Educational tours for schools and colleges
Travelbound, Inspiration made easy â€œNobody ever forgets their school trip... or the teacher who arranged itâ€?
Travel inspires young minds We’ve spent over 26 years supporting teachers in the quest to inspire, motivate and educate their students. In this brochure you will find a wonderful selection of the European destinations and suggested itineraries that we can offer to help give your students that most memorable gift – memories that last a lifetime. We will also show you the main reasons for entrusting your trip with Travelbound. Our expertise, our financial security, our operational excellence and our dedication to making the trip as easy as possible for you to plan, promote and enjoy are all identified. We share your passion for motivating your students and will work tirelessly to support you every step of the way. Above all else, we want you to be inspired to start planning your next tour and inspired to contact us so our experts can help you organise your next unforgettable school trip.
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Our passion & expertise
The travel experts
It has been well documented that every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development – whatever their age, ability or circumstances.
With over 26 years of experience in educational travel, we provide high quality, competitively priced tours that are thought provoking and memorable. As you would expect from a school travel expert, all the tours and programmes we feature are designed to support the National Curriculum to ensure maximum subject relevance and student participation.
Although being a small specialist company, we have the ultimate backing of TUI Travel PLC – the world’s largest leisure travel group operating in over 180 countries. No student should miss out on the opportunity to travel and explore and being part of TUI Travel enables us to support a student’s development in unison with their educational framework.
We pride ourselves on being reliable, knowledgeable and passionate. Most of us have travelled extensively, are fluent in more than one language and are experts in one or more subject fields. We believe in educational, inspirational and fun tours and we want to help teachers and pupils have a successful school trip!
It is especially reassuring to be part of TUI in the current climate and enables us to provide our tour leaders with the highest level of financial protection. As well as being a member of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO), all of our tours are fully bonded by ABTA and ATOL – giving you the reassurance that you deserve.
Educational visits are amongst the most memorable and valuable experiences in a student’s school life, which is why we’re passionate about bringing classroom learning to life in a real way. We specialise in organising tailor-made trips to suit the specific needs of your group, designed around the core subject areas and offering enriched excursions to help inspire your students. Our aim is to work in partnership with you to achieve the common goal of providing your students with a ‘once-ina-lifetime’ school trip.
School Travel Forum
Learning Outside the Classroom
Travelbound is a full member of the STF, which is a group of leading school tour operators that promote good practice and safety in school travel. All STF Assured Members are audited annually by independent experts to evidence compliance to our Safety Management System which includes assessment of third party suppliers.
We are pleased to announce that Travelbound is an accredited Quality Badge holder. We have shown that we have pledged to engage in an on-going process to sustain high-quality learning outside the classroom and have demonstrated that we meet the following quality indicators:
We recognise our responsibility as an educational tour operator and consider the environment, economy and culture of our destinations of paramount importance. We are committed to educating the youth of today and recommending their involvement in ethical and environmental programmes.
1. We assist our teachers to plan the learning experience effectively 2. We provide accurate information about our tours 3. We provide activities, experience or resources which meet learner needs 4. We review your experience and act upon feedback 5. We have a safety management process in place to manage risk effectively
If you book a school trip with Travelbound you can be assured that you are going to be travelling with the most sustainable and environmentally aware school travel company in the business!
Since its inception, the STF has won widespread recognition and support of the ASCL, ATL, NAHT, NUT and Voice for the way it simplifies and provides essential reassurance for leaders looking to organise study trips. It is also welcomed by the Outdoor Education Advisors Panel (OEAP), the Learning Outside of the Classroom Council (LOtC) and the Department for Children and Families (DCSF).
‘School trips are an important part of learning and can be done in a sustainable way. By supporting businesses that offer responsible travel, schools are promoting the Eco-Schools’ ethos whilst supporting the sustainable sector.’ Mr. Suter, Keep Britain Tidy, Eco-Schools Programme Manager
Our range of expertise
History & Battlefields
Our Worldwide brochure showcases some of our most exhilarating educational tours. Rustic Morocco, unique China, challenging Kenya and the big, bold USA are all tailored-made for you to suit a range of educational aims. While we have featured some of our popular worldwide destinations we also specialise in delivering excellent trips to many other eye-opening countries around the globe. So from learning to haggle in Marrakesh to exploring space in Florida there is a world waiting for your students to discover!
Take your history lessons to another level with one of our inspiring history tours. History fires pupils’ curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. A history trip with Travelbound will help students develop their own identities through understanding at personal, local, national and international levels. It will help them to ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past and encourage mutual understanding of the historic origins of our ethnic and cultural diversity.
Modern Foreign Languages
Geography literally means ‘writing the earth’ and by travelling on our one of our geography tours, students will be stimulated to create more accurate and creative descriptions of locations, processes and landforms. The environments visited on our tours offer a vivid and dramatic contrast to the everyday: the diversity of the world’s great cities, cultures and natural landscapes are brought into sharp focus. From the heat of the Sicilian summer to the chill of a Moroccan morning students conditioned to the British weather will experience the variety of climates that occur in other parts of the world.
Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. School trips provide excellent practice for language students, enabling them to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. Using the language in real situations will boost students’ skills and confidence enormously, whilst listening to the locals helps to improve students’ pronunciation and intonation. The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure.
Classics & Ancient History
Music & Concert Tours
One of the great benefits of leading a classics tour is bringing classroom studies to life! It is thanks to the Greeks and Romans that we have drama, philosophy, history, law, science and medicine as we understand them today; classical Greek and Roman ideals of art and architecture still form the baseline of our artistic standards. Walking down ancient roads, standing in a Roman bath or Greek temple is surely the peak of educational travel and your students will return with strong images to better relate to their studies.
Arranged by musicians for musicians, our great selection of concert tours covers the four corners of the globe! Weâ€™re passionate about music, its history and the living traditions which we support though our tours. Music education encourages active involvement in different forms of musicmaking, both individual and communal, helping to develop a sense of group identity and togetherness. A music tour with Travelbound can influence pupilsâ€™ development in and out of school by fostering personal development and maturity.
Snowsports for Schools
We offer a number of destinations around the world which perhaps do not correlate exactly with the specific subject requirements of any individual subject discipline. Destinations such as Cambodia, Cuba and Peru provide enhancement programmes for a wide range of subjects â€“ from humanities to modern languages and vocational courses such as travel and tourism and citizenship. In many cases, what justification is required to provide students with the opportunity to see some of the Wonders of the World.
Alongside the invaluable health and fitness benefits of skiing, the creation of brand new skills and friendships go hand-in-hand with a school ski trip. Having operated school ski tours for 27 years, SkiBound, our sister company, has quite rightly become the most recognised and trusted name in school ski travel. With the largest youth Clubhotel programme, along with an extensive range of world-class resorts, you can be confident that SkiBound never compromise on quality and always deliver exceptional value and an unbeatable skiing experience.
The support we provide
Dedicated tour coordinators
We are here to support you all the way to ensure that you have a successful and stress-free tour experience. We understand the importance of providing a school trip that meets your tour budget and curriculum requirements, which is why our aim is to work in partnership with you to provide the perfect trip that you and your students deserve.
Once you have confirmed your booking with us, you will be assigned a dedicated tour advisor who will handle all the pre-tour administration of your school trip. Your tour coordinator will be your main point of contact and is on-hand to discuss, or answer, any queries you may have regarding the finer details of your trip – such as transportation, rooming, excursions and anything else that may need addressing.
Promoting your tour
Book with ease
We will happily offer your group promotional posters and personalised presentations to help promote the tour – to develop student interest and reach the required numbers. We will supply full excursion information for your chosen destination, enabling you to fulfil any National Curriculum requirements. Holding a parents evening is a very important part of the tour process and we will happily arrange for a member of our sales team to visit your school and assist where necessary. It is paramount that fellow teachers, parents and students are aware of the tour on offer and have the opportunity to ask any questions relating to the trip.
• Make an enquiry Contact our friendly sales team on 01273 265265 so we can discuss your tour requirements and recommend a suitable educational tour. • Make a provisional booking Place a ‘no obligation’ provisional booking with us, which will be held for 3 weeks, enabling you to promote the trip to the students. We will be happy to provide any promotional material to ensure that you reach the desired party size. • Confirm your booking
24 hour support Travelbound groups have direct access to the TUI Travel Group 24hour duty office, staffed by a team of professionals to support our Party Leaders and overseas staff at all times. Resources include full emergency procedures and protocol, access to senior management and other independent experts along with the most up-to-date information and computer links around the clock. Rest assured that we provide 24hour support.
Help with risk assessments We are always on-hand to support you with every aspect of your tour. As educational travel experts we can offer advice on how to complete your specific risk assessments and health and safety paperwork. We can also provide assistance with the completion of local authority approval forms or paperwork which may be required by your Local Authority.
Visit www.travelbound.co.uk and find out more about demystifying risk assessments.
Contact us within 3 weeks of making the provisional booking and send us the completed booking form, along with the relevant deposit amount. At this stage, you will be introduced to your dedicated tour coordinator who has specialised knowledge on your chosen destination. They will forward a confirmation pack and book all the components of your tour to ensure that you receive a trip of a lifetime.
Our knowledgeable sales team Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff, both in the office and on the road, will support you throughout the entire booking process. Experience tells us that some Party Leaders like to meet regularly to discuss every aspect of their trip face-to-face, whilst others prefer regular phone conversation or email correspondence. We are here to assist in a way that best suits you. Find out who your Account Manager is and give them a call to discover how they can help you. Louisa Flynn Tel: 01273 265224 Email: email@example.com Covering: Cleveland, County Durham, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Northumberland, North & East Yorkshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Tyne & Wear Rachel Morrison Tel: 07872 502332 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Covering: East Sussex, Kent, West Sussex Stella Menashe Tel: 07872 502331 Email: email@example.com Covering: Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire Jackie Broadfoot Tel: 07872 502334 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Covering: Scotland Kate Thornton-Bousfield Tel: 07793 441240 Email: email@example.com Covering: Merseyside, South & West Yorkshire
Kat Snell Tel: 01273 264528 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Covering: Gloucestershire (not South), Wales Alicia Taitt Tel: 01273 265205 Email: email@example.com Covering: Bristol/South Gloucestershire, Channel Islands, Cornwall, Devon, Essex, London, Middlesex Janine Exall Tel: 01273 264689 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Covering: Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Ireland, Norfolk, Suffolk, Wiltshire Felicity Williams Tel: 01273 265280 Email: email@example.com Covering: Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands
Missonni Murray Tel: 01273 265228 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Covering: Bedforshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Herefordshire, Isle of Man, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Shropshire, Somerset, Staffordshire, Worcestershire Alex Wells Tel: 01273 264505 Email: email@example.com Covering: Hertfordshire
Teachers and Travelbound staff enjoying one of our inspection visits in Iceland.. Volcanoes? No problem!
Château du Molay
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“The Château really felt like home with fun staff, good food and cool activities after dinner! I didn’t want to leave!“ 10
Why travel to the Château du Molay with Travelbound? The Château du Molay is our very own exclusive property offering first class facilities, fun and educational opportunities for school groups in a safe environment. Enjoying an excellent location in the beautiful Normandy countryside; the Château is 14kms from Bayeux and within easy reach of the world famous Calvados coast. In addition to excellent on-site activities and language learning opportunities, groups can visit the cemeteries and museums commemorating the D-Day Landings of WW11 and explore the theme of William the Conqueror. Our friendly staff and on-site activities team are all CRB checked and will ensure that your party all have an active, enjoyable, safe and memorable stay. All groups travelling to the Château will receive a free Château DVD, Activity Book and Town Trails.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Depart school by coach and travel to France. Arrive at the impressive Château du Molay, your home for the next three nights. Enjoy some in-house entertainment. Day 2: Spend the morning discovering the medieval town of Bayeux, visiting popular sites including the Bayeux Tapestry and the British Military Cemetery; a town trail is available. In the early afternoon visit a local goat’s cheese farm to see the milking and production process and adorable goats. Back to the château for an exciting activity session such as Circus skills frenzy. Tonight, when in France, try some frogs legs and snails! Day 3: Experience the unforgettable Arromanches 360 degree cinema and D day Landing Museum before heading off to the impressive German gun battery at Longues-Sur-Mer. Time for reflection at the moving American Military Cemetery at Omaha Beach, scene of one of the bloodiest battles of D day. Enjoy a farewell disco evening. Day 4: Depart the château, visiting the Pegasus Bridge Memorial and hypermarket en-route, before returning home with some great memories and having made new friends. Itinerary add-on options include extending your stay to enjoy extra time at the Château or to visit Paris or Disneyland Paris.
Study themed tours Normandy is the perfect destination for the following subjects: Modern Foreign Language, History, Art, Food Technology, Physical Education, Music and Cross-Curricular.
The Château du Molay Our exclusive 18th century Château is set within 38 acres of beautiful private parkland and can accommodate 195 guests in 42 en-suite bedrooms. The Château facilities include a large restaurant, meeting rooms, a library, games room, various lounge areas, classrooms and party leaders’ bar. Further facilities include a heated swimming pool, a Grade A football / rugby pitch and an all-weather sports court for tennis, basketball and 5-a-side football.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! The Château disco is an extremely popular way to end any trip to Normandy. The students love dressing up and enjoying the non-alcoholic cocktails on sale at the bar. Bring some pocket money as souvenirs and gifts are also on sale at the Château. We highly recommend wearing old clothes for all the on-site activities and slippers for indoor wear – after all, we want you to feel at home here! If time permits, try and include a visit to a French market or the goat’s cheese farm - both offering a unique local experience. Alternatively, an evening out at the modern bowling alley in Bayeux is a firm favourite with our groups. With so much to see and do in the area, we can work with you to plan your tour and pre-book all your excursions and activities.
For more inspiration, more itineraries, more options call us today on 01273 265 265 or head over to www.travelbound.co.uk 11
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“All of the Château activities were really exciting and I even got to try eating frogs’ legs and snails! I’ll never forget it!” 12
Top on-site activities guaranteed to inspire The Great Château BBQ! A firm favourite with all our groups! A large selection of BBQ classics are served, including sausages, chicken wings, burgers, salads, pasta salad and desserts, providing the perfect accompaniment to a summer’s evening in the Château grounds. How to Cook Groups can find out how to cook food and dishes such as Cassoulet de Toulouse, pizza and French bread using a traditional outdoor oven. All practical instruction will be given by the Château’s very own Head Chef.
Outdoor Swimming Pool Our outdoor heated pool is the perfect way to cool off after a full day exploring the local attractions. Surrounding non-slip decking is provided for safety and a life guard is always in attendance when groups are in the pool. (Open end of May to beginning of September only) Plant a Tree on Eco Avenue All groups visiting the Château du Molay have the opportunity to plant a fruit tree, complete with name plaque, which one day we hope will provide sustainable, very local, produce for our Château kitchen!
Taste traditional French cuisine Snails and frogs’ legs are served as an accompaniment to an evening meal, allowing adventurous students the chance to try a traditional French delicacy that may or may not taste like chicken!
Evening Entertainment So what happens when the sun goes down? Don’t panic! The Château activities team are on-hand to organise popular fun and games, such as talent shows, karaoke and our famous Château disco!
French Market Assignment Organised teams of intrepid students are given a sum of money to scour the local market for cold-buffet ingredients. Preparation takes place back at the Château where dishes will be judged and awarded with certificates.
Archery Young archers will be supervised by our trained instructor and will learn about aspects of modern archery on three archery targets in the Château grounds.
Crêpe & Cider Night The apple pressers of Calvados make delicious cider and apple juice. Of course, the local crêpes aren’t bad either and groups can learn how to cook this famous French pancake. French Cheese please… It wouldn’t be a trip to France without trying the local cheese! Cheese-boards can be served after your evening meal. Students will receive a worksheet so they can answer questions about the wide variety of cheeses available. French language lessons and assignments Our French language lessons are tailored to suit the level of your group’s ability. Subsequent assignments are task-based and linked to the subject matter learned in class, covering topics such as: understanding money, exploring a market and shopping for food. Travelbound’s Young Reporter Course This hands-on language course is exclusive to Travelbound and enables students to research a theme prior to conducting and recording interviews with the locals.
Circus Frenzy Pupils learn how to become circus performers as they practise fun activities including devil sticks, platespinning and bubble blowing! Initiative Exercises Lots of fiendishly deceptive schemes to encourage lateral thinking and teamwork! See if your team can work out: Giant’s Fingers, Birthday Bench and the Spider’s web. Blind Trail Participants are blindfolded and take it in turns to lead their team through a rope course, in between trees and around obstacles. Great fun and requires trust, teamwork and a high level of communication. Survival Given a disaster scenario pupils need to quickly establish priorities, work as a team and make some important decisions to ensure ‘survival’.
The Château Classroom Our classroom is at your disposal for meetings, lessons and presentations. A range of teaching aids, including white-board and flip-chart, allow classes to take place in a comfortable and educational environment. Games Room Everyone needs a break and our games room is perfect for spending a few moments battling aliens, playing pool or table football. This is not an ‘adult free zone’ and beating the top score on the driving game is a must for competitive party leaders! Sports facilities Lovers of 5-a-side football, tennis and basketball will be in their element at the Château multi-purpose sports court. The beautiful green grass of our full-size rugby and football pitch is also available for afternoon sporting purposes.
