School Primary Languages Trip to Opal Coast
With visits less than one hour away from Calais, the Opal Coast region is the perfect destination for younger groups. Take your pupils to a chocolate factory, a local bakery, the Bagatelle theme park, Nausicaa National Sea Centre, a trip to the seaside or experience the atmosphere at one of the local markets.
Make it a one day school trip, or stay for a couple of days to really give your pupils the opportunity to explore and practise their French.
Arrive in Calais
Group to visit a French bakery or pancake-making demonstration and tasting
Group to have a stroll along the beach before visiting Nausicaa Sea Life Centre
Check-in to accommodation in time for evening meal
After evening meal group to go bowling or have a quiz at the accommodation centre
Visit a traditional French market
Visit a snail farm
Visit a chocolate factory
Head back to Calais
|Arrive back at school|
This price includes:
- 1 night's half board accommodation (breakfast and evening meal)
- Return executive coach travel
- Return Channel crossings
- VAT at current rates to Tour Operators
- Comprehensive medical and travel insurance
- Free staff place ratio 1:8
- Detailed information pack
- Itinerary planning service
- Motorway tolls and taxes
- VAMOOS - our easy to use travel app
The Nausicaa Sea-World museum seeks to educate children about the marine environment, man's impact upon it and why it is important that marine life should be protected. Tropical lagoons, sea lion enclosures, shark tanks and affectionate stingrays are all very popular with children and school groups.
Watch how speciality pancakes are made from the basic ingredients and help to produce them. Finish your visit by enjoying your own pancake with jam or chocolate sauce accompanied by an orange juice! You will also have the opportunity to watch the traditional french "Patissiers" work the marzipan... you may even leave with a marzipan souvenir for your school!
This traditional family-owned bakery is well worth a visit. You will have the chance to watch a baker at work in the original part of the bakery and some self-practice too. To conclude your visit, you will be able to sample fresh baguettes and croissants.
Your visit to this snail farm will begin with a tour where you will learn interesting facts about the snails as well as being able to hold one to see up close. This is followed by a slideshow with an explanation as to how the snails are farmed, prepared and cooked. Finally, you will have the opportunity to try a snail along with a drink of lemonade, finishing with a trip to the shop where you...
Your visit to this traditional sweet factory will be both fun and educational. Patrick and Kerry welcome school groups of all ages to learn how sweets are made from start to finish. The visit includes free tasters and a visit to the shop afterwards. This is one of our most popular visits in Northern France.
One of France's leading theme parks, Bagatelle is ideally suited for younger children. A perfect way to end a trip!
Situated halfway between the port and the old town, the Auberge Annette Allan-Lantz is in an ideal location for visiting Boulogne and the Pas-de-Calais. Run by very friendly staff, this centre is enjoyed by school groups every year.
Pupils will be in multi-bedded en-suite bedrooms and staff in twins (a supplementary charge applies for single staff rooms).
Breakfast is served at the hostel every day, and both evening meals and packed lunches are available on request.
It offers WiFi, a pool, table tennis table, a garden and a TV area. An activity room can be reserved for group activities.
The Hippotel is set within tranquil woodlands, just half a mile from the centre of Le Touquet.
The accommodation has rooms for up to 6 people, each with a bath or shower and separate WC. All guestrooms have a TV. Staff single rooms are available at a supplement.
In terms of communal areas, there is a games room and sauna, a bar with a terrace and games area, and two conference rooms seating up to 30 people. The hotel also has its own restaurant, offering fantastic panoramic views over both the park and the regional equestrian centre.
Centre Europeen de Sejour
Centre Europeen de Sejour is a light and modern Youth Hostel in Calais. It offers a total of 162 beds spread between 84 rooms.
Pupils are normally in twin or triple rooms with one shared bathroom between every 2 rooms. Staff will be accommodated in twin bedded rooms, but single rooms are available at a supplement.
Other facilities include a large self-service restaurant, two meeting rooms which can be used for group activities, TV, video and a games room with billiards and table football.
What our teachers had to say about this destination
I would highly recommend Halsbury Travel. They were very helpful in every aspect and nothing was too much trouble for them. I have used different coach companies in the past and unfortunately have not had the same level of helpfulness and brilliant service. I will definitely be using them again for future trips.
The trip provides a good opportunity for pupils to experience being in France and practise speaking French. The Pain Show, Bec a Suc and Boulangerie would all be recommended for others.
Boulangerie Le Fournil - absolutely brilliant. Very friendly and really encouraged our children to have a go at speaking French. Children loved making croissants and kneading the dough for bread. Adults were given tea/coffee and considering the children were all given a croissant and pain au chocolat to take away this was truly excellent value.
A fantastic trip! The pupils loved it all. The bakery and sweet factory were excellent and geared totally towards the appropriate age group. Highly recommended. The coach drivers were super, helpful, good humored and very professional. A super day out!