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 Morning Summary Afternoon Summary Evening Summary

Depart from school

Channel crossing

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

Evening meal


Depart accommodation for Calais

Ferry/Eurotunnel crossing

Arrive back at school

4 days, 3 nights Price from £335 pp
  • 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


Educational Activities

Chateau de Chambord

Chateau de Chambord

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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

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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

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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

Parc des Mini Chateaux de la Loire

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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

Bioparc de Doué-la-Fontaine

Bioparc de Doué-la-Fontaine

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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

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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

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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

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