Geography School Trip to the Massif Central

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Discover how volcanic activity and fluvial processes have dramatically shaped the spectacular landscape on your geography school trip to the Massif Central.

This geography trip to central France will be packed full of unforgettable experiences, from punting along a subterranean river in the Padirac caves to kayaking through a gorge on the Dordogne River.

You’ll head to the top of the Puy de Dôme, the youngest volcano in the Chaîne des Puys, and you’ll visit the largest dam on Dordogne to find out how France is harnessing the power of its rivers to produce electricity. You can even spend the day at the fantastic Vulcania theme park, where volcanology is brought to life.

You’ll stay in a purpose-built, self-contained centre, with incredible facilities for school groups. When you’re not exploring the surrounding landscape, you can try your hand at watersports, indoor or outdoor climbing and any number of sporting activities. And all this can be reached by coach from the UK.

Geography School Trip to the Massif Central

From

£599PP

5 days, 4 nights

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

Afternoon

Depart from school

Evening

Ferry crossing
Day 2

Morning

Arrive in Calais and travel to Club Correze

Afternoon

Time to buy lunch Arrive at accommodation and on-site activity (choose from orienteering, swimming, volleyball or low ropes)

Evening

Evening meal at accommodation
Day 3

Morning

Breakfast at accommodation and collect packed lunches Visit to Rocamadour

Afternoon

Time to eat packed lunches Visit to Padirac Caves - enjoy a subterranean boat trip to beat the heat

Evening

Evening meal at accommodation
Day 4

Morning

Breakfast at accommodation and collect packed lunches Transfer to Vulcania theme park for a full-day excursion Optional 1-hour workshop focusing on the volcanoes of the Auvergne (supplement applies)

Afternoon

Time to eat packed lunch Guided visit to Guided visit Puy de Dôme Ride the Panoramique des Dômes funicular to reach the summit Return to accommodation

Evening

Evening meal at accommodation Check out of accommodation and begin return journey to the UK
Day 5

Morning

Arrive in Calais Ferry crossing

Afternoon

Arrive at school
  • 3 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation (students in en-suite multi-bedded rooms, staff in en-suite twin/single rooms)
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • Return executive coach travel
  • Return Channel crossings
  • Free staff place ratio 1:8
  • Itinerary planning service
  • Detailed information pack
  • Motorway tolls and taxes
  • Vamoos travel app - giving you access to all your trip documents on your phone or tablet
  • VAT at current rates to tour operators

Curriculum

A Level
  • Earth structure and plate tectonics
  • Volcanic hazards and their impacts
  • Weathering, erosion and deposition
  • Different types of volcanoes and volcanic eruptions
  • Water and carbon cycles
  • Fieldwork
GCSE
  • Geomorphic processes, erosion and deposition
  • Physical processes affecting land formation
  • Plate tectonics theory
  • Erosion, transportation and deposition
  • Rivers and fluvial processes
  • Economic activity and conflicts over land use
  • Plant and animal adaptations
  • Ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Plate tectonics theory
  • Living alongside hazards in developed countries
  • Monitoring, prediction and protection at plate boundaries
  • Fieldwork
Key Stage 3
  • Geological timescales and plate tectonics
  • Rocks, weathering and soils
  • Weather and climate
Primary
  • Volcanoes and earthquakes
  • Climate zones
  • Biomes and vegetation belts

Accommodation

Club Correze

Club Correze offers on-site hostel-style accommodation perfectly adapted to accommodating school and youth groups. The five accommodation buildings can accommodate up to 190 people, with students sleeping in dormitory-style rooms of 4-10 with adjoining toilet and shower facilities. Accompanying staff will stay in twin rooms in the same building as students. Accommodation is offered on a full-board basis. A continental-style breakfast is served in the mornings, with a packed lunch. In the evening, the accommodation can offer buffets, barbecues or three-course meals, all prepared using fresh, local ingredients. There is also a bar and tuck shop with TV and a video arcade. You'll also be able to take advantage of the club's fantastic sports facilities, including volleyball, rugby, football, archery and indoor and outdoor climbing.

Educational Activities

Dordogne Gorge by Kayak

Explore the spectacular upper gorges of the River Dordogne by kayak!

Mont Bessou

Spectacular panoramic views across the region and an exciting low ropes course - Mont Bessou's adventures await!

Bort-les-Orgues Hydroelectric Dam

Explore one of France's largest hydroelectric dams on the mighty Dordogne River!

Padirac Caves Boat Tour

Bring the transformative power of erosion to life with a journey deep into this network of caves, underground rivers and lakes!

Rocamadour

This spectacular sacred village teeters precariously above a river in the Dordogne Valley!

Vulcania Theme Park

Explore volcanoes while experiencing a thrilling rush of adrenaline at this incredible theme park!

Puy de Dôme

Climb to the top of one of the youngest volcanoes in the Auvergne!

Supporting you every step of the way

Creating your perfect trip

Your quote will be put together by an experienced Tour Adviser who’ll be an expert in the subject area and will know the destination really well too. They’ll work with you to create a trip to suit your group’s needs and meet your learning objectives.

Launching your trip to parents and students

The next step is to get your trip approved and then get students signed up to it. Our ‘Trip Launch Pack’ will help you with this step. This is full of resources (all free to download) designed to make your life easier at this crucial point in the trip planning process.

After you’ve booked

Once you’ve booked, your dedicated Itinerary Coordinator will start work on the finer details. They’ll make sure your itinerary makes the most of your time and they’ll take on most of the admin tasks for your trip (freeing you up to do what you do best – teach).

Support while you’re away

From lost property to properly lost, we’ll always be on the end of the phone while you’re out on the trip. You’ll get a final info pack before you go, as well as access to all your trip documents via the Vamoos app.

After your trip
We’ll ask you for feedback, so we can improve our service. Let’s start planning your next trip too, so parents have plenty of time to pay (and so it’s less stressful for you). And don’t forget to head to our resources hub to continue the learning back in the classroom.

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