French Language Trips to Normandy
Based in the Seine Valley area of Normandy, between Rouen and Le Havre, this Language Tour destination offers groups an authentic taste of France. As the Seine sweeps across the area it reveals an intriguing cross-section of Normandy’s history and culture, the perfect recipe for bringing the French language to life. In Rouen, the historical capital of Normandy, you will find monuments abound, most notably the Notre Dame Cathedral painted by Monet. Meanwhile, Le Havre offers a young and vibrant atmosphere for your students to explore, complete with its bustling port and expanding university scene.
Selection of Educational Excursions
A visit to a market is always a colourful and lively affair showcasing local traditions, authenticity, 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.
The best way to explore Rouen is with a guided walking tour which can be given in French or English. Rouen’s Museum of Fine Arts 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. Whilst in Rouen, be sure not to miss out on a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Astronomical Clock.
The beautiful, old, picturesque port of Honfleur is a ‘must see’. A visit to the town would not be complete without a stop at Saint Catherine’s church, whose roof gives the impression of an upside-down ship’s hull. A fun and delectable activity is to encourage your students to use their French to purchase an ice cream from one of the little shops made famous by the paintings of great artists.
Le Valaine Cheese & Chocolate Maker
A guided tour of this 20 hectare agricultural enterprise allows you to see many local specialties being made, including chocolate, ice cream and Normandy’s infamous cider.
Visit France’s first environmental theme park. Immerse yourself in the history of the Earth and embark on an extraordinary journey from the Big Bang all the way to 2050. Discover man’s impact on the Earth, through workshops and interactive exhibits. Opt for a guided tour in French or English and use the worksheets provided by the park.
Benedictine Palace of Fécamp
Monks have been brewing the Benedictine liqueur in this palace for centuries and the building is both a feat of architecture and an Art Museum! Take a tour of the working museum to see how the liqueur is made and what ingredients are used.
Bespoke Language Tuition
French in Normandy Language School
The French in Normandy Language School has been helping students to learn French for almost 20 years and has been awarded the prestigious 'Qualité FLE' award by the French Government. In addition, the school was awarded a Language Travel Magazine Star Award in 2012. Highly qualified, native teachers provide first rate tuition and an exciting social and cultural programme in a warm and friendly study environment in the beautiful and historic region of Normandy.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
Our Recommended Itinerary
All of our tours are bespoke, therefore the itinerary below is simply an example; the duration, educational visits, leisure excursions and accommodation centre used will be selected to match the requirements of your group. Please contact us to discuss your bespoke itinerary.
Early morning departure by coach to Normandy arriving at the Auberge de Jeunesse du Robec, Rouen, in time for your evening meal.
A morning's tuition at the language school can focus on food technology vocabulary and basic business terminology to prepare you for afternoon visits to Fécamp and Le Valaine Cheese and Chocolate Maker.
Your final morning's tuition at the language school can be spent practising vocabulary relating to the environment and tourism preparing you for your visit to EANA Discovery Park.
Spend the morning at a local market where you can enjoy some last-minute souvenir shopping before boarding your coach for your journey back to the UK.
Auberge de Jeunesse du Robec, Rouen
Modern décor throughout the hostel and friendly and welcoming staff make this a great base for language students wanting to explore the region of Normandy. The hostel is superbly located for exploring the pedestrianised streets in the ‘old town’ and many of the city’s historical and cultural sites are also within easy walking distance.
- Games room and lounge
- 2 large function rooms perfect for use in the evening
Prices from £239pp*
Normandy tour includes:
- Return coach travel and channel crossings
- 4 night’s B&B accommodation
- Fun Files – a free evening entertainment pack.
Get in Touch for Your Bespoke Quotation
We will work with you to create a completely tailor made itinerary. Departure dates, travel, duration, language tuition, and excursions will be planned to meet the individual requirements of your school.
*This price is based on 44 paying passengers and 5 free places, travelling in low season for 5 days. Priced February 2013.