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geography tours for schools


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Welcome to Let us introduce ourselves! Inspired Travel is an independent tour operator that was established in 2004. In the intervening period we worked to provide quality tours that deliver the trip that you want. We have considerable experience in the organisation of school educational tours; indeed as former teachers we have been in your position and understand not only your expectations but also the pitfalls that you want to avoid. We have taken great care in selecting our accommodation and destinations. We consider that all destinations provide excellent study and learning opportunities for school groups. Year after year we have listened to what you have said and have worked to compile packages that you want. We recognise the need to be flexible and so we are able to build the package with the aspects that will make your trip memorable; we also prefer to offer a few destinations well rather than make a poor effort in many! We know our resorts and will offer sound advice for your group. We aim to offer a friendly, informed and professional service and involve you every step of the way.

Financial Security... guaranteed. In order to comply with the Package Travel, Package Tours and package Holidays Regulations 1992, all monies paid are financially protected in the event of our suppliers failure or the collapse of Inspired Travel Limited. We take this very seriously. As members of the Travel Trust Association all of your funds are held in a trust account until your holiday has been completed. This means that you can travel safe in the knowledge that you are 100% financially protected until you return from your trip. The Trust is administered through NatWest Bank.

Tel/Fax: 00 44 (0)1527 559375 Mobile: 07802 828 277 Website: www.inspiredtravel.net Inspired Travel, 6 Rock Hill, Bromsgrove, Worcs. B61 7LJ

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What your trip includes… All tours t Fully comprehensive personal insurance cover unless the Local Authority/School policy is preferred t Resort representation on request t No currency surcharge t Study materials

Coach tours t Return travel from your school (England and Wales) to your destination plus use of the coach during your stay, limited only by compliance with driver hours t Ferry crossings - Eurotunnel on request t Full board accommodation including packed lunch t 1 free place per 8 paying passengers

Air tours t Transfer to UK airport (England and Wales only) based on 30 full paying passengers t Return flights from a London area airport (possible supplement from regional airports) including all taxes and charges t Transfer from airport to resort and return t Full board accommodation t 1 free place per 10 paying passengers t Flights booked through ACC with full ATOL protection.

What is not included... t Drinks with meals except breakfast or as agreed at time of quotation t Meals en-route

Travel… Our coaches t Inspired Travel provides comfortable coaches with the following minimum specification: t DVD player t Drinks facilities t Seat belts t Reclining seats t Inspired Travel plans all routes very carefully and works closely with our coach operators, which means we can monitor each group’s progress en route. This enables us to be able to estimate arrival times so that the start to your holiday runs as smoothly as possible.

In Resort… Your hotel t Our hotels are carefully selected and we know that our groups will be well looked after. t All hotels provide meals on a Full Board basis t Breakfasts: Buffet style and consisting of: t Bread, butter, jam, Cereals, meats and cheese plus Tea, coffee and hot chocolate or fruit juice. t Lunch: Packed lunches t Dinner: 3-course; starter, main course and desert

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Minimum numbers Prices are based on: Coach tours - 40 paying persons Air tours - 30 paying persons For smaller groups we reserve the option to combine groups in order to keep prices realistic for all concerned. For groups below 40 persons, travelling by coach, we will of course quote for your group, but please be prepared for higher costs that reflect unoccupied seats. Supplement for less than 40 - based on 49 seat Paying Persons

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Coach sizes We will quote according to the size of group requested, usually a 49 or 53 seat vehicle and occasionally a 36 seater. In the event of a large group we will arrange a double-decker but please be aware that on occasion the standard of vehicle is not as high as a single decker and that there is reduced luggage space.

Your free places guarantee We will have quoted for your trip based on the initial information received. Once we have received your first and second deposits we will guarantee your free places on that basis. If your group size drops below the minimum numbers the group must still pay a small numbers supplement to cover the cost of empty coach seats. Furthermore you are not able to guarantee extra free places by paying first and second deposits.

Deposits An initial deposit of £80 for coach groups and £100 for fly groups. A second deposit of £120 is due 8 weeks after the first and a third deposit of £120 is due 8 weeks after the second. The final balance is due 10 weeks prior to departure. Please note that the first two deposits are non-refundable.

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FRANCE

Provence Mediterranean climate, landscapes and ambience

The regions of Provence and LanguedocRousillon are examples of Mediterranean diversity at its best. There is considerable geographical diversity ranging from limestone canyons to hilltop villages of the Luberon and the Rhone delta or the Camargue. In an area renowned for its beauty, study opportunities include the delta environment, coastal landforms, tourism, a decision-making exercise at the Pont du Gard, and the Luberon villages. Visits to the Roman towns of Nimes, Arles and/ or Montpellier are also unforgettable. With its reliable climate and varied study opportunities, Provence is a perfect destination throughout the year.

