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Opal Coast French language school trip

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.

  • Voyager owned
  • Key stage 3 - 4
  • Native French animateurs
  • Year round
  • Evening entertainment
  • Workbooks
  • Carbon offset

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.

For a more personal and in-depth language experience, check out our winter camp programme. Available between November and February, the Moulin's winter camp offers more on-site activities and games such as breadmaking and science experiments, all led by our brilliant lead-animateur, Justine.

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 experienced animateurs. Don't forget to ask about our winter camp, an intensive language programme with more on-site activities and fun.

Day 1

  • Depart school
  • Bakery workshop
  • Sweet workshop
  • Check in to Hotel du Moulin aux Draps
  • French quiz evening

Day 2

  • Market mission
  • Boulogne town trail
  • Nausicaa National Sea Centre
  • French games evening

Day 3

  • French school visit
  • Depart
  • 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.

Bakery workshop
Boulogne town trail
Boulogne town trail
Sweet workshop
Nausicaa tunnel
Nausicaá National Sea Centre
Local French Market Excursion v2
Market mission
La Coupole
La Coupole
Le Touquet Beach
Le Touquet

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Bakery workshop

At a local boulangerie, a baker will perform a baking demonstration for your group in French. Students will walk away with a croissant and a pain au chocolat each!

Boulogne town trail

Boulogne town trail

To maximise your group's language learning, your animateur will lead our interactive tailor-made town trail through Boulogne, encouraging your students to read, understand and speak French in situ.


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Sweet workshop

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.

Nausicaa tunnel

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.

Local French Market Excursion v2

Market mission

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.

La Coupole

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La Coupole

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.

Le Touquet Beach

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Le Touquet

The seaside town of Le Touquet has miles of white sandy beaches for school groups to enjoy some down time on. In the centre of the town, you will find quaint cafés and confectionery shops.

Our Opal Parle French language immersion programme includes:

  • A fun programme of student activities led in French by our own highly trained team of French-native animateurs
  • All centre-based French language games, activities, lessons and evening entertainment
  • All off-site cultural excursions and language activities such as town trails and market missions
  • A French-language activity workbook per student
  • Full board and lodging including snacks
  • Free teacher to student ratio approx 1:8 (coach trips) / approx 1:10 (air groups)
  • Private teachers’ lounge area
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Teacher evening wind-down activities such as cheese and wine tasting evening
  • Your choice of return travel; coach travel, with ferry crossing, applicable tolls and taxes included, or return flights and overseas transfers
  • Coach to take your group off-site for visits
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Subsidised centre inspection visit for you and a colleague
  • The opportunity to carbon offset your trip. Click here to find out more.

Extras to budget for

  • Meals on journeys
  • School to airport transfers (if required)
  • Visa charges, collective passports
  • Supplements for small parties, single rooms and additional adults

The winter camp programme at the Moulin offers a greater depth of French learning with exclusive on-site language activities which aren't available at other times of year. The programme has been designed by our centre manager and lead animateur, Justine, a creative ex-teacher, with a knack for getting the most reluctant students to speak French. 

She combines an interactive programme of activities, such as bread-making and science experiments, with fun games that engage the students in French, offering a unique opportunity to interact and test their skills with a native French speaker. Familiar games have been turned on their heads and given a French spin - guaranteed fast-paced fun, creativity and silliness to enthuse your students to speak more French!

Our winter camp runs from November to February when many groups enjoy sole occupancy of the centre and receive extra special attention from the fantastic Moulin team. If you are looking for an in-depth and personal French language boost for your group, with learning benefits which you can build on throughout the school year, then the winter camp programme is for you. 

Contact our MFL trip experts for more details. 



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Boulogne sur Mer town hall
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