For more inspiration, more itineraries, more options call us today on 01273 265 265 or head over to www.travelbound.co.uk 13
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"It was only when I saw all of the headstones in the cemetery that I fully realised the size and awfulness of the war." 14
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Bayeux and the Bayeux Tapestry Bayeux has a vibrant market on a Wednesday and Saturday and many fine examples of medieval architecture. The Bayeux Tapestry is the most important relic to survive from the 11th century, although the stitched chronicle of the battle of Hastings is alive with controversy and myth! The Musée Mémorial de la Bataille de Normandie This museum is located in Bayeux and covers the military events immediately following the Landings. The exhibition features equipment, uniforms, a chronological presentation and a 25 minute film of archive material, explaining how the battle unfolded from 7th June to 29th August 1944. 360 degree Cinema, Arromanches This 360 degrees cinema documents the Allies’ landing on the Normandy beaches. The 20 minute film ‘The price of Freedom’ combines footage filmed in 1944 with present images shot in the same, now peaceful, locations. D-Day Landing Museum, Arromanches The D-Day museum was the first of its kind to be built in commemoration of the 6th June 1944. Built on the site of the artificial harbour, its vestiges can still be seen a few hundred yards away from the museum. Le Memorial de Caen Built on the side of an old bunker, the Caen Memorial provides a thought-provoking meditation on the evils of war, the importance of learning from past failures and successes, and the difficulty but necessity of finding lasting peace. Caen – Ducal Castle and Abbeys The Abbaye aux Hommes and the Abbaye aux Dames were built by William the Conqueror and his wife Queen Mathilda. Visit the church of St Etienne, where William is buried and the Ducal Castle, one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe. Omaha Beach, US Cemetery On the 6th June 1944 American troops landed on a 5 mile stretch of Normandy coastline in an assault codenamed: Omaha Beach. Today, the impressive memorial and US cemetery contain 9,387 white crosses, a commemorative wall to the 1,557 Americans who couldn’t be named and visitor’s centre. Mont Saint-Michel Perched on a rocky islet in the midst of vast sandbanks lies Mont Saint-Michel, a Gothic-style Benedictine abbey dedicated to the archangel St Michael. Be amazed by the prodigious accomplishments of medieval architecture, by the forces of nature and the ever-changing light.
Juno Beach Centre Museum & Park Today, Juno Beach is the site of an educational centre serving as a permanent reminder of the Canadians who lost their lives during WWII. The museum includes 7 exhibition rooms and a history programme for schools. Memorial Pegasus Museum This museum tells the story of the battle orchestrated by England’s 6th Airborne Division. Groups can walk across the original bridge and discover why it was nicknamed Pegasus. Maisy Battery Hidden for over 62 years – visit bunkers, touch German weapons and walk inside 2 miles of trenches. See and feel what it was like to live in a 20 man bunker with a 3 metre thick bomb-proof roof over it! Maisy Battery is one of the largest and best preserved defensive positions in the invasion area. Falaise Castle In 1028, Falaise Castle was the birthplace of William the Conqueror. Today, the castle’s exhibition features many anecdotes, stories and legends, bringing to life William’s story and the medieval history of Normandy. Honfleur Honfleur is a maritime town of great historical interest. This beautiful historic port is linked with numerous painters, writers and musicians. Untouched by the passage of time, this small port has kept the landmarks of its rich past, making it today one of the most visited towns in France. Local produce visits Discover the delights of les Sables d’Asnelles biscuit factory, practice language skills at a Boulangerie, observe the traditional techniques used by a French Chocolatier, watch the age old production methods at the Calvados and cider farms or tour a working goat’s cheese farm. Traditional Market Visit We have a full list of market days to incorporate into your itinerary. There is no better way to get students to throw off a lack of confidence in their language ability than by the power of shopping! Theme Parks Most suitable for younger students, visit Parc Festyland near Caen or Ange Michel leisure park at St Martin de Landelles. (Seasonal opening)
La Cité de la Mer – Cherbourg This unique complex includes ‘Le Redoutable’, the largest visitable submarine in the world, and ‘The Abyssal Aquarium, the deepest aquarium in Europe. New for 2012, the Titanic Exhibition celebrates the centenary of the Titanic’s voyage, which arrived at Cherbourg on the 10th April 1912. Longues-sur-Mer Gun Battery Built in the first few months of 1944, the naval battery at Longues was equipped with four 150-mm guns that could fire on both the Omaha and Gold beaches. Longues Battery is the only one in the region to have kept its guns, and because of its excellent state of preservation.
For more inspiration, more itineraries, more options call us today on 01273 265 265 or head over to www.travelbound.co.uk 15
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“Paris is just so different, so beautiful, so full of culture, with so many attractions and luckily for us it’s just across the water! “ 16
Why travel to Paris with Travelbound? Visit the grand boulevards, world-class museums, stunning galleries and iconic structures that are synonymous with one of Europe’s most beautiful and important capital cities. Absorb the language, history, culture, architecture, fashion and cuisine! An inspiration to writers, artists, designers, photographers, performers and producers; Paris provides an excellent destination for students to explore and study a broad range of subjects. Fun and learning opportunities can also be had at nearby Disneyland Resort Paris and Parc Asterix theme parks. Whatever your tour requirements, we will tailor make your tour to maximise the enjoyment and educational benefit of a visit to the City of Lights. Choose to travel to this magical city by coach, air or Eurostar train with accommodation options both in the city itself and on the outskirts.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Depart the UK and travel to the French capital by coach, air or train. Day 2: Visit the Louvre, a former royal palace that is home to the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. Enjoy a river cruise on the Seine and see many of Paris’s iconic sites including the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame cathedral. Climb the Eiffel Tower for a spectacular bird’s eye view of the city from France’s most visited landmark. Day 3: Enjoy a full day of fun at Disneyland Resort Paris with two incredible Disney Parks to choose from, packed with over 50 attractions (Please refer to pages 20 – 21 for further details). Enjoy an evening meal at Planet Hollywood themed restaurant. Day 4: Take the funicular up to Montmartre to enjoy the panoramic views from the magnificent Sacre Coeur Church. See the street artists on the Place du Tertre before returning to the UK, having formed new friendships during this amazing trip. Itinerary add-on options include combining your trip with Normandy and experience the Battlefield sites of WWII or the Opal Coast and the Battlefield sites of WWI.
Study themed tours Paris is the perfect destination for the following subjects: Modern Foreign Language, History, Art & Design, Geography, Food Technology, Science, Music, Business Studies and Cross-Curricular.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Musée d’Orsay This one time neoclassical train station is home to 80 separate galleries exhibiting artwork from 1848 – 1914. There are just so many examples of impressionism, symbolism, cubism and expressionism that will inspire your students. Cité des Sciences Europe’s biggest science museum has one goal: to spread scientific and technical knowledge amongst the public. Students will enjoy the interactive exhibits and the Géode, a 180 degree cinema for Omnimax films. Parc Asterix A very French theme park, great for language students, with the central theme being the cartoon character Asterix the Gaul. Attractions include water slides and rides, roller coasters, swinging ships, ghost ride, dolphin show and other live entertainment. (Seasonal opening)
Tour co-ordinators top tips! State-owned museums are free of charge for school parties, so remember to take a letter and names list on school headed paper. If you want to explore the city using the excellent metro/bus system we can get you tickets in advance of travel, avoiding the stress of having to arrange transportation when you’re with the group. Groups really enjoy visiting the high-tech Stade de France which has hosted both football and rugby world cup finals. Disneyland Resort Paris provides an excellent range of educational support material, visit www.disneylandparis4schools.com. We will happily arrange meals at conveniently located restaurants around the city to ensure that you make the most out of your trip to Paris.
For more inspiration, more itineraries, more options call us today on 01273 265 265 or head over to www.travelbound.co.uk 17
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Why travel to Disneyland Paris with Travelbound? Our groups just love Disneyland Paris, and it’s easy to see why! Imagine a land where the wonderful world of Disney comes alive. Imagine a Disneyland® Park, where make believe is real. Imagine Walt Disney Studios® Park, where the magic of Disney meets the magic of cinema. Imagine a Disney® Village, where fun and entertainment stay open day and night. Imagine you are here, in a resort as big as imagination itself. Welcome to Disneyland® Paris.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Head off to Paris by air, coach or train before spending the evening in the Disney Village or at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show spectacular, where you’ll experience live entertainment, enjoy a wonderful Texan-style BBQ and receive a magnificent souvenir cowboy hat! Day 2: Spend a full day discovering the magical Disneyland® Park and Walt Disney Studios® Park using your Hopper ticket. Spend the evening in the Disney Village, situated between the parks with a selection of boutiques, restaurants, cinemas and entertainment. Day 3: Enjoy a morning in Paris before heading back home happy and exhausted! Itinerary add-on options include extending your stay to visit Paris’s many attractions or combine your visit with a stay in Normandy at our exclusive Château du Molay. (Pages 10 -15)
Study themed tours Disneyland® Paris is the perfect destination for the following subjects: Modern Foreign Language, Art & Design, Design & Technology, ICT, Music & Performing Arts, Science, Business Studies, Geography and Media. Studies. © Disney
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Disneyland® Park More than 40 rides and attractions including: Sleeping Beauty Castle, Phantom Manor, Big Thunder Mountain, Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan’s Flight it’s a small world, Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast and Star Tours.
Walt Disney Studios® Park Relive the action and suspense of Disney films with attractions such as: The Twilight Zone, Tower of Terror, Rock’n’Roller Coaster, Stunt Show Spectacular, Studio Tram Tour and the Art of Disney Animation. Disney Magic Music Days The Disney Magic Music Days programme provides performance opportunities to amateur groups offering them a unique, once in a lifetime experience to perform at Disneyland Paris. Four main group types are eligible to apply: Instrumental, Choral, Dance & Marching Bands. A magical experience they will never forget!
Tour co-ordinators top tips!
With two major theme parks to choose from, we can provide single park tickets or Hopper tickets allowing access to both parks. To enhance learning opportunities whilst having fun, Disney have produced a number of useful workbooks, available free of charge at www.disneylandparis4schools.com. We recommend you use the free Fast Pass service to cut down on queuing times at the most popular attractions. We can obtain meal vouchers for your group to eat in specified restaurants at Disneyland® Paris.
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Why travel to the Opal Coast with Travelbound? Just a short hop across the Channel, the Opal Coast is the ideal region for first time visitors to France and those wishing to benefit from shorter travel times. The region has beautiful sandy beaches and a picturesque rural hinterland. Many small local producers open their doors to visiting schools allowing for an insight into a more traditional way of life, French culture and of course exposure to the French language. There are many attractive coastal resorts and lively markets to explore. The Cathedral city of Amiens is within easy reach and a day can be spent at the WWI Battlefields of the Somme.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Upon arrival in France, spend time in the fashionable belle époque resort of Le Touquet. Le Touquet has a twice weekly market, shops, restaurants and the excellent Aqualud; an impressive tropically themed water leisure pool complete with slides and waves. (Seasonal opening) Day 2: Enjoy a traditional local market visit for a chance to buy souvenirs and practice your French language skills. At the Nausicaa sea life centre in Boulogne, explore the marine world through huge aquariums before visiting a local boulangerie. Day 3: Spend a day visiting the WWI Battlefields of the Somme with many moving memorials, museums, cemeteries and trenches. Alternatively, spend the day at the Bagatelle Theme Park, with over 40 attractions and white-knuckle rides. (Seasonal opening) Day 4: Explore La Coupole, a launch site for V2 rockets during WWII. The WWII history centre explores the relationship between science and war and details life in the region during WWII. Depart for your journey back to the UK. Itinerary add-on options include combining your trip to the Opal Coast with Paris or the Battlefield sites of WWI.
Study themed tours The Opal Coast is the perfect destination for the following subjects: Cross Curricular, Modern Foreign Language, History, Geography, Food Technology, Science and Music.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire The WWI Battlefields of the Somme The north central area of France, surrounding the River Somme, saw some of the harshest fighting during WWI and consequently has numerous memorials, museums and cemeteries dedicated to those who lost their lives. Les Chocolats de Beussent This popular friendly chocolate manufacturer gives students the chance to taste some samples and buy souvenirs. The guided tours in English or French hold educational value for language and business studies groups. Les Escargots du Bocage This snail farm is dedicated to rearing the traditional French delicacy ‘les escargots’. An educational tour of the farm includes an audio-visual presentation and a taste test! Agincourt This is the site of the famous battle of 1415, when Henry V and the English longbows defeated the French. A medieval historical centre recounts the history and brings the battle to life with models, weapons and armour.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! Our groups enjoy having the opportunity to practice their French in the local markets and small towns. We will happily provide a market assignment language worksheet and town trail worksheets for both Le Touquet and Montreuil. La Coupole and the Nausicaa sealife centre provide useful educational material for visiting groups. The extensive Cité Europe shopping centre, just outside Calais, is a very popular stop off to buy goods and last minute souvenirs.
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This was the first time I had ever seen real mountains and it looked just like a postcard. It was great canoeing with my friends and the water was clean, clear but freezing.
Why travel to the Northern French Alps with Travelbound? This is a must for geography groups and lovers of the great outdoors. Excursions include studying the flora and fauna of Mont Blanc, glacial erosion, melt water lakes and sustainable tourism. Physical exercise comes from guided mountain walks and high ropes course in pine forests and some of the best water sports around! We can organise language lessons for MFL students or your school can apply to CERN in Geneva to arrange a visit to the Large Hadron Collider where Scientists are trying to unravel the secrets of the universe!
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1-2: Leave school and travel overnight in your executive coach through France. Arrive in the French Alps, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery and fresh mountain air of your resort. Day 3: Spend the day in Chamonix and visit the impressive Mer de Glace, an ever-moving body of ice that is located on the northern slopes of Mont Blanc. Take the cable car to reach the 3,842 metre peak of the Aiguille du Midi. The views of the Swiss, French and Italian Alps are stunning. Day 4: The medieval town of Annecy is built around a 14th century Château. Canals run out of Lake Annecy, renowned for its water sports and crystal clear water. Return via the Gorges du Fier and walk the 252 metre suspended footbridge. The information centre explains the key events that helped shape this spectacular area of the Alps. Day 5: Popular activities include guided Alpine walks, kayak and catamaran, high ropes course and mountain biking. The Palais des Sports in Mègeve offers a number of activities including an indoor swimming pool and ice skating. Activities are carefully selected and supervised. Day 6–7: Enjoy some free time before heading home by overnight coach. Arrive back to the UK with a better understanding of our mountainous regions. Itinerary add-on options include extending your tour and stopping at Paris or Disneyland Paris on the return journey.
Study themed tours The Northern Alps is the perfect destination for the following subjects: Cross Curricular, Modern Foreign Language, Geography, Food Technology, Citizenship, Science, Music and Physical Education.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Geneva (Switzerland) Welcome to the home of the UN, the Red Cross and numerous other international organisations. Geneva is also home to CERN, the world’s largest particle physics research centre. Guided tours of the experimental areas and facilities are available to school groups who must apply directly to CERN. Cheese Factory Beaufortain Take a guided tour of the wonderful Beaufort Cheese Dairy, where groups can visit the cellars, see a short film and taste the delicious cheese. Walibi Theme Park Situated 50kms from Chambery, Walibi Theme Park has 24 attractions including live shows and a water leisure complex. This is a recreational day out with fun and thrills for school groups however, as a lot of the signs are in French, there are plenty of opportunities for language practice too.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! We can arrange a visit to a small chocolate manufacturer and informative guided tours of the United Nations buildings in Geneva. The bottling plant at Evian on Lake Geneva offers tours and for something different why not visit the galleries of the Synthenex Caves and the St Ruph waterfall. The local resorts have good sports facilities available in the summer months. We have Travelbound geography workbooks available to compliment your study trip to the Alps.
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Why travel to the Southern French Alps with Travelbound? This exceptional region of France will catapult geography groups into a ‘field trip frenzy’ as from stunning glaciers and melt water lakes and geothermal parks they’ll be completely spoilt for choice. Students of sustainability will also be in their element as interesting local excursions allow them to witness renewable energy in action. With plenty of opportunities to develop language skills, and get involved with outdoor activities such as water sports, mountain biking and adventure parks, the Alps are always a winner and you can guarantee the fresh Alpine air and southern sunshine will work wonders.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Depart for your overnight coach journey to the dramatic French Alps. Day 2: Arrive in resort for lunch and spend the afternoon settling in and enjoying your resort and the stunning mountain scenery. Day 3: Spend your morning exploring the fortified old town of Briancon, reputed to be the highest town in Europe. The new part of town has good shopping, and a sports complex with indoor swimming. This afternoon enjoy mini-golf or mountain biking. Day 4: Discover the region’s fabulous glaciers where geography students will be in study heaven. An evening of ice-skating provides frozen activities of a more recreational nature. Day 5: Ascend the Col de Lauteret mountain pass to the village of La Grave. Take the Cable Car up some 3200 metres to check out the Alpine ecology and views of La Meije and the glaciers. Day 6: Spend your last day at the awesome assault course, Adventure Parc Serre Chevalier, which will push students physically and mentally before they depart the Alps on the overnight coach journey home. Day 7: Arrive back in the UK after an action-packed week in the mountains.
Study themed tours The Southern French Alps are the perfect destination for the following subjects: Geography, MFL, Science & Nature, Physical Education and Sustainable Tourism.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Adventure Parc Serre Chevalier This outstanding adventure assault course is incredibly well supervised allowing students to swing, climb and enjoy the pine-covered mountain foothills of Serre Chevalier. Water Sports Travelbound only work with the best Alpine water sports companies and we will happily organise canoeing, windsurfing, sailing and white-water rafting for your group. Ecrins National Park This magnificent national park, covering almost 100sqkms, presents a whole host of geographical topics, including alpine pastures, glacial valleys and high mountain peaks. Durance Valley and Lac de Serre-Poncon This man-made lake, now a recreation centre was formed by the construction of a dam on the Durance River. The Dam forms part of a hydroelectric scheme.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! For a rainy day don’t despair, we recommend a trip to a local swimming complex, Grands Bains du Monetier. However, it rarely rains so take them to the adventure assault course and make the most of the sunshine! We can also arrange for groups to have sports activities and language lessons with a base in Alpe d’Huez. Let us quote for your party to travel by air if you prefer.