Accommodation Centre La Manadiere t Located between Nimes and Arles t Capacity: 75 beds t Rooms for 2-4 persons, all ensuite - twin rooms for staff t Meals FB with packed lunch on excursion days t Facilities include a small outdoor swimming pool (not lifeguarded) t Garden with terrace, games room, classroom

We are also able to offer accommodation in historic Arles and in the Les Angeles area of Avignon.

Sample GCSE itinerary Day 1 Depart from school for overnight journey to France.

tourism study or to simply relax on the beach.

Day 2 Arrive at the accommodation in time to settle in and for dinner.

Day 6 Visit the Luberon where hilltop villages dominate the landscape. Explore the ochre fields of Rousillon and a processing plant. On return visit the caves at Thor or Fontaine de Vaucluse for some souvenir shopping.

Day 3 Visit the spectacular limestone scenery of the Gorges du Tarn. An area under pressure from tourism, examine the effects of its popularity. On return visit the “Bridge in the Clouds� at Millau. Day 4 Settlement study in the coastal town of Cassis. Take a boat trip along the coast to the Calanques and understand more of the coastal geography. Alternatively, visit the fortified town of Aigues Mortes for a similar settlement study. Day 5 Visit the Camargue and the visitors centre to appreciate the natural and human aspects of the delta environment. Continue to Saintes Maries del la Mer for a

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Day 7 Local visits to Perrier La Source, Arles or Avignon according to your accommodation, before departing journey to the UK. Day 8 Ferry/ Tunnel crossing and onward journey to school. Our itineraries are totally flexible and will reflect the group leaders preference. Alternative visits include Avignon, a weathering study and Pont du Gard. They will be quoted on an all-inclusive basis according to the agreed itinerary.

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FRANCE

The French Alps Locations with tradition and ambience

We have carefully chosen our centres for their tradition, ambience, and variety of learning opportunities that they offer. Itineraries are varied in each of our locations but they provide excellent opportunities for data collection or case study material. From our base in Faverges, there are numerous locations within easy reach that provide data collection opportunities, or just as interesting places to visit. The medieval town of Annecy at the head of a glacial lake, the ski resort of La Clusaz, the Gorges du Fier and the town of Chamonix with Mont Blanc are within easy reach. Study options include glaciation, rivers, tourism, settlement studies slope studies and a visit to the United Nations in Geneva. We recommend travel between May and October.

Accommodation 3* Chateau de Faverges t Located in village of same name t Capacity 100 persons t Rooms are for 2-4 persons, all ensuite t Meals are FB with packed lunch and hot lunch when at the Chateau t Facilities include: small outdoor swimming pool (not lifeguarded), a volleyball court, classrooms, table football, table tennis and pool

Why study in the French Alps …….. t t t t t

Easily accessible by coach from Calais Served by numberous UK airports Resort representation on request Accessible by train Wide variety of study options

Sample GCSE itinerary Day 1 Depart from school for overnight journey to France. Day 2 Arrival at your accommodation mid afternoon and settle in. It may be possible to do a local activity depending upon the arrival time. Day 3 Visit the Annecy area. Land use survey of central area and honey-pot site. A tourist questionnaire provides the main source of data. Begin to understand the local landscape with a boat trip on the lake and a visit to the glacial overflow channel of the Gorges du Fier. Day 4 This is it! Chamonix - glaciers and tourism inextricably mixed. About 1-2 hours from base, depending upon the season, there is plenty to do. Take the cable car to the summit of Aiguille du Midi, and Mont Blanc, Take a gondola

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across the Glacier du Géant above the towering seracs and cavernous crevasses, walk the Balcon Nord to Montenvers and return by mountain train to the town. Day 5 Hauteluce and Les Saisies village study. A traditional alpine village and a ski station united by their involvement in the 1992 Winter Olympic Games based in Annecy. Day 6 A local morning study or travel further afield by bicycle! Depart after lunch for the return journey to the UK. Day 7 Ferry/ Tunnel crossing and return to school. Our itineraries are totally flexible and will reflect the group leaders preference. Alternative visits include Avignon, a weathering study and Pont du Gard. They will be quoted on an all-inclusive basis according to the agreed itinerary.

