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School French Culture Trip to Futuroscope & the Loire Valley

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A French school trip to Futuroscope and the Loire Valley offers your students the exciting opportunity to explore modern and historic France in a truly spectacular setting!

Exploring the beautiful Loire Valley, your students will love exploring the history of fairy tale châteaux, like the one at Chambord. And make sure you take the time to explore the historic cities of Orléans, liberated by Joan of Arc, and Chartres, with its world-famous cathedral.

Futuroscope is one of Europe’s largest educational theme parks and will be sure to amaze your students, playing on their senses and involving them in the action as they escape into new worlds of fun!

However you spend your time on your French school trip to the Loire, your students will have plenty of opportunities to practice their French skills with native speakers on an everyday basis.

Key Stage 3 students will be able to practise and learn vocabulary around topics including hobbies and pastimes, food and drink and likes and dislikes.

GCSE students can work on improving their ability to discuss topics including social media and technology, environmental issues and travel and tourism. Plus, they’ll develop their understanding of French culture and identity.

A-level students will also learn more about French culture, while also developing their ability to discuss online media and artistic culture in French. The Loire also offers A-level students individual research project opportunities.

Suggested Itinerary (4 days, 3 nights)

Day 1/4

Morning

Morning

Depart from schoolChannel crossing

Afternoon

Afternoon

Arrive in Calais

Evening

Evening

Arrive at Futuroscope and check-in to accommodation in time for evening meal

Day 2/4

Morning

Morning

Full day at Futuroscope (guide included)

Afternoon

Afternoon

Continue visit to Futuroscope

Evening

Evening

After evening meal, group to return to the park for the spectacular Forest of Dreams Show

Day 3/4

Morning

Morning

Visit La Vallée des Signes

Afternoon

Afternoon

Visit the Château d’Usse

Evening

Evening

Evening meal

Day 4/4

Morning

Morning

Depart accommodation for Calais

Afternoon

Afternoon

Ferry/Eurotunnel crossing

Evening

Evening

Arrive back at school

What's included?

  • tick icon3 nights' half-board accommodation
  • tick iconComprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • tick iconDetailed information pack
  • tick iconFree staff place ratio 1:8
  • tick iconItinerary planning service
  • tick iconMotorway tolls and taxes
  • tick iconOne-day pass to Futuroscope including guide
  • tick iconReturn Channel crossings
  • tick iconReturn executive coach travel
  • tick iconVamoos travel app - giving you access to all your trip documents on your phone or tablet
  • tick iconVAT at current rates to tour operators

Educational activities and visits

Chateau de Chambord

Chateau de Chambord

This castle, located in the heart of the Loire Valley, is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in… Read More

Chateau de Chenonceau

Chateau de Chenonceau

The Château de Chenonceau is a French castle, built on the River Cher in the Loire Valley in France. It… Read More

Château d'Ussé

Château d'Ussé

Literature describes this château, overlooking the banks of the river Indre, as the original Sleeping Beauty castle. Charles Perrault -… Read More

Parc des Mini Chateaux de la Loire

Parc des Mini Chateaux de la Loire

This tour gives you a chance to explore the Loire's most prestigious castles in miniature. Thanks to the exceptional quality… Read More

Cultural activities and visits

Bioparc de Doué-la-Fontaine

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,… Read More

La Vallée des Singes

La Vallée des Singes

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

Patisserie Bigot

Patisserie Bigot

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

Accommodation

CIS Saumur
Hotel du Futuroscope
CIS Saumur

The CIS Saumur is in a five hectare park bordering the Loire, with unequalled views of the Saumur castle.

Groups are accommodated in multi-bedded rooms, and group leaders in twins. The majority of the centre's dormitories have communal facilities on the same floor as the room. Bedding is provided, and towels are available for hire. WiFi is available in all rooms.Breakfast is served in the main dining room, and evening meals and packed lunches can be provided on request.Facilities include a games room with arcade machines, table football, pool table, table tennis and a TV. Use of the indoor pool carries a small charge, but the outdoor swimming pool is free. Also available in the grounds are a volleyball court and a Pétanques area.

Hotel du Futuroscope

Hotel du Futuroscope is well located, just a footbridge away from the main theme park.

The hotel offers 1300 beds in 290 rooms, all with an en-suite, a TV and a telephone available on request. Students will usually be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms and staff in twins. A continental breakfast will be provided by the hotel (hot drink, croissants, baguette, jam, yoghurt etc) and a three course self service meal is available in the evening.

Supporting you every step of the way

1 Creating Your Perfect Trip

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2 Launching your trip to parents and students

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3 After you've booked

Your dedicated Itinerary Coordinator will work with you on the finer details of your trip

4 While you're away

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5 After your trip

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Need help?

Gail Biggins — Tour Adviser

Don’t hesitate to contact me for any advice or further information on how your school trip can be tailored to your requirements.

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