Ideally located in the heart of Europe, Switzerland’s Lake Geneva region serves as the gateway for travel to the cultural treasures of nearby France, Italy, Austria and Germany.

Centuries of history come to life before students’ eyes on school-sponsored excursions to cities such as Rome, Paris or Athens. For example, when students visit the Sistine Chapel, they learn about the election of Catholic Church popes over the centuries. In Athens, they visit the sites where democracy was born. Leysin American School combines formal study with travel as part of the curriculum. Students are expected to pursue academic tasks on these visits, complete reports and projects, and are graded on their work.

cultural trips

LAS offers cultural trips to destinations in Switzerland and Western Europe in October, and to all points in Europe in May and June, under the supervision of Faculty. All students are asked to participate in these grade level trips and will receive an academic grade based on their contribution and performance during the trip.
Cultural trips provide an opportunity for students to explore and experience the history, cultural customs and physical traditions of the countries visited, and to develop a sense of connection with their classmates.

Fall Cultural Trips

  • 7th & 8th – Crans Montana, Valais Canton
  • 9th – Lugano, Ticino Canton
  • 10th – Outward Bound in Bavaria, Germany
  • 11th – French to Nice, Spanish to Malaga, Berlin, Basel, Interlaken, Lugano, Zürich, The Hague
  • 12th – Theory of Knowledge Trips to Florence, Rome & Venice

Spring Cultural Trips

  • 7th & 8th – Chamonix, France
  • 9th – Cinque Terre, Italy
  • 10th – Amal , Sardinia Biking, Sicily & Venice
  • 11th – Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Lisbon Surfing, Croatia Kayaking, Stockholm, Habitat to Bucharest
  • 12th – Barcelona, Cyprus, Dubrovnik, Athens

optional spring break trip

At extra cost, students may opt to go on a faculty-sponsored trip over Spring Break (March/April). Past destinations have included community service trips to Romania as well as cultural trips to Zimbabwe, China, Thailand and Nepal.


The LAS Student Life/Activities Department offers chaperoned travel options on virtually every weekend of the school year to a variety of destinations for recreation and cultural enrichment. All trips are publicized, and students may sign up at the Student Life Office.

Weekend city destinations regularly include:

  • Montreux
  • Geneva
  • Vevey
  • Lausanne
  • Bern

Special trips to musicals in Zürich, art exhibitions, thermal baths in Lavey les Bains, the Geneva Car Show, the Red Cross Museum, CERN and Swiss Festivals are often organized as a result of Faculty & student requests.

Recreational outings in the Fall and Spring can include:

  • Aquaparc
  • canyoning
  • whitewater rafting
  • hiking to mountain huts
  • paintball
  • rock climbing
  • via ferrata climbing
  • biking by Lake Geneva

Popular winter ski trips include day and weekend excursions to world famous Swiss resorts such as:

  • Verbier
  • Zermatt
  • Gstaad
  • Diablerets
  • Portes du Soleil