Closely linked historically and geographically with Britain, Normandy has long been a favourite with school groups from around the world. The heart of the region is Calvados, which offers a wide variety of attractions. The medieval towns of Honfleur and Bayeux sit alongside the D-Day Landing beaches, the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches and the Memorial Peace Museum in Caen.
Holiday centres in the region specially equipped for school groups.
Early morning departure from school and arrival in resort late afternoon.
Morning visit to the Memorial Peace Museum in Caen and the Abbaye aux Hommes, burial place of William the Conqueror. Afternoon drive to Bayeux to see the tapestry and 11th century Cathedral. After dinner, swimming or 10 pin bowling.
Morning spent in Arromanches and the Mulberry Harbour. Visit to the 360º cinema and Landing Museum. In the afternoon, drive along the coast to the US war cemetery at Coleville sur Mer, Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc. Perhaps take a swim before returning for dinner.
Depart after breakfast with a market or hypermarket visit en route. Arrive back at school in the evening.
See the Bayeux tapestry, the old Bayeux; visit the medieval fortress, the Château de Creully; enjoy the Medieval Festival of Bayeux (in July); and go and see the exhibition ‘William the Conqueror, a comic strip: the Epic Adventure’ (from June ‘til December 2016). In addition, from October to December this year, the arches of the Bayeux Cathedral will come alive with monumental images to recount the history of the building which witnessed the amazing epic of William the Conqueror.
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Chris House, Teacher of Chemistry, Dubai College, UAE
Dr Maripaz Aguilera, Head of Languages, GEMS World Academy, Switzerland