School Trips To Belgium
Shorter travel times, cheaper fares, Belgium offers a cultural experience on our doorstep.
School trips to Belgium are great for groups who don’t want to travel too far from the UK or just want a short trip. From the medieval city of Brussels to the battlefields of Ypres in north west Belgium, there’s something here for every subject sector.
Considered as the capital of Europe, Brussels offers a wide assortment of historic and cultural visits. It is a city rich in examples of art nouveau and art deco architecture, with an abundant wealth of art galleries and museums. Being home to NATO and the European Union, its economic and business diversity makes it an ideal place for students studying Business or Politics.
Nearby Bruges, also known as the ‘Venice of the North’ is perfect for a day excursion if you’re staying in Brussels. There’s so much to do in this medieval town – from taking a boat trip along its labyrinth of canals to tasting Belgian chocolate at a traditional chocolate factory.
Located in the province of West Flanders, Ypres saw some of the most intense fighting during WWI. The city was razed to the ground and has gradually been built over the years back to its former glory. There are still many battle remains including bunkers and trenches, as well as cemeteries and memorials to the fallen and missing of the Great War. Students can also take part in the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial; a daily act of remembrance to the missing soldiers in Ypres.
Do we need a visa to travel to Belgium?
If everyone in your group holds a British Citizen passport, you will not need to apply for visas to enter Belgium. Please note that this only applies for tourist trips lasting less than 90 days.
From 1st January 2021, everybody in your group must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe.
How will Brexit affect travelling to Belgium?
For the latest information from the UK Government on travelling to Belgium please see: gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/belgium/entry-requirements
What is the best way for a school group to travel to Belgium?
Travelling by coach is the most popular and cost-effective option for our school groups visiting Belgium. Many like to stop off in France along the way.
Can we use our mobile phones in Belgium?
You will need to check the terms and conditions of your mobile phone network plan to see whether data usage in the EU is covered.
Can we drink water from the tap in Belgium?
Tap water is considered to be safe in Belgium unless marked otherwise. You may want to advise your group to bring along their own reusable water bottles which can be topped up.
Is tipping customary in Belgium?
Tipping is often left to the discretion of the customer in Belgium, which can often be slightly confusing to those travelling to Belgium for the first time.
When eating out in Belgium, check the bill for a service charge which is usually between 10% - 15% of the bill. You may want to add a few euros to round it up.
If you are on a free guided walking tour, you are generally expected to tip what you feel the tour is worth, as this could be the main source of income for the tour guide. The general consensus is to tip between €5 - €8pp, but understandably this may be a lot for large groups. We advise to discuss this with your Group Coordinator if you have any queries.
Some groups will also tip their coach driver, again this is up to the discretion of the Party Leader.
When is the best time of year to visit Belgium?
Belgium is a great country to visit all-year-round. Especially Brussels, which is particularly atmospheric in the winter months, but also great to visit in the spring and summer.
Many of our groups choose to visit the WW1 battlefields of Somme and Ypres in the spring and summer, due to the more reliable weather conditions.
What is the current Coronavirus advice and government recommendations in regard to school trips to Belgium?
As a tour operator we follow the latest Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCDO) guidance. For the latest travel advice to Belgium please see: gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/belgium.
If you have any queries about an upcoming school trip to Belgium with us, please email your designated Group Coordinator or email firstname.lastname@example.org which will be forwarded onto the relevant member of staff.