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School trips to Belgium are ideal if you’re looking for a trip packed with educational value, without having to spend too much time travelling. The shorter journey times and choice of travel options also make Belgium a great choice if you’re trying to keep costs down.

Belgium is a truly diverse location with a wide variety of learning opportunities for groups studying almost any subject, including history, food technology, business studies, science and English literature. Belgium is also a great choice for a cultural school trip.

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Why visit Belgium?

The political centre of Europe

With the Belgian city of Brussels considered to be the de facto capital of the European Union, Belgium plays a key role in politics and business across all of Europe.

As host to the official seats of the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, and the European Council, Belgium is a great choice of destination for school groups studying politics or business studies.

The battlefield of Europe

Belgium’s role in WW1 and WW2 cemented the country’s already long-established reputation as the ‘Battlefield of Europe’, making it a truly fascinating destination. Not only will you learn about the various wars that have been fought in Belgium, but you’ll also learn more about how this ties in with general European history.

Belgium was the setting for some of the fiercest fighting during the First World War, making it particularly popular among school history and English literature groups for WW1 battlefield trips to Ypres.

Students will have the chance to learn more about the experience of war from the point of view of both the soldiers and local civilians. And you can include a stop in Waterloo to learn about the history of warfarebetween the Napoleonic Wars and the Second World War.

The rich and diverse culture

Belgium is an excellent choice of destination for a cultural school trip. It is home to two distinct communities, the Dutch-speaking Flemish Community and the French-speaking Community, which has influenced Belgian history and politics for centuries.

The medieval city of Bruges is a fantastic destination for your cultural school trip. You can take a boat trip along the city's canals, climb the iconic belfry and explore Belgium's connections to chocolate and chips!

The culinary delights

Whatever your subject, no school trip to Belgium would be complete without taking the time to savour some of its gastronomic delights, from chocolate to chips, and waffles to mussels. Of course, this is especially exciting for food technology groups!

Food Technology School Trip to Bruges & Boulogne

Your students will explore French and Belgian cuisine on your food technology school trip to Bruges and Boulogne! 

£119PP

School General & Cultural Trip to Bruges

A school trip to the beautiful medieval city of Bruges offers lots of exciting opportunities for your students!

£119PP

School Business Studies Trip to Brussels

Brussels is the ideal choice for educational trips that help your students better understand the role of global markets!

£415PP

School Food Technology Trip to Brussels

Chocolate, waffles, chips and beer - there's plenty of exciting opportunities on a food technology school trip to Brussels!

£115PP

School Science Trip to Brussels

Become an astronaut for the day and explore a lifesize model of the space shuttle on your science school trip to Brussels!

£239PP

School French Culture Trip to Brussels and Walibi World

Visit the spectacular city of Brussels to give your students an exciting experience of French outside of France!

£389PP

History of Warfare School Trip to Ypres, Waterloo & Dunkirk

Explore the changing nature of warfare with your students on a history school trip to Waterloo, Ypres and Dunkirk!

£375PP

WW1 Medical Aid School Trip to Ypres

Give your students the opportunity to find out how soldiers were treated in the field during WW1 on your history school trip to Ypres!

£250PP

School English Literature Trip to Ypres

Your students will deepen their understanding of the conditions that inspired WW1 poetry on your school trip to Ypres!

£199PP

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Activities in Belgium that your school group will love

In Flanders Fields Museum

This interactive museum mixes artefacts with documentary film, audio-visual presentations and contemporary artwork to vividly portray the horror and brutality

Last Post Ceremony, Menin Gate

Every evening since 1928 the Last Post has sounded at the Menin Gate at 20:00 in homage to the fallen

Leonidas Chocolate Shop

Hans and Stephanie are always happy to welcome you to their chocolate shop! Situated in the Grote Markt main square

Essex Farm

John McCrae's 'In Flanders Fields' remains, to this day, one of the most memorable war poems ever written. It is

Talbot House

Away from the turmoil of battle in Ypres, Poperinge developed into the nerve centre for the British army. From December

Brussels Cathedral

This Gothic Cathedral built over a 300-year period dates back to 1225 and is one of the major religious centres

Autoworld

This museum is dedicated to the history of the automotive industry with five extraordinary automobile collections including a carriage used

Euro Space Center

Get ready for an incredible odyssey from the start of the universe with the Big Bang to the most futuristic

Belfry of Bruges

One of the city's most prominent symbols, the Belfry formerly housed a treasury and the municipal archives, and served as

Bruges Grote Markt

In the centre of the World Heritage City of Bruges lies the Grote Markt.

Canal Boat Trip

When visiting Bruges, you simply cannot miss a boat trip on the canals - a trip that will make you

Brussels Cathedral

This Gothic Cathedral built over a 300-year period dates back to 1225 and is one of the major religious centres

Brussels Town Hall

Brussels Town Hall is one of Belgium’s finest civic buildings, not only because of the numerous sculptures adorning its walls

Walibi World Belgium

Enjoy an exciting day out at this fantastic theme park close to Brussels!

Concept Chocolate

Proud of its experience and know-how in personalised chocolates, Concept Chocolate is delighted to offer you an opportunity to learn

Bellewaerde Park

Bellewaerde Park is Belgium’s oldest theme park. Built around an ancient castle, this theme park is located only 75 minutes

Leonidas Chocolate Shop

Hans and Stephanie are always happy to welcome you to their chocolate shop! Situated in the Grote Markt main square

Where to visit in Belgium

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Read some of our latest blogs covering school trips to Belgium.

Why Halsbury Education trips?

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FAQs

I can’t see the destination I’m looking to travel to, can you still help me with my trip?
Yes, absolutely. The destinations listed on our website are only a sample of the different 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.
Do you offer travel insurance?

We do offer travel insurance as an optional extra - find out more in our travel insurance resource which includes the policy documents and FAQs. 

If you choose not to purchase this insurance through us (which is absolutely fine), just remember that you must have suitable travel and medical insurance in place to cover your group. 

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.

Want to travel sooner than this? It's possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. Whenever you're ready to start planning, we'll be here to support you.  And make sure you check out the many trip-planning guides in our resource hub

Can the trip itinerary be adapted to my curriculum and requirements?
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 what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.
How will our group travel to Belgium, and then get around each day once we’re there?
The Belgian border is less than an hour’s drive from Calais, the main ferry port in France, so almost all our school groups choose to travel to Belgium by coach. Your coach can then be used to travel between your accommodation and your excursions. If you prefer to travel by Eurostar, a coach can be contracted to collect you from Brussels and to transport you between locations during your stay.
Will we have a dedicated tour guide?
If you're visiting the WW1 battlefields during your trip to Belgium, then we can arrange for your group to have a guide to accompany you around the battlefields sites. Some group leaders who have visited the battlefields many times in the past choose not to have a guide as they know the sites very well. So, this is not included as standard in our quotes. If you would like to have a guide then let your Tour Adviser know and they will be happy to include this for you.
What accommodation options are available?
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.

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