Geography Trip to Swiss Alps

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A geography school trip to the Swiss Alps will allow your students to explore a glacier, learn more about river processes and see some of the most famous peaks in the Alps, including the Matterhorn!

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.

Geography Trip to Swiss Alps



4 days, 3 nights

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1


Flight from the UK to Geneva


Visit to chocolate factory and onward transfer to hotel in Leysin 


Evening meal
Day 2


Full day excursion to Langglestscher Glacier and Fafleralp


Evening meal
Day 3


Visit to the Thermal Baths


Visit to Les Diablerets and Grand Eau River


Evening meal
Day 4


Transfer to airport


Return flight to the UK


Arrive back at school
  • 3 nights' half-board accommodation
  • Airport taxes and passenger duty at current rates
  • Airport transfers in resort
  • ATOL protected return flights from the UK
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • Detailed information pack
  • Excursion to Langgletscher glacier and the Fafleralp, includes private coach and experienced guide
  • Free staff place ratio 1:10
  • Itinerary planning service
  • Vamoos travel app - giving you access to all your trip documents on your phone or tablet
  • VAT at current rates to tour operators
  • Visit to Les Diablerets and Grand Eau River
  • Visit to thermal baths in Lavey le Bain includes return transfers and entry


A Level
  • Glaciated landscapes beyond the UK
  • Glacial erosion, transportation and deposition
  • Climate change and other threats to glaciers
  • Fieldwork
  • Case study of a river catchment
  • Minerals and rocks
  • Fossils and time
  • Geomorphic processes
  • Geomorphology
  • Physical processes affecting land formation
  • Erosion, transportation and deposition
  • Economic activity and conflicts over land use
  • Characteristics of cold environments
  • Plant and animal adaptations
  • Fluvial landforms
  • Fieldwork - investigating physical environments
Key Stage 3
  • Geological timescales
  • Weather and climate
  • Glaciation
  • Climate zones
  • Biomes and vegetation belts


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.

Educational Activities


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

Grande Eau

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

Langgletscher and Fafleralp

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

Thermal Baths at Saillon

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

Tourism Study - Les Diablerets

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

Cultural Activities

Maison Cailler

An absolute 'must' when visiting Switzerland is tasting some of its famous chocolate! At the Maison Cailler, you'll find out

Restaurant La Fromagerie

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

Supporting you every step of the way

Creating your perfect trip

Your quote will be put together by an experienced Tour Adviser who’ll be an expert in the subject area and will know the destination really well too. They’ll work with you to create a trip to suit your group’s needs and meet your learning objectives.

Launching your trip to parents and students

The next step is to get your trip approved and then get students signed up to it. Our ‘Trip Launch Pack’ will help you with this step. This is full of resources (all free to download) designed to make your life easier at this crucial point in the trip planning process.

After you’ve booked

Once you’ve booked, your dedicated Itinerary Coordinator will start work on the finer details. They’ll make sure your itinerary makes the most of your time and they’ll take on most of the admin tasks for your trip (freeing you up to do what you do best – teach).

Support while you’re away

From lost property to properly lost, we’ll always be on the end of the phone while you’re out on the trip. You’ll get a final info pack before you go, as well as access to all your trip documents via the Vamoos app.

After your trip
We’ll ask you for feedback, so we can improve our service. Let’s start planning your next trip too, so parents have plenty of time to pay (and so it’s less stressful for you). And don’t forget to head to our resources hub to continue the learning back in the classroom.

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The Alps are an amazing destination because they are so close and so beautiful. Transport, accommodation and food was all superb. The two Swiss guides we had were excellent and the pupils learnt a lot from them about both glaciation and Swiss life. The itinerary was not over-crowded so there was time to enjoy each activity and destination, and there was a good variety of experiences. Thank you!

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