French Language Trips to Normandy
Normandy, in Northern France, with its beautiful coastline and pretty seaside resorts together with its easy journey from the UK make it a very popular destination for a school trip. From the Mont St Michel to the D-Day landing beaches and the Peace Museum in Caen, there are plenty of excellent town and city excursions to keep your students busy.
Normandy is a melting-pot of people and languages, a crossroads where cultures and ideas, artefacts and produce, have met and mingled, giving it a rich cultural heritage. Here students can visit producers of many French delicacies from cheese and butter to cider and Calvados all made in the traditional manner. A great place to immerse your language students to enhance their language skills and deepen their understanding of the culture of France.
|1||Depart by coach for Dover/Folkestone.||Ferry/Eurotunnel to Calais. Check into accommodation||Evening meal|
|2||Guided visit to Pegasus Bridge and free-time in Caen||Visit to Parc Festyland||Evening meal|
|3||Visit to Arromanches 360||Audio Guided visit to Mont St Michel||Evening meal in your Hotel|
|4||Depart for Calais||Ferry/Eurotunnel to Dover/Folkestone||Arrive at school|
|Morning||Depart by coach for Dover/Folkestone.|
|Afternoon||Ferry/Eurotunnel to Calais. Check into accommodation|
|Morning||Guided visit to Pegasus Bridge and free-time in Caen|
|Afternoon||Visit to Parc Festyland|
|Morning||Visit to Arromanches 360|
|Afternoon||Audio Guided visit to Mont St Michel|
|Evening||Evening meal in your Hotel|
|Morning||Depart for Calais|
|Afternoon||Ferry/Eurotunnel to Dover/Folkestone|
|Evening||Arrive at school|
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Reasons to Visit
Bayeux is most famous for its tapestry. A unique masterpiece in the world, the Bayeux Tapestry is actually embroidery, done in wool on linen canvas during the 11th century. 70m long and 50cm high, it recounts, simply but with a wealth of detail, how and why William the Conqueror achieved the conquest of England on 14 October 1066.
Mont St Michel
The island is at the very frontier of Normandy and Brittany, which for over a millennium has housed the abbey of Mont St Michel. Since the eleventh century new buildings have been added and the whole monument now forms probably most recognisable silhouettes in France after the Eiffel Tower. Access to the island is free and unrestricted.
Bread is such a symbol of France, so ingrained in the country’s traditions that to visit a boulangerie and queue with the locals is truly one of the great cultural experiences of France. Take your group on a guided tour of a French bakery followed by a bread making workshop and French food quiz.
Cidre and Calvados
A genuine picture postcard of Normandy which is a significant cider producing region adorned with apple orchards and half-timbered houses. Cider and calvados producers are delighted to welcome you, to offer you a taste of their produce and an insight into their traditions, processes and skills.
Featuring William the Conqueror’s tomb and the award winning Peace museum, this popular town should not be overlooked. In spite of severe destruction during WWII bombings, a number of ancient houses and buildings have remained, some of them going back to the 11th century. Caen has some great museums; the Museum for Peace, Museum of Normandy and the Museum of Fine Arts.
Cite de la Mer
Visit the deepest aquarium in Europe, the largest submarine open to visitors in the world, sea depths exploration exhibition, virtual walking in to the depths adventure and the gallery of men and machines. Also the Titanic exhibition including photos, interactive videos and reconstruction of parts of the ship
Arromanches 360 Cinema
High up on the cliffs above the invasion site lies Arromanches 360. A 360 cinema experience plunges viewers into the heart of the fighting. The film is a tribute to soldiers from all countries and to the 20,000 civilians who were killed during this battle for the liberation of Europe, battle which gave rise to so much hope.
Pegasus Bridge Museum
Dedicated to the men of 6th Airborne Division the museum exhibits tell the story of the capture of the bridge over the Caen Canal which was vital to the success of the British airborne assault on D-Day. The original Bénouville Bridge, renamed Pegasus Bridge after the liberation, is on display in the park of the museum along with a Bailey bridge and a full size copy of a wartime Horsa glider.
The biggest theme park in Normandy Festyland offers a recreational insight into Normandy's history, via a range of attractions. Explore the park’s 4 worlds: Belle Epoque, Viking, Pirate and Medieval and travel back in time through Normandy’s history on thirty or so thrilling and fun attractions for all ages.
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