French School Trips to Opal Coast, France
- Art and architecture
- Food and drink
- Travel and tourism
Affectionately named ‘Paris by the sea’, the charming Opal Coast was often the chosen holiday destination of affluent French families due to its pretty promenades, golden sands and colourful beach houses. Today, the lively street markets, youthful vibe and close proximity to the UK only add to its appeal as a language trip destination.
Students will have a whole host of opportunities to put what they’ve learnt in the classroom to the test with the friendly locals, making it the perfect destination for a first language trip.Get in Touch
Opal Coast Language Recommended Visits
The Opal Coast is perfect for students in the earlier stages of their French language career thanks to its close proximity to the UK and array of language learning opportunities. Here are just some of our most recommended visits.
Boulogne Sur Mer
Located just a stone’s throw away from Calais, Boulogne-sur-Mer is the largest fishing port in France located at the mouth of the river Liane. In the town centre your students will find a mixture of shops, restaurants and cafés where they can interact with the locals, as well as visit the cobbled town square which is home to the ancient Church of St Nicolas, the oldest church in Boulogne.
Visit the Notre Dame Basilica with its 101m high dome inspired by St Paul’s in London, St Peter’s in Rome and the Pantheon or the medieval castle which houses an exquisite collection of Egyptian art.
The Old Town lies to the north of the town and is often seen as the religious centre dominated by the belfry and dome of the Cathedral. Boulogne-sur-Mer is the perfect stop-off on your journey to, or from, the UK.
Le-Touquet-Paris-Plage, more often referred to as Le Touquet, is an old-fashioned seaside resort known for its beautiful Victorian seafront. Le Touquet is a popular choice with wealthy Parisians looking to swap city life for the fresh sea air for a few days and as such has an air of glamour about it. Students can explore the many shops and boutiques where they can practise their French as they converse with the local shop keepers and climb over 270 steps to the top of the lighthouse for phenomenal views of the beach and the ocean. If you’re looking to give your students a bit of down-time then you could head to the beautifully wide sandy beach or test your nerves on the waterslides in Aqualud.
Chocolaterie de Beussent
What better way to keep your students’ attention than by immersing them into a world of chocolate making and tasting? Located in a small village just 20km from Le Touquet, this family run business was started in 1985 and today opens its factory doors to visitors looking to learn more about the process of making the delicious chocolate.
A 45-minute guided tour in French or English starts with an overview of the history of cocoa and then introduces students to the various manufacturing techniques, including moulding and coating. Students can watch a demonstration of the production process before getting to taste some of the produce for themselves – always a highlight!
The factory shop is a great place to pick up some freshly made chocolates to take home for friends and family, or to eat yourself throughout the rest of your trip.
Nausicaä National Sea Centre
As the largest complex in Europe dedicated entirely to the sea, Nausicaä will give groups a unique insight into the world’s sea and oceans. Discover all there is to know about the marine environment through thematic exhibitions, interactive multimedia experiences and films – not forgetting the 10,000 aquatic animals displayed before you. Your journey through the undersea world is sure to be a magical one.
In the seaside town of Boulogne-sur-Mer, enter a factory which has a unique smell of sweets and a rainbow of colours! A 45-minute guided tour in French and live demonstrations teach you about the ingredients and processes that are used to make fruit drops, nougat, truffles and marzipan. If you’re lucky, you may even get to help with the sweet production and sampling the goods!
Founded in 1995, this sweet factory produces over 50 different kinds of sweets; hard, soft, lollipops and chocolate. Today it welcomes over 14,000 visitors annually to see how the sweets are made and what’s involved in getting them to the shop shelves.
After your guided tour, why not visit the shop to pick up a little treat for you or even friends and family at home?
Opal Coast 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: 4th – 7th June
Passengers: 28 students and 2 teachers
Accommodation: Hôtel Les Pelouses
Board Basis: Half Board
Overview of visits: Group Treasure Hunt, Hannah France Language School, Montreuil-sur-Mer, Nausicaā Sealife Centre, Hypermarché, Étaples.
The group left school early for their lunchtime ferry crossing into Calais. Travelling on to Boulogne-sur-Mer, they took the opportunity to enjoy their first planned activity – a group treasure hunt! Next they set off for Stella Plage near Le Touquet for check in at the Hippotel, their base for the duration of their stay. Dinner was served at the hotel, followed by an evening of quizzes and entertainment; provided courtesy of the Rayburn Fun Files!View the full day-by-day itinerary
After breakfast and collection of packed lunches, the group took part in their first lesson at the Hannah France Language School in Montreuil-sur-Mer. Here the group explored a range of basic French phrases which they might find useful throughout the duration of their stay. After the lesson, the group enjoyed free time in Montreuil-sur-Mer for lunch and a spot of sightseeing before departing for their afternoon visit to the Nausicaā Sea life Centre – Europe's largest sea life centre. Once back at their hotel the group ate together and spent the remainder of the evening at leisure.
The group returned to the Hannah France Language School before eating lunch.It was then on to the Hypermarché Intermarché, Cucq for a spot of souvenir shopping and a chance to test some of their newly acquired French language skills, before heading back to the hotel to relax and unwind.
The group packed up and checked out of their hotel, before visiting the town of Étaples. Here they had free time to explore the local market and put into practice their newly acquired language skills. After lunch, the group started their return journey home.
Opal Coast Accommodation
There are a number of accommodation centres perfect for school groups in and around the Opal Coast and here is just one of our client's favourites.
Hippotel, Le Touquet
Situated in the glamorous coastal town of Le Touquet, the Hippotel offers a clean and comfortable stay just a short walk from the town centre and the expansive beaches. The hotel facilities include a games area with snooker and table football, Wi-Fi connection throughout and a relaxation area complete with sauna. There are 71 bedrooms, some of which offer spectacular views across the hotel's gardens, which can each accommodate up to 6 people with a living area, bath/shower room and separate toilet.
The hotel is perfectly located for exploring the Opal Coast region, and thanks to its large rooms and spacious gardens, it is ideal for school groups.
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