Fort Boyard Tours

Perched off the Atlantic coast of France between the islands of Aix and Oléron, construction began on the austere Fort Bayard under orders from Napoleon in 1801 but stalled eight years later. The fort was finally completed in 1857 and was utilized to guard both the mouth of the River Charente and the arsenal at Rochefort from English attack.

Supported by an artificial island made of tons of rubble, it stands 66 feet (20 meters) high and 223 feet (68 meters) long, with immensely thick stone walls built in an oval shape that once housed a garrison of 250 soldiers, with stores, living quarters and an exercise yard on the ground floor and gun emplacements above. After 187,  the range covered by canons fired from dry land increased significantly and the fort became redundant; it was turned into a military prison but soon after fell into disrepair. Finally listed as a building of maritime historical interest in 1950, it has since been maintained by the local council in the Charente-Maritime.

Fort Bayard has been the venue for French TV game Fort Bayard since 1990; the game involves contestants in taking on physical challenges to win money prizes and the rights have been sold across the world.

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Fouras, Rochefort. Not open to the public but accessible by organized boat tour between April and September.
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Address: Fouras, Rochefort, Charente-Maritime 17450, France
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Hours: Not open to the public but accessible by organized boat tour Apr–Sept
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Rent a open-hull boat for up to 6 people in La Rochelle - License required

Set sail on a full-day adventure by open-hull boat from La Rochelle, with up to 6 friends or family members, and cruise around the sunny islands and pristine beaches of the Bay of Biscay. Enjoy prime views of La Rochelle harbour and Fort Boyard, then head out to explore the scenic islands of Île de Ré or Île d’Aix. This boat rental requires at least one participant to have a boat license.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Rent a rigid-inflatable boat for up to 8 people in La Rochelle - License required

Enjoy an exhilarating full-day cruise on-board your very own RIB (rigid-inflatable boat) with this boat rental from La Rochelle and explore the scenic harbor, the lively port towns of the Île de Ré or the beautiful beaches of the Île d’Aix.You’ll need a boat license to drive the boat, but up to eight passengers can ride on-board, so it’s a great choice for families or those traveling in a group.  
  • Duration: 1 day
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Boat rental up to 4 people in La Rochelle

Escape the bustle of the city and enjoy a full day at sea with up to 4 friends or family members. Cruise around the historic harbour of La Rochelle, get up close to the Boyard sea fort or sail out to explore the beaches and bays of nearby Île de Ré or Île d’Aix. Best of all: these comfortable, easy to drive motor boats don’t require a license, so everyone can enjoy a taste of life at sea! 
  • Duration: 1 day
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USD173.49
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Rent a open-hull boat for up to 8 people in La Rochelle - License required

Hop aboard a private open-hull boat from La Rochelle and swap city life for an unforgettable day at sea. Enjoy prime views of Fort Boyard and the harbor as you set sail from La Rochelle with up to eight friends or family members, or cruise out to explore the nearby islands of Île de Ré or Île d’Aix. This boat rental requires at least one participant to have a boat license.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Rent a rigid-inflatable boat for up to 10 people in La Rochelle - License required

Explore La Rochelle’s coastal waters at your leisure with this 1-day rigid, inflatable boat rental for up to 10 people. Hop aboard your boat in the Port des Minimes and head out onto the waves at your own pace. Perhaps explore local sites of interest such as the Ile de Ré, Fort Boyard and Aix Island, or cast your line and fish in La Rochelle’s clear waters. During your rental, take in uninterrupted views over the beautiful coastline and enjoy a relaxing day on the seas with family and friends. 
  • Duration: 1 day
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