Geography school trips

With a wide range of fascinating destinations to choose from, our programme of school geography trips will enable your pupils to discover the exciting world of geography outside the classroom.  

Each destination has been chosen with your school curriculum in mind. Therefore, whatever your learning objectives, we have a range of geography trips to suit your needs and your budget. So, where shall we go? 

Browse our geography school trip destinations

Iceland

Iceland, the geographer’s and geologist’s ultimate playground, offers a unique trip for pupils.

There's no better place for your pupils to observe the ongoing impact of glaciation and vulcanicity, icefields, waterfalls and geothermal pools.

To help your group get the best learning experience from their trip, our specialist Field Studies Guides are equipped with first-hand knowledge of the culture, climate, history and geography of Iceland. Plus, we're qualified Inspired by Iceland specialists!

Find out more about our geography trips to Iceland.

Swiss Alps

The Valais region of Switzerland makes a fantastic location for a geography field trip overseas. Popular Swiss Alp group visits include the imposing peak of the Matterhorn, the Aletsch Glacier, the well-known resort of Zermatt, the proposed Winter Olympic centre of Sion and Mattmark’s hydro-electric dam all within easy reach.

A geography trip to this stunning region of Switzerland offers pupils a great opportunity for hands-on data collection and fieldwork techniques.

Our most popular Swiss Alp geography tours are designed to cover a host of study themes. Your pupils will be rewarded with ample learning opportunities in a range of spectacular locations.

Find out more about our geography trips to the Swiss Alps...

French Alps

The French Alps is a fantastic location for geography students. The awe and wonder of the Alpine landscape around Chamonix, with the permanent snow-capped peak of Mont Blanc towering over the town, is sure to inspire your pupils. The region offers excellent opportunities to study glacial features and processes.

On a geography tour to the French Alps many NST school groups choose to study the impact of skiing on the fragile landscape, along with taking hands-on measurements of rivers, sediments and vegetation and learning about how alpine hazards are managed to create a thriving economy.

Find out more about our geography trips to the French Alps...

Bay of Naples

A field trip to the Bay of Naples provides a great opportunity to study key themes at GCSE and A-level, including tectonic processes, tourism, hazard management, coasts and industry. Our exciting programme includes trips to Pompeii, the Phlegraean Fields, Capri and the Amalfi Coast - not to mention Mount Vesuvius!

A mild climate makes this the ideal area to take a school geography tour at any time of year. Study a range of human activities set in an environment largely defined by physical processes. Farming, fishing, tourism and a cultural history are just some of the topics on offer.

Find out more about our geography trips to the Bay of Naples...

Sicily

A geography school trip to Sicily provides a great opportunity for groups wanting to study key themes at GCSE and A-level, including volcanic activity and coastal processes and the resulting formations. This island offers superb geography visits including Mount Etna which provides an excellent case study to expand upon back in the classroom.

For physical geographers there are river and coastal studies plus the active volcanoes of Etna and Stromboli. Local farming, fishing and tourist industries provide the human geography element (as well as plenty of gastronomic and leisure time benefits). This is a fantastic geography tour option for pupils.

Find out more about our geography trips to Sicily...

Northern Ireland

On a geography field trip to Northern Ireland’s North Coast, your pupils will get the chance to study coastal processes, volcanism, geology, glaciation, the impact of tourism and conservation in a fascinating area of outstanding natural beauty.

With its remarkably diverse landscape of breathtaking coastlines and spectacular countryside, Northern Ireland’s North Coast is the ideal geography school trip destination to study both physical and human geography. The area is filled with field trip opportunities for budding geographers, with glens, lush forest parks, secluded coastal tracks and many quaint fishing villages.

Popular geography visits for school groups include the spectacular Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Portstewart Strand - which offers a fantastic opportunity for data collection and fieldwork techniques.

Find out more about our geography trips to Northern Ireland...

Barcelona & Catalonia

A geography school trip to the popular and cosmopolitan city of Barcelona provides pupils with numerous exciting study opportunities.

