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School trips to France are the perfect choice for many subjects, from French and history to art, geography and business studies, among others, thanks to the incredible diversity of activities and visits available.

We can arrange school trips all over France, from buzzing big cities like Paris and Lyon to the spectacular landscapes of the Opal Coast, Loire Valley and the Massif Central!

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Why visit France?

Our most popular school trip destination

France is by far our most popular school trip destination. This is for two very important reasons. Firstly, it offers exciting opportunities to bring almost any subject to life.

And secondly, the short journey times from the UK mean that educational tours to France can work for all budgets and timeframes because you can choose to travel by coach. This means that school trips to France are generally very affordable and work well for any duration, from a day trip to a whole week!

A rich, vibrant culture

France is famous for its rich culture and many groups choose to visit France on a school trip simply for the opportunity to experience this. Others want to learn more about the country's art or fashion.

And, of course, for French-language school trips, the opportunity to explore French culture through the French language is an unforgettable experience that will not only spark a passion for France in your students, it will also give them a huge boost of confidence in their language skills.

Incredible history

On a school trip to France, your students could learn about the experience of the soldiers in the trenches of WW1. Or they could discover how D-Day was the beginning of the end of WW2. You could travel even further back in time, to explore the Paris of the French Revolution!

Fascinating geography

The Massif Central in central France is the perfect destination for a geography school trip designed to help students learn more about volcanoes and rivers, and how powerful they are in terms of shaping the surrounding landscape. And the best bit is, you can get there by coach, reducing the environmental impact of your trip.

The food!

One thing you can be certain of with a school trip to France is that your students won’t go hungry. Of course, France is famous for its cuisine and this makes it incredibly popular for food technology school trips.

But many of our other groups also choose to include some food-based activities in their itineraries too! One of the highlights for many French groups, for example, is the opportunity to visit a local bakery and learn about the cultural significance of bread and how it’s made by a real French baker.

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Activities in France that your school group will love

Disneyland® Paris

A school trip to Disneyland® Paris is sure to be an unforgettable experience for your students. A magical setting for

Bateaux Mouches

One of the best and most relaxing ways to see the sights of Paris is to take a Seine river

Louvre Museum

Housed in France's former royal palace, the Louvre is now one of the finest and most complete art galleries in

Mont Saint-Michel Abbey

The long history of Mont Saint-Michel is thought to date back to 708AD when Aubert, Bishop of Avranches had a

Arromanches 360 Cinema

'The Price of Freedom' shown in this innovative 360-degree cinema, blends original documentary film of the invasion with pictures of

Musee d'Orsay

The Musée d’Orsay charts the development of European art between 1848 and 1914, an era when Paris was unquestionably the

Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie

France’s leading science museum hosts static and interactive exhibitions on a range of environmental and technological themes, including climate change

Futuroscope

Located on the outskirts of Poitiers, Futuroscope is a unique theme park which combines enternmainment and education in a fun

Guided Tour of Old Amiens

During this Guided Tour, you will discover the city’s monuments and history. After a brief introduction in front of the

P&J Calais

Before you return home, make sure you stop at P&J Calais, to stock up on handmade Belgian chocolates!Chocolate workshops and

Avenue des Champs-Elysées

The Champs-Élysées is the most prestigious avenue in Paris, its cinemas, cafés and luxury shops make it one of themost

Bateaux Mouches

One of the best and most relaxing ways to see the sights of Paris is to take a Seine river

Disneyland® Paris

A school trip to Disneyland® Paris is sure to be an unforgettable experience for your students. A magical setting for

Eiffel Tower

The instantly recognisable symbol of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, can be seen from almost any point in the city, and

Sacre-Coeur Basilica

Located at the summit of the hill of Montmartre, and surrounded by the houses of this famous bohemian quarter, the

Tour Montparnasse (Observatoire Panoramique)

For iconic, panoramic views of Paris, the Tour Montparnasse is unbeatable!

