French School Trips to Normandy, France
- Art and architecture
- Cultural heritage
- Food and drink
- Travel and tourism
- Youth culture
From lush meadows and rustic farmland to pebble coves and coastline dunes, Normandy offers spectacular yet diverse scenery. Think typically French seaside towns and idyllic rural villages – to describe this region as picturesque just doesn’t do it justice.
Whether you want to take in the city life or soak up the coastal sun, this safe haven is the perfect place for your students to put their language skills to the test and grow in confidence.
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Normandy Language Recommended Visits
Normandy’s diverse culture make it the ideal destination to enhance your student’s understanding of a range of topics on the Language syllabus. Here you can discover just some of the excursions we can build into your bespoke school trip itinerary.
Situated on the edge of the river Seine, Rouen is known as the historical capital of Normandy as it was the scene where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake in 1431 and home to the Notre Dame Cathedral which inspired French artist Claude Monet to paint his cathedral series. The best way to explore Rouen is with a guided walking tour which can be given in French or English
Visit the Museum of Fine Arts which houses one of France’s finest collections of paintings, sculptures, drawings and art objects and includes the largest array of Impressionist paintings outside Paris, featuring Monet, Renoir and Sisley. If time permits then visit the Astronomical Clock, the birthplace of poet Pierre Corneille which is now home to a museum or simply stand and gaze at some of the region’s most impressive architecture.
Whilst in Rouen it would be a shame not to have a little bit of free time to browse the shops or sit at a local café and watch the world go by.
Visit the old, artistic town of Honfleur where the beautiful, commercial port is a definite “must see”. Saint Catherine’s Church is also a highlight thanks to its roof that gives the impression of an upside-down ship’s hull.
If you’re visiting Honfleur Wednesday through Sunday then why not visit the market, a great place to soak up some of the French culture and language? The Cours des Fossés houses the traditional market every Saturday and the fish market from Thursday to Sunday. The organic market sells fresh local organic fruit and veg on the Place Sainte Catherine every Wednesday too.
A tasty challenge is to get students to use their French skills to order an ice cream from one of the little cafes and ice cream parlours down by the harbour.
A visit to a market is always a colourful and lively affair showcasing local traditions, the quality of life “à la française” and the diversity of the local produce. Students can practise their language skills as they stroll amongst the stalls, seeing the wonderful produce on offer and appreciating this traditional activity.
There are an array of markets to choose from 7 days a week throughout the region, including fish, organic and craft markets. Depending on where your Language Trip itinerary takes you, your School Tour Coordinator will build in a visit to a local market.
Fromagerie E. Graindorge
An independent family-run business located in the heart of the Pays d’Auge, E. Graindorge cheese dairy has been offering visits since 2004. Students can discover cheese workshops through a corridor of glass galleries, where they’ll see all the different stages of cheese production, from the time the milk arrives until the cheese is packaged.
Throughout, they’ll be able to interpret films, information panel boards and games, learning about the cheese dairy’s long standing history and best kept production secrets.
Maison des Calvados Boulard
Based in the centre of the Pays d’Auge, the Calvados Boulard distillery welcomes guests to enjoy a guided tour of its stills and cellar. Tours last one hour and can be in French or English, allowing students to discover the traditional skills boasted by the Maison Boulard in the production of calvados, pommeau and a range of liqueurs.
Acclaimed as one of the greatest achievements of the Norman Romanesque, this intricate embroidered cloth tells the story of the events preceding the Norman invasion of England. Visitors can examine exhibits including models, historic scenes and projected images, all encapsulating the nature of a key period in history. The visit lasts approximately 45 minutes for the tapestry only, and 2 hours for the addition of the exhibition room and film footage. If requested, it is also possible to arrange an audio guided tour.
Language tuition in Normandy
Our partner school in Normandy has been helping students to learn French for almost 20 years and has been awarded the prestigious ‘Qualité FLE’ award by the French Government.
Located in the centre of Rouen, in the chic and quiet Jardin des Plantes area, the school is equipped with 12 classrooms and modern audio visual equipment. Highly qualified, native teachers provide first rate tuition and an exciting social and cultural programme in a warm and friendly study environment, tailoring their lessons to your chosen topics. They may also be able to organise a walking tour around Rouen for students to gain an insight into the area and how to get around.
Location – 10 minute coach journey from the Auberge de Jeunesse
Lesson duration – typically 45 minute sessions
Maximum class size – 10 students
- Visit to Rouen’s museums
- Visits to local radio and TV stations
- Visits to local institutions such as local government authorities
Get in touch with our expert team on 01332 347 828 for more information about adding language tuition to your trip to Normandy.
Normandy Sample Itinerary
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.
Dates: 18th – 22nd March
Passengers: 41 students and 4 teachers
Board Basis: Half Board
Accommodation: Bon Séjour la Plage, Merville Franceville
The group departed early from school, arriving -mid-morning in Dover, for their lunchtime ferry crossing. Upon arrival in France the coach headed to Merville Franceville, which would provide the base for their tour. After checking in and unpacking, the group chose to familiarise themselves with their surroundings before setting down for their evening meal at the hotel. The remainder of the evening was spent at leisure.View the full day-by-day itinerary
After a good night’s sleep and breakfast at the hotel, the group headed to the quaint town of Honfleur, where time was spent visiting the quaint fishing harbour and narrow streets, making the most of opportunities to brush up on their linguistic skills. In the afternoon, the group ventured to Fromagerie E. Graindorge for an introduction to traditional cheese making methods and tasting session.After an evening meal at the hotel the remainder of the evening was spent at leisure.
After breakfast the group boarded their coach for an insightful guided tour at the Bayeux Tapestry Museum to learn about the intricate tapestry. The group spent the afternoon at Arromanches 360° Cinema, located on the dramatic cliffs of Arromanches, viewing a film tekkubg the story of the Battle of Normandy. The group then returned to their hotel, for their evening meal and time at leisure.
Following breakfast, the morning was spent at Calvados Boulard Distillery with a guided tour and introduction to the brandy distilling process in French. After an educational morning, the early afternoon was spent in the town of Mondeville for a spot of sightseeing and shopping – not only using their euros, but also their language skills! The coach then took the group to the Beauregard Adventure Park, a high-wire park with courses for all levels. After an action-packed day, the group returned to the hotel for an evening at leisure.
After breakfast the group checked out of their accommodation and started their return journey home.
Rouen Hotel Saint-Sever
The Rouen Hotel Saint-Sever is located in a suburb of Rouen on the bank of the River Seine. The historic city centre, where you will find pretty streets with half-timbered houses and attractive squares, is just a short stroll across the river. You will also find the impressive Rouen Cathedral, once the tallest building in the world, and the Gros Horloge, the 16th century astronomical clock.
The hotel offers simple, clean and comfortable double or twin guestrooms with small en-suite shower room and toilet. The hotel also benefits from WiFi, a 24-hour reception and an on-site bar and Restaurant Cruise Café.
Bon Séjour La Plage
Located on the pretty Normandy coast, just a stone's throw from Merville-Franceville beach, Bon Séjour La Plage is perfectly placed to enjoy the best of the Normany region.
The accommodation offers clean, comfortable guestrooms with en-suite shower rooms and a toilet.
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