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Why travel to Provence with Travelbound? Sunshine, vineyards, sunflowers, lavender and olive trees conjure up an image of this stunning region in the South of France. Provence is an area steeped in history boasting an extensive number of wellpreserved vestiges of the Roman Empire including the magnificent Pont du Gard aqueduct. The beautiful scenery has attracted many artists including Van Gogh, who immortalised the region in his oil paintings. By contrast, the nearby Camargue region, where the river Rhone meets the Mediterranean, offers a unique ecosystem with salt marshes, bulls, white horses and pink flamingos. The variety and beauty of Provence will never disappoint. Travel by air or executive coach.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Fly to Provence, transfer to your hotel and visit Arles with its magnificent Roman arena, theatre, temples, baths and necropolis. Day 2: Discover the city of Nimes, boasting a large Roman amphitheatre, remains of Roman Baths, Augustus’ tower the ‘Tour Magne’ and the well preserved temple, La Maison Carrée. The Pont du Gard is built in three soaring tiers over the Gardon valley and has an excellent visitor centre. Day 3: Spend the day in the Camargue, a nature reserve with lagoons, salt marshes, bulls, horses and flamingo - take the tourist train to get a closer look. The white-washed coastal town of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer has an annual gypsy festival and is a place of pilgrimage as, according to legend, it’s the burial place of Mary Magdalene. Day 4: Flight times allowing, visit Les Baux de Provence, a fortified medieval village perched on a rocky outcrop in les Alpilles, before returning to the UK having made new school friends on this amazing trip. Itinerary add-on options include extending your stay to enjoy more that this wonderful region has to offer or combine with the Costa Brava in Spain.
Study themed tours Provence is the perfect destination for the following subjects: Cross Curricular, Modern Foreign Language, Classics, History, Art, Geography and Music.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Avignon Historic walled city on the river Rhone and a UNESCO heritage site. Tour the ramparts with their 39 towers. See the magnificent Palace of the Popes, seat of Papal power in the 14th century and the largest gothic palace in Europe. Walk on the Saint Benezet Bridge, the famous Pont d’Avignon from the famous song. Orange and Vaison la Romaine The Roman city of Orange has a well preserved theatre and a triumphal arch. At nearby Vaison la Romaine visit the largest archaeological site in France. See Patrician villas, streets, shops, a Roman theatre and a museum. Glanum Greek and Gallo-Roman city close to St Remy de Provence. Here you can see the ruins of government buildings, houses, temples and baths. Many finds from the site can be seen in the archaeological museum in St Remy.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! Let us quote for half or full day coach hire so you can explore the variety of visits in this beautiful region. We can also quote for guides to accompany you and provide an informed commentary. A combined ticket can be purchased to cover the different Roman sites in Nimes. For a very different experience, why not visit some of the amazing caves in the area such as the Grottes de Trabuc in the Cevennes. The colourful Provençal markets are great for presents.
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“It’s quite easy to see why artists, writers and the rich and famous have been attracted to this stunning area for so long... Picasso finally 28 makes sense.”
Why travel to the Cote d’Azur with Travelbound? A visit to the Côte d’Azur region in the South of France conjures up images of the rich and famous enjoying one of Europe’s most glamorous destinations. The region is renowned for its mild sunny climate and natural beauty with the ‘azure’ Mediterranean backed by the dramatic Maritime Alps. The region has had a huge influence on artists including Matisse, Chagall, Renoir, Picasso, Dufy and Cocteau, and remains a haven for writers and artists. Working in partnership with a local language school we are delighted to offer language lessons and suitable language focused visits. Travel by air or executive coach.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Fly to Nice, a lively city and the capital of the Côte d’Azur. Stroll along the seafront, taking in the sites that have inspired so many painters and visit the impressive old town; a maze of narrow alleyways and medieval architecture. Day 2: Take the coastal train to Monaco, enjoying the magnificent scenery en-route. This small selfgoverning principality is a tax haven and has its very own Royal Family. Monaco’s glamorous location has been used as a film set and students will find lots to fuel their interest. Day 3: Explore the beautiful medieval perched villages behind the coast, stopping en-route at St Paul de Vence with its renowned art museum. At Grasse, the centre of the perfume industry, visit the Fragonard perfume factory. Return back to Nice via Cannes or the Picasso museum in Antibes. Day 4: Visit the Matisse Museum to see many works and sketches by this most celebrated of artists. Alternatively, visit the Old Port in Nice and climb up to the Château for spectacular views across the city. Return to the UK, having had a flavour of how the rich and famous like to live. Itinerary add-on options include extending your stay in Nice to enjoy more that this wonderful region has to offer.
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Study themed tours The Côte d’Azur is the perfect destination for the following subjects: Cross Curricular, Modern Foreign Language, Art, Geography and Music.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Fondation Maeght – St Paul de Vence Dedicated to art, this exceptional site contains one of the most important collections in Europe, with paintings, sculptures, drawings and graphic works of art from the 20th century. Picasso Museum – Antibes Discover masterpieces by Picasso as well as other works from painters that were important to him. The museum itself is inside a renovated chateau and guided tours are available for school groups. Chagall Museum – Nice The museum houses the largest public collection of the artist’s paintings of Old Testament scenes. There are 12 huge works interpreting stories from Genesis and Exodus. Marineland – Antibes Extensive marine based animal park featuring polar bears, a 30m shark tunnel, aquariums, sea lions and a naval museum.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! Let us quote for half or full day coach hire so you can explore the variety of visits in this beautiful region. We can also quote for guides to accompany you and provide an informed commentary. There is an excellent local train service which runs along the coast giving access to Cannes, Antibes, Nice and Monaco. Favourite visits include a local sweet manufacturer in Nice and the perfume factory in Grasse. Your group will thoroughly enjoy the markets in Nice and the picturesque old town and old port.
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“It was an eye opening experience seeing the graves of so many people, not much older than me, who died in the First World War.” 30
Why travel to the Somme with Travelbound? The north central area of France, surrounding the River Somme, saw some of the harshest fighting in WWI and consequently has numerous memorials and museums dedicated to those who lost their lives. Through exploring the trenches, tunnels and battlefields, history groups appreciate the events that transpired during ‘The Great War’. The amount of detail and passion that has gone into presenting the horrors of this war will hopefully move your students to understand how men and women, not much older than themselves, lost their lives through brave acts of self-sacrifice.
Our most popular itinerary Day 1: Head off to the Battlefields of the Somme. Enroute visit the Canadian Memorial at Vimy Ridge, where a huge monument pays tribute to those who fought in WWI. Guided visits of the tunnels can be pre-booked. Students can walk part of the trenches and there is an informative visitor centre. At Arras, groups can have a guided tour of the Wellington Quarry in the tunnels which played a key part in the Battle of Arras. Day 2: Spend a day visiting the WWI Battlefields of the Somme. Include the imposing Thiepval Memorial to the 72,195 missing soldiers and the enormous Lochnager crater created by two charges of ammonal on the 1st July 1916, an explosion so powerful it could be heard in London. See the trenches at Beaumont Hamel, the Ulster Tower and Delville Wood. The 1916 Museum, located in an underground shelter in Albert, shows displays of life in the trenches and memorabilia from the Great War. For some fun time, spend the evening bowling. Day 3: Visit the Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum in Péronne which provides an insight into life during the Great War and contains thousands of objects ranging from toys to weapons, paintings, drawings, posters, newspapers and documents. Time permitting, travel home stopping at Notre Dame de Lorette. The Battle for this 165m hill and chapel raged for twelve months and claimed many lives. There is a museum and the largest French WWI cemetery.
Study themed tours The Somme is the perfect destination for the following subjects: History and English.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Delville Woods The Battle of Delville Woods took place just outside of Longueval and was strategically critical to both sides. Groups can visit the original trenches and find out more at the battle museum. Beaumont Hamel The parkland at Beaumont Hamel is one of the few remaining battlegrounds to be largely untouched since the end of WWI. Along with preserved trench lines there are a number of memorials and cemeteries contained within the 84 acres of parkland. Canadian guides offer pre-booked tours of the site and preserved trenches. Pozières Pozières had great strategic importance to both the allies and the Germans and was the scene of heavy fighting. Australian troops who had the task of capturing the village are commemorated by the Windmill Memorial.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! Educational material is available from the Somme 1916 museum and the Historial in Péronne. History academics can be booked to stay with your group throughout your tour. Alternatively, we would be delighted to book your party half or full day battlefield guides. Also, before you go look up in advance to see if you have any relatives lost or buried in the area, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has a large data base and much useful background information can be found at www.cwgc.org
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“There is no better way to help students understand what conditions were like for the soldiers in WW1 than walking through a real trench system.” 32
Why travel to Ypres Salient with Travelbound? The Northwest area of Belgium, which includes the town of Ypres and several other villages, witnessed some of the most horrific battles of World War 1 and has become a region of deep significance for visiting school groups. Memorials, cemeteries, museums and battle sites, featuring preserved and restored trenches, can be found in and around Ypres. History students will find plenty to gain a deeper understanding in their classroom learning and English students will gain an insight into the conditions that inspired the literature from this bloody conflict.
Our most popular itinerary Day 1: Head off to the Ypres Salient. Visit Poperinge and Talbot House. During WWI, thousands of British personnel were stationed in the town of Poperinge. Talbot House provided a home from home, away from the Front Line and today itâ€™s a museum dedicated to those thankful visitors. Visit the Yorkshire Trench and Dugout. Located near the village of Boezinge are a series of excavated trenches. This is the perfect opportunity for students to experience the harsh conditions of the Front Line. Day 2: Visit the Flanders Field Museum, reopening after extensive refurbishment. This excellent interactive museum details the events, stories and personal encounters connected with the Great War. Visit Essex Farm cemetery, Hooge Crater, Hill 60, Hill 62 and Sanctuary Wood. This evening attend the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. Day 3: Explore the Tyne cot Military Cemetery and Visitorâ€™s Centre, where rows of white gravestones mark the lives lost by the British Empire in WWI and form the largest commonwealth cemetery in the world. Contrast Tyne cot with the German Military cemetery at Langemark where 40,000 German soldiers are buried in mass graves. Arrive back in the UK with a much better understanding of the Great War. Itinerary add-on options include extending your tour to visit the Somme Battlefield sites of WWI (Pages 32 & 33).
Study themed tours The Ypres Salient is the perfect destination for the following subjects: History and English.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Menin Gate and the Last Post Ceremony The sound of the Last Post heard at Menin Gate will stay with students for a long time. Buglers from the volunteer fire brigade perform the haunting ceremony every day at 8pm. Essex Farm Cemetery Once a WWI Advanced Dressing Station now the site of a Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery. Due to the proximity of the dressing station only 102 of the 1,199 graves are unidentified. Hooge Crater Although filled in with water, the Hooge Crater is a thought-provoking site. The Museum recreates scenes of the war with life size models of horses and soldiers. Hill 62 & Sanctuary Wood During 1916 the Canadians defended this higher ground to deny German soldiers a predatory view over Ypres. Today, the memorial and museum include reconstructed British trenches and rare WWI artefacts.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! To get the most from your trip history experts can be booked to stay with your group throughout your tour. Alternatively we can book your party half or full day Battlefield guides. Groups can spend the day experiencing life as an Australian soldier in the Platoon Experience organised through the Passendale Museum and the In Flanders Field Museum provides some excellent educational material. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has a large data base and much useful background information can be found at www.cwgc.org
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“London is our greatest educational resource. There really is something to visit to enrich the learning experience for every subject.” 34
Why travel to London with Travelbound? London is a treasure house of iconic buildings, world class museums, galleries and attractions, great shops, amazing theatres, fantastic parks and a huge range of other activities. Rich with history and tradition, London is a magnet for tourists but it is also the centre of government and a global financial centre. Every curriculum subject can be enriched by a visit here. As there is so much to do in London, we will happily help you tailor a cross curricular or subject related tour to get the most out of your stay in our capital city. For overnight stays, we can offer a variety of hostel-style or hotel accommodation, depending on your budget and tour requirements.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Upon arrival, visit the Tower of London and explore a thousand years of history. Tours include the spectacular armoury, the Bloody Tower and the ‘must see’ crown jewels. Educational programmes and workshops are available. Day 2: Start your day at the Science Museum, finding out about genetics, the ocean and the atmosphere by using interactive exhibits and resources. This is the ultimate classroom and every branch of science is represented in an interesting and enjoyable medium. Live demonstrations bring theoretical science to life. Later visit the Tate Modern, displaying modern art from 1900 to the present day in this iconic gallery, a former power station. Major works include Bacon, Dali, Picasso, Matisse and Warhol. In the evening, enjoy a memorable West End Show. Day 3: Take a ‘flight’ in one of the pods on the London Eye for spectacular views over the City and beyond. Visit Covent Garden for some shopping and enjoy the street entertainment. Start your journey back to school having only scratched the surface of this amazing city. Itinerary add-on options include extending your stay to experience more of what London has to offer or combine London with Paris by coach or Eurostar.
Study themed tours London is the perfect destination for the following subjects: Cross Curricular, Art & Design, Geography, Science, Performing Arts, Politics, Business Studies, Music and Key Stage 2.
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Natural History Museum The NHM is extremely popular with school groups with hundreds of exciting, interactive exhibits. Seasonal programmes for schools provide exceptional and carefully designed resources that will enable students to learn before, during and after their trip. The British Museum The British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history. Choose from one of the many workshops available, led by the Museum’s schools team. The Imperial War Museum Many topics are covered here including children during WWII and the Persecution of the Jews under the Nazis. Interactive workshops are available.
2012 Olympic Park Educational visits allowing students to study the legacy of the Olympics and explore the many study themes surrounding the games and their impact on the local area.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! Most London museums and attractions offer curriculum linked work material and workshops. To visit the Houses of Parliament you need to write to your local MP. Many groups like to book a West End show and specially priced group tickets and workshops are available. Half or full day guides can be arranged to orientate you in the city and provide a professional commentary which can be subject related. We can organise meals for your group including themed restaurants such as the Hard Rock Café.
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Why travel to Noordwijk with Travelbound? This friendly North Sea resort has some of the best beaches in Holland and counts tourism as its most important industry. Noordwijk is an ideal base for visiting the political centre of The Hague and the city of Amsterdam, both approximately 45 minutes away. For geographers the Polders, dykes and modern sea defences provide excellent case studies. Art students will love the galleries of Amsterdam and young scientists will be intrigued by the permanent exhibition at Space Expo in Noordwijk and the journey through the human body at Corpus in the neighbouring resort of Katwijk.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Head off to the Netherlands and the Dutch resort of Noordwijk. Take an evening stroll around this pleasant town. Day 2: Enjoy a day in Amsterdam with its canals, museums and historic architecture. Your students will have the chance to study some fabulous works of art or learn more about WWII and Dutch culture. Highlights include Anne Frank’s House where she wrote her famous diary. For art students don’t miss the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum of Modern art and more! Day 3: Windmills are an important part of Dutch heritage and Zaanse Schans has an impressive openair exhibit featuring the iconic structures. Across the water, groups will find a replica 17th century Zaanse village complete with traditional buildings, craft shops and restaurants. In the afternoon, head to the Duinrell Leisure Park for Aqua scooters, flumes, swings and bumper boats, suitable for all ages. (Seasonal) Day 4: Head back to the UK, thoroughly educated, entertained and exhausted!
Study themed tours Noordwijk is the perfect destination for the following subjects: Cross Curricular, Art & Design, Citizenship, Geography, Science, History, Politics and Music.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Noordwijk Space Expo See what it was like for the first men on the Moon and experience the simulated launch of an Ariane rocket ‘live’. Discover the world of satellites with the test models of European space missions. Ajax Stadium tour A 1½ hour guided tour through the stadium. Visit the press room, the control room and climb up to the highest seats in the stadium. Souvenir photo provided! The Hague Seat of the Dutch government and home of many International organisations, The Hague is considered the second capital of the United Nations. At Scheveningen visit the Sea Life centre and the Omniversum, IMAX film centre. Delta Expo Delta Expo shows the story behind the Delta Works and the construction of the storm surge barrier in the Eastern Scheldt. Photographs, models and audiovisual presentations illustrate 2000 years of struggle against the sea.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! We highly recommend a canal cruise as it’s the perfect way to see Amsterdam and we can pre-book this for you. Other exciting attractions include the Aquamar leisure pool in Katwijk, Walibi Holland theme park or the smaller Drievliet fun amusement park. An early start is rewarded with a visit to the largest flower market in the world at Aalsmeer and no trip would be complete without a visit to a clog maker and Dutch cheese maker.
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Why travel to Rhineland with Travelbound? Beautiful, romantic and magical barely do the Rhineland justice. The Rhineland combines history, language and more fairy-tale castles than an American theme park! One of the best ways to make the most of the Rhine is on a river cruise with English commentaries and some of the most picturesque scenes in central Europe. Once back on dry land you’ll find an amazing array of educational excursions to inspire your group and combining trips to museums and monuments with a recreational day out at Phantasialand is a sure-fire route to teacher superstar-status!
Our top cross-curricular excursion Day 1: Depart the UK by coach and head off to the Rhineland, where you’ll spend the next 4 days taking in the impressive sites. Day 2: Spend your first day in Cologne discovering the galleries, museums and fabulous architecture of the Rhineland’s capital city including the incredible UNESCO Site of Cologne Cathedral. At the popular Chocolate Museum learn about the fascinating history and production of chocolate with the in-house manufacturing machine. Day 3: Visit picturesque Boppard before heading for the wine town of Rüdesheim, home to a whole host of museums, cobbled streets and the oldest castle in the Rhine Gorge. Take the chairlift to the Niederwald Monument. Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet, the Wine Museum or the gruesome medieval torture museum. Include a Rhine Cruise for part of your journey today. Day 4: With inverted roller-coasters, haunted castles and more thrills and spills than you’d ever thought possible; Phantasialand is one of the best locations in the Rhineland for groups to let off steam. Educational packs are also available! Day 5: Check out of your hotel and journey back to the UK, having made new friends on this unforgettable school trip.
Study themed tours The Rhineland is the perfect destination for the following subjects: Cross Curricular, Modern Foreign Language, History, Geography and Music.
