With more than 20 years of organising school travel, we want to share our passion with you and your students.
Learning outside the classroom builds children’s confidence and can transform their relationships with the world around them. We want our tours to be inspirational and educational. We want to engage students and give them a trip they remember for a long time. Above all, we want to make sure that the tours are enjoyable.
We also want to make booking and organisation as simple as possible for you.
All of our holidays are 100% financially protected with ATOL and ABTA. We can arrange inspection visits and, wherever you decide to tour with us, you will always have access to an experienced member of our team through our 24-hour duty system.
Browse the site and you will find downloadable resources to make your planning easier, including templates for letters to parents, PowerPoint presentations, checklists or educational resources for students while on the tours.
Leger Holidays Ltd & Leger Air Holidays Ltd, trading as Holts Battlefield and History Tours, is a fully bonded licence holder with Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL No. 3880) and a member of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA No. V3582), ensuring both your financial protection and high standards of professionalism and reliability.
Holts Tours is an Assured Member of the School Travel Forum (STF), which is the benchmark for good school tour providers – consequently, it is an Awarding Body for the prestigious Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. Find out more
We fully appreciate the complexity of arranging a school visit, which is why you can rely on us to assist in making your planning as easy as possible. If you decide that you would like to visit a specific destination before booking with us, please contact us for further information.
Wherever you decide to tour with us, you can be confident in the knowledge that you will always have access to an experienced member of our team through our 24-hour duty system, ensuring you have a fast and efficient response to any issue at all times. Below you will find some essential information that we think will help clarify and simplify the process. Remember, we are here to help.
In Europe, students are usually accommodated in three and four-bedded rooms with en-suite facilities. Staff members are in single or twin rooms with en-suite facilities. In youth hostels, students may be accommodated in six to eight-bedded rooms, and we cannot guarantee that all youth hostels will have en-suite facilities. In the USA, accommodation will normally comprise twin-bedded rooms with en-suite facilities. Hostel accommodation is an option in some cities.
There are no special health requirements or vaccinations required for any of our tour destinations. You may wish to obtain a copy of The Department of Health's Traveller’s Guide to Health which is available at main post offices, by telephoning 0800 555 777 or online.
The safety and security of your group is our first consideration. In the event of the Foreign Office advising against travel to a certain country, we would act on this advice. However, we do recommend that you check Foreign Office Travel Advice before you make a booking.
Although we take every precaution in looking after both you and your group on tour, the responsibility for your group’s personal safety and welfare and the care of personal possessions is obviously the same as that which is exercised while at home. Extra care should be taken when walking around cities – especially at night – and we recommend your group stay in well-lit, populated areas. It is also wise to avoid carrying valuables or wearing expensive jewellery.
For your own peace of mind, we insist that all groups travelling on our School Battlefield and Education Tours are covered by travel insurance. We will require basic details about the school’s insurance policy.
The duration of holidays is described in number of days and in all cases includes the day of departure from the UK and the day of arrival back in the UK.
These should be advised on your Passenger Information Form, which will be issued with your Booking Form once you have decided to make a booking. Although we will endeavour to meet special requests, this is dependent on our suppliers and we cannot guarantee that your requirements will be met. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any booking that is conditional upon a special request being met. Please also note that requests for extra legroom on aircraft are so frequently requested that they are unlikely to be available in most circumstances.
When requesting vegetarian meals or special diets, it should be appreciated that standards and choice are likely to be limited.
Before a booking is made, please be sure to let us know if you or anyone in your party suffers from a serious medical condition or physical disability, as Holts Tours cannot provide individual assistance with boarding coaches or other forms of transport, baggage handling, walking or other personal requirements, etc. You should be confident that everyone in your group can do these tasks unaided.
We are happy to give advice and assistance with regard to the choice of your tour, which will be dependent upon the nature of the disability and whether an able-bodied companion will accompany the person with the disability. Some suppliers may request certification from a GP to confirm fitness for travel. We regret that we cannot be held liable for any costs incurred as a result of this.
Please be aware that information supplied to us for anyone with a medical condition or disability or dietary/religious requirements will be passed to other companies and persons who supply the various parts of our travel arrangements. We will not, however, pass this information to any party that is not responsible for your group’s travel arrangements.
We have made visits to the Battlefields as easy as possible to run, but a little forward planning is always necessary when deciding which option will be the best for your group. You will need to consider the objectives of the trip, the age of your group and where you will be travelling from in the UK.
A flexible approach to itineraries
While our standard itineraries will suit the purposes of most schools, it’s important to point out that our Battlefields and Education Team are on hand to provide valuable advice and to tailor itineraries if you prefer something a little different.
All tours can be tailor-made to suit the needs of your pupils and your school. If there are sites that you would like to visit while on tour, whether it be a specific grave or cemetery to lay a wreath, we can include this in your tour itinerary.
Our excellent range of tours not only provides the opportunity for more schools within the UK to travel to the Battlefields and other destinations of historical importance, they also provide great flexibility for those in close proximity to Folkestone. Your trip may have a later start time, a fuller itinerary or include more activities.
We are always available to discuss your ideas – whether you’re experienced or planning your first school visit, our team is here to assist you at all times.
What happens next?
To ensure you receive the dates you require, simply contact us. Upon receipt of this we will contact you to discuss your requirements and provide you with a quotation.
If you decide to make a booking, we will require a deposit to secure your booking at this stage. Alternatively, if you would prefer to speak to us before completing the enquiry form, please telephone us on 01306 873 571 or fax us on 01709 833 826.
You’re all booked!
Once we have received your completed booking form and deposit and confirmed availability, we will then proceed with your reservation and issue you with a confirmation invoice, together with a Passenger Information List on which you will need to provide us with the full name of each person travelling in your group, their emergency contact information, passport details and any special requests or dietary requirements. A final tour pack will be issued approximately one month before your departure date.
Below you will find various downloadable resources, including advice on health and safety, code of conduct for pupils, advice for travelling on group tours in the UK and abroad, plus booking conditions and information on the School Travel Forum.
An explanation of the conditions that apply when you book a holiday with us. View Booking Conditions
Health and Safety/Code of Conduct
Most school tours take place without incident and are highly beneficial and enjoyable experiences for all concerned. These guidelines are intended to clarify policies and procedures and contribute to your tour’s success. Download PDF
School Travel Forum
STF membership is the benchmark for good school tour providers – consequently it is an Awarding Body for the prestigious Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. Find out more
Advice for Teachers Travelling in the UK
Advice for teachers travelling with groups in the United Kingdom. Find out more.
Advice for Teachers Travelling Overseas
Advice for teachers travelling with groups overseas. Find out more.
Sample PowerPoint Presentation
Download our sample PowerPoint presentation which can be personalised for your school.