Loire Valley French Language School Trips & Tours

This diverse region of France is an ideal destination for a French language study tour. Known as ‘the Garden of France’, the Loire Valley is home to many cultural and educational visits for language groups. 

A school trip to this popular destination offers groups outstanding immersion in the French language whilst enjoying the charm of French country life. Popular visits in the Loire Valley include a trip to one of the many historic sites here, including Chambord, Orléans, and the medieval city of Chartres with its world famous cathedral. During your trip to the region, NST can tailor your itinerary to include Futuroscope theme park – a popular and fun visit that your pupils will love!  

Prices start from£329pp

Price Shown includes

  • 3 nights’ full board accommodation
  • Executive coach transport from and to your school and throughout your stay
  • Free Go Explore journal for every pupil
  • Extensive group travel insurance
  • 1 in 8 free place ratio

Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers departing from England and Wales in March 2018 and is subject to availability.


Accommodation

Popular options in Loire Valley


Top visits

Châteaux of the Loire Valley

There are a wide number of châteaux along the Loire Valley each providing an insight into French history and tradition, whilst also providing spectacular scenery and architecture. The most popular ones are: Château de Chenonceau, Château de Blois, Château Montrichard and Château d’Amboise.

Loches

Situated on the banks of the Indre, this small town is a gem of historical and architectural interest. Dominated by the medieval city enclosed within impressive ramparts it is also home to a number of visits where students can practise their language skills, including: Vignemont Cave Dwellers Quarry, Château Loche and Confiserie Hallard Sweet Factory.

Amboise

Groups can spend a day exploring this fascinating town. The Château du Clos Lucé is a must-see; it was Leonardo da Vinci’s last home and is now a museum dedicated to him. Le Petit Train is an ideal way to see the town and the Aquarium du Val de Loire and Bigot Patisserie Chocolaterie are other highlights.

Saumur

This small town has a number of exciting attractions for school groups, many of them based around the town’s wine and food industries. Highlights include: Musée du Champignon, Gratien & Meyer Sparkling Wine Caves and the National Riding School.

Patisserie Chocolaterie Bigot

Tour including hot chocolate tasting.

Futuroscope

 A theme park that’s been designed with fun and education in mind - and it’s one of France’s most visited attractions. Packed with content, the park offers a wealth of ideas so you can develop your educational projects around your visit.

Attractions include: 

Mission Hubble
Join the latest rescue mission to keep the Hubble telescope observing deepest space in this 3D IMAX film. 

Virus Attack
Take part in a fantastic race inside the human body in this flight simulation style attraction. 

Dance with Robots
Representing a great technology with ten 7 metre high robots fully articulated taken from the automotive industry. 

Cosmic Collisions
See an asteroid smash into our planet, watch as two galaxies crash into each other, witness the massive cosmic collisions in the depths of space that formed the universe, shape it today and set the blueprint for its future. 

The Future is Wild
Darwin’s theory of evolution throws light on how species evolved in the past, and is the inspiration for Futuroscope’s imaginative look into the future. It takes pupils on a life-sized augmented reality experience.

Aquarium du Val de Loire

Study the diversity of the Loire’s aquatic life and touch the fish in the 15 metre tactile pool!


Educational resources

Free Go Explore journals
We understand that learning resources form an important part of a language tour. Our free Go Explore educational resources are a great tool for pupils to record their language experience and build their confidence when exploring another culture, language and location. 

With space to add information, pre-visit notes, a daily journal about what they’ve seen and learnt and space for relevant vocabulary our journals are useful for assisting in controlled assessment preparation and is a valuable memento of time spent abroad.

Click here to view a sample of our resources


Transport

Available from any location in the UK, our executive coaches are fitted with seatbelts, toilet facilities, air conditioning, DVD and reclining seats.

Coach


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists guides throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

  • Priority rebooking services
  • Rewarding your loyalty with our reward scheme
  • You say, we listen - we're committed to continuously improving our tours
  • School travel company of choice since 1967

“We were happy with the accommodation and the itinerary for our trip to the Loire Valley. The hotel was in a great spot in a town small enough for pupils to go out in small groups for short lengths of time. An excellent trip.”

Deborah Bassnet, Saint Pius X RC School