Louvre Museum

Housed in France's former royal palace, the Louvre is now one of the finest and most complete art galleries in

Arc de Triomphe

This monument to French military prowess was commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon to commemorate his victories. In the twentieth century,

Notre-Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral is a beautiful Gothic cathedral on the the Île de la Cité. A major tourist destination and

Bellewaerde Park

Bellewaerde Park is Belgium’s oldest theme park. Built around an ancient castle, this theme park is located only 75 minutes

Leonidas Chocolate Shop

Hans and Stephanie are always happy to welcome you to their chocolate shop! Situated in the Grote Markt main square

Bioparc de Doué-la-Fontaine

The zoo is in an old quarry with much evidence of troglodytic dwellings. This makes it ideal for a hot,

La Vallée des Singes

La Vallée des Singes, or Monkey Valley, is the only site of its kind in France. Home to thirtyspecies of

Patisserie Bigot

The Maison-Bigot is a patisserie, chocolate shop and Tea House in Amboise. Opened in 1913 opposite Amboise castles, for over50

Euralille

Lille may be Capital of Culture, but it's long been a capital of shopping! Indulge in some retail therapy at

Guided Tour of Lille

From Grand'Place to the Palais Rihour, discover the architectural heritage of Europe's Capital of Culture (2004) with guides from Lille

La Gaufre du Pays Flamand

An old fashioned waffle-maker where each visitor leaves with a packet of brown sugar or violet waffles. The visit also

Lille Christmas Market

Lille is the perfect place to experience the authentic and magical atmosphere of a traditional Christmas market. The city hosts

Shopping in Lille

From its rich merchant past Lille has retained a real commercial tradition. Here, shopping is a reflection of the northern

Lille Zoo

The Citadelle Park, Lille's largest and most visited, park brings a breath of fresh air to the city. Encircled by

Basilica de Notre Dame de Fourvière

Enjoy a guided visit to one of Lyon's most iconic sights, the spectacular Basilica de Notre Dame de Fourvière.

Visit to La Maison des Canuts & Traboules

Discover the long history of silk-making in Lyon and explore the city's mysterious traboules!

Visit to Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse

Explore Lyon's famous gastronomy at this incredible covered food market!

Vieux Lyon

Enjoy a tour of the oldest and most charismatic area of Lyon!

Presqu'île, Lyon

Enjoy a tour of Lyon's Presqu'île at the heart of the city!

Croix-Rousse

Explore Lyon's historic Croix Rousse district!

Parc de la Tête d'Or

Explore this magnificent park in the heart of Lyon!

Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon

Explore this iconic building on the left bank of the Rhône in central Lyon!

Musée des Confluences

This exciting science and anthropology museum tells the story of life on Earth!

Musée Gadagne

Want to explore the history of Lyon and learn more about the famous Guignol puppet?

Musée Gallo-Romain

Learn more about Lyon's Roman history at the Musée Gallo-Romain!

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon

Explore the incredible world of fine art at this magnificent museum in the heart of Lyon!

Les Bâteaux Lyonnais

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise through Lyon, taking in the sights of the city from the water.

Avignon & the Pont du Gard

Explore the historic city of Avignon with a full-day excursion from Montpellier by coach. Your tour will include the main

Excursion to the beach

The coastline around Montpellier offers gently sloping beaches and a temperate climate with fishing villages, resorts and lagoons in beautiful

Nîmes

A delightful city and rich in Roman history, Nimes is home to a well preserved and elegant temple,La Maison Carrée,

Odysseum

This leisure park is located on the outskirts of Montpellier and offers a variety of amusements for students including; shopping,

Castle Hill Park, Nice

This is an absolute must for anyone going to Nice! Begin from the end of the Promenade or up the

Confiserie Florian du Vieux Nice

Les confiseries Florian sweet factories are located in one of the most beautiful regions of France: the Côte d’Azur. Their

Marché aux Fleurs – Flower Market, Nice

The flower market is in Cours Saleya, in the heart of the old city of Nice. For at least a

Petit Train, Nice

The inauguration of the Tourist Trains of Nice was in July 1981. The selected circuit starts on the "Promenade des

Private Collection of Antique Cars

If you are visiting Monaco, you cannot miss a visit to The Prince of Monaco's Private Collection of Classic Cars.