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Boat Trip on the Rhine The River Rhine is renowned for its exceptional beauty, historic importance and hillside castles aplenty. If you’re interested in discovering the Rhineland from a completely unique perspective then jump on board an English commentary boat trip. Koblenz Koblenz offers a plethora of historical and cultural monuments as well as the country’s largest cable car system. Choose from castles, Roman ruins, basilicas and the magnificent statue of William I, Germany’s first emperor at the Deutsches Eck, the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle rivers. The castles of the Rhine and Moselle Regarded as the castle capital of Europe, every trip to the Rhineland deserves at least one guided tour of a medieval fortress. From Burg Eltz to Marksburg, this is one enchanted educational excursion that you won’t want to miss.
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If the focus of your visit is studying the German language we can organise language lessons at a local language school. For leisure time and evenings there is bowling and swimming in Koblenz and an excellent swimming complex in Cochem. Enjoy a night out at an ice cream parlour in Boppard. For great views of the Rhine also try the cable car ride in Boppard. Kids like the Torture Chamber at the well preserved Marksburg Castle, just south of Koblenz. Why not travel during the advent period for wonderful Christmas Markets?
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“The Black Forest was so pretty and we were able to practice our German and try out all the local food.” 40
Why travel to the Black Forest with Travelbound? If you’re really looking to discover the fabulous natural diversity of Germany then a trip to the Black Forest presents no end of fascinating excursions and activities for groups. From geographical case studies featuring waterfalls and lakes to language lessons in the markets and museums of Freiburg, students and group leaders alike will be spoilt for choice. This is an awesome alternative to a city break and with fresh air and chances to experience craft workshops, nature trails and cuckoo clocks aplenty. The Black Forest is also a location for our Young Reporter language course.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Head off to Germany by coach for an inspirational school trip to the Black Forest region. Day 2: Explore the sights of Freiburg, one of Germany’s sunniest cities, which features an ancient university, a gothic cathedral and an artisan folklore museum. Later, enjoy a gondola ride to the 1,284 metre summit of the Schauinsland Mountain and admire the outstanding views the Swiss Alps and the Vosges Mountains has to offer. Day 3: Cameras at the ready as today you’re going to be exploring this beautiful area. Include the world’s largest cuckoo clock at Schonach, the awesome Triberg Waterfalls, the Black Forest Open Air Museum at Triberg and Titisee with its stunning lake. Day 4: Last but by no means least will be all the rides, thrills and exhibits of Europe’s second largest theme park, Europa Park. With roller coasters, water rides and race tracks complimenting scientific, historical and geographical exhibits, this really is a great day out! (seasonal opening). An evening disco can be organised to end your tour in bright lights and rockin’ beats. Day 5: Depart for the UK, having experienced so much in so little time.
Study themed tours The Black Forest is the perfect destination for the following subjects: Cross Curricular, Modern Foreign Language, History, Geography and Music.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Boat Trip on Lake Titisee Pine covered hillsides surround this beautiful glacial lake and from relaxation to geographical case studies, this is one excursion that never fails to tick all the right boxes. Black Forest Open Air Museum Containing the region’s oldest dwelling, as well as plenty of examples of local arts and crafts, ensures that this open-air museum is the ideal location for visiting students interested in the history and culture of the Black Forest. Triberg Waterfall Cascading over a descent of 163 metres, the Triberg Falls are one of the highest in Germany and one of the region’s most impressive natural landmarks. If your group are interested in glaciation, photography or simply being amazed then you know where to come.
Tour co-ordinators top tips!
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We love the Black Forest! Make sure you get the chance to go on the cable car to the top of the Hasenhorn, near Todtnau for great views. We also recommend experiencing glass-blowing at Todtnau. From the Black Forest region it’s easy to cross the Rhine and take a trip into France, great for language students and for visiting Strasbourg, the seat of the European Parliament. For some sophistication, head north to the spa town of Baden Baden.
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“Today Berlin is such a cool city yet this city really helps you understand the horrors of war, conflict and separation.” 42
Why travel to Berlin with Travelbound? Germany’s capital is awash with a fierce history that has been tempered through a commitment to learn from the mistakes of the past. Contemporary Berlin is renowned for its thriving cultural scene with interactive museums and avant-garde galleries prevalent throughout. School groups studying WWII and the Cold War will be hard pushed to find a more appropriate destination whilst politics and citizenship students will find some absorbing case studies. Art students will find a wide range of museums and galleries from the classical to the contemporary whilst language students can immerse themselves in the culture. There really is something for everyone in Berlin and your students will love this dynamic city.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Fly to Berlin and start your trip with an introductory tour of the city on foot to see the Reichstag, the Bradenburg Gate, the Jewish Memorial, and Unter den Linden. Day 2: Start your day at the Jewish Museum. Guided themed educational tours explain what life was like for Jewish communities in Germany through history. It is an easy walk to Checkpoint Charlie, the former crossing point between East and West. The small museum here tells true stories of the courageous attempts to cross the Wall. Have a guided visit of the moving exhibition at the Topography of Terror. Day 3: At the East Side Gallery see the various art commissions that have been painted on this preserved section of the Berlin Wall. Those with an interest in History may wish to take a trip out to Sachsenhausen, a former concentration camp. Art and general interest groups may choose from the large number of world class museums and art galleries. Day 4: Visit the Story of Berlin Exhibition and Nuclear Bunker before returning to the UK with a better understanding of WWII and the Cold War.
Study themed tours Berlin is the perfect destination for the following subjects: Cross Curricular, Citizenship, History, Art, Modern Foreign Language and Music.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Olympic Stadium The stadium was originally built for the Summer Olympic Games in 1936. Guided tours can be taken and give a complete history of the site and the surrounding area. DDR Museum East Germany wasn’t all border checkpoints and secret police. School groups will find out more about the economic, social and recreational elements of life on the other side of the wall. The Story of Berlin This interactive walk-through exhibition focuses on an 800 year journey through the history of Germany’s capital city. Guided tours include a fascinating visit to an original nuclear bomb shelter! Sachsenhausen Over 200,000 people were imprisoned by the Nazis in this former concentration camp between 1936 and 1945. Many died from starvation, forced labour and systematic extermination. Sachsenhausen was used by the Soviets as a prison until 1950.
Tour co-ordinators top tips!
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Berlin has an excellent public transport system which is a great way for groups to get around the city. Larger groups may prefer to hire a coach for excursions, which we can happily arrange. We can provide guides for both coach and themed walking tours of Berlin. If your group would like to visit the Reichstag dome or the Wannsee Conference House Memorial please let us know several months ahead as visits are strictly subject to availability.
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“Prague is so beautiful and atmospheric, it looks like a film set. I felt like I was stepping back in time.” 44
Why travel to Prague with Travelbound? Prague is blessed with an abundance of educational sites and students will quickly discover numerous museums, galleries and castles that can all be reached on foot. Some of the most interesting areas of Prague lie within its Old Town and from astronomical clocks to examples of baroque and gothic architecture; inspiration is waiting around every cobbled corner. As you cross the Charles Bridge, towards the bustling business centre of Wenceslas Square, pausing for photo opportunities over the Vltava River is an absolute must. With working factories to visit and a host of poignant historical monuments, Prague is the place to be for your next school trip.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Fly to Prague, check into your hotel and then embark on an evening’s boat cruise along the Vltava River. Day 2: Get to know the city on a full day sightseeing tour that incorporates The Castle District, the Charles Bridge, The Old Town, the Jewish Quarter, the Church of St Nicholas and Wenceslas Square. Admire the beautiful medieval architecture and watch the astronomical clock in the old town square. Day 3: A day of poignancy and remembrance as you visit Terezin and the village of Lidice. Nearly two hundred thousand Jewish men, women and children walked through the gates of Terezin before being transported to certain death at Auschwitz. Students wishing to visit the ghettos, cells and crematoria will be served a harsh reminder of the past. The museum and garden at Lidice commemorate events in this village when the Nazis sort reprisal for the death of an official. Uplifting traditional folklore fun planned for the evening. Day 4: Visit the famous Staropramen Brewery in central Prague before returning to the UK.
Study themed tours Prague is the perfect destination for the following subjects: Cross curricular, History, Music, Art, Religious Studies, Architecture and Business Studies.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Prague Castle District This attractive historic district, with a collection of churches, chapels and palaces, surrounds ancient Prague castle. The visit includes the charming Golden Lane, named after the goldsmiths who lived here in the 17th century. The tiny colourful houses of Golden Lane are built right into the arches of the Castle walls. The Jewish Quarter The fascinating and thought-provoking Jewish quarter was once the largest Jewish ghetto in Europe. Today it features the best preserved complex of Jewish historical monuments in Europe including six synagogues, the Jewish Town Hall and old Jewish cemetery where graves are piled on top of each other. Factory Tours Tours of the famous factories in and outside the city include: Skoda, Staropramen, Rückl glassware and Urquell Pilsner offer a great experience for Business Studies students.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! We recommend having a guided tour of this fascinating city, something we can easily organise for your group. History students may want to visit the Museum of Communism charting the history of Czech Communism. Look out for the information about the infamous student protests of the 60’s and the Velvet Revolution or enjoy swimming pools and water slides at the Aquapalace lagoon. Prague is renowned for its Black Light Theatre, Laterna Magika and National Marionette Theatre and we can pre-book tickets for all the top performances.
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“Our excursion to Auschwitz was a really moving experience. I don’t think I’ll ever be quite the same after learning about what happened there.” 46
Why travel to Krakow with Travelbound? The second largest city in Poland is also one of the oldest; dating back to the 7th century and as such presents a wealth of educational excursions for schools. From the renaissance splendours of the Old Town to Wawel Castle and St. Mary’s Church to the horrors of Auschwitz, there is something to learn from every aspect of the city and surrounding area. WWII sites will present students with stories from the past that will be deeply thought provoking. Krakow is also a city of culture and will inspire young artists and musicians.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Fly to Krakow. Discover the magnificent Old Town Square with the splendid 16th century Cloth Hall and St Mary’s Church containing the oldest medieval altarpiece in the world. Your tour may also include Wawel Cathedral, The Royal tombs and Sigmond’s bell. Day 2: Further exploration of Krakow may include The Jewish Quarter, a labyrinth of old-fashioned streets containing museums, homes and synagogues. Kazimierz has a wealth of Jewish and Christian heritage and is one of the most interesting places in Krakow. Include a visit to Schindler’s factory and the Galicia Jewish Museum. Day 3: The infamous concentration camp of Auschwitz is now an educational centre dedicated to teaching. For anyone studying WWII history the whole area provides a chilling and memorable lesson (not recommended for children under 14 years of age). Take a guided tour around the spectacular salt mines at Wieliczka to see the subterranean chambers with their intricate carvings and sculptures. Day 4: Spend some time at leisure for shopping and sightseeing before returning to the UK.
Study themed tours Krakow is the perfect destination for the following subjects: History, Art, Religious Studies and Music.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Wawel Cathedral This Roman Catholic Basilica has become a symbolic landmark for the people of Krakow. History & RE groups will be interested in the remarkable Gothic architecture, gilded altars, chapels and the Crypts where kings, generals and national heroes have been laid to rest since the 14th century. Schindler’s Factory Today, the site of his factory has been turned into an excellent museum detailing the history of the Jewish ghetto as well as Shindler’s efforts to save Jewish workers from the Concentration Camps. Galicia Jewish Museum This excellent museum exists to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to celebrate the history of Jewish culture in Polish Galicia. Educational workshops can include meetings with Holocaust survivors or recipients of the Righteous among the Nations award and can provide an important context for a visit to Auschwitz.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! We recommend a guide to get the most from your city tours. For excursions away from the city, such as Auschwitz and the Salt Mines, we can provide coach hire and guides to enhance the experience. In the summer months there is a large water park and for the winter bowling is a popular choice. For some local flavour you can enjoy a traditional Polish folklore evening. To explore the fantastic natural scenery this region offers, we can organise a day out in the Tatra Mountains or rafting on the Dunajec River!
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“We saw and learnt so much in a short period of time and our students gained a much better understanding of modern European history.” 48
Berlin, Krakow and Prague by coach Day 1: Start your journey to central Europe by overnight executive coach. Day 2: Arrive in Berlin and take an introductory walking tour to start your exploration of Berlin. See the Reichstag, the Bradenburg Gate, the Jewish Memorial, Unter den Linden and more. Day 3: A full day in Berlin, enabling you to visit the Jewish Museum, Checkpoint Charlie, The Topography of Terror and the Eastside Gallery. Day 4: Depart Berlin and travel to Krakow. Day 5: Visit the infamous concentration camp at Auschwitz, a moving and chilling reminder of the horrors of war. Return to Krakow for a walking tour of the old town or the Jewish Quarter. Day 6: Early departure to travel to Prague via the Wieliczka Salt Mines with its subterranean galleries including the stunning St Kinga Chapel which took 30 years to complete!
Day 8: Spend a few more hours wondering the gothic streets of Prague before your overnight journey back to the UK. Day 9: Arrive back in the UK having had a taster of what Central Europe has to offer.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Berlin – The Topography of Terror This large documentary exhibition is displayed in a modern building on the site of the former Headquarters of the SS, The Secret State Police and the Reich Security Main Office. A guided tour of the exhibition focuses on how the personnel of the Nazi terror machine planned, organised and implemented the persecution and murder of millions of people in Germany and throughout Europe in WWII and what this meant for the victims.
Day 7: Spend the day exploring the medieval city of Prague with its castle district, Charles Bridge, Old town square and Jewish quarter. Alternatively travel out of Prague to visit Terezin and Lidice.
Berlin, Krakow and Prague by air Day 1: Fly to Berlin and have an introductory tour of the city by coach or on foot to see the Reichstag, the Bradenburg Gate, the Jewish Memorial, Unter den Linden and more. Day 2: A full day in Berlin, enabling you to visit the Jewish Museum, Checkpoint Charlie, The Topography of Terror and the Eastside Gallery. Day 3: Travel to Krakow by coach. Day 4: Visit the infamous concentration camp at Auschwitz, a moving and chilling reminder of the horrors of war. Return to Krakow for a walking tour of the old town or the Jewish Quarter. Day 5: Early departure to travel to Prague via the Wieliczka Salt Mines with its subterranean galleries including the stunning St Kinga Chapel which took 30 years to complete.
Day 7: Spend some time at leisure for shopping and sightseeing before your return flight to the UK.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Prague – The Castle District This attractive historic district with its collection of churches, chapels and palaces surrounds ancient Prague castle. St Vitus Cathedral is the resting place of Charles IV and Good King Wenceslas. The visit includes the charming Golden Lane, named after the goldsmiths who lived here in the 17th century. Golden Lane is popular with its tiny colorful houses built right into the arches of the Castle walls.
Day 6: Spend the day exploring the beautiful medieval city of Prague with its castle district, magnificent Charles Bridge, Old town square and Jewish quarter. Alternatively travel out of Prague to visit Terezin and Lidice.
Berlin and Krakow by air Day 1: Fly to Berlin and have an introductory tour of the city by coach or on foot to see the Reichstag, the Bradenburg Gate, the Jewish Memorial, Unter den Linden and more. Day 2: A full day in Berlin, enabling you to visit the Jewish Museum, Checkpoint Charlie, The Topography of Terror and the Eastside Gallery Day 3: Depart Berlin and travel to Krakow by coach. Day 4: Visit the infamous concentration camp at Auschwitz, a moving and chilling reminder of the horrors of war. Return to Krakow for a walking tour of the old town or the Jewish Quarter. Day 5: Spend some time at leisure for shopping or further city sightseeing before your return flight to the UK.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Krakow – Auschwitz The Auschwitz concentration camp complex was the largest of its kind established by the Nazi regime. At least 960,000 Jews were killed in Auschwitz. Other victims included approximately 74,000 Poles, 21,000 Roma (Gypsies), and 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war and 10,000-15,000 other nationalities. Guided or audio guided visits include a film taken just after the liberation of the camp (not recommended for children under 14 years of age).
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“Standing in the Colosseum I started to feel what it must have been like to be a gladiator being cheered by a huge crowd.” 50
Why travel to Rome with Travelbound? Central Rome is home to some of Europe’s finest examples of Renaissance and Baroque architecture. The Vatican, a city state, has been the seat of the Pope since the 1st century AD and attracts thousands of pilgrims daily. Rome was, of course, the beating heart of the classical Roman Empire and is a treasure trove of ancient buildings and archaeological sites. Museums and galleries further advance studies and day trips outside the city walls provide stunning vistas and more educational opportunities. Art students can enjoy works from the Classical to the contemporary in the archaeological sites and many galleries the city has to offer.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Fly to Rome, check in to your hotel and wander the streets of this ancient city. The sumptuous baroque Trevi fountain has become a ‘must do’ on the tourist trail. Built in the 18th century the double flight of 137 steps, known as the Spanish Steps, has become a place to meet and pass the time away. Day 2: Rome’s iconic amphitheatre, the Colosseum is the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. Tours of the arena include the underground chambers where gladiators awaited their fate. Explore the extensive ruins of The Roman Forum, the religious, political and commercial centre of the Roman Empire. Enjoy spectacular views of the city from the Palatine hill and discover the ruins of a vast Imperial Palace built by Emperor Domitian. Day 3: The interior of St. Peter’s, the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel are incredible and a testament to the power and the beauty of religious artwork. At the Pantheon, built in Roman times, three ranks of granite Corinthian columns hold up the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. Spend the evening enjoying gelato in Piazza Navona. Day 4: Head back to the UK with lasting memories of the Eternal City. Itinerary add-on options include combining your trip to Rome with the Bay of Naples; please see pages 58 & 59. Combination tours with Florence and Venice are also possible.
