Normandy Trips - France School Tours

History, art, adventure and language in the culturally rich region of Normandy

Normandy - the perfect balance for a school trip

Voyager's school trips to Normandy can cover a number of subjects, including languages, history, art and cuisine. Normandy’s rich historic past includes Bayeux with its tapestry and the Normandy landing beaches where the Allies landed to liberate Europe from the Nazis in World War II. Other highlights include Mont St Michel, Monet’s house at Giverny, Honfleur, Caen and the cliffs at Etretat.

French language immersion - a great way to learn

Voyager also has a language immersion school tour of Normandy that the same schools return to year after year. Utilising the fabulous facilities of our Château de la Baudonniere, the philosophy of our language immersion trips is to create an extension to our normal programme, where cultural visits combine with Château-based activities and all involve using practical spoken French. All groups are accompanied by a French native tour manager.

 

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

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

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

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

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  • The aquarium in Cherbourg is another favourite destination

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Sample excursions

History Excursions

The Bayeux Tapestry

Bayeux

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 70m long document, made in the 11th century of woolen 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

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 many 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

Possibly 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 have a little R&R and unwind a little, 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 delicious tasting session.


Art Excursions

Giverny

Giverny

Visit Monet’s house and gardens which inspired many of his paintings.

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Villedieu Les Poêles

Villedieu Les Poêles

Groups can visit the town's Bell Foundry, Copper Workshop and Pewter Museum. It is rich in history and has a great morning market every Tuesday.


Cross Curriculum Excursions

Mont St Michel

Mont St Michel

Mont St Michel is often described as the eighth wonder of the world. A place of pilgrimage, Mont St Michel has also served as a prison, fortress against the English and monastery. Not recommended from Seine Maritime.

 


Cite de la Mer Cherbourg

Cite de la Mer, Cherbourg

Discover the deep sea aquarium and submarine. Not recommended from Seine Maritime.

www.cite-de-la-mer.com


Caen Cathedral

Full day to Caen

You can easily spend a day visiting the two abbeys, the castle and the lovely range of shops.


Granville

Half day to Granville

Visit the ramparts and citadel. Not recommended from Seine Maritime.


Paris skyline

Full day to Paris

You may not be able to use your coach on this excursion so you may be required to use the Metro - Voyager will handle everything to make your day go smoothly.


Etretat

Fecamp and Etretat

Discover Fecamp, the home of the Benedictine abbey as well as a historic French fishing port. The cliffs at Etretat have been sculpted by the elements into needles, stacks and arches. Not recommended from Seine Maritime.


Honfleur

Honfleur

Visit one of the most picturesque ports in France and possibly the most painted harbour in the world.


Deauville

Deauville

Relax at this smart seaside resort.


Calvados and cider production

Calvados and cider production

Discover more about production of these drinks at various locations in the region.

Sample tour

French language immersion tour in Normandy - 5 days

Day 1

  • Arrive
  • Tour of Château

Day 2

  • Arrive
  • Tour of Château

Day 3

  • Bread making at Château
  • Climbing at Château

Day 4

  • St Hilaire market
  • Goat’s cheese farm visit
  • Supermarket

Day 5

  • Depart

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