School trips to France
A school trip to France is one of our most popular options for teachers looking to provide their class with a hugely valuable learning experience that is, relatively speaking, right on the UK’s doorstep.
NST offer a huge range of France school trips for both primary school, high school and college classes all year round. There are few better places to develop a stronger understanding of French language, music and culture than Paris. Or if wartime history or literature is your focus then a short trip to Northern France is guaranteed to reinforce the social impact of both WWI and WWII for all students.
Looking for more information and advice on how to plan out your perfect France school trip? Give the NST team a call today, we’re always happy to help you bring learning to life outside the classroom.
Browse our curriculum-linked school trips in France...
French Language School Trips & Tours
There’s really no better way to reinforce your classroom-based learning than by surrounding your pupils with native speakers and immersing them in the culture and daily rhythms of French life
School Trips to Paris
Paris’ reputation as a global centre of culture is much deserved, and a school trip to Paris is a fantastic option for a number of reasons.
School Trips to Northern France
Northern France is a fantastic school trip destination for a number of reasons. Here, beautiful countryside meets medieval villages, poignant wartime memorials and wonderful food. It’s not too far to travel from the UK either.
School Trips to Normandy
Our range of school trips to Normandy take in traditional seaside towns, local markets and historical sites to create an incredibly valuable learning experience for students of all ages.
School Trips to the Loire Valley
Situated in the heart of France between Nantes and Paris, the Loire Valley offers an unforgettable experience of French culture, science and language. From here, school groups can visit a wealth of nearby historic towns, including Angers, Chartres and Orléans.
School Trips to WWI Battlefields
Our WWI battlefield tours programme covers the events of WWI in considerable historical detail, particularly in the Ypres Salient and Somme regions.
Lille Christmas Market Day Trips & Tours
Lille plays host to the largest Christmas market of Northern France and has a programme of celebrations throughout the festive period.
Brittany French Language School Trips & Tours
During a language school trip to Brittany, your pupils will be able to practise their French language skills whilst enjoying a range of language-focused visits
French Alps Geography School Trips & Tours
The French Alps is a fantastic location for a geography field trip. The awe and wonder of the Alpine landscape around Chamonix is sure to inspire your pupils.
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Meet the experts
Hundreds of groups travel with NST to France every year, and members of our team regularly visit Paris, Northern France, Normandy & the Loire Valley to really get to know the ins-and-outs of the area, from logistics and visits to our range of student-friendly accommodation.
Your dedicated Tour Co-ordinator will use their knowledge to create an itinerary that’s tailor-made, perfectly timed and meets your exact school travel needs.
They’ll be able to share their first-hand experience, suggest options you might not have considered and give you insight into the feedback other teachers have given us too.
There’s a lot to contend with when travelling abroad, and many teachers find the service of NST’s Representatives in France invaluable. In Paris we can arrange for your representative to meet you on arrival, assist you with hotel check-in, advise on points of interest and public transport and provide your group with 24 hour emergency assistance. With NST, you can be safe in the knowledge that you’ll never be on your own on your school tour.
They’ll also be happy to discuss your programme of visits, offer an insight into your destination and suggest popular evening activities too.
Planning your first school trip?
If you're planning your first school trip, our essential guide will take you through each step of the process...
- Choosing your destination
- Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head
- Promoting your tour in school
- Confirming your booking
- Tailor-make your tour
- Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment)
- Quick reference timeline
- Pre-tour checklist
Additional support, resources & information
Free classroom resources
We've created a range of free resources and educational posters to brighten up your classroom! Take a look at our downloadable posters here.
Tour planning service
With NST, you’ll get your own dedicated, knowledgeable Tour Co-ordinator who’ll work with you from start to finish. You’ll benefit from their unrivalled destination knowledge, and their experience gained from working with many other groups too. They’ll tailor-make your itinerary from scratch and take care of everything for you: - Pulling together an itinerary that runs smoothly - Planning the right balance of visits every day with realistic timings - Pre-arranging and pre-booking your visits, entrance tickets, passes and meals You’ll receive your final itinerary a full 4-weeks before you travel too.
Free school trip promotion pack
We’ll support you and provide everything you need to advertise your school trip around school and to parents. Our free school trip promotion pack consists of: - Parents’ letter & permission slip template for you to complete A3 posters to promote your trip around school - PowerPoint presentation templates which you can tailor to your own needs - Parents’ leaflets covering how NST manage safety, financial protection and details of our travel insurance - Online parents’ video which showcases the benefits of taking a school trip For selected destinations, we’ll provide a trip launch web page using video footage and imagery. This web page is provided by a weblink and can be shared with pupils and parents in many ways.
Risk assessment support including preview visits
Risk assessment plays a vitally important part in the planning and organisation on any school tour. Our risk assessment guide aims to help you understand more about your obligations and how you can more effectively manage group safety on your next educational visit and provide you with risk assessments for your trip.
Planning the first trip
Organising your first school trip can appear to be a daunting process. If you're planning your first school trip, our guide will help to take you through each step of the planning process, answering frequently asked questions and providing tips and support along the way. Our helpful guide covers the following: - Choosing your destination - Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head - Promoting your tour in school - Confirming your booking - Tailor-make your tour - Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment) - Quick reference timeline - Pre-tour checklist View our essential guide to a successful school trip here.
Get live updates on your group's location
NST's new trip tracker, Locate My Trip, is the easy, convenient way for your school to follow your group's location whilst on tour. Our app has been specifically designed to provide reassurance to both parents and teachers. Watch our short Locate My Trip video here.
My Tour Manager
Save time and stay on track with your school trip admin with our online orgnaniser - designed to help busy teachers like you. With My Tour Manager, you'll be able to download FREE resources and access trip paperwork online and in one place. Your personalised checklist details what you need to do and by when, plus you'll receive fortnightly reminders too. What's more, you can take all your trip documents on the go whilst on your tour with our app, My Tour Manager-On-the-Go. Find out more and watch out short My Tour Manager video here.
Why choose NST?
Your dedicated tour co-ordinator will use their unrivalled local knowledge and expertise to create a tailor-made, curriculum-linked itinerary to meet your group’s exact needs.
Risk assessment guidance
Our risk assessment guidance will help you to manage group safety on your next educational trip.
- FREE group leader inspection visits
We offer a free inspection visit to your chosen destination to support your risk assessment planning.
- Value for money
We’re committed to bringing you the best possible value trips to help make every penny count.
- Peace of mind
- More than 50 years’ experience
With over 50 years’ experience, with NST you can rest assured that your group is in safe hands.