Opal Parle is our most flexible and accessible language immersion trip and gives students the chance to practise their French while enjoying a mix of fun excursions led by native-speaking staff at our own centre near Boulogne.
Key stage 3 - 4
Native French animateurs
Flexible options for school groups to learn French in the Opal Coast
The Opal Coast is home to one of Voyager's own residential centres, Hotel du Moulin aux Draps, and our French language immersion programme, Opal Parle.
Just a short hop across the Channel from Dover, the Opal Coast features historic towns, vast sandy beaches, chocolate factories, goat’s cheese farms and everything in between making it very popular with French learners and first time visitors to France. Our experienced French-native animateurs will guide your school tour and provide a full evening programme to create an immersive French experience. They'll build your students' confidence and encourage them to speak French at every opportunity. But perhaps above all else, they are here to make sure it's fun!
A brilliant optional extra to our programme is the opportunity to spend a morning or day at a local French school. Using our local knowledge, we will pair you with a French partner school that matches the age and language experience of your children, giving your group the unparalleled opportunity to practise their language skills with their French peers. Contact us to find out more about your options.
We can tailor your itinerary to your unique learning requirements, please contact us for a bespoke quote.
All activities, excursions and evening entertainment is conducted in French by our own trained animateur.
Check in to Hotel du Moulin aux Draps
French quiz evening
Boulogne town trail
Nausicaa National Sea Centre
French games evening
French school visit
Arrive back at school
Located less than an hour from Calais and within very easy reach of the stunning Opal Coastline, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Le Touquet, Arras and the WWI battlefields, our Moulin aux Draps centre is the perfect destination for schools looking for an affordable/short French language immersion school trip. The language centre is exclusively for the use of school groups meaning there are few distractions for students.
Our local French staff have considerable experience in looking after British school trips and catering for the needs of British teachers and pupils. The centre is contained within 22 acres of car-free French countryside, giving students plenty of space to run around and let off steam. Supervision is easy as the grounds are within view of the main building and teachers can relax in the evenings as the Voyager team will deliver a programme of evening entertainment for your students.
Click here for more information about this residential centre owned by Voyager School Travel.
Visit a French confectioner and get a masterclass in sugar! Students will watch the sweet makers at work and a few volunteers will get to try their hand at it themselves. Your group will get the chance to sample the sweets too.
Nausicaá National Sea Centre
Nausicaá is the largest marine life centre in Europe with 1,600 species within 17 million litres of water! The centre promotes sustainability and marine management and is an educational and scientific visit suitable for cross-curricular groups.
Visit a local market with your animateur where teams of students will be given money to buy food for lunch. Students will be tasked with ordering in French, creating a great opportunity to interact with the friendly stall owners in their native language. Students will also have free time to pick up some souvenirs.
This huge concrete dome amongst the hills was built in 1944 to house jet-propelled rockets. It is now an exceptional war museum and interactive planetarium. La Coupole is a great choice for groups studying WWI and WWII.