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

Boat Cruise on Lake Geneva

The Lake of Geneva, nestled amidst the Alps is a true inland sea making possible a wide range of cruises:

Jet d'eau (water foutain)

Originally a simple security valve at the Coulouvrenière hydraulic factory this water fountain has, over the years, grown to be

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

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?
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. 

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.
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.
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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