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School Geography Trip to Swiss Alps

If you’re looking for a geography school trip that will help your students better understand plate tectonics, glaciers, ecosystems and biodiversity or river landscapes, then the Swiss Alps could be the perfect destination for you!

Your school geography trip to the Swiss Alps will see your students explore a glacier, learn more about river processes and see some of the most famous peaks in the Alps, including the Matterhorn. For GCSE students there is the opportunity to complete a field activity related to rivers or glaciers, while A Level students will find the Swiss Alps a good fit for their case studies.

The Swiss Alps, although making up just 14% of the total area of the mountain range, is home to 48 of the 82 ‘four-thousanders’ (peaks above 4,000m). This, plus the fact that Switzerland is the most alpine country in Europe (65% of its territory is in the Alps) makes it an incredible destination for young geographers.

Sample itinerary

Day 1/4

MorningMorning Transfer to airport
AfternoonAfternoon Return flight to the UK
EveningEvening Arrive back at school

Day 2/4

MorningMorning

Cross the border into France for visit to Chamonix

Visit the ice caves and the Mer de Glace

AfternoonAfternoon Take a cable car up the Aiguille du Midi and view Mont Blanc
EveningEvening Evening meal

Day 3/4

MorningMorning Take a cable car to Berneuse for spectacular views across the French and Swiss Alps
AfternoonAfternoon Begin return journey
EveningEvening  

Day 4/4

MorningMorning  
AfternoonAfternoon Arrive back at school
EveningEvening  

What's included?

  • tick icon3 nights' half-board accommodation
  • tick iconAirport taxes and passenger duty at current rates
  • tick iconAirport transfers in resort
  • tick iconATOL protected return flights from the UK
  • tick iconComprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • tick iconDetailed information pack
  • tick iconExcursion to Langgletscher glacier and the Fafleralp, includes private coach and experienced guide
  • tick iconFree staff place ratio 1:10
  • 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
  • tick iconVisit to Les Diablerets and Grand Eau River
  • tick iconVisit to thermal baths in Lavey le Bain includes return transfers and entry

Activities

Berneuse

Berneuse

The Berneuse is the mountain that stands over Leysin, in the Bernese Alps. Take the cable car to its summit (2,045m)… Read more

Grande Eau

Grande Eau

This tributary of the Rhône flows from Les Diablerets and offers the opportunity to delve deeper into river processes. … Read more

Langgletscher and Fafleralp

Langgletscher and Fafleralp

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

Maison Cailler

Maison Cailler

An absolute 'must' when visiting Switzerland is tasting some of its famous chocolate! At the Maison Cailler,… Read more

Restaurant La Fromagerie

Restaurant La Fromagerie

You can’t come all the way to Switzerland without trying some of its famous alpine cheeses! Housed in a 17th cen… Read more

Thermal Baths at Saillon

Thermal Baths at Saillon

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

Tourism Study - Les Diablerets

Tourism Study - Les Diablerets

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

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Accommodation

Alpine Classic Hotel
Alpine Classic Hotel

This modern 3* hotel in Leysin offers a great base from which to explore the Swiss Alps.

Guest rooms sleep 1-5 people, with some offering panoramic mountain views. All boast a private bathroom and satellite TV, as well as free WiFi access.

There's a lovely café which offers incredible views across the Dents-du-Midi mountains and an outside terrace where you can relax and take in your surroundings.

The traditional restaurant has a terrace and panoramic views of the Dents du Midi mountain range. The restaurant offers French, Swiss and international cuisine. Breakfast offers a selection of breads, meats and cheeses, cereals, yoghurts and cooked eggs.

There is great size bar with a billiard table, a cinema and several conference rooms that can be dedicated to your group.

Reviews

Eirias High School, September 2019

We were delighted with the way the trip was organized beforehand and the support which was available once we had left school. An excellent initiation to the Halsbury experience! 

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Gail Biggins - Tour Adviser

Don’t hesitate to contact me for any advice or further information on how your school trip can be tailored to your requirements.

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