School trips to Portugal

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School trips to Portugal are growing in popularity, thanks to the country’s fascinating culture and spectacular landscapes.

Most school groups who travel to Portugal actually choose to visit the Azores, a remarkable and spectacular Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. These nine volcanic islands are the ideal choice for a geography school trip with a difference.

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Why visit Portugal?

Epic Macaraonesian geography

The Azores is part of Macaronesia, a collection of four volcanic archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean. Because of the geological activity here, the Azores is often regarded as a fantastic alternative to Iceland for a geography school trip.

While Iceland allows students to see a country in the making, the Azores will give them a good idea of what Iceland may look like in around 2 million years’ time. They’ll learn all about the incredible geology here, as well as how the landscape and land use has changed.

A real highlight of your geography school trip to the Azores will be when you sample one of the local delicacies, cozido. This is a stew prepared in volcanic calderas and an unforgettable example of how the landscape around us can influence our culture and traditions.

Most groups who choose a geography school trip to Portugal stay in Ponta Delgada, the economic capital of the Azores. Ponta Delgada is on São Miguel Island, the largest in the archipelago. Not only is this an excellent base from which to explore the geography of the islands, but it’s also the perfect place in which to get a flavour of the unique Azorean lifestyle and culture.

Incredible food

One thing you don’t need to worry about on a school trip to Portugal is your students going hungry. Portuguese cuisine is diverse and delicious. With influences from both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, Portuguese cuisine is also known for the variety of spices used. This is due to Portugal’s spice trade in the East Indies.

If you do visit the Azores on your school trip to Portugal, you’ll notice there are a lot of cows. So you may not be surprised to find out that the archipelago produces around 50% of Portugal’s cheese!

And make sure you take some time to enjoy some of Portugal’s pastries and desserts, which have influenced many others across the West – did you know marmalade and caramel both have Portuguese roots?

Activities in Portugal that your school group will love

Caldeira Velha

This waterfall of warm, ionised water is on the northern slope of the Fogo Volcano. There is also an environmental

Furnas and Lagoa do Fogo

Explore the Furnas area and sample a local delicacy, the “Cozido”, a type of stew. Prepared in volcanic calderas, this

Furnas Monitoring and Research Centre

The Furnas Monitoring and Research Centre offers a wonderful insight into the lagoon ecosystem and its native flora and fauna.

Gorreana Tea Factory

The Gorreana tea plantation is the only remaining tea plantation in Europe and has been owned by same family since

Gruta do Carvão

The Gruta do Carvão is the largest volcanic cave on the island of São Miguel. Here you'll see lava stalactites

Sete Cidades

Visit the spectacular Sete Cidades, a volcanic area in the west of the island of Sao Miguel. Home to diverse

Terra Nostra Park

This botanical garden sits in the Furnas Valley, which is actually a volcanic crater. It became popular among tourists at

Walking Trail of Salto do Cabrito

The walking trail of Salto do Cabrito is a small circular route beginning/ending in the area of Caldeiras of Ribeira

Where to visit in Portugal

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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. 

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.
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 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

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