Northern French Alps Geography

School tours

The dramatic scenery of the Northern French Alps provides unforgettable field work opportunities.


  • The wonder of the Mer de Glace in Chamonix
  • Chilling cable car ascent to the Aiguille du Midi
  • The international city of Geneva
  • Cheese and chocolate!
Typically £598 per student.
Based on a 7 day, 4 night tour for 35 students, travelling May 2018

What's included: 

  • 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

Day 1

Depart school in your full specification coach
Channel crossing to Calais
Travel overnight on your coach

Day 2

Arrive in the French Alps for lunch (included)
Afternoon to relax and enjoy the resort and mountain scenery. Due to EU drivers’ regulations your coach will not be available
Evening Meal included
Quiz at the hotel

Day 3

Breakfast and packed lunch included
Full day to Chamonix for mountain railway and/or cable car to Aiguille du Midi
Evening meal included

Day 4

Breakfast and packed lunch included
Morning in Annecy afternoon Gorges du Fier
Evening meal included

Day 5

Breakfast and packed lunch included
Full day to Geneva or Seythenex caves and Palais de sports Megeve
Evening meal included
Evening disco

Day 6

Breakfast included
Local walk
Lunch at the hotel included
Depart with a packed evening meal. Overnight travel

Day 7

Channel crossing
Arrive school
Typically £598 per student.
Based on a 7 day, 4 night tour for 35 students, travelling May 2018

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.

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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 £598 per student.
Based on a 7 day, 4 night tour for 35 students, travelling May 2018