning of The Messines Offensive in June to the end of The Passchendaele Offensive in November.

Key Visits in the Somme

Key Visits in Ypres

Thiepval Memorial & Visitor Centre

In Flanders Fields Exhibition

This is the largest memorial to the missing on the Western Front, containing the names of 73,412 men who died from 1915 to 1917 and have no known graves. The new visitor centre houses an informative exhibition designed to aid understanding of the history of Thiepval during WWI.

This superb state-of-the-art, interactive museum is now an even richer experience with the updated larger museum. Covering most aspects of the war in Flanders, each visitor will receive a wristband that will take them on a journey in the museum through the eyes of someone who was there. An educational pack, study resources and education room are available.

Newfoundland Park, Beaumont Hamel Undoubtedly one of the largest and best-preserved trench memorials on the Western Front. Just outside the park lies Hawthorn Crater, and within it are the ‘Danger Tree’ and remains of the British Front Line. The German Front Line can be seen across No Man’s Land. Canadian guides can be pre-booked free of charge between May and November.

Other Key Visits • Ulster Tower

• Irish Peace Tower

• Lochnagar Crater, La Boisselle

• Albert, 1916 Museum

• Delville Wood Museum, Longueval

• Tank Corps Memorial

• Accrington Pals Memorial, Serre

• Vimy Ridge

Sanctuary Wood Museum & Hill 62 This fascinating visit shows well-preserved, original British trenches. The museum consists of two rooms housing artefacts and photographs from WWI.

Other Key Visits • The Lettenberg Bunkers

• Passchendaele Memorial Museum

• Hill 60 & Caterpillar Crater

• Menin Gate & Ceremony

• Langemark German Cemetery

• Tyne Cot British Cemetery

• Essex Farm Cemetery & Dressing Station • Talbot House • Bayernwald (Croonaert Wood)

www.nst.ie/history Visit our website to see our full range of History tours and a sample of our WWI Ypres Salient & The Somme itinerary *Price (per person) includes: return flights, 1 piece of checked luggage, all taxes & charges, airport see off, 3 nights half board accommodation, 4 days coach hire, extensive group travel insurance, 1 in 8 free place ratio, 24 hr emergency contact. Price shown based on 40 paying passengers departing in January 2013 & is subject to availability. Flight supplements may apply.

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WWI & WWII

4 days from €414*pp

WWII Normandy The D-Day landings were a defining episode in WWII. A vast allied armada delivering 100,000s of soldiers to the shores of Normandy marked the opening of the Second Front against Nazi Germany. A plethora of museums, memorials and historical sites await you.

Key Educational Visits Caen

Pointe du Hoc

The scene of vicious fighting after the D-Day landings, Caen was largely destroyed. There is the opportunity to view the impressive castle ramparts as well as the beautifully restored centre.

The shattered remains of one of the most powerful German coastal batteries in the area stand amidst a sizeable area of preserved battlefield on top of the impressive cliffs, from which men of the American Rangers made their famous attack on D-Day.

Caen Memorial Museum A journey into the heart of 20th century history, passing through WWII, the Cold War and the world today. A school visit can include a 30-minute D-Day and the Battle of Normandy film. Activities based around several themes can be organised, subject to reservation. Online teacher resources available.

1944 Museum The Utah Beach Landing Museum is set up at the site of the US landing on the 6th of June, 1944. Guided tours are offered to explain German defences and the different stages of the landing on Utah Beach.

Memorial ‘Pegasus’ Museum

Other Key Visits

The capture of this bridge over the Caen Canal was vital to the success of the British airborne assault on D-Day. The original bridge was replaced when the canal was widened but it may still be seen in the Airborne Museum nearby.

• Mulberry Harbour

• Ranville Cemetery

• Arromanches Invasion Museum

• Arromanches 360˚ Cinema

• La Cambe German Cemetery

• Bayeux Tapestry

D-Day Landing Beaches

• The Normandy American National Cemetery and Memorial, St Laurent

Tours of several of the landing beaches, such as Omaha, Utah, Sword or Juno can be arranged. Possible stop-offs include the Canadian-focused Juno Visitor Centre.

www.nst.ie/history Visit our website to see our full range of History tours and a sample of our WWII Normandy itinerary *Price (per person) includes: return flights, 1 piece of checked luggage, all taxes & charges, airport see off, 3 nights half board accommodation, 4 days coach hire, extensive group travel insurance, 1 in 8 free place ratio, 24 hr emergency contact. Price shown based on 40 paying passengers departing in January 2013 & is subject to availability. Flight supplements may apply.

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2 days from €109*pp

Dublin

Dublin offers a wide range of relevant, interesting and exciting curriculum based topics. A history tour to Dublin offers students and teachers an opportunity to see many key historical events come to life.

Key Educational Visits Kilmainham Gaol

Dáil Éireann and Leinster House

One of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe covering some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland’s emergence as a modern nation from 1780s to the 1920s. Attractions include a major exhibition detailing the political and penal history of the prison and its restoration.

Take a guided tour of the Houses of the Oireachtas where the guides will relay their historical and educational knowledge of both the building itself and the workings of the two houses.

