Normandy

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    Mont St-Michel, a popular addition to any Normandy school trip.
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    The Bayeux Tapestry, one of many interesting visits on a history school trip to Normandy.
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    The Juno Beach Centre, paying homage to the 45,000 Canadian soldiers who lost their lives during World War II.
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    Normandy is also an excellent region for visiting local producers of cheese, Calvados, chocolates, caramels, Bénédictine and bread.
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    Normandy is a fabulous destination for learning more about the history of World War II.

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Normandy 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, so intrinsically-linked with our own. With its varied and contrasting landscapes and a wide array of exciting and educational places to visit, Normandy makes for the perfect destination for both special and general interest tours alike.

Within Normandy itself, you’ve got a number of appealing options from which to choose. The Seine Maritime is a perennial favourite with its bustling seaside resorts to the north such as Le Havre, where modernist post-war urban generation has transformed this port city into a vibrant, cultural hub, home to one of France’s finest art institutions. To the south meanwhile, there’s Rouen, with its fabulous Musée des Beaux Arts and cathedral.

Calvados is the country’s major agriculture and dairy region, yet its historical links are quite unrivalled. You’ll find here the D-Day landing beaches of Utah, Omaha, Juno, Gold and Sword, a wealth of memorials and museums dedicated to the Battle of Normandy, the birthplace of William the Conqueror and, of course, the Bayeux Tapestry. The charming seaside resort of Port-en-Bessin is a particular favourite with its weekly local market, as is the picturesque fishing village of Honfleur, a seaside haven for the Impressionists.

And of course there’s La Manche, home to one of the most visited historic monuments in France, the Mont St-Michel, the Musée Christian Dior, as well as Sainte-Mère-Eglise, the first town to be liberated by the Allies in World War II.

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 Normandy school trip itinerary and budget.

One such example is the Bon Séjour La Plage, Merville-Franceville (Calvados). Set within its own grounds in a small seaside village, all rooms have a view of the sea, en-suite facilities and sleep up to seven people. There’s a bar/lounge, restaurant, indoor swimming pool with outdoor section and three chutes, as well as a gym, sauna and steam room available for those over 18 years. Archery is also available.

Normandy 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.

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Normandy School Trip – Sample Itineraries

Visits and excursions are entirely your choice, but two suggestions for a Normandy school trip are as follows:

4 Days by Coach (cross-curriculum tour based in Dieppe)

Day 1 – Travel from school by coach to Dover where you’ll catch the ferry to Calais. Once in France, journey on to your chosen hotel (approx. 3 hours) where dinner is included this evening.

Day 2 – A morning visit to the Musée Découverte du Chocolat in Fécamp where you’ll learn the history of and processes involved in chocolate production. The afternoon is spent amongst the trees at Etretat Aventure, an outdoors adventure park.

Day 3 – Journey south today to the cathedral city of Rouen,  the place in which Joan of Arc met her untimely death. Continue on to Giverny for a visit to Monet’s famous gardens, captured on so many of his canvasses.

Day 4 – Commence your return journey via Calais/Dover back to school.

4 Days by Coach (history tour, staying in Calvados)

Day 1 – Travel from school by coach to Dover where you’ll catch the ferry to Calais. Once in France, journey on to your chosen hotel (approx 4.5 hours) where dinner is included this evening.

Day 2 – Take a journey of remembrance today to visit the D-Day landing beaches, the D-Day Museum in Arromanches , plus the Arromanches 360° Cinema, an immersive cinematic experience allowing you to relive the turbulence the Normandy Landings at every angle.

Day 3 – Your visits today include the Juno Beach Centre, Canada’s Second World War Museum and Cultural Centre; the Mémorial de Caen Museum and the Pegasus Bridge and Memorial, telling the story of one of the most daring missions carried out by Allied airborne troops.

Day 4 – Begin your homebound journey back to the UK via Calais/Dover.

4 Days by Coach (art tour based in Dieppe)

Day 1 – Travel from school by coach to Dover where you’ll catch the ferry to Calais. Once in France, journey on to your chosen hotel (approx. 3 hours) where dinner is included this evening.

Day 2 – Journey along the Normandy coastline this morning to the town of Etretat, seeing the famous cliff formations painted by the likes of Monet, Courbet and Delacroix. Continue to Le Havre, itself a dedicated UNESCO World Heritage Site for a visit to the Musée d’Art Moderne André Malraux. Spend the afternoon in the artists’ haven of Honfleur, perhaps stopping off at the Musée Boudin.

Day 3 – Head south today to Rouen, seeing the famous Gothic cathedral as painted so many times by Monet, and visiting the Musée des Beaux-Arts. Continue on to Giverny for a visit to Monet’s famous gardens and the Musée des Impressionismes Giverny next door.

Day 4 – Commence your return journey via Calais/Dover back to school.

