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Our top four long-haul school destinations for sport.

Read on for some of our favourite long-haul locations that offer the best school trips abroad!

To experience somewhere exotic, different, and original – these are just a few of the top reasons teachers just like you are considering long-haul destinations for sport tours.

Travelling beyond Europe can mean that both students and teachers alike can be exposed to a lifestyle and customs completely different from their own. Combined with excellent sporting opportunities these are memories that will be treasures forever.

Best school trips abroad Malaysia

The best school trips abroad destination no. 1: it’s Malaysia!

Malaysia is one of the best school trips abroad destinations because it’s a truly exotic destination. It offers everything you would need from a long-haul location including huge cultural and religious diversity, glittering skyscraper cities, lush landscapes, incredible wildlife including access to orang-utan and elephant conservation projects and picture-perfect beaches.

On a sports tour to Malaysia, you will also have the chance to visit the sparkling city state of Singapore. This is a place where both nature and food are taken very seriously! Singapore is putting a lot of energy into becoming a ‘City in a Garden’ vision by adding gardens and green spaces throughout.

With a large ex-pat community, the sporting options are numerous and on an Activ4 tours. We offer Professional Sporting Facilities and a large range of hotel accommodation to suit every group.

Best school trips abroad Sri Lanka

The best school trips abroad destination no. 2: Sri Lanka

The diverse island of Sri Lanka has been one of South Asia’s best kept secrets for years. But as more travellers begin to arrive at this incredible location, the higher and higher it rises on people’s bucket lists.

It’s thousands of years of history and culture is proven by the island packing an incredible eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites into its diminutive area; Sri Lanka is roughly the same size as Ireland.

Previous travellers with Activ4 have loved how close everything is. From temple ruins, colonial houses and elephant reserves, there’s something for everyone in a short distance from each other. It’s one of the best countries for school trips abroad for its contribution to sports too. Sri Lanka’s colonial routes means it is possible to offer netball here with a range of competitive fixtures with locals. There is also hockey, football, cricket and rugby. Did you know Sri Lanka is the second-oldest rugby union playing nation in the world? Best school trips abroad Barbados

The best school trips abroad destination no. 3: Barbados

Doesn’t the word “Barbados” alone make you want to leave all your troubles behind? This romantic Island conjures images of postcard-worthy beaches lined with palm trees and clear blue water… but there’s more than just this on offer.

A UNESCO World Heritage–listed capital, friendly, welcoming people and a ‘Commonwealth’ sporting heritage means that netball teams will be in their element.

Thinking taking students this far away will be stressful – think again! The official language on the island is English and a warm, relaxed attitude is encouraged means that tour leaders often report back to us how stress-free they felt; they didn’t want to leave. Team spirit and bonding is also encouraged – epitomised by the popular Bajan phrase “One hand can’t clap!”.

Best school trips abroad South Africa

Last but not least at no. 4: South Africa

We believe South Africa, and the jewel in its crown, Cape Town, is a truly special destination for a school trip which is why we count it as one of our top 4 best school trips abroad. Cape Town is a diverse and beautiful city, set apart by the prominent flat-topped mountain of Table Mountain National Park. The city’s scenic backdrop is usually shrouded by clouds and offers fabulous views from wherever you are.

Our sports tours to South Africa also give you the option to take in the most Southerly/Westerly tip of the African Continent, Cape Point. Here you will find pretty beaches and valleys and the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean and to visit a Game Reserve which includes feeding of the lions, cheetahs and jackals.

Finally, we come to the most essential part of a sports tour to South Africa: the sport! The opportunities are endless, including rugby, football, netball and hockey. Our South Africa Destination Manager will ensure your team needs are always catered for.

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