All school trips offer incredible educational value, but that doesn’t mean they always have to be linked to one specific subject!

So, whether you’re thinking about a cross-curricular school trip arranged in conjunction with another department or are interested in arranging a school trip with a more general or cultural focus, we’re here to help!

Many of our groups choose school trips which are not subject-specific but instead provide students with an insight into a culture different to their own. These educational tours are packed with experiences that provide enrichment and enhance their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. They can even be offered as a rewarding end-of-term incentive!

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General and cultural school trips in the UK

Both London and Edinburgh are fantastic choices for a general and cultural school trip. Both cities offer a great range of activities and visits to suit all interests, including some of the most prestigious museums and art galleries in the UK.

In Edinburgh, your students can explore Scottish history with visits to the iconic Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the National Wallace Monument. They can also take a walking tour around the city that inspired J.K. Rowling to write the Harry Potter books!

And in London, see behind the scenes of the Harry Potter movies at the Warner Brothers Studio Tour! Alternatively, we can arrange for you to visit the Houses of Parliament, see a West End Show or explore the Natural History Museum.

General and cultural school trips abroad

We offer a great variety of destinations for a general and cultural school trip abroad, from France and Belgium to Japan and Vietnam. Discover an ancient culture in China, or more recent history in Cuba. Explore exotic tastes in Sri Lanka, or the opulence of the Middle East in Dubai. Wherever you choose to go, we’ll tailor make your school trip to meet your specific requirements.

Does your school have a cultural exchange in a place with a foreign school? Would you like to try and establish links with one in your chosen destination?

We can help by coordinating the transport and accommodation elements of your trip, as well as arranging visits to local schools where your students can gain an understanding of how the education system differs around the world.

All our school trips abroad are flexible to suit your needs and can be tailor made to

include cross-curricular activities, which will broaden the appeal of the trip to a wider range of students.

Why arrange a general and cultural school trip?

Develop intercultural understanding

A general and cultural school trip is a great way to get students out of the classroom to learn more about the world around them. You don’t have to go abroad – a school trip to London or Edinburgh offers students plenty of opportunity to learn more about British history and culture.

But a school trip abroad could offer something else – the opportunity to learn more about a different culture and the similarities and differences with their own. You don’t have to go far – school trips to France, Belgium and Spain all offer exciting cultural experiences that will help to develop your students’ intercultural understanding.

But if you do really want to broaden their horizons, you could take your students to a Middle Eastern or Asian country, where they will explore a culture that is very different to their own.

In Dubai, students can enjoy a traditional Bedouin meal in the desert. In Vietnam they can visit the floating markets of the Mekong Delta.

In Japan, they can enjoy a traditional tea ceremony. And in China, they can explore the ancient culture with a visit to the Forbidden City in Beijing, before discovering modern China in vibrant Shanghai.

They can explore Buddhist temples and tea plantations in Sri Lanka or explore Communism in the Caribbean with a trip to Cuba. You could even head to Toronto to learn more about Canadian and North American culture.

Wherever you choose to go, we’ll ensure your tailor-made itinerary is packed full of exciting visits and activities to suit your group, interests and learning objectives.

Give them something to look forward to

For your students, your general and cultural school trip will be an experience that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. And it’s also something that they will really look forward to.

Whether your trip is intended as a reward for hard work, to inspire good behaviour or simply as an opportunity for students to develop their intercultural understanding and enjoy a cultural experience they may not otherwise be able to, excitement around your trip will be high.

Enjoy the trip as much as your students

Originally founded by former teachers, and with many former teachers still among us, we understand the value of general and cultural school trips and how to make them successful.

Your trip will be completely tailor made, to ensure that it meets your specific requirements and learning objectives. And we’ll be on hand throughout the process to

answer any questions you have.

In fact, we’ll be with you every step of the way, from now until you return home at the end of your trip. While abroad, you’ll be able to reach us with just one phone call, at any time of the day or night. And, with this comprehensive level of support while you’re away, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy experiencing your school trip as much as your students.

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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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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.

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.

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!