FRENCH AND HISTORY IN THE HEARTLAND OF FRANCE

  • French course and history - Historical village of Le Croizet

WEEK FROM €1.560

SHARED ROOM ON-SITE €1.560

You will notice that we include an option to share a room. If you are coming on your own and wish to make use of the shared room rate, we will make every effort to place you with a guest who has made a similar request. However, single room rates will apply if we are unable to pair you with another guest.

SINGLE ROOM ON-SITE €1.720

ROOM OFF-SITE €1.230

For a more economical option, you can stay with a host family in the neighborhood. This off-site accommodation is a short walk from the Villa Beaulieu (15mn on foot maximum). Breakfast is taken with the host family, while lunches and dinners are shared with other guests and instructors at the Villa Beaulieu.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

2024 PRICES FOR FRENCH AND HISTORY COURSE

Amounts in brackets represent the deposit required.
ROOM TYPE PRICE
Shared Room on-site €1.560 (€150) / Special offer : Extra week of General French €1.130
Single Room on-site €1.720 (€150) / Special offer : Extra week of General French €1.250
Room off-site €1.230 (€150) / Special offer : Extra week of General French €1.050
+ Extra Activities

Extra Activities with extra cost

PETITS FOURS WORKSHOP

with our in-house Chef

Tuesday 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Thursday 1.30pm – 2.30pm

GUIDED EXCURSION

with a teacher, 4 options available

Wednesday 2.00pm – 5.00pm

MASSAGE

at David Grand Spa (website)

DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE

Intermediate or Advanced French proficiency is recommended to successfully follow on-site descriptions.
This course is designed for those who want to strengthen their French but also explore the Loire’s heritage by touring historical monuments such as churches, castles, abbeys and museums.
This course is the perfect opportunity to beat the summer heat by spending time in the natural coolness of the region’s thick-walled stone buildings.
Additional purchases of regional products can be made on-site.
All language classes are taught by professional, native French speaking tutors and group classes have a maximum of 6 per class.
During the afternoon, participants will be taken to different architectural sites with a staff member for a tour led by professional guides. All visits will be held in French but we will organize a discreet translation if necessary.
Also included in the week, A Wine tasting at Domaine Jean-Marie VIAL in Saint-André d’Apchon!

Program

Mon-Fri 9:15am – 12:15pm (group French class) PLUS 4 afternoon visits on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday *

Monday: Visit of Pommiers Priory in Pommiers-en-Forez.
Visit a thousand-year-old priory and listen to its fascinating history.

Tuesday: Boat Tour in Villerest Lake and Wine tasting at Domaine Jean Marie Vial in St André d’Apchon.
On board a sightseeing boat, discover the history of the Loire and the Villerest Lake.
Independent winemaker Jean Marie Vial grows, vinifies and sells a variety of wines: reds, whites, rosé, and sparkling. Jean Marie welcomes guests with open arms and is happy to share his passion for winemaking, inviting you to tempt your taste buds with the diversity of the local Gamay grape, as well as Chardonnay and Viognier bottlings.

Thursday: Visit of Le Crozet Folk Museum (Art and Popular Traditions) and Le Crozet medieval village.
Walk through this picturesque village with its winding alleys, lovely courtyards, medieval & Renaissance buildings and 12th century donjon tower.
Housed in a 16th century building, the museum features items found in the workshops of blacksmiths and cobblers, a typical interior of a townsperson’s home from yesteryear, old looms, and a regional & archeological library.

Friday : Visit of Château de la Roche.
Anchored on a rocky outcropping since the 13th century, the Château de la Roche is the emblematic monument of the Loire gorges because of its improbable and scenic location in the Loire River.

*Last minute changes can occur depending on opening hours and time of the year

TESTIMONIALS ABOUT FRENCH COURSE AND HISTORY

In the French and History course, we spent our mornings in helpful classroom instruction that was tailored to our level. Our afternoons were filled with excursions to chateaux, medieval villages, wineries, and other locations that allowed us to explore the rich history and culture of the region. These excursions demonstrated just how rich the history and culture are! What’s more, while listening to the guides and docents on our excursions, we were practicing our French comprehension skills and expanding our vocabulary. The guides knew that we were French language students, and so they spoke clearly (and perhaps a bit more slowly than normal) for our benefit and were happy to answer any questions that we asked. Overall, the French and History course was a fantastic experience, and I would highly recommend it.

Tricia (Dallas, TX)

If you want to get a better feel for the region I highly recommend the historical visits. During the week this included trips to two chateaux, a vineyard and a charming medieval town. Our teacher, Vincent, provided useful background information for each afternoon trip. The local guides were super-knowledgeable and happy to field our many questions. In short —Great fun!

Leanna (Arlington, VA)

Les visites historiques sont un bon complément du programme de l’école. On visite non seulement des châteaux mais aussi des villages historiques de la région. Les visites sont guidées par des bénévoles locaux qui racontent vivement non seulement les dates historiques mais aussi les petites histoires de la vie quotidienne d’autrefois. Avant chaque visite, on recoit des informations par écrit préparées par Vincent.

Renate et Thomas (Düsseldorf, Germany)

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42153 Riorges, Grand Roanne, France

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