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CIDEF organizes guided excursions, either day- or half-day trips, to the Loire Valley or Western France

Discover the Mont Saint Michel and town of Saint Malo!

Enjoy a daytrip to the seashore, where Brittany meets Normandy, and discover the secrets of Mont Saint Michel, dubbed the “Merveille de l’Occident” (the gem of the western world), located in a huge bay where some of the highest tides in Europe occur. Visit the Abbey and enjoy its medieval architecture (11th - 16th centuries). Step into the past as you walk along the city walls of Saint Malo, and learn more about the famous ship-owners such as Jacques Cartier and Robert Surcouf, before treating yourself to a savoury crêpe and a bowl of cider. 
Le Mont Saint Michel où la mer monte très vite !Souvenir d'étudiant du CIDEF au Mont Saint MichelSaint Malo et ses célèbres remparts

Immerse yourself in the history of the D-Day beaches!

Embark on a daytrip to the Normandy coast to see the landing beaches and relive D-Day: Omaha Beach, the American war cemetery of Colleville-sur-mer, the Mémorial de Caen, a museum and war memorial commemorating World War II and recounting the history of the peace process.
Cimetière américain sur les plages du débarquementDécouvrez les plages du débarquement en Normandie

Live a luxury life in a château!

Follow in the footsteps of history during a one-day trip to the Château de Chambord, the largest in the Loire Valley, and its surrounding hunting park. Enjoy the French renaissance style furniture and architecture dating back to the reign of François 1er. Follow on with the Château de Chenonceau, called the “Château des Dames”, overlooking the river Cher. This is the second most visited French château after Versailles.
Le château de ChenonceauChâteau d'Azay le Rideau et son ameublement Renaissance françaiseLe château de Chambord, le plus vaste des châteaux de la Loire

Treat yourself to a daytrip in Anjou!

Make the most of your stay in Angers and explore the hidden treasures of the region. Did you know about the underground dwellings carved out of limestone rock? Visit the village of Rochemenier and you will understand what “troglodytic” means. See more of the local heritage and call in at the “Fontevraud Abbey”, the largest monastic community in Europe, hosting the graves of King Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard the Lion Heart. In the evening, enjoy a dinner in a troglodytic restaurant and taste the local speciality: the fouées!
Les fouées une spécialité gastronomique d'anjouIncroyables maisons souterraines : les troglodytesDélicieux dîner de fouées entre étudiants étrangers du CIDEF

Impressive impressionism!

A daytrip to the Normandy village of Giverny and the museum of impressionism to learn more about the impressionist movement. The museum traces the development and rise of the movement and its influences throughout the world, and particularly its impact on 20th century art. Since 2012, an exhibition named “Autour de Claude Monet” (“Around Claude Monet”) has been devoted to the illustrious father of impressionism and the Giverny art colony that settled along the valley of the river Seine.  
Découvrez Giverny le village normand des peintres impressionistesLes peintres français à découvrir pendant votre séjour en FranceLe musée de Giverny en normandie

The Puy du Fou historical theme park

Take delight in an evening at the Cinescénie du Puy du Fou in Vendée. With an audience of more than 11 million, 1,200 actors, 24,000 costumes, this sound and light show (duration: 1h40, covering an area of 23 hectares) traces back the history of the Vendée through the saga of a local family from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.
La Cinescénie du Puy du Fou à découvrir avec le CIDEFLe Puy du Fou et son magnifique spectacle la CinescénieLa Cinescénie du Puy du Fou plongez-vous dans l'histoire française

A day at the seashore

The Golfe du Morbihan, a little inland sea of 12,000 hectares (mor bihan means little sea in Breton) was flooded by the Atlantic Ocean thousands of years ago. A boat tour around its many islands is a fascinating experience that will allow you to discover the local wildlife. A trip to the Gulf is also an opportunity to see megaliths such as dolmens, menhirs (standing stones) and cairns. Finish your day with a walk around the pedestrian streets of the beautiful Breton city of Vannes.
Découvrez le Golfe du Morbihan en Bretagne avec le CIDEFExcursion en Bretagne pour apprendre le français avec le CIDEFEntre deux cours de français, découvrez Vannes en Bretagne!

A day at Versailles

Discover more about Louis XIV and the château de Versailles, one of the most beautiful achievements of 17th century French art. The French Court and government settled there in 1682 and until the French Revolution. Kings followed in succession, enhancing and decorating the Château in turn. Spend a day walking along the famous Galerie des Glaces (the hall of mirrors) and the chateau’s 2,300 rooms, strolling in the jardins à la française (landscaped and formal gardens) and browsing through French history.
L'incontournable Château de Versailles à découvrir grâce au CIDEFL'unique Galerie des Glaces au Château de VersaillesLes jardins à la française et l'histoire de France en une journée