School Trip to Fort Boyard in France

Fort Broyard

An interesting destination for a school trip to France, Fort Boyard served as a prison before it was abandoned by the army in 1913 and subsequently put up for sale at 7,500 francs. Only two potential buyers came forward, and the successful buyer appeared to have neither the time nor the means for the upkeep of his new property.

On a number of occasions, the Fort was used by the cinema, but it was television that eventually saved it. Owned by the Conseil Général of Charente-Maritime since 1989, the Fort has enjoyed an international media career since the television programme Fort Boyard was first broadcast in 1990.

A visit to Fort Broyard begins aboard the sailing vessel La Marcelle. The Captain will welcome you aboard and show you around his boat. Once life jackets and oilskins are distributed, the boat will cast off from the Port of Boyardville and head for Fort Boyard and the Ile d’Aix.

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 to Fort Boyard
(Travel Time – 2 hours and 28 minutes, Approx. 149 km)
11.00-11.30 a.m. – Arrive at St. Georges d’Oléron
11.30-12.30 p.m. – Lunch
14.30-16.30 p.m – A tour of Fort Boyard, lasting around 2 hours, on a sail boat
16.30-19.00 p.m – Depart from St Georges d’Oléron by coach, back to La Giraudiere
(Travel Time – 2 hours and 28 minutes, Approx. 149 km)
19.00-20.00 p.m – Evening Dinner


Two trip options for exploring Fort Boyard are available:

  • A tour of Fort Boyard, lasting around 2 hours
  • A day on L’île d’Aix, including a tour of Fort Boyard

St. Georges d’Oleron is 149 km northwest of Brossac, approximately 2 hours and 28 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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