Holiday Trips

Will your child return home during school breaks?
Instead, they could enjoy a holiday trip with other students!

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Supporting children to make the most of their time in the UK

It's not always possible to bring your child home when boarding schools close, during half terms holidays, or over the longer Christmas or Easter holidays.

The Academic Families Guardianship programme fully supports you and your child with all the local support you require during term time. And, for those times when your child can't come home, we also offer a host family for them to stay with, or a fun activity and cultural group trip.

For those students who would benefit from some extra academic support, we can also offer English or exam revision courses.

Fun - Adventure - Personal Development

Several times throughout the year, we take students on holidays during school breaks.
Most children join all of our trips, and sometimes we even have enough space for their friends to come along too!

Please note: all trips are non-refundable once booked.

Individual attention

Small groups - spaces are limited
and fill up fast.

Try new things

Join a cultural trip or take part in
sports and activities.

All inclusive

Packages typically include flights,
accommodation, meals and tours.

2024/25 Holiday Trips for UK Boarding School Students

Dubai & London

October Half Term Trip

12th - 27th October 2024

19th October - 3rd November 2024

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Highlights

Your child will experience an action-packed holiday in the fabulous desert city of Dubai, ending the trip by exploring London's rich culture and history.

Activities can include:

  • Desert Trip in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve with nature drive, falcon show, camel rides, henna, dinner in a Bedouin camp
  • Visiting the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa
  • Fun day at Aquaventure waterpark
  • Ferrari World or IMG World
  • An evening at Top Golf
  • Shopping at Dubai Mall
  • Exploring the Spice & Gold Souks
  • Enjoying local Arabic cuisine
  • Learning about local Arabic culture
  • Beach activities like paddle boarding

Read our blog post from our 2022 trip >

Includes

  • Return flights

  • Accommodation

  • Most meals

  • Activities & entrance fees

  • Travel insurance

Sri Lanka

October Half Term Trip

19th October - 2nd November 2024

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Highlights

Your child will enjoy an adventure of a lifetime trip to Sri Lanka, blending culture, nature and fun - promising an unforgettable experience for all.

Activities include:

  • Climbing the incredible Sigirya Rock
  • Jeep safaris to track leopards and elephants
  • Temple of the Tooth in Kandy
  • Beuatiful beaches and water sports
  • Colombo Tuk Tuk rides and shopping tours
  • Cave temple tours
  • Traditional lunch with a Sri Lankan family
  • Spice gardens and tea plantations
  • Gorgeous green mountains and waterfalls
  • Elephant orphanage and turtle hatchery

Includes

  • Return flights

  • Accommodation

  • All meals

  • Activities & entrance fees

  • Travel insurance

Christmas skiing

Christmas Holidays

Any dates between 14th December 2024 - 4th January 2025

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Highlights

Your child will enjoy a ski holiday in a European ski resort. Both skiing and snowboarding options are available for independent travellers looking for an international holiday over Christmas.

Each morning your child will have ski lessons with professional instructors. They will be placed into a ski group according to their ability. In the afternoon they may continue skiing or relax in the hotel.

Accommodation will be in purpose built wood and stone chalets following the Swiss Alpine tradition. Girls and boys are accommodated separately.

We manage all transfers and will advise families if other students are travelling on the same dates. Combined with a UK host, this is a popular option for students not returning home who want a safe, independent trip.

Includes

  • Accommodation

  • All meals

  • Ski tuition

  • Lift passes

  • Academic Families assistance

  • Camp management

Skiing in Europe

February Half Term Trip

8th - 15th February 2025

15th - 22nd February 2025

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Highlights

Your child will enjoy a 7-day ski holiday in a European ski resort. Both skiing and snowboarding options are available.

Each morning your child will have ski lessons with professional instructors. They will be placed into a ski group according to their ability. In the afternoon they may continue skiing or relax in the hotel.

Accommodation will be in purpose built wood and stone chalets following the Swiss Alpine tradition. Girls and boys are accommodated separately.