Our most popular geography tours to the Catalonia region are designed to cover a host of study themes and complement the latest AS and A2 specifications.

The city itself provides many examples of preserved heritage and planned regeneration. Our geography field trips to Barcelona offer a choice of full day modules; Montjuïc, Port Olympic and Port Vell offer excellent case studies of redevelopment and regeneration, and the city’s distinct urban zone lends itself to comparisons with urban models.

In contrast, Garrotxa Natural Park is a great geography visit for the study of ecosystems and tectonic processes.

Find out more about our geography trips to Barcelona...

West Coast USA

An unforgettable experience that combines the awesome beauty of deserts, canyons and national parks with glittering, exciting cities.

A geography school trip to West Coast USA offers unparalleled opportunities for pupils of all ages, with many geography and geology visits directly relating to KS3, GCSE and A-level study.

Rich in biodiversity, the spectacular waterfalls and giant sequoias of Yosemite contrast dramatically with the harsh, arid environment of Death Valley. Meanwhile, West Coast cities (including LA, Las Vegas and San Francisco) offer countless opportunities to study key human geography themes.

Find out more about our geography trips to the West Coast USA...

China

A geography tour to China will stay with your pupils for a lifetime.

This exciting destination offers an exhilarating educational journey with its huge contrasts and wide range of tourist attractions.

Whether visiting the ultra-modern city of Shanghai or the traditional settlements in the Yangtze Valley, a geography trip to China is ideally suited to GCSE and A-level pupils, but there is much to be enjoyed and learned for KS3 too.

Find out more about our geography trips to China...

London

A geography school trip to London provides a massive range of geography visits that will excite, inform and educate your group.

Packed full of enthralling visits and attractions, a geography school trip to London provides a massive range of geography visits that will excite, inform and educate your group.

London's role in the 2012 Olympic Games has truly changed the face of this global city, making it an ideal geography trip destination in which to see the impact of hosting such a worldwide event.

Find out more about our geography tours to London...

London Day Trips

Geography day trips to London are a great option for groups on a budget.

We can arrange your visits, transportation, meals, travel insurance and free places. London's role in the 2012 Olympic Games has truly changed the face of this global city, making it an ideal geography school tour destination in which to see the impact of hosting such a worldwide event.

A geography visit to England’s capital city offers a great opportunity to study urban regeneration, cost/benefit issues, infrastructure and networks, whilst Olympics sites enable pupils to cover several study themes too.

Find out more about our geography day trips to London...

Opal Coast

Just a short hop across the English Channel, the dramatic white cliffs and golden beaches of the Opal Coast region of Northern France provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor teaching on a geography school trip to remember.

Here, a range of different geography visits can all be found in close proximity. Use our Educational Resource Pack to enhance a range of curriculum study themes, whilst developing geography fieldwork skills and techniques - a great base on which to build at GCSE.

Find out more about our geography tours to the Opal Coast...

Paris

Paris is a city that everyone should experience, and a geography tour to the city offers the perfect opportunity to undertake studies into human geography, especially at GCSE level.

NST’s geography school trip programme enables pupils to dig beneath the surface of this tourists’ paradise, with its heritage of art, museums, galleries and attractions that help to make it one of the most visited cities in the world.

The range of geography visits on offer uncover the historical growth, varied architecture and land use that has led to the development of distinct urban zones. Investigations into settlement morphology and tourism impact on a geography field trip to Paris provide valuable opportunities for primary data collection and skills acquisition.

Find out more about our geography trips to Paris...

Disneyland® Paris

A geography tour to Disneyland® Paris offers a highly original and fun way to deliver the concepts of industrial location, globalisation, cultural diversity and tourism.

Disney makes a fascinating geography school trip case study of how industry can have a global influence, and how success must address issues of cultural diversity.

NST’s Educational Resource Packs for use on geography field trips to Paris provide a dedicated scheme of work which includes pre-visit case study activities, on-site fieldwork activities and post-visit follow up activities, created for use at KS3, but also suited to studies at GCSE.

