France Explorer

for secondary schools

3 days from £202

4 days from £219

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

First-hand learning

When it comes to learning French and learning about France, there's nothing to beat being there. A visit to the Eiffel tower, buying lunch in a traditional market, your first exchange in French with a local, are all priceless experiences.

We help you organise a tailor-made programme of excursions and visits and advise you on our most popular trips, on free trips – on the trips that best meet your group’s needs. And to ensure you feel completely at ease, we provide  a PGL Tour Leader to accompany you on your excursions and ensure your trip runs smoothly. You'll find their local knowledge invaluable.

Activities

Excursions
Getting out there is what it’s all about.
It’s the perfect introduction to the history, culture and lifestyle of France, brought to life to inspire and motivate your students.

Adventure: The PGL Bonus
Bring out the best in each of your students with PGL adventure sessions that promote teamwork, communication and leadership skills. They 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) which give 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

Students return with a renewed enthusiasm for France and all things French, improved motivation and interest in taking French to a higher level – and of course better examination results.

Your French Explorer course is supported by a dedicated, trained PGL Tour Leader who will be familiar with your excursion programme and destinations. Optional on-site adventure activities help improve group dynamics, teamwork and communication skills.

Your students 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, South Devon

Barton Hall, South Devon

A great location near Torquay.

Bawdsey Manor, Suffolk

Bawdsey Manor, Suffolk

On the coast near Woodbridge

Beam House, North Devon

Beam House, North Devon

Near Bideford and the beach/surf school

Boreatton Park, Shropshire

Boreatton Park, Shropshire

In 250 acres near Shrewsbury.

Caythorpe Court, Lincolnshire

Caythorpe Court, Lincolnshire

Ten miles north of Grantham

Dalguise, Perthshire

Dalguise, Perthshire

Five miles north of Dunkeld.

Hillcrest, Herefordshire

Hillcrest, Herefordshire

A cosy centre near Ross on Wye.

Liddington, Wiltshire

Liddington, Wiltshire

Minutes from the M4, near Swindon.

Little Canada, Isle of Wight

Little Canada, Isle of Wight

Set on the banks of Wootton Creek.

Llwyn Filly, Brecon Beacons

Llwyn Filly, Brecon Beacons

Close to the Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye.

Marchants Hill, Surrey

Marchants Hill, Surrey

Near Hindhead, close to London.

Osmington Bay, Dorset

Osmington Bay, Dorset

On the Jurassic coast near Weymouth.

Tregoyd House, Brecon Beacons

Tregoyd House, Brecon Beacons

Near Brecon in the Black Mountains.

Windmill Hill, East Sussex

Windmill Hill, East Sussex

On the Sussex Downs not far from London.

Winmarleigh Hall, Lancashire

Winmarleigh Hall, Lancashire

Set in 50 acres near Preston.