Two-centre tour to Normandy & Paris by coach: 6 days, 5 nights

Two-centre tour to Normandy & Paris by coach: 6 days, 5 nights

There are a variety of options for your two centre tour to Normandy and Paris. You may choose to spend 4 nights in Normandy and 2 nights in Paris for example, or 4 nights in Normandy and 1 in Paris. For the Paris section of your itinerary, you may opt to visit a range of the iconic sites, or your group may take the opportunity to visit Disneyland® Paris. Contact us to discuss the options and to tailor-make your next school trip!

Suggested itinerary

  • Day one
  • Depart from school by coach
  • Connect with channel crossing
  • Stop at Honfleur en route
  • Arrive at accommodation
  • Day two
  • Market visit
  • Bayeux Tapestry
  • Bayeux Cathedral and town
  • 360 Cinema
  • OR day visit to Mont St Michel Mont St Michel Abbey
  • Day three
  • Boulangerie
  • Goats Cheese Farm
  • Snail Farm
  • Day four
  • Depart accommodation and travel to Paris
  • Visit Chocolate Factory en-route OR Monet's Garden Giverny
  • Day five
  • Full day sight-seeing in Paris including river cruise and Tour Montparnasse
  • OR opt for a full day at Disneyland® Paris
  • Day six
  • Depart accommodation
  • Return back to the UK on coach

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Two-centre tour to Normandy & Paris by coach: 6 days, 5 nights

  • Disneyland® Paris

    Subject range: MFL, Cultural

    What you’ll experience:

    A favourite for students of all ages. A day or two at Disneyland® Paris is often the highlight of the tour with many attractions to be found in Frontierland, Discoveryland, Fantasy and much more! A great way for students to practice their French speaking and listening skills whilst having fun. 

    Select says:

    Disney also provide excellent learning modules across a variety of subjects. Contact us for details.

    Allow: Full day

  • Tour Montparnasse

    Subject range: Cultural

    What you’ll experience:

    This is Paris' only skyscraper and the tallest building in France at 210 metres. You can visit the panoramic floor for fabulous views over the city. The tower is open until late, so it's also possible to take in the beautifully lit night time beauty of Paris.

    Select says:

    This is by far the best place to view of the Eiffel Tower.

    Allow: 1 hour

  • Eiffel Tower

    Subject range: MFL, Art, Cultural

    What you’ll experience:

    This iconic monument, built in 1889, is the symbol of Paris and France. The Eiffel Tower is one of the best known monuments in the world. In 2014 a new glass floor was completed on level 1 where visitors can walk 57m from the ground and experience the sensation of stepping out into the void.

    Select says:

    View further details via the Eiffle Tower website.

    Allow: 1 hour

  • Boat Cruise - Bateaux Parisiens

    Subject range: MFL, Art, Cultural

    What you’ll experience:

    One of the best and most relaxing ways to see the sights of Paris is to take a Seine river boat cruise. Starting at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, your cruise will take you up stream to the Ile de la Cité and Notre Dame Cathedral.

    Select says:

    Trips depart every 20 minutes at peak times.

    Allow: 1 hour

  • Montmartre and Sacré Cœur

    Subject range: Art

    What you’ll experience:

    Montmartre is an area in the north of Paris perched high on the 'Butte', Paris's highest hill. Montmartre is dominated by the beautiful white Basilica of the Sacré Cœur located at the top of the hill. It remains the most romantic part of Paris with narrow alleyways, atmospheric cafés, pretty stairways and ivy-clad houses. Many artists had studios or worked in or around Montmartre, including Dalí, Modigliani, Monet, Mondrian, Picasso, Pissarro and van Gogh.

    Select says:

    Look out for the two windmills (moulins) and a small vineyard.

    Allow: 1 hour

  • Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema

    Subject range: History

    What you’ll experience:

    A film about the terrible Battle of Normandy taken from archive images from around the world is projected in high definition on 9 screens. This film is a tribute to soldiers from all countries and to the 20,000 civilians who were killed during this battle for the liberation of Europe.

    Select says:

    A preview can be viewed on Arromanches Circular Cinema website. There is a great view of Mulberry Harbour from up here, and views of Bayeaux town and the coast line.

    Allow: 30 mins

  • Arromanches: D-Day Landings Museum

    Subject range: History

    What you’ll experience:

    The museum has five different sections including: a gallery of working models overlooking the historic site (guided tour), a diorama with special light and sound effects that brings the early hours of D Day to life, the hall of the Allied Nations museum collections, a film featuring archive footage, and shops.

    Select says:

    The museum overlooks where one of the Mulberry Harbours was constructed, and its remains can be seen a few hundred metres from the shore. The beach is a great place to stop for lunch and have a bit of fun after the museum. Encourage the students to re-enact what they think happened as the soldiers landed on the beaches.