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NETHERLANDS

Holland Close to home but with plenty to offer Our tours are based outside the village of Beekbergen, not far from Arnhem, and close to the wilderness of the Hogue Veluwe National Park; it is possible to visit the wide variety of landscapes that Holland has to offer. As with all our destinations there are several opportunities for relaxation in Deventer and Apeldoorn that include swimming, skating and bowling. This destination provides an ideal study area for groups who do not want to travel far into the continent yet experience an overseas geography visit.

Sample itinerary

Accommodation

Day 1 Depart school for a morning ferry/tunnel crossing arriving at your accommodation in time for evening meal. Depending upon your itinerary, it may be possible to visit Holland’s highest point at Euromast in Rotterdam.

3* Hotel Fletcher

Day 2 A day on the Flevoland Polder. There are several options that include an agricultural landuse transect, settlement hierarchy and the Polder Museum and Batavia pirate ship! Day 3 A short journey to the De Hogue Veluwe National Park. The Park is a vast area of glacial moraines and outwash deposits with a complex vegetation pattern of woodland and heath. Visits to the Museonder underground museum, take a cycle ride around the park to appreciate the landscape and ask a visitor questionnaire. Day 4 Amsterdam. Use the park and ride to travel into the city and assess the traffic problems. Take a boat trip on the canals. Spend the afternoon at Vollendam; find out how cheese is made and go to a clog factory. Time for some shopping!

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Located between Apeldoorn and Arnhem Family run Rooms for 2-4 persons all en-suite Meals are FB with packed lunch Facilities: bar, meeting rooms Easy access to main study areas

2* Hostel Stayokay t Located in Apeldoorn t Close to national park and all other study areas t Capacity 136 t Rooms for 2-4, all en-suite t Meals FB with packed lunch t Facilities: meeting rooms, sports field, billiards, reading room, bar

Why study in Holland t t t t t t

Easily accessible from the UK Ideal destination for first trip abroad Variety of landscapes Excellent study opportunities Direct motorway access from Calais Resort representation on request

Day 5 Depart after breakfast for the return journey to the UK.

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ITALY

Sorrento Where Geography meets History head on‌ The stunning Sorrento peninsula has been designated a World Heritage Site and together with the Bay of Naples forms the backdrop to this exciting destination. Dominated by Mount Vesuvius, the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum have been preserved as a snapshot in time; Sorrento is a bustling town and a fine base from which to explore the region, the Amalfi coast and the Isle of Capri. This tour has been designed as a crosscurricular destination and has been designed for a less formal delivery to take advantage of the numerous historical sites. The town of Sorrento is busy and bustling and forms an excellent base for our tours. Within the town there are numerous shops and cafes to enjoy during your stay. The region has a wonderful Mediterranean climate and so whilst there may be rain in late autumn and early spring, a visit is ideal at any time.

Accommodation 3*+ Hotel Gardenia t t t t t

Located 7 min walk from town centre Relaxed friendly atmosphere Rooms for 2-4, all en-suite Meals FB with packed lunch Facilities: lounge TV area, meeting space

4* Hotel Flora t t t t t

Spacious elegant hotel Located 7 min walk from town centre Rooms for 2-4, all en-suite Meals FB with packed lunch Facilities: meeting room, lounge, bar

We also have availability at the 3* Hotel Londra, which offers a similar level of accommodation.

Sample GCSE Itinerary Day 1 Fly to Naples and transfer to your hotel. Depending upon the time of your arrival a visit to the Naples Archaeology Museum is possible. Day 2 The Amalfi Coast. Drive along the heritage coast to Positano, which clings to the cliffs. Transfer to a small bus for a transfer to the narrow streets and black volcanic beach. Continue to Amalfi and enjoy the town, beach and shopping. Optional tourism study. Day 3 Around Sorrento. Drive to the hilltop village of Termini and stroll along the peninsula. Learn about the Mediterranean climate, land use and vegetation. Opportunity for field sketching of coastal features. Visit a local farm to see how

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mozzarella is made. Return to Sorrento for a shopping questionnaire and some retail therapy of your own. Day 4 Drive to Pompeii for a guided tour of this once thriving town. Visit the Forum, theatres, amphitheatre and plaster casts of victims of the AD79 eruption. Continue to the Vesuvius National Park and walk up to the summit of the only active volcano on mainland Europe. Day 5 A guided visit to Herculaneum followed by a visit to Pozzuoli, a magnificent amphitheatre with its underground rooms intact or go to Solfatarra - a dying volcanoes with mud pools and fumaroles. Transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK.

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Specialist in Group Tours

Tel/Fax: 00 44 (0)1527 559375 Mobile: 07802 828 277 Website: www.inspiredtravel.net Inspired Travel, 6 Rock Hill, Bromsgrove, Worcs. B61 7LJ


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