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LIST: SPECIALIST SCHOOLS & GROUP TOUR OPERATORS

These are UK-based tour operators and travel agencies specialising in tours for groups, particularly schools, music groups, sports teams and educational tours.
Adaptable Travel 01451 832 133 star Specialist school trips operator offering bespoke, safe and low-cost school tours, college trips, and educational tours for almost all subjects to pretty much anywhere. Assured member of the School Travel Forum.
Airdale Tours 01924 276135 Tour specialists for retirement groups of 21 people or more.
Art History Abroad 01379 871800 AHA run art history courses in Italy for gap-year students and study holidays for schools.
Aviate Groups 01244 687 966 Aviate will put together tailormade group trips for sports travel, schools & colleges, charity events, weddings, expeditions, and conference & incentives travel.
Backroads Touring 020 8566 5312 Escorted, small group educational travel in Britain, Ireland, France, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Spain and Portugal by mini-coach.
Burleigh Travel 01453 755733 UK & international sports tours (Cricket, Rugby, Football, Hockey, Netball, etc) for schools, universities, clubs & groups. And choir tours.
Barfield Travel/Agritours 0870 442 3290 Barfield has a number of specialisations - business travel, heritage tours, garden tours, embroidery tours, etc - but their primary specialisation is farm study tours under the Agricultural Travel Bureau brand name.
Casterbridge Tours 01935 810810 Student tours, sports tours, and group walking tours in the UK and overseas
Club Europe 0800 496 4996 Long-standing specialist operator offering ski & snowboarding and educational tours in Europe (and Australia/New Zealand) for schools, clubs & groups.
Discover the World 01737 218801 Discover have a school tours and field studies programme called Living Planet featuring tailormade educational tours in Iceland, Namibia and New York.
Education Travel Group, The 01273 648 273 ETG combines a number of well-known independent brands offering tours for primary & secondary education groups, higher education groups and other special interest/consumer groups.
Equity Travel 01273 886886 School tours (dedicated school tours brochure), sports tours, study tours, etc.
Ferryhill Travel 028 9032 0435 Belfast-based schools & groups specialist offering a range of educational tours to European & UK destinations.
Greatdays Travel 0161 928 1928 Large operator not well-known to the public but operates many holidays on behalf of specialist travel agents. Specialises in group & incentive travel.
Group Travel Company, The 01253 503040 Group travel organisers to European cities (mostly) and history tours. Part of the NST Group (See NSTMusic below).
Gulliver Sports 01684 293175 Well-known sports tour specialist offering schools & group tour programmes in the UK, Europe and worldwide (particularly rugby & cricket).
Halsbury Travel 0115 9404 303 Language, sports and arts tours for school groups to France, Germany, Italy, Spain & The Netherlands
Heritage Group Travel 10225 466620 Longstanding operator of arts and culture group tours for societies and affinity groups.
HF Holidays 0845 470 7558 Walking holiday specialists, HF, set up a dedicated section of their website (March 06) for groups, where you can organise walking holidays in the UK and overseas for groups of friends, family or clubs.
Interchange 020 8681 3612 Group tour organisers. Their speciality is former & existing communist countries, so Russia, China, Cuba, Haiti, Albania, and eastern Europe especially.
JAC Travel 020 7870 8551 Group tours management for education, performing art and special interest groups.
Jeka 01823 365777 A European network of 120 summer camps for youth groups in 10 different countries.
Key-Stage Travel 0845 1 30 60 70 Educational visits and study tours for secondary school groups.
Kuoni Leisure Groups 01306 744477 Kuoni's group tours offers tailormade events and special interest trips for groups of friends, family, colleagues, clubs, societies, etc.
Master Travel 020 7501 6742 Escorted group study tours worldwide, specialising in subjects such as Community Care, Housing, Healthcare and Education.
Mountain Adventure Camps 0845 644 0658 Residential summer camps in the French Alps offering multi-activity breaks for adults & kids for schools & groups. Activities include mountain walking, archery, white-water rafting, orienteering, sailing and French tuition.