Study themed tours Rome is the perfect destination for the following subjects: Cross Curricular, Art, Classics, History, Religious Studies, Modern Foreign Language and Music.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Borghese Gallery This significant art gallery in the Borghese Park houses paintings by Rubens, Titian, Caravaggio, Botticelli and Raphael. Time Elevator Three panoramic screens provide a semi-circular cinema and special-effects such as wind, movable seats and moving platforms create a unique 45 minute history lesson. Ostia Antica This was once the harbour city of Ancient Rome and today holds some wonderfully preserved examples of ancient buildings, frescos and mosaics. The Catacombs Early Christian catacombs on the Appian Way contain examples of the first Christian art, an interesting insight into the effects of emerging Christianity in Rome.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! It is possible to cover much of the city on foot or use the buses and metro. For visits outside the city we can organise half or full day coach hire and a guide to give a commentary on the sites. A Papal Blessing takes place at the Vatican on a Wednesday morning. Pre book your tickets online. We can pre-book you a time slot to visit the magnificent Colosseum and tell you the best places to shop for clothes and souvenirs in Rome’s stylish boutiques.
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Bay of Naples
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“This is just a fantastic area to study volcanoes and the impact of eruptions... students can’t help but learn!” 52
Why travel to the Bay of Naples with Travelbound? The Bay of Naples has some of the finest dramatic scenery in Italy. Several world-famous archaeological sites offer students a unique insight into Roman daily life, its culture, religions, art, politics, leisure and town planning. Geography students can study life in the shadow of an active volcano, volcanic and coastal features, tourism and the development of the city of Naples. Language opportunities await in the piazzas and fashionable shops of the picturesque coastal towns. Just a short boat ride away, the beautiful island of Capri evokes a calmer way of life and offers spectacular views back across the Bay of Naples to Mount Vesuvius. A visit to this region will never disappoint.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Fly to Italy and enjoy the busy and attractive coastal resort of Sorrento, with its narrow medieval streets and beautiful baroque churches - a great introduction to this stunning region. Day 2: Spend the day visiting the ruined city of Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. Nothing beats the experience of walking through the extensive preserved streets and buildings of what was once a thriving Roman city. Ascend Mount Vesuvius reaching the summit with a guide to see steam emitting from the crater, a unique field trip experience! Day 3: Spend the day in Capri or visit the Roman city of Herculaneum, smaller than Pompeii but exceptionally well preserved. Return via the ruined town of Oplontis to explore the Villa Poppaea which was home to Nero’s wife, Poppaea Sabina. See the impressive frescoes and slaves’ quarters. Spend the evening enjoying Italian gelato! Day 4: Time permitting, travel to the airport via Solfatara, a shallow volcanic crater which still emits jets of sulphurous steam and bubbling jets of sand. Young geologists will be interested in this site especially if they’re studying effects such as bradyseism. Return to the UK. Itinerary add-on options include extending your stay to explore more of what this region has to offer or combine with Rome. See pages 54 & 55.
Study themed tours The Bay of Naples is the perfect destination for the following subjects: Cross Curricular, Classics, Modern Foreign Language, Geography, Art and Music.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Capri Island This beautiful island can be reached by passenger ferry or hydrofoil from Sorrento. A funicular will carry visitors uphill to see stunning vistas that have inspired musicians such as Debussy and authors like Somerset Maugham. A boat trip can be taken to visit the Blue Grotto. The Amalfi Drive One of the most breath-taking coastal drives in Europe. The road clings to the mountainside with the azure waters of the Mediterranean far below. Pass Positano with its Moorish architecture and beautiful Ravello. Stop in Amalfi to visit the old town and climb the steps to the magnificent Cathedral. Pozzuoli In the volcanic region known as the Phlegrean Fields see the Flavian amphitheatre with its underground cells for Gladiators and wild animals, the Temple of Serapis and The Temple of Augustus.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! Our groups benefit from the services of a local representative who will assist you with your programme in Sorrento. Travelbound offer a free geography study guide on request and can pre-book all of your visits. Local produce visits include seeing the production of the local liqueur, Limoncello, a mozzarella cheese farm, an olive oil producer and a cameo factory. The Circumvesuviana coastal railway is a great way to get around.
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Rome & Bay of Naples
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“There were so many highlights including walking along the streets of Pompeii and seeing how ordinary people lived, worked and played nearly 2,000 years ago.” 54
Why travel to Rome & the Bay of Naples with Travelbound? A visit to Rome and the Bay of Naples is a wonderful way to experience the full flavour of this culturally rich and varied country. The busy Capital city of Rome and the more relaxed atmosphere of the Bay of Naples, make the perfect combination. This is our most popular Classics itinerary covering an abundance of some of the most significant archaeological sites in Europe. Many other curriculum subjects can be covered in this tour to delight and inspire your students.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Fly to Rome, check into your hotel and enjoy an evening walk to the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. Day 2: Visit the Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre ever built in the Roman Empire. Tours of the arena include the underground chambers where gladiators awaited their fate. Explore the extensive ruins of The Roman Forum, the religious, political and commercial centre of the Roman Empire. Early evening visit to the Time Elevator. Day 3: The interior of St. Peter’s, The Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel are an incredible testament to the power and the beauty of religious artwork. At the Roman Pantheon, Corinthian granite columns hold up the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. This evening enjoy gelato in Piazza Navona. Day 4: Travel to the Bay of Naples by coach, stopping en-route at the rocky hill of Monte Cassino which holds the first abbey associated with the Benedictine Order and was the site of a famous Battle in WWII. Arrive in the attractive coastal resort of Sorrento with its narrow medieval streets and beautiful baroque churches. Day 5: Nothing beats walking through the extensive preserved streets and buildings of Pompeii, once a thriving Roman city, then smothered in ash and destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. Ascend Mount Vesuvius with a guide to see steam emitting from the crater. A unique field trip experience! This evening why not enjoy the local Tarantella Dance Show. Day 6: Spend a day in Capri or visit the Roman city of Herculaneum, smaller than Pompeii but exceptionally well preserved. Return via the ruined town of Oplontis to explore the Villa Poppaea which was home to Nero’s wife. It has impressive frescoes and interesting slaves’ quarters. Spend the evening enjoying Italian street life. Day 7: Time permitting, travel to the airport via Solfatara, a shallow volcanic crater which still emits jets of sulphurous steam and bubbling jets of sand. Young geologists will be interested in this site especially if they’re studying effects such as bradyseism. Return to the UK. Itinerary add-on options include extending your stay in either Rome or the Bay of Naples.
Study themed tours Rome and the Bay of Naples are the perfect destination for the following subjects: Cross Curricular, Classics, Modern Foreign Language, History, Art, Geography, Religious Studies and Music.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! It is possible to cover much of the city of Rome on foot or by buses and metro. We have a free geography study book for the Bay of Naples and if you wish to hire a guide to give a commentary at the sites in Rome or the Bay of Naples we can easily arrange that for you. Groups may prefer to travel to the Bay of Naples via the excavations in Ostia. For further information and advice call us with your questions.
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â€œHaving the chance to practice their language skills at the market and soak up the rich culture really enthused our students.â€? 56
Why travel to Florence with Travelbound? Florence is the home of Renaissance art, Michelangelo’s David and some of the most famous views in Italy. Explore the cobbled streets and piazzas before spending time in the expansive galleries and museums. Whatever your reasons for visiting Florence, you’ll find a beguiling city full of art, history and culture. For those learning the Italian language we can organise a Young Reporter Course for interactive language learning or lessons via a language school or learn to prepare typical Italian specialities at a local cookery school.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Fly to Italy and start your exploration at the Piazza del Duomo, home to a trio of iconic structures; the cathedral, The Bell Tower and the Baptistery. The Ponte Vecchio spanning the river Arno retains a parade of shops and this remarkable walk across the river is steeped in history. Day 2: Visit the Piazza delle Signoria with the Palazzo Vecchio. Enjoy the colourful daily market at San Lorenzo and visit the Boboli Gardens, a landscaped hillside complete with statues, fountains and carefully sculptured gardens. Later, at the Uffizi Gallery, marvel at works by Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Caravaggio. Day 3: Explore Pisa, renowned for its leaning tower and the Physicist Galileo. See the 12th century Baptistry, churches and cobbled piazzas.In Florence enjoy the magnificent art in the Accademia including the original sculpture of David. Go up to Piazzale Michelangelo on a hillside above Florence for beautiful views across the city. Day 4: Take a trip out through the Tuscan countryside to medieval San Gimignano with its skyline of 13th century towers. Continue on to Siena with its impressive cathedral and medieval architecture. Day 5: Depart the city known as the Pearl of the Renaissance and return back to the UK with memories that will last a lifetime. Itinerary add-on options include combining your trip to Florence with Venice/Lido di Jesolo or Rome.
Study themed tours Florence is the perfect destination for the following subjects: Art & Design, History, Modern Foreign Language and Music.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire The Duomo The Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore’s incredible neogothic façade is something to behold and guided tours of the interior give student’s access to impressive tombs, frescos and paintings. The Baptistery This Romanesque, minor basilica, is one of the oldest buildings in Florence. The external imagery, particularly on the 3 bronze doors, is incredibly intricate. Palatine Gallery This vast Renaissance complex dates back to 1458 and is adjoined to the wonderful Boboli Gardens. Visiting art and history groups will find everything from Medici treasures to theatrical costumes.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! Florence is a compact city which can be explored on foot or by using the local buses. For visits outside the city we can quote for coach hire. Our Florentine language assignment combines lessons in a classroom with ‘out-and-about’ activities. Alternatively, on the Young Reporter course, our groups can research, interview and present findings in a variety of mediums. For some regional flavour, why not visit a Tuscan vineyard and enjoy an olive oil tasting session?
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Venice & Lido di Jesolo
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“Travelling along the Grand Canal by vaporetto and sketching amazing scenes in this beautiful city of art was a truly inspiring experience.” 58
Why travel to Venice & Lido di Jesolo with Travelbound? Venice is arguably the world’s finest Art City and will inspire your students with its beauty, vulnerability and fading grandeur. Young geographers and historians can discover how such an important community grew from the marshland of the lagoon. Art students will be overwhelmed by the abundance of treasures in the churches, galleries and museums. Our groups can travel by air or coach and stay in the city of Venice or in the more affordable beach resort of Lido di Jesolo. From Lido di Jesolo groups access Venice by coach and water bus arriving majestically in St Mark’s Square.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Start your journey to Lido di Jesolo by overnight coach. Day 2: Arrive at the well developed Adriatic beach resort of Lido di Jesolo boasting miles of sandy beach, where you’ll have time to relax and enjoy the resort’s facilities after your journey. Day 3: Spend the day visiting Venice’s iconic sights, St Mark’s Basilica, the Campanile, the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, The Rialto Bridge and museums and galleries of your choice. Day 4: Head off to Verona, to include Romeo and Juliet’s sites and the ancient Roman theatre. Return to Venice via the University town of Padua, also a place of pilgrimage. Day 5: Take a boat trip to the Islands of the Lagoon, Murano, famous for its glass making, Burano for its lace-work and Torcello, the oldest inhabited region in Venice. Day 6: Make your way to Lido di Jesolo’s water fun park Aqualandia, based on a Caribbean island paradise with rides, and water-based thrills. Head off home by overnight coach. Day 7: Arrive in the UK after spending a wonderful week in the Veneto. Itinerary add-on options include combining your trip to Venice or Lido di Jesolo with Florence and Rome.
Study themed tours Venice and Lido di Jesolo are the perfect destinations for the following subjects: Cross Curricular, History, Geography, Art, Modern Foreign Language, Religious Studies, Performing Arts and Music.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire St Mark’s Square This famous principal piazza is busy with crowds enjoying the backdrop of the Basilica of San Marco. Climb the bell tower for splendid views over the city. The Doge’s Palace and Bridge of Sighs The Palace of the Doges, the Venetian leaders who governed Venice is linked to the old prison by the Bridge of Sighs. The name was coined by Lord Byron. Peggy Guggenheim Museum This gallery contains one of the most important exhibitions of 20th century European and American art work in the whole of Italy. Here you’ll find plenty of examples of Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. The Accademia This is Venice’s main art gallery with works by Titian, Tintoretto, Bellini and of course the artist who immortalised Venice, Canaletto.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! Venice is famous for its masks and groups can take part in a mask making workshop. Art students may also wish to visit the Scuola de San Rocco and the Museum of Modern Art. Savings can be made on Venice museum entrances by purchasing a St Mark’s Museum Pass via Travelbound. Enjoy the Rialto fish and fruit market in Venice or the Friday morning market in Jesolo village. Italy’s largest Theme Park Gardaland is possible as a day trip. Alternatively, spend the day in the beautiful Lake Garda region.
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“Lake Garda is such a beautiful destination and the proximity to Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, made our trip really special.” 60
Why travel to Lake Garda with Travelbound? Lake Garda, in Northern Italy, attracts many visitors because of its mild climate and stunning scenery. Italy’s largest lake is bordered by delightful historic towns with medieval castles, narrow streets and piazzas. Surrounded by Mountains, with fertile plains to the south, there is a variety and contrast of landscape. Groups can spend a day visiting Venice, with its many canals and art treasures or Verona, a UNESCO world heritage site of Romeo and Juliet fame. Fun can be had at nearby Gardaland, Italy’s largest theme park and its surrounding visitor attractions.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Leave school and travel overnight in your executive coach. Day 2: Arrive in Lake Garda and spend the rest of the day enjoying the stunning scenery. Day 3: Take a boat trip to Sirmione or spend time in Malcesine. Visit the 13th century castle and take the revolving cable car ride to the summit of Monte Baldo at 1760m for spectacular views over Lake Garda. Spend the evening bowling. Day 4: Leave early for your day in Venice and explore the city on foot or take the water bus along the Grand Canal past the Rialto Bridge and the many colourful palazzi. Arrive at St Mark’s Square with its campanile and magnificent Basilica. Venice will inspire your students with its beauty. Day 5: Spend a day at Gardaland or visit nearby Verona. Be carried back to Roman times sitting on the stone seats of Verona’s large amphitheatre, still used for live performances! See Juliet’s balcony on the Capulet’s gothic mansion and her tomb at the cloister of San Francesco al Corso. Day 6: Spend the morning at leisure before starting your overnight journey back to the UK. Day 7: Arrive in the UK having formed new friendships during this memorable trip.
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Lake Garda is the perfect destination for the following subjects: Cross Curricular, Classics, History, Geography, Art, Modern Foreign Language and Music.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Sirmione The stunning lakeside medieval town has a magnificent 13th century Scaliger Castle, and a lattice of narrow streets. The town is known for its thermal springs which have attracted visitors since Roman times. See the extensive ruins of Catullus’s villa built when Sirmione was a favoured resort of the wealthy. Gardaland The largest theme park in Italy with rides of all types, live shows and themed areas – a firm favourite with Travelbound groups. (Seasonal) Canevaworld Movie Studios Park This park is a combination of movie based rides, shows and impressive stunts - a one of a kind experience. (Seasonal) Gardaland SEA LIFE Aquarium 37 aquariums and a walk through shark tunnel means you can get up close to a myriad of marine species. (Seasonal)
Tour co-ordinators top tips! We can arrange a guide to accompany you for half or full day excursions and can pre-book your cable car tickets for Monte Baldo. Take a boat trip on the lake and see how the locals use this transport as part of their daily lives. For some regional specialities visit the olive oil museum and wine museum at Bardolino. La Grande Mele is a large indoor shopping Mall with bowling and amusements. We can arrange tickets for the opera in Verona in the summer months.
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“The landscapes were just so varied and it was the f irst time I had seen an active volcano. The oranges were like nothing I have tasted before. “ 62
Why travel to Sicily with Travelbound? Due to Sicilyâ€™s central position in the Mediterranean, the island has been influenced by many cultures and civilisations. The Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Normans and Saracens have all left their mark and a rich archaeological heritage. All this makes Sicily the perfect place to study Ancient History and Classics. Smouldering Mount Etna in the East, and the many sites of geological note means exciting Field Studies for geographers. The scenery is varied and beautiful with agricultural plains, orange groves, seaside towns and fishing villages - providing a vivid and dramatic contrast.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Fly to Sicily and experience the busy town of Palermo, adorned with plenty of cultural sights for students to enjoy, including the botanical gardens and the wonderful mosaics of Palazzo dei Normanni. Day 2: Explore the ancient site of Segesta and the impressive Greek Doric temple and theatre. The Greek temples and acropolis at Selinunte are equally aweinspiring. Spend the night in Agrigento. Day 3: In Agrigento, marvel at the outstanding Greek temples and Greco-Roman architecture. Travel via the vast Roman villa at Piazza Armerina, renowned for its extensive mosaics. Spend the next three nights in the Giardini Naxos area. Day 4: Enjoy a day at Siracusa, one of the former most powerful cities on the Mediterranean. Admire the Greek theatre, Archimedes tomb, Temple of Apollo on Ortigia Island and mythological Aretusa Fountain. Day 5: Travel to smouldering Mount Etna, a perfect case study for geography groups. In the afternoon, discover the impressive Alcantara gorge to see stunning basalt formations. Day 6: Spend the morning buying last minute souvenirs before flying back to the UK, having had a taster of what this idyllic Italian island has to offer.
Study themed tours Sicily is the perfect destination for the following subjects: Cross Curricular, Classics, Modern Foreign Language, Geography, History, Art and Religious Studies.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Lipari Island This is the largest island in a volcanic archipelago straddling the gap between Vesuvius and Etna. Archaeological museums, ruined Greek fortifications and Roman spas will be of interest to visiting history groups. (Seasonal) Vulcano Island There are several geological sites of interest including one of only four non-submarine Italian volcanoes. This is the place to be for young volcanologists and theyâ€™ll also find plenty of beaches, hot springs and sulphur mud baths. (Seasonal) Taormina Taormina is a beautiful tourist town, overlooking the sea with views to Mount Etna. The Greco-Roman Theatre dates from the 3rd century BC and was remodelled by the Romans.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! We can tailor tours for Classics students or geography students. If you would like a guide to accompany your tour throughout or just for certain visits please ask. Students usually get free entrance to state owned monuments in Italy although there may be a small booking charge. You will need a letter on school headed paper and a names list of participating students; we can give advice on this. If you want to visit the crater of Mount Etna, a supplement applies to take jeeps and have a mountain guide. We can arrange a pizza making activity in Giardini Naxos for a real taste of Italy.
