Tailor-made Trips to Normandy
With its beautiful coastline and pretty seaside resorts, Normandy is 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 plently 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 heritage of traditions, monuments and history.
The region is also famous for its gastronomy and there are a whole host of visits to local producers who make cheese, butter, cider and Calvados in the traditional manner.
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Reasons to Visit
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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