If you’re looking for a French school trip to the South of France that offers incredible beaches, rich culture and warm, friendly locals then Sète is the destination you’ve been searching for!

The lovely town of Sète is located on the Mont Saint-Clair hill, which is sandwiched between the Mediterranean Sea and the saltwater lagoon known as the Étang de Thau. Its natural surroundings are gorgeous, with nine beaches, plenty of creeks, a lush forest and saltwater marshes. And the city centre is criss-crossed by canals, including the terminus of the iconic Canal du Midi.

With humble beginnings as a small fishing village, the town has developed into a popular high-end resort with many French celebrities moving in to the area. It’s even currently starring in a French soap opera! Sète is famous in France for its fabulous seafood and unique culture – which includes water jousting on the canals in the summer! But for us, the fact that it’s such a small, safe and friendly city for school groups is what makes it a great choice for your French school trip to the South of France.

Our partner language school in Sète is run by a Sètoise who is passionate about her home town and all of its unique culture and landscapes. The school exclusively offers French language lessons to closed groups, so your programme will be completely tailored to your group, from the location of your lessons to their content and even the cultural activities programme!

You can choose from lessons in the city centre, which are best enjoyed with host family accommodation to complete the total immersion experience (other accommodation options are available), or at the beach campus which is, as the name would suggest, right on the beach and offers on-site residence accommodation.

Suggested Itinerary (5 days, 4 nights)

Day Morning Summary Afternoon Summary Evening Summary

Flight to Montpellier

Transfer to language school and meet host families

Evening with host families


French lessons at language school

Guided walking tour of Sète

Evening with host families


French lessons at language school

Half-day excursion to Montpellier

Evening with host families


French lessons at language school

Treasure hunt around Sète

Evening with host families


French lessons at language school

Transfer back to airport

Return flight to UK

5 days, 4 nights Price from £599 pp
  • French lessons in 2 closed groups (12 h = 16 lessons of 45 mins)
  • 4 nights' host family accommodation on half-board basis
  • Return airport transfers in resort
  • Guided walking tour of Sète
  • Travel and medical insurance including I.P.T.
  • Free staff place ratio: 1:10
  • VAT at current rate to tour operators
  • Access to the Vamoos app to download all tour-related travel documents
  • Airport tax and passenger duty at current rates
  • ATOL protected return flights from the UK


Educational Activities

Place de la Comédie, Montpellier

Excursion to Montpellier

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Just a short hop on the train from Sète is the beautiful city of Montpellier. You can enjoy a half-day excursion to Montpellier by train, complete with a guided tour taking in all of the city's highlights.


Cooking Workshop, Sète

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Enjoy a cooking workshop with a local chef where your group will be taught how to make a local speciality.

Students on treasure hunt

Treasure Hunt, Sète

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A great activity designed to help your students practise their French and get to know the town!

Fruit and vegetables at Les Halles

Shopping in Sète

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Enjoy a shopping tour of all the independent shops, producers and artists of Sète!

Exterior of the Théâtre Molière

Guided Tour of the Théâtre Molière

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Go behind-the-scenes of one of Sète's most iconic landmarks, the Théâtre Molière!

Girl looking at work of art in Paul Valery Museum

Paul Valery Museum

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See some spectacular works of art and learn more about this famous Sètois poet!

Visitors looking at a model ship at the Musée de la Mer

Musée de la Mer, Sète

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Discover the maritime history of Sète at this fascinating museum!

Two friends exploring the street art on show at Sete's MACO open-air street art museum


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Explore Sète and its incredible street art with this fantastic open air museum!

People using the equipment in the FabLab


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Join an expert in the Fablab at our language school's city campus to create a unique souvenir!

Cultural Activities

Mini Boat on the canal in Sète

Mini Boat, Sète

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These electric one-seater boats are hugely popular in Sète and a great way to navigate the city's famous canals. Life jackets are provided.


Pedalo, Sète

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Enjoy Sète from the water by hiring some pedalos! This is a fun, relaxing activity that your students will absolutely love.

Boats moored along the canal in Sète

Boat Tour, Sète

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With such a wealth of waterways, there really is no better way to see Sète than by boat. You can explore its canals, the Mediterranean coast around the city, or even the oyster beds of its magnificent saltwater lagoon.

Bikes in a bike rack

Bike Rental, Sète

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Hire some bikes and explore Sète on two wheels! There are a variety of different tours you can enjoy along the canals, the seafront or the lagoon.

People on quadricycle

Rosalie Quadricycle, Sète

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Hop on a 4 or 6-seater bike and enjoy a ride along the beachfront promenade! A great way to enjoy Sète's spectacular setting on the Mediterranean coast.

Person on stand-up paddle board

Introduction to Water Sports, Sète

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Enjoy a 2-hour introduction to water sports either in the sea or on the saltwater lagoon, depending on the weather conditions.

Petanque game

Game of Petanque

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Enjoy a game of this traditional Southern French sport!

Couple on beach in Sete

Afternoon at the Beach, Sète

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Spend an unforgettable afternoon on one of Sète's 9 beaches!

Filming of TV series in Sète, South of France

TV Locations Tour, Sète

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Sète, in the South of France, has inspired many French TV series - discover why on this tour!

Inside the Espace Georges Brassens Sète

Espace Georges Brassens

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Discover the life and work of one of Sète's most famous sons - Georges Brassens!

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