School Trips to Spain

Spain’s rich cultural history makes it a choice destination for any type of school trip. Whether the focus is language, art, music, business or maths, high school trips to Spain are extremely popular and rewarding for students of all ages.

Madrid and Barcelona are cities teeming with interesting things to see and do – museums, plazas, architecture, parks and of course wonderful food. But if you’re looking for a taste of authentic Spain then you should also consider regions such as Andalucia, known for its flamenco dancing, classical guitar and the magnificent Alhambra palace.

Remember that Spain is the second largest country in Western Europe and one of the most mountainous, so there really is a wealth of options to choose from. We have helped hundreds of schools plan their perfect Spain school trip, feel free to get in touch for more information or advice on your best approach.

Browse our curriculum-linked school trips in Spain

Barcelona & Catalonia

Barcelona & Catalonia

You can find more information on each trip we offer below, or visit our page about Barcelona & Catalonia school trips. 

 

 

Primary Tours

A primary school trip to the Northern Catalonian coastline allows pupils to explore the small fishing ports, mountainous villages, seaside towns and larger commercial tourist resorts. All these differing communities offer alternative aspects of Spanish culture and a diverse range of educational visits whilst also providing a relaxed and budget-friendly base.

Geography

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.

Art

An art school trip to Barcelona offers pupils the chance to see amazing architecture, some of the best art galleries in the world and the works of world-renowned artists including Gaudí, Picasso and Dalí.

Music

Barcelona has a multitude of fantastic museums and galleries, while its historic past provides a wealth of cathedrals and memorable performance venues for a music tour. NST has a wide range of accommodation in the surrounding coastal towns, which provide a fabulous mix of music concert venues, leisure activities and sandy beaches.

Culture

A cultural school trip to the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona certainly won’t disappoint! The seaside city is steeped in history, offering a diverse range of educational visits and language enrichment experiences. NST can tailor-make your study tour itinerary to ensure that your pupils have the opportunity to explore this colourful destination whilst building on classroom-based learning.

Maths

Visit the vibrant cultural city of Barcelona for your next maths tour and discover the mathematics throughout the city! From the iconic Sagrada Família to modern buildings such as the Agbar Tower, pupils can use the city’s dramatic architecture, as well as a range of attractions and museums, to explore mathematical concepts. We’ll create an itinerary for your group that covers a wide range of learning outcomes.

Language

A Spanish language school trip to the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona certainly won’t disappoint! The seaside city is steeped in history, offering a diverse range of educational visits and language enrichment experiences. NST can tailor-make your study tour itinerary to ensure that your pupils have the opportunity to explore this colourful destination whilst building on classroom-based learning.

Northern Catalonia

Northern Catalonia

Language

A Spanish language school trip to the Northern Catalonian coastline allows pupils to explore the small fishing ports, mountainous villages, seaside towns and larger commercial tourist resorts. All these differing communities offer alternative aspects of Spanish culture and a diverse range of educational visits whilst also providing a relaxed and budget-friendly base.

Learn more here

Southern Catalonia

Southern Catalonia

Language

A trip to Spain’s ‘Gold Coast’ will give your language pupils the opportunity to explore a diverse area which extends from the city of Barcelona to Tarragona in the south. With a range of educational visits to choose from, the area also boasts endless miles of golden sandy beaches, lively resorts and PortAventura theme park. A language trip to this picturesque region is ideal for groups seeking a budget-friendly base to explore the area.

Learn more here

Andalucia

Andalucía

Language

During a language tour to the colourful region of Andalucía, groups will have the opportunity to sample traditional Spanish lifestyle and culture, whilst gaining an understanding of local people and their customs and putting their language skills into practice.

You can find more information about our school trips to Andalucia here

Madrid

Madrid

The capital of Spain makes a wonderful destination for pupils of all ages and interests. You can find more information on each trip we offer below, or by visiting our page about Madrid school trips.

