School Trip to Aubeterre


A school trip to Aubeterre will provide your students with multiple opportunities to learn about the history and culture of the southwest region of France. Voted one of the most beautiful villages in France by the independent association known as Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne sits high above a bend in the river Dronne. Its charming narrow streets wind past white stone houses and ancient buildings.

Perhaps the most impressive monument in Aubeterre is the monolithic underground church dedicated to St. Jean – the largest underground church in Europe. Carved out of the rock by the disciples of Saint Maur in the 12th century, the structure reaches a height of 20m. In the centre of the apse stands a monolithic reliquary in the Romanesque style.

At the other end of the Village stands the collegiate church of St. Jacques. Consecrated in 1171, the church was built to welcome pilgrims travelling to Santiago de Compostela. The exquisitely carved facade of the original church remains in tact.

Sample Itinerary

08.00-08.30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast
08.30-08.45 a.m. – Depart by coach for a full day trip to Aubeterre
(Travel Time – 24 minutes, Approx. 22.2 km)
09.10-09.15 a.m. – Arrive at Aubeterre
09.30-12.30 p.m. – Tour of the Monolithic Church (L’Eglise Souterraine Saint-Jean)
12.30-13.30 p.m. – Lunch
13.30-15.30 p.m. – Guided tour around the village, with time for independant exploration
15.30-16.00 p.m. – Depart from Aubeterre by coach, back to La Giraudiere
(Travel Time – 24 minutes, Approx. 22.2 km)
17.00-18.00 p.m. – Evening Dinner
Aubeterre-Sur-Dronne is 22.2km east of Brossac, approximately 24 minutes driving time.
La Giraudiere can supply materials such as pads, pencils and paper for the students.

SAFETY and SECURITY NOTE: Bright illuminated vests are available for student use, and each is clearly marked to identify the child as a participant of a school group staying at La Giraudiere.

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