French Language School Trips to Normandy & Mont St Michel (4 Days)

Our French Language school trips to Normandy & Mont St Michel have been designed to provide a variety of opportunities for students to practice their reading, listening, writing & speaking skills. A new addition to our range of options this year includes an excursion to Mont St Michel. The itinerary below is a suggestion only & you can build your own programme from the visits listed or request the addition of your own. This study trip can be combined with other subject areas such as History, Religious Studies or Art & Design to make it cross-curricular.

 

Itinerary

 

Day One:  Outward Journey

      Bayeux Tapestry
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • School pick-up (earliest 06.00 hours) & travel to Dover. Check-in at terminal (allow one hour) for ferry to Dover. Disembark & travel to Normandy.
  • Check-in at accommodation: Three nights' half-board. Evening meal.
 
 

Mont St Michel

 

 

Day Two:  French Market, Bayeux & Surrounding Area

 

 

  • Depart after breakfast for a visit to one of Normandy's morning markets; a great opportunity for your students to practise their French & soak up the atmosphere of an integral part of French life.
  • In the afternoon go & see the Bayeux Tapestry & the Cathédrale de Notre Dame de Bayeux where it was originally displayed.
  • You could then explore Bayeux further or instead include a visit to Boulangerie Les Co-Pains for a demonstration of & participation in traditional bread-making (in French or English).
  • As an alternative to the boulangerie there are several other activity-based visits available including Caramels d'Isigny (caramel production), Fromagerie Graindorge (cheese-making), Ferme de la Mirmanelle (goat breeding & cheese-making). Other visits (chocolate-making or cider & apple juice production) can also be arranged.  
  • Return to accommodation & evening meal
 
 

Day Three: Mont St Michel 

   
  • Depart after breakfast for a full-day excursion to Mont St Michel including visits to the Abbey Church & monastery, the parish church of St Pierre. There will also be tme available to wander through the narrow streets of the old town itself. Entrance to the Abbey is included in the price.
  • If Mont St Michel doesn't appeal, Normandy has many other wonderful places to visit: Honfleur with its merchants' houses around the picturesque harbour; Rouen where you can visit the Cathedral oft-painted by Monet; the D-Day Landing Beaches & numerous museums (if your budget stretches that far) or follow in William the Conqueror's footsteps from his birthplace at Falaise Castle to the impressive Citadel & Abbaye aux Hommes in Caen. 
  • Return to accommodation & 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 mid- to late-evening drop-off (time dependent upon your school's proximity to Dover).
 
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Objectives

 

Bayeux & Normandy

       Main Themes

 

  Honfleur
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
KS3 & Exam Boards
 
 
 

Arromanches

  • 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

 

  • Develop understanding of French in a variety of contexts
 
 

 

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Locations

 

Bayeux Tapestry

Bayeux Cathedral

 

Falaise Castle

 

 



             
The Tapestry is one of the oldest historical documents in Western Europe. Produced in the 11th century, it recounts the story the conquest of Anglo-Saxon England from the Norman perspective. It originally hung in the Cathedral. A section was cut off so that it fitted along the nave properly.  

Originally built in the Norman-Romanesque style of the 11th century it underwent extensive remodelling after suffering major flood damage in the 12th century. It was here also that Harold Godwinson took the oath pledging his support for Duke William’s claim to the English throne.

 
 
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Markets

 
 

Markets selling local produce take place each morning throughout the week & across the Normandy region. Contact our office for further details if you wish to include a market visit on your tour.

 
 
 

Boulangerie Les Co-Pains

 
 

Students can try their hand at kneading dough & learn about the process of turning wheat into bread. The Demonstration can be delivered in French or English; let us know your preference.

 
 

Mont St Michel

 

 

St Michael the Warrior Archangel was the Normans’ favourite saint, combining martial prowess with piety. The earliest church dated from 708 AD. The Romanesque-style Benedictine Abbey & Monastery date from the 11th Century.

 
       
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Personalise Your Tour

 

With an extra day you can include further activities & visits in the Normandy region. You could also combine with the History or Art departments if you are likely to struggle to get a sufficient number of students to make you tour viable.

 

The most popular locations & activities available on this tour are featured above but we are happy to amend your tour to include visits you want to include instead ~ or choose from the alternative visits we can offer (see the tour menu bar above).   

 
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Alternative Visits

 

Other Visits

Ferme de la Mirmanelle

 

Omaha Beach

 

 

 



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

Find out about the goat farming & the production of goat's cheese. Tasting & on-site gift shop.

 
 
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Other Activity Visits

 
 

Caramels d’Isigny (caramel production), Fromagerie Graindorge (cheese-making).

 
 
 

Caen &/or Falaise: William the Conqueror

 
 

Visit Caen's Citadel built by William the Conqueror around 1060. Caen was the administrative centre of the William's Duchy. William was born in Falaise Castle in 1027. Its Anglo-Norman keep was built by order Henry I.

 
 

D-Day Beaches

 

 
Contact us for more information if you would like to include a half- or full-day excursion to the landing beaches.
 
 
Rouen  

Honfleur

 

Rouen stands on the banks of the River Seine & has some of Normandy's finest examples of timber-framed buildings. The Cathedral of Notre Dame was an inspiration to Claude Monet. You may also like to see the Astronomical Clock, the Museum of Fine Arts or visit the market place where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake in 1431.    

 

The fishing fleet that once sailed out of Honfleur ranged as far as Newfoundland. The townhouses of the picturesque Vieux Bassin were built between the 16th & 18th centuries. The 15th century Church of Ste Catherine is the largest timber-framed building in France. Various markets are held throughout the week (except Monday & Tuesday).

 
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Accommodation

 

Normandy Accommodation

    Crocus Hotel Caen
 
 
 
 

        

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

 
 

3* Crocus Hotel, Caen

   

The Crocus is situated in a quiet area on the north side of Caen not far from the Musée Memorial with direct access to the ring road. It is three miles from the city centre. The location is very convenient for visiting the British Airborne Sector & British & Canadian beaches. Bayeux is less than twenty miles away. Ste Mère Église is fifty miles distant, with fast road access.

 
 
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Accommodation Factfile

     
  • 50 bedrooms on 2 floors (access via stairs)
  • Twin , triple & quad rooms
  • Staff in twin rooms
  • En-suite facilities
  • TV in all rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Bar & lounge area
  • Terrace
  • WiFi access
  • 2 meeting rooms
  • Coach parking nearby
 

 

 

 

 

Le Clos de l'Ancien Pressoir, Commes

    Le Clos de lAncien Pressoir
 
 
 
 

This accommodation centre is situated in the village of Commes, not far from Port-en-Bessin & approximately six miles to the north of Bayeux & only half-a-mile from the sea. Its location makes it an ideal base for visiting the landing beaches. The building itself dates back more than 200 years & has been recently renovated although many original features have been preserved.

 
 
Le Clos Student Bedroom
 
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Accommodation Factfile

     
  • Capacity for 55 students & staff in 17 bedrooms on 2  floors (access by stairs)
  • Staff in twin rooms
  • En-suite facilities
  • Bunk beds in student rooms
  • Dining room
  • Activities/Meeting room
  • TV room with DVD & video
  • Courtyard & garden
  • Meeting room with computer
  • Large outdoor sports area
  • Coach parking
 
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Help Organising your Tour

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

 
 

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