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School Day Trips to France

The Day Trip to France - The Classic School Trip!

A Day Trip to France is the original overseas school trip. Once a year, often whole year groups - sometimes even whole schools - would be bussed across the Channel to Boulogne or one of the other ports. For many children, it would be their first time overseas.

Today, longer trips to all parts of Europe and further afield are a feature of many schools' calendars, but the Day Trip to France is still a popular and cherished event. Primary Schools also now regularly undertake such trips and some may wish to consider one as a practice run for a more adventurous longer residential abroad - 'dipping their toes in', so to speak.

So Near, Not So Far... So Much to Fit In!

For schools without scope for a longer trip, a surprising amount can be achieved spending just a few hours across the water, with a wealth of opportunities within easy reach of the French ports.

Boulogne-sur-Mer alone is worth the short journey to experience a taste of French life; here the pupils can make the most of the expansive beach, sea-life attraction Nausicaa, the fish market and they will love exploring the imposing ramparts surrounding the old high town overlooking the bustling port. A quick trip to a French Hypermarket to pick up some 'bonbons' or other French goodies is a regular request - not forgetting 'Lunch in Flunch'!

With the proximity to the Western Front of the Great War, it is easy to make fulfilling visits to many Battlefield sites including the Wellington Quarry in Arras, l'Historial de la Grand Guerre in Picardy and the memorials of the Circuit of Remembrance of the Somme. With the Belgian town of Ypres a little over 75 minutes away from Calais, it is also possible to pay respects at the Menin Gate, visit the On Flanders Field Museum and the Tyne Cot Cemetery near the war-ravaged village of Passchaendale. Back in France, the Second World War bunkers and missile-launching sites at La Coupole and Eperlecques can also be recommended with their fascinating relics and excellent educational programmes.

Several notable cities are easily reached on the French Autoroute system - Amiens, Arras and Lille all offer plenty to enthuse and interest school groups for a day. A day trip can even stretch to Paris for a guided tour, a boat trip on the Seine, a visit to the Louvre or just a few hours roaming the boulevards or admiring Notre Dame and the many other iconic sites which dominate the French capital's cityscape.

For Primary Schools, a visit to a local Market and maybe a Goat farm, Cheese, biscuit or chocolate factory might appeal to the younger pupils. In December it is possible to reach some of those towns in Northern France such as Bethune or Lille, which offer the excitement and atmosphere of a continental Christmas Market.

Euroculture has the savoir-faire for a successful day out!

With the obvious restrictions that limited time imposes on a day trip, these events need meticulous planning - which happens to be our forte. Our in depth knowledge of coach regulations, travel routes, and the attractions of Northern France and Belgium means that we can ensure that you make the most of your flying visit. Timings are crucial to this and we will work closely with you and the coach company to ensure that everything runs smoothly on the day.

Clearly day trips are easier for those schools situated in the south of the UK, although schools further north can facilitate the extended journey with an overnight drive - this necessitates two drivers on the vehicle. This will add a little to the price, but we think it's worth it.

When planning your next Day Trip to France, you will need to give consideration to the size of the group. A major factor in the affordability of the excursion is a full coach to ensure that the trip is being run as economically as possible. One point to remember about coach costs is that smaller coaches are not much less in price than the main range of 49 to 53-seaters. On the other hand, 'double-deckers' with 70-plus seat capacity are a rare commodity and accordingly relatively expensive.

If you are thinking about running a day trip for your class, year or school, please do get in touch with our team so we can help guide you through the issues and create a day to remember for all.


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