Norman Allan Group Travel 01432 277666 Group tours by coach throughout Britain, Ireland, Continental Europe and Scandinavia. Sister brand to Greencastle (above).
PGL Travel 01989 764211 Activity, adventure and educational holidays, tours and courses for 6-18 year olds, children, schools and youth groups
Pinnacle Travel 01444 443773 starWell established schools-only specialist tour operator, offering ski (often to exclusive resorts), performing arts, music, science and sports tours. They also have their own offices in the USA and Australia to handle UK visiting schools.
Poppy Travel 01622 716729 Guided battlefield tours for schools. Travel and Learn is The Royal British Legion’s specialist organiser of visits for schools to battlefields and war cemeteries in many parts of the world, currently their programme features Ypres, The Somme, Normandy, Arnhem, Monte Casino and Berlin. (Formerly known as Travel and Learn).
Richardson & Gray 01584 878914 Group tours, schools tours and battlefield tours to europe.
R & T Tours 01708737 222 Football tournament tours for clubs & schools football teams.
Rayburn Tours 01332 347828 A wide selection of study tours (eg language, business studies, battlefield, arts, etc) for youth, school and adult groups.
Rhapsody Tours 0845 1304611 Coach tour operator specialising in activity weeks and end-of-year school trips to Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Holland and in the UK.
Rondo Travel 0800 0746 727 School, study & adult group tours to mainly European cities.
Schools Worldwide 0845 634 4670 School expeditions division of Walks Worldwide.
Skylark Battlefield Tours 01354 696779 WWI & WWII European battlefield tours for colleges and schools. They also offer 'Living History' presentations to school classes in the UK.
Specialist Travel Consultancy, The 0845 838 7667 star STC acts as an approved agent for over 30 educational, adventure and expedition travel companies, providing free independent travel advice for schools, colleges, scout groups and private group leaders planning adventurous expeditions, treks, cultural tours, study trips & holidays abroad.
Spirit of Adventure 01822 880277 Adventure and activity holidays in the UK and overseas for groups & schools.
Sweet Chariot 0800 0432153 Participation sports tours for schools/groups and spectator sports tours, including rugby tours, hockey tours, netball tours, lacrosse tours, cricket tours, and soccer tours.
Tailored Travel 0845 230 9966 Group travel specialists offering tailored travel to schools and groups for history, culture, music and arts tours.
T4 Travel 01223 560513 Group tours by coach to the continent.
Travel Class 08705 133 773 Overseas ski and UK-based activity holidays for schools and groups, plus UK summer camps in the holidays. Travel Class were aquired by First Choice in May 06.
Titan Groups 01293 450 600 Titan Travel is a large scale operator with many familiar specialist brands names. They now organise schools history & battlefield tours through their brand Holts Battlefield Tours and sports & education tours through Sporting Destinations.
TJM Adventure 01872 272767 Cornwall-based operator offering organised activity holidays for school groups to France, Spain and Cornwall.
Travelling Together 01763 262 190 Specialist in tailormade tours for groups.
Ultima Tours 01905 829 205 Groups and school tours to Austria, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland & the UK. History, languages, geography, science, art & english, music & sports tours.
Venture Abroad 01332 342 050 Specialises in tailormade group travel for organisations such as the Scouts, Girl Guides and the Trefoil Guild.

Notes

  • US operator, Groupize (£) specialises in custom group tours and coach rentals throughout North America.
  • MediaTravel are specialist travel organisers for the media industry from film companies to rock bands.
  • Across the Divide specialise in organising charity expeditions and corporate challenges.
  • nomad Travel offer a mobile travel vaccination service for group travellers. The fully-equipped nomad ambulance with its travel health trained Registered Nurses will carry out group vaccinations at your school, office or other venue.

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