Normandy Experience cultural school tour

Discover Normandy on a guided immersive French language trip

Centred around excursions and day trips to attractions and historical sites, you and your group will be out each day exploring everything the region has to offer and spending your time immersed in the local community and French culture. Your trip will be led by our French-native animateurs, who will encourage your students to listen and practise their French from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave. You also have the option to include a visit to Château de la Baudonnière to experience activities such as archery, climbing and fencing (subject to availability).

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Language Immersion and Cultural Tour For Schools

The Normandy Experience programme allows students to experience the local culture of Normandy through a series of excursions and visits that can be adapted for students of preparatory, primary, middle, secondary and sixth form students and for every level of French including complete beginner. 

The Normandy experience programme is more visit based than the Château residential trip, excursions that can include Bayeux, Mont St. Michel and local markets, goats cheese farm, North Normandy landing beaches and many more. Please see the visits page for further details and all your options. Your Normandy experience will also include one day or two half-days of activities at Château de la Baudonnière which will include activities such as archery, climbing, fencing, initiative exercises and many more.

School groups stay in one of our Normandy centres such as Etoile de la Mer or Villa Eole with one of our special trained animateurs who will be with you and your group throughout your tour. The animateur will help to create a French language immersion experience for your group and will get your pupils listening to French and speaking it. This will be supported by our Normandy Experience workbook which will be completed in French by each pupil during the stay.


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What Makes Normandy Experience a Success

Choose your Excursions

There are plenty of educational visits for you to choose from in Normandy. We'll organise them for you and our French staff will lead the excursions.

Learn While Doing

Pupils enjoy activities such as orienteering, archery, fencing and climbing, all instructed in French at a level suitable for the age group. Pupils will have to speak French if they want to participate - it's a formula that works!

Personal Attention

You will have your own animateur, a native French tour manager in France who spends the whole time with you and your group, ensuring you get the most out of your school trip.

For All Abilities 

Your animateur will tailor all activities and visits to suit the age of your school group, from young children to sixth form students. They enjoy a challenge and will get even the most reluctant students speaking French!

Why choose us for your French school trip to Normandy?

French immersion works

Developed over 20 years, our approach to French teaching creates a truly immersive experience that is shown to improve learning and confidence.

We’re here for you

Our local managers are on hand 24/7 to look after the individual needs of your group and deliver the best experience every time you visit.

Schools return to us year after year

Our French language residentials offer the highest quality instruction and care which is why 8 out of 10 school groups return each year.

Animateurs are “like having another teacher on the trip”

All school group activities are led by our own French-native animateurs who are skilled at encouraging even the most reticent learner to use their French.

Authentic French experiences

As part of the local community, with ties across the region, we offer an authentic French cultural experience during your group's stay.

A French programme to suit your learning objectives

Looking for onsite adventure activities? The chance to experience authentic local culture? Or an escorted tour of Normandy's rich history and landmarks? We have a French trip to suit.