Opal Coast Trips - right on your doorstep

The ideal destination for French Language, Cross-Curricular, Reward and History trips, plus Voyager's very own accommodation,
Moulin aux Draps

4 days from £249pp* with Animateur - entrance fees not included

The Opal Coast - culture, history and fun

School tours to the Opal Coast have been hugely popular for many years, partly due to its proximity to the UK and party due to the wealth of excellent excursions. Famous for its typically French atmosphere, beautiful coastline, elegant resorts and more historic sites and monuments than any other French region, the Opal Coast scores highly in every way!

The Opal Coast offers a plethora of opportunities to experience real French culture and practice language skills. From Boulogne to Le Touquet, chocolate factories to goats cheese farms, theme parks to water parks, there is an abundance of excursions to choose from (please see below fore more details).

With the Somme Battlefields of World War I in and around Arras, as well as a number of World War II sites, the Opal Coast is an ideal destination for history groups and cross-curricular groups.

Voyager owned and run accommodation

Moulins aux Draps is Voyager's brand new School Centre on the Opal Coast. This beautiful former 3 star Best Western hotel, ideally located only moments from Calais and Boulogne, is set to open it's doors to Voyager clients in September. Party Leaders will be welcome on Inspection Visits from 22nd May 2015.

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  • Voyager owned and run accommodation

    Voyager owned and run accommodation
  • Voyager owned and run accommodation

    Voyager owned and run accommodation
  • Its stunning coastline makes the Opal Coast a firm favourite with schools

    Its stunning coastline makes the Opal Coast a firm favourite with schools
  • Beautiful beaches on the Opal Coast give your pupils the chance to play and have fun

    Beautiful beaches on the Opal Coast give your pupils the chance to play and have fun
  • War graves can be found at Vimy and Thiepval

    War graves can be found at Vimy and Thiepval
  • Pupils make new friends and improve their language skills on this school trip

    Pupils make new friends and improve their language skills on this school trip
  • Original trenches at Vimy have been reconstructed to give visitors a real taste of the horrors of World War I

    Original trenches at Vimy have been reconstructed to give visitors a real taste of the horrors of World War I
  • Re-living history at the Somme Battlefields of Word War II

    Re-living history at the Somme Battlefields of Word War II
Voyager Interaction fun activities

Voyager Interaction

Our Voyager Interaction programme, focused on the Opal Coast region is all about bringing British and French schools together, to practice speaking French in a fun and supportive environment.

The Interaction programme gives your students the opportunity to practice their language skills with French students of similar ages and abilities, whilst taking part in our tried and tested games and activities. Our English bilingual staff based in France, with over 20 years experience, will organise your programmes and are well placed to deal with all your enquiries.

Each programme is tailored to the Key Stage of your children and will include a day or two with your partner school, plus historical and cultural excursions in the local area.

Sample excursions

Cross Curriculum Excursions

Boulangerie

Boulangerie

Have the opportunity to go to an authentic French Boulangerie and see how baguettes, croissants and all your favourite tasty French treats are made.


Chocolat

Handmade Chocolate Manufacturer

Take a trip to Les Chocolats de Beussent to see how the world's most popular food is made. You will have the opportunity to experience a guided English or French tour of the workshop, and see the process of melting, moulding and coating; you will even be offered the chance to taste some for yourself.


Sweets

Handmade Sweet Manufacturer

At the Bec a Suc Sweet factory, you and your students will learn about the manufacture of sweets, make some for yourself and learn about why people in the Pas-de-Calais have such a sweet-tooth.


Boulogne

Boulogne

Boulogne is one of France's major fishing ports, which is not only within easy reach of the UK, but is complete with old town and cathedral. The Old Town is nestled between mighty ramparts, which were built at the beginning of the thirteenth century and can still be seen today. It sits in the shadows of the Cathedral Belfry and Tower, and remains the administrative and spiritual centre of Boulogne. If you and your group are interested in history then the Castle Museum is worth a visit. It was also built in the early thirteenth century and was the first castle to be built without a keep in the history of military architecture.


Nausicaa Sealife Centre

Nausicaa Sealife Centre

Also in Boulogne, is the Nausicaa Sealife Centre, which looks closely at man’s ever-changing relationship with the marine environment.

www.nausicaa.fr


Bagatelle Theme Park

Bagatelle Theme Park

The Bagatelle Theme Park is a popular attraction situated on the D940 between Berck and Le Touquet-Paris Plage. The attractions include family favourites like log flumes and rafting, to rollercoasters. It also houses a small zoo and a 360 degree cinema. It opens from Easter to Sept.

www.bagatelle.fr


Aqualud Waterpark

Aqualud, le Touquet

Aqualud is an excellent waterpark on the seafront at the Opal Coast and is always a popular choice when the weather is hot.

www.aqualud.com


History Excursions

WWI Somme Battlefields - Thiepval Memorial

WWI Somme Battlefields

After eighteen months of deadlock, the Battle of the Somme was supposed to be the decisive breakthrough for the British and French Allies on the Western Front. Instead, with 20,000 men killed on the first day and one million casualties in total on both sides, the Battle of the Somme became a by-word for indiscriminate slaughter. Due to their efforts on the first day of the Battle, George V gave the First Newfoundland regiment the new title of 'The Royal Newfoundland Regiment.' Owing to the massive slaughter that the regiment suffered, the Regiment and the British Legion are still remembered every year on the nearest Sunday to 1st July.