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“Myths and legends, gods and heroes; there is no end to the amount of intriguing stories to discover to fire the imagination.” 64
Why travel to Athens with Travelbound? As one of the world’s oldest cities, Athens provides groups with a plethora of archaeological sites, ancient monuments and preserved examples of Classical architecture. The city is like an open-air museum and art students will find plenty of opportunities to sketch and study whilst young Classicists will be in their element. Further historic locations, outside the city, are easily accessible and we recommend a multicentre to discover the ‘cradle of Western civilization’. Performing Arts groups will be interested in the ancient theatres and taking part in a Greek dance or drama workshop. We have worked with our Athens based agent for years and all Travelbound groups are met on arrival, and receive helpful local advice and assistance.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Fly to Athens, where our friendly agent will meet you on arrival, run through your programme and ensure that you’re all set for a fabulous Greek experience. Day 2: Take a half day guided introductory coach tour of Athens to include all the major city sites, such as Hadrian’s Arch, The Temple of Zeus, Royal Gardens, Constitution Square, Old Royal Palace, 1896 Olympic Stadium and the Acropolis. Day 3: The Artefacts on display at the National Archaeological Museum date from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages, all taken from the most prestigious archaeological locations in Greece. A guided tour of the Olympic Stadium will show students the facilities used in the first modern Olympics. Day 4: Travel to Corinth, stopping at the Corinth canal to marvel at this feat of engineering. See the ancient baths, Acropolis, Temple to Haephestus and many Roman remains at the ancient site of Corinth. Enjoy a typical Greek show with songs and Greek belly dancing in the Plaka district. Day 5: Arrive back in the UK still wowed by the whole experience. Itinerary add-on options include combining your stay in Athens with other centres in Greece. Please see our multi centre tours on Pages 72 & 73.
Study themed tours Athens is the perfect destination for the following subjects: Cross Curricular, Classics, History, Geography, Art & Design, Performing Arts and Music.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire The Acropolis The Acropolis has many fine examples of Greek architecture with its monumental gates, the dominating temple of the Parthenon, the odium, theatres and agora. Students of classics and ancient history can explore and gain a better understanding of Ancient Greek culture and society. Plaka Area This is Athens’ oldest district located at the foot of the Acropolis. Discover the narrow streets and alleyways of this lively tourist area with open air tavernas and shops. Nearby is the Monastiraki flea market. Delphi Delphi can be visited as a long day out from Athens. Site of the Great Oracle and the Cult of Apollo, it was considered the centre of the earth in ancient times. There is also a museum containing significant finds from the site.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! Athens can be explored on foot or by using public transport. We can also quote for trips in or out of the city by coach. Archaeological guides for the sites can be booked on request. School groups can currently get free entrance to state owned monuments and museums with the Greek Museum Pass. A small administrative fee is charged to obtain this document. Performing arts students may wish to visit the Greek Folk Art Museum and Theatrical Museum. We can arrange a Greek Puppet Theatre Performance at your hotel.
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“I have never experienced anything quite like our tour to Greece! My class and I will never forget how much we learned and how much fun we had together.” 66
Why travel to the Peloponnese with Travelbound? A tour of the Peloponnese should be a real treat for students of Greek history and Classics as it includes the sites that have spawned not only legends but civilization as we know it. From an ideal base in the charming coastal resort of Tolon, groups have easy access to the sites at Mycenae, Epidavros, Nauplion and Corinth. Longer days out allow you to include the site of the first Olympic games at Olympia and the ancient cities of Sparta and Mystra. Tolon is an ideal base to form part of a multi-centre tour combined with Athens, Delphi and Olympia. We have worked with our local agent for many years and our groups always get a great welcome and friendly support during their stay.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Fly to Athens and transfer to the charming beach resort of Tolon. Stop and see the Corinth canal bridge spanning the narrow isthmus separating Attica from the Peloponnese. Day 2: Visit Nauplion, Tiryns and Mycenae. Nauplion has plenty of highlights including the old town and three castles. Pass Tiryns, the birthplace of Hercules to arrive at Mycenae. Mycenae boasted a tough military stronghold; this was the Homeric city of Agamemnon. Today you will find plenty of examples of Mycenaen architecture including the Lion Gate and the necropolis. Day 3: The magnificent theatre at Epidavros has some of the best acoustics in the world. Discover the ruins of the Sanctuary of Asklepios, known to the Ancient Greeks as the ‘God of Healing’. At ancient Corinth, once one of the major centres of Greek civilization, see the ancient port, the baths of Helen, the Acropolis, the Temple to Hephaestus and many Roman remains. Day 4: Take time on your last day to enjoy picturesque Tolon. Perhaps take a boat trip out to the island and have a beach barbeque. A disco or Greek dancing evening is the perfect way to end this amazing trip. Day 5: Depart early and travel up to Athens and spend some time in the city before transferring to the airport for your return flight. Itinerary add-on options include combining your stay in the Peloponnese with other centres in Greece. Please see our multi centre tours on pages 72 & 73.
Study themed tours The Peloponnese is the perfect destination for the following subjects: Cross Curricular, Classics, Geography, Art & Design and Music.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Olympia The first Olympic Games were reportedly held in honour of the God Zeus and today the ancient ruins of Olympia show students just how important this event was considered. Giant statues, ruined temples and a museum can all be explored. Mystras The fortified town of Mystras presents an excellent example of how ancient settlements were built with protection in mind. We recommend a combined excursion with neighbouring Sparta. Sparta Legends were created in Sparta. Spartan relics, dating from the Neolithic Age to the late Roman Period, can be seen in the town’s archeological museum. Sparta was once a rival city to Athens.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! We can quote for full day and half day excursions by coach. Archaeological guides for the sites can be booked on request. School groups visiting Greece can currently get free entrance to state owned monuments and museums with the Greek Museum Pass. A small administrative fee is charged to obtain this document. To see another side of Greece take a boat trip from Tolon to visit the islands of Hydra and Spetse. We can arrange a Greek dancing evening, disco or karaoke.
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Athens, Delphi, Tolon - 3 centre Classical tour Day 1: Travel from the UK to Athens, where our friendly agent will meet you on arrival. Settle into accommodation and explore the area.
At ancient Corinth see the ancient port, the baths of Helen, the Acropolis, the Temple to Hephaestus and many Roman remains.
Day 2: Half day guided introductory coach tour of Athens. Later start your own exploration of Athens on the hill of the Acropolis covered in ancient ruins, dominated by the world famous Parthenon.
Day 6: Take a long day out to Olympia, site of the first Olympic Games. The ancient ruins of Olympia show students just how important this event was considered. Giant statues, ruined temples and a museum.
Day 3: Spend the morning at leisure in Athens before travelling by coach to Delphi, with an optional stop en-route at Ossios Loukas.
Day 7: Nauplion, Tiryns and Mycenae. The original capital of Greece; Nauplion has plenty of highlights including the old town and three castles. Pass Tiryns, the birthplace of Hercules, to arrive at the citadel of Mycenae, the Homeric city of Agamemnon.
Day 4: Site of the Great Oracle and the Cult of Apollo, Delphi was considered the centre of the earth in ancient times. There is also a museum containing significant finds from the site that students will find fascinating! Travel to Tolon for the next four nights.
Day 8: Fly home from Athens, feeling inspired and motivated.
Day 5: Start the day with an inspirational visit to the magnificent theatre at Epidavros, which has some of the best acoustics in the world. Explore the ruins of the Sanctuary of Asklepios the god of healing.
Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Tolon - 4 centre Classical tour Day 1: Travel from the UK to Athens, where our friendly agent will meet you on arrival. Settle into accommodation and explore the area. Day 2: Half day guided introductory coach tour of Athens. Later start your own exploration of Athens on the hill of the Acropolis covered in ancient ruins, dominated by the world famous Parthenon. Day 3: Spend the morning at leisure in Athens before travelling by coach to Delphi, with an optional stop en-route at Ossios Loukas. Day 4: Site of the Great Oracle and the Cult of Apollo, Delphi was considered the centre of the earth in ancient times. There is also a museum containing significant finds from the site. Continue by coach to Olympia via the Rio Andirio Bridge.
Day 6: Start the day with an inspirational visit to the magnificent theatre at Epidavros which has some of the best acoustics in the world. Explore the ruins of the Sanctuary of Asklepios the god of healing. At ancient Corinth see the ancient port, the baths of Helen, the Acropolis, the Temple to Hephaestus and many Roman remains. Day 7: The original capital of Greece, Nauplion, has plenty of highlights including the old town and three castles. Pass Tiryns, the birthplace of Hercules, to arrive at the citadel of Mycenae, the Homeric city of Agamemnon to see the Lions Gate and the necropolis. Day 8: Fly home from Athens, with memories that will last a lifetime.
Day 5: The ancient ruins of the first Olympic site will show students just how important this event was considered. Explore giant statues, ruined temples and the museum. Travel to Tolon for the next three nights.
Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Pylos, Tolon - 5 centre Classical tour Day 1: Travel from the UK to Athens, where our friendly agent will meet you on arrival. Settle into accommodation and explore the area. Day 2: Half day guided introductory coach tour of Athens and then your own exploration of Athens on the hill of the Acropolis covered in ancient ruins, dominated by the iconic Parthenon. Day 3: Spend the morning at leisure in Athens before travelling across beautiful landscapes by coach to Delphi, with an optional stop en-route at Ossios Loukas. Day 4: Delphi was considered the centre of the earth in ancient times and is the site of the Great Oracle and Cult of Apollo. There is a museum containing significant finds from the sites. Continue by coach to Olympia via the Rio Andirio Bridge. Day 5: Site of the first Olympic Games, the ancient ruins of Olympia show students just how important this event was considered. See giant statues, ruined temples and a
museum. Travel by coach to spend the night in Pylos via Nestorâ€™s Palace. Day 6: Leave Pylos travelling to Tolon via Sparta and Mystra. The fortified town of Mystra with its Frankish castle, palace ruins and Byzantine churches is a beautifully-preserved medieval ghost town. Little remains of the home of King Menelaus and his wife Helen in Sparta, one of the powerful Greek city-states. Arrive in Tolon for the next two nights. Day 7: The original capital of Greece; Nauplion has plenty of highlights including the old town and three castles. At the citadel of Mycenae, the Homeric city of Agamemnon, see the Lions Gate and the necropolis. The magnificent theatre at Epidavros has some of the best acoustics in the world. Also visit the ruins of the Sanctuary of Asklepios, the God of Healing. Day 8: Fly home from Athens, having formed new friendships during this amazing trip.
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“Everywhere you turn you encounter the passionate and artistic spirit of Barcelona. Flamenco, paella, Gaudi and so much colour and music make it a mind blowing destination.” 70
Why travel to Barcelona with Travelbound? Under the shadows of Gaudi, past the performers of Las Ramblas and onwards to Costa Brava’s golden beaches; Barcelona is an awesome option for school groups. Catalonia’s capital is jam-packed with eclectic art work and from the eccentricity of Park Güell to the sleek linear curves of Camp Nou; students will find inspiration bursting from every creative pocket. With more than its fair share of hidden cafés, street markets and tapas bars, language lessons have never been so much fun and if young business people are looking for inspiration, vineyards, car plants and food producers await.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Fly to Spain, travelling on to Barcelona and then, time permitting, head for Las Ramblas and the city’s famous Gothic quarter. Day 2: Enjoy a full day’s sightseeing including: Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell and your choice of Gaudi house or art exhibition; we highly recommend the Picasso museum! Day 3: Spend your morning touring the home of Barcelona FC, at the Nou Camp, before heading to the summit of Montjuic Hill and the awesome Olympic Stadium and open-air architectural museum, Pueblo Espanol. An evening of Flamenco comes highly recommended. Day 4: Visit the impressive Joan Miro Foundation before returning to the UK, already looking forward to the next school trip.
Study themed tours Barcelona is the perfect destination for the following subjects: Cross-curricular, History, Art & Art History, Architecture, MFL, Business Studies, Geography and Music.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Sagrada Familia Iconic and unique barely touch upon the resonance that Gaudi’s unfinished ‘gift to god’ impresses upon an already impressive city. This incredible structure is simply a must for students of art, architecture and religion. Camp Nou Get onboard the Barcelona FC love boat and visit one half of El Clasico’s theatres of football. Guided tours of the ground and trophy room provide educational entertainment to fans of architecture, business and footy alike. Montjuic Hill If you’re looking for fabulous views, gardens, museums and castles, art museums as well as Barcelona’s Olympic Stadium, then take the cable-car to the summit of Montjuic Hill and you won’t be disappointed. Modern Art Excursions From Gaudi’s incredible mosaics and sculptures in Park Güell to the Picasso museum in the city’s La Ribera district, students of art and art history will be in their element. Dali’s theatre in his home town of Figueres is a must for students studying surrealism. PortAventura Theme Park Just over an hour away from Barcelona is one of Europe’s most exciting theme parks. The park is split into 5 separate themed worlds with thrill rides, splash rides and live entertainment.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! For business studies, excursions to the Nou Camp, SEAT car plant, local vineyards and a rice producer are perfect for introducing students to the world of the workplace. Language lessons are another great idea and groups can later practice their skills enjoying the excellent shopping in Barcelona or haggling in the market. For a day out of the city discover the Costas: Brava and Dorada where sleepy fishing villages sit adjacent to sprawling tourist resorts or visit the stunning monastery at Montserrat.
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“This was an action packed tour, we loved the water sports and with so much to see and do we were exhausted but happy.” 72
Why travel to Costa Brava with Travelbound? If you’re looking for sun, sea and school activities, then Costa Brava’s coastline offers all of the above in bucket loads. With its mix of fun, interesting educational excursions, the possibility of language lessons and water sports activities this is the ideal location for a school trip. Our water sports centre in L’Estartit takes a rounded educational approach offering workshops and worksheets about the local area. Don’t miss the bustling city of Barcelona or Dali’s eccentric museum in his home town Figueres. Tours can be organised by air or executive coach from your school.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Fly to Barcelona or Girona and head for L’Estartit on the Costa Brava. This is a great venue for Water sports activities - snorkelling, kayaking and sailing courses allow students to learn a new skill in a beautiful marine environment. Day 2: Spend the morning enjoying a variety of water based activity. In the afternoon head off to Figueres, the birthplace of Salvador Dali and home to a unique and eccentric museum displaying a variety of his work set in an old theatre. Day 3: Head off to Barcelona for the day! You can’t visit the Costa Brava without experiencing the amazing city of Barcelona. Visit Gaudi’s masterpiece the Sagrada Familia, the market at La Boqueria, the lively Ramblas and the Nou Camp, home of FC Barcelona. There is so much to discover in the Catalan Capital. Day 4: Enjoy more water sports activities before having a blast at Waterworld, an aqua park full of slides, waves and rides that provide a great way to have fun and keep cool. (Seasonal) Day 5: Buy your last minute souvenirs and take a few more group photos before flying back to the UK.
Study themed tours The Costa Brava is the perfect destination for the following subjects: Physical Education, Geography, Sustainable Tourism, Art & Art History MFL, Classics and Music.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Medaqua – L’Estartit The ideal water sports and activity centre with experienced and motivated staff on hand to ensure your groups safety and enjoyment. Our groups can stay in a hotel close to the centre. Water sports include snorkelling, sea kayaking, sailing, boat trips, cycling and diving. Cross curricular workshops The centre offers workshops and worksheets about the local area. These include a kayak trip to Meda Gran Island, sailing, fishing, marine life, snorkelling and coastal conservation. Enjoy maths and measurements, energy fluxes and environment workshops. Girona The beautiful historic city of Girona is a great place to visit and much smaller and calmer than Barcelona. Amble around the narrow streets and Plazas, see the magnificent gothic cathedral, the Arab baths and the archaeological museum. There is great shopping here too!
Tour co-ordinators top tips! If language studies are your focus we can organise language lessons during your stay or students can practice their conversational skills at the colourful local markets. This area is rich in history so take a look at the extensive archaeological site of Ampurias at L’Escala, one of the most important in Spain. For lovers of Dali, visit his house at Port Ligat and the artist haven of Cadaques. For more water fun try the Aquabrava water park near Rosas. Explore the other attractive coastal resorts such as Playa d’Aro and Tossa de Mar.
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“I loved discovering Retiro Park which was so beautiful and relaxing after such a busy day in the museums and galleries.” 74
Why travel to Madrid with Travelbound? Regarded as one of Europe’s cultural capitals, Madrid is home to a whole host of galleries, museums and opera houses which are guaranteed to evoke emotion in even the least passionate of young learners. There aren’t many better opportunities to come face to face with such a magnificent mix of old and new and students of art, language and business studies will be in their absolute element. History groups will also find plenty to hold their interest and from Spanish civil war monuments to neighbouring towns such as Toledo, Spain’s past has never been more accessible.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Fly to Madrid and get settled in before exploring the local area. Day 2: Spend the day city sightseeing, visiting the Royal Palace and Plaza Mayor. In the afternoon visit the fabulous Museo del Prado. Housing one of the world’s finest European art collections, including work by El Greco, Goya and Velázquez, Spain’s national art museum is a must for visiting school groups. Day 3: Pay Jose and the gang a visit at the Bernabeu football stadium before heading for an afternoon at Museo Reina Sofia. The museum exhibits 20th century Spanish art including works by Dali and Picasso. Students can admire Picasso’s moving masterpiece ‘Guernica’. Enjoy a Flamenco evening. Day 4: Fit in some last minute sightseeing, a museum visit or souvenir hunting before boarding the plane and returning to the UK.
