School Travel


We are a specialist tour operator for school and youth group travel to the UK, Europe and beyond.

We are passionate about providing young people with learning experiences outside the classroom, and our driving force is to provide teachers with the confidence to do just that.

The School Travel Company provides inspiring educational, residential and activity trips that guarantee a safe, enjoyable, and educational school trip from start to finish!

"From the moment that you book the service that you receive is exceptional, nothing is too much problem and at all stages you are guided through the process"

family owned, highly experienced

We are a family-owned and run business, that is highly experienced in the travel sector. Our owner, Andrew Gardiner, also founded the well-known school’s activity holiday provider, Acorn Adventure in 1982.

We have been helping schools & groups run their educational trips for over twenty years, and we’d be very happy to help you run yours!

We offer the following services:

  • Ready-made itineraries to the most popular school trip destinations throughout the UK and Europe.
  • Long-haul options to destinations such as India and the USA.
  • The ability to tailor-make any trip to suit the specific requirements of your group.
  • And, of course, a wide range of day trips.
our accreditation

our accreditations

We are an assured member of The School Travel Forum, the non-profit, professional trade association that promotes school travel and upholds best-in-class health and safety practices.

We are a member of ABTA (Y4983), and hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (ATOL) issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (10489).

All of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme.

Please see our booking conditions for further information.

how do we keep our prices so low?

  • Our commercial team will secure the very best deals with coach companies, ferry operators and hotels.
  • We let you choose: which meals you want, whether you want an executive coach, etc. We don’t just assume something to bump up the price!
  • We don’t print expensive brochures or send mass mailings to ensure costs are kept to a minimum.
  • All tours are tried and tested so we don’t need a huge team of ‘consultants’ to run each trip.

for example, our 3 night Normandy trip

Departing 20th June 2024 – 40 pupils + 4 staff (click here to see the tour)

A competitor’s brochure quotes a ‘FROM’ price of £375pp Full Board (they won’t even tell you what it really is!).

The School Travel Company, on the other hand, tells you it’s £332 Full Board, saving £43 per pupil… in the SAME accommodation!

So, if you’re looking for the easiest trip you’ve ever run, at the lowest price anywhere, what are you waiting for? All you have to do is ask for a no-obligation quotation today and see how much YOU could save!

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The School Travel Company is very pleased to announce that Sebastian’s Action Trust will continue to be its chosen charity in 2023/24.

Sebastian with his mother, Jane.
Sebastian with his mother, Jane.

Sebastian’s Action Trust was established to make the dream of a brave young boy, Sebastian Gates, a reality. In the month before he died, at the age of nine, Sebastian launched a fundraising drive to establish a holiday home that would provide somewhere for families of seriously ill children to spend precious time together, away from the hospitals and punishing treatment programmes, that govern the lives of cancer patients and others with life-threatening conditions.

Sebastian believed the holiday home should be available all year and should offer breaks free of charge to families with sick youngsters. Bluebells opened in 2011 and is still the UK’s only purpose-built facility offering respite holidays to very sick children and their families, enabling precious time to be spent together.

We believe that the Trust’s aims are particularly appropriate for a company like ours, and we ask all of our groups for a voluntary donation of £1 per person. This money goes directly to the Charity. If you would like more information about the Trust and its work please visit their website and YouTube channel.

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