Switzerland Geography

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Few destinations conjour images rivalling those of towering mountains found in Switzerland.  This is just one reason the Swiss Alps is a classic geography school trip destination and why you should take a closer look at Switzerland for your next school trip.

With opportunities for the study of glacial and fluvial processes, Karst landscapes and orography along with human aspects including industry and tourism - Switzerland is an open air classroom ready to explore.

Glacial studies can take place at the UNESCO Langgletscher glacier or Europe’s longest glacier, The Aletsch Glacier.  You can even do a glacial walk with a specialist guide and crampons at Langgletscher glacier for a once in a lifetime experience for your students.  Further glacial studies can be taken on Glacier 3000, also home to a fun park and the world’s only suspension bridge that connects two mountain peaks – Peak Walk.

River processes can be studied with a guide and river amble at the Grand-Eau river basin.  Two of Switzerland’s best loved exports, cheese and chocolate, provide the basis for excellent industrial studies, at Gruyère cheese factory and Cailler chocolate factory. Throw in a stunning Swiss spa surrounded by mountains (Lavey-les-Bains), cave systems, salt mines, boat trips, renewable and hydro energy – and it is easy to see why more and more groups are choosing Switzerland for their school geography trip with Adaptable Travel.

A trip to beautiful Switzerland can not only provide field studies techniques and case study material for exams, but it will undoubtedly offer inspirational experiences and lasting memories for years to come.

Contact our friendly, expert team at Adaptable Travel who will help you tailor make your perfect school trip.

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Louise

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Really great trip. The Vieux Chalet was brilliant place for us to stay, beautiful village, great host (Andre) and the day trips we did in Switzerland were great (Glacier 3000, Cheese visit, Dam). Great trip.
Confirmed purchase: 29 July 2016
Published on: 08 September 2016
Langgletscher glacier - Glacial Landforms
Langgletscher glacier and its forefield is a UNESCO wo... Read more
Walk on Ice: Langgletscher glacier add-on
With your expert guide, your group have the opportuni... Read more
The Aletsch Glacier - Glacier Landforms
The Aletsch Glacier is the longest glacier in Europe and... Read more
Glacier 3000 - Glacier Landforms and Tourism
Glacier 3000 is an alpine resort that offers an arr... Read more
Peak Walk – Glacier 3000
This newly constructed bridge is the only suspension bridge in the worl... Read more
Glacier Snow Bus – Glacier 3000
This is an amazing opportunity to take your students onto the gl... Read more
Alpine Coaster – Glacier 3000
Allowing speeds up to 40km/hour, this action packed adventure coas... Read more
The Grande-Eau River Basin (River processes)
The Rhone River basin encompasses 98,000 km2 of lan... Read more
Gruyere cheese factory
An industry visit to La Maison du Gruyère will guide students through t... Read more
Maison Cailler - Chocolate Factory
The Swiss are famous for many things, one of them is of cours... Read more
Lake Geneva Boat Trip
At the foot of the Alps, the color of the lake is ever-changing and seei... Read more
Lavey-les-Bains spa
This spa is one of the best in the whole of Switzerland, with superb facil... Read more
Bex Salt Mines
This industry visit allows students to learn about the primary industry of Salt... Read more
Limestone Caves: Grottes De Vallorbe
For millions of years the limestone layers were eroded by ... Read more
Renewable Energy Trail
This trail is dedicated to renewable energies, located at the top of th... Read more
Grand Dixence Dam Tour
Switzerland, with its abundance of water, is the European leader in the... Read more
Espace Ballon
Chateau-d’Oex is the world’s leading destination for hot air balloons, being hos... Read more
Le Chalet - Cheese Making Demonstration
Dressed in traditional costume, your group can witness t... Read more
Bowling - Chateau-d'Oex
The modern bowling alley in Chateau-d’Oex is a great place to enjoy an evening with your group.  There are 12 lanes plus arcade, games machines, pool tables and air hockey.
World Meteorological Organisation
World Meteorological Organization - a United Nations Special... Read more
Electrobroc - Broc Electricity Facotry
Discover the world of electricity and sustainable development in a friendly and fun way. Your group will be accompanied by a guide as you explore the field of energy.
Truemmelbach Falls
Part of the Lauterbrunnen Valley's 72 waterfalls, the Truemmelbach Falls ar... Read more