Study themed tours Madrid is the perfect destination for the following subjects: Cross-Curricular, History & Culture, Art & Art History, Languages, Music.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Reputed to be the best private collection of 13th to 20th century art! Discover the works of Durero, Titian, Goya, Degas, Renoir, Kandinsky or Rothko. Avila At the historic city of Avila walk along the old walls, some of the best preserved in Europe, and visit the Convent of Saint Teresa. Segovia Segovia is world renowned for its stunning fairy tale castle and well preserved Roman aqueduct. There is a contemporary art museum and interesting Jewish quarter. Toledo Toledo has an extensive cultural and religious heritage, medieval castles, gothic cathedrals and synagogues sitting alongside modern museums and art galleries. San Lorenzo de El Escorial Set against the backdrop of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is a must for history groups as it contains the royal palace and Monastery of El Escorial. Nearby is the controversial Valley of the Fallen civil war memorial and burial place of General Franco.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! Always a ‘debate prompter’ a trip to Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, Madrid’s bullring, helps students to find out more about the culture and the history of this controversial sport. Another great Spanish passion is shopping and from the boutiques of Gran Via to the bargains at flea markets such as El Rastro, you’ll find something to suit every pocket. There’s nowhere better to kick back and relax than in the Parque del Retiro. If you want some fun then check out the Warner Brothers Park which has loads of rides and coasters.
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“Seeing a cathedral built inside a mosque in Cordoba was a unique experience and symbolised to us the religious heritage of the region.” 76
Why travel to Andalucia with Travelbound? Explore an area of Spain that is renowned for its rugged landscapes and cultural diversity. Language lovers will relish the opportunity to practise their skills, whereas students of art will surely flourish within the architectural grandeur of cities such as Granada and Seville. Thanks to the region’s proximity to Africa, Andalucía is awash with Islamic heritage and from the Alhambra in Granada to the Mezquita in Córdoba, history and religious groups will find themselves walking in extremely large shadows. With the coast providing plenty of chances to enjoy the sunshine, Andalucía is an awesome option for young learners.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Fly to Spain and transfer to your accommodation, settle in and get to know the local area. Day 2: Spend your first full day in the wonderful old city of Granada, set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The city presents a fine example of the ‘real’ Spain as well as a chance to see the amazing Islamic architecture of the Alhambra. Day 3: Spend the morning in the ancient city of Malaga, founded by the Phoenicians. See the Roman theatre, the cathedral and the birthplace of Picasso. Spend the afternoon back in Benalmadena having fun on the rides at Tivoli World theme park. Day 4: Seville, capital of Andalucía, is a fabulous destination for mixed learning groups with sites such as the fine arts museum, the cathedral of St Mary, La Giralda tower, the Santa Cruz quarter and the stunning Moorish Alcazar. Day 5: Shopping or soaking up some sun before heading back to the UK, with memories that will last a lifetime.
Study themed tours Andalucía is the perfect destination for the following subjects: History & Culture, Art & Art History, Geography, Architecture, Languages and Religious Studies.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Cordoba Cordoba is the former capital of the Moorish kingdom of El-Andalus. The region’s religious heritage is nowhere more evident than in the Mezquita, a huge ancient mosque with a Christian Cathedral built inside. Explore the beautiful Jewish quarter and visit the ancient Jewish synagogue, a thoroughly rewarding experience. Gibraltar Easily reached from the mainland, Gibraltar makes a great option for a day trip - especially for students wishing to find out more about the history, geography and politics of this British overseas territory. Royal Andalucían School of Equestrian Art - Jerez This fabulous institution provides an informative and hands-on approach to learning about the rich traditions of Andalucían horsemanship.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! For exciting cultural activities, we highly recommend paella making and tapas evenings as well as a foot-stomping Flamenco show. We can quote for excursions by coach with or without a guide. Aqualand in Benalmadena gives the kids a chance to go wild on the splash rides and a trip on the Benalmadena cable car takes you up some 800metres to the summit of Mount Calamorro. So much to do and amazing views from the top of the mountain! For language immersion Travelbound can organise homestays and language lessons.
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Moscow & St Petersburg
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“The incredible wealth and luxury of the old royal palaces really helps you to understand why there was a revolution.” 78
Why travel to Russia with Travelbound? Students interested in the Russian revolution, the Tsars, WW11 and Communism will relish this opportunity to visit the fascinating cities of Moscow and St Petersburg. Russia has long been synonymous with the politics of the Eastern Bloc, however, these days groups will find a tourist friendly destination full of incredible architecture and informative museums. Both cities are rich in art and culture and have a hugely significant history particularly relevant for those studying the 20th century. Language students will be able to practice their skills and gain a deeper understanding of the culture. We can tailor a tour to match your students learning objectives.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Fly to Moscow, check into your hotel and prepare for an unforgettable Russian experience. Day 2 Moscow: Red Square is the city’s busy centre where your students can investigate the surrounding buildings including Lenin’s tomb and St Basil’s, one of the world’s most recognisable and unique feats of religious architecture. The Kremlin is the official residence of Russia’s president and consists of palaces, cathedrals and the enclosing Kremlin walls Day 3 Moscow: Morning guided tour of the Moscow Metro System followed by a visit to the Cathedral of St Saviour. The Moscow metro system is an attraction in its own right. Each station was constructed by a different designer, using bronze, crystal and mosaic. Located on the bank of the Moskva River the Cathedral of St Saviour is the tallest Orthodox Church in the world. Depart Moscow for St Petersburg on an overnight sleeper train. Day 4 St Petersburg: Have breakfast in St Petersburg and take to the streets for a guided tour including Nevsky Prospekt, Yeliseev’s and the Church of the Spilled Blood. Nevsky Prospekt is the main street of St Petersburg containing impressive bridges and architecture including the Beloselsky-Bolozersky palace. The Church of the spilled Blood with its colourful onion domes was built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated. Day 5 St Petersburg: The Hermitage is the largest museum in Russia and holds one of the greatest collections anywhere in the world. Everything from European sculptures to classical antiquities, Rembrandt to Matisse. Founded by Peter the Great in the early 1800’s the Peter and Paul Fortress is an impenetrable structure consisting of several notable buildings clustered around the oldest landmark in St. Petersburg, the Peter and Paul Cathedral. Enjoy a Russian folklore evening. Day 6 St Petersburg: Morning sightseeing to include Piskarovskoye War Memorial before returning to the UK with a passion for Russian politics and history.
Study themed tours Moscow and St Petersburg are the perfect destination for the following subjects; History, Politics, Art, Religious Studies and Modern Foreign Language.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! We can quote for Russian language lessons for MFL groups. For the best travel experience, try and plan your itinerary so you stay in Moscow over a weekend - when there is less traffic. If you want to extend your stay or want a day out of the city of St Petersburg why not visit one of the sumptuous summer palaces such as Pavlovsk. Your group will require visas for this trip, please ask us for details as we will happily assist with this. Wrap up warm in layers in the winter, although the summer months can be hot.
For more inspiration, more itineraries, more options call us today on 01273 265 265 or head over to www.travelbound.co.uk 79
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“Turkey offered so many different experiences, the friendly people, the unspoilt countryside and archaeological sites it was a wonderful 80 educational journey.”
Why travel to Turkey with Travelbound? Turkey forms a physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia and this marvellous tour is a superb experience offering unrivalled educational merit. Classics groups will find plenty to appreciate amongst the many Greco-Roman archaeological sites and museums. Our tour starts in fascinating Istanbul, a city built on two continents, includes entrance fees and is guided throughout. We can also offer city breaks to Istanbul and tailor itineraries to suit your learning objectives. Turkey is truly a land of discovery offering a very different experience not so far from the UK.
Our top cross-curricular itinerary Day 1: Fly to Istanbul, check into your hotel and experience an evening visit to the grand central bazaar. Day 2: Enjoy a guided tour of the wonderful sites of Istanbul. Visit the Blue Mosque, with its six graceful minarets and famed blue Iznik tiles. See the Hippodrome, an ancient Roman chariot racing arena, and the amazing Underground Cistern built in Byzantine times. Marvel at the remarkable treasury and state rooms of the Topkapi Palace, once the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Admire the grandeur of Haghia Sophia, built as a church by the Emperor Justinian, it later became a mosque and is now a museum. Day 3: Leave Istanbul and travel to Gallipoli, the site of many historic battles culminating in the 8 month campaign during WWI. Visit the battle and memorial site at Gallipoli peninsula before spending the night in Canakkale. Day 4: Visit the site of Troy, the city referred to in Homer’s epic poem ‘The Iliad’. Troy is a place of legends, battles and warriors and now houses wellmaintained archaeological sites and city museums. Continue to Pergamon, founded by Alexander the Great and considered a centre of ancient Greek culture. See the ruins of the Acropolis and the Asclepion, dedicated to the god of healing. Spend the next two nights in Kusadasi. Day 5: Explore Ephesus, one of the most impressive ancient cities in Europe. Walk along the Arcadian Way and see the theatre where St Paul preached and the superb Celsus library. Little now remains of the Temple of Artemis which was one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Include a visit to the Basilica of St John and the House of the Virgin Mary. Day 6: Travel by coach through the picturesque countryside to the thermal springs of Pamukkale, known as cotton castle due to the white calcium deposits on the hillside. Stop at Aphrodisias to see the Temple of Aphrodite, the Agora, the Odeon, Baths and Theatre. Stay at a thermal spa hotel in Pamukkale. Day 7: Fly home from Dalaman or Izmir airport.
Study themed tours Turkey is the perfect destination for the following subjects; Classics, History, Art and Religious Studies.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! Enjoy haggling for goods in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, shops and markets along the way. Taste the real Turkish delight or Lokum, a great gift to bring home. Try Ayram, a salty yoghurt drink which is refreshing and rehydrating in the summer months. Turkey is a predominantly Muslim country so dress respectfully. A wide scarf for girls is useful as a cover up for entering mosques and protecting against the summer sun. You will need visas to enter Turkey which are payable in cash on arrival at the airport.
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“New York is the greatest city on earth, where all cultures, communities, businesses and religions juxtapose in one magical place.” 82
Why travel to New York with Travelbound?
The Big Apple Tour
A city like no other, New York is a treasure house of iconic buildings, world famous galleries and renowned museums. We can tailor-make your NYC tour to support and enhance your students’ studies in a broad range of subjects. In addition, great shops and the widest range of activities will more than fill your leisure time. The ‘Big Apple’ truly is a destination which has a huge appeal and really excites and inspires young people, creating the school trip of a lifetime.
Day 2: There’s no better way to discover New York than by foot. To get a better perspective of this magical city, visit the Top of the Rock for spectacular views of Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs. Spend the evening watching a memorable Broadway Show.
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Day 3: Discover more about New York’s history with a ferry ride to The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. After lunch, visit the lower East Side Tenement Museum and shop ‘til you drop at Macy’s. Evening visit to the iconic Empire State Building. Day 4: Immerse yourself in the city’s high culture with a choice of visits to some of the world’s most important and influential museums and galleries. Take a behindthe-scenes tour of the NBC Studios before transferring to the airport. Day 5: Arrive back in the UK having formed new friendships during this amazing trip. Itinerary add-on options include Washington DC. Please refer to pages 14-15.
Study themed tours New York is the perfect destination for the following subjects; Art & Design, History & Politics, Geography, Performing Arts, Business & Economics, Religious Studies, Media Studies and Music.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Statue Cruise Take the Liberty Ferry boat from Battery Park to The Statue of Liberty, one of the world’s most iconic structures and a symbol of freedom and democracy. Continue to Ellis Island and be inspired by the history and stories of the immigrants entering America between 1892-1954. Empire State Building The City’s most visited attraction! Take the elevator to the Observatory on the 86th floor and discover what the city looks like at 1050ft. Elevate your experience and go even higher with a trip to the awe-inspiring 102 Floor Observatory for stunning views, day or night. 9/11 Memorial A national tribute of remembrance and honour to those who were killed in the 9/11 terror attacks. The Museum and Memorial exhibition commemorate the lives lost through intimate stories. Two massive pools are now set within the original footprints of the twin towers. The Guggenheim This prestigious art gallery, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a masterpiece of modern architecture.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! New York has so much to offer and we’re on-hand to ensure that you get the most out of this dynamic city. We will gladly plan your trip to meet your educational needs, pre-book any excursion requirements; from MetroCards to Broadway Shows, and arrange a suitable dine-around programme – our groups really enjoy the themed restaurants such as the Hard Rock Café or Planet Hollywood. For a unique insider experience we highly recommend our new ‘Wall Street Insider Tour’ and ‘Trading Game’ workshop.
Head over to our new website for even more inspirational ideas and expert advice www.travelbound.co.uk or call us on 01273 265 265 83
“Standing in the middle of Times Square, which I’ve seen so many times in the movies, was so surreal. It’s something I’ll never forget.”
New York really can offer everything for everyone. We have the ability to organise cross-curricular or subject specific itineraries across a range of subject disciplines. Here are our recommendations for the most educationally enriched excursions, although we will happily provide a tailor-made tour quotation based on your requirements.
History & Politics Manhattan and United Nations Tour Ellis Island Immigration Museum Ground Zero and the National 9/11 Memorial
Business & Economics Manhattan and the Financial District Tour Madame Tussauds Workshop The Federal Reserve Bank of NYC
Performing Arts Manhattan and Radio City Music Hall Tour Performing Arts Workshops Broadway workshop and a Broadway Show
Religious Studies Manhattan and St Pauls Chapel Ground Zero and the National 9/11 Memorial Ellis Island museum & the Jewish museum
Media Studies Manhattan TV and Movie sites Tour NBC Studio Tour and Broadway Show Film Academy and the Museum of the Moving Image
Art & Design Art & Design tour of Manhattan. Madame Tussauds Workshop and the Guggenheim Metropolitan Museum of Art & The Frick Collection
Our New York Accommodations Travelbound offer a wide-range of accommodations in New York to suit all budgets and requirements, with a sample listed below. Regardless of where you stay, all our groups travelling to New York will receive assistance from our local representative when they check-in at their New York hotel.
New York on a budget The Westside Y
Located just off Central Park West and steps from Lincoln Center, the Westside Y offers simple rooms for two with a bunk bed, TV and air-conditioning. There are shared separate male and female shower and WC’s on the corridor. Excellent leisure facilities include 2 swimming pools.
This historic Gothic-Style building is situated near Central Park and Columbia University on Upper West Side. The rooms are clean and modern with 4-6 single bunk beds and shared bathrooms in the hallway. Facilities include a café/bar and games room.
New York Hotels The Comfort Inn Chelsea
The Wolcott Hotel
The Comfort Inn® Chelsea is centrally located and within walking distance of the Empire State Building, Madison Square Gardens and Times Square. Rooms sleep 3-5 students, with a mix of single and shared beds, all with en-suite facilities and TV’s. Complimentary continental breakfast is provided.
The Wolcott Hotel is centrally located on 31st Street, just three blocks down from 5th Avenue and the Empire State Building. Students share three to a room, in single beds, with en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning. Complimentary light breakfast of coffee and muffin is provided.
For more inspiration, more itineraries, more options call us today on 01273 265 265 or head over to www.travelbound.co.uk 85
USA - Washington DC
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“It wasn’t until I visited all the sites I’d read about at school, that I realised how fascinated I was with American History & Politics.” 86
Why travel to Washington DC with Travelbound?
DC Discovery Tour
The Capital city of the USA and the centre of political power, Washington DC is perhaps the most important city in the world when it comes to politics. See the institutions, monuments and museums dedicated to events that helped shape American history and political culture. The world class museums of the Smithsonian showcase the achievements and heritage of this great nation and are free of charge for school groups!
Day 2: Start your exploration of the city on Capitol Hill to see the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and the Capitol itself. Appreciate the exterior of the White House, Lafayette Park and the Washington DC Monument, then on to the Vietnam War, Second World War, Korean War and Martin Luther King Jnr Monuments.
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Day 3: Visit Arlington Cemetery, a military cemetery and home to John F. Kennedy’s grave. Explore the Smithsonian Institute Museums, including the American Natural History Museum, The National Art Gallery and the Air and Space Museum. Day 4: Choose from DC’s many other world class Museums and Galleries before transferring to the airport. Day 5: Arrive back in the UK tired but inspired. Washington DC & NYC - Our twin-centre tour Day 1 – 4: As per our New York tour on page 13. Day 5: Transfer by coach to Washington DC stopping en-route stop at Philadelphia to visit the Freedom Hall and the Liberty Bell. Day 6: Explore Capitol Hill, the White House and Monuments. Day 7: Arlington Cemetery and the Smithsonian Museums, before transferring to the airport. Day 8: Arrive back in the UK with a passion for US history.
Study themed tours Washington DC is the perfect destination for the following subjects; Politics & Citizenship, History & Culture, Art & Design and Science.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Guided Tour of the Capitol Wander the corridors of power and see the important collection of American art. The separate Visitor Centre explores the unique characteristics of the House and Senate and the role of Citizenship in a representative Democracy. Arlington Cemetery Explore the nation’s most treasured burial ground. Among the thousands of white headstones are the graves of President John F Kennedy and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The White House The home of every US President except George Washington! Although this iconic building can only be seen from the exterior, the Visitor Centre features a video and exhibits relating to the White House and First Families.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! We can pre-book your party a guided tour of the Capitol. Make sure you get to the Washington Monument as early as possible to receive a time slot for later in the day. Don’t miss the elaborate Changing of the Guard Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery - You may want to consider a half or full day guide to really get the most from your visit. Although much of the city can be explored on foot there is also an excellent metro system. Outside the city, visit George Washington’s house at Mount Vernon or the Civil War Battlefield sites at Gettysburg.
For more inspiration, more itineraries, more options call us today on 01273 265 265 or head over to www.travelbound.co.uk 87
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“The impression made on our pupils, by such a spectacular city with stunning architecture will never be forgotten.” 88
Why travel to Chicago with Travelbound?
