Why Choose Us

About us

Our team is made up of former teachers and school travel experts who will design the perfect geography, science or adventure trip to engage and inspire your students.

We know that value for money is essential for your students and we maintain excellent working relationships with our travel suppliers to make sure we can create you the best possible itinerary for your budget and requirements.

We go beyond most other providers to give you and your students valuable, award winning resources to support your trips. As the only tour provider that is a strategic partner with the Geographic Association, our joint mission is to make the benefits of school trips more accessible inside and outside the classroom.

Read more about our partnership with the Geographical Association »

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About you

We work with teachers like you from all around the world, teachers who are driven to provide their students with once in a lifetime experiences and encourage them to discover their world. Whether you are a geography specialist or not, we will work with you to create a unique itinerary that suits you and your students’ curriculum and their sense of adventure.

98% of teachers who travel with us describe our service as good or excellent. To thank teachers for choosing us, we also have a fantastic loyalty scheme which offers money off your next trips.

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How we protect you and your money

Your Safety Assured

On a Discover the World Education trip, health and safety is a top priority. To that end, we have a full and comprehensive Safety Management System. We are accredited members of the School Travel Forum, a Department for Children, Schools and Families initiative that recognises good practice in the field of educational visits, especially with regard to health and safety.

We have also been awarded the Quality badge by Learning Outside the Classroom. This means that we have already been pre-approved by the Outdoor Educators Advisory Panel. This award recognises the commitment to the benefits of educational travel, whilst ensuring strict safety standards are met at all times. Find out more »

Financial & Disruption Protection

Once you have booked, you will enjoy total financial security thanks to our travel industry bonds and licences.


Our air holiday packages are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 2896.

All the flights and flight‐inclusive holidays on this website to/from the UK are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check the package name and flights you have booked are listed on it.

For further details about the ATOL Certificate visit www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

ABTOT Bonding

The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 for Discover the World Limited, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following:

  1. non-flight packages and
  2. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the EU, which are sold to customers outside of the EU*.

* Please note that flight inclusive packages that commence within the EU but outside of the UK will continue to be covered by ABTOT until the renewal of Discover the World Limited’s ATOL number 2896 in March 2019 in accordance with the transition period authorised by the Civil Aviation Authority.

ABTOT cover provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled or repatriation if you are abroad. Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Discover the World Limited.

In the unlikely event that you require assistance whilst abroad due to our financial failure, please call our 24/7 helpline on 01702 811397 and advise you are a customer of an ABTOT protected travel company.

You can access The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 here: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2018/9780111168479/contents.


We are also members of ABTA The Travel Association and AITO (Association of Independent Tour Operators).

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No Surcharge Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed by us, we guarantee that there will be no further increases in the cost of your trip, regardless of what happens with currency exchange rates, world oil prices and taxes. No ‘ifs’ or ‘buts’ – that’s our guarantee. Most operators reserve the right to surcharge for a variety of reasons, some up to 30 days prior to departure.

Price Match Promise

Whilst we appreciate the requirement for competitively priced quotations we also believe that the quality of the trip and the service throughout the booking process should not be compromised. When you take into account our unique itineraries, the quality of guides and the level of support provided, we believe we offer some of the best value for money in the market. That’s why if you see a similar study trip at a more competitive price, prior to booking with us, we shall endeavour to better it. Please forward details of the written offer and we’ll be in touch.

Here is some of their wonderful feedback…

“We especially like the ability to be able to create our own itinerary now we have been to Iceland many times. We would thoroughly recommend Discover the World to any school wanting to do a foreign trip.
Sarah Page, Harlington Upper School

“I have travelled with Discover the World three times to Iceland and each time I have been super impressed by the service and quality of the tour. I wouldn’t consider another operator and would recommend them above others I have used previously. The quality of the service provided before travel and by the guide, hotels and drivers is always excellent.”
Catherine Enlund, Whickham School

“We were really pleased that you were able to work with us in a flexible manner to help us plan our trip around the research activities we wanted to accomplish with our students. All the additional activities that you suggested were terrific, but we really appreciated that you listened to what we wanted to accomplish and then made suggestions around those ideas. We got the sense from some different tour companies that they would not be as open and would be prescribing everything, which would not have served our needs, so thanks for your flexibility.”
Kirsten Menking – Vassar College, Poughkeepsie New York

About our destinations

We’ve been the leading tour provider to Iceland for 35 years, after our founders fell in love with the country and wanted to share its beauty with the world. We now take schools and groups to our favourite destinations that we are true experts in, including Iceland, Italy, The Azores, China, Costa Rica, Norway and New Zealand. These destinations have shaped us and we know how to get the most out of your visits.


iceland geysir erupting geyser rth

  • Iceland
italy sicily mt etna caldera

  • Italy
azores lagoa do fogo sao miquell 2

  • The Azores
norway fjord tourist board

  • Norway
china xian bike ride on walls

  • China
costa rica tree frog

  • Costa Rica
new zealand pancake rocks

  • New Zealand
morocco berber camp from above istock

  • Morocco