Normandy Experience - French Immersion For Schools

French Language Immersion in the culturally rich region of Normandy

French language learning with a difference

Normandy Experience is our French Language Immersion touring programme. Even with groups who are complete beginners in French, our Normandy Experience programme is proven to work. Schools stay at third party accommodation, accompanied by one of our native French animateurs for the duration of your stay and enjoy a full French programme including a day or two at our Château de la Baudonnière and visits to local cultural and historical attractions.

Château de la Baudonnière

The focal point of your Normandy Experience programme is a visit to our Château de la Baudonnière, a unique French-speaking environment designed especially for UK schools. Everything we do for you at the Château involves practical, spoken French at an appropriate level for your group. 

At the Château your pupils will enjoy activities such as canoeing, archery, fencing, bread-making, assault course and climbing while they learn French at the same time.

You will spend the remainder of the school tour visiting your choice of Normandy’s broad range of historical and cultural attractions. We arrange all your visits for you and you will be accompanied to every venue by a dedicated native French-speaking animateur – all you need to do is let us know where you would like to go.

If you are in the area this year, perhaps on another school trip, please feel free to drop in at the Château. We have an open door policy and would welcome the opportunity to show you how we do things. Just give us a call on 01273 827327, or drop us a quick line and we'll call you!

  • Our beautiful Château de la Baudonnière

  • Students are inspired to learn about history and improve language skills on our school tours

  • Students get hands-on experience at the museums at Arromanches

  • A view of the stunning 11th-century abbey, Le Mont St Michel

  • The aquarium in Cherbourg is another favourite destination

  • Allied troops on D-Day, 6 June 1944. Image credit: Imperial War Museum


Sample excursions

Great excursions on a school tour of Normandy

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.

The Bayeux Tapestry


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.

St Malo and Dinan

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.

Le Mont St Michel

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.

French markets

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.

Goats Cheese Farm

Goats Cheese Farm

Observe all the processes involved in the production of this unique product. Ends with a lovely tasting session!

Sample tour

French language immersion tour - 5 days

Day 1

  • Arrive
  • Tournoi de Sports 
  • French Film night

Day 2

  • French market
  • Mont St Michel

Day 3

  • Day of activities at the Château de la Baudonnière
  • French evening

Day 4

  • Bayeux Tapestry
  • Goat’s cheese farm visit
  • Supermarket
  • French Spectacular

Day 5

  • Depart

Teacher Resources

Find a selection of useful resources, including our comprehensive school trip travel guides, powerpoint presentations, itineraries and essential safety documents

Teacher Resources

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