Discover how volcanic activity and fluvial processes have dramatically shaped the spectacular landscape on your geography school trip to the Massif Central.

This geography trip to central France will be packed full of unforgettable experiences, from punting along a subterranean river in the Padirac caves to kayaking through a gorge on the Dordogne River.

You’ll head to the top of the Puy de Dôme, the youngest volcano in the Chaîne des Puys, and you’ll visit the largest dam on Dordogne to find out how France is harnessing the power of its rivers to produce electricity. You can even spend the day at the fantastic Vulcania theme park, where volcanology is brought to life.

You’ll stay in a purpose-built, self-contained centre, with incredible facilities for school groups. When you’re not exploring the surrounding landscape, you can try your hand at watersports, indoor or outdoor climbing and any number of sporting activities. And all this can be reached by coach from the UK.

Suggested Itinerary (5 days, 4 nights)

Day Morning Summary Afternoon Summary Evening Summary
1  

Depart from school

Ferry crossing

2

Arrive in Calais and travel to Club Correze

Time to buy lunch

Arrive at accommodation and on-site activity (choose from orienteering, swimming, volleyball or low ropes)

Evening meal at accommodation

3

Breakfast at accommodation and collect packed lunches

Visit to Rocamadour

Time to eat packed lunches

Visit to Padirac Caves - enjoy a subterranean boat trip to beat the heat

Evening meal at accommodation

4

Breakfast at accommodation and collect packed lunches

Transfer to Vulcania theme park for a full-day excursion

Optional 1-hour workshop focusing on the volcanoes of the Auvergne (supplement applies)

Time to eat packed lunch

Guided visit to Guided visit Puy de Dôme

Ride the Panoramique des Dômes funicular to reach the summit

Return to accommodation

Evening meal at accommodation

Check out of accommodation and begin return journey to the UK

5

Arrive in Calais

Ferry crossing

Arrive at school

 
5 days, 4 nights Price from £599 pp
  • 3 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation (students in en-suite multi-bedded rooms, staff in en-suite twin/single rooms)
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • Return executive coach travel
  • Return Channel crossings
  • Free staff place ratio 1:8
  • Itinerary planning service
  • Detailed information pack
  • Motorway tolls and taxes
  • Vamoos travel app - giving you access to all your trip documents on your phone or tablet
  • VAT at current rates to tour operators

Accommodation

Educational Activities

People kayaking down the Dordogne river

Dordogne Gorge by Kayak

Explore the spectacular upper gorges of the River Dordogne by kayak!… Read More

Mont Bessou viewing tower

Mont Bessou

Spectacular panoramic views across the region and an exciting low ropes course - Mont Bessou's adventures await!… Read More

Bort-les-Orgues Hydroelectric Dam

Bort-les-Orgues Hydroelectric Dam

Explore one of France's largest hydroelectric dams on the mighty Dordogne River!… Read More

Inside padirac caves

Padirac Caves Boat Tour

Bring the transformative power of erosion to life with a journey deep into this network of caves, underground rivers and lakes!… Read More

Clifftop village of Rocamadour

Rocamadour

This spectacular sacred village teeters precariously above a river in the Dordogne Valley!… Read More

Rollercoaster at Vulcania Theme Park

Vulcania Theme Park

Explore volcanoes while experiencing a thrilling rush of adrenaline at this incredible theme park!… Read More

A view of Puy de Dôme

Puy de Dôme

Climb to the top of one of the youngest volcanoes in the Auvergne!… Read More

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