Beaumont Hamel Memorial Park

Beaumont-Hamel Memorial Park

Some seven miles to the North of Albert, is the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland memorial park, covering 84 acres. It was bought by the government of Newfoundland as a memorial to its armed forces that died there. As well as a line of preserved trenches, there are also a number of memorials and cemeteries located within the park. This is probably one of the most popular World War I Battlefield destinations and was visited by many as a site of pilgrimage, in the years which immediately followed 1918. It is the site where the British Army suffered their worst ever casualties in a single day.


Thiepval

Thiepval

The Thiepval 'Memorial to the Missing' remains the largest British war memorial in the world and is dedicated to the 73,357 British and South African men who have no known grave and who died at the Somme between July 1916 and March 1918. The memorial, which dominates the surrounding area, is 150ft high and was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. The cemetery behind the memorial is unusual because it contains the remains of both French and British soldiers to commemorate the Anglo-French alliance at the Somme.


Pozieres

Pozieres

Pozieres is where tanks were used for the first time, but it is also the scene of some of the heaviest fighting that took place on the Somme.


Lochnagar Crater

Lochnagar Crater

As the largest crater on the Western Front, the Lochnagar Crater has a diameter of 300 ft. and a depth of 70ft., and when it exploded it created an explosion which could even be felt in London.


Delville Wood

Delville Wood

The Delville Wood Memorial immortalises the memory of the South African troops who lost their lives along the Somme battlefields, whilst the museum at Delville commemorates the 25,000 South African volunteers, who laid down their lives In both world wars and in Korea. The now peaceful setting contrasts dramatically with its story.

There is a cafe and toilets.


Somme 1916 Museum

Somme 1916 Museum, Albert

The museum at Albert is located 10 metres underground and is 250 metres long. The museum will give you and your students the opportunity to experientially understand what everyday life was like in the trenches during the year 1916.

www.musee-somme-1916.eu


Historial de la Grande Guerre

Historial de la Grande Guerre, Peronne

The Historial de la Grande Guerre museum, aims to show its visitors what life was like for the major participants in World War I, and what the impact of the war was on the rest of the twentieth century. It also shows the effect that the war had on the civilian populations that were occupied by enemy forces, who were often forced to flee their homes. There is an extensive collection which includes many items that were used by the soldiers, which help to clearly depict life during the war. There are also some films and walk through exhibits, which add to the experience.

www.historial.org


See the secret tunnels at Arras

Arras

Arras is famed for the secret tunnels beneath the town that were dug out and used by British troops during the Great War. Eventually, the Battle at Arras claimed 159,000 lives in only 39 days, which is more than the amount of people who died per day at the Somme (2,943).


Vimy Ridge

Vimy Ridge

Vimy Ridge ran 12km north-east of Arras and was built by the Germans to withstand the onslaught of artillery. The trenches were also protected from infantry attack by concrete machine gun posts. The British and French were constantly trying to take hold of and occupy Vimy Ridge because of its strategic benefits. Repeated French attempts to take Vimy Ridge cost about 150,000 lives between May and November 1915. The original trenches have been reconstructed to show how close the two lines were.


La Coupole

La Coupole

La Coupole is a World War II remembrance museum that seeks to analyse the relationships between science and war, and war and the image. It is located where the secret launch site of Hitler's V1 and V2 rockets were planned to be. It is an impressive museum that uses multi-media interaction in order to bring the facts of World War II to life in a way that is accessible and informative.

www.lacoupole-france.co.uk


Azincourt

Azincourt Medieval Centre

Interactive exhibition, including a multimedia tour of the French and English camps and the battlefield itself. The museum focuses on the Battle of Azincourt and the whole of the one Hundred Years War. It is specifically designed for younger children and is also a wonderful resource for medieval history teachers. 

www.illucolor.fr/7_vallees_comm/Azincourt/index.html

Sample activities

Sample tour

Sample 4 day Opal Coast tour

Day 1

  • Arrive Accommodation

Day 2

  • Nausicaa
  • Boulogne
  • Chocolate Factory

Day 3

  • Arras
  • Vimy Ridge
  • Thiepval

Day 4

  • Goats Cheese Farm
  • Depart

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In short it was absolutely excellent. I don't think I can thank you enough Phil, for providing such a fantastic experience for the children. Your staff were top notch and were the icing on the cake. Their experience, knowledge, enjoyment and the way in which they related to the children was second to none. They are certainly a group of staff who you must feel very proud of. Thank you. Dick Wilde, Queen's College Junior School

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