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...

Brittany 

Brittany 

French Language 

With a choice of educational and cultural visits to be enjoyed, a school trip to this picturesque coastal town is perfect for language groups looking to sample a more traditional French way of life.

Learn more here

If you’re looking for more information or free advice, get in touch with one of our expert travel advisors today.

French Alps 

French Alps 

Geography 

On a geography tour to the French Alps many NST school groups choose to study the impact of skiing on the fragile landscape, along with taking hands-on measurements of rivers, sediments and vegetation and learning about how alpine hazards are managed to create a thriving economy.

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If you’re looking for more information or free advice, get in touch with one of our expert travel advisors today.

Lille

Lille

Each year, Lille hosts the largest Christmas market in the north of France - with a vast program of events held throughout the festive period. A trip to Lille can also provide French language students with the perfect opportunity to brush up on their skills. 

Find more information about our school trips to Lille here

Loire Valley 

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.

Find more information about our school trips to the Loire Valley here

Nice

Nice

French Language

Nice radiates a relaxed atmosphere and has a very distinct culture, making it a perfect place to take your French language pupils at any time of year.

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If you’re looking for more information or free advice, get in touch with one of our expert travel advisors today.

Normandy 

Normandy 

Normandy’s wealth of cultural landmarks and close proximity to the UK make it one of our most popular school trip destinations for students of all ages. Whether your focus is language, history or a broader learning experience, our team of school trip experts draw on decades of experience when offering guidance and recommendations for places to visit, must-see attractions and popular accommodation choices.

Find more information about our school trips to Normandy here

Northern France 

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. 

Find more information about our school trips to Northern France here

 

Paris

Paris

Paris’ reputation as a global centre of culture is much deserved, and a school trip to Paris is a fantastic option for a vast range of subject-linked tours.

Find more information about our school trips to Paris here

Paris Theme Parks

Paris Theme Parks

Paris is home to two of Europe’s most popular theme parks - Disneyland® Paris and Parc Astérix. Both are perfect for enhancing class interaction or relaxing between French language visits. 

Learn more about our school trips to Paris theme parks here

WWI Battlefields

WWI Battlefields

Our WWI battlefield tours programme covers the events of WWI in considerable historical detail, particularly in the Somme region.

Find more information about our school trips to the WWI Battlefields here


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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:

Tour planning service

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

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 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 first school trip

Planning first school 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 tour location

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Locate My Trip uses GPS technology and is the easy, convenient way for your school to follow your location whilst on tour. Specifically designed to provide reassurance to both parents and teachers, NST will know where your group are 24/7. If your schedule needs to change, we’ll put plans in place to keep your tour on track. 

With Locate My Trip your group can also share photos and videos with the school and parents, via a secure link, to keep them updated on your experience whilst you’re away.

Watch our short Locate My Trip video here.

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Your online school trip organiser - 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.

Free classroom resources

Free classroom resources

We've created a range of free geography resources and educational posters to brighten up your classroom!

Take a look at our downloadable posters here.

Brexit & your school trip

Brexit & your school trip

How will Brexit affect my school trip?

While the political situation remains uncertain, ABTA has identified actions travellers may wish to take in advance to help avoid unnecessary future disruption.

This information only covers areas where travellers can take reasonable action or put plans into place now. Areas where the situation is still unclear are not included, but the information will be updated once clarified.

Click here for a summary of the latest advice from ABTA, more information can be found here.

If you're travelling with NST and have any specfic questions. please contact your Educational Travel Advisor.

Why choose NST...

Here's why thousands of teachers choose NST each year...

  • Unrivalled knowledge

Your dedicated tour co-ordinator will use their unrivalled local knowledge and expertise of France to create a tailor-made, curriculum-linked itinerary to meet your group’s exact needs.

  • Making it easier for you

With our online school trip organiser, travel app, free classroom posters and trip launch resources to support your in-school promotion.

  • 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.

  • More than 50 years’ experience

With over 50 years’ experience, with NST you can rest assured that your group is in safe hands.

  • Risk assessment guidance

Our risk assessment guidance will help you to manage group safety on your next educational trip.

  • Peace of mind

Your group’s location can be followed with our trip tracking device - Locate My Trip - plus you’ll have 24/7 support from us whilst you’re away.

  • Offsetting carbon emissions

For every trip taken, we'll plant a Maya nut tree in Peru to support reforestation, local communities & biodiversity. Plus, we'll offset an additional tonne of CO2 to guarantee carbon emission reductions. 

 

Looking for protection on your next school trip? 

Booking with a school travel company is the best way for you to protect parents’ money and give yourself peace of mind.  

 

Don’t forget – if your school arranges transport, accommodation and other services directly, you’ll be liable under the Package Travel Regulations – meaning you’ll have all the responsibilities of a travel company, both legal and financial. 

 

Financial protection from the moment you book

NST are fully bonded:

  • ABTA
  • ATOL
  • IATA

Managing safety on school trips

For your protection, NST's independently audited Safety Management System covers:

  • 24-hour emergency cover
  • Audited accommodation & transport
  • Excursions & school visit assessment
  • Group leader preview visits to assist with risk assessment planning

We're LOtC Council’s Quality Badge assured

The Department for Education advises schools to always look for the LOtC Quality Badge when choosing a school travel provider.