Art

Soak up the Spanish culture and explore the many museums, monuments and parks during an art school trip to this colourful city.

Music

Home to a wonderful cathedral, church venues and a warm climate, Madrid is a truly memorable destination for your music group tour.

Culture

Soak up the Spanish culture and explore the many museums, monuments and parks during an cultural school trip to this colourful city.

Language

During a language school trip to this exciting and cosmopolitan destination, your pupils will be able to practise their Spanish language skills whilst enjoying a range of language-focused and educational visits, and soaking up the vibrant Spanish culture of this city.

Cantabria

Cantabria

We offer several trips to the stunning Cantabria region of Spain, detailed below. 

You can find more information on each trip we offer below, or visit our page about Cantabria school trips.

 

KS2 in Cantabria

This tiny province in the north of Spain provides some of the most spectacular scenery in the whole of the country and offers a range of great opportunities to bring your primary school pupils closer to Spanish life, history, culture and language.

Music in Cantabria

This beautiful province in the north of Spain is increasingly popular for music groups looking for a new destination on a limited budget. Cantabria’s rich history and blend of peaceful coastal towns and mountain villages provide a number of unique performance venues for your pupils to enjoy.

Culture in Cantabria

This small region in the north of Spain is rich in history and stunning scenery and is the ideal place for a fun filled cultural school trip experience. Traditional mountain and coastal villages portray a strong heritage and contrast against the lively capital city of Santander. A school trip to Cantabria is ideal for groups seeking to share a truly authentic Spanish experience together whilst enjoying a range of educational visits.

Language in Cantabria

Combined with an array of memorable visits, a language trip to Cantabria enhances classroom-based learning by giving pupils the opportunity to practise conversational Spanish, listening skills and increase confidence in their ability.

Valencia

Valencia

You can find more information on each trip we offer below, or visit our page about Valencia school trips. 

 

Language 

A language visit to Valencia, the third largest city in Spain, will reinforce your classroom based learning by surrounding your pupils with native speakers and immersing them in the culture and daily rhythms of the city they call the ‘mini Barcelona’.

Music Tours 

On a music tour to Valencia students can soak up the Spanish culture of this colourful city, whilst enjoying a range of cultural and performance experiences.

Geography  

On a geography visit to Valencia students can consider coastal processes and landforms, tectonic processes, ecosystems and the impact of tourism and sustainability. 


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Spain school trip experts

Hundreds of groups travel with NST to Spain every year, and members of our team regularly visit Barcelona, Cantabria, Madrid, Andalucía, Valencia and Seville to really get to know the ins-and-outs of the area, from logistics and visits to our range of student-friendly accommodation.

Your dedicated Tour Co-ordinator will use their knowledge to create an itinerary that’s tailor-made, perfectly timed and meets your exact school travel needs.

They’ll be able to share their first-hand experience, suggest options you might not have considered and give you insight into the feedback other teachers have given us too.

There’s a lot to contend with when travelling abroad, and many teachers find the service of NST’s Representatives in Barcelona, Cantabria and Madrid invaluable. We can arrange for your representative to meet you on arrival, assist you with hotel check-in, advise on points of interest and public transport and provide your group with 24 hour emergency assistance. With NST, you can be safe in the knowledge that you’ll never be on your own on your school tour.

They’ll also be happy to discuss your programme of visits, offer an insight into your destination and suggest popular evening activities too.

Planning your first trip?

If you're planning your first 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

Additional support, resources & information

Tour planning service

Tour planning service

With NST, you’ll get your own dedicated, knowledgeable Tour Co-ordinator who’ll work with you from start to finish. You’ll benefit from their unrivalled destination knowledge, and their experience gained from working with many other groups too. They’ll tailor-make your itinerary from scratch and take care of everything for you:

  • Pulling together an itinerary that runs smoothly
  • Planning the right balance of visits every day with realistic timings
  • Pre-arranging and pre-booking your visits, entrance tickets, passes and meals

 

You’ll receive your final itinerary a full 4-weeks before you travel too.

