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School Trips to Switzerland

School trips to Switzerland are trips that journey into the very heart of Europe and are ideal for scientists and geographers!

Most groups who choose to visit Switzerland base themselves in the cosmopolitan city of Geneva or in the pretty alpine resort village of Leysin, in the Swiss Alps.

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Why visit Switzerland?

Groundbreaking science

Switzerland, and Geneva, in particular, is a very popular destination for science school trips. That’s because it offers school groups the incredible opportunity to visit the world’s largest particle physics laboratory at CERN.

Here, your students will learn how scientists are using impressive technology like the Large Hadron Collider to answer some of the key questions about our universe.

If you want to take your students on a science school trip that both excites them and helps them to understand the key role that science plays in our understanding of the world around us, then this is the trip for you!

In addition to visiting CERN, there are a number of other fascinating science-based visits that your school group can enjoy in and around Geneva, including the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and the History of Science Museum.

Epic Alpine landscapes

Switzerland is the most alpine country in Europe, with the Alps making up around two-thirds of the country’s surface area. The Alps have also played a hugely important role in the history and culture of Switzerland.

A geography school trip to Switzerland offers your group the opportunity to study an Alpine landscape that is home to towering mountains, such as the Matterhorn, and impressive glaciers, like the Langgletscher. Your students will also have the opportunity to learn more about river processes and even study the impact of alpine tourism on the area.

The crossroads of Germanic and Romance cultures

Switzerland is where Germanic and Romance cultures meet and this is reflected in the fact that it has four distinct language and cultural regions – German, French, Italian and Romansh.

Despite these very clearly distinct cultural and linguistic differences, the Swiss still have a strong national identity, that is based on a shared history and shared values. And so a school trip to Switzerland is also a wonderful lesson in citizenship and the importance of tolerance and cultural understanding for your students.

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

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School Trips to CERN

Your school trip to CERN will be an incredible, inspirational experience for your young scientists!

CERN is most famous for being the home of the Large Hadron Collider and is, perhaps the best example for students of how science can tell us more about the world around us.Your students will return home excited by the possibilities that science holds for them!

School Trips to Geneva

School Trips to Geneva

A school trip to Geneva is an exciting opportunity for your students to visit a city that is an important global financial centre and home to many international organisations!

Geneva school trips are most popular among science groups who want to visit CERN, the largest particle physics laboratory in the world, as well as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.

Swiss Alps

School Trips to Swiss Alps

A school trip to the Swiss Alps will allow you to explore alpine Europe and all its fascinating geography, spectacular landscapes and vibrant cultures!

Swiss Alps school trips are most popular among geography groups who are interested in deepening their understanding of glaciated landscapes and fluvial landforms. This is also a great destination in which to learn more about climate change.

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.

Please contact us for details.

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.

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.

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.

Activities and excursions in Switzerland that your school group will love

CERN

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research.… Read More

History of Science Museum

The History of Science Museum is a must-see on a science school trip to Geneva!

Here, your students will see a… Read More

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum

Three internationally acclaimed architects from different cultural backgrounds combined their talents to design the exhibition organized around three different themes:… Read More

Patek Philippe Museum

Patek Phillippe is a Geneva-based firm of master watchmakers that was founded in the city in 1839.

At the Patek Philippe… Read More

United Nations

The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) has more than 1,600 staff, andis the biggest United Nations duty station outside… Read More

Berneuse

The Berneuse is the mountain that stands over Leysin, in the Bernese Alps. Take the cable car to its summit… Read More

Langgletscher and Fafleralp

The Langgletscher is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts a nature trail designed to educate visitors on… Read More

Tourism Study - Les Diablerets

Les Diablerets is an area popular with tourists, particularly those interested in adventure sports. Thanks to the glacier, skiing is… Read More

Thermal Baths at Saillon

Relax in the thermal baths at Saillon! Let the current carry you along the Thermal River, heal your aches and… 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

    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

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

Earn loyalty points from your very first trip which can be used towards a trip discount or free gift for your school.