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From La Rochelle: Sailing Cruise to Fort Boyard

1. From La Rochelle: Sailing Cruise to Fort Boyard

Board your superb 16-meter sailing catamaran at the old harbor of La Rochelle. After the welcome briefing, you will cross La Rochelle Bay admiring the Richelieu Tower and the Sailing Harbour of Les Minimes. Once outside the channel, the crew will establish the sails and direct the catamaran through the islands to the legendary Fort Boyard. Sit back and enjoy the views or eat your picnic if you brought one with you. Once at the Fort, you will sail around it, trying to approach it as much as possible in order to get the best views and photo opportunities.  On the way back, relax in the big trampolines under the sky. Enjoy the smooth rocking from the sea. Have a chat with the crew to learn more about the local landscapes, the history, or the boat. Arrive back at the dock 4 hours after departure with a head full of memories and a photo album full of wonderful pictures.

La Rochelle: 2-Hour Sunset Sailing Cruise

2. La Rochelle: 2-Hour Sunset Sailing Cruise

Embark on boat trip on a maxi-catamaran of 16 meters. Meet at the dock located in front of the 2 historic towers of la Rochelle. After a welcome speech, you will sail up the channel, looking one last time at the city in full daylight. Admire the Richelieu Tower and the harbour of Les Minimes on the way. Once at sea, the crew will stop the engine and open the sails as the sun come down. Set up your picnic if you brought one and take in the views of the ocean as the sun sets on the horizon.  Have a chat with the crew to learn more about the local landscapes and history, or to ask questions about the boat. Start up a conversation to get to know the other passengers.  Once the sun has set, you will slowly start your way back, enjoying the lights of the city at night. You will arrive at the dock after passing between the two towers of the old harbor.

La Rochelle: 3-Hour Sailing cruise

3. La Rochelle: 3-Hour Sailing cruise

Meet at the Kapalouest pontoon, just in front of the old port, and start your sailing excursion. Once aboard the Columbus, the crew will give a quick safety briefing before setting sail. Sail along the channel admiring various monuments on the bay including, the Richelieu tower and the bout du monde lighthouse. Once in the bay, the crew will unfurl the sails and shut down the engines. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and let the waves gently rock you. Chat with the crew and learn about the local environment, history, and the nautical way of life. You will be back at the dock after 3-hours, after a final passage between the two towers. The Columbus is a sailboat full of history and maritime heritage. This large 18-meter monohull was built in La Rochelle in the PINTA shipyards. Its first vocation was ocean racing since it participated in the Vendée Globe with the skipper and Rochelais owner Jean-Yves Terlain in 1992. In the early 2000s, the ship was transformed into an expedition sailboat dedicated to safeguarding the marine environment. It is best known for its numerous missions in defense of the environment and oceans with the Sea Shepherd, WWF, and BLOOM. Today it continues to charm and raise awareness among the general public when hosting its passengers in La Rochelle.

La Rochelle: Coastline Sailing Cruise

4. La Rochelle: Coastline Sailing Cruise

Start the day with a breath of fresh and salty air on a sailing tour. Meet at the dock, right in front of the two towers of the old harbor. Once aboard the 16-meter maxi-catamaran, the crew will give a quick safety briefing before setting sail. Head up the channel, admiring the different landmarks of the bay such as the Richelieu Tower, the sailing harbor of Les Minimes, or the "end of the world" lighthouse. Once out in the bay, the crew will unfurl the sails and stop the engines. Generally in the morning, the sea is quiet and few sailboats roam the sea. Take in the peaceful atmosphere, lie down on the trampolines, and let the waves rock you gently. Chat to the crew to learn more about the local environment, history, and nautical lifestyle. You will be back at the dock just before lunch, after one last parade between the old towers.

La Rochelle: Private Guided Walking Tour

5. La Rochelle: Private Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide and embark on a walking tour of La Rochelle, taking the sights of the Old Town, the City Center, and the Old Port. Known as "La Ville Blanche" (the white city), learn about this popular tourist destination which has a long history and rich cultural heritage. Discover the fantastic medieval architecture of the city, including the famous Lantern Tower and Saint Nicholas Tower. Hear stories of Eleanor of Aquitaine, the antics of Henry IV, and Cardinal de Richelieu. Learn about the modern developments of the city with its picturesque marina, terraces, and tranquil English-style parks.

La Rochelle: City Attraction and Public Transport Pass

6. La Rochelle: City Attraction and Public Transport Pass

Grab La Rochelle Ocean Pass for your tour around Nouvelle-Aquitaine