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School History Day Trip to Dunkirk

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On your history school day trip to Dunkirk, your students will learn more about the tactics and technology of WW2!

Make sure you don’t miss out on a visit to La Coupole, designed to be the base for the V2 rockets which were to be launched against London. The base was eventually abandoned after D-Day, and now houses one of the best WW2 historical exhibitions in Europe.

Your students will also have the opportunity to learn about what life was like here in northern France during the war, from the Nazi invasion to liberation. Of course, if you decide you'd prefer to stay in Dunkirk a little longer, we do also offer multiday options. 

Suggested Itinerary (Day trip)

Day 1/1

Morning

Morning

Travel by coach/tunnel from UK

Afternoon

Afternoon

Visit La Coupole and Memorial du Souvenir

Evening

Evening

Return by coach/tunnel to UK

What's included?

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  • tick iconDedicated itinerary manager
  • tick iconMotorway tolls and taxes
  • tick iconReturn travel by executive coach
  • tick iconReturn tunnel or ferry crossings

Educational activities and visits

Battle of Dunkirk/Operation Dynamo Museum

Battle of Dunkirk/Operation Dynamo Museum

The Battle of Dunkirk exhibit gives an account of the fight carried out by the French army… Read more

Dunkirk Cemetery and Memorial

Dunkirk Cemetery and Memorial

The Dunkirk Town Cemetery contains British, Canadian, French, Belgian, American, Czech,… Read more

La Coupole

La Coupole

Built in 1943 as a base for Hitler's V2 missile, La Coupole is dedicated to life in… Read more

Accommodation

Artes Centre L'Escale
Centre Europeen de Sejour
YH Oostduinkerke 'De Peerdevisser'
Artes Centre L'Escale
This modern centre was built in 2011 and has has eighty-six rooms spread over three floors. L'Escale has 24 rooms special adapted for guests with disabilities.

Students will stay in multi-bedded rooms and staff in twins. All rooms have a full bathroom, and WiFi is available throughout the building.

Breakfast is served every day and the evening meal can be taken in the hostel's restaurant. Packed lunches are available on request.

On the fourth floor groups have access to a TV room, a library and a lounge. Groups can also request one of the floor's three meeting rooms.
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.

YH Oostduinkerke 'De Peerdevisser'
YH Oostduinkerke is a modern youth hostel right by the dunes. Students will generally be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms and staff in twins. All rooms are ensuite with a shower, sink and toilet. There are several rooms on the ground floor which are specially adapted for wheelchair users.

There are three conference rooms with television, DVD-player and a projection screen available for groups to use. Free WiFi is available in the reception area.

Evening meals are taken in the restaurant which can hold up to 135 people and offers a large variety of meals of excellent quality.

There is a playground in front of the hostel where children can play safely.

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