This French Language school/university trip takes students across Paris and Lyon, developing their speaking and listening skills through cultural interaction.
- Day 1 in Paris: River Seine boat ride, climb the Eiffel Tower, Trocadero esplanade
- Day 2: Notre Dame, Latin Quarter, Place de la Concorde, la Concergerie, Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Sainte Chapelle, Place Vendôme, Le pont de l’Alma (Lady Di memorial), Port de La Bourdonnais, Sorbonne University lecture, stand-up comedy
- Day 3: Académie Francaise, Gilet Jaune/En Marche talk, Montparnasse Tower
- Day 4 in Lyon: French slang lesson, journey to Lyon, Lyon city tour
- Day 5: Le Progrès newspaper talk, French language lesson, Café de la Cloche debate
- Day 6: Lyon markets, French improv class, French cooking class, cinema
Like what you see? Discover the beautiful language and culture of France in our detailed itinerary below! But remember, all our school trips are completely customisable.
*Prices based on groups of 20 students and 2 free teachers.
✓ All accommodation costs
✓ Full board meals for the entire trip
✓ All transportation costs, including airport pick-up and drop-off
✓ All activities listed in the itinerary
✓ 1 free teacher per 10 paying students
✓ 24-hour emergency contact support during the trip
✓ Detailed pre-departure summary & briefing
✓ Full financial failure protection
✓ Public liability insurance
✓ Our trips are fully risk-assessed
Day 1: The Eiffel Tower
Start your French adventure off, as you arrive at Gare du Nord/Charles de Gaulle airport and hop on public transport to your hotel. On the way, your Learning Adventure guide will give you some fascinating general knowledge about the area and get you up to speed with trip rules and safety guidelines.
Once you’ve checked into the hotel, it’s time to start exploring! Take a boat ride along the River Seine, where you’ll stop off to climb the Eiffel Tower. Look out onto the city you’re about to explore and pick out some of the places you’ll be visiting.
Enjoy the view of the iconic Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero esplanade at sunset and watch it twinkle as it lights up. End the day feasting on a well-earned welcome dinner and come together for a trip briefing to get you ready for the week’s adventures.
Day 2: Sorbonne University Lecture
Start your day with a city tour to stop off at all of Paris’ must-sees, like the Notre Dame, Latin Quarter, Place de la Concorde, la Concergerie, Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Sainte Chapelle, Place Vendôme, Le pont de l’Alma (Lady Di memorial) and Port de La Bourdonnais.
It’s going to be an intellectual afternoon. Head for Sorbonne University, one of the most prestigious institutions in the world, to take a tour and take notes at a lecture on a subject of your choosing.
Relax with a stand-up comedy routine in English, performed by a French comedian.
Day 3: Language & Politics
Visit the Académie Francaise, the home of the first French dictionary. Discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the institution, taking into account the modernisation of the French language.
Delve deeper into the political climate of modern France. Listen to a Gilet Jaune (part of the yellow vest movement) or En Marche member as they talk about the current political situation in France.
Indulge at dinner in the Montparnasse area. Then, go up the Montparnasse Tower to watch the sun set over a panoramic view of the city.
Day 4: French Slang
Start the day with an activity even the teachers can learn from! Get involved in a French slang lesson. Learn about the origins of verlan, the slang which now has huge influence on today’s language, much to the dismay of language purists at the Académie Française!
It’s a quick 2-hour journey to Lyon. Once you’re checked into your accommodation, take a city tour to see the highlights of Lyon. Learn about how it’s developed a reputation as the capital city of gastronomy.
Lyon boasts some great food, like Lyonnaise potatoes and saucisson de Lyon. Try it tonight!
Day 5: Journalists & Debating
Visit the printing room of the regional daily newspaper, ‘Le Progrès’. Hear from a journalist about what it’s like to be a French news reporter.
Get engaged in a French language lesson, tailor-made for a variety of levels. Then, get involved in – or just watch – a debate at Café de la Cloche, a centuries old café famous for inviting people to speak and debate.
Day 6: French Speaking Skills
Test out your language skills as you haggle for some last-minute souvenirs at the Lyon markets.
Try out some acting in a French improv class. This is a great opportunity to practise spontaneity, fluency and thinking on your feet before those oral speaking exams!
You’ve tried some delicious French food this week. Now it’s time to learn it so you can take it home. Roll up your sleeves for a French cooking class to learn how to make a famous French dish. Once you’ve feasted on your dinner, put your feet up at a traditional French cinema to enjoy a local film.
Day 7: Au Revoir!
It might be home time, but it’s not over. France’s incredible culture and fascinating language will follow you back to the classroom…and beyond!