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Catherine Rule

Catherine Rule

Geography Tours Development Manager

Category: Geography Trips

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Top 5 recommendations for your Business Trip to the ‘Big Apple’

March 22, 2017 - Author: , Category: Business Studies, New York

New York, New York, so good they named it twice! As a leading financial centre, with the world’s largest stock exchange, New York houses 45 of the Fortune 500 companies and simply cannot fail to inspire!

Students can get up-close and personal with a wide range of organisations across a number of business sectors… but it’s not all business, there’s definitely time for some pleasure at a Broadway Show, a visit to the Rockefeller Centre or the Statue of Liberty.

Here are our top 5 recommendations to tick off on your Business Trip to the ‘Big Apple’:

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Discover Iceland – a land of extremes!

March 21, 2017 - Author: , Category: Uncategorized

Iceland is nature at its most powerful. Spectacular landscapes encompass volcanic mountains, glistening glaciers, gushing geysers, thundering waterfalls galore and that’s just scratching the surface.

Did you know that in 2016 international visitors to Iceland increased by 40% on the prior year? With tourism in Iceland ever on the up and its effects making changes to the quirks and nuances of this magnificent landscape, now is the time to visit this rich and rugged country and soak up its charm.

This month four members of our Education Team headed out to experience this land of extremes for themselves. With the love of Iceland deep-set within our travel-enthused team, we want to share just some of the highlights from the awesome foursome’s visit. PS. You can see all of these on a Rayburn Tours trip!

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The Education team’s battlefields trip… with a difference!

March 6, 2017 - Author: , Category: Education, History, WWI Battlefields, Ypres and the Somme

Each year, Rayburn Tours help hundreds of students and teachers bring the Western Front battlefields to life. As such, there is a great emphasis on ensuring the Education Team members have also explored the sites where the fighting took place and battles unfolded, so that we can offer you the very best experiences on your History Trip .

This time last week, four members of the Education team – Lucy, Jackie, Silvia and Cath – embraced the opportunity to head out of the Rayburn Tours office and experience a battlefields tour to the Somme for themselves.

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Iceland’s Tourism Boom!

February 27, 2017 - Author: , Category: Education, Geography, Iceland

Erupting geysers, thundering waterfalls, glistening glaciers…Iceland has it all! With so much to explore, it’s little wonder that the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’ captures the hearts of intrepid adventurers.

Iceland’s natural wonders and hidden gems have been drawing increasing visitor numbers each year and in 2016 there was a 40% increase on the prior year. With no signs of this trend stopping, we look at the all-important facts and figures surrounding Iceland’s tourism boom.

Download your free Iceland Tourism classroom poster!

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5 top tips for your History Trip to Berlin & Krakow

February 24, 2017 - Author: , Category: Berlin, Education, History

For the ultimate History Trip, combine Berlin’s modernity, profound history and rich culture with Krakow’s medieval splendour and troubled past.

A two-centre tour to these diverse cities will give students the opportunity to see why important political decisions were made, as well as the devastating consequences these had for some people. In Berlin, students will learn how and why the Final Solution was put into place, whilst in Krakow, they’ll see the outcome of this decision in a truly heart-rending and thought-provoking visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

We’ve put together our top 5 recommended visits for your History Trip:

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Top 5 visits to tick off your Paris bucket list

February 24, 2017 - Author: , Category: Education, Language, Paris

Forever timeless and eternally beautiful, the city of Paris is always a language tour favourite. Endless in its collection of iconic landmarks, diverse cultural scenes and gourmet cuisine, you’ll lose your heart to Paris from the moment you arrive.

Whether you’re a first-timer or seasoned visitor, there’s something around every corner; from the grandeur of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe to the charm of artisan bakeries, chic cafés and bustling markets.

We’ve put together our top 5 recommendations to tick off your Paris Language Trip bucket list:

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Save £££s with Rayburn Tours

February 7, 2017 - Author: , Category: Education

At Rayburn Tours, we’re all about creating inspirational travel experiences that offer our customers exceptional value, which is why we’re delighted to announce the arrival of our brand new schemes to help the pennies go a little further on your next Educational School Trip.

Save up to £15 per passenger

Rayburn Tours have launched two new discount schemes for 2017 – our Early Booking Discount Scheme and Loyalty Scheme. All new quotes from 16th January 2017 are eligible and you can combine both schemes to save up to £15 per passenger!

  • Any group size
  • Any destination
  • Any duration

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“To speak a language is to take on a world, a culture”

February 3, 2017 - Author: , Category: Education, Language

With a love of travel, languages and culture, Rayburn Education team member, Claudia, is passionate about what she does. Originating from Guatemala in Central America – a land of volcanoes, rainforests and ancient Mayan sites – we ask Claudia to tell us a little bit about the importance of her mother tongue.

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There’s no such thing as a single spoken “Spanish”

The Spanish language is one that has been enriched by words from many of the native languages of the Americas, as well as English. There is no such thing as a single spoken “Spanish”. Instead, there are different Spanish variations because of the evolution of the language in different regions. Whilst pronunciation and usage of the spoken Spanish language varies amongst countries, regional differences are not so great as to make it difficult to understand speakers from different areas.

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Top 5 reasons geographers love Iceland

January 31, 2017 - Author: , Category: Education, Geography, Iceland

Sculpted by lava and ice, this is a land where geysers erupt, waterfalls thunder, glaciers glisten… and that’s only the beginning!

While each adventurer will have their own motivations for wanting to explore this country of extremes, we’ve put together the top 5 reasons Iceland is oh so appealing for geographers:

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Discovering Ypres and the Somme

January 31, 2017 - Author: , Category: Education, History, WWI Battlefields, Ypres and the Somme

Earlier this month, two of the Education team’s newest members, Laura and Vanessa, packed their suitcases and swapped the Rayburn office for the Western Front to take part in Discovery Tour 2017. The trip involved a weekend of visits to a selection of key sites to discover more about the area, all to ensure we offer you the very best experiences on your History Trip to Ypres and the Somme.

From laying a wreath at the moving Last Post ceremony to viewing the vast Lochnagar Mine Crater, the pair experienced elements of a battlefield visit first-hand, bringing home the reality of conflict as they journeyed through a landscape dotted with cemeteries and memorials.

Captured below are some of the sites they witnessed.

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