Geography tour to Normandy by coach: 4 days, 3 nights

Normandy is a superb cost-effective alternative to the typical geography destination choices! Our Château du Baffy in Normandy is ideally located close to the River Seulles and is just 15 minutes from the coastal landscapes and within reach of the dramatic tidal landscape of Mont St Michel. Areas of geographical learning covered include: Human Geography – People and their Urban Environment; Physical Geography – Landscapes; Physical Challenges – Changing Earth, Hazards and its Consequences; Environments and Resources; Ecosystems; and Geographical Skills. Our free related activity book will save you valuable planning time and promote the key geographical learning. A 5 day tour is also possible – enquire for details.

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Suggested itinerary

Day one
Depart from school by coach
Connect with channel crossing
Arrive at accommodation
Visit Bayeux – land use transects

Day two
Arromanches – coastal management strategies or tourism survey, environmental quality
River studies of the River Seulles at various locations – water quality testing, flow characteristics and meanders

Day three
Mont St Michel – the tidal system and estuary
Visit La Calvadosienne oyster farm on way back

Day four
Depart accommodation
Stop en route at Étretat
Return back to the UK on coach

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Excursion Ideas

  • Swimming - Aquanacre

    Subject range: MFL, Physical Education

    What you’ll experience: Aquanacre is located in Douvres-la-Délivrande, just 10 minutes from the Château du Baffy. The swimming centre has 3 pools, one outside, and a pentagliss (parallel slides).
    Select says: Swimming is always a fun activity to choose for the students and great for unwinding as an evening activity.

  • Oyster Farm - La Calvadosienne

    Subject range: MFL, Cultural, Geography, Food Technology

    What you’ll experience: During your visit students visit the oyster banks and learn about the oyster and the history of oyster farming in Europe. La Calvadosienne is accredited as an “educational farm” and the complete visit is available in English. You will also learn how the tidal system affects the farming of the oysters.
    Select says: La Calvadosienne is located to the east of Arromanches within the oyster farming area of Asnelles-Meuvaines.

  • Mont St-Michel

    Subject range: Geography

    What you’ll experience: Mont St-Michel is in the heart of a great bay that has the highest tides in Europe. Strong tides protected the abbey during the wars that ravaged France. At high tide, the tidal island is surrounded by the cold, fast-moving waters of the North Atlantic. At low tide, the landmass rises from the beach. Your group can experience the beautiful view over the bay from the ramparts path.
    Select says: Guided tours around the bay are also possible – contact us for deatils.

  • Arromanches

    Subject range: Geography

    What you’ll experience: Arromanches: environmental quality investigation, tourism survey and evaluation of coastal management strategies. Arromanches is a significant tourist location on the Normandy beaches with an important role to play in telling us the history of the successful landings. But what can we learn today about how the impact of tourism is managed to sustain the environment of this coastal environment.
    Select says: A great location to investigate coastal features and learn about our (as tourists) impact upon the area

  • Bayeux

    Subject range: Geography

    What you’ll experience: Land use transects and the location and clustering of services in the CBD. Work focussed on the urban landscape, showing through a city transept, the disposition of services and business as well as residential areas in the city
    Select says: One of the most beautiful and compact towns in which to study the urban landscape.

  • Various river studies at the River Seulles

    Subject range: Geography

    What you’ll experience: There are many locations around the Château du Baffy suitable for conducting various river studies. Areas of fieldwork may include water quality testing, flow characteristics and meanders. Visit River Seulles at Colombiers sur Seulles for water quality testing, which can include: water temperature; levels of nitrates, phosphates and ph; dissolved oxygen; water turbidity; and monitoring water pollution with invertebrate indicator species. Visit River Seulles at St. Gabriel and Pont de Reviers for studies of river channel and flow characteristics, and meanders. A range if geographical skills are developed in measuring, recording and presenting information, and it is also possible to examine the sustainability of water usage in the area.
    Select says: Please be cautious whilst conducting the tests on public land as the terrain might be slippery.

  • Étretat

    Subject range: Geography

    What you’ll experience: A coastal study developing skills in recording and presenting information. Topics include beach profiles – shingle beach; beach sediment size investigation and features of coastal erosion: chalk cliffs, caves, arches and stacks.
    Select says: An opportunity to get to grips with a range of coastal features in a small area.

Geography trip to Normandy by coach: 4 days, 3 nights Accommodation

Château du Baffy

Our rating:

Location: Colombiers-sur-Seulles

Capacity: 110

The Château is only 6 kilometres from the picturesque seaside town of Courselles-sur-Mer with its yacht harbour and sandy beaches, and is also on the doorstep of Bayeux and the World War II landing beaches. It's the perfect base for groups to enjoy the wealth of excursions and educational experiences on offer in this historical area.

Select says: The Château du Baffy has a main building and the adjacent Villa Mathilde - both buildings accommodate a full coach capacity, so groups can enjoy sole-occupancy of their building. Our Château has been a highly popular choice for dozens of UK schools in the past fifteen years and will now be operated by our own team, including our renowned French chef Thierry!

One of our teachers says, “Beautiful setting – a great place to take school groups. Plenty of outdoor space to run around and very French feeling dining room. Ideal location to explore this wonderful area.”

Rooms: Rooms: The Château sleeps up to 110 persons in 2-5 bedded rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms.

Facilities: Facilities: There are two restaurants, a teachers' lounge, a sun-terrace, and a meeting room. Outside there are lawned gardens and a tennis court, as well as a barbeque area, plus a new 100 metre squared sports hall!