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School Trips to Belgium

School trips to Belgium are ideal if you’re looking for a trip packed with educational value, without having to spend too much time travelling. The shorter journey times and choice of travel options also make Belgium a great choice if you’re trying to keep costs down.

Belgium is a truly diverse location with a wide variety of learning opportunities for groups studying almost any subject, including history, food technology, business studies, science and English literature. Belgium is also a great choice for a cultural school trip.

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Why visit Belgium?

The political centre of Europe

With the Belgian city of Brussels considered to be the de facto capital of the European Union, Belgium plays a key role in politics and business across all of Europe.

As host to the official seats of the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, and the European Council, Belgium is a great choice of destination for school groups studying politics or business studies.

The battlefield of Europe

Belgium’s role in WW1 and WW2 cemented the country’s already long-established reputation as the ‘Battlefield of Europe’, making it a truly fascinating destination. Not only will you learn about the various wars that have been fought in Belgium, but you’ll also learn more about how this ties in with general European history.

Belgium was the setting for some of the fiercest fighting during the First World War, making it particularly popular among school history and English literature groups for WW1 battlefield trips to Ypres.

Students will have the chance to learn more about the experience of war from the point of view of both the soldiers and local civilians. And you can include a stop in Waterloo to learn about the history of warfarebetween the Napoleonic Wars and the Second World War.

The rich and diverse culture

Belgium is an excellent choice of destination for a cultural school trip. It is home to two distinct communities, the Dutch-speaking Flemish Community and the French-speaking Community, which has influenced Belgian history and politics for centuries.

The medieval city of Bruges is a fantastic destination for your cultural school trip. You can take a boat trip along the city's canals, climb the iconic belfry and explore Belgium's connections to chocolate and chips!

The culinary delights

Whatever your subject, no school trip to Belgium would be complete without taking the time to savour some of its gastronomic delights, from chocolate to chips, and waffles to mussels. Of course, this is especially exciting for food technology groups!

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Take a look at our range of Belgium school trips below, and then get in touch with one of our tour advisers to discuss your requirements.

School Trips to Bruges

School Trips to Bruges

School trips to Bruges offer students the opportunity to explore the spectacular medieval Flemish capital!

Looking for a food technology school trip to Belgium? Bruges is the perfect choice with some really exciting foodie visits and activities.

And Bruges is also a great option for a cultural school trip to Belgium, giving your students an exciting experience of European history and culture.

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School Trips to Brussels

School trips to Brussels offer your students the exciting opportunity to explore the capital of the EU!

The presence of many international companies here makes this an excellent choice for a business studies school trip.

And Brussels also boasts some exciting visits and experiences for science and food technology school trips too.

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School Trips to Waterloo

School trips to Waterloo are ideal for a history school trip focusing on the history of warfare!

Waterloo was the site of the decisive Battle of Waterloo that saw the end of the Napoleonic Wars.

Here, your students can learn more about the technology and tactics used by Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington.

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School Trips to Ypres & Belgium Battlefields

School trips to Ypres are ideal for groups who want to explore the WW1 battlefields!

On your school trip to Ypres, your students will learn about the experiences of the soldiers in the trenches.

They will also have the opportunity to think about the importance of remembrance and keeping the memory of WW1 alive.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, absolutely. The destinations listed on our website are only a sample of the different types of school trips we can offer. If you have another destination in mind, simply fill out our enquiry form with all your requirements and one of our Tour Advisers will be in touch with a tailor-made quote.

Yes, all of our trips include comprehensive travel insurance, which now includes Covid cover. This group travel insurance covers individuals needing to drop out of the trip in the following circumstances:

  • Because a Qualified Medical Practitioner has diagnosed them as positive for Covid-19 within up to 14 days of departure.
  • Because they have been hospitalised due to Covid-19 within up to 28 days of departure.
  • Because they have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace for a period of time that prevents them from taking part in the trip.

The insurance also covers reasonable additional costs of accommodation and flights should an individual contract Covid-19 and have to self-isolate while abroad.

And the policy also covers reasonable additional costs to account for a family member to come across or a group leader/teacher to stay with the individual.

