France Explorer

for secondary schools

 


4 days from £193

  • School Trips to France : Paris city tour
  • School Trips to France : Visiting Disneyland Paris
  • School Trips to France : group at the chateau

Do you remember...?

Looking up at the Eiffel tower? The taste of a fresh, warm croissant? Your first exchange in French with a local? The hustle and bustle of a French market town? Standing in front of the Mona Lisa for the first time?

There’s simply nothing to beat it.

First-hand experience, often for the first time. Priceless.

You’ll want to plan an itinerary to inspire your students, of course.

We can help you organise a tailor-made programme of outings. We can advise on our most popular trips, on free trips – on the trips that best meet your group’s needs.

We plan itineraries we know you’ll love.

And to ensure you feel completely at ease, we give you a PGL Tour Leader to accompany you on your excursions and to smooth things along. It’s a little more reassurance for you when you have a group of children abroad.

Activities

Excursions
Getting out there is what it’s all about.
It’s the perfect introduction to the history, culture and lifestyle in France, brought to life with PGL to inspire and motivate senior school pupils.

Adventure: The PGL Bonus
Bring out the best in each of your students with unique PGL adventure sessions that will promote teamwork, communication and leadership skills. They’ll help enhance the learning experience by strengthening the dynamics of your group, complementing your excursion programme perfectly.

An Evening Programme
For even more PGL value, you’ll love the themed activities (such as making crêpes) that give each of your students even more to take home as well as keeping them engaged and entertained well into the evening.

Select an activity for a full description

A typical itinerary for this course

Sample programme for a 5 day France Explorer course for Secondary Schools
  lundi mardi mercredi jeudi vendredi
le petit déjeuner
le matin   Half day excursion Full day excursions & sightseeing Full day excursions & sightseeing Depart for home after breakfast with a stop at a hypermarket en route
le déjeuner
l’après-midi Welcome to centre and orientation Abseiling and Zip Wire Full day excursions & sightseeing Full day excursions & sightseeing  
le dîner
le soir French Quiz Crêpe Evening French songs around campfire Disco  

Learning outcomes

Authentic language-learning and cultural experiences leave your KS3 and KS4 (S1 – S4) students with renewed enthusiasm for France and all things French; this leads to increased motivation and interest in taking French study to a higher level – and of course better examination results.

Your students will get the most from their French Explorer course as it’s delivered with the support of a dedicated and trained PGL Tour Leader who will be familiar with your excursion programme and destinations.

On-site adventure activities as part of the mix improve group dynamics, teamwork and communication skills.

Your pupils receive an all-round learning experience, but above all your group leaves France with greatly improved confidence and enthusiasm for the language and the country.

Travel information

Ferry Crossings

Return travel by executive coach is included in the cost of your trip. Your coach is also available for excursions once you arrive at your PGL centre, subject to EU drivers’ hours regulations.

To minimise your journey time and make the most of your time away we offer a number of Channel crossings. Dover-Calais is included as standard in the cost of our tours but alternative crossings are available on request. You can choose Dover-Dunkirk by ferry or Folkestone-Calais by Eurotunnel at no additional charge. A small supplement may apply to crossings from Portsmouth to Caen and Cherbourg. Please contact our Tour Organisers to discuss alternative Channel crossings including air and Eurostar.

Barton Hall

Barton Hall

A great location near Torquay and popular with groups of all ages. There are many blue flag beaches close by and Dartmoor is also within easy reach.

Beam House

Beam House

Near Bideford in north Devon, the surf school at Westward Ho! is close by and there are plenty of land-based activities in the centre grounds.

Boreatton Park

Boreatton Park

There are over 250 acres for you and your students to enjoy, as well as some great accommodation options and excellent facilities.

Caythorpe Court

Caythorpe Court

A fantastic countryside setting boasting 65 acres of grounds, packed full of adventure activities for your students to try out.

Dalguise

Dalguise

Located just five miles north of Dunkeld, there’s plenty to explore in and around this stunning centre, set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

Hillcrest

Hillcrest

A cosy welcome awaits you at this former fishing lodge near the River Wye. The small size and homely atmosphere is perfect for younger students.

Liddington

Liddington

Minutes from the M4, near Swindon, the convenient location makes it one of our most popular centres. There are some great facilities too.

Little Canada

Little Canada

A fantastic choice for watersports lovers. Set on the banks of the beautiful Wootton Creek, we have private access to the water.

Llwyn Filly

Llwyn Filly

Close to the Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye and situated on the edge of the stunning Brecon Beacons, giving immediate access to the mountains.

Marchants Hill

Marchants Hill

Conveniently close to London but in a countryside setting, there’s plenty of adventure in the wooded grounds and beyond for your students to discover.

Osmington Bay

Osmington Bay

There’s direct access to the beach, thrilling watersports on the sea at the nearby Portland Bay, as well as a range of exhilarating adventure activities.

Tregoyd House

Tregoyd House

Enjoy canoeing the picturesque River Wye at this beautiful centre in the heart of the Black Mountains. There’s so much to explore, see and do.

Windmill Hill

Windmill Hill

Located in the scenic Sussex Downs, close to the coast and not far from London, it’s a popular destination for secondary school groups.

Winmarleigh Hall

Winmarleigh Hall

A beautiful Victorian mansion house set within 50 acres of grounds. It’s a popular location in the north west of England, near the forest of Bowland.