Popular Visits & Excursions

World War II History

D-Day Landing Beaches – Visit the five famous landing beaches of Juno, Sword, Gold, Omaha and Utah, upon which British, American and Canadian Allied Forces launched ‘Operation Neptune’ on June 6th, 1944.
D-Day Museum – Overlooking the remains of Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches, the Musée du Débarquement as it is known in French offers a fascinating insight into the Normandy Landings.
Arromanches 360° Cinema – with nine screens surrounding you, this unforgettable experience plunges you into the horrors of the Battle of Normandy thanks to archive images gathered from around the world.
Juno Beach Centre – Paying homage to the 45,000 Canadians who lost their lives during the World War II, of which 5,500 were killed during the Battle of Normandy and 359 on D-Day itself.
Utah Beach D-Day Museum – Built on the very beach where the first American troops landed on June 6th, 1944, this museum recounts D-Day from the preparation of the landing to the final outcome and success.
Pegasus Bridge and Memorial – Inaugurated on June 4th 2000 by HRH the Prince of Wales, the Pegasus Memorial is dedicated to the men of 6th Airborne Division and their role during the Battle of Normandy from June to September 1944.
Mémorial de Caen – A centre for history and peace with permanent exhibits devoted to World War II, the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy, and the Cold War.
Sainte-Mère-Eglise – The first town in Occupied France to be liberated by the 82nd Airborne Division. A model parachutist hangs to this day from the church steeple.
Airborne Museum – Situated in Sainte-Mère-Eglise, this is the largest museum in Europe dedicated to the American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and makes for a superb visit for school groups.
Normandy American Cemetery – Situated in Colleville-sur-Mer overlooking Omaha Beach, this is the final resting place for 9,387 American troops who lost their lives during the Battle of Normandy.
Bayeux Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery – the largest WWII cemetery of Commonwealth soldiers in France, there are 4,648 graves here, mostly of those who lost their lives in the Invasion of Normandy. Opposite the cemetery is the Bayeux Memorial, commemorating over 1,800 Commonwealth casualties who died in Normandy and have no known grave.
Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy – Situated opposite the Bayeux Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, this museum offers an overview of the period prior to the German assault to the D-Day Normandy Landings of 1944.
Ranville War Cemetery – The final resting place for 2,560 mostly British troops killed during the Battle of Normandy, many of which belonged to the 6th Airborne Division.
La Cambe German War Cemetery – Located just outside Bayeux, La Cambe contains the graves of over 21,000 German military personnel who participated in World War II.
Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation –  Situated in Forge-les-Eaux, this museum retraces the dark years of the Second World War with various objects and documents such as arms and uniforms, aviation material and posters.

Medieval History

Bayeux Tapestry – Stretching nearly 70 metres long, this historic tapestry depicts the events leading up to the Norman Conquest of England, culminating in the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
Falaise – Birthplace of William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy and King of England.
Historial Jeanne d’Arc – Set in a former Archbishop’s palace in Rouen, this new interactive exhibition tells the story of Joan of Arc’s life.

Normandy school trip images courtesy of Calvados Tourisme, L. Helbert.

Art & Design

Musée d’Art Moderne André Malraux (MuMa) – Le Havre’s leading art institution, this museum plays host to a wealth of Impressionist art including works by Monet, Degas, Pissarro, Sisley, Renoir, Dufy and Boudin.
Musée de Beaux-Arts – Rouen’s Fine Arts Museum houses one of the most outstanding public collections of art in France, with paintings, drawings sculptures and objets d’art dating from the 15th century to the present day.
Cathédrale Notre Dame – Rouen’s soaring Gothic cathedral, captured on some 30 canvasses by Monet.
Giverny – Enjoying global renown as the home of Claude Monet, Giverny comes alive during the summer months with visitors flocking from around the world to walk amongst the beautifully restored and lovingly maintained house and gardens where the Impressionist master lived and worked, creating some of his most famous paintings.
Musée des Impressionismes Giverny – Situated next door to Monet’s house and gardens, this museum works in partnership with the Fondation Monet, the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris to present a series of temporary exhibitions dedicated to Impressionist art.
Chateau-Musée de Dieppe – Overlooking the town and sea, the jewel in the crown of this museum’s exhibits is its unique sculpted ivory collection.
Honfleur – A charming fishing port with traditional Norman architecture and strong artistic connections. Influenced by Honfleur native, Eugène Boudin, Monet, Courbet, Corot, Sisley, Pissarro and Renoir all came to paint here.
Musée Eugene Boudin – Situated in Honfleur, this museum pays homage not only to the work of the Honfleur-born painter, but to the aforementioned ‘Estuary Painters’.

Food Technology

Goat cheese farm – Learn the art of making goats cheese at a traditional village farm.
Musée Découverte de Chocolat – Visit Chocolats Hautot in Fécamp, where you’ll get an insight into chocolate production.
Benedictine Distillery and museum – Also situated in Fécamp, the Palais Bénédictine offers a fascinating insight into the making of this distinctive drink, composed of 27 different plants and spices.
Boulangerie les Co-Pains – The Bakery of Friends, roll up your sleeves and get kneading with a hands-on bread-making experience using organic flour, whole grains and a wood-burning oven.
Calvados Pierre Huet – The region of Calvados is famed for its heady drink of the same name; tour the distillery and learn the art of turning apples into calvados, cider and pommeau de Normandie.
Isigny Caramels – Produced using locally-sourced ingredients, follow the production process from start to end, with of course the opportunity to sample one of these traditional Normandy caramels.
La Ferme aux Escargots – A French delicacy, will you be brave enough to try one?!

General Interest

Mont-St-Michel – 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.
La Cité de la Mer – A fascinating visit on any Normandy itinerary, this museum offers great exhibitions including deep sea exploration, submarines to explore including the Deepsea Challenger and Le Redoutable, and Titanic’s return to Cherbourg.
Villa Les Rhumbs – Situated on the coast in Granville, this is the childhood home of fashion designer, Christian Dior. Today it houses the Musée Christian Dior, playing host each summer to a temporary exhibition.