Normandy Experience Educational School Tours to France

Language Immersion and Cultural Tour For Schools

This French language immersion programme offers a balanced mix of cultural visits and excursions combined with a day spent using the activities at our own Château. All day trips, group activities and evening entertainments are led by our native French-speaking animateurs to create a totally French-speaking environment giving your students every opportunity to practise their language.

The Normandy Experience gives students plenty of opportunities to interact with the local French community and use their French in an authentic setting.

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Accommodation

We have been taking school trips to Normandy for the last 20 years and we use our local know-how to select hotels, hostels and accommodation centres which suits your school’s preferences, group size and age range. Our hand-picked accommodation is regularly audited by our Normandy team and the results combined with direct feedback from schools to ensure each location meets our exacting standards. All our accommodation offers ensuite dorm rooms, activity areas and ample space for evening entertainments.

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Activities and Learning

Our Normandy Experience programme is designed to give your students the most opportunity to interact with the local French community and use their French language in an authentic setting. A typical 5-day programme offers a variety of language-led activities such as a market mission as well as a day of activities including archery, fencing and climbing at our own Château de la Baudonniere.

Students will have a varied and enjoyable experience while making substantial and sustainable improvements in their French and gain greater confidence in using it. The beauty of the Normandy Experience programme is the flexibility to add in your own elements such as the D-day landing beaches or Bayeaux Tapestry to create a cross-curricular trip.

Whatever you choose, all excursions, activities and evening entertainments are led by our native-speaking animateurs in French throughout the trip. We also provide each student with a French workbook to complete during their time away.

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Who Is This School Trip Perfect For?

Normandy Experience offers a balanced programme of activities which are designed to give your students plenty of interaction with the locals and to use their French in an authentic setting. As such, the programme can be tailored to suit learners from KS3 to GCSE French students.

 

When Should I Take My School Trip to Normandy?

We offer a flexible itinerary on Normandy Experience which can be adapted to the weather conditions and so is suitable for schools throughout the year.

The Spring Term is the most affordable time for your school to experience our French language immersion programme. A Spring trip also gives your students opportunities to practise their French in real life situations and engage with the subject before they make their GCSE choices. 

KS4 students visiting in the middle of the school year will benefit from invaluable practise before their French oral exams.

The Normandy Experience Programme at a Glance

Educational Objective

  • Build French language oral skills and confidence
  • Cross-curricular opportunities such as a history visit to the D-Day landing beaches

National Curriculum Aims

  • Practise speaking on a variety of topics
  • Build confidence in conversation and supports spontaneous conversation
  • Exposure to wider cultural topics and insight into the francophone world

Tour Type

French language immersion programme which balances off-site cultural excursions, language-based experiences and an activity day at our Château  

Duration

5 days

Location

Normandy, 90 minutes from St Malo and 2 hours from Cherbourg

Tour Staff

Dedicated French native animateurs will lead all excursions, activities and evening entertainment in French

Travel Options

School pick up and drop off, dedicated coach and driver throughout the trip, ferry crossing

Meals

Full board, home-cooked French meals, suitable for British tastes

Student Accommodation

En-suite dorm rooms in recommended hotel, hostel or school accommodation centre

Teacher Amenities

En-suite twin rooms and wifi

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The Voyager Difference

“The classroom situation is always artificial to some degree. Here my pupils know it’s for real. If they know that when they want something, they have to ask for it in French, they will do it!”

Instead of acquiring French by formal instruction, your students learn from native French-speaking animateurs in a totally French-speaking environment. From breakfast through to the evening entertainment and all the fun activities and trips in between, everything is led in French by our experienced native French speakers. Your students will enjoy new experiences, outside the classroom, while making substantial progress in French.  

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Sample excursions

Chateau de la Baudonniere

Château de la Baudonnière

Spend a day of fun with on-site activities such as climbing and archery instructed in French at our own French Language Immersion centre with 100 acres of grounds.


WWII Cemeteries School Trips to France

WWII Cemeteries

There are many cemeteries in France which serve as poignant memorials to the fallen of WWII. Visits to these sites complement History tours and allow students to gain a greater understanding of the loss of life and the human effects of the war.


Le Mont St Michel

Le Mont St Michel

A tour highlight is a barefoot walk across the sands to reach the 11th century Abbey of Mont St Michel, a beautiful display of medieval architecture, offering panoramic views over the bay.


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Bayeux

This visit takes you to the entrancing and ancient city of Bayeaux, with it's 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.


St Malo and Dinan

St Malo

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 France

Dinan

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.


Caen Memorial

Caen

Two Abbeys, a castle and a good range of shops. As well as the Caen Memorial which stimulates thought and debate about the future of the planet, presenting a wealth of material from the 20th century in an innovative way.


Local French Market Excursion

French Markets

An opportunity to interact with friendly local stall owners and try some fresh French produce or pick up a souvenir or two. Animateurs organise a market mission which tasks students to buy ingredients to make lunch in French.


Normandy beaches

Beach

Whether to get students active and engaged with sports and games with French vocabulary or a chance to wind down with some free time in between excursions, the beach is, of course, a hit with groups of all ages.


Arromanches

Arromanches / Landing Beaches

Arromanches is at the heart of the D-Day Landings. There are museums with vivid and emotive displays, including the famous 360° cinema with unreleased footage from war correspondents, filmed on D-Day. There is also the Musée du Débarquement in Arromanches Les Bains, built on the site of the Mulberry Harbour, with working models and film to explain this incredible technical feat.

Sample tour

Day 1

  • Depart school
  • Arrive at accommodation

Day 2

  • Château de la Baudonnière excursion

  • Bread making
  • Orienteering
  • Archery
  • Climbing
  • Treasure hunt

Day 3

  • Bayeux Market
  • Bayeux Tapestry
  • French fancy dress party and quiz

Day 4

  • Arromanches excursion
  • Arromanches 360° cinema
  • French goat cheese farm
  • Farewell party

Day 5

  • Depart

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I have been organising our Disney trip for the last 4 years and can I say the help and support I get from all your staff is outstanding. In particular I wish to bring to your attention Sophie Brandon, she is always polite, courteous and nothing is too much trouble for her, even some of my silly questions she always answers very quickly and efficiently. I feel she goes the extra mile. Over my teaching career I have been EVC at several schools and have never had dealings with anyone as good Sophie. Alan Farmer, Bluecoat CofE School and Music College

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