The dramatic scenery of the Northern French Alps provides unforgettable field work opportunities.
- All travel by British touring coach
- Return Channel crossing
- Full board accommodation and insurance
- 1 teacher place for every 8 students
Excursion entrance fees not included
Suggested itinerary for School groups
The French Alps have emerged from two million years of geological and glacial processes. The results have been spectacular and the potential for learning is huge. The Northern French Alps is a great base for geography field work and offers many interesting case studies. Groups can spend the day in Chamonix studying valley glaciers and glaciation, and discover the impressive Mer de Glace as it creeps slowly down the slopes of Western Europe’s highest mountain Mont Blanc. Get a close up view by taking the Montenvers Railway to an altitude of 2,000 metres, half way up the glacier. The dramatic impact of continental drift and plate tectonics can be experienced on a spine-chilling cable car trip 2,800 metre up to the Aiguille du midi, affording a bird’s eye view of the fabulous geographical features of Mont Blanc.
The glacial lake at Annecy is another stunning visit. The clear waters of the lake can be enjoyed on a boat trip in the summer months and the pedestrianised picturesque old town is great to wander around and perfect for a population or business use study.
A walk along the 252 metre suspended footbridge of the Gorges du Fier allows students to experience the sheer force of river erosion and gain an understanding of the events that helped shape this spectacular area of the Alps.
Examples of transhumance farming can be seen and traditional local products such as mountain cheese and chocolate are always popular. The city of Geneva in nearby Switzerland is easily accessible and groups can explore the reasons why Geneva is the home of many international organisations such as the United Nations and the Red Cross/Crescent and also home to the world’s largest particle physics research centre CERN.
This mountainous area is a popular as a tourist destination in both winter and summer and students can consider the issues of sustainable tourism, climate change and the environmental impact of activities such as winter sports.
The fresh alpine air makes it easy for students to concentrate, and the panoramic views of picturesque snow-capped peaks, and beautiful lakes and valleys all around make this a destination not to be forgotten in a hurry.
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- Typically £447 per student.Based on a 7 day, 4 night tour for 35 students, travelling June 2018
- Typically £898 per student.Based on a 5 day, 4 night tour for 30 students, travelling February 2018
- Typically £435 per student.Based on a 3 night tour for 30 students, travelling March 2018