Region: South West South East Greater London East of England East Midlands West Midlands Yorkshire North West North East Wales Scotland

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: 10 Chapel Hill, Stansted, Essex CM24 8AG

Contact: 01279 647 566



Absolute Travel & Tours is one of the leading specialist school and group tour operators in the United Kingdom organising sports tours, adventure holidays, ski trips, music and educational tours for school, college and club groups for all ages both at home and abroad.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

We offer a fantastic range of tour programmes at the very best value for money. We will work together with you, providing the highest levels of customer service and attention to detail to ensure that your trip meets your budget, ambitions and objectives.

All of our team, both in the UK head office and our experienced partners around the world, work tirelessly to ensure that your trip is a carefree, successful and enjoyable experience from start to finish. That means attention to your travel plans, accommodation, key inclusions and leisure time as well as to health and safety, bonding and insurance. We will assist you with pre-tour preparation and risk assessments and encourage inspection visits to our featured tour centres.

Absolute Travel & Tours is based in Stansted, England. We are:

•    An Assured Member of the School Travel Forum

•    Proud to have also been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge

•    Members of ABTA, the Association of Independent Tour Operators

•    Fully bonded through ATOL (flight inclusive packages) and ABTA (all other packages)

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Whatever your chosen tour, we will tailor it to meet your own requirements. In addition to the key arrangements, visits, workshops and activities, we can also help you to build extra activities into your trip. These may include excursions to theme parks; museums; swimming pools; stadiums and places of cultural or educational interest. These can usually be pre-reserved on your behalf and paid for in advance as part of your package.

Tickets to sports matches, stage performances and other special events can also often be added to your package on request.

Trips can be arranged for the following curriculum subjects: Art and Design, Business Studies, Citizenship, Dance, Design and Technology, Drama, English, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Food & Nutrition, Foreign Languages, Geography, History, ICT, Leisure & Tourism, Mathematics, Media, Music, PE / Sport, Religious Education, Science, Textiles.
Key Stages 1-5 and beyond.

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This venue has the following accreditation:

  • LOtC Quality Badge holders
  • School Travel Forum Assured members

What size groups do they cater for?

Absolute Travel & Tours can cater for all group sizes.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

Teacher’s packs, work sheets etc. can be provided on request.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?


How do you arrange a risk assessment?

The safety and wellbeing of our clients is an absolute priority, and procedures are in place to make sure that we take every precaution to ensure best practice for the preparation, organisation and operation of your trip.

At Absolute Travel & Tours we are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our clients and staff alike. Our Safety Management System, developed under the guidance of external consultants ensures that all reasonable measures are taken to assure our clients of a high level of safety and professionalism throughout a tour.

•    Coach company checks including licence, insurance and safety documentation

•    Accommodation inspections to assess fire, safety, hygiene and suitability

•    Training, experience and professionalism of our staff and representatives

•    Accident and emergency procedures and 24 hour assistance

We encourage group leaders to report any safety related issues immediately. This will enable us to investigate any concerns and to ensure that any necessary action is taken straight away. To facilitate this, Absolute Travel will provide an ‘Incident/Accident Report Form’ to all Group Leaders prior to travel.

At Absolute Travel & Tours we offer inspection visits to your selected destination to provide you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the accommodation and surrounding area prior to your tour. It is an ideal opportunity to check the detail of your risk assessments. Absolute Travel & Tours provides two kinds of inspection visits:-

Group Inspection Visits Accompanied by Absolute Travel Staff

Absolute Travel & Tours organise group inspection visits to certain destinations that we offer. Visits will include the accommodation and facilities we use, possible sample excursions and an opportunity to discuss any aspects of your tour with Absolute Travel staff and local suppliers or agents.

Individual Inspection Visits

For tour destinations not covered by group inspection visits, we offer group leaders an opportunity to visit their selected destination. We will pay for 2 nights bed and breakfast accommodation for the Group Leader or as pre-agreed. Please contact us for further details.

During Your Inspection Visit

•    Familiarise yourself with the accommodation and the areas you plan to visit and consider what problems may arise with both individuals and the group as a whole in mind.

•    Confirm that your control measures will work and be effective.

•    Select appropriate group meeting points for different activities where required.

•    Identify potential trouble spots and record any ‘out of bounds’ areas.

•    Note useful telephone numbers such as emergency services etc.

•    Visit the nearest tourist office.

•    Take a colleague – two heads are better than one.

What does it cost?

Prices vary from around £30 per person for a UK day trip including coach transportation to £1,500 per person for trips further afield such as South Africa or Barbados.

Most European coach tours range from £250-£500 depending on duration and numbers travelling.

We offer the following free place ratios for our sports and educational trips:

1 free staff place for every 8 paying students on coach trips

1 free staff place for every 10 paying students on flight trips

We offer the following free place ratios for our ski trips:

1 free staff place for every 7 paying students on coach trips

1 free staff place for every 10 paying students on flight trips

Is specific clothing required?

Dependent on the destination and nature of the trip.

Do you have first aid on site?

Dependent on the destination and nature of the trip.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

Dependent on the destination and nature of the trip.

 Are there disabled facilities?

Dependent on the destination and nature of the trip.

What are your opening days and hours?

Our office opening hours are Monday to Friday 09.00hrs – 17.30hrs

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

You can view numerous customer testimonials on our website at: 

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

We offer some great referral deals and discounts. Refer us another trip from the school and both groups can save a bundle! Subject to the numbers travelling, we can save the school as much as £1,000. Why not talk it over and see who's planning what in the near future. Remember, we can help you with all your school trip requirements including everything from sports trips, music tours, ski trips, educational school trips and adventure holidays.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Arts & Galleries Boat Trips Bowling Castles Cathedrals. Abbeys. Churches City Tours Climbing Football Rugby & Cricket Clubs High Ropes Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Ice Skating Rink Motorsports Museums Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Parks and Gardens Paintball & Laser Tag Residential School Trips Safari Park School Tour Operators Skiing & Snowboard Centres Sports Theatres Themed Attractions Team Building Walking Tours Water Sports Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Business Studies Citizenship Dance Design and Technology Drama English Engineering Environmental Studies Food & Nutrition Geography History ICT Leisure & Tourism Mathematics Media Music PE PSHE Religious Education Science Textiles

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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