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Geography School Trips to Switzerland

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Whilst it may be known for its dramatic mountains, with Jura in the north and the world-renowned Alps in the south, Switzerland is home to a number of expansive glaciers, cascading waterfalls, open plains and large lakes to both study and admire.

Situated in the heart of the spectacular Alps, the village of Les Mosses and the town of Leysin make excellent bases for a school Geography Trip. Students will have the chance to further their understanding of the physical environment with river landscapes and glaciated landscapes, as well as human geography through contrasting industries, farming, settlement, globalisation and tourism.

“I've run the trip for 3 years and it has been running with Rayburn for a number of years before that - the confidence this provides is crucial in us continuing to use Rayburn and run the trip.”

Miss L Coulson, April 2015 - Switzerland

“A magical experience in a unique environment.”

Ms Clint, July 2016 - Switzerland

“Outstanding exam support in perfect outdoor classroom”

Mr R Brewster, July 2014 - Switzerland

“Once again Switzerland did the trick in getting our youngsters out of their comfort zones, gob-smacking them with stupendous scenery and cultural experiences.”

Mr McIntyre, July 2016 - Switzerland

Why Switzerland?

4.8 out of 5 was the average tour experience rating from teachers who travelled to Switzerland on their Geography Trip with Rayburn Tours. Miss R Maclean from Forrester High School summed it up when she said, “our tour to Switzerland with Rayburn Tours was once again a unique opportunity to sample the exciting geography of a stunningly beautiful country which will provide memories for our students for a lifetime.”

100% of geography teachers said they would recommend it to a fellow geographer, so why not give it a go?

Did you know?

In the past 150 years the Swiss population has tripled.

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Switzerland Fact File

Perfect for:
KS4 and KS5 (or equivalent)

Transport options:
Flight or coach

Nearest Airport:
Geneva Airport

Flight duration from UK:
Approx. 1 hour 40 minutes – 2 hours

Time by coach from Calais:
11 hours 30 minutes

Best time to visit:
Between April and September

Curriculum Links

Changing Places
Changing Places
Climate Change
Cold Environments
Ecosystems & Biodiversity
Glacial Systems & Landscapes
Global Governance
Globalisation & Global Systems
Natural Hazards
Plate Tectonics
Resources & Their Management
Rocks, Weathering & Soil
Water Cycle
Weather & Climate

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Recommended Visits

Switzerland Geography Recommended Visits

Switzerland’s diverse geographical landscapes make it the ideal destination to enhance your student’s understanding of a range of topics on the Geography syllabus. Here you can discover just some of the geographical excursions we can build into your bespoke school trip itinerary.

Glacial Studies, Charmonix Glacial Studies: The Lötschental Avalanche Amble River Ramble (Grand Eau) Landscapes: Mountain Building (Berneuse cable car above Leysin or the Glacier 3000 telecabine above Les Diablerets) Bex Salt Mine The ‘Lac Lioson Loop’ above Les moses World Cooperation: United Nations Visit: Geneva Lavey-Les-Bains, Thermal Baths Aquaparc, Le Bouveret Bowling in Château d’Oex Labyrinthe Adventure Ice-Skating, Leysin Treasure Hunts
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Study Resources

Bespoke Geography Trip Student and Teacher Resources

One of the first study handbooks to be launched by Rayburn Tours, and regularly augmented, the Switzerland study handbooks and teacher guides form a pivotal part of any Geography Trip to this amazing country.

How does it work?

Your Study Handbooks will be custom-made to match your itinerary which has been agreed with the team at Rayburn Tours. It will contain a selection of the study units listed below

Switzerland Study Resource
Geographical Association Scottish Association of Geography Teachers

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Study Units available:

  • Glacial Studies: Mer de Glace
  • Glacial Studies: Gorge du Trient
  • Glacial Studies: Langgletscher
  • Glacial Studies: Bossons Glacier
  • Lac Lioson Loop: Post Glacial Landscapes
  • Aspects of Swiss Tourism: Leysin
  • Aspects of Swiss Tourism: Les Diablerets
  • Avalanche Amble
  • Mountain Building: The Berneuse
  • Mountain Building: Scex Rouge
  • Industrial Study: Choc ‘N’ Cheese
  • A Settlement Study: Leysin
  • A Settlement Study: Les Diablerets
  • A Settlement Study: Les Mosses
  • River Ramble: The Grande Eau
  • Terraced Slopes and Alluvial Plains
  • Traditional Cheese Making: Leysin
  • Traditional Cheese Making: Lioson d’en Bas
  • World Cooperation: United Nations Visit
  • A Treasure Hunt: Leysin
  • A Treasure Hunt: Les Mosses
  • The Pyramids Of Euseigne
  • Farming In Alpine Valleys
  • Mines De Sel: The Bex Salt Mines
  • Globalisation
Sample Pages
Switzerland Handbook Sample Page 1 Switzerland Handbook Sample Page 2 Switzerland Handbook Sample Page 3 Switzerland Handbook Sample Page 4 Switzerland Handbook Sample Page 5 Switzerland Handbook Sample Page 6 Switzerland Handbook Sample Page 7 Switzerland Handbook Sample Page 8 Switzerland Handbook Sample Page 9 Switzerland Handbook Sample Page 10
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Switzerland Sample Itineraries

Your bespoke itinerary will include the appropriate balance of educational visits and leisure excursions to fill your chosen duration and meet your aims and objectives. Your dedicated School Tour Coordinator will offer advice and recommendations with the sole aim of creating the perfect itinerary for your group, but just to get you inspired, we have outlined the itineraries created for two of our clients below.

