WE ARE ZEITGEIST

HISTORICAL AND BATTLEFIELD TOURS FOR SCHOOLS

We are a young, international and modern company offering educational and entertaining battlefield and history tours to schools. For the Zeitgeist team, our customers, the pupils and teachers, have top priority. Individual and unique experiences matter, as they turn a battlefield tour into an unforgettable and potentially life changing experience. 

All Zeitgeist tours are fully bespoke and tailored to the individual needs of your school and your pupils. Whatever you require, be it a visit to graves of old boys of your school, visits to specific cemeteries, museum visits or outdoor activities, we will do our utmost to ensure that you get the maximum value, both from an educational and monetary perspective.

We have decided against quoting per head travel prices on our website. Our aim is to furnish you with a fully customised tour package and tangible value for your hard earned money. Realistic quotes are based on where your school wants to go, for what duration, with what number of students – they are based on what kind of activities you want to experience, where you chose to stay and what to eat and a plethora of other details – ask us for a quote. 

We will take real care of your and ‘our’ pupils, and we will do our utmost to give them an unforgettable tour experience.

At this moment we specialise in the history and battlefields of the First World War.
Tours covering the history of the Third Reich and World War Two will launch in 2019.

WE ARE ZEITGEIST

We do things differently. Find out and ask us for a quote and check out our Sample Tours below! 

Battlefield Medicine 1914-1918

MEDICINE IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR - SAMPLE TOUR

FROM BATTLEFIELD TO BLIGHTY

Developed in conjunction with FRONTLINE LIVING HISTORY, this or a similar tour would tie directly into the EdExcel GCSE Syllabus – Thematic Study and Historic Environment – Medicine in Britain and the British Sector of the Western Front 1914-1918: Injuries, Treatment & Trenches

Fritz & Tommy 1914-1918

A SHARED FRONTLINE EXPERIENCE - SAMPLE TOUR

FRITZ AND TOMMY

This unique tour examines the (often) shared frontline experience of the British and German soldier, taking an in depth look at the lives of the men of both opposing sides, examining cultural and military differences that have until now been left untouched by other school tour companies.

Total War - Verdun 1916

OUTSIDE VERDUN: THE FUTILITY OF WAR - Sample TOUR

THE BATTLE OF VERDUN

It was the longest battle of the Great War and one that is still shrouded in myth and legend. Verdun is and will always be the darkest hour of French and German nations. It can also be considered the dawn of modern, industrialised warfare – an eternal symbol for the futility of war itself.

DUNKIRK 1940

BATTLE AND EVACUATION OF DUNKIRK - SAMPLE TOUR

THE DUNKIRK MIRACLE

From 26 May to 4 June 1940, Dunkirk was the theatre of the largest evacuation effort in military history: 338, 000 Allied soldiers were evacuated on a flotilla of more than 800 ships. Discover the incredible story of Operation Dynamo with our exclusive ‘Dynamo Tour’,

ARNHEM 1944

OP MARKET GARDEN - SAMPLE TOUR

A BRIDGE TOO FAR

OP Market Garden, a code name for a large offensive which aimed to advance from liberated Belgium straight to the middle of the Netherlands and then turn off towards Germany. It all went horribly wrong. In this tour we will explore the 1944 battlegrounds in and around Arnhem with you.

NORMANDY 1944

NORMANDY, BEACHES AND BEYOND - Sample TOUR

THE LONGEST DAY AND BEYOND

The Allied invasion of western Europe, 6 June 1944 saw the simultaneous landing of U.S., British, and Canadian forces on five separate beachheads in Normandy, France. By the end of August all of northern France was liberated, and the invading forces reorganized for the drive into Germany,

THE ZEITGEIST TEAM

Your school’s tour – all our tours – will be planned, designed and run by experts in their respective fields. Published historians, archaeologists, anthroplogists and experienced teachers from the UK, Germany, France, Belgium, America and Israel combine their skills, bundling all the professional expertise necessary to turn your tour into the unique and unforgettable experience you deserve. The best possible experience for your students.

