Christmas Market School Trips to Lille & Paris (4 Days)

A school trip to the Christmas Markets in Lille & Paris will provide your students with some great memories of these two cities as well as the opportunity to practise their French in real situations. Markets are a basic element of French life & never more so than during the festive season. Lille claims to have the largest Christmas Market in northern France & the city itself has much to offer the visitor. Walk through the Old Town & discover Vauban's Citadel or La Vieille Bourse built in the 1650s; the latter being a fine example of Lille's Flemish-influenced architecture. The Champs Elysées meanwhile provides a wonderful backdrop to the main Paris market & there is also time to see a host of world-class sights. 

This trip is available from late November. If you would also like to visit Disneyland® Paris ask our staff about adding an extra day.  

 

Itinerary

 

Day One:  Outward Journey

    Lille Christmas Market 1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

  • School pick-up (earliest 06.00 hours) & travel to Dover. Check-in at terminal (allow one hour) for ferry to Calais. Travel via Eurotunnel is also available.
  • Disembark & travel to Lille. Check-in at accommodation. Half-board for one night & B&B for one night to maximise time at the Christmas Market (or an extra evening meal can be included).

 

 

Lille Christmas Market

 

 

Day Two:  Lille

   
  • Depart after breakfast to visit the Old Town. Many of Lille’s major landmarks are here including the Cathedral, Hotel de Ville & Belfry & the Citadel.
  • Explore the Grand’Place; the heart of the city. The Statue de la Déesse is its centrepiece. Buildings of note in or near the Grand'Place include La Vieille Bourse, L'Opéra & La Voix du Nord newspaper offices.
  • Complete your day in Lille with a visit to the Christmas Market in the late afternoon & evening.
  • Evening meal arrangements on this night: students can either buy their own food in the market or an evening meal can be arranged at additional cost.
  • Return to accommodation.
 

 

 

 

Day Three:  Paris

     
  • Early departure after breakfast for Paris. See the sights with a tour of Paris including the Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Les Invalides, Notre Dame Cathedral & Tuileries Gardens. End the tour with a photo opportunity at the Eiffel Tower (or include the option to ascend the Tower).
  • Optional River Seine cruise (time permitting).
  • Enjoy the Paris Lights & explore the Christmas Market along the Champs Elysées in the late afternoon & evening. Other options include the Trocadero or La Défense market.
  • Evening meal arrangements on this night: students can either buy their own food in the market or an evening meal can be arranged at additional cost.
  • Check-in at accommodation in Paris. B&B for one night to maximise time at the Christmas Market (or an extra evening meal can be added).
 
 

Day Four:  Return Journey

     
  • Depart after breakfast & travel to Calais (allow one hour to check-in at terminal). Travel via Eurotunnel also available.
  • Return ferry to Dover & travel to school. Evening drop-off (time of arrival is dependent upon your school's distance from Dover or Folkestone if travelling via Eurotunnel. 
 
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Objectives

 

Lille & Paris

 

         Main Themes   La Vieille Bourse Stalls
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
KS3 & Exam Boards
 
 

Grand rue Lille

  • 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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Lille

 

Lille Christmas Market

  Lille Christmas Market 3

 

 

 

 

 

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Museums & venues

 
       

The market is one of the largest in northern France with chalet-style stalls offering a range of items including confectionery, jewellery & pottery, local produce & seasonal treats such as roasted chestnuts. One of the market’s main attractions is the large Ferris Wheel (or Grand’roue) in the place Rihour.

 
       

lille market grand roue

 
 

Grand'Place

 
 

Also known as place Général de Gaulle, the Grand’Place was the site of the medieval market place. The 17th century Flemish style of the surrounding buildings pre-dates French acquisition of the city. The Statue de la Déesse commemorates the 18th century Austrian siege of 1792, during the Revolutionary wars, which the Lillois successfully resisted. The offices of the newspaper, La Voix du Nord, are also in the Grand'Place. 

 

La Vieille Bourse

  L'Opéra   

One of Lille's finest Flemish-syle buildings stands just off the Grand'Place. The former stock exchange was built in 1652-3. There are several shops on the ground floor.

 
  Designed by Louis Marie Cordonnier, the new Opera House was built in the early part of the 20th century after the original 18th century building was destroyed in a fire.  

Hotel de Ville & Belfry

  Cathédrale de Notre Dame de la Treille  

The original town hall & belfry were both destroyed during the First World War & rebuilt in the 1920s. With views across Lille, the Belfry is 104 metres high.

 

  The cathedral was built in the 19th century in the Gothic Revival style. Construction began in 1854 & was not completed for another 150 years.      

lille la voix du nord and statue de la deesse

 

The Citadel

 

 

Lille had been part of the Spanish Netherlands until it was ceded to France by the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle (modern-day Aachen) in 1668; hence the Flemish influence. The Citadel was one of a chain of frontier fortifications constructed by Louis XIV's great military architect, Vauban. (The Musee de Picardie houses a number of models of the fortresses which he built to defend the new border). 

