- 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.
Published on: 08 September 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?