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Geography Trips for Schools to France

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Connecting the sea to the Alps, the colourful Mediterranean region of Provence offers a wealth of geographical diversity with everything from hillside vineyards, cultivated countryside and rich scenery, to the spectacular Gorges du Verdon canyon and the Rhône Delta.

As a bonus, the weather is mostly superb and often warm and sunny well into October. A geography tour to Provence will provide your pupils with ample opportunities for study, exploration and leisure in an area renowned for its beauty and climate.

Why Provence?

Anna Dickens from The Toynbee School summed up a Geography Trip to Provence perfectly as she said, “it’s a beautiful location, with superb opportunities for students to witness geography first-hand”. In addition, 100% of geography teachers who chose to travel to Provence with their group said they would recommend it to a fellow geography teacher.

Did you know?

In areas of Provence, caves have formed below the surface of limestone rock where water and land meet. The larger of these are among the best examples of caves in Europe.

 

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Our quick, online quote form allows our specialists to provide you with a bespoke quotation for a trip tailor-made to your group’s individual requirements.

France Fact File

Perfect for:
KS3 (or equivalent)

Transport options:
Flight or coach

Nearest Airport:
Lyon-Saint Exupéry

Flight duration from UK:
Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes

Time by coach from Calais:
14 hours

Best time to visit:
All year round

Curriculum Links:

Changing Places
Coastal Systems & Landscapes
Ecosystems & Biodiversity
Geographical Skills
Globalisation & Global Systems
Resources & Their Management
River Systems & Landscapes
Rocks, Weathering & Soil
Rural Environments
Tourism
Weather & Climate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recommended Visits


France Geography Study Visits

Diverse geographical landscapes span this beautiful, Mediterranean region in the South of France offering an amazing array of study and leisure visits that can be built in to your tailor-made Geography Trip itinerary. Here are our most highly recommended visits:

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Coastal Cassis (Mediterranean Tourism & Coastal Landscapes) Luberon Landscapes: Overground & Underground (Physical Landscapes, Industry & Tourism) The Gorges du Verdon (Upland Limestone Landscapes & Tourism) Aspects of Mediterranean Agriculture (Agricultural Systems & Water Management) Port Study: Fos-sur-Mer, Marseille (World Trade & Globalisation & Industry) The Rhône Delta & The Camargue (Ecosystems & Management Issues) La Roque D'anthéron (Settlement Study) Selection of Other Educational & Leisure Activities
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Study Resources

Bespoke Geography Trip Student and Teacher Resources

The Mediterranean region of Provence offers immense geographical diversity with scenery ranging from the spectacular canyon of the Gorges du Verdon to the plains of the Rhône Delta. Our Study Handbook offers a choice of Study Units, each designed to give your students a real hands-on experience. Whilst some of the units available are designed for use at specific excursions, there are a selection that can be used at your leisure. 

France Study Resource
Geographical Association Scottish Association of Geography Teachers

How does it work?

Your Study Handbooks will be custom-made to match your itinerary. Maps, photos and activities combine to provide students with an easy-to-use Study Handbook.

Additional Geography Study Options available are:

  • Mediterranean Tourism: Coastal Cassis
  • Coastal Cassis Questionnaire
  • Delta Day: The Rhône Delta and the Camargue
  • Delta Day Questionnaire
  • La Roque d’Antheron: Settlement Study
  • Overground… Underground in the Luberon
  • ‘No Drought About it!’
  • Vineyard/Olive Grove (Optional Visit)
  • Port Study; Fos-sur-mer, Marseille
  • The Gorge Du Verdon
  • Globalisation
Sample Pages
France Handbook Sample Page 1 France Handbook Sample Page 2 France Handbook Sample Page 3 France Handbook Sample Page 4 France Handbook Sample Page 6
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Itineraries

France Sample Itineraries

Your bespoke itinerary will include the appropriate balance of educational visits and leisure excursions to fill your chosen duration and meet your aims and objectives. Your dedicated School Tour Coordinator will offer advice and recommendations with the sole aim of creating the perfect itinerary for your group. But just to get you inspired, we have outlined the itineraries created for one of our clients below.

Durance River

7 days,
4 nights

Dates: 7th – 13th July 

Passengers: 48 passengers

Accommodation: Hameau de la Baume, La Roque d’Antheron

Board Basis: Full Board

Overview of visits: Cassis, Boat Trip, Aigues-Mortes, Espiguette beach, Arles, Hameau de la Baume, Paris.

Day 1/2:

The group excitedly departed school late afternoon, arriving at Dover in the evening for a late night ferry crossing to Calais. On arrival in France the group continued their journey, reaching their destination just after lunchtime. The group checked into their accommodation centre and had the remainder of the day to familiarise themselves with their new surroundings, following with an evening meal and an early night ready for tomrorow’s adventures.

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Day 3:

The first visit for the day was Aigues-Mortes. Here the group had free time to explore this medieval city, taking in the many historical buildings, soaking up the Provence sunshine and doing a spot of souvenir shopping. They then made their way to the Espiguette beach where the group spent the afternoon on the beach taking part in beach field work and profile construction. The group then returned to the accommodation centre for their evening meal.

Day 4:

After a good night’s sleep, the group rose to a hearty breakfast before collecting their packed lunches and heading out for their first visit of the day, Cassis. On arrival at the small coastal settlement, the coach dropped them off on ‘Avenue Alphonse Daudet’ and they made their way to board the boat that took them to see the ‘Calanques’ de Cassis – steep-sided limestone sea inlets. Once back on dry land, the students had free time in the afternoon to discover what this fishing village had to offer, complete field work and spend time relaxing on the beach. On returning to the accommodation centre, the group freshened up before dinner and spent the remainder of the evening at leisure.

Day 5:

Today the group spent the morning in the small village of Arles and the early afternoon in Hameau de la Baume. The remainder of the afternoon and evening was spent back at the accommodation centre.

Days 6 and 7:

After a slightly later start, the group ate breakfast and left the accommodation centre behind as they departed for their journey home. They made a stop in Paris and enjoyed its beautiful surroundings from the river on a Beteaux Mouches River Cruise before making their way on foot to as many of the famous sights as they could. They left Paris for Calais that night and arrived back at school the following day.


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Accommodation

France Accommodation

We have a number of hotels and hostels spread around the Provence region which are perfectly suited to school groups. Here is one of our favourites:

Hameau de la Baume, La Roque d’Antheronde 

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Situated in rural La Roque d’Antheron in the Provence region of France, the centre is perfect for youth groups, with accommodation in bungalows sleeping up to 5 people, private facilities and a small kitchen area. Communal facilities include study rooms, a swimming pool, games area and disco facilities, ideal for winding down after an action packed day. 

Maison Familiale de Vacances in Istres, Provence
  • Private facilities in each bungalow
  • Outdoor swimming pool in summer
  • TV lounge
  • Games area

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