Free school trip promotion pack

Free school trip promotion pack

We’ll support you and provide everything you need to advertise your school trip around school and to parents. Our free school trip promotion pack consists of:

  • Parents’ letter & permission slip template for you to complete A3 posters to promote your trip around school
  • PowerPoint presentation templates which you can tailor to your own needs
  • Parents’ leaflets covering how NST manage safety, financial protection and details of our travel insurance
  • Online parents’ video which showcases the benefits of taking a school trip

 

For selected destinations, we’ll provide a trip launch web page using video footage and imagery. This web page is provided by a weblink and can be shared with pupils and parents in many ways.

Risk assessment support including preview visits

Risk assessment support including preview visits

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.

Planning your first school trip

Planning your first school trip

Organising your first school trip can appear to be a daunting process. If you're planning your first 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.

Get live updates on your tour group's location

Get live updates on your tour group's location

Locate My Trip uses GPS technology and is the easy, convenient way for your school to follow your location whilst on tour. Specifically designed to provide reassurance to both parents and teachers, NST will know where your group are 24/7. If your schedule needs to change, we’ll put plans in place to keep your tour on track. 

With Locate My Trip your group can also share photos and videos with the school and parents, via a secure link, to keep them updated on your experience whilst you’re away.

Watch our short Locate My Trip video here.

My Tour Manager

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 here.

Free classroom resources

Free classroom resources

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

Take a look at our downloadable posters here.

Brexit & your school trip

Brexit & your school trip

How will Brexit affect my school trip?

While the political situation remains uncertain, ABTA has identified actions travellers may wish to take in advance to help avoid unnecessary future disruption.

This information only covers areas where travellers can take reasonable action or put plans into place now. Areas where the situation is still unclear are not included, but the information will be updated once clarified.

Click here for a summary of the latest advice from ABTA, more information can be found here.

If you're travelling with NST and have any specfic questions. please contact your Educational Travel Advisor.

Why choose NST?

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

 

  • Unrivalled knowledge

Your dedicated tour co-ordinator will use their unrivalled local knowledge and expertise of Spain 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, FREE classroom posters and trip launch resources to support in-school promotion.

  • Risk assessment guidance

Our risk assessment guidance will help you to manage group safety on your next educational trip. 

  • FREE group leader inspection visits

We offer a free inspection visit to your chosen destination to support your risk assessment planning.

  • Value for money

We’re committed to bringing you the best possible value trips to help make every penny count.

  • Peace of mind

Your group’s location can be followed with our trip tracking device - Locate My Trip - plus you’ll have 24/7 support from us whilst you’re away.

  • More than 50 years’ experience

With over 50 years’ experience, with NST you can rest assured that your group is in safe hands.

  • Offsetting carbon emissions

For every trip taken, we'll plant a Maya nut tree in Peru to support reforestation, local communities & biodiversity. Plus, we'll offset an additional tonne of CO2 to guarantee carbon emission reductions. 

 

Looking for protection on your next school trip? 

Booking with a school travel company is the best way for you to protect parents’ money and give yourself peace of mind.  

 

Don’t forget – if your school arranges transport, accommodation and other services directly, you’ll be liable under the Package Travel Regulations – meaning you’ll have all the responsibilities of a travel company, both legal and financial. 

 

Financial protection from the moment you book

NST are fully bonded:

  • ABTA
  • ATOL
  • IATA

Managing safety on school trips

For your protection, NST's independently audited Safety Management System covers:

  • 24-hour emergency cover
  • Audited accommodation & transport
  • Excursions & school visit assessment
  • Group leader preview visits to assist with risk assessment planning

We're LOtC Council’s Quality Badge assured

The Department for Education advises schools to always look for the LOtC Quality Badge when choosing a school travel provider.