5 days,
4 nights

Dates: 18th – 22nd May 

Passengers: 43

Accommodation:Central-Résidence, Leysin

Board Basis: Full Board

Overview of visits: Berneuse Cable Car, la Maison de Gruyéres Factory, Nestlés Chocolate Factory, Leysin, Château-d’Oex Bowling, Langgletscher Glacier, Fafleralp, Thermal Baths, Les Diablerets, Aquaparc.

Day 1:

After a morning flight, the group arrived at Geneva Airport where they met their coach and made the transfer to Leysin. The group had the remainder of the day to relax and explore their new home at their leisure. Some chose to take the Berneuse Cable Car up the mountain for their first spectacular glimpse of the Alps, before walking back down the mountain in time for their evening meal.

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Day 2:

The first visit of the day was the Maison de Gruyères Factory. Here the group got to view the manufacturing processes and taste the various styles of cheese before taking advantage of the shop.

Moving on from cheese to chocolate, the next visit was the Nestlé Chocolate Factory. Students were able to walk through various parts of the factory and observe the various activities and stages involved in the manufacture of the chocolate. They then enjoyed a video of the history of chocolate before sampling some of types of chocolate and buying their own in the shop.

On returning to Leysin, the group had free time to explore the town before hitting the Château-d’Oex bowling alley.

Day 3:

The group made their way by coach for the Langgletscher Glacier and the Fafleralp. On arriving at the Fafleralp, they walked to the edge of the Langgletscher glacier, stopping for lunch en route. From here they travelled to the Thermal Baths in Saillon where they spent the afternoon relaxing in one of the four thermal pools, the sauna and steam rooms.

Day 4:

Departing for Les Diablerets, the students discussed the importance and impact that tourism has on the local and national economy and environment. They carried out a questionnaire looking for evidence of tourism and were then able to evaluate the positive and negative aspects of tourism upon a landscape and a community.

The students also completed a study looking at the situation, site and functions of the settlement. After lunch the group headed to the Aquaparc for some fun on the water slides and rapids.

Day 5:

The group boarded their flight home.

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Bex Salt Mines

7 days,
4 nights

Dates: 8th – 14th July 

Passengers: 91

Accommodation: Central-Résidence, Leysin

Board Basis: Full Board

Overview of visits: Mer de Glace, Lavey-les-Bains Thermal Baths, Bex Salt Mines, United Nations Building, Nestlé Chocolate Factory and la Maison de Gruyères Factory.

Day 1:

The group left for Dover via coach to catch a night ferry over to France.

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Day 2:

Arriving in France early morning, the group continued their journey arriving in Leysin just after lunchtime. Here the group spent the remainder of the day at leisure exploring Leysin and relaxing.

Day 3:

Today the group set off by coach for Chamonix and a visit to the Mer de Glace to experience all the glacial features of an active glacier. Arriving at the Le Montenvers railway station, the group took the cable car down to the viewing platform to observe the glacier. They then made their way under the glacier into an ice cave before taking the cable car up to another viewing area for spectacular views over the Alps and the famous Mont Blanc.

Next was Lavey-les-Bains Thermal Baths, where the students took some time out to relax in the heated pools and soak in the ‘healing’ properties of the thermal waters.

Day 4:

The first visit of the day was the Bex Salt Mines where the group were able to explore the labyrinth of caverns, galleries and shafts created as a result of the extraction of salt over many centuries. It began with a walk along an old gallery to a vast cavern where they were presented with an audio-visual show. They then travelled deeper into the mountain where they learnt how the salt was extracted and the skills and techniques have changed before returning to daylight on the train.

The afternoon was spent at the Gruyère Factory – a much smaller workforce and production scale in comparison to the morning visit. They were able to view the manufacturing processes and taste the various styles of cheese before again hitting the shop for souvenirs.

Day 5:

The first visit of the day was the Nestlé Chocolate Factory in Broc. Here the students were able to observe the various activities and stages involved in the manufacture of the chocolate. Next the students viewed a video of the history of chocolate before they finally got to sample some of the many types of chocolate and purchase their favourites in the shop. After lunch the afternoon was spent at the Gruyère Factory. Much smaller in comparison to the morning visit, the factory has a small workforce and small scale production using locally produced materials. Here the group got to view the manufacturing processes and taste the various styles of cheese before again hitting the shop for souvenirs. On returning back to the hotel the group had the remainder of the evening at leisure before dinner.

Day 6 and 7:

As the final day, the group spent their time at leisure exploring Leysin, enjoying some last minute souvenir shopping and sampling some traditional Swiss cuisine. Some chose to take the Berneuse Cable Car up the mountain to take in the fresh mountain air and enjoy the spectacular views over the valley.

The group caught the ferry in the early hours of the morning and arrived back in the UK mid-morning.

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Switzerland Accommodation

The village of Les Mosses or the town of Leysin make the perfect bases for a Geography Trip so we have selected a number of hotels in and around these resorts which are perfectly suited to school groups. Here are just a few of our favourites:

Hotel Central-Résidence

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The Hotel Central-Résidence is ideally located in the heart of Leysin at the foot of the numerous hiking and mountain biking trails. The hotel is beautifully framed by alpine greenery and enjoys stunning views of the mountains and nearby glaciers can be enjoyed.

“Fantastic manager and staff. Fully equipped for school groups and ready for our arrival. Excellent food, cannot fault a thing!”

Mr P Laird, Huntcliff School

The hotel benefits from an indoor swimming pool and games area with table football, ping pong and pinball. There are 85 south facing rooms which all come with balconies, TV, telephone and hair dryer. Different room configurations are available according to your needs.

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