    Allow: 1 hour 30 mins

  • D-Day Beaches

    Subject range: History

    What you’ll experience:

    Utah, Omaha, Gold Beach, Juno Beach and Sword Beach were stormed by Allied soldiers in the morning of June 6th 1944. A visit to the beaches will help your students gain a real feel for the environment and help them imagine events within the settings.

    Select says:

    A visit to Omaha Beach helps to understand the importance of timing and the problems that had to be overcome for the invasion to be a success. Any of the beaches are a wonderful place to stop for lunch.

    Allow: 1 hour

  • Caramel Making – Isigny Sur Mer

    Subject range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology

    What you’ll experience:

    See how the caramels are produced and learn about the process. The company has revived the production of caramel in Isigny sur Mer and produces 300 tons of caramel per year. The company continues to grow while preserving the craftsmanship.

    Select says:

    Don't miss the sample tasting! Tours are in French so ensure you have a basic understanding or you have a French speaker with you. Still worth a visit though.

    Allow: 1 hour

  • Festyland

    Subject range: Cultural, Language

    What you’ll experience:

    Festyland is the biggest amusement park in Normandy and offers around thirty rides. A great fun day out for students and great for activity weeks.

    Select says:

    Located in Bretteville-sur-Odon near Caen.

    Allow: Half day/all day

  • Chevrerie du Mesnil (Goats Cheese Farm)

    Subject range: Cultural, Food Technology, Language

    What you’ll experience:

    Located at the foot of a dell, you'll receive a warm welcome from Mr Martin to his farm. The 40 Alpine goats are a firm favourite with our school groups and children find out about goat breeding, cheesemaking, and also experience a cheese tasting session. A room is at your disposal for picnics and there is also an outside picnic area.

    Select says:

    Tours are offered in English or French and this is a popular tour for all ages.

    Allow: 1 hour 30 mins for tour

  • Les Vergers de Ducy (Apple Juice/Cider Farm)

    Subject range: Cultural, Food Technology, Language

    What you’ll experience:

    During the tour, students are shown an introductory video followed by a tour of the orchards and an overview of the production process from washing and crushing the apples to the casks where the calvados is matured. 

     

     

    Select says:

    This is a welcoming and informative tour and students have the opportunity to taste the apple juice and purchase in the shop.

    Allow: 1 hour

  • Ferme de la Mimarnel - Goat's Cheese Farm

    Subject range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology

    What you’ll experience:

    Ferme de la Mimarnel is a small family run goat’s cheese producer in the village of Cambremer, approximately an hour’s drive east of Château du Baffy. During a visit, groups will have the opportunity to see the goats and to taste the cheese during a guided tour in French.

    Select says:

    The tour will give students an insight into the stages of the cheese making process whilst enabling the development of their language skills.

    Allow: 1 hour 30

  • Honfleur

    Subject range: MFL, Art, Cultural, Geography, Food Technology

    What you’ll experience:

    A town with a rich artistic and historical heritage, Honfleur has beautiful old houses, narrow paved streets, monuments, little shops, traditional restaurants, galleries, artists' studios, a fishing harbour and a marina.

    Select says:

    The changing light on the Seine estuary inspired Monet, Boudin, Courbet, and many others. Great place to stop for lunch on route to your destination or on the way home to break up the journey.

    Allow: 1-2 hours

  • Bakery – Boulangerie Les Co-Pains near Cambremer

    Subject range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology

    What you’ll experience:

    The children actively participate in the bread making process, from visiting the mill and learning about the different types of flour to kneading the dough and seeing the stages in dough production such as weighing the dough, shaping it, cooking it in the oven, and cooking time.

    Select says:

    Each child may take the bread they have made with them. There is an indoor/outdoor picnic area on site. This is a must do excursion and one of Select’s favourites in Normandy. It has a great atmosphere and the staff are very welcoming and friendly. Tours can be tailored to ages and language abilities.

    Allow: 2 hours 30 mins

  • Bayeux Tapestry Museum

    Subject range: MFL, Art, Cultural, History

    What you’ll experience:

    The Bayeux Tapestry is a unique source on the 11th century beginning with Harold's eventful journey to Normandy through to the Battle of Hastings. Visits are by audio-guide giving commentary on the scenes.

    Select says:

    There is a simplified audio version in English especially for children.

    Allow: 1 hour

  • Bayeux Cathedral

    Subject range: MFL, Art, Cultural, History, RS

    What you’ll experience:

    The cathedral of Notre-Dame in Bayeux is an impressive building with a mix of Romanesque architecture in the 11th century crypt and Gothic in the 13th-century nave. The crypt contains some beautiful murals and the stained-glass windows in the chapel are stunning.

    Select says:

    Read the diagram on the stairs before you descend into the crypt, as it gives some information about the images below.