Glasnevin Cemetery Guided Tour & Museum The tour visits the final resting place of Daniel O’Connell, Michael Collins, Eamon DeValera, Charles Stewart Parnell, Countess Marcievicz and many of the other men and women who have shaped Ireland’s history. There is new state of the art museum which complements the tour.

GAA Museum & Croke Park Stadium Enjoy a stadium guided tour including a short historical tour focusing on the ancient origins of hurling, the birth of the GAA as part of a Gaelic Revival in Ireland, the development of the GAA and early links with revolutionary nationalism.

Pearse Museum Former school, run by Patrick Pearse, now a museum in beautiful grounds. Attractions include exhibitions, a nature study room with attractive displays on Irish flora and fauna and an audio-visual show titled “This Man Kept a School”.

War Memorial Gardens These gardens are one of the most famous memorial gardens in Europe. They are dedicated to the memory of 49,400 Irish soldiers who died in the 1914 – 1918 war. The names of all the soldiers are contained in the beautifully illustrated Harry Clarke manuscripts in the granite bookrooms in the gardens.

Other Key Visits • Guided walking tours

• National Museum of Art & History

• Christchurch Cathedral & Dublinia

• The Garden of Remembrance

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• Dublin Castle

• St Patrick’s Cathedral

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• Trinity College & the Book of Kells

*Price(per person) includes: 2 days coach hire, 1 nights half board accommodation, extensive group travel insurance, 1 in 10 free place ratio, 24 hr emergency contact. Price shown based on 40 paying passengers departing September 2012 - May 2013 & is subject to availability.

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Dublin, Derry & Belfast

Derry & Belfast NST’s tours to Belfast and to Derry explore a variety of topics linked to the History Curriculum. These include religious affiliation, cultural identity, ecumenism and cultural responses to “The Troubles”.

Derry - 2 days from €109*pp Key Educational Visits

Belfast - 2 days from €109*pp Key Educational Visits

The Museum of Free Derry and Bogside Murals tour

Guided Tours of Shankill and Falls Road

Visit will include a guided tour of the exhibition, which outlines the people’s story of government oppression, the struggle for civil rights, the Battle of the Bogside, internment, Free Derry and Bloody Sunday. Following the tour of the museum, the group will be taken on a short walking tour of the Bogside Murals.

These recommended guided tours will take in the history of two of the most affected areas of Belfast throughout the troubles.

The Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall The Memorial Hall is the world headquarters of the Apprentice Boys of Derry organisation, one of the so called ’loyal’ institutions and it is one of the finest buildings standing on the West Wall overlooking the Brandywell and Bogside.

Stormont Parliament Buildings School groups can visit the Parliament Buildings for a 2 hour presentation, activity and tour. Stormont is a public park and all visitors can also enjoy the grounds and the Great Hall.

The Ulster Museum

• Historical Walking Tour of Derry

• The Tower Museum

The museum has a permanent exhibition on “The Troubles” and holds and collects material evidence relating to the social, economic and political history of Ireland, with particular emphasis on Ulster from 1600 and Northern Ireland from 1921.

• St Columbs Cathedral

• Heritage Tower

• Historic Walls of Derry

• The City Gates

Other Key Visits

Other Key Visits

• Titanic Belfast ® & the Titanic Quarter • Belfast City Cemetery

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• City Hall

Visit our website to see our full range of History tours and a sample of our Belfast itinerary & Derry itinerary * Price(per person) includes: 2 days coach hire, 1 nights half board accommodation, extensive group travel insurance, 1 in 10 free place ratio, 24 hr emergency contact. Price shown based on 40 paying passengers departing September 2012 - May 2013 & is subject to availability.

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Churchill War Rooms. Photographer: Tony Kent

Tuileries Gardens. Photographer: Ben Brooks

More History tours…

London & British History

Paris & the French Revolution

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HIGHLIGHTS:

Imperial War Museum Churchill War Rooms Britain at War Experience www.nst.ie/london

New York & Washington DC & Political History

Sites of Revolution Tour Château de Versailles Les Invalides www.nst.ie/paris

HIGHLIGHTS:

Meet a Veteran of the Civil Rights Movement Washington DC Walking Tours The Pentagon www.nst.ie/washington-dc

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Call +353 (0)1 8940300 email info@nst.ie www.nst.ie Ireland’s Leading School Tour Specialists

ABTA No.V0550

TA 0449

Ireland’s Leading School Tour Specialists

ABTA No.V0550

TA 0449

Ireland’s Leading School Tour Specialists

ABTA No.V0550

TA 0449

Ireland’s Leading School Tour Specialists

ABTA No.V0550

TA 0449

Call +353 (0)1 8940300 email info@nst.ie www.nst.ie NST, Santry Business Park, Swords Road, Dublin 9, Ireland NST Limited is registered in Ireland at the above registered office address with company registration number 240123. NST is licensed and bonded by the Commission for Aviation Regulation, licence number TA0449. NST Ltd acts as an agent for the NST Travel Group Ltd under ATOL 3606 and ABTA V0550.

BROCHURE 2012/13


NST History Brochure 12/13