School trips to Switzerland

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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.

Activities in Switzerland that your school group will love


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

History of Science Museum

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

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:

Patek Philippe Museum

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

United Nations

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


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

Langgletscher and Fafleralp

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

Tourism Study - Les Diablerets

Les Diablerets is an area popular with tourists, particularly those interested in adventure sports.

Thermal Baths at Saillon

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

Where to visit in Switzerland

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I can’t see the destination I’m looking to travel to, can you still help me with my trip?

Of course.

We've got great relationships with suppliers all over the world, so we should be able to arrange something for you to suit your budget and trip objectives in your preferred destination.

Just get in touch with us and we'll let you know what we can do. 

Do you offer travel insurance?

We do. Travel insurance is an optional extra and you can find out more about it in our travel insurance resource (which includes the policy documents and FAQs). 

If you decide against arranging this insurance through us (which is absolutely fine, by the way), please just remember you must have suitable travel and medical insurance to cover your group. 

Can the trip itinerary be adapted to my curriculum and requirements?

Every single trip we arrange is tailor made, so absolutely yes. 

Our Tour Advisers and Itinerary Coordinators are all experienced school travel specialists. They'll work closely with you to make sure your itinerary supports your learning objectives. They'll be able to offer suggestions and advice to make sure you make the most of your time. 

So, when you're browsing through our school trips, just remember that the itineraries and activities you see are there for inspiration only - your own itinerary can look as similar or as different as you want. 

Equally, we've suggested trip durations based on what groups usually request - if you want to go for a shorter or longer duration, just let us know. 

What accommodation options are available?

The accommodation options that are available vary depending on the destination but we're usually able to arrange everything from hostel-style accommodation to more luxurious hotels. 

On each of the trip pages, you'll see some accommodation options - these are usually the most popular for those destinations, but we often have plenty of other options available. You'll discuss accommodation options (and budget) with your Tour Adviser when they're putting your quote together, so don't be afraid to let them know if you want something different. 

We only work with accommodation options that are suitable for schools. 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. 

How far ahead should I start planning my trip?

As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your trip 12-18 months before you want to travel. This gives you plenty of time to get it approved and launched to students and parents.

Planning early will mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options - and it will make paying for the trip easier for families, as they'll be able to break it down into smaller, more manageable payments.

You can check out our trip-planning timeline for a better idea of the process and when you should expect to be doing things. 

If you are looking to travel sooner than this, it is possible. But it will depend on availability and you may find prices are a bit higher - but get in touch and let's see what's possible. 

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