La Rochelle is one of France’s loveliest coastal towns. Its historic port is beautifully preserved with a quayside full of boats large and small, and a seafront packed with lively cafes and restaurants. The old port area of Le Vieux Port is dominated by three 14th and 15th century towers that stand tall at its entrance; they are among the town’s main tourist attractions. The vista from the top of the Tour de la Lanterne in particular is simply wonderful.
There is plenty to see and do in La Rochelle; its interesting mix of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, the huge covered market, and the Ile de Ré are particular highlights here.
La Rochelle is a lovely location for a school French trip, slightly off the beaten track, full of authentic French experiences and plenty of opportunities to practise your French.
Our Suggested Itinerary
Depart school in the evening
Arrive at accommodation in the morning
Visit La Rochelle's historic towers in Le Vieux Port
Explore La Rochelle's picturesque Old Port and pick up souvenirs in Rue de Palais
Visit La Rochelle Aquarium, one of the best aquariums in Europe, with 12,000 marine animals including sharks contained in 75 different aquaria
Practise your French at La Rochelle's famous covered market
Explore the historic fortified port town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saint-Martin de Ré
Guided tour of L'Abeille de Ré, a beekeeping farm
Visit the Phare des Baleines, the second-oldest lighthouse in France (and still in use today!)
Depart La Rochelle in the evening for the return journey home
Arrive back to school early in the morning
Testimonials about this trip:
Whitehaven AcademyOur trip was jam packed with a variety of interesting and fun activities. The package and planning was very well organised.
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