Just a short hop across the Channel, the Opal Coast offers a fantastic range of cultural activities ideal for a French school trip!

This area is a wonderful introduction to France – it’s much less busy than big cities like Paris but offers just as many opportunities to immerse yourselves in the culture. You can visit Calais, Boulogne or Le Touquet on your French school trip to the Opal Coast – wherever you choose, you’ll be spoilt for choice in terms of the activities designed to get your students talking.

Popular options include chocolateries, bakeries and snail farms, where students can practise using their French to find out from the local producers how they make their products and their importance in French culture.

Certainly, for Key Stage 3 and GCSE students, this trip offers the perfect opportunity to develop their vocabulary around food, drink and eating out. It’s also a fantastic destination in which to learn more about customs and cultural traditions in France.

And A-level students can use this as an opportunity to learn more about various aspects of French-speaking society, and to work on their individual research projects.

And the variety of foodie activities available in this area means that the Opal Coast is also the perfect choice for a cross-curricular school trip in conjunction with your food technology department.

Suggested Itinerary (4 days, 3 nights)

Day Morning Summary Afternoon Summary Evening Summary

Depart school early morning

Ferry/Eurotunnel crossing

Visit to a traditional French bakery

Arrive in Boulogne

Afternoon spent exploring local area/walk along the beach

Check in to accommodation

Evening meal at accommodation


Visit to a traditional French market

Group to explore the Old Town of Boulogne

Visit to Nausicaa Sea Life Centre

Evening meal at accommodation


Drive to Le Touquet

Visit to Chocolats de Beussent

Visit Les Escargots du Bocage (snail farm)

Evening meal at accommodation


Visit a supermarket in Boulogne before heading to Calais

Ferry/Eurotunnel crossing

Arrive back at school early evening

4 days, 3 nights Price from £365 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
  • 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

Boulangerie Le Fournil

Boulangerie Le Fournil

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The charismatic baker will tell your students about his work – in French, of course! He will demonstrate some of… Read More

Boulogne Old Town

Boulogne Old Town

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Enjoy a self-guided walk around the old part of Boulogne, to get a feel for the traditions and culture of Boulogne.… Read More

Chocolats de Beussent

Chocolats de Beussent

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To start your tour, you will be given a brief history of cocoa, including how the beans are used and… Read More

Les Escargots du Bocage

Les Escargots du Bocage

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Your visit to this snail farm will begin with a tour, here you will learn interesting facts about the snails… Read More



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The Nausicaa Sea-world museum seeks to educate children about the marine environment, man's impact upon it and why it is… Read More

Biscuit Factory Le Touquet

Biscuit Factory Le Touquet

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Visit a traditional French biscuit factory to discover how these delicious artisanal biscuits are made! Students will love this foodie activity that also gives them the opportunity to practise their French listening skills. If they're brave, they could even try asking questions!… Read More

Cultural Activities

High Ropes

Opalaventure High Ropes Course

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If you have a group of thrill seekers, make sure you include a visit to the Opalaventure High Ropes Course, where you'll enjoy a treetop adventure your students will never forget!… Read More

Rando Rail

Rando Rail

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Fancy doing something a little different on your school trip to the Opal Coast? Why not hop on a pedal-powered rail bike and enjoy a 9km round trip to explore either the enchanting woods of Nielles-les-Bléquin, or the rolling countryside of the Artois!… Read More

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I love supporting schools in making treasured memories for the younger generation. I’m at my happiest when travelling and being exposed to new languages, cultures and experiences. – Lou Della Rocca Tour Consultant

Don't take our word for it …

Very helpful during the trip, especially given flight delays and a changing itinerary. DLR School Lab was very well run. Loads of hands-on activities. Phantasialand was a real highlight. Köln Triangle was great to do in the evening with the sunset. We’d also highly recommend the virtual reality tour of Cologne – remarkably realistic. — Stewart's Melville College , October 2018

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