Opal Coast Cross-Curriculum Trips - right on your doorstep

The ideal destination for a residential Cross-Curricular school tour staying at Voyager's very own accommodation, Moulin aux Draps.

School trips to the Opal Coast - culture, history and fun

School tours to the Opal Coast have been hugely popular for many years, partly due to its proximity to the UK and party due to the wealth of excellent excursions. Famous for its typically French atmosphere, beautiful coastline, elegant resorts and more historic sites and monuments than any other French region, the Opal Coast scores highly in every way!

The Opal Coast offers a plethora of opportunities to experience real French culture and practice language skills. From Boulogne to Le Touquet, chocolate factories to goats cheese farms, theme parks to water parks, there is an abundance of excursions to choose from (please see below fore more details).

With the Somme Battlefields of World War I in and around Arras, as well as a number of World War II sites, the Opal Coast is an ideal destination for history groups and cross-curricular groups.

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Voyager owned and run accommodation

Moulins aux Draps is Voyager's brand new School Centre on the Opal Coast. Opened in 2015, this beautiful former 3 star Best Western hotel is specifically for school groups and ideally located only moments from Calais and Boulogne. When you bring a school group to the Moulin you will have sole occupancy of the property. 

Day Trips to the Opal Coast

For schools in the South East of England it's entirely feasible to take a day trip to the Opal Coast. With a well timed ferry crossing a school group can explore a good number of attractions in the area including Boulogne, Le Touquet, St Omer and Dunkirk.


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  • Pupils make new friends and improve their language skills on this school trip

  • Voyager owned and run accommodation

  • Beautiful beaches on the Opal Coast give your pupils the chance to play and have fun

  • Voyager owned and run accommodation

  • Its stunning coastline makes the Opal Coast a firm favourite with schools

  • War graves can be found at Vimy and Thiepval

  • Original trenches at Vimy have been reconstructed to give visitors a real taste of the horrors of World War I

  • Re-living history at the Somme Battlefields of Word War II


We had a very successful trip to the Opal Coast. The accommodation was excellent and the animateur did a fantastic job immersing our students into the French language and culture. All of the staff at Voyager were extremely helpful and recommended a selection of excellent activities that the students all thoroughly enjoyed. We are already planning our return visit for next year!


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Voyager Interaction

Our Voyager Interaction programme, focused on the Opal Coast region is all about bringing British and French schools together, to practice speaking French in a fun and supportive environment.

The Interaction programme gives your students the opportunity to practice their language skills with French students of similar ages and abilities, whilst taking part in our tried and tested games and activities. Our English bilingual staff based in France, with over 20 years experience, will organise your programmes and are well placed to deal with all your enquiries.

Each programme is tailored to the Key Stage of your children and will include a day or two with your partner school, plus historical and cultural excursions in the local area.

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Sample excursions

Cross Curriculum Excursions

Try some fresh bread at a Boulangerie


Have the opportunity to go to an authentic French Boulangerie and see how baguettes, croissants and all your favourite tasty French treats are made.

You'll spoil your dinner!

Handmade Sweet Manufacturer

At the Bec a Suc Sweet factory, you and your students will learn about the manufacture of sweets, make some for yourself and learn about why people in the Pas-de-Calais have such a sweet-tooth.



Since the height of the Roman empire, Boulogne has been a significant city, at that time it was the major port for trade with Britain. It is now France's largest fishing port and is steeped in history having been occupied by Germanic forces and the English on numerous occasions. The city's 12th-century belfry is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and the Medieval castle, whose foundations date to Roman times, houses an Egyptian art collection.

Nausicaa Sealife Centre

Nausicaa Sealife Centre

Also in Boulogne, is the Nausicaa Sealife Centre, which looks closely at man’s ever-changing relationship with the marine environment.


Bagatelle Theme Park

Bagatelle Theme Park

If your students have been good, why not treat them to a day out at the Bagatelle Theme Park - there are rollercoasters, log flumes, a zoo and a 360 degree cinema to keep them entertained.


