Overseas travel should be an integral part of any school curriculum, and with that said, herewith our top 10 European cities not to be missed!

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  1. Barcelona

School students will love Barcelona’s dynamic setting. For a lively experience, take a walk down La Barceloneta where you can enjoy an ice cream cone and observe the bustling locals. Cheer for your favorite football team at Camp Nou, or visit the famous La Boqueria. The energetic market offers everything from Spain’s notorious jamón iberico to an endless array of fresh produce. If you prefer a quieter atmosphere, relax in the serene Park Güel, or discover the magnificence of Gaudi’s architecture in his Casa Batlló.

You are sure to fall in love with the Spanish people and their culture. The locals are charming and beyond hospitable. Young people in search of adventure will love Barcelona’s festive atmosphere, and the vibrant, passionate community will surely steal your heart away.

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  1. Rome

For popular tourism, Rome offers some of the most significant cultural sights in all of Europe. Go on a casual stroll in the Borghese Gardens, taking in the beautiful landscape and historical buildings. From breathtaking fountains to a sprawling villa, the destination is among the prettiest in the city. For an educational experience, students can observe the incredible Roman architecture at the Coliseum or the Pantheon.

Young people love dessert, and when in Rome, you’ll find the most delicious gelato in all of Italy. Stop into Grom ice cream shop and choose from dozens of their unique, delectable flavors. Don’t forget to try a cup of espresso and a world-class tiramisu, a perfect end-of-the-day treat in this ancient city. If you enjoy your time in Rome, toss a coin into the Fontana di Trevi. According to legend, this ensures you’ll return some day.

  1. Lisbon and Peniche

Students will be fascinated by the famous grounds of the Castelo de Sao Jorge de Lisboa, a massive Medieval citadel. While in Lisbon, you can also visit Europe’s largest indoor aquarium, the Oceanario de Lisboa. Later on, enjoy your dinner while listening to Fado, Portugal’s urban folk music.

Then, the highlight of your trip will most definitely be the quaint northern city of Peniche. You could even learn how to surf here! Your time in Lisbon, and especially in Peniche, will be truly special.

  1. Annecy

Annecy is a small city north of the French Alps. Students who visit the lesser-known destination will never forget it. The city’s castle-like architecture, charming moats, and other Medieval embellishments will transport you back centuries to the times of King Arthur and the knights of the round table.

The majestic blue color of Lake Annecy is a sight to see, and the most avid of travelers love coming here for the great variety of water sports and activities. Come to Annecy for a weekend or even an entire week, and the clean, relaxing atmosphere is sure to make for a lovely time. Spend hours on the lake swimming, rowing, and sailing. Then, go hiking in the mountains or hand-glide across the gorgeous landscape. When your school takes its trip to Annecy, it’s one blissful adventure you don’t want to miss!

  1. Paris

Paris is the perfect destination for students!

Young people are attracted to Paris, known as the “City of Lights,” for its vibrant nightlife. However, the phrase more appropriately refers to its rich history. When visiting the city, students will benefit from a number of educational experiences. Enjoy breathtaking views from the top of the Eiffel Tower, and discover the interesting architecture and spiritual ambiance of the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris. For a break from the history lesson, shop at Champs Elysees for a variety of world-famous couture designs.

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  1. London

In London, history, art, nature, fashion, and food blend together in a whirlwind of culture. Among all the cities on the list, this one leaves an unbelievable impression.

The close proximity of sights in London makes it great for a short trip. Students can take a tourist boat along the Thames River, observing the various iconic landmarks. Stop at the famous Big Ben, and make sure to get a glance at the elegant architecture of Westminster Abbey. Head down to the Convent Garden district, the main entertainment area of London. Here, you can do almost anything from shopping to eating to taking in an operatic performance.

Students interested in theater production, is in the right place. Here, they can explore the profession from the inside out. Whether attending master classes, appearing in a show, or communicating with professional performers, London’s art scene offers valuable industry experience for young students.

  1. Turin

Turin, Italy, may not enjoy the same worldwide popularity as other locations on the list, but it still boasts vast historical significance. Besides its theaters, churches, museums, and other landmarks, it’s a wonderful place for the senses. Discover the delicious old-world offerings of its quaint breakfast cafes.

Before exploring the city, visiting students should wake up early and stop into one of the many traditional pastry shops Turin has to offer. Make sure to try an authentic Italian cannoli, a culinary specialty sure to be a highlight of the trip. At breakfast, chat with the friendly bakers and customers, gaining a glimpse into true Italian hospitality and culture.

The warm, welcoming atmosphere permeates all of Italy. If you are looking for a pleasant, relaxing trip among breathtaking Renaissance masterpieces, Turin is the perfect place.

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  1. Madrid

For students looking for an educational experience, traveling to a language’s country of origin is the best way to improve your comprehension.

While working on your communication skills, Madrid offers great cultural experiences you cannot miss. Tour an exhibition at the Museo del Prado, a beautiful museum hosting a huge collection of European artwork. Students can then spend a relaxing afternoon at the Parque del Retiro seeing its lush gardens, peaceful lake, sculptures, and monuments.

In the city, make sure to try some authentic Spanish fare, such as a Churro con Chocolate. If you come to Madrid, catch a glimpse of the astounding 18th century Palacio Real, and at nighttime, take in the beautiful lights of the lively Plaza Mayor. It’s a magical city where you’ll learn a lot—and have fun while doing it.

St Petersburg and Moscow, Russia
  1. St. Petersburg

June is the perfect month of the year to visit St. Petersburg. During the time of “white nights,” the city stays light well into the night, allowing for endless walks along the beautiful Neva River. Tourists linger far and wide to take in the majestic sights. If you’re lucky enough, you might even witness the bridge gates open as a massive ship passes through.

For students traveling to St. Petersburg, there are tons of historical sights to see. The Peterhof Palace, known as the “Russian Versailles,” is a sprawling property with lavish palaces, opulent architecture, ornate fountains, and other visual spectacles. Visitors can explore the gardens, take in the structures, and travel back in time to the reign of Peter the Great.

The city is truly a beauteous wonder. No trip to Russia is complete without attending a classical Russian ballet. Visit the Mariinsky Theater, and you’ll surely make memories to last a lifetime.

Dubrovnik - Croatia holiday
  1. Dubrovnik, Croatia

For young people traveling to Dubrovnik, Croatia, the tourist spot’s exciting water sports are sure to be on the agenda. There, you can kayak around the walls of the city, go scuba diving, sailing, or simply enjoy a relaxing weekend—or week—on their world-renowned beaches.

From shopping and nightlife to sports and swim, Croatia offers great activities to entertain groups of young people. When considering your next school trip, remember the laid-back Renaissance charm of this Old World coastal city.

Contact iGO Schools and we can tailor make a school tour for you – tel 031 000 1122 / groups@igotravel.co.za or visit our website for more details.

Our Top 10 European Cities for School Tours