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French near Boulogne-sur-Mer


Located just a short hop over the channel in the quiet and safe French town of Desvres, the three-star Hotel du Moulin aux Draps is a convenient and hassle-free base for UK schools travelling to France. The school centre is owned and operated by our sister company, Voyager School Travel, which are market leaders in educational group travel and specialise in providing immersive language school trips.

This 2-4 day programme provides great flexibility and value for schools, whether as a first school trip abroad, providing students with the excitement of being in another country and culture without having to travel far, or as an introductory French trip for beginners.

The surrounding area has a wealth of history to dip into and is rich in local French culture, so we are able to offer you an exciting and varied choice of cross-curricular excursions to tailor your itinerary to best meet the needs of your group. As well as French language trips, we arrange history-based visits to WWI and WWII battlefields as well as fun days at Phantasialand theme park.

For French language students, a native French-speaking  'Animateur' will lead every activity and excursion in French from breakfast through to dinner, with a full programme of evening entertainment too! Our animateurs are skilled at adapting their approach to suit speakers of all abilities, making sure that all learners are supported.

In addition, each student will receive a French workbook ahead of time so that they can get familiar with the vocabulary they will be using on their trip to France.


Sample itinerary

Day Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Depart the UK by coach for your channel crossing. Arrive at the hotel for a tour and orientation of the grounds. Evening activities at the hotel led in French by your Animateur.
2 Spend the morning at Nausicaá, the largest aquarium in Europe. Discover 1,600 species on your unforgettable voyage to life in the ocean as you walk through their 18 metre tunnel. Prepare to be amazed with giant jellyfish, sharks. manta rays and more! Explore the coastal city of Boulogne-sur-Mer on foot. Visit a chocolate factory for a chance to try the chocolates! Evening activities at the hotel led in French by your Animateur.
3 Excursion to Arras. Visit the Vimy Memorial to WW1 Battle of Vimmy Ridge. lt's Canada’s largest overseas National Memorial to remember Canadians who died in France and Belgium and commemorates more than 11,000 members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force killed during the First World War in France, who have no known grave. Visit the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme to over 72,000 missing British and South African servicemen.  Evening activities at the hotel led in French by your Animateur.
4 Visit a local French market - one last chance to practice your French and sample some produce as you purchase local delicacies and souvenirs ready for your return trip back to the UK. Depart for your journey home. Arrive back at your school.


Duration: 2 - 4 days

Your trip includes:

  • Travel: School pick up and drop off. Use of a dedicated executive coach and driver throughout your tour. Return ferry crossing.
  • Accommodation:  Full board accommodation with home-cooked French meals.
  • Activities: 
    • Animateur to lead excursions, activities and evening entertainment (for language tours)
    • Full programme of local excursions
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