The beautiful South of France is the heartland of French rugby, making it a great choice of destination for a school rugby tour. You’ll be surrounded by beaches and mountains, so when you’re not playing rugby, you can have your pick of water and adventure sports too!

You’ll play rugby on a pitch that sits in the ruins of a fortress and have the opportunity to watch a professional match, thanks to the two great local teams – Biarritz Olympique or Aviron Bayonnais. These unique sporting experiences will make your school rugby tour truly unforgettable!

Your team will relish the opportunity to take on local opposition that is as passionate about rugby as they are. Your opposition will be of a similar standard, offering you a good challenge and a memorable rugby experience.

Suggested Itinerary (7 days, 4 nights)

Day Morning Summary Afternoon Summary Evening Summary
1

Board coach and depart school

Ferry from Dover to Calais

Travel overnight through France

2

Check in to accommodation

Free time to use accommodation facilities and enjoy the beach

Self-led training session to stretch legs after journey

3

Transfer to Biarritz Olympique or Aviron Bayonnais for pro-coaching session with academy coaches

First friendly fixture against local team

Watch live rugby action at Biarritz Olympique or Aviron Bayonnais (subject to ticket availability and schedules)

4

Full-day excursion to Bordeaux

Stop at the famous Dune Pilat on way back to accommodation

Second friendly fixture against local team

Second friendly fixture against local team

5

Second self-led training session

Surfing lesson on the Basque coast

Evening meal at accommodation

6

Check out of accommodation

Board coach for return journey to Calais

Ferry from Calais to Dover

7

Arrive back at school

7 days, 4 nights Price from £520 pp
  • 4 nights' half-board accommodation in the Domaine du Pignada
  • 7 days' exective coach hire (at your disposal throughout tour, subject to legal driver's hours)
  • Return Channel crossing
  • x2 friendly fixtures against local opposition of a similar standard
  • x2 self-led training sessions at a local pitch
  • x1 training session with Biarritz Olympique or Aviron Bayonnais official youth academy coaches
  • Free staff place ratio 1:10
  • Detailed information pack
  • Travel and medical insurance I.P.T.
  • Itinerary planning service
  • VAT

Accommodation

Excursions

Watch a Professional Rugby Fixture - Biarritz

Watch a Professional Rugby Fixture - Biarritz

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With Biarritz Olympique playing at the Parc des Sports Aguiléra just outside of central Biarritz and Aviron Bayonnais in Bayonne less… Read More

Surfing Lessons

Surfing Lessons

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This is a great destination for sporty types, nestled as it is between the sea and the mountains. Whilst you’re… Read More

Banzai Paintball

Banzai Paintball

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Who doesn’t love paintballing? A great team-building exercise, paintballing may not be a relaxing activity, but it’s great… Read More

White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting

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Team full of adrenaline junkies? Why not try your hand at white water rafting… Read More

Via Ferrata

Via Ferrata

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Try your hand at a via ferrata – the original high ropes adventure. You’ll be safely attached to the course via… Read More

Downhill Scooters

Downhill Scooters

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Already been mountain biking? Why not try downhill scooters? These scooters have been specially designed for riding down mountains and are… Read More

Planète Chocolat

Planète Chocolat

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Chocolate tends to be a universal passion, so adding a visit to the Chocolate Museum in Biarritz is likely to make… Read More

City of the Ocean

City of the Ocean

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Whilst on France’s beautiful Atlantic coast, why not stop by Biarritz’s City of the Ocean, to find out everything… Read More

Canyoning

Canyoning

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Canyoning is an exciting and adventurous sport. Dressed in wetsuits your students will follow the course of a canyon or gorge… Read More

Supporting you every step of the way

1 Creating Your Perfect Trip

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2 Launching your trip to parents and students

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3 After you've booked

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5 After your trip

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As a dad, I take great joy in hearing from other parents about how much their children loved our trips! – Dan Morley Sports Sales & Product Manager

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We chose Halsbury because everything has been excellent for us for the past 15 years and we especially love the personal touch. The answer is always 'yes, we can do that for you'! As always, the experience of working with Halsbury on this tour was very good - everyone was very pleasant to talk to and helpful. They were always able to solve problems for us both in the build-up and during the tour. We consistently recommend Halsbury to other tour organisers, as they care about the tours they prepare and make sure they are tailored to our needs. — Brighton College , August 2023

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As an Assured Member of the School Travel Forum (STF) we have an effective Safety Management System in place.

As well as reassuring you that your group's safety will be prioritised at all times, this will also help you to meet your due diligence and reduces the amount of External Provider paperwork required.

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All air tours and flights arranged by us are also **ATOL protected**. Our ATOL number is ATOL 5079. Protection extends primarily to customers who book and pay in the United Kingdom.