This french school trip focusing on the religious sites of the Charente region of southwest France provides students with the opportunity to explore unique churches, view a variety of artifacts and embark on a pilgrimage to the religiously significant town of Lourdes.
Day 1 – Arrive at La Giraudiere
Day 2 – Day Trip to Aubeterre
Perhaps the most impressive monument in Aubeterre is the monolithic underground church dedicated to St. Jean, which is 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.
Day 3 – Tour of Brossac
While in Brossac, students can visit the local shops, talk to the local residents and explore the village’s impressive 12th century church.
Day 4 – Overnight Trip to Lourdes
After Our Lady of Lourdes was claimed to appear to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858, Lourdes developed into a major Christian pilgrimage site. Today, Lourdes has a population of around 15,000, but the town accomodates some 5,000,000 pilgrims and tourists every season.
Day 5 – Return to La Giraudiere/French Language Lesson
Day 6 – Day at Brossac Lake (Etang Vallier)
Day 7 – Depart for Home
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.