School French Trip to Lille
Lille is northern France's largest city and surprises many visitors with its impressive architecture, the winding streets of its tastefully restored old quarter (Vieux Lille) and a plethora of restaurants where quality and quantity go hand in hand.
A French poll found that Lille is ranked third in France for gastronomy (after Paris and Lyon)! The city has a very serious attitude to culture, which is reflected in a busy music and arts scene and some great museums. Its Christmas market is also a great attraction with over 50 stalls selling traditional and regional crafts, cuisine and gifts; an excellent place to use French speaking skills!
Pick-up from school
Arrive in Calais
Arrive in Lille
Group to visit a waffle factory
Check in to accommodation in time for evening meal
Evening walk around the town
|Day 2||Group to visit Charles de Gaulle's Birthplace and Museum||
Time for shopping in the Euralille shopping centre before heading back to Calais
On the way back to Calais group to visit Boulangerie "Le Fournil"
Arrive in Calais
Arrive back at school
This price includes:
- 1 night's half-board accommodation
- Return coach travel
- Return ferry or Eurotunnel crossings
- Free staff place ratio 1:8
- Detailed information pack
- Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
- Itinerary planning service
- Motorway tolls and taxes
Bring your classroom to life and discover the architectural heritage of Europe's 2004 Capital of Culture with guides from Lille's Tourist Office. Not to be missed are: - Old Lille, Euralille - The Fine Arts Museum - Charles de Gaulle's Birthplace and Museum - The Citadel - Panoramic Bus Tours - The Juniper Route - Wednesdays at the Opera - Regional museums - Museum of Art and I...
Lille may have been designated 'Capital of Culture' in 2004, but it's long been a capital of shopping. Give your students the chance to indulge in some retail therapy and practise their French skills at Euralille, one of the largest shopping centres in northern france.
Lille is the perfect destination to bring your French students to experience the authentic and magical atmosphere of a traditional Christmas market. The city of Lille hosts one of the most famous Christmas markets with over 50 stalls selling traditional and regional crafts, cui...
In French, the word bêtise refers to nonsense, or a silly mistake. The bêtises de Cambrai are a famous type of French boiled sweet, which are said to have been invented when young Monsieur Afchain, who was an apprentice in his parents' confiserie, made a mistake with the family recipe. The young sweetmaker's mother scolded him for the er...
Bring your French students to this old-fashioned waffle factory where each visitor leaves with a packet of brown sugar or violet waffles. The visit lasts 45 minutes and includes a demonstration of waffle-making and tasting. An ideal visit for those with a sweet tooth!
Charles de Gaulle was the leader of Free France, the French government in exile during the Second World War, and was a key figure in the French Resistance. One of Lille's most famous sons, the future president was born in the city in 1890, at his maternal grandparents' ...
The Resistance Museum is located in an ancient fortified castle, built between 1878 and 1882, that was part of the fortification designed to protect Lille against a potential German attack. Paradoxically, the fortified castle of Bondue served the German troops during both the F...
As well as all the fantastic historic and cultural attractions in and around Lille, the city is also fantastic for shopping, which makes a great activity as part of your school French trip, as students will be forced to use their French to speak with shopkeepers! Lille has always been an important commercial centre and remains so today, with nearly 4,000 shops to explore! One of our favourite are...
As part of your school French trip to Lille, why not include a French language workshop to your itinerary? Delivered by highly experienced, native French-speaking teachers, this workshop will help your students to consolidate their practical experience of learning French in France. All language workshops are tailored to suit the ability of the pupils and, prior to your visit, you will be put into ...
Ibis Budget Hotel Lille
A buffet breakfast is offered in the hotel with evening meals in a nearby restaurant. View on map
Misterbed Belle Etoile, Lille
Students will generally be accommodated in twin rooms – all are en suite and include a television. Please not that supplements will apply if staff want single rooms.
A buffet-style breakfast will be served in the hotel. Evening meals are taken in the restaurant next door.
Although wifi is not available, there are internet modems in the bedrooms for wired connection to the web. View on map
What our teachers had to say about this destination
Very smooth run - happy students and parents!
Staff accompanying us on the trip were friendly, helpful and very willing to be flexible. The staff engaged with us and helped us make the trip extremely rewarding for pupils.
The waffle bakery was fantastic! The baker explained in French and English and dealt with our students exceptionally well. Definitely worth a visit. Thanks again for all your help in organising the trip. I will definitely recommend Halsbury to other teachers.
Children loved the market and being able to buy gifts for their families. They also loved trying French food and experiencing the culture! For some students this was their first visit abroad and for many, it was their first trip to France!
The Group Leader pack was the the most comprehensive I have ever had. Excellent.The Halsbury team are very approachable, friendly and helpful. Halsbury will work closely with you to plan everything you require and fully understand the needs of individual groups. I am very impressed.