France

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    Once a haven for the Impressionists, Honfleur is well worth a visit on a Normandy school trip.
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    The Louvre is an essential inclusion on any art & design school trip to Paris.
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    Perfectly positioned on the Côte d'Azur, Nice offers an interesting alternative destination for school trips to France.
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    Monet's Garden at Giverny is a popular addition on an educational tour of Normandy.
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    Sample traditional French cheeses on a school trip to France.

Did the trip meet the educational requirements? Yes, very much so. Especially with our visit coinciding with the EU referendum results. The children have been very passionate since returning from France that we must ensure that war does not break out again!SB, Manor Field School

With its close proximity just the other side of the English Channel, not to mention its extensive history so intrinsically linked with our own, little wonder that France is such a popular destination for school groups. Boasting a wealth of educational sites and historical landmarks from Normandy to the Somme, there’s opportunity aplenty to expand your students’ minds, not to mention their language skills, on a France school trip.

Easily accessible from Calais, the city of Lille and the Opal Coast beyond serve as the perfect introduction to France for many students, where visits range from prestigious art institutions and rocket launch sites to snail farms.

Further afield meanwhile, both the Somme and Normandy boast myriad museums and memorial sites dedicated to World War I and II respectively, the latter region also an excellent venue for students of art, history and food technology. Brittany, too, provides culture, heritage and an interesting alternative destination as does Nice on the Côte d’Azur, with the added bonus of a balmy year-round climate.

And if you want iconic attractions, world-class museums and architectural gems at every turn, then head to the French capital. Whether it’s a cruise on the Seine, an ascent up the Eiffel Tower or a visit to the Musée d’Orsay, you can guarantee Paris won’t fail to disappoint.

France School Trip – Subject Suitability

Travel Options

  • By coach with short-sea ferry crossing from Dover to Calais. Alternative ferry routes are available from Newhaven to Dieppe, Poole to Cherbourg or Portsmouth to Caen, Le Havre or Cherbourg.
  • By Eurostar from London St Pancras, Ashford or Ebbsfleet International direct to Lille or Paris.
  • By air from London or selected regional airports direct to Paris.

 

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Brittany

A region identified by its rugged coastline, prehistoric menhirs, Celtic culture and medieval towns, Brittany has much to offer students. Be it bartering at medieval Dinan’s weekly market, exploring St Malo’s vieille ville, tasting oysters in Cancale or a trip to the Mont St Michel across the Normandy border, a Brittany school trip is bound to delight!

Lille

grand-place-smallBirthplace of Charles de Gaulle and renowned for its prestigious Palais des Beaux Arts, Lille makes for a perfect introductory destination for school groups. Easily accessible from Calais or via Eurostar with plenty to see and do both in the city and nearby, students get the opportunity not only to practise their French but also some of finest artworks on display in France.

Normandy

Mont-Saint-Michel Navette (c) L. Helbert - smallNormandy is one of the best known areas of France and certainly one of the most popular, not least because of its easy accessibility from the UK and its fascinating history. With its varied and contrasting landscapes and an array of exciting and educational places to visit, Normandy makes for the perfect destination for both special and general interest tours alike.

Paris

Arc de Triomphe (c) Jarry Tripelon, CRT Paris Ile-de-FranceOne of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Paris effortlessly combines grand neoclassical buildings, glorious monuments and a never-ending selection of museums and attractions that delight even the most seasoned traveller. Whatever the age, whatever the subject, Paris caters for all. And of course, the opportunity to practise those language skills comes at every turn.

Futuroscope

futuroscope (c) JL Audy, D Laming, Architecte, Aerophile, D Vaniche, Architecte (DVVD) - smallFrance’s largest amusement park after Disneyland Paris, Futuroscope is designed firmly with education and fun in mind. A brilliant visit for any age, Futuroscope caters particularly well for those studying media, science, communication technology and the French language, with a wealth of high-tech, thrilling experiences that will leave students mesmerised and exhilarated.

Nice

Nice is an outstanding city, with an extraordinarily rich cultural and artistic heritage. Perfectly positioned in the Baie des Anges on the shores of the Mediterranean and enjoying a temperate year-round climate, Nice not only offers a wide range of attractions in the city itself, but makes for a convenient base from which to explore the many other delights of Provence and the Côte d’Azur.

Opal Coast

Montreuil (c) Benoit Bremer - sma;;It is not just the short and easy journey from the UK which makes the Opal Coast one of the most popular destinations for school groups. Stretching from the Belgian border to the Somme estuary, students will experience a different language, culture and cuisine, in addition to having the opportunity to visit a host of places of great interest and educational value.

Somme

Trenches-at-Beaumont-Hamel_Libre-de-droits-smallSituated amidst the beautiful landscapes of Picardy, the many battlefields, cemeteries and memorials of the Somme pay tribute to the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who lost their lives here. What better time to educate the next generation and commemorate one of the largest battles of World War I, all the while immersing your students in the French language.

France school trip images courtesy of Paris Tourist Office, Daniel Thierry, www.calvados-tourisme.com, E. Ursule, D. Dumas, CRT, Paris Ile-de-France, Jarry Tripelon, Benoit Bremer, L. Helbert, JL Audy, D Laming, Architecte, Aerophile, D Vanich, DVVD, Tobi 87, tourismebretagne-photos.com, Emmanuel Berthier.