Loire Valley French Language School Trips (4 Days)

Our French Language school trips to the Loire Valley have been designed to enable students to experience French culture, history & everyday life & add to their understanding of the language with opportunities to use their reading, listening, writing & speaking skills. The city of Tours is an ideal base from which to explore the area. The itinerary below is a suggestion only. We have included several other options for excursions that you might also like to consider. Our staff will assist you in tailoring your tour to include your own preferences.

 

Itinerary

 

Day One:  Outward Journey

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  • School pick-up (between 06.00 & 08.00 hours) & travel to Dover. Check-in at terminal (allow one hour) for ferry to Dover. Disembark & travel to Tours (schools inthe south-east of England) or overnight in/near Paris (schools travelling from the Midlands or further north in England & Wales.
  • Check-in at accommodation: Three nights' half-board. Evening meal.

 

 

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Day Two:  Tours & Chenonceau

 

 

  • Depart after breakfast for morning visit to one of the numerous town markets in Tours followed by lunch-time in the city. Markets take place every day except Monday
  • Afternoon visit to the Château de Chenonceau: 16th century Renaiissance-style royal residence on the banks of the River Cher; a tributary of the Loire
  • Return to accommodation for evening meal
 
 

Day Three:  Amboise

     
  • Depart after breakfast to visit the Château d'Amboise & Château du Clos Lucé where Leonardo da Vinci spent his final days. His tomb is in the nearby Chapelle St Hubert 
  • In the afternoon visit the Pâtisserie Chocolaterie Bigot in Amboise for a demonstration of the techniques used to produce chocolate & other delicacies. Explanation can be conducted in French or English
  • return to accommodation fro evening meal
 
 

Day Four:  Return Journey

 
  • Depart after breakfast for Calais. Check-in at terminal (allow one hour) before retrun ferry to Dover. Disembark & return to school with drop-off at 20.00-22.00 hours approximately
 
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Visits

 

Chenonceau

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Chateau de Chenonceau

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The present château was begun in 1515. Passing into royal hands in 1535, Henri II later gave it to his mistress Diane de Poitiers who created the gardens & built a bridge across the River Cher. Henri’s widow, Catherine de Medici then evicted Diane & took Chenonceau for herself, adding the iconic gallery & grand ballroom to the bridge.

 

 

 

 
 

Markets are often at the heart of French life. Tours is no exception. Here, you will find farmers selling local produce as well as other markets which specialise in crafts, antiques & flowers.

 
 

Amboise

 

Clos Lucé

 

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Amboise has been fortified since ancient times. The influence of the Italian Renaissance is evident in the reconstruction that took place under royal patronage in the late 15th & early 16th centuries particularly during the reign of Francois I.

 

Leonardo da Vinci spent the final years of his life living in the Château. He is buried in the nearby Chapel of St Hubert.   
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Other Options

 

Saumur

Châteaux & Markets   Saumur boat trip
 
 
 
         

 
 
 
     

Saumur

  Chinon  

Walk through the medieval streets, visit the château & enjoy a boat trip on the Loire.

 

 

 

 
 

There are a number of other châteaux in the surrounding area including Chaumont, Chambord, Blois, Chinon & Montrichard to name but a few. Many of the towns & villages around Tours have their own markets. Loches has a market every Wednesday & Saturday; Amboise has one every Friday & Sunday.

 
 

Rochemenier

 

Futuroscope

 

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The Troglodyte Village is an outstanding example of a cave-dwelling lifestyle that persisted into the 20th century.

 

Futuroscope is a unique, futuristic theme park offering a multimedia adventure with fascinating, exciting & thrilling 3D & 4D cinematic presentations. Full-day excursion. A 90-minute journey from Tours.  
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Objectives

 

The Loire Valley

 

    Objectives
 
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  • 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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Accommodation

 

Accommodation: Loire Valley

The accommodation we use regularly is audited following guidelines laid down by the School Travel Forum & incorporated into our Safety Management System.

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Ambacia Hotel, Tours

This 3* hotel is situated 5km from the city centre. It has 38 rooms with en-suite facilities. Staff share twin rooms. Students are in 3 or 4-bedded rooms.

The hotel also has a restaurant or we can arrange for your group to eat out in one of Tours' many fine restaurants.

Other facilities include a bar, meeting rooms, free WiFi & coach parking. There is also a garden & terrace area.   

 
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Support

 

Help Organising your Tour

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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.

 
 

Launching Your Tour

 

Preparing for Departure             

 

 

       
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Gallery

 

      
 

Loire Valley Gallery

     
     
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Testimonials

 

The Gilberd School, Colchester

"Hotel meals excellent.  Fine attention paid to detail for food intolerances & dietary requirements."

 

Chatham Grammar School for Girls, Kent

"The driver was very professional & helpful.  He did an excellent job.  Excellent."

 

Aldercar School, Nottingham

"Very well-organised!  Very good tour – much enjoyed!"

 

Thomas Bennett Community College, Crawley

"Kevin, our driver, was great with students.  Hotel – well organised, very pleasant, helpful & understanding, meal was delicious, rooms large & comfortable.  Excellent."
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