Brittany

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    The medieval town of Dinan is a must on a Brittany school trip
  • St-Malo is a popular host city for students wishing to discover the beautiful region of Brittany.
  • Brittany school trip
    Just over the Normandy border, the Mont St Michel makes an excellent addition to a Brittany school trip itinerary.
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    Why not consider a visit to the oyster market at Cancale, a Breton delicacy?
  • Brittany school trip
    Capital of Brittany, the city of Rennes is well worth a day trip.

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A region identified by its dramatic, rugged coastline, prehistoric menhirs, Celtic culture and atmospheric medieval towns, Brittany has much to offer students considering a school trip to France.

Comprising four distinct départements, most groups opt to stay in Ille-et-Villaine in the east of the region, where towns and cities such as Rennes, St Malo, Cancale and Dinard on the Côte d’Émeraude provide excellent educational and enrichment opportunities, not to mention the opportunity to practise language skills.

The northern Côte d’Armor département meanwhile plays host to medieval gems such as beautiful Dinan, the rugged coastline of the Cap Fréhel and seaside resorts such as Paimpol and Perros-Guirec with its distinctive pink granite rocks.

Further afield there’s Finistère to the west and Morbihan to the south, where cities such as Quimper, ancient capital of Cornouailles, and Vannes with its distinctive city walls,  abound in character and atmosphere. On the coast meanwhile the Pointe du Raz, the menhirs of Carnac and the artist’s haven of Pont-Aven are just three examples of the region’s diverse attractions.

Typical Accommodation

We work with a number of different hostels and 2*/3* hotels across this popular region of France. Please let us know your requirements and we will be happy to recommend suitable accommodation to suit your Brittany school trip itinerary and budget.

Brittany School Trip – Subject Suitability

Sample Itinerary – 4 Days by Coach to Cherbourg

Visits and excursions are entirely your choice, but here is a suggestion for a Brittany school trip:

Day 1 – Take a morning ferry across to Cherbourg, arriving early afternoon. Begin your journey to Brittany, perhaps stopping off en route in Ste-Mère Église, the first town in Occupied France to be liberated during World War II. Arrive at your accommodation at the end of the afternoon in time for dinner.

Days 2-3 – Choose from a wide range of activities for your two full days in Brittany. Options could include a day trip to St Malo, visiting the aquarium and Fort National, and to Cancale, famous for its oysters. Another popular visit is a trip to the Mont-St-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Alternatively, you could consider a visit to the attractive medieval town of Dinan with its weekly market and Musée du Cidre, combining with a journey along the rugged northern coastline, perhaps to Cap Fréhel and Fort la Latte.

Day 4 – Commence your return journey, travelling east to the historic city of Bayeux for a visit to the famous tapestry and the War Graves Cemetery. After time free for lunch and independent explorations, continue north to Cherbourg for an early evening ferry back to Poole.

Travel Options

  • By coach with short-sea ferry crossing from Dover to Calais. Alternative ferry routes are available from Poole to Cherbourg or Portsmouth to St Malo.

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Popular Visits & Excursions

Dinard – Situated on the Côte d’Émeraude, Dinard was once considered France’s top seaside resort until the Côte d’Azur replaced it in the 1930s. Once popular with European royalty and wealthy holidaymakers, Dinard is a great base from which to explore the region.
St Malo – Much more than just a port town, St Malo has a fascinating and attractive walled Old Town. Popular visits here include the Fort National, situated off the coast (open June to September; accessible only at low tide) and the Grand Aquarium, home to 600 different species of fish and marine life.
Cancale – Often combined with a day  trip to St Malo, Cancale is famous for its oysters. Take in the oyster market and the Ferme Marine, a working oyster farm as well as a museum containing a collection of 1,500 sea shells.
Dinan – With its ramparts, half-timbered houses, attractive port and cobbled streets, Dinan is unquestionably one of the most attractive and best preserved small towns in Brittany. Visit on a Thursday and you’ll catch the weekly market. Other options could include the Musée du Cidre (open April to September) and the Musée 39-45, containing over 8,000 WWII objects.
Rennes – Capital of Brittany, medieval Rennes is a lovely city to explore. As well as the city’s historical architecture such as the Portes Mordelaises, the Palais du Parlement de Bretagne and the half-timbered buildings on the Place Ste-Anne and Place des Lices, other visits could include the Espaces des Sciences and Musée de Bretagne situated within the contemporary Champs Libres, or the Musée des Beaux Arts de Rennes (MBAR).
St Lunaire – Another attractive seaside resort, situated just a few kilometres from Dinard.

 

Goat’s Cheese Farm – Learn the processes involved in making goats cheese at this traditional chèvrerie.
Villa Gallo Romaine du Quiou – Brittany’s largest archaeological dig, this is situated a short distance outside Dinan.
Cobac Parc – Situated between St Malo and Rennes, this amusement park has 40 different attractions including 11 water chutes.
Enigma Parc – South of Rennes, this indoor amusement park contains 12 different worlds of riddles to solve, from South America and Polynesia to ancient Egypt, the 1930s and a traditional Celtic village.
La Bourbansais – Set amidst the parkland of one of Brittany’s finest châteaux (the former residence of members of the Parliament of Brittany), this zoological park houses 400 different animal species.
Fort la Latte – Occupying a stunning clifftop setting on the Côte d’Émeraude, this 14th-century castle is classed as a Monument Historique and was used as a backdrop in the 1958 film, The Vikings.
Cap Fréhel – Combined with Fort la Latte, a day spent exploring the natural beauty and stunning land and seascapes of Cap Fréhel takes some beating.

Elsewhere

Mont-St-Michel – Just over the Normandy border, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of France’s most popular tourist attractions, the Mont-St-Michel makes for a memorable visit, especially its impressive abbey and narrow alleyways.

Language classes are available here. Please ask for details.

Brittany school trip images courtesy of tourismebretagne-photos.com, Yannick Gal, Emmanuel Berthier, Jacqueline Piriou, L. Helbert.