Promenade des Anglais

In the second half of the 18th century the English took to spending the winter in Nice, enjoying its weather

Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Nice

Opened in 1912, thanks to the funding of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, this is the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral outside

Vieux Nice

Vieux Nice has an old feel to it with its narrow, shadowy streets, cozy squares, colourful markets, baroque churches and

Excursion to Monaco

Explore the city of Monaco with a half-day excursion from Nice. The visit takes place by train and the group

Guided tour to Eze Village

Èze has been described as an “eagle's nest” because of its location. Overlooking a high cliff 427 metres above sea

Bayeux Tapestry

Justifiably famous as one of the most extraordinary artefacts to survive from the eleventh century, the Bayeux Tapestry is a

Mont Saint-Michel Abbey

The long history of Mont Saint-Michel is thought to date back to 708AD when Aubert, Bishop of Avranches had a

Chocolate Museum 'Drakkar'

Did you know that it was in Central America that 'xoxoalt', the ancestor of the chocolate we know and love

Normandie Caramels

Isigny Caramels are made from the finest quality produce of the Normandy region: whole milk, butter, and cream. Cooked together

La Cité de la Mer

La Cité de la Mer is situated on the site of the old Transatlantic Railway Terminal in Cherbourg and is

Arromanches 360 Cinema

'The Price of Freedom' shown in this innovative 360-degree cinema, blends original documentary film of the invasion with pictures of

Opalaventure High Ropes Course

If you have a group of thrill seekers, make sure you include a visit to the Opalaventure High Ropes Course, where you'll enjoy a treetop adventure your students will never forget!

Rando Rail

Fancy doing something a little different on your school trip to the Opal Coast? Why not hop on a pedal-powered rail bike and enjoy a 9km round trip to explore either the enchanting woods of Nielles-les-Bléquin, or the rolling countryside of the Artois!

Chocolats de Beussent

Enjoy a tour of this fantastic local chocolate factory.

Biscuit Factory Le Touquet

Visit a traditional French biscuit factory to discover how these delicious artisanal biscuits are made! Students will love this foodie activity that also gives them the opportunity to practise their French listening skills. If they're brave, they could even try asking questions!

Bagatelle Theme Park

One of France's leading theme parks, Bagatelle is ideally suited for younger children. If you have a music group you

FlyView Paris

This virtual reality experience will allow your students to see Paris from a bird's-eye view. You'll soar over some of

Parc Astérix

Opened in 1989, Parc Astérix is a giant theme park based on the adventures of the popular cartoon character, Astérix.

Paris Adventure Trail

This 2-3 hour walk will help your students familiarise themselves with the iconic sights of Paris through a range of

Paris Film Location Walking Tour

Get to know Paris from the inside out on this walking tour. Students will get to explore the Latin Quarter,

Bateaux Parisiens

Depart from the Eiffel Tower, where you will be welcomed by the crew for a one-hour cruise on one of the fleet.

Fat Tire Bike Tours Paris

Take one of the Fat Tire bike tours around the centre of Paris for a new, fun way to experience

Guided Tour of Honfleur

Take the time to enjoy a guided tour of Honfleur, famous for its beautiful old port and the houses around

Guided Tours of Rouen

During your guided tour of Rouen your guide will show you the highlights of the city including Notre-Dame Cathedral, the

Le Gros-Horloge

The Gros-Horloge is a 14th century astronomical clock in a Renaissance arch crossing the Rue du Gros-Horloge. It is one

The Little Train of Rouen

Rouen’s little train takes you on a journey through the medieval district of Rouen to see the city's main sights.

Batorama

All on board for the most popular tourist attraction in Strasbourg! Take a trip on the river around Strasbourg to

Eglise St Thomas

Magnificient protestant church located in the centre of Strasbourg. It is named "the lady cathedral". The church has large cultural

Guided Tour of Strasbourg

There is much to see and do in the beautiful city of Strasbourg including the Grande Ile, which is classified

Le Palais du Pain d’Epices (Gingerbread Factory)

During your visit, you will be taken on a journey of discovery through the world of Gingerbread. On theinteractive trail,

Strasbourg Cathedral

Strasbourg Cathedral de Notre-Dame is known as one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals in Europe and most definitely awe-inspiring.The

Mini Boat, Sète

These electric one-seater boats are hugely popular in Sète and a great way to navigate the city's famous canals. Life jackets are provided.

