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Normandy is a fabulous destination for school trips, and the local excursions cover a broad spectrum of themes. We arrange all of your visits for you, and accompany you to every venue with your dedicated tour guide – all you need to do is let us know where you want to go!
The excursions form an important part of your tour, giving your students the chance to really explore the history and culture of Normandy, talking to our native French speaking staff and the locals. We also provide structure with our workbooks which will engage and focus your students in the particular environment, be it the local market or the D-Day Landing Beaches. Your dedicated tour manager has local knowledge which will enable you to be more at ease and make the most of your visits.
Possibly the most beautiful place in Normandy. Built in the 11th century, the Abbey is a feat of medieval architecture with outstanding panoramic views over the bay. The nearby Maison de la Baie explains the history of Le Mont St Michel with an audiovisual tour. The adventurous can approach by crossing the tidal causeway, but wearing shorts is recommended! One of our expert native French guides will be keeping you on course, whilst pointing out some of the many points of interest.
French markets are always lively and colourful. You will see all kinds of stalls, including seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh fish and seafood. Join the bustle, and buy all kind of souvenirs from French fashion, jewellery and sunglasses, to traditional Camembert or Normandy cider.
Our region is rich in towns where every stone is steeped in history, with medieval ramparts perched over picturesque valleys. One of the finest is St Malo, with its magnificent cathedral, Wax Museum, the Old Market Hall, shops with local crafts and open markets. It’s also home to a huge aquarium, where you can ride on a submarine or even touch living fish – a real hands on experience!
Based in a quintessential Normandy farmhouse, come and meet our goat’s cheese expert, who will be delighted to teach you all about his work. In a visit specifically designed for French for schools, you can observe all the processes involved in the production of this unique product, culminating in a tasting session. This is definitely an excursion not to miss!
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.
The old town, with its narrow cobbled streets of houses built from local granite, offers panoramic views towards the islands of Jersey and Guernsey to the north and Le Mont Saint-Michel to the south. Built on its own little peninsula, which was once the basis of the town's defences, Granville is a compact and fantastic shopping centre.
Arromanches is at the heart of the D-Day Landings. There are museums with emotive displays, including the famous 360˚cinema with unreleased footage from war correspondents, filmed on D-Day. There is also the Musée du Debarquement in Arromanche des Bains, built on the site of Mulberry Harbour, with working models and film to explain this incredible technical feat.
The town of Caen is mostly known for its long history. Once, the city of William the Conqueror, Caen has protected its magnificent heritage including Caen castle, one of the largest medieval fortress of its time, which now serves as an Art Museum. Caen was also a key site of the Battle of Normandy during the Second World War - a core part of our Normandy Battlefield tours programme. The city has preserved the memory by building a memorial for peace. (see our Modern History page)
If your group would like a little R&R, there are many delightful sandy beaches, perfect for an impromptu picnic. Your native French animateur will be happy to organise beach games. Alternatively, your guide can take you on a beautiful coastal walk, tell you about the wildlife and the reasons for the rapid transformation of the coastline.
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 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.
15 minutes from the Château, 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.
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What makes Normandie à la Carte special is the way they plan the programme with the trip organiser, from the time taken arranging the right blend of activities, and making parents feel confident about arrangements, to the trouble the team of language specialists takes to ensure the experience is French, alive and relevant.