School Trips to Venice

Few cities on the planet inspire a desire to learn and explore in the way that Venice does. Its intricate network of canals, bridges, sprawling piazzas and incredible architecture combine to form a city that has no equal in appearance or feeling.

A school trip to Venice offers the opportunity for art students to scour the collections of Bellini, Titian and Giorgione – masters of the hugely influential Venetian artistic style. The endless streets and precincts are also home to a wealth of world class sculptures, contemporary galleries and traditional churches – just  make sure your pupils don’t forget their sketchbook!

If you’re looking for more information or free advice on planning your next Venice school trip, get in touch with one of our expert travel advisors today.

Browse our curriulum-linked school trips in Venice 

Art & Design 

Art & Design

During your study tour here, pupils will experience traditional works of art, stunning Venetian architecture and will leave inspired by the range of educational art and design trips on offer.

Learn more about our art & design trips to Venice here

Music Tours

Music tours 

Venice, combined with the holiday resort of Lido di Jesolo, offers culture, superb concert venues and some free time on the beach, audiences are warm and enthusiastic and the variety of sightseeing opportunities means days are filled with both educational and fun activities.

Learn more about our music tours to Venice & Lido di Jesolo here


Venice trip highlights - our groups love...

Galleria dell Accademia

Galleria dell Accademia

The finest of many art collections in Venice. The Accademia hosts the most important collection of paintings of the Venetian school. Masterpieces by Bellini, Giorgione, Tintoretto and Titian grace the walls, as do the timeless Venetian views by Canaletto. It seems so appropriate to go outside to trace the locations he worked from.

 

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

An impressive, small museum on the Grand Canal. The permanent collection is a wonderful insight into modernist development at the beginning of the 20th century. Worth seeing are the Cubist pieces by Picasso, Dalí, Ernst and Magritte. Don’t miss the beautiful Boccioni painting ‘Materia’ (1912), a highlight of the futurist movement. 

 

St Mark's Square

St Mark's Square 

The largest square in the city, Piazza San Marco is the heart of venice home to important government buildings which are central to the history of Venice. 

St Mark’s Basilica

St Mark’s Basilica

Described as the most exotic of Europe’s cathedrals this monument is made unique by both its wealth of history and the magnificence of its façade and interior. In essence, it is a splendid workshop, where, through the centuries, worked great Italian and European artists.

Mask Workshop

Mask Workshop

Learn about the use of the mask in Venice during past centuries and then have the opportunity to produce your own papier-mâché ‘Volto’ mask.

 

Venice Churches

Venice Churches

Ideal for music tours, almost every church in Venice is a potential venue for a choir with a sacred programme. Choirs may perform a full concert or participate in a church service.

 

Gondola Tour 

Gondola Tour 

Take a 30 minute ride through the city’s canals on an iconic gondola for a leisurely ride along the Grand Canal and some of the smaller canals. Explore the famous sites and hidden charms of Venice. 

Venice school trip experts

Hundreds of groups travel with NST to Venice every year, and members of our team regularly visit the area 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 of the region 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.

Planning your first school 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 first school trip

Planning 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 group's tour location

Get live updates on your group's tour 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.

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

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 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 Venice 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 your in-school promotion.

  • 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.

  • More than 50 years’ experience

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

  • Risk assessment guidance

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

  • 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.

  • 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.