Pedalo, Sète

Enjoy Sète from the water by hiring some pedalos! This is a fun, relaxing activity that your students will absolutely love.

Boat Tour, Sète

With such a wealth of waterways, there really is no better way to see Sète than by boat. You can explore its canals, the Mediterranean coast around the city, or even the oyster beds of its magnificent saltwater lagoon.

Bike Rental, Sète

Hire some bikes and explore Sète on two wheels! There are a variety of different tours you can enjoy along the canals, the seafront or the lagoon.

Rosalie Quadricycle, Sète

Hop on a 4 or 6-seater bike and enjoy a ride along the beachfront promenade! A great way to enjoy Sète's spectacular setting on the Mediterranean coast.

Introduction to Water Sports, Sète

Enjoy a 2-hour introduction to water sports either in the sea or on the saltwater lagoon, depending on the weather conditions.

Game of Petanque

Enjoy a game of this traditional Southern French sport!

Afternoon at the Beach, Sète

Spend an unforgettable afternoon on one of Sète's 9 beaches!

TV Locations Tour, Sète

Sète, in the South of France, has inspired many French TV series - discover why on this tour!

Espace Georges Brassens

Discover the life and work of one of Sète's most famous sons - Georges Brassens!

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FAQs

I can’t see the destination I’m looking to travel to, can you still help me with my trip?
Yes, absolutely. The destinations listed on our website are only a sample of the different trips we can offer. If you have another destination in mind, simply fill out our enquiry form with all your requirements and one of our Tour Advisers will be in touch with a tailor-made quote.
Do you offer travel insurance?

We do offer travel insurance as an optional extra - find out more in our travel insurance resource which includes the policy documents and FAQs. 

If you choose not to purchase this insurance through us (which is absolutely fine), just remember that you must have suitable travel and medical insurance in place to cover your group. 

Is it better to fly or travel by coach on a school trip to France?
All destinations within France are reachable by coach or via air with a transfer. If you're travelling with a relatively small group, less than 20 students, then flying generally makes more financial sense as you won't have enough passengers to fill the coach. If you're travelling to destinations such as Normandy and the Opal Coast in Northern France, then travelling by coach is often the best option due to the shorter journey time from Calais and you'll have use of the coach to travel to and from excursions and visits during your trip. Another thing to consider is your school's proximity to the nearest airport that flies to your destination. For most groups it usually comes down to cost and which option offers better value for money. Your Tour Adviser will be able to quote you on both options and advise you on the advantages and disadvantages to help you decide which is the best option for your group.
When is the best time to visit France?
France really is a year-round destination for school groups. Destinations in the south, such as Nice and Montpellier are ideal in the spring and summer and also offer the opportunity to enjoy some autumn sunshine. And, of course, Christmas is always very popular in destinations such as Lille, Amiens and Strasbourg thanks to their famous Christmas markets. These trips are very popular with language groups as they offer the opportunity to practise speaking French with the stallholders, but we can arrange other language trips all over France at any time of year.
Can the trip itinerary be adapted to my curriculum and requirements?
Every trip we organise is unique and your itinerary manager will work with you to understand your curriculum and adapt the itinerary to suit your learning objectives. The itineraries featured on our website are just a sample of what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.
How far ahead should I start planning my trip?

As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your trip 12-18 months before you want to travel.

This gives you plenty of time to get it approved and launched to students and parents.

Planning early will mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options - and it will make paying for the trip easier for families.

Want to travel sooner than this? It's possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. Whenever you're ready to start planning, we'll be here to support you.  And make sure you check out the many trip-planning guides in our resource hub

What accommodation options are available?
You can see examples of the types of accommodation we have available in different destinations on the sample trip pages linked above. All of our accommodation partners have been chosen based on their suitability for school groups. As a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), you can be certain that all accommodation contracted by us complies with local legislation with respect to fire and general safety, is contracted by trained Halsbury Travel staff or reputable agents, receives a standard audit and risk assessment prior to use by Halsbury Travel and receives a supplementary audit if it is used on five or more occasions in a year. Your Tour Adviser will discuss your accommodation preferences with you when putting together your tailor-made quote and will assist you in choosing the best accommodation for your budget and requirements.

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