Chicago Highlights Tour
Chicago, on Lake Michigan, is an exciting metropolis and cultural centre. Birthplace of the modern skyscraper, the city is renowned for its stunning architecture, art collections and world-class museums. Home of the Blues and the Deep Dish Pizza, Chicago boasts fine shopping and a vibrant Performing Arts scene ensuring that there is plenty to experience in the ‘Windy City’. With so much on offer, we can tailor a tour around your chosen subject or create an exciting Cross Curricular itinerary.
Day 2: Explore Millennium Park, showcasing modern art, architecture and landscape design. At the Art Institute of Chicago marvel at the largest Impressionist Collection outside Paris. Enjoy sensational views from the open-air Skywalk at the John Hancock Center before shopping on Michigan Avenue and experiencing some live entertainment - theatre, music or comedy.
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Day 3: Visit one the world-class museums of the stunning waterside Museum Campus, such as the Adler or Field Museum. Take an Architecture Cruise along the Chicago River for the best view of the cityscape. Spend time at the Navy Pier, with entertainment rides and shopping, before enjoying Chicago’s very own Deep Dish Pizza. Day 4: Visit the Shedd Aquarium with its spectacular Oceanarium. Time permitting, stop off at Grant Park and see the impressive Buckingham Fountain before transferring to the airport. Day 5: Arrive back in the UK already looking forward to the next school trip.
Study themed tours Chicago is the perfect destination for the following subjects; Art & Design, Architecture, History & Culture, Performing Arts, Science and Music.
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Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Millennium Park Take a walking tour of Millennium Park, Chicago’s newest attraction, including Anish Kapoor’s huge stainless steel Cloud Gate, Frank Gehry’s Pritzker Pavilion and the interactive Crown Fountain. For winter fun there is an ice skating rink available.
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Field Museum At the Field Museum discover Sue, the largest and most complete T Rex ever found. The Inside ancient Egypt exhibition features mummies and hieroglyphs. Explore 13,000 years of history in the Ancient Americas Hall. Architectural Cruise Explore the city that defines upward mobility! Chicago is renowned for its stunning and original architecture, and the most relaxing way to see it is on a cruise on the Chicago River. Navy Pier Navy Pier is one of Chicago’s most popular attractions due to its amazing restaurants, epic views of Lake Michigan and Chicago’s city skyline and its family friendly atmosphere.
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Tour co-ordinators top tips! With so much to see and do, we will happily help you plan your stay to make the most of the city’s top attractions. With such a culturally diverse population specialty meals are a favourite and we can pre-book meals such as Chinese in China town or Persian and Mediterranean cuisine. Spend an evening at ESPN Zone, Chicago’s premier sports dining and entertainment experience. Enjoy the Lincoln Park Zoo for free or step out for a breath-taking view from the Skydeck on the 103rd floor of Willis Tower!
Call us for full tour notes, accommodation details and even more expert advice on 01273 265 265 or head over to www.travelbound.co.uk
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The Kennedy Space Center was amazing. I can’t believe I’ve toured launch areas, met an astronaut, seen giant rockets and even trained in a simulator.”
Why travel to Florida with Travelbound?
Orlando Discovery Tour
Based in Orlando, your group can enjoy being at the hub of the largest concentration of exciting entertainment attractions in the world! There are so many incredible theme parks, water parks and attractions to choose from to satisfy all your groups’ interests and educational aims. Special educational programmes can offer a behind-the-scenes insight or focus on the themes involved in an attraction, ensuring that the sunshine state has something for everyone to enjoy!
Day 2: Wet’n’Wild Waterpark – Visit Orlando’s most exciting waterpark, offering the best variety of multipassenger water-thrill rides.
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Day 3: Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park - Enchanting entertainment, classic attractions, beloved Disney Characters and spectacular parades… all in a place where fairy-tale dreams can come true. Day 4: Epcot Center – Spectacular attractions and entertainment dedicated to technological innovation and the culture and cuisine of 11 nations. Day 5: SeaWorld - Experience the ‘Shamu’ killer whale show and encounter sharks through one of the world’s largest underwater viewing tunnels. Day 6: Kennedy Space Center – Discover NASA’s launch Headquarters, the USA’s gateway to exploring, discovering and understanding the Universe. Day 7: Universal Studios - The world’s premier movie and TV based theme park and a working film and production studio. Day 8: Florida – Buy your last minute souvenirs before transferring to the airport. Day 9: Arrive back in the UK still wowed by the whole experience.
Study themed tours Florida is the perfect destination for the following subjects; Design & Technology, Travel & Tourism, Science, Geography, Music, Media Studies and Performing Arts.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park® The original theme park of the Disney World Resort features the iconic Disney Castle and over 40 themed attractions. Meet the Disney characters, see the Parades and enjoy the spectacular fireworks finale. Kennedy Space Center® Tour the Launch Pads, the vehicle Assembly Building and the Apollo Saturn V Center. See IMAX movies taken from Space on a 5 storey screen. Enjoy shows and exhibits at the Visitor Complex and view personal mementos and historic spacecraft in the Astronaut Hall of Fame. Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure® Universal Studios boasts rides, shows, attractions and a real working film and TV Production Studio. At Universal’s Islands of Adventure take an unforgettable journey through remarkable islands, including The Lost Continent, Jurassic Park and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! We can pre-book your theme park tickets and transportation to and from your chosen attractions. Most theme parks have educational programmes, which can be pre- booked, adding a unique dimension to your tour. All of our Florida tours are usually booked on a room only basis, although breakfast can be pre-booked at your hotel if you prefer. Orlando has a variety of themed dinner shows for fun evening entertainment such as the Arabian Nights and the WonderWorks and Outta Control Magic Dinner Show.
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West Coast USA
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“We’ve studied and talked about the Grand Canyon for years. I thought I knew what to expect, but walking along the South Rim left me speechless! ” 92
Why travel to West Coast USA with Travelbound? Our 9 day study tour include visits to the major conurbations of San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, along with some of the world’s most aweinspiring natural landscapes at Yosemite, Death Valley, Zion National Park and the magnificent Grand Canyon. This epic tour will appeal particularly to geography students but covers many other subject disciplines including Travel & Tourism and History. This multi-centre tour covers numerous cities, sights and world-famous attractions, providing a rewarding and enriching experience for all.
The Best of the West Day 1: UK – San Francisco. Day 2: San Francisco - Sightseeing and Alcatraz: Enjoy a 3 hour guided city sightseeing tour, taking in Union Square, China Town, the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf. Take a ferry ride and guided tour to Alcatraz Island, where many notorious criminals were incarcerated in the island’s former high security Federal Prison. Day 3: Oakhurst – Yosemite: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Yosemite is recognised for its spectacular scenery which includes sheer granite cliffs, valleys carved by glaciers, giant sequoias, lakes, meadows and forests and three of the world’s highest waterfalls. Day 4: Death Valley – Las Vegas: Next stop Nevada Desert, home to Death Valley, Joshua tree and the Mojave National preserve - the perfect place to find out more about life in the harsh desert climate. Arrive in Las Vegas for an unforgettable night in ‘the entertainment capital of the world’. Day 5: Zion Canyons: The north fork of the Virgin River cuts through the Navajo sandstone of Zion National Park and in so doing creates the deep and narrow gorge of Zion Canyon. A variety of plants and wildlife inhabit the park’s four life zones: desert, riparian, woodland and coniferous forest. Day 6: The Grand Canyon – Sedona - Kingman: The Colorado River has created one of the best known natural formations in the world, the truly spectacular Grand Canyon. Walk along the South Rim before continuing on to Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon. Day 7: Kingman - Los Angeles: Take the scenic drive across Nevada and California, arriving in Los Angeles. Spend the afternoon and evening exploring this magical place, with memorable visits to Hollywood Boulevard, Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive. Day 8: Los Angeles: End the week with an entertaining visit to Universal Studios Hollywood before transferring to the airport. Day 9: Arrive back in the UK feeling inspired and motivated. Itinerary add-on options include adding an extra night/ nights in San Francisco or Los Angeles.
Study themed tours West Coast USA is the perfect destination for the following subjects; Travel & Tourism, Geography and history.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! For a more insightful experience we can book you a guided tour of Berkeley University with a Geography student. The hotels, neon lights and entertainment in Vegas are awesome, always plenty to see for free – such as the gondolas at the Venetian hotel and the Bellagio Water Show! Some groups prefer their tour to be guided throughout, please let us know so we can include this in your tour price. Remember to budget for gratuities for the driver (and guide if requested). We use a selection of Tourist Class hotels in convenient locations, with guestrooms sleeping four students in two queen beds.
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Although I only walked a small part of the Great Wall of China, I could still sense its enormity and its importance in protecting the Chinese Empire.
Why travel to China with Travelbound?
Beijing City Stay
The sheer diversity of China takes you from pulsating modern cities craving global prestige to isolated mountain-top-Ming Dynasty villages where time effortlessly slips by. China is an amazing country full of history, art and natural beauty. However, the nation’s rapidly changing social and political climate ensures that China is an educational destination sure to excite and inspire.
Day 2: Beijing City Tour including Tiananmen Square, the Olympic Stadium and the iconic Water Cube venue for the 2008 Olympic swimming events.
We have been working with our agent Drin for over fifteen years and all Travelbound groups receive outstanding service and support. Our tours are fully escorted with both national and local guides and include all excursions and entrance fees. Our groups stay in excellent three star hotels and are accommodated in twin bedded rooms.
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Day 3: Explore The Great Wall of China and the Temple of Heaven. Enjoy a traditional Beijing Duck dinner. Day 4: Be inspired by The Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and watch a memorable Kung Fu Show. Day 5: Participate in a Kung Fu lesson at a top martial arts school and buy souvenirs on Wangfujing shopping street. Day 6: Take a rickshaw ride through Hutongs (Old Beijing Alleys) visit a traditional Tea House and participate in a Chinese calligraphy lesson. A Chinese Acrobatic Show brings an end to this unforgettable week. Day 7: Beijing – UK, arriving home later the same day exhausted but extremely grateful for this once in a lifetime experience. Itinerary add-on options include Xian, Suzhou and Shanghai. Please refer to pages 24-25.
Study themed tours China is the perfect destination for the following subjects; Business Studies, Modern Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Citizenship and Music.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire The Forbidden City Lying at the centre of Beijing, the Forbidden City houses an extensive collection of 980 buildings. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government. The Summer Palace The Summer Palace is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake. Elaborate Qing-style pavilions, bridges, walkways and gardens are in abundance, scattered along the shores of the immense Lake. The Great Wall of China One of the Wonders of the world, this impressive 6000km long wall was built to protect the Chinese Empire from Northern Invaders. This is an aweinspiring feat of ancient defensive architecture. Its winding path over rugged country and steep mountains takes in some jaw-dropping scenery.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! Let us know if you want to include a visit to a local school, as this can be arranged before you travel, bringing a unique dimension to your Chinese experience. Our groups love the Kung Fu lessons and learning how to write their name in Chinese! In addition, we have experience in arranging Mandarin lessons, Chinese cookery lessons and a variety of Business visits.
Call us to register for the full Travelbound Party Leader Support pack on 01273 265 265 to speak to our Chinese expert or head over to www.travelbound.co.uk
“The Kung-Fu lessons were brilliant and it was hilarious seeing our entire group trying to master the moves. The experts made it look so easy.”
The Wall and the Warriors - Beijing and Xian Day 1: UK – Beijing. Day 2: Beijing City Tour including Tiananmen Square, the Olympic Stadium and the iconic Water Cube venue for the 2008 Olympic swimming events. Day 3: Be inspired by The Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and watch a memorable Traditional Chinese Acrobatic Show. Day 4: Explore the Great Wall of China and the Temple of Heaven before taking an overnight train to Xian. Day 5: Enjoy a City tour of Xian and experience the night markets. Day 6: Visit the Terracotta Warriors and the Hua Qing Hot Springs before taking an overnight train back to Beijing. Day 7: Take part in Kung Fu lessons, buy souvenirs on Wangfujing Street and enjoy an evening Kung Fu Show.
Day 8: Beijing – UK, flight arriving home later the same day feeling inspired and motivated.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Xian – Terracotta Warriors The awe-inspiring army of nearly 7000 warriors were buried in pits to guard the tomb of the Emperor Qin over two thousand years ago. The army was complete with horses, chariots and weaponry. Xian City Tour Xian is the start of the Silk Road and was the capital of China for over a thousand years during the Tang Dynasty. Visit the elegant Wild Goose Pagoda which was built in the 7th century and walk on the Ancient City Wall.
China Today and Tomorrow - Beijing and Shanghai Day 1: UK – Beijing. Day 2: Beijing City Tour including Tiananmen Square, the Olympic Stadium and the iconic Water Cube venue for the 2008 Olympic swimming events. Day 3: Be inspired by The Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and watch a memorable Kung Fu Show. Day 4: Explore The Great Wall of China and the Temple of Heaven. Enjoy a traditional Beijing Duck dinner. Day 5: Take a rickshaw ride through Hutongs (Old Beijing Alleys). Visit a traditional Tea House and participate in a Chinese calligraphy lesson. Evening bullet train to Shanghai. Day 6: City tour of Shanghai, visiting the Oriental TV tower, the Jade Buddha Temple, the Bund and the night markets.
Day 8: Connect with the high speed Maglev train to the airport. Shanghai - UK, arriving home later the same day with memories that will last a lifetime.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Shanghai Shanghai is China’s most futuristic city! The Oriental TV Tower is the tallest tower in Asia and Shanghai’s most iconic building. The Jade Buddha Temple, built in 1882, is a place of pilgrimage to see the sitting Jade Buddha and the sleeping Jade Buddha. The Bund, the oldest Anglo-Chinese financial district in China, has impressive riverfront gothic architecture.
Day 7: Visit a Shanghai school, Yu Gardens and go shopping at the Four Roads. A Chinese Acrobatic Show brings an end to this unforgettable week.
China Grand Cities Tour - Beijing, Xian, Suzhou and Shanghai Day 1: UK – Beijing. Day 2: Beijing City Tour including Tiananmen Square, the Olympic Stadium and the iconic Water Cube venue for the 2008 Olympic swimming events. Day 3: Be inspired by The Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and watch a memorable Traditional Chinese Acrobatic Show. Day 4: Explore the Great Wall of China and the Temple of Heaven before taking an overnight train to Xian. Day 5: Visit the Terracotta Warriors, the Hua Qing Hot Springs and enjoy an evening Tang Dynasty Show. Day 6: Visit the Wild Goose Pagoda, the City Wall and the local markets. Fly to Shanghai and transfer to Suzhou. Day 7: Suzhou city tour before returning to Shanghai.
TV tower, the Jade Buddha Temple and the Bund. A Chinese Acrobatic Show brings an end to this unforgettable trip. Day 9: Connect with the high speed Maglev train to the airport. Shanghai - UK, arriving home later the same day having formed new friendships during this amazing trip.
Top excursions guaranteed to inspire Suzhou Suzhou is an ancient city on the Yangtze Delta known as the ‘Garden City’ and the ‘Venice of the East’. Take a boat trip on the Grand Canal and visit the beautiful Master of the Fishermen’s Nets garden. Visit a silk mill and the Embroidery Research Institute.
Day 8: City tour of Shanghai, visiting the Oriental
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“This was a trip of a lifetime. Our guide, Raschid, was absolutely outstanding and I will never forget spending a night in the desert.”
9 9 5 £ per student
“This was a trip of a lifetime. Our guide, Raschid, was absolutely outstanding and I will never forget spending a night in the desert.”
Why travel to Morocco with Travelbound? Experience the real Morocco through visiting a local Berber family in the Atlas Mountains, riding a camel in the desert and spending a night in a Bedouin Tent. Discover Morocco’s distinctive landscapes, magical medinas and historic towns with ancient kasbahs and busy souks. Meandering around the famed Djemaa el-Fna market in Marrakesh with its fortune tellers, street musicians, faith healers and snake charmers, is an unforgettable experience. To ensure that you get the most out of your trip, our groups are accompanied throughout their stay by a tour guide, providing local insight, help and advice.
The Land of the Berbers Day 1 - UK - Marrakesh Depending on flight arrival time, wander around the city centre, taking in the main sights and the sprawling souks. Compare the modern western city with the traditional old walled Medina with its narrow winding streets and souks. Day 2 - Ouarzazate Head for the Atlas Mountains and meet a local Berber family, where you’ll learn about their agriculture, animal husbandry and cooking methods. After lunch at the family’s home head out through green valleys with olive groves then over the Atlas range of mountains at the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass (2260m) into the barren slopes on the southern side of the pass. Day 3 - Zagora From Ouarzazate travel through the lush Draa Valley – a strip of intense cultivation along a river formed from the melt waters of the Atlas Mountains. Arrive at Bougeorn to begin your camel safari (2 hours). Arrive at Tinfou dunes, set up camp and prepare traditional Moroccan fare under clear starry skies. Day 4 - Marrakesh Return to Marrakesh, stopping en-route at Ait Benhaddou - probably the best-preserved fortified Kasbah in the country and a location for Hollywood films such as Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Possible visit to the Tamegroute library, an important religious learning centre. Day 5 - Marrakesh - UK Dependent on flight times there may be time for last minute shopping and sightseeing before transferring back to the airport. Arrive back in the UK with memories that will last a lifetime. Itinerary add-on options include adding an extra day/s in Marrakesh or an extra day in the desert. We can quote for a tour to include the Imperial Cities of Marrakesh, Rabat and Fez.
Our Accommodation We use 3 star hotels, with students in 2 - 3 bedded rooms. Staff are accommodated in twins. All guestrooms are equipped with en-suite facilities and air-conditioning. Berber Camp consists of 2-4 man tents.
Study themed tours Morocco is the perfect destination for the following subjects; Geography, History and Media Studies.
Tour co-ordinators top tips! We suggest you travel light as you will be on the move a lot in this active itinerary! Take a sarong or a wide scarf as a cover up and to protect you from the sun and sand of the desert. This is a Muslim country so dress respectfully. Although Arabic is the official language many people speak French. You will need to budget for tipping which is the norm in Morocco.
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