An educational tour in Europe is a great opportunity to explore a plethora of unique different cities with rich history and mix of cultures.
Explore the history and culture of the Old World, from warlike Italian city states, via ancient cities, disputative philosophers and marine conservation in Greece, to the dramatic history of England.
Shorter and cheaper flights and excellent infrastructure make trips to Europe a good bet for younger groups or for packing lots into only a few days away.
But that doesn’t mean that travelling in Europe is less intrepid than going further afield. There are plenty of opportunities for adventure, from tiptoeing through Icelandic lava tunnels to scuba diving shipwrecks off of remote Greek islands.
Every Gapforce School Expedition is unique. Here are some examples of expeditions we’ve put together for previous schools. Take a look to get some inspiration for your trip, and an idea of what is possible with Gapforce.
The history of Greece, from ancient foundational myth to the still unfolding impact of the 2008 economic crisis, is a subject of fascinated academic interest throughout the Western world. Start a history trip in Athens, the birthplace of democracy, and visit mount Olympus, home of the gods, and the temple of Poseidon.
Or take a very different track and bring a group to lend a hand on a turtle conservation project, doing their bit to protect the flora and fauna of the stunning aquamarine sea and golden brown beaches of the Greek coastline.
Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital, has all the comforts and amenities of a modern Western city. But a short bus trip away from the city and you and your group will find yourselves in the midst of some of the most dramatic landscapes on earth. Ice covered active volcanoes, lava tunnels, mudpots, hot geysers and giant glaciers literally recreate the landscape in front of your eyes. There’s cultural drama to explore too, in the Íslendingasögur, the Icelandic sagas, the imaginative landscape of which maps magic onto the country’s stunning scenery.
This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.
So Shakespeare had John of Gaunt describe his homeland in Richard II. In his dying moments Gaunt may be guilty of a little exaggeration, but there’s certainly a huge amount to see and learn in a group trip to England. From the ancient Druidic history of Stonehenge to the work and birthplace of the greatest writer in the English language, our advisors can help you design trips which encapsulate the historical, political and cultural idiosyncrasy of ‘this England’.
Morocco was fantastic. Thanks so much for all the help and support given by Gapforce in the lead up to the trip, as well as the leadership given by Madoc and the support of Vicky when we were out there. The students had an amazing time and are buzzing about it still.