Find out more about our geography trips to Disneyland® Paris...

Netherlands

Geography school trips to the Netherlands are excellent for the study of physical, human and environmental geography at KS3 and GCSE.

With geography visits that include the region’s cities, waterways and its coast, key topics include sustainability, fluvial systems, hazards, industry, cultural diversity and environmental change.

Many geography field trip study sites in the Netherlands are located close together, thus enabling your group to maximise use of study time whilst away on a geography tour to the region.

Find out more about our geography trips to the Netherlands...

Cornwall

Cornwall provides geography pupils with the ideal learning environment to investigate coasts and tourism and, of course, a visit to the amazing Eden Project.

The Eden Project can provide curriculum-linked educational workshops covering themes such as sustainability, climate change, ecology and biodiversity, to encourage pupils to consider their environmental impact.

Set in 35 acres, the Eden Project contains a series of biomes, outdoor gardens, sculptures and a rainforest canopy walkway.

Find out more about our geography trips to Cornwall...


Our most popular geography school trip destinations...

The Bay of Naples

A geography school trip to the Bay of Naples provides a great opportunity to study key themes at GCSE and A-level, including tectonic processes, tourism, hazard management, coasts and industry. This exciting geography field trip programme includes visits to Pompeii, the Phlegraean Fields, Capri and the Amalfi Coast - not to mention Mount Vesuvius! View details...

 

Iceland

For pupils studying the ongoing impact of glaciation and vulcanicity, a geography trip to Iceland provides a unique opportunity to witness a rare phenomena, from dramatic volcanic lunar landscapes and spouting geysers, to diverging plates, glaciers, and outwash plains! Our geography school trip highlights include the Blue Lagoon, Golden and South Circle Adventure and the Northern Lights. View details...

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Explore the world with our Field Studies Guides...

Equipped with first-hand knowledge of the culture, climate, history and subject knowledge of geography and geology, our expert guides will assist with programme delivery, tailoring your group’s experience to suit your specific learning needs.

Your guide will contact you ahead of your geography trip for a pre-tour discussion, assist with teaching, guiding, and practical investigation, whilst also providing advice, support and assistance with on-tour logistics.

Our Field Studies Guides are available in Iceland, the Swiss Alps, the French Alps, the Bay of Naples, Sicily and Northern Ireland.

Additional support, resources & information

Planning your first school trip?

Organising your first school trip can appear to be a daunting process.

If you're planning your first geography school trip, our guide will help to take you through each step of the planning process, answering frequently asked questions and providing tips and support along the way.

Our helpful guide covers the following:

- Choosing your destination

- Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head

- Promoting your tour in school

- Confirming your booking

- Tailor-make your tour

- Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment)

- Quick reference timeline

- Pre-tour checklist

View our essential guide to a successful school trip here.

Support with your risk assessments

Risk assessment plays a vitally important part in the planning and organisation on any school tour.

Our risk assessment guide aims to help you understand more about your obligations and how you can more effectively manage group safety on your next educational visit and provide you with risk assessments for your trip.

Plus, we can provide you with specific risk assessment templates for geography tours to Iceland, the West Coast USA, the Bay of Naples, the Swiss Alps and French Alps – helping to make planning your trip easier for you.

View our guidance on risk assessments here.

FREE classroom resources

We've created a range of FREE geography resources and educational posters to brighten up your classroom!

Take a look at our downloadable posters here.

FREE geography trip educational resources

Developed by experienced geography teachers, our FREE educational resource packs contains a wealth of information for use before, during and after your tour and are suitable for a range of levels including GCSE, AS & A2.

Our recently enhanced education resource packs include data collection activities, discussion topics and pre-prepared results.

We offer packs for many of our geography, geology & environmental science destinations.

View samples here.

Get live updates on your group's tour location

NST's new trip tracker, Locate My Trip, is the easy, convenient way for your school to follow your group's location whilst on tour.

Our app has been specifically designed to provide reassurance to both parents and teachers.

Watch our short Locate My Trip video...

