French Alps Trips For Schools

An ideal cross-curricular landscape with adventure, geography and culture

Experience great adventure on a school tour to the French Alps

A school trip to the French Alps, with its outstanding natural beauty, exhilarating range of adventurous activities and superb choice of curriculum-led excursions, is always popular with pupils and teachers.  

Our mountain adventure tour, based in the Haute Savoie region of the French Alps, is one of the most demanding and rewarding of all our adventure activity programmes. Our school trips are based in the pretty village of Megeve, easily accessible by autoroute from Calais. Enjoying dramatic scenery, this delightful mountain village has superb sports and leisure facilities.

High octane activities galore

It is completely up to you how adventurous you want to be and which activities you'd like to include on your school trip but there are so many activities to choose from, such as white water rafting, high ropes, canoeing, windsurfing, sailing, mountain biking and guided mountain walking. For a small supplement we can include the thrill of exploring this alpine environment on a Via Ferrata (means 'iron road' in Italian and refers to the steel cable that is run through the mountains and is used by climbers to pass through the rocky terrain). All our activities are led by fully-qualified instructors so be assured this is a safe school trip.

The Haute Savoie region also offers a wonderful selection of curriculum-led excursions and is particularly suitable for geography, history and language students. Please see overleaf for more details about this exciting school trip.

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  • Rock climbing with a difference: Via Ferrata in the French Alps/ Kids enjoying the thrill of sailing

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Sample excursions

Geography Excursions

Gorges du Pont du Diable

Gorges du Pont du Diable

The Devil’s Bridge Gorge cuts through the hard marble linking the Chablais massifs and the Lac Leman, making it a great place to witness the effects of erosion.


Gorges du Fier

Gorges du Fier

Features a visitor’s walkway suspended 27 metres above the river.


Bossons Glacier

Bossons Glacier

The longest ice fall in Europe.


Salt Mines

Bex Salt Mines

Learn how the mines were constructed and salt was mined by taking a train deep into the mine itself. This visit can be combined with the Labyrinthe Adventure.


Grotte et Cascade de Seythenex

Grotte et Cascade de Seythenex

A 45 metre waterfall and the only cave open to the public in the Haute Savoie.


Cross Curriculum

Mer de Glace

Chamonix, Mer de Glace, Mont Blanc

Experience a ride on the Aiguille du Midi, the highest cable car in the world, with views as far as the Matterhorn. Take the mountain railway to the ice caves carved in the glacier.


Annecy

Annecy

Relax in the beautiful capital of the Savoie with it’s wonderful lakeside setting and charming old town.


Jet d’Eau, the tallest fountain in the world

Geneva

Visit the United Nations and the Red Cross Museum, observe the Jet d’Eau, the tallest fountain in the world. Visit Cern, the European centre for Nuclear research.


The medieval village of Yvoire

Thonon-Les-Bains

Enjoy a lovely historic spa town and beach complex. Take a boat to the enchanting medieval village of Yvoire.


Labyrinthe Adventure park

Labyrinthe Adventure

Visit one of the world’s largest mazes and enjoy the large slides, trampoline pits and a water balloon skirmish area in this world of adventure.

www.labyrinthe-aventure.ch


School excursion Walibi theme park

Walibi Theme Park

Your students will love the water slides, rapids, log flume, jungle tour, roller coasters, wave machine and other fairground attractions at Walibi.

www.walibi.com

Sample activities

White Water Rafting

Take a boat trip like no other through the Alpine countryside swishing on fast flowing rapids and round speedy corners. White water rafting is always a favourite among students and as we make your safety our number one priority, there's nothing left for you to do except enjoy the ride! Compulsory life jackets and safety briefing are just two of the ways in we ensure you're being taken care of, not to mention the highly qualified and experienced instructors who will be there to guide you at all times.


Via Ferrata

The mountains really are the perfect base for an adventure holiday, as this activity demonstrates. Scramble up craggy rocks, climb up ladders, balance along narrow bridges and pull yourself up fixed cables - this is mountain climbing with a difference! Using the most up-to-date safety equipment, including harnesses, via ferrata provides a new way of exploring mountainous terrain as well as experiencing fantastic views. 


Watersports at Lake Annecy

The picturesque town of Annecy is home to one of France's most beautiful lakes. Its vast, still and clear waters provide the perfect environment for your students to try some of the most popular watersports including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking. Lake Annecy is known as 'Europe's cleanest lake' because of strict environmental regulations introduced in the 1960s and as such it is also the perfect place for swimming and other water sports. Skirting the perimeter of the lake is a beautiful cycle route for groups to enjoy if they wish to combine water sports with cycling.


Mountain biking

Mountain biking is one of the main reasons people travel to the Alps during the summer months. Keen mountain bikers drag their bikes onto some of Europe's steepest paths and enjoy an exhilarating rush down mountain paths, passing through forested countryside and open fields. For first timers, there are safe beginner routes, which you will be guided down by an expert whose main concern will be the safety of your group. It's an addictive sport, so we don't be surprised if you're coming back for more next year!


Guided mountain walk

Trek across the beautiful Alps with an experienced and knowledgeable guide who will point out local points of interest while providing you with a route that is as challenging or as easy as you like. Work up a good appetite and then enjoy a filling meal at one of the Alps' many famous and lovely restaurants, nestled into the mountain side. It's one of the best ways to appreciate the stunning scenery that stretches as far as Italy, Switzerland and Austria. 

Sample tour

French Alps mountain adventure tour - 7 days

Day 1

  • Overnight travel

Day 2

  • Arrive in resort
  • Swimming
  • Town trail

Day 3

  • White water rafting
  • Mountain biking
  • Quiz

Day 4

  • Chamonix
  • Mer de Glac
  • Team Game

Day 5

  • Canoeing, sailing or Windsurfing
  • Visit to Annecy

Day 6

  • Treetop assault course
  • Depart Megeve

Day 7

  • Arrive back at school

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"Our group had a great time at Arbolar and it has set a benchmark for future trips in the school. The monitore was great and we cannot thank you enough." Party leader, St Edwards Church of England School

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