Due to our international team set-up we are able to present you with a multi-angled perspective of historical events, leading you off the trodden paths, past old and endlessly repeated stories, crossing old boundaries and exploring new and exciting fields of history.

WHY TRAVEL WITH ZEITGEIST - WHAT WE BELIEVE IN

WE CARE

“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” – Theodore Roosevelt

 

Children are not cogs in a machine and we care about their learning. We truly believe that we can change lives by believing in the students in our care, by motivating them to explore and by caring about them. We don’t believe it makes sense to put students on a grading curve or to lecture at them from above. We believe that by looking students in the eye and by responding to their specific comments and questions we can get them to push themselves to learn.

 

WE INSPIRE

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires” –  William Arthur Ward

 

Teaching is as much about inspiration as information. Effective teaching focuses on the why and how, not the what. On our tours we aim to spark each student’s imagination, to find a hook in their heart and mind so that they feel a need to ask questions and aspire to learn more. Our educators aim to ask provocative questions, and to help the students make a path towards finding their own answers. If they are motivated to find the path, they will carve it themselves. This will unlock skills that come along with studying history. The skills of evaluating evidence, of posing questions and answering them, of writing, of mobilising information in order to formulate a valuable argument.


WE EXPLORE

Our international team of historians and educators grants us the unique possibility to unlock hitherto untouched cultural and historical perspectives – issuing your students with accounts from ‘the other side’ and personal testimony of all those who were there, no matter what nationality. Through exploration, explanation, demonstration we aim to entice students to craft complex and incisive questions; think critically of oft one-sided historical sources; form and support their opinions with evidence; and communicate their conclusions in ways that will prepare them to be engaged citizens of the world. At Zeitgeist Tours we present history as a living, breathing record of the past.

ADVENTURE OVER LECTURE
WE ARE ZEITGEIST

A TEAM OF EXPERTS

Tours designed and run by professional historians and teachers. We don’t work with amateurs.

VALUE FOR MONEY

We do not aspire to be the cheapest option, because we are the best option. Every minute spent on a Zeitgeist tour is a quality minute and therefore the best value for your money.

QUALITY ACCOMMODATION

We work with only the best youth hostels and hotels. Value for your money.

NATIONAL CURRICULUM

All Zeitgeist tours are crafted and designed to meet the aims of the National Curriculum of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland.

FULLY BESPOKE

No pre-packaged tour models. We design your tour from scratch, based on your wishes and needs.

WE CARE ABOUT OUR STUDENTS

The ideal educational tour should be an emotional ride full of laughter, tears, spirituality and adventure. We truly believe that we can change lives by believing in the pupils in our care, sparking their imagination, and finding a hook in their hearts and minds, inspiring them to ask questions and aspire to learn more.

REAL STUDENT AND TEACHER FEEDBACK

Direct and social media feedback for our most recent tours.

THE ZEITGEIST TOURPAL: FIRST WORLD WAR 1914-1918

Introduced by Zeitgeist friend Dan Snow and written by professional historians, archaeologists and teachers, the Zeitgeist Tour Pal has been beautifully designed and illustrated with more than 100 period photographs and posters, along with specially commissioned comic art by ‘Johnny Red’ artist, Keith Burns. Filling 106 glossy, large format A4 pages it explores important themes of First World War History in a modern, visually striking and engaging form.

From battlefield medicine to the causes of war, from the British Army to the history of women on the frontlines and at the home front, the Zeitgeist Tour Pal packs a wealth of important information and detail.

 

When booking a tour with Zeitgeist one copy will be issued to every teacher and student travelling with us. The Tour Pal is our vision of how we think modern and engaging study material should look and feel.

Find out more and

UK Office

First Floor
71a High Street
Rushden
Northamptonshire
NN10 0QE

T: 07541 981417
E: info@zeitgeisttours.com

WE ARE ZEITGEIST

WE INSPIRE - WE EXPLORE - WE CARE

FULLY BESPOKE, MODERN, DIFFERENT

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