Duration: 4 Days
Discover Côte d’Opale
So near yet so French. The coastal region near Calais and Boulogne has long been popular with the British. Here you will find miles of clean golden sand and gracious old villas in the seaside resorts of Le Touquet and Stella plage which retains the charm of the Belle Epoque. For a school group this is a very accessible part of France where you can visit local markets, play games on the vast beaches and explore the local sights – not forgetting a visit to the Aqualud Waterpark at Le Touquet or the Bagatelle Theme Park at Merlimont.
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The Edventure Travel Package
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- Return Ferry/Eurotunnel Crossing
- Executive Coach throughout
- All travel when at your destination
- Accommodation based on bed and breakfast with students in multi-bedded rooms
- Teachers free of charge sharing twin rooms
- All meals mentioned in the itinerary
- All activities mentioned in the itinerary unless otherwise stated
- Travel Insurance
- Single Room Supplements
- Personal Expenditure
- Overseas departure taxes if applicable
- Tips for guides and drivers
- Full Time Tour Director
- Activities not mentioned
- Meals not mentioned
Depart the UK
Travel to France via ferry or tunnel to Calais. Choose to visit Nausicaa (France’s national sea life Centre) or the Aqualud Waterpark at Le Touquet Plage.
Bagatelle Theme Park
Spend the day at the Bagatelle theme park at Merlimont or visit the seaside resort of Berck-Sur-Mer in the morning. Later travel to the historic port of St Valery-Sur-Mer, with its tourist steam railway.
There are many options which you can visit on your school trip today. Enjoy a French market or spend the morning in Boulogne old town followed by the afternoon walking the ramparts in Montreuil–Sur-Mer, the setting for ‘Les Miserables.
For history trips you could visit La Coupole, the huge WW11 German bunker at St Omer where the V2 rockets were launched against London. If you travel a bit further you can visit the Vimy Ridge WW1 memorial on the Somme.
Return to the UK
Today you could take a visit to a chocolate factory, a market, a bakery, a snail farm or a sweet factory followed by a visit to a hypermarket.
This afternoon travel to Calais for your return crossing to the UK.
Visit Boulogne, the second-largest city after Calais, and sits on the Côte d’Opale. It is a touristic stretch of the French coast between Calais and Normandy, and the most visited location in the region after Lille. Boulogne-sur-Mer is a city, and a major fishing port specialising in herring. By the port, Nausicaá is a huge aquarium with thousands of marine species. In the fortified old town, Notre-Dame Basilica has an ornate crypt and the city’s 12th-century belfry was the keep of a Norman-era castle and is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Ancient Egyptian and Greek artifacts are on display at the Castle Museum, which is set within a 13th-century chateau.
Parc Bagatelle Theme Parc
Parc Bagatelle is a seasonal family amusement park near Calais featuring a variety of rollercoasters & rides for younger children as well as restaurants & parkland. Founded in 1955, it is the oldest amusement park in France where your group can enjoy and have fun exploring log flumes, rafting, rollercoasters, 360degree cinemas and a small zoo. Highlights include; Triops, a suspended coaster; Gaz’Express, a family coaster; Famous Jack , a spinning coaster; and Silver Wings, a thrill ride.
Choclaterie - Beussent-Lachelle
Your group could enjoy a 45 minute experience and watch how chocolate is made in this artisanal chocolate factory in France and discover how it is manufactured directly from the cocoa bean. The chocolate factory of Beussent-Lachelle produces its own couverture chocolate by working the best beans, mainly coming from Ecuador where they have their own plantation, and also from Madagascar and Sao Tome. All the steps are done by the craftsmen of the chocolate factory, from the choice of the beans to their roasting until the conching.
If your group love water then this will be the place for them!!! Aqualud is a huge water park on the seafront in Le Touquet with several indoor and outdoor pools, a wave pool and a giant toboggan run. Housed under a glass dome is a giant pool with waves, ‘rocky’ slides, jacuzzis and a solarium. If you visit in the summer, when the outdoor section is open there will be 3 more pools, flumes and two rides, the Black Hole and the Twister.
Nausicaa Sea Life Centre
Your group can visit Nausicaa, which is a magnificent aquarium, and the second most visited attraction north of Paris (after Parc Asterix). There are more than 36,000 fish and other marine creatures to discover, ranging from microscopic plankton to large sharks, making this an attraction that appeals to all ages. The centre is well laid out, with information in English as well as French, which is especially a great help for school groups. The exhibition starts with information on plankton and then moves on through studies of all sorts of salt water fish and sea mammals – the colours and varieties of fish are huge. Among other exhibits there is a beautiful tropical lagoon, a shark tank and the opportunity to see sea-lions.
If your group is on a WW1 history tour, then you could visit Montreuil, which was the headquarters of the British Army in France during the First World War from March 1916 until it closed in April 1919. It was chosen as G.H.Q. for a wide variety of reasons. It was on a main route from London to Paris—the two chief centres of the campaign—though not on a main railway line, which would have been an inconvenience. It was not an industrial town and so avoided the complications alike of noise and of a possibly troublesome civil population. It was from a telephone and motor transit point of view in a very central situation to serve the needs of a Force which was based on Dunkirk, Calais, Boulogne, Dieppe, and Le Havre, and had its front stretching from the Somme to beyond the Belgian frontier.
Students will experience a different culture and gain an understanding of other nationalities, principles and values.
This trip offers students the opportunity to develop their independence and self-confidence by putting themselves into a new environment.
School trips can offer the opportunity for students to develop their relationships and interactions with others.
This trip can help develop a student’s motivation for the subject and inspire them when back in the classroom due to personal experience.
Knowledge and Perspective
Personal experience and close interactions with these locations can help students understand the subject and put it into perspective.
A trip can make a students engage with a subject and become more positive about a subject.
Students will work together in an unfamiliar environment and rely on each other for help.
This trip can be a reward trip for students that have studied hard over the course of the year and can give them a well-deserved break with their friends.
This tour is great for history students, giving them an insight into the events that took place and a sense of what it was like during this period in history.
Explore the impact of World War 2 and how events shaped the landscape.
Students can practise their language skills when exploring this fascinating country.