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As a general rule we recommend that you start planning your trip 12-18 months prior to your travel date. This gives you plenty of time to get sign off from senior leadership and to launch your trip in school to students and parents. Planning early will also mean you have a greater choice of accomodation and travel options.

If you start planning your trip later than this, don't worry, it is definitely possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. We're here to support you and we have a selection of templates and useful guides to help guide you and save you time throughout the process.

Every trip we organise is unique and your itinerary manager will work with you to understand your curriculum and adapt the itinerary to suit your learning objectives. The itineraries featured on our website are just a sample of the what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.

The Belgian border is less than an hour’s drive from Calais, the main ferry port in France, so almost all our school groups choose to travel to Belgium by coach. Your coach can then be used to travel between your accommodation and your excursions. If you prefer to travel by Eurostar, a coach can be contracted to collect you from Brussels and to transport you between locations during your stay.

If you're visiting the WW1 battlefields during your trip to Belgium, then we can arrange for your group to have a guide to accompany you around the battlefields sites. Some group leaders who have visited the battlefields many times in the past choose not to have a guide as they know the sites very well. So, this is not included as standard in our quotes. If you would like to have a guide then let your Tour Adviser know and they will be happy to include this for you.

You can see examples of the types of accommodation we have available in different destinations on the sample trip pages linked above.

All of our accommodation partners have been chosen based on their suitability for school groups. As a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), you can be certain that all accommodation contracted by us complies with local legislation with respect to fire and general safety, is contracted by trained Halsbury Travel staff or reputable agents, receives a standard audit and risk assessment prior to use by Halsbury Travel and receives a supplementary audit if it is used on five or more occasions in a year.

Your Tour Adviser will discuss your accommodation preferences with you when putting together your tailor-made quote and will assist you in choosing the best accommodation for your budget and requirements.

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Activities and excursions in Belgium that your school group will love

In Flanders Fields Museum

This interactive museum mixes artefacts with documentary film, audio-visual presentations and contemporary artwork to vividly portray the horror and brutality… Read More

Last Post Ceremony, Menin Gate

Every evening since 1928 the Last Post has sounded at the Menin Gate at 20:00 in homage to the fallen… Read More

Leonidas Chocolate Shop

Hans and Stephanie are always happy to welcome you to their chocolate shop! Situated in the Grote Markt main square… Read More

Essex Farm

John McCrae's 'In Flanders Fields' remains, to this day, one of the most memorable war poems ever written. It is… Read More

Talbot House

Away from the turmoil of battle in Ypres, Poperinge developed into the nerve centre for the British army. From December… Read More

Brussels Cathedral

This Gothic Cathedral built over a 300-year period dates back to 1225 and is one of the major religious centres… Read More

Autoworld

This museum is dedicated to the history of the automotive industry with five extraordinary automobile collections including a carriage used… Read More

Euro Space Center

Get ready for an incredible odyssey from the start of the universe with the Big Bang to the most futuristic… Read More

Why choose Halsbury?

Here are just a few reasons why teachers choose Halsbury for educational school trips that inspire.

  • School trips designed by teachers for teachers

    Originally founded by teachers in 1986, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and are here to make the process of running your school trip as easy as possible.

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  • School trips tailored to your curriculum

    We'll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure your school trip is a truly educational experience.

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  • Health & safety prioritised

    As a proud Assured Member of the School Travel Forum, the health and safety of your group is always our priority.

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  • Support every step of the way

    We'll be with you every step of the way, from your very first enquiry until the moment you return home, including 24-hour support while you’re on your school trip.

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  • Financially secure school trips

    We're ABTA bonded and all our air tours are ATOL protected, so you can be sure that your school trip is financially secure.

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  • Rewarding loyalty scheme

    You'll earn loyalty points from your very first school trip with Halsbury. These can be used towards a discount on your school trip or a free gift for your school.

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School trips by teachers for teachers

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

Tailor-made school trips

Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

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Rewarding loyalty scheme

Work together with other teachers in your school to save thousands of pounds on future school trips with our multi-trip loyalty scheme!