French Language School Trips to Boulogne (1 to 3 Days)

A French language school trip to Boulogne provides an ideal introduction to French life & culture especially for younger students or groups on a tight budget. Boulogne has been a sea-port since Roman times; the medieval old town & its citadell are well worth seeing. The tour also includes a range of visits with activities which provide opportunities for your pupils to listen to native French speakers & practise their own language skills. One, two or three-day tours are available.

The day trip is designed for schools within 100 miles of Dover or Folkestone whilst the two-day tour is suitable for schools situated up to 160 miles from either port. Groups further north than the Midlands should consider the three-day tour as an option. Please see the suggested itinerary below for details.




Day One:  Outward Journey






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Museums & venues


  • School pick-up (earliest 06.00 hours) & travel to Dover (or Folkestone). Check-in at terminal (allow one hour) for crossing to Calais. Disembark & travel to Boulogne.
  • Check-in at accommodation: Two nights' half-board.



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Day Two:  Boulogne

  • Depart after breakfast to visit the Boulogne Fish Market on the quayside (every morning) or there are street markets selling local produce on Wednesdays, Saturdays or Sundays.
  • After the market a visit to Le Pain Show Crêperie  your students can learn about making panackes & also create their own - just in time for lunch. 
  • In the afternoon explore the old town & its medieval citadel before going to Chocolaterie de Beussent  to learn about chocolate-making & sample some of the products.
  • Return to accommodation for your evening meal.



Day Three:  Boulangerie & Return Journey

  • Depart after breakfast to visit a traditional French boulangerie or Confiserie Bec-a-Suc  to discover how traditional French sweets are made before your return travel to Calais.
  • Check-in at terminal (allow one hour) before return crossing to Dover (or Folkestone). Disembark & return to school with mid- to late-evening drop-off (time dependent upon your school's proximity to the port).
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         Main Themes   

Boulogne Harbour





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Boulogne Old Town
  • Gain an appreciation & awareness of French culture & history to provide context to a study of the language
  • Gain an insight into the French way of life
  • Practise French language skills in listening, reading, speaking & writing
  • Communicate/converse with native French speakers
  • Understand & use a wider range of vocabulary & grammatical structures
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Boulogne Fish Market

Boulogne Street Markets


Boulogne from the Belfry





There are more than 70 different varieties of freshly-caught fish on sale at the quayside market every morning.


These take place on Wednesday & Saturday mornings in Place Dalton & on Sunday mornings in Place Vignon.


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The Old Town & Citadel


The Old Town with its medieval citadel & ramparts occupies the site of the original Roman fort overlooking the harbour. Notre Dame Cathedral dates from the 11th century.



Chocolaterie de Beussent  

Visit includes an explanation of the different phases of chocolate-making from roasting & crushing the cocoa beans to stirring & mixing (conching) the chocolate to improve flavour & taste.


Confiserie Bec-a-Suc


Discover how traditional French sweets are made & the ingredients used for different types of sweets.

Boulangerie Le Fournil  

Le Pain Show Crêperie


Traditional baking using a wood-fired oven. Students get to roll the dough for bread & croissants under the keen eye of the master baker (closed Sundays & Thursdays).  


Visit includes demonstration in a traditional crêperie during which students get to visit the kitchen, mix ingredients, create the batter & garnish their pancakes.    

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Alternative Visits


Other Visits    Boulogne Old Town near Town Hall




You can tailor your tour by including some of the locations featured here instead...  



One of the largest public aquariums in Europe. Its main focus is on the relationship between the human population, the sea & marine life. Exhibits include the shark aquarium, sea lion reserve, tropical lagoon, submerged rainforest & penguin beach.


Sealion at Nausicaa


Montcavrel Goat Farm


Learn how goats’ cheese is made in the traditional way. Visit the barn & farmhouse, taste the products & buy some cheese from the farm shop.


Étaples Market


Markets are an integral part of French life & culture. The vibrant Étaples market is no exception & is ideal for groups returning to the UK on a Friday. Local produce includes vegetables, fruit, fish, meat, household goods & clothing.

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Place de la Resistance


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Help Organising your Tour


Aquarium at Nausicaa



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Galina has over 25 years experience in organising school trips for school & youth groups to Paris. We therefore offer the services of your own Tour Administrator who will guide you through each step of the process, from your initial enquiry to your departure & return.


We have developed a number of useful documents that will help you when preparing to launch your tour & with your visit application via the Senior Management or your EVC.


Risk assessment advice is available &, once booked, we can provide a helpful guide that can be used to formulate your own tailored risk assessment.


There are links to several useful documents below that can be downloaded to help trip preparation.


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Grey Court School, Richmond upon Thames

"Very efficient.  Helen always replied to emails as soon as possible which reduces stress when organising trips!  Excellent.  Have done this trip twice & have been really pleased both times.  Great service & personable staff."


St Augustine's Priory, Ealing

"All great.  Stan, the driver, is excellent & we would like to use him again."


Winifred Holtby School, Kingston upon Hull

"Overall, very pleased with the tour.  We would like to go again at a similar time next year."


Ansford School, Castle Cary, Somerset

"Tour administrator was always very prompt to reply to my emails or phone calls & extremely kind, patient & understanding."

Town Hall and Belfry


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