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)
Depart from school
Arrive in Calais
Arrive at Futuroscope and check-in to accommodation in time for evening meal
Full day at Futuroscope (guide included)
Continue visit to Futuroscope
After evening meal, group to return to the park for the spectacular evening show
Visit Patisserie Bigot
Visit the Château d’Usse
Depart accommodation for Calais
Arrive back at school
- 3 nights' half-board accommodation
- Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
- Detailed information pack
- Free staff place ratio 1:8
- Itinerary planning service
- Motorway tolls and taxes
- One-day pass to Futuroscope including guide
- Return Channel crossings
- Return executive coach travel
- Vamoos travel app - giving you access to all your trip documents on your phone or tablet
- VAT at current rates to tour operators
- Aspects of French-speaking cultures
- Cyber society and online media
- Artistic culture - music, art and cinema
- Festivals and traditions
- Individual research project opportunities
- Social media and technology
- Environmental issues
- Daily life and free time activities
- Travel and tourism
- Understanding French culture and identity
- Food, drink and eating out
- Customs, celebrations and festivals
Key Stage 3
- Hobbies and pastimes
- Food and drink
- Eating out
- Introducing yourself
- Describing others
- Likes and dislikes
- Plants and animals
- Cultural traditions
Educational activities and visits
Chateau de Chambord
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Chateau de Chenonceau
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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
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Cultural activities and visits
Bioparc de Doué-la-Fontaine
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La Vallée des Singes
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The Maison-Bigot is a patisserie, chocolate shop and Tea House in Amboise. Opened in 1913 opposite Amboise castles, for over50… Read More
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 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.
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Gail Biggins — Tour Adviser
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