Days are getting shorter and darker, time to travel! Today we pick 6 of the coolest destinations for fabulous winter school trips:
VOLCANOES AND NORTHERN LIGHTS IN ICELAND
Winter with its dark and clear nights is the best time of the year to witness the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis in Iceland, one of the country’s most spectacular natural phenomena.
While they can’t be predicted more than a few hours in advance, travelling between the months of September and March makes it more likely for your students to experience this phenomenal spectacle, courtesy of Mother Nature!
In addition to the Northern Lights, the country’s unique volcanic landscapes and natural parks dotted with hot springs, geysers and other spectacular formations make Iceland a truly memorable destination for winter school trips.
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From the end of November, bells start ringing across European capitals as Christmas Markets pop up transforming cities in magical wonderlands. This is a centuries-old tradition, particularly in Central Europe and places like Vienna in Austria; Berlin and Cologne in Germany, Krakow in Poland, Budapest in Hungary… are host to some of Europe’s most beautiful and dazzling markets.
Handmade toys and crafts, Christmas carols, music and seasonal regional food are all part of the Yuletide experience across Europe.
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WINTER IN NEW YORK
The city that never sleeps is a vibrant destination for school tours with plenty of places to explore and discover any time of the year.
In the winter months, in addition to the countless opportunities to experience the city’s cultural life, school groups can try ice skating at some of the city’s famous rinks such as the Rockefeller Centre or Central Park; and visit Bryan Park’s Christmas Village and other Christmas Markets across the city. Skating season generally starts around the end of October and lasting until early March, weather permitting.
On a winter school trip to New York, students can also visit some of our favourite places and top museums: learn about the history of migration at the Ellis Island Museum under the watchful eye of the Statue of Liberty, admire Manhattan’s iconic architecture or catch a Broadway Show.
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Skiing tours are some of the most popular winter school trips for obvious reasons. They are active and fun with plenty of fresh air in the great outdoors.
Our school ski trips are adapted to the groups abilities and skills, including group lessons with experienced ski instructors and other winter activities organised for the evenings at the resorts. The ski season in Europe generally runs from mid-December to April, depending on snow levels.
Italy, France and Andorra are our top skiing destinations for school groups but at JWT Travel we can organise a school skiing trip to any resort you might have in mind. Talk to our team!
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If you rather leave wintry scenes, ski poles and scarves behind, we have two more suggestions for winter school trips to enjoy balmy weather in sunnier climes:
SPANISH CULTURE IN ANDALUCIA
Andalucia in the South of Spain is a region of fascinating history and it is perfect for groups looking for winter school trips in mild temperatures and plenty to see and learn.
On the Classic Andalucia School Trip, students travel back in time to the land of the Al Andalus kingdom, exploring impressive monuments and historic cities such as Malaga, Seville, Granada and Cordoba.
The history, art and culture of Andalucia is shaped by the fusion of Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions that have cohabited for hundreds of years. Some of the highlights include the Great Mosque in Cordoba and of course the magnificent Alhambra fortress palace in Granada.
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ANCIENT HISTORY IN GREECE
Western civilisation owes much of its Philosophy, Politics, Science, Art and even the origins of the Olympic Games to Ancient and Classical Greece. Greece is also the birthplace of democracy and the Latin alphabet.
On a school trip to Greece, students will be transported back in time as they visit important archaeological sites and learn about Greek mythology, history and classic philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle.
The Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens, the Temple of Apollo in Delphi and the Olympia Archaeological Site where the first Olympics were held in 776BC are some of the places to visit on a history-focused school trip to Greece.
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