France

The charming Opal Coast, with its pretty promenades, golden sands and quaint French towns, is the perfect stepping stone to international travel.

From £295pp

A trip to the northern coast will give your group a flavour of France as they experience new places and cultures without journeying too far from home. Stay in the welcoming Le Château d’Ebblinghem and fill your days with beach activities and visits to the surrounding towns. Make sure to visit the local bakery and chocolatier and fuel up for an exciting afternoon of sand yachting! Why not set your sights further afield and cross the border to Belgium to visit the beautiful city of Bruges?

Close-to-home adventure
Great introduction to international travel
Day trip to Belgium
Hostel accommodation
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From the start everything was better than we had expected, and it just kept getting better and better.Judith Hudson, 1st Gresford Guides, France, 2017

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The safety of all our groups is of paramount importance to us. Venture Abroad has rigorous safety checks in place and its own Safety Management Policy.

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  • Activities

    There is a range of activities to choose from at Le Château d’Ebblinghem and along the Opal Coast.

    Spend mornings playing team sports on the beach, enjoy afternoons at the nearby water park and when the sun goes down, take part in the evening entertainment programme run by the centre’s staff.

    • Sand yachting
    • National Sea Life Centre
    • Aqualud Water Park
    • Bagatelle Theme Park
    • French night – crêpe making
    • Day trip to Belgium: Ypres or Bruges
  • What’s Included

    4 days, 3 nights including:

    • Return coach travel
    • Return Channel crossings
    • Use of the coach throughout the trip (subject to drivers’ hours regulations)
    • Full board basis
    • Indoor en-suite accommodation
    • Services of the on-site team at Le Château d’Ebblinghem
    • Full tour and itinerary planning
    • 1 x drawstring bag per passenger
    • Luggage labels for the group
    • Travel insurance
    • Price includes breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal daily

    Price based on a minimum of 40 passengers departing in August 2019.

  • Sample Itinerary

    Day 1

    Set off from the UK and cross the Channel to France, arriving at Le Château in the afternoon. Start exploring the area of Boulogne-sur-Mer and tuck into some tasty treats after your journey with a visit to the local patisserie.

    Day 2

    After breakfast, collect your packed lunches and hop on your coach for a day in the beautiful city of Bruges. See the city from the water on a canal cruise before strolling through the quaint cobbled streets. Ascend the famous Belfry Tower, browse the boutique shops and visit Choco-story to find out all about how chocolate is made (and sample some too!).

    Day 3

    Head to the beach for a fun-filled morning of sand-yachting – a simple and safe activity involving a small sailing boat on wheels! In the afternoon, make your way to Le Touquet and enjoy lunch on the beach before visiting Aqualud Water Park for an active afternoon! Return to La Château for ‘French night’ where you can have a go at crêpe making.

    Day 4

    Set off from Le Château and begin your return journey home. Make a stop in St Omer for a final taste of French culture before catching the ferry.

  • Accommodation

    Le Château d’Ebblinghem

    This accommodation centre comprises four separate buildings and your group will have sole occupancy of one block, with en-suite rooms. With a games room and a range of on-site activities to choose from, your group will be entertained day and night.