Aqualud Waterpark

Aqualud, le Touquet

Aqualud is an excellent waterpark on the seafront at the Opal Coast and is always a popular choice when the weather is hot.


History Excursions

WWI Somme Battlefields

This battlefield and the events that transpired upon it, is widely regarded as the most futile, desperate and devastating scene of slaughter of modern history. It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of the River Somme. It was one of the largest battles of World War I, in which more than 1,000,000 men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.

Beaumont Hamel Memorial Park

Beaumont-Hamel Memorial Park

Some seven miles to the North of Albert, is the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland memorial park, covering 84 acres. It was bought by the government of Newfoundland as a memorial to its armed forces that died there. As well as a line of preserved trenches, there are also a number of memorials and cemeteries located within the park. This is probably one of the most popular World War I Battlefield destinations and was visited by many as a site of pilgrimage, in the years which immediately followed 1918. It is the site where the British Army suffered their worst ever casualties in a single day.

Thiepval Memorial


Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, Thiepval is the largest British war memorial in the world and is dedicated to the 73,357 British and South African men lost in the Somme who have no known grave.



Pozieres is where tanks were used for the first time, but it is also the scene of some of the heaviest fighting that took place on the Somme.

Lochnagar Crater

Lochnagar Crater

The Lochnagar mine was a mine dug by the Royal Engineers under German field fortifications. The mine was named after Lochnagar Street, the British trench from which the gallery was driven. The mine was sprung at 7:28 a.m. on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The crater was captured and held by British troops but the attack on either flank was defeated by German small-arms and artillery fire. The crater has been preserved as a memorial, where a service is held on 1 July each year.

Delville Wood

Delville Wood

The Delville Wood Memorial immortalises the memory of the South African troops who lost their lives along the Somme battlefields, whilst the museum at Delville commemorates the 25,000 South African volunteers, who laid down their lives In both world wars and in Korea. The now peaceful setting contrasts dramatically with its story.

There is a cafe and toilets.

Somme 1916 Museum

Somme 1916 Museum, Albert

During the First World War, the town of Albert became a British garrison town and the 1st of July 1916 offensive began from Albert. At the approach of World War II, as a means to shelter the civil population and prevent mass exodus, the underground tunnels in the town were fortified. The museum can be found inside the largest tunnel (10 meters underground and 250 meters long, from the Basilica through to the public garden).


Historial de la Grande Guerre

Historial de la Grande Guerre, Peronne

This museum gives an excellent insight into all aspects of the First World War, with the perspectives of civilians as well as soldiers under consideration. It has a great variety of changing exhibitions too so check the calendar to see if anything fits with your curriculum.


See the secret tunnels at Arras


The location of another extremely costly battle of the war, the tunnels at Arras were a key strategic piece of engineering by the British troops and dug directly below the town itself.

Vimy Ridge

Vimy Ridge

Vimy Ridge ran 12km north-east of Arras and was built by the Germans to withstand the onslaught of artillery. The trenches were also protected from infantry attack by concrete machine gun posts. The British and French were constantly trying to take hold of and occupy Vimy Ridge because of its strategic benefits. Repeated French attempts to take Vimy Ridge cost about 150,000 lives between May and November 1915. The original trenches have been reconstructed to show how close the two lines were.

La Coupole

La Coupole

This museum uses clever multi-media presentations to bring a different and interesting perspective to the war. With a focus on science, technology and photography it is well worth a visit.



Azincourt Medieval Centre

Interactive exhibition, including a multimedia tour of the French and English camps and the battlefield itself. The museum focuses on the Battle of Azincourt and the whole of the one Hundred Years War. It is specifically designed for younger children and is also a wonderful resource for medieval history teachers. 


Sample tour

Sample 4 day Opal Coast tour

Day 1

  • Arrive Accommodation

Day 2

  • Nausicaa
  • Boulogne
  • Chocolate Factory

Day 3

  • Arras
  • Vimy Ridge
  • Thiepval

Day 4

  • Goats Cheese Farm
  • Depart

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