School Trips - Normandy-Battlefield and History
Battlefield and History Tours
Normandy is a region of northern France situated on the English Channel with a varied coastline which includes white-chalk cliffs and WWII beachheads. Not just famous for WWII and the D-Day landings there are many key sites, Bayeux with its tapestry, the Mémorial Peace Museum in Caen, the Arromanches D-Day and 360 Museums. The rocky island of Mont-Saint-Michel, topped by a soaring Gothic abbey and the city of Rouen, dominated by Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, is where military leader and Catholic saint Joan of Arc was executed in 1431.
Why should you consider Battlefield and History Tours for School Trips and Educational Visits?
Normandy is a superb destination for WWII studies. Battlefield & History Tours specialise in just that - so you can be assured the tour will be well planned and researched. Battlefield & History Tours are part of Rondo Travel – which is one of the founding members of the School Travel Forum and also one of the first School Tour Operators to be awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. We do not make unnecessary administration charges and wherever possible you will only deal with 1 person from start to finish including being on call for your tour.
All itineraries will be tailored to your specific Learning Objectives or Curriculum studies.
Travel via coach to Calais. Cross the channel. Carry on via coach and travel to Normandy.
After breakfast the group departs for the Pegasus Memorial & Bridge where the gliders of 6th Airborne Division landed during the night of 5th to 6th June 1944. The group then drive via Sword and Juno Beach to Saint Come-de-Fresne. From here there is a superb view over Gold Beach and the remains of the Mulberry Harbour. A visit to Arromanches 360 has been arranged where “The Price of Freedom” film is shown on 9 screens in a round theatre. Drive down or walk down into Arromanches and visit the Landings Museum in Arromanches.
After an early breakfast depart for Omaha Beach and visit the American Cemetery at Colleville-Saint-Laurent. It is possible to walk down and along part of Omaha beach and up to the Cemetery. From here drive to Pointe du Hoc, the scene of Colonel Rudder and his Rangers assault on D-Day.
After lunch drive up to Saint-Mere-Eglise and visit the US Airborne Troops Museum and from there drive out to Utah Beach if there is time.
Drive to Bayeux and spend the morning in this delightful town, visiting the Bayeux Tapestry and Cathedral. After lunch drive back to Caen to visit Le Memorial de Caen. This museum not only recounts the build up to World War Two and what happened during the war but it also has a hall dedicated to Peace. This visit including the Peace Gardens will take up the afternoon. There may be time to drive into Caen itself.
Travel via coach to Calais. There is chance to visit the Merville Battery or Nausicaá National Sea Centre one of largest aquariums in Europe before you reach Calais for the channel crossing. Carry on via coach to your final destination.
What size groups do you cater for?
Group usually start at a minimum of 10 with no maximum group size. For primary & middle schools we work on a 1:10 free place for a teacher.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
Battlefield & History Tours will always try to assist to ensure inclusivity on any of our group trips. This is best achieved by discussing any special requirements from the initial inquiry. Sadly not all destinations are currently accessible but we will always advise on suitable alternatives or work arounds.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
Battlefield & History Tours is proud of its history in providing successful and rewarding tours to many groups with SEN needs. The needs of the individual are always taken into consideration
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