 

Alternative Visits....

  First World War Battlefields
 

The visits opposite & below provide you with some alternatives to those that have been suggested above. You may consider adding an extra day to your tour to include one or more of these suggestions (should your budget allow). Ask our staff for details....

 
 

Lille is well-placed for a half- or full-day excursion to either Ypres or the Somme battlefields. You may wish to consider adding an extra day if you wish to include this option in addition to your time in Lille or simply visit the Christmas Market in the evening.

 

Charles de Gaulle's Birthplace

  Rue Esquermoise  
The house where de Gaulle was born in 1890 is now a museum.
  This street is famous for its traditional shops selling sweets, cheese & bread.    
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Paris

 

Champs Elysées Christmas Market

Champs Elysées

 

Musée dOrsay Daniel Vorndran

 

 

 



             

There are over 200 stalls offering Christmas gifts & regional culinary delicacies. The boulevard is lit by more than 400 Christmas trees, decorations & illuminations. There is also a Craftsmen's Village with demonstrations of their work & original gifts.

 
 

Originally laid out by André Le Notre in 1667, the Champs Elysées stretches just over a mile between the Luxor Obelisk at the centre of the Place de la Concorde & the Arc de Triomphe located in the Place Charles de Gaulle.

 
 
Tuileries Gardens  

Arc de Triomphe

 
Located between the Louvre & the Place de la Concorde, the Gardens of the former Tuileries Palace were originally created in 1564 by Catherinde de Medici. André Le Notre redesigned the Gardens in the 1660s. The Palace itself was destroyed in 1871.  

Commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 following his victory at Austerlitz the year before. Work stopped following his abdication & it was not completed until 1836 by order of King Louis Phillipe. The tomb of the French Unknown Soldier lies here.

 
 
Paris Eiffel Tower
 

Les Invalides

 
 

Founded by Louis XIV for wounded or impoverished soldiers in the 1670s. The Dȏme des Invalides contains the tomb of Napoleon.

 
 
 

Notre Dame Cathedral

 
 

Built in the French Gothic style between 1163 & 1345, Notre Dame is located on the Ȋle de la Cité. Desecrated during the Revolution, it was restored in the 1840s during Louis Philippe’s reign.

 
 

Eiffel Tower

 

 

Gustave Eiffel designed the Tower for the World Exhibition of 1889, commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the French Revolution. It was not immediately popular although today it is the most visited paying tourist attraction in the world.

 
       

Seine River Cruise

  Other Christmas Markets in Paris  
Optional one hour tour with commentary. See the sights from a different perspective including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Musée d'Orsay & Notre Dame.   Other Christmas Markets take place at the Trocadero & La Défense. Please advise if you want to visit one of these alternatives.  
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Accommodation

 

Safety

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

Our Most Popular Accommodation 

   
  • Kyriad Hotels
  • Ibis Styles Hotels
  • Comfort Hotels
 
 

Certification

   
  • Operating Certificate
  • Fire Certificate
  • Food Hygiene Certificate
  • Pest Control Certificate
 
  • Public Liability Insurance
 

Safety Audit (Main Headings)

   
  • Building Design
  • Fire Alarms
  • Escape Routes
  • Signage
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Fire Equipment
  • Fire Prevention
  • Electrics
  • Security
  • Flooring
  • Glass
  • Gas & Water
  • Lifts
  • Balconies & Balustrades
  • Bedrooms & Beds
  • Pool (where applicable)
  • Food Delivery Areas
  • Storage
  • Stock Rotation
  • Food Handling
  • Pest Control
  • Cleanliness
  • Temperature Control
  • Staff Training
 
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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

 

      
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Testimonials

 

Ansford School, Castle Cary, Somerset

"We had a fantastic time in Lille this weekend! I am very grateful for your time & support over the last few weeks. Please send our regards to the hotel staff as well who were all wonderful. Students & staff were very impressed with the food & the general standards of the hotel. We also felt very lucky to have an extremely nice coach driver. He was very professional, calm, well organised & the students liked him a lot."

 

St Anne's Catholic School, Southampton

"We were so impressed with your organisation from start to finish. Just wanted to say thank you for all your hard work - it paid off as we had a great experience."

 

St Edmund's Catholic School, Wolverhampton

"An excellent coach & driver – very experienced. Would certainly request both company & driver next year. Very satisfied."

 

Fred Longworth School, Tyldesley, Manchester

"Thanks for another excellent tour. Jason, the driver, again was a legend & we would love to have him next year if possible."
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