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Save time and stay on track with your school trip admin with our online orgnaniser - designed to help busy teachers like you.

With My Tour Manager, you'll be able to download FREE resources and access trip paperwork online and in one place. Your personalised checklist details what you need to do and by when, plus you'll receive fortnightly reminders too.

What's more, you can take all your trip documents on the go whilst on your tour with our app, My Tour Manager-On-the-Go.

Find out more and watch out short My Tour Manager video...

Support from NST's Field Studies Guides

When you book your geography trip with NST, we can provide you with a Field Studies Guide to ensure that your pupils get the best learning experience from their geography visit.

Equipped with first-hand knowledge of the culture, climate, history and subject knowledge of geography, geology and environmental science, NST’s Field Studies Guides will assist with programme delivery, tailoring your group’s experience to suit your specific learning needs.

Learn more about how our team of Field Studies Guides can support your group...

Planning your first school trip?

If you're planning your first geography school trip, our essential guide will take you through each step of the process...

  • Choosing your destination
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head
  • Promoting your tour in school
  • Confirming your booking
  • Tailor-make your tour
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment)
  • Quick reference timeline
  • Pre-tour checklist

Speak to one of our school travel experts

Our team of school travel experts have unrivalled destination knowledge and experience so they can help to bring your tour ideas to life and might even suggest options you hadn’t already thought of too! So get in touch today and we'll help to create a bespoke, budget-friendly tour itinerary to meet your specific learning requirements.

Why choose NST...

Here's why thousands of teachers choose NST each year...

  • Unrivalled knowledge
    Your dedicated geography tour co-ordinator will use their unrivalled local knowledge and expertise to create a tailor-made, curriculum-linked itinerary to meet your group’s exact needs.
  • Making it easier for you
    With our online school trip organiser, travel app, suggested kit lists for students travelling to the Bay of Naples, Iceland or Sicily, FREE classroom posters and geography trip launch resources to support in-school promotion.
  • Support from our Field Studies Guides
    Equipped with first-hand knowledge of the culture, climate, history and subject knowledge of geography, NST’s team of specialist geography Field Studies Guides can assist with programme delivery to ensure your students have the best possible learning experience.
  • NST is a certified Iceland specialist
    We're proud to be a certified Inspired by Iceland specialist, which means that we have been accredited as a tour operator with extensive knowledge and experience when it comes to planning a trip to Iceland.

 

What teachers are saying about us...

"I would like to thank NST for a fabulous geography school trip to the Bay of Naples. Our students stated that it was a life changing experience."

Stephen Till, Head of Geography at Stanground Academy

 

"This was the first time that we have organised a geography trip to Iceland. From the first minute, I have been delighted with the help and support from all of the staff at NST. They have all made my life so much easier and provided me with lots of information to help with our decision making. I cannot thank NST enough."

Matthew Smith, Assistant Head at Nicholas Chamberlaine School

 

"Our Field Studies Guide, Rob, was absolutely excellent in every way during our geography school trip! He was thoroughly knowledgeable about everything that Iceland had to offer."

Emma Hartley, Geography Teacher at St Swithun's School

 

"Our Field Studies Guide, Claire, was truly excellent. A phenomenal asset to NST. Excellent knowledge, fantastic with the children and very skilled at thinking on her feet to ensure a faultless visit (including adding extra stops and re-ordering some stops to avoid major tourist traffic). Cannot praise her highly enough and would definitely wish to have her again on our next geography trip."

Richard Ledingham, Head of Geography at Wellington School

 

"We have done a lot of geography school trips and had a number of guides, but Martin is up there with the best of them. Organised, good with the students, excellent subject knowledge and really engaged our students. He is a big part of the reason we would look to come back to NST again." 

Miranda Banwell, Geography Teacher at Huish Episcopi Academy

 

"The students and staff thoroughly enjoyed our geography school trip to the Bay of Naples. The itinerary was fun-packed and educational. The students crammed in a lot in a short space of time."

Matt McKinney, Head of Geography at The Warwick School

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