Normandy Experience learning programme

Discover the area’s rich history and culture on a guided educational tour of Normandy

Centred around excursions and day trips to attractions and historical sites, your group will be out each day exploring everything the Normandy region has to offer. An added bonus is that your group will be escorted by our own local French animateurs, who will guide students in English or French, to create an authentic French experience. You can also choose to spend a day using the adventure facilities at Château de la Baudonnière.

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French language, culture & history school tours of Normandy

The Normandy Experience tour is designed for students to experience the local history and culture of Normandy through a series of excursions and visits

The itinerary of your Normandy Experience tour will be designed in line with your group’s age range and learning objectives. Whether you are looking for a French language immersion, history or a cross-curricula tour, we will use our local knowledge of Normandy to recommend suitable activities, excursions and accommodation to suit your group’s needs.

We can introduce you to authentic French culture, with guided visits in our local community, such as local markets and producers, or introduce students to the historic sights of the area such as the Bayeaux Tapestry, Mont Saint Michel or the WW2 landing beaches of Upper Normandy. Please see the excursions page for further details and all your options.

Your Normandy Experience can also include one day, or two half-days of activities, at Château de la Baudonnière where your group can try a variety of activities such as archery, climbing, fencing, initiative exercises and many more. Contact us for availability.

What makes Normandy Experience different than other Normandy school tours is that your group will be accompanied at all times by one of our experienced local guides who can lead your students in either English or French for a totally authentic experience. French learners will also receive a complementary language workbook to complete during the stay.

History school tours of Normandy

Our history tours of Normandy offer a fantastic opportunity for history students to gain a first-hand understanding of Anglo-French history. Bring your history lessons to life by exploring the Bayeaux Tapestry, the WW1 Battlefields of the Somme, or the D-Day landing beaches or Upper Normandy. Due to the abundance of important historical sites in the region, we can work with you to really tailor an itinerary that will complement your history lessons, while offering students an authentic taste of Normandy culture and produce. Please see the excursions page for further details and all your options. 

Most schools can also spend a day at our French centre, Château de la Baudonnière, to take part in on-site activities. Activities are subject to availability, click here to find out more about what your group can get up to.

Normandy Experience history programme
 
climbing normandy school adventure trip

French language immersion tours of Normandy

French learners on our Normandy Experience have plenty of opportunities to interact with the local community and use their French language in an authentic setting. All excursions, activities and evening entertainments are led by our native-speaking animateurs, in French, and each student will receive a French workbook to complete during their time away. A typical 5-day programme offers a variety of immersive French language activities such as a market mission to a local town as well as the chance to experience memorable local sights such as UNESCO World Heritage site, Mont Saint-Michel, or the Bayeaux Tapestry.

Schools can also spend a day at our French centre, Château de la Baudonnière, to take part in on-site activities. Activities are subject to availability, click here for more information on what's on offer. Students will benefit from a varied and enjoyable tour while making substantial improvements in their French and gaining greater confidence in using it.

 

Sample itinerary

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
08:15am   Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
09:15am–12:00pm  

French market mission 

Morning exploring Mont Saint-Michel with your animateur

Postcard writing

French bread making

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
12:30pm   Packed lunch Packed lunch Lunch

Lunch at Colleville-sur-Mer 

14:15–17:00pm Arrive Tour of local goat's cheese farm

Guided bay walk including 'quick sand' experience in the afternoon

Avranches French town trail 

Transfer to port for ferry crossing
17:00-18:00pm   Journalling Journalling Journalling  
18:00pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner  
19:30–21:00pm Tour Swimming or French quiz (depending on season) Circus skills lesson in French French fancy dress soirée  

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.