Take your students out of the classroom to some of the world’s most captivating geographical sites, helping to deepen their understanding of the curriculum and drive their desire to learn.
Help your students ‘step into the story’ as you visit some of the world’s most important historical sites. A History Trip will undoubtedly aid students’ understanding and retention of areas of the curriculum you are teaching in the classroom.
A language trip will not only let your students engage in real-life opportunities to help develop their existing skills and grow in confidence, but it will let them gain an insight into the country’s culture, people and way of life.
Help bring the business theories and processes studied in the classroom to life as you go inside some of the world’s finest organisations. A Business Studies Trip will undoubtedly aid students’ understanding of the subject and allow them to compare and contrast one business’ strategies with another’s.
Discover some of the most interesting classical civilisations as you visit ancient sites throughout Italy and Greece. A Classics Trip can help students understand the links between areas such as town planning, architecture and social structure, as well as better appreciate visions of classical culture which can be found in plays and other works of the time.
Discover one of the most important European cities of the Roman Catholic Faith on a Religious Studies Trip to Rome. Designed to complement GCSE Religious Study units, students will be able to explore 'Religious Beliefs and Lifestyles', all the while developing their interest and enthusiasm for religion and its relation to the wider world.
Step out into the wider world and equip your students with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to be active and responsible citizens in a whole new way.
While we specialise in Educational trips, we understand that some teachers just want to take their students away and immerse them in a totally new and unique culture. Our cultural trips offer groups the chance to do just that.
Field Study Tutors are our unique geography experts who know everything there is to know about your destination. They can provide can provide valuable support while out on tour and have the geographical expertise to really bring the surrounding landscape to life.
Our multi award-winning study handbooks comprise a student handbook and its corresponding teacher guide made up of destination specific study units, all of which are in full colour and contain a mixture of maps, diagrams and text. Discover more...
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Our knowledgeable History Tour Guides can provide extra support and guidance while out on tour. They are experienced in sharing their in-depth historical knowledge and bringing historical events to life; enhancing the overall educational experience for your students.
Take your students’ learning one step further by including bespoke tuition from one of our handpicked language schools.
All of our Educational Trips are designed to work successfully as independently led tours. However, where extra guidance is required, we would suggest opting for a tour courier.
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With a great snow record and huge ski areas, Austria continues to be a favourite for British schools. From the traditional accommodation and range of apres ski options to the hearty Austrian food, you’re sure to receive a warm welcome.
France is the number one destination for British skiers and it’s easy to see why. With huge, picturesque mountains, large ski areas and an easily accessible location, it’s the perfect close to home option for those who are all about the skiing.
Known for being more affordable than other European resorts, offering large, interlinking ski areas, small queues and central 3-star hotels – not to mention the spectacular Dolomite mountain range – Italy comes out on top every time.
For jaw-dropping views and incredible snow, the real soul of skiing can be found in the USA. From the awesome, themed vibes on the West Coast to the exciting opportunities on the East Coast, the USA promises an unforgettable ski experience.
When the sun goes down, the après ski comes to life! Keep the fun going off the slopes and take a look at some of our most popular activities you can choose from.
Our inspection trips allow party leaders to familiarise themselves with our resorts, see our hotel options and experience the slopes first-hand. They also present an invaluable opportunity to complete any necessary risk assessments and meet health and safety requirements well ahead of the tour.
From base layers and ski jackets to gloves and goggles, make sure you've got all the winter gear you need for your ski trip with our handy kit list.
Our risk assessments can be used as an aid to completing your own assessments, or, dependent on your individual requirements, submitted in conjunction with your own as supporting evidence that risks have been identified and considered.
We are as flexible as possible with our ski trip packages and aim to tailor-make your trip to your school’s individual specifications.
All of our ski trips include a courier as standard, providing extra guidance and support to ensure your tour runs smoothly.
Take a look at our travel information to find out more about what you can expect on a ski trip and what's included in your comprehensive information pack.
To get you inspired, take a look at what a typical itinerary includes in a school ski trip.
Get the best of both worlds by introducing a city visit into your ski trip. Swap your skis for your shoes and spend a day soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of a thriving city.
Sign up with a small group of 8-25 passengers and take advantage of our cost-effective set departure packages. The price is fixed, as is the package, so all you need to do is encourage 8 members of the school to sign up.
Take a look at our special offers page for the latest deals across a number of our resorts.
Home to some of the world’s sporting giants, thrilling cultural opportunities and Professional Coaching options, it’s no wonder that the USA is such a popular long haul destination.
Ready-made fixtures combined with the chance to interact with like-minded teams make for a unique experience. Sports tournaments can provide an ideal, pre-planned itinerary for any sports tour and really help to get the competitive juices flowing!
Our cultural exchange days offer students the chance to go into an American high school and see the sporting world from a totally new perspective, helping to motivate, develop and inspire young minds, as well as experience a wider variety of lifestyles.
Let your team train like the professionals in some of the best sports facilities in the world! From training sessions with experienced youth team coaches, to behind the scenes tours of some of the world's biggest clubs, our Professional Coaching options are available in a number of destinations.
All of our Sports Tours are designed to work successfully as independently led tours. However, where extra guidance is required, we would suggest opting for a tour courier.
Send your spirits soaring higher than the hills in the stunning mountainous region of Salzburgerland in Austria. Brimming with attractive towns, scenic lakes and storybook charm, this is the stuff of fairytales.
The perfect close-to-home destination, Belgium is always a popular choice. From bustling market squares to impressive historical sites, the cities of Bruges, Ghent, Brussels and Ypres offer a range of exciting performance opportunities to suit any ensemble’s style and repertoire.
Take your ensemble on a musical journey to the Czech Republic. From beautiful church venues in Prague to lively bandstands in Western Bohemia, you can enjoy the best of both worlds by combining performances and sightseeing opportunities in both regions.
Where medieval streets meet modernity, a concert tour to Germany is as memorable as it is beautiful. Its fairytale charm of rolling hills, winding river valleys and historic castles make it a nature lover’s haven, while its lively bandstands, picturesque stages and bustling town squares are perfect performance spaces for all types of ensembles.
With a fascinating history, thriving classical music scene and understated beauty, Hungary's capital city, Budapest, is one of Europe’s most unique and picturesque cities for a concert tour.
A haven of rolling limestone plains, lofty sea cliffs and aquamarine waters, Malta’s charm lies in its picturesque landscapes, quaint coastal towns and fascinating past. While it may be small, this beautiful archipelago packs in a host of grand performance spaces for groups to enjoy.
A tour to the Catalonia region offers ensembles the chance to combine a variety of exciting performance opportunities with sun, sea and sand. From the natural beauty of the Costa Brava coastline to the bustling city of Barcelona, a tour to this Spanish region offers the best of both worlds.
The Netherlands is perfect for all types of ensembles with varying repertoires, meaning groups can look forward to playing in a variety of venues, ranging from local market squares to charming churches.
Right on your doorstep are some of the most beautiful and vibrant performance spaces around. Across London, Edinburgh, Cornwall and Dublin, you’ll find an abundance of historic cathedrals, leafy parks and pretty gardens to perform in, as well as a host of famous sights to explore and picturesque spots to relax in.
There’s no limit to the diversity that the USA offers. Uncover the rich tapestry of New York's fascinating history, perform in its many spectacular venues and capture the essence of 'the city that never sleeps'.
Spoilt for choice? Our ‘Four Countries’ tour offers ensembles a fuller European experience with the opportunity to travel and perform in Germany, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. Why settle for one when you can have four?
A wonderful opportunity for choirs across the UK and Ireland to compete and perform at the very highest level, we continue to support and promote the ethos of this national choral event.
Can't decide on just one destination? Split your time between two, three or even four destinations on a multi-centre tour for an even greater choice of performance opportunities.
We know how important it is to publicise your concert effectively, so we work with tourist boards, venues and online outlets to promote your concerts on your behalf.
All of our Concert Tours are designed to work successfully as independently led tours. However, where extra guidance is required, we would suggest opting for a tour courier.
We ensure your group's money is protected with all the right experience, policies and accreditations behind us, meaning you can have peace of mind that your financial security is in the best of hands.
Here you will have find to some of our most useful travel information, including Safety and Support documentation, travel insurance key facts and our tour booking form.
Let us help make the process of promoting your trip and getting group members to sign up as straightforward and stress-free as possible with our comprehensive guide to launching your tour.
When you're ready to get your trip underway, follow our Step-by-Step Guide to Planning Your Trip.
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Our History trips are designed to work successfully as independently-led tours, but we highly recommend that you opt for one of our specialist History Tour Guides who can help bring the historical events to life and really enhance the experience for your students.
Our History Tour Guides provide that extra bit of guidance by sharing their in-depth historical knowledge and taking the pressure off you as the party leader, so you can focus on supporting individuals or smaller groups.
Speak to a member of our team about integrating the services of a History Tour Guide on your next tour.Get in Touch With Our Educational Trips Team
The role of a History Tour Guide is to support you as you take your lessons out of the classroom. As well as sharing their in-depth knowledge of the historical events with your students, they can also help with logistical arrangements.
Our guides know the destinations well and can help deal with unforeseen circumstances and make last-minute changes if needed. They know where to find a quiet corner at a busy site to talk to the students, they can bring a muddy field to life as an important battlefield and they can suggest alternatives to busy sites – something that’s particularly pertinent at specific times of anniversary.
Not only do our guides have extensive historical knowledge of each destination, but they’ve also been trained to deliver quality content that relates to the National Curriculum and what you’re teaching in the classroom.
Our guides can interpret events at each site in a way that only someone who has been there many times can. With their telling of the big picture and incorporation of the smaller human stories, they aim to captivate your students and bring life to the events of the past.
Although our guides are trained to work with young people, we understand that nobody knows your students as well as you do.
We’ll put you in touch with your guide before you leave the classroom so that you can discuss your programme of learning, the level of involvement you want from your guide and ultimately create the best tour for your group.
All of our guides are enthusiastic historians who are experts in the sites you’ll visit. The majority of our First World War Battlefields guides are also ex-service personnel, which means they understand (and in some cases have experienced) the reality of war.
These guides will not glamourise or exaggerate war, as they can relate to the real stories of the servicemen who fought in the First World War. They bring their understanding and experience with them and share it with your students, helping them understand the conflict from a new perspective.
“An action-packed week with excellent guides who brought history to life.”
Mr Joe Pepper - Notting Hill and Ealing High School, 2015
"Absolutely superb guide. The flexibility afforded by a knowledgeable guide meant we could adapt the trip to the level of the students - it made the trip much better."
Mr Swash, The High Weald Academy