Christmas Market School Trips to Amiens (3 Days)

A school trip to Amiens Christmas Market offers your students a flavour of a vibrant aspect of French life & an opportunity to practise their language skills in real situations. Centred around Amiens' 13th century Gothic Cathedral, the market has more than 140 stalls & is one of the largest in northern France. The evening son et lumière shows the Cathedral’s brightly-coloured facade as it would once have appeared in all its medieval glory. There is also the St Leu Quarter with its many timber-framed medieval buildings & the delightful quayside cafes along the banks of the River Somme.

The trip also includes an afternoon visit to the nearby Somme battlefield (add an extra day to include a full-day battlefield tour). Alternatively, you spend time in the excellent Musée de Picardie or Jules Verne's house.




Day One:  Outward Journey

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  • 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 Amiens. 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).



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Day Two:  Amiens

  • Depart after breakfast to visit the 13th century Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame d'Amiens & the 12th century belfry in the Place au Fil.
  • Explore the medieval quarter of Saint-Leu as far as the harbour at Port d'Aval with a visit to the late-Gothic Church of St Leu with its timbered roof.
  • Visit the Somme battlefield after lunch to see the preserved trenches at Newfoundland Park, Thiepval Memorial to the Missing & the village of Pozières. 
  • Alternatively, you could visit the Musée de Picardie or Jules Verne's house which is now a museum & his grave in La Madeleine Cemetery (click on the Alternative Visits tab above for more details). 
  • Spend the evening at the Christmas Market on the Rue des Trois Cailloux & the see the son et lumière (La Cathedrale en Couleurs) which recreates the striking colours of the medieval facade.
  • 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:  Return Journey

  • Depart after breakfast & travel to Calais (allow one hour to check-in at terminal). Optional visit to a hypermarket en-route (closed Sundays).
  • 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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  • 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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Amiens Christmas Market

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Held on the rue des Trois Cailloux, near the cathedral, Amiens vies with Lille in claiming to have the largest Christmas Market in northern France with stalls offering seasonal gifts, crafts, festive fare & local delicacies such as macarons d'Amiens.   

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Cathédrale Notre Dame d'Amiens


The 13th century Cathédrale Notre Dame d’Amiens was built in the Gothic style between 1220 & 1278). One of the great medieval religious buildings in Europe, it is the tallest completed cathedral & has the largest nave of any cathedral in France. Amiens inspired the ground-plan for Cologne Cathedral. (Don't miss the evening son et lumière showing the vibrant medieval colours of the Cathedral facade).



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St Leu District



The medieval quarter of Amiens is intersected by canals & extends from the cathedral to the Port d’Aval harbour on the River Somme. Discover its half-timbered houses, shops & boutiques & look out for the street names which reflect the districts artisan past. Visit the late Gothic church of St Leu with its timbered roof before reaching the cafes & restaurants of the Quai Belu by the river.

The Belfry  

Somme Battlefield


The belfry has stood in the Place au Fil since the 12th century. It was constructed in 1117 & to mark the city’s freedom from Feudal control.


Visits include Newfoundland Park Preserved Battlefield & Thiepval Memorial & Pozierès. Add an extra day if you want a full-day excursion.

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Alternative Visits


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

Musée de Picardie


This museum is housed in a Second Empire building modelled on the Louvre & constructed between 1855 & 1867. The collections include archaeological finds, medieval art, sculpture & paintings from the 17th to 20th centuries with works by El Greco, Tiepolo, Fragonard, Courbet, Corot, Picasso & Miro.

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Jules Verne House & Grave

The house once occupied by Amiens' most famous son between 1882 & 1900 is now a museum dedicated to his life & work. Entrance fee. Jules Verne is buried in La Madeleine Cemetery in Amiens.

Tour Perret


This private residential tower was one of Europe’s first skyscrapers & is 110 metres high. Built from reinforced concrete, it was completed in 1954.

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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.


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Acklam Grange School, Middlesbrough

"It was a pleasure to deal with Sue. Our requests were dealt with sensitively & efficiently."


Scalby School, Scarborough

"Excellent communication throughout the lead up to the trip. Driver, Neil, was absolutely superb. I would love to travel with him again! The hotel was in a great location for us. The breakfasts were superb, the staff friendly & I liked the way the room allocation had all been sorted for our arrival. We were so impressed by the efficiency of Galina & how pleasant Dominique & Marlène are – they both go out of their way to deal with any problems."


Ibstock Community College, Ibstock, Leicestershire

"Ivan, the driver, was very helpful & friendly, like last year. We'd like him again next year please!"


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"Very pleasing - it was an enjoyable & pleasant tour."
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