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Day Trips in France

St. Omer Calais Wimereux Lille
Aire-sur-la-Lys Montreuil-sur-mer Le Touquet Dunkirk or "Church on the Dunes"
Le Portel Boulogne Arras Other Destinations

Adding to the educational value of your day trip and at no extra charge we will provide all party leaders with our professionally prepared worksheets or workbooks, each specialised to your chosen destination.

St. Omer

This typically French town is distinct in Flemish ambience and has proved to be an excellent centre for shopping and sightseeing; it continues to be the first choice of many participating schools. There is also the possibility of including a visit in the region such as the paper factory.


The journey to this small, historic French town is a scenic drive along the coast from Calais and offers a variation to our programme with small markets open on Tuesday and Friday mornings.


A very pretty town 15km south of St. Omer and deep in World War One country with an attractive open air market every Friday morning and ideally linked with an afternoon visit to St Omer, a popular choice for many schools.


Le Touquet

Le Touquet, 'the Playground for Parisians', a splendidly verdant and colourful seaside town, it is an ideal day trip destination offering almost a total contrast in architecture to some older towns in Northern France. You may also wish to include a visit to Etaples or perhaps the interesting walled town of Montreuil.


Calais is Europe's most important passenger port although it still has a quiet and attractive town centre, indomitably French. Its close proximity to England allows plenty of time for sightseeing and shopping as well as the possibility of other visits, for example to Cap Griz Nez. You may also wish to add a visit to the extensive nearby shopping centre of Cité Europe, which boasts both hypermarkets and worldwide fare.


A fine city totally rebuilt in just a day after the devastation of World War I. The Town Hall and squares are most impressive and a totally different experience can be had in a visit to the nearby battlefield, cemeteries and Canadian memorial at Vimy Ridge.


Once a medieval port, Montreuil looks out over the valley of the river Canche towards the sea at Etaples and is a most charming and interesting town. After a visit to the Citadel, take a tour of the ramparts: this is a lovely walk with plenty of excellent scenery. A visit to the traditional chocolate factory at Beussent is an ideal addition to a day here.


The capital of Northern France is a beautiful city steeped in culture and blessed with a rich variety of architectural styles. The city centre has many modern stores whilst the Old City is a maze of tiny streets with boutiques and antique shops set in quaint old houses.


The old town of Boulogne is full of charm and history; particularly pleasing are the walks around part or all of the medieval ramparts and a visit to the Castle and Cathedral. In the new town visitors will find enough shops to keep themselves occupied. We also suggest a visit to the nearby Nausicaa Sea Life Centre or sweet factory.

Le Portel

Le Portel is a seaside town with quiet cobbled streets, colourful houses and small friendly cafés offering visitors a perfect introduction to French life. Only 15 minutes from Boulogne it is ideal to combine a visit to the old town of Boulogne into this day trip.

Dunkirk or "Church on the Dunes"

The Church on the Dunes tells its own story, most notably the evacuation of 350,000 soldiers in June 1940 and the destruction of the majority of the town during the last war. Today it is France's third largest port and growing industrial area with much charm still in its older parts. Again other visits can be included in your itinerary.

Other Destinations

We will compose your ideal itinerary from any of the above destinations. If you have found that your chosen destination is not listed please contact us and we will be only too pleased to tailor an itinerary to suit your specific needs, along with a price to suit your budget for the day.

     UK trips also available


Contact our friendly team today and we will discuss your ideal itinerary. Here are just a few more suggestions of visits that we can include in your programme:

Chocolate Factory

• La Coupole

• Nausicaa

Sweet Factory

• Cookie Factory

• Bakery

• Hypermarket visit


All visits must be booked in advance. Should you wish to travel in peak times we advise that you contact us with your chosen visit at your earliest convenience to enable us to book a suitable time to fit your itinerary.

Sample Itineraries (Aire market Fridays only)
Day Trip - A
01.00 Depart School
05.15 Check in at Dover
08.15 Ferry docks in Calais (local time)
09.30 Coach arrives in Aire sur la Lys market (Friday only)
12.00-13.30 Lunch in St Omer park
14.00-15.45 Free time in St Omer
16.30 Check in at Calais
17.30 Ferry docks in Dover (local time)
20.30-21.30 Arrive School
Day Trip - B
04.00-06.00 Depart School
08.45 Check in at Dover
11.45 Ferry docks in Calais (local time)
12.40 Coach arrives in St Omer
Hypermarket visit if required
14.00 onwards Free time in St Omer
19.15 Check in at Calais
20.15 Ferry docks in Dover (local time)
22.30-00.00 Arrive School
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