D-Day History School Trips to Normandy

A school trip to the Normandy landing beaches will enable your students to gain a greater insight into the monumental events that took place on D-Day in 1944. Our dedicated and specially trained animateurs will lead your school tour, ensuring you get the most out of each visit, both from a historical and linguistic perspective. Each visit and experience is seen as an opportunity to speak and understand the French language, as well as seeing at first-hand some of the most momentous arenas of World War II.

Specially designed programmes for all key stages

Voyager School Travel staff will also provide a full evening programme and help each pupil to complete their own special workbook. We have programmes that are especially designed for primary, middle, secondary and sixth forms, and for every level of French including complete beginner. 

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Our Animateurs

Our French native staff team of professional animateurs will accompany you throughout the school trip. They will be guiding your visits and speaking in French with your group, in the evenings and at mealtimes. Not only will they ensure your group are speaking French at every opportunity, they will make it fun and their local knowledge will guarantee you get the most out of every visit.

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Sample excursions

History Excursions

Normandy Landing Beaches

Normandy Landing Beaches

Follow the execution of Operation Overlord by following the ‘Circuit du Debarquement’ along Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah landing beaches.


Arromanches

Arromanches

See the remains of the mile long Mulberry Harbour which played a critical role in the landings, plus informative museum and 360° cinema showing film of the events. www.arromanches360.com


Battle of Normandy Museum Bayeux

Battle of Normandy Museum, Bayeux

Superb museum, exhibits, documents and photographs from the landings and battles.

www.tapisserie-bayeux.fr/en/musee_memorial_bataille_de_normandie_en.html


Pegasus Bridge

Pegasus Bridge

Where Allied paratroopers landed early on D-Day to secure the strategically important bridges crossing the River Orne and Caen Canal.

www.normandy1944.com


Pointe du Hoc

Pointe du Hoc

One of the best preserved battlefield sites, including gun positions and bunkers.


The Bayeux Tapestry

Bayeux

Famous tapestry telling the story of William and Harold, plus cathedral and markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


Caen Memorial

Caen Memorial

The Mémorial de Caen is a very impressive museum and war memorial. It commemorates the Second World War and the Battle for Caen. Three memorial gardens, The American Garden, The British Garden and the Canadian Garden were dedicated to the three main allied nations involved in liberating France. An extension focusing on the Cold War and the search for Peace was opened by President Jacques Chirac in 2002. It comprises neutralized warheads, planes and a fragment of the Wall of Berlin.

Sample tour

Day 1

  • Arrive
  • Orientation and presentation
  • Tournoi de Sports Local French students will join you for an evening of team games, followed by crepe making and a well deserved drink.

Day 2

  • Battle of Normandy memorial museum
  • Pegasus Bridge
  • Normandy Landing Beaches
  • Arromanches 
  • French film night Choose a classic French film to watch, Amelie, Jean de Florette, Moulin Rouge, Cerano de Bergerac.

Day 3

  • Pointe du Hoc
  • Omaha Beach
  • The American National Cemetery
  • Bayeux tapestry
  • French Evening Students are asked to bring French fancy dress for an evening of typical French food and games, including l’escargots competition and a French quiz.

Day 4

  • Depart
  • Hypermarche

Teacher Resources

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"First, and most important, the staff were absolutely fantastic. It’s very clear to us that you have a great deal of experience, and that you think carefully about each aspect of the week so that the children have the best experience possible. The kids have gone home raving about their fantastic school trip in your very capable hands." Chris Boardman, Party Leader, King Edward’s School

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