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.

School French Culture Trip to Futuroscope & the Loire Valley



4 days, 3 nights

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1


Depart from school Channel crossing


Arrive in Calais


Arrive at Futuroscope and check-in to accommodation in time for evening meal
Day 2


Full day at Futuroscope (guide included)


Continue visit to Futuroscope


After evening meal, group to return to the park for the spectacular evening show
Day 3


Visit Patisserie Bigot


Visit the Château d’Usse


Evening meal
Day 4


Depart accommodation for Calais


Ferry/Eurotunnel crossing


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


A Level
  • 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


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.

Educational Activities

Chateau de Chambord

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

Chateau de Chenonceau

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

Château d'Ussé

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

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

Cultural Activities

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,

La Vallée des Singes

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

Patisserie Bigot

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

Supporting you every step of the way

Creating your perfect trip

Your quote will be put together by an experienced Tour Adviser who’ll be an expert in the subject area and will know the destination really well too. They’ll work with you to create a trip to suit your group’s needs and meet your learning objectives.

Launching your trip to parents and students

The next step is to get your trip approved and then get students signed up to it. Our ‘Trip Launch Pack’ will help you with this step. This is full of resources (all free to download) designed to make your life easier at this crucial point in the trip planning process.

After you’ve booked

Once you’ve booked, your dedicated Itinerary Coordinator will start work on the finer details. They’ll make sure your itinerary makes the most of your time and they’ll take on most of the admin tasks for your trip (freeing you up to do what you do best – teach).

Support while you’re away

From lost property to properly lost, we’ll always be on the end of the phone while you’re out on the trip. You’ll get a final info pack before you go, as well as access to all your trip documents via the Vamoos app.

After your trip
We’ll ask you for feedback, so we can improve our service. Let’s start planning your next trip too, so parents have plenty of time to pay (and so it’s less stressful for you). And don’t forget to head to our resources hub to continue the learning back in the classroom.

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We had an amazing trip to France last week; the organisation of the trip was excellent, Rachel was super helpful and the bottom line was that our whole group had a thoroughly enjoyable trip and have built many fantastic memories. Thank you!

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