The excursions form an important part of your school trip, giving your students the chance to really explore the history and culture of Normandy, talking to our native French speaking staff and the locals. We also provide more structure with our worksheets which will engage and focus your students when they go on local excursions, be it the local market or the D-Day landing beaches. To really put your mind at ease Voyager provides you with a dedicated tour manager who has tons of local knowledge and is there to help in every situation.
Great excursions on a school tour of Normandy
This visit takes you to the entrancing and ancient city of Bayeaux, with its rich artistic and architectural heritage, including the magnificent medieval cathedral. You can also visit the Bayeux Tapestry, a unique 70 metre-long document, made in the 11th century of woollen embroidery on linen cloth. The tapestry tells the epic story leading up to the Battle of Hastings and the defeat of King Harold by William the Conqueror.
Arromanches and Caen
Undoubtedly regarded as the single most important action in World War II, the D-Day landings were an undertaking of unimaginable size in terms of logistics, manpower and resources. A testament to this remains at Arromanches where you can see the massive floating concrete blocks that were towed across the channel to form the 'Mulberry Harbour' for allied forces to land thousands of troops, tanks, weapons and supplies in the weeks after D-Day.
The Caen Memorial and Peace Museum is a fantastic excursion for any student group - it outlines chronologically the events of the 20th century that led to war and how the theatre played out.
© Hugh Millward
St Malo and Dinan
Normandy has some beautiful towns, where every stone is steeped in history. Two of the finest are St Malo and Dinan.
St Malo has a magnificent cathedral, wax museum and the old market hall, shops with local crafts and open markets. It’s also home to one of the largest aquariums in Normandy, where you can ride on a submarine or even touch living fish – a real hands on experience!
Dinan is one of the most attractive medieval walled cities in France. The old town is full of half-timbered houses, churches, castles and cobbled streets overlooking the river Rance. Its fortifications made Dinan an almost impregnable fortress.
© Gianmaria Zanotti
Le Mont St Michel
Some people think it's the most beautiful place in Normandy. Built in the 11th century, the Abbey is a feat of medieval architecture with outstanding and panoramic views over the bay – and its rooms are as impressive as its exterior. As a centre of Christian pilgrimage, the Abbey has been kept in good condition throughout its life. The nearby Maison de la Baie explains the history of Le Mont St Michel with an audiovisual tour.
The adventurous can approach by crossing on the tidal causeway, but wearing shorts is recommended! One of our expert French native guides will be keeping you on course, whilst noting the local flora and fauna, pointing out some of the many points of interest, and explaining about the famous salted sheep.
© Helen T
Local Markets and Beaches
French markets are always lively and colourful. You will see all kinds of stalls, including fruits and vegetables of the season, fresh fish and sea food, and French livestock such as chicken and rabbits. You can join the bustle, buying all kind of souvenirs from French fashion, jewellery and sunglasses, to the traditional Camembert or Normandy cider. You’ll certainly find the ‘hot produce’ stalls with their evocative smells of pancakes, saucisses grillées and more, are impossible to walk by without sampling!
If your group would like to relax and chill out, there are many delightful sandy beaches, perfect for an impromptu picnic. One of our French native guides will be happy to organise beach games. Alternatively, your guide can take you on a beautiful coastal walk, and tell you about the wildlife, and the reasons for the rapid transformation of the coastline.
© T. Carrigan
Goats Cheese Farm
Observe all the processes involved in the production of this unique product. Ends with a lovely tasting session!
French language immersion tour - 5 days
This is a sample tour you can add to or change. Please contact us for a quote on a tailor-made tour.
- Tournoi de Sports
- French Film night
- French market
- Mont St Michel
- Day of activities at the Château de la Baudonnière
- French evening
- Bayeux Tapestry
- Goat’s cheese farm visit
- French Spectacular