Read our blog post from our 2022 trip >

Includes

  • Return flights

  • Accommodation

  • All meals

  • Equipment hire

  • Ski tuition

  • Lift passes

  • Travel insurance

Volunteering & Safari in Kenya

Easter Holiday Trip

29th March - 20th April 2025

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Highlights

This is much more than a holiday; this is a once-in-a-lifetime meaningful experience that will stay with our students forever. Making a difference underpins this unique trip for a small group of motivated boarding school students who will embark on a journey connecting, understanding and helping others.

Throughout this adventure, students will work with charities, contribute to environmental projects and engage with local communities to support sustainable development.

Students will visit traditional villages where they will be taught many local skills, including making our own footballs at a non-profit manufacturer, and they will also get their hands dirty working alongside the Maasai to build a water pan. We also head to the coast to learn how one local marine conservation charity is planting coral to rejuvenate sealife.

They will also have a lot of fun along the way, with visits to an elephant orphanage and giraffe sanctuary, sleeping under the stars at a busy waterhole, and capping off this incredible trip with a dhow sunset cruise along the coastline.

Read our blog post from our 2023 trip >

Includes

  • Return Flights

  • Accommodation

  • All Meals

  • Volunteering

  • Safari

  • Extra Activities

  • Non-motorised watersports

  • Travel Insurance

Skiing in Europe

Easter Holiday Trip

Any dates between 29th March - 22nd April 2025

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Highlights

Your child will enjoy a ski holiday in a European ski resort. Both skiing and snowboarding options are available for independent travellers looking for an international holiday over Easter.

Each morning your child will have ski lessons with professional instructors. They will be placed into a ski group according to their ability. In the afternoon they may continue skiing or relax in the hotel.

Accommodation will be in purpose built wood and stone chalets following the Swiss Alpine tradition. Girls and boys are accommodated separately.

We manage all transfers and will advise families if other students are travelling on the same dates. Combined with a UK host, this is a popular option for students not returning home who want a safe, independent trip.

Includes

  • Accommodation

  • All meals

  • Ski tuition

  • Lift passes

  • Academic Families assistance

  • Camp management

UK Capital Cities

October Half Term Trip

24th - 31st May 2025

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Highlights

Our trip around the UK will enable your child to visit the very best of  Britain as we see Edinburgh, St Andrews, Manchester and London on a tour of the UK's most vibrant cities.

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Mary King's Close
  • St Andrews, home of golf
  • Old Trafford, home of Manchester United
  • Indoor skydiving
  • Harry Potter world
  • Speedboat tour down the River Thames
  • West End theatre show
  • Climb the roof of the O2
  • Covent Garden
  • Go Ape ropes courses
  • Shopping at Harrods and Westfield
  • Windsor Castle

Includes

  • Transportation

  • Accommodation

  • Most meals

  • Activities & entrance Fees

  • Travel insurance

Fun & Culture in Greece

May Half Term Trip

24th - 31st May 2025

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Highlights

In May we treat students to an active, fun-filled holiday in Greece. Your child will be able to enjoy excursions to places such as:

  • Heraion Lake Lagoon including water sports
  • Visit the Lighthouse at Heraion Lake Lagoon and lunch at Ypanema
  • Ancient Corinth and Isthmus visit with English Speaking Guide
  • Visit to nearby Saronic Islands
  • Water park visit
  • Athens for a City Tour with English Speaking Guide and Escort
  • Visit to Acropolis, Panathenaic Stadium and Plaka
  • Loutraki Visit

Our accommodation will be at a luxury resort equipped with a restaurant, pool and private beach.

Read our blog post from our 2022 trip >

Includes

  • Return Flights

  • Accommodation

  • Most meals

  • Activities & Tours

  • Travel Insurance

St Andrews Golf Camps

May Half Term

24th May - 1st June 2025

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Highlights

Join one of our two camps at the home of golf in St Andrews, Scotland.  Choose from two levels of ability - High Performance for skilled players or Ultimate for all abilities. Some of the activities may include:

  • play a variety of links and parkland courses
  • professional coaching - group and 1:1
  • video analysis
  • golf fitness plan
  • explore St Andrews with its ancient university
  • evening activities

Includes

  • Coaching

  • Competitions and skills challenges

  • All Meals

  • Accommodation

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