La Vieux Chalet (Chateau-d'Oex)

This is a fantastic sole occupancy accommodation choice, tried and tes... Read more

Hotel Central Residence, 4* (Leysin)

Probably one of the best school hotels in Switzerland, it was compl... Read more

Village Camps, Hostel (Leysin)

Village Camps has been built with school groups in mind, and offers comf... Read more

Destination Pack
To assist you with planning the most relevant and appropriate itinerary for your students, a Leisure & Learning destination pack complete with a full excursion list including curriculum area recommendations will be sent with every quote.

Combine This Tour

Why not combine your Switerland Geography tour with the Science department to visit CERN in Geneva. This would allow you to boost numbers and share organisation? Contact Adaptable Travel for help organising cross-curriculum school trips.

All of our school trips to Switzerland are tailor-made, ensuring your group will get the perfect school trip. However, we are well versed in creating itineraries for groups, and are well placed to assist in creating your itinerary. Below is an itinerary you may wish to consider, or simply use as a starting point in your planning with Adaptable Travel.

 

DAY 1: Travel & Spa

After arriving in Switzerland by air, (subject to flight times) transfer to the amazing Lavey-Les-Bains spa with free time to relax in the mineral rich waters of this naturally heated geothermal spa with outdoor pools surrounded by the mountains.  You may also have time to visit the amazing Bex Salt Mines which is located nearby to the spa.  An audio-visual installation will take you through centuries of history of the salt mine.  Afterwards you will head onto your accommodation to check in and enjoy your evening meal.

 

DAY 2: Glaciation

Today your students will have the chance to explore glacial landforms at the Langgletscher Glacier.  With coach and guide, head over to the Langgletscher Glacier to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site forefield of this huge glacier, which lies within the largest valley on the northern side of the Swiss Rhône valley, Lötschental.  There is also an opportunity to add-on a ‘walk on ice’ glacier walking experience with experienced guide(s) and equipment.

As an alternative today, you can choose instead to visit the amazing Aletsch Glacier, Europe’s longest glacier and unquestionably one of the most spectacular in the world.  Carrying 27 billions tons of ice, the ease of accessibility make this one of the most popular large glaciers to visit.  Visit requires additional cable car transport.
Return to your accommodation for evening meal.

 

DAY 3: Swiss Industry & Chocolate

Today you will travel to the nearby village of Gruyere, to take a tour of the famous La Maison du Gruyère, cheese making factory, named after its location.  Students will learn how the cheese is made with an interactive exhibition, including tasting of course!  Following this, you can visit the nearby Maison Cailler - Chocolate Factory.

Return to your accommodation for evening meal.  Why not add in a visit to the local bowling alley in Chateau-d’Oex?

 

DAY 4: Glacier 3000 & River studies

After breakfast, today you visit the fantastic Glacier 3000.  After a double cable car ride atop the glacier, your guide will accompany students on a tour of area, showcasing fantastic tourism and glacial landforms examples.  Those brave enough can walk across the newly constructed Peak Walk suspension bridge, giving views of Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.  Atop Glacier 3000, you can also add-on the Snow Bus snow cat ride, the Alpine Coaster, and enjoy free sledging.

Following your visit to Glacier 3000, take a trip to the Grand Eau river basin with your guide for real life studies of river processes with a river ramble with your guide to explore river processes and landforms, exploring the snow and ice melt from the Gletsch and Rhone glaciers.

Return to your accommodation and evening meal.  You can also choose to add on another visit including a trip to the cheese making demonstration in Chateau-d’Oex or the unique Espace Ballon, the hot air balloon museum in Chateau-d’Oex.

 

DAY 5: Boat Cruise and Return Home

You may have some free time before your return the UK.  If you do, why not travel via Lake Geneva Enroute to the airport and enjoy a Lake Geneva Boat cruise?

Options to travel from the UK by coach are also available, please enquire.

Adaptable Travel can tailor make an itinerary around the needs of your group. Contact Adaptable Travel today to start organinsing your next Swiss Alps school trip.

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