Learning at leisure - have you considered it?
HomeAway travel expert
Educational holidays continue to divide opinion. Some holidaymakers, weary of incorporating too many facts, figures and guided tours into their idyllic break, choose to avoid such educational trips. The other extreme is the overzealous traveller, eager to accommodate every gallery exhibition and interactive tour imaginable. However, the combination of enjoying spectacular weather, gorgeous cuisine and dynamic culture is more than feasible. We have chosen five educational holidays for travellers with an invested interest in history, the environment, geography, religion and art respectively. As well as including essential information for avid historians and geologists, and artists and naturists alike, we have considered other important aspects if you’re seeking educational holidays. Our destinations’ superb weather and delicious local dishes should be embraced along with their heritage and natural beauty. Educational holidays can cater for a diverse selection of holidaymakers, so whether you’re a sunbather, beachcomber, cyclist, naturist - or something else entirely - HomeAway has the accommodation for you.
Top five destinations for educational holidays
Educational holidays in Glasgow
Glasgow’s art scene is an increasingly exciting aspect of a city perhaps known more for its industrial development and uncompromising rainclouds. Housed in Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s grandest architecture are some of the city’s stimulating art studios. Moreover, the city’s Scotia Nostra, a pioneering group of postmodern artists, have successfully inspired a new generation of artists who continue to visit Glasgow for inspiration and study. The Glasgow School of Art has educated a remarkable amount of Turner Prize nominees. Visit some of the city’s prized galleries, including the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, and the Hunterian Gallery and Museum, or any of the smaller galleries tucked away in the gridded city.
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Educational holiday in Pompeii
The city of Pompeii still bears the traces of a catastrophe rained down upon it long ago by one of Italy’s dormant volcanos, Mount Vesuvius. Secreted in volcanic ash, the village is a poignant reminder of a community’s fate at the foot of the imposing volcano, which erupted most recently in 1944. In 79 AD, the volcano's eruption devastated the city, burying locals in ash. The city's bustling prehistoric street scenes are literally frozen in time. Pompeii continues to astound a diverse selection of holidaymakers. If you’re travelling with youngsters studying volcanos for a class project, or older travellers interested in volcanology or petrology, Pompeii’s informative guides and museums provide an engaging exploration into the city's history. For respite, retreat to nearby Naples and sample authentic Italian cuisine with local wine, such as Fiano di Avellino, a white variety.
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Educational holidays in Bangkok
Throngs of travellers are well acquainted with Thailand’s pristine beaches, vivacious nightlife and vibrant full moon parties held on the country’s islands and islets. But for a dramatically different aspect of Thailand, trace the country’s Buddhist history. Practise Zen Buddhism with dedicated Buddhists at one of the various Zen centres scattered around Thailand, including the country’s capital. At a Zen Centre in Bangkok, for example, you can gain a greater understanding of the ancient Buddhist teachings, practise meditation and mindfulness under the guidance of committed teachers, and meet other groups keen to cultivate their learning of Zen.
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Educational holidays in Aachen
For educational holidays in Germany, Berlin is likely to be the first destination scribbled onto your itinerary. However, consider the city of Aachen, once the centre of Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire and the venue for the coronation of German kings and queens. Today, the city has an array of remarkable architecture and is considered an intellectual hub, as the home of The RWTH (Aachen University). Trace Germany’s medieval history, and visit the city’s Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built on the orders of Charles the Great in 800 AD, and the site of his burial and memorial. The Theatre Aachen, Rathaus Aachen and Couven Museum provide informative insight into the citiy’s Roman and medieval heritage.
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Educational holidays in Tuscany
If you're passionate about conservation, sustainability and the environment, choose a holiday that encompasses your interest in green living, and learn more about sustainable development in an organic cooking school in Tuscany. Green oriented holidays draw on the increasingly popular WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) scheme, in which environmentally conscious travellers work on organic farms and develop essential agricultural skills. In HomeAway accommodation, you can plan a shorter holiday and choose a destination which holds regular workshops and skill-based lessons. Enrol in an organic cooking school in Tuscany and cook with local produce. Many of Tuscany’s idyllic towns and villages have organic cooking classes, where you can meet like-minded cooks interested in sustainable farming.
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