    Allow: 30 mins

  • Manoir d'Apreval, apple juice/cider farm

    Subject range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology

    What you’ll experience:

    There is a guided tour to show you the collection techniques, mixing apples, fermentation, and the process of distillation.

    Select says:

    You will also be able to sample some of the wonderful apple juice.

    Allow: 1 hour

  • Biscuit Makers - Sablés d’Asnelles

    Subject range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology

    What you’ll experience:

    A traditional, pure butter biscuit producer. Located in the small village of Asnelles which has been open now for over 100 years. They will give you a brief tour (normally about 10mins) then you will get the chance to sample the product itself.

    Select says:

    Take some euros as you will also have the opportunity to make additional purchases! Large groups are broken down into smaller groups to ensure everyone gets the full experience.

    Allow: 20 mins

  • William the Conqueror's Castle, Falaise

    Subject range: MFL, Cultural

    What you’ll experience:

    William the Conqueror, the son of Duke Robert of Normandy, was born at the castle in about 1028. William went on to conquer England and become king and possession of the castle descended through his heirs until the 13th century when it was captured by King Philip II of France. The tour uses computer tablets to show the castle as it was lived in together with a description of the history of the Normans.

     

    Select says:

    There are lots of stairs to climb, but there's a lovely view over Falaise from the castle heights.

    Allow: 1 hour

  • Chocolaterie du Drakkar

    Subject range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology

    What you’ll experience:

    At Chocolaterie du Drakkar, students learn all about the history and production of chocolates, including a film which takes you on a trip to the cocoa plantations of Sao Tome. Students will get many insights into the production process at Drakkar, including trying to recognize the aromas that are most often mixed with cocoa.

    Select says:

    Of course, this visit would not be a chocolate tour without some traditional tasting!

    Allow: 1 hour

  • Monet's Garden - Giverny

    Subject range: Art

    What you’ll experience:

    Giverney was Monet's home from 1883 until he passed away in 1926. Monet created some of his most celebrated work at Giverny and students will have the opportunity to see his house and the beautiful 'Water Garden' - sketch books are essential!

     

    Select says:

    Reservations are necessary for groups of 20+. You can find out more about Monet's Garden - Giverny here.

    Allow: 2 hours

Two-centre tour to Normandy & Paris by coach: 6 days, 5 nights

Learning areas:

Why not link your cultural tour to your school PSHE planning? Areas covered could include: gaining self-confidence and independence; working together and making new friends; trying new activities; enjoy healthy, safe, responsible and fulfilled lives; recognising and managing risks; take increasing responsibility for themselves.

For KS3/4 how about linking a cultural tour to the Citizenship curriculum: to enable them to manage their money on a day-to-day basis.

For KS2 – how about linking to the Foreign Language curriculum: listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding; engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; develop accurate pronunciation and intonation; broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words.

KS3 Modern foreign language: develop and use a wide-ranging and deepening vocabulary that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests; listen to a variety of forms of spoken language to obtain information and respond appropriately; initiate and develop conversations, coping with unfamiliar language and unexpected responses, making use of important social conventions such as formal modes of address; speak coherently and confidently, with increasingly accurate pronunciation and intonation.

Select Extras:
For KS2 students to practise their language skills pre-tour try these resources:

BBC Primary French - language lab

BBC Primary French - all about me (also includes French sounds video and songs)

KS3/KS4 There are some fantastic video clips available here including situations such as a visit to the market:

KS3 BBC Bitesize - a visit to the market

KS4 BBC Bitesize GCSE resources

Have you thought of selecting a relevant movie for the coach journey? We recommend Ratatouille!

Two-centre tour to Normandy & Paris by coach: 6 days, 5 nights

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    Château du Baffy

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    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.

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    Première Classe - Bussy St George

    Our rating: PLUS

    Location: Paris suburbs

    Capacity: 354

    Located at Bussy St George, just 25 km from Paris and a short 10 minute walk to the nearest RER station.

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    European Campus Sainte Therese

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    Location: Paris suburbs

    Capacity: 130

    Situated at Ozoir-la-Ferrière just 25km SE of Paris and 15 minutes' drive from Disneyland Paris. Set in 84 acres of grounds, this quality, purpose built accommodation is ideal for schools and offers excellent facilities alongside good access to Paris.

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    FUAJ Yves Robert

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    Location: Paris centre

    The FUAJ Yves Robert is a modern youth accommodation located in an eco-district close to Butte Montmartre and the Gare du Nord.

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    Résidence Internationale de Paris

    Our rating: PLUS

    Location: Paris centre

    Capacity: 102 rooms

    A modern and simple youth accommodation situated in the 20th arrondissement of Paris near to the Paris Péripherique to the east of the city centre. Staff at the Résidence are experienced in accommodating youth groups and your group is sure to have an enjoyable stay.



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