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School Geography Trip to Barcelona and Costa Brava

A geography school trip to Barcelona and the Costa Brava offers your students the chance to conduct a river study and see volcanic scenery!

The Catalonia region of Spain is surrounded by a number of spectacular and unspoilt natural parks. Field study sites include the limestone landscapes of Montserrat, the volcanic scenery of Garrotxa Volcanic Park and the Tordera river valley, where your students can conduct a river study.

Thinking about making this a cross-curricular trip? Barcelona and the Costa Brava also offer exciting opportunities for Spanish, business studies, art, fashion and food technology

Sample itinerary

Day 1/5

MorningMorning Flight to Barcelona/Girona
AfternoonAfternoon Arrive at resort
EveningEvening Familiarisation of local area on foot

Day 2/5

MorningMorning Spend the day discovering volcanic landscapes in La Garrotxa Volcanic National Park
AfternoonAfternoon Visit to Sant Joan les Fonts - study the basalt formed when lava flow solidifies
EveningEvening Return to hotel for evening meal

Day 3/5

MorningMorning Tordera river study in Montseny Natural Park - follow river course and practise field skills to appreciate the processes at work in each section of the river valley
AfternoonAfternoon Free time for shopping in resort
EveningEvening Return to hotel for evening meal

Day 4/5

MorningMorning Visit to the Port of Barcelona
AfternoonAfternoon Visit to the Nou Camp

Shopping and free time in Las Ramblas

EveningEvening Return to hotel for evening meal

Day 5/5

MorningMorning Transfer back to airport
AfternoonAfternoon Return to UK

What's included?

  • tick icon4 nights' half-board accommodation
  • tick iconAirport taxes and passenger duty at current rates
  • tick iconATOL protected return flights from the UK
  • tick iconComprehensive geography educational pack
  • tick iconComprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • tick iconDetailed information pack
  • tick iconFree staff place ratio 1:10
  • tick iconFull use of coach for excursions as shown on itinerary
  • tick iconItinerary planning service
  • tick iconVamoos travel app - giving you access to all your trip documents on your phone or tablet
  • tick iconVAT at current rates to tour operators


Beach management case study

Beach management case study

There are many towns along the coastline to experience the varying management techniques, and there is a chance to… Read more

Camp Nou Experience

Camp Nou Experience

Home to FC Barcelona, a visit to the Nou Camp stadium includes a tour of the stadium itself, with a chance to walk out o… Read more

Garrotxa Volcanic National Park

Garrotxa Volcanic National Park

This wonderful national park, just one and a half hours from Barcelona, is ideal for groups to explore and examine the… Read more

La Rambla

La Rambla

Also known as Las Ramblas, this long, wide avenue is the heart of Barcelona's shopping district and the hub of its… Read more

Lloret de Mar – Tourism gone wrong?

Lloret de Mar – Tourism gone wrong?

One of the main coastal towns along the Costa Brava, Lloret de Mar attracts tourists year round and is said to have more… Read more



Perched high in the mountains above Barcelona, and accessible by cable car or train, Montserrat is one of the most disti… Read more

Olympic Museum & Stadium

Olympic Museum & Stadium

This stadium was the focus of the 1992 Olympic Games; it is now turned into an Olympic Museum and Gallery where… Read more

Park Guell

Park Guell

Intended as a housing development that never quite took off, Parc Guell is an urban park in a northern suburb of Barcelo… Read more

Port of Barcelona

Port of Barcelona

With over a million passenger arrivals every year, Barcelona is one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean for… Read more

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

Antoni Gaudi's unique, awe-inspiring cathedral continues to grow almost organically, like a medieval cathedral. A museum… Read more

Tordera River Study

Tordera River Study

The Tordera river offers your students the opportunity to discover the different processes at work in the different sec… Read more

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Hotel Gran Garbi
Hotel Internacional
Hotel Gran Garbi

The Hotel Gran Garbi is situated in Lloret de Mar, 300 metres from the beach and 200 metres from the town centre. Facilities include an air-conditioned dining room, luggage room, pool and games area, lounge with satellite TV, indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

All rooms are en-suite and have a TV, telephone, safety deposit box and balcony. Students will be accommodated in mainly twin and triple rooms, staff in twins or singles (single supplement will apply).

Meals are buffet style with a wide variety of choice available.

Hotel Internacional

Hotel Internacional is ideally located along the seafront in Calella. It boasts a total of 120 comfortable guestrooms. Students will generally be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms, with staff in twins. All rooms are en-suite and come with climate control, satellite TV, telephone and safe.
Other facilities include an outdoor pool, restaurant and games room.


Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, September 2018

Very happy with the service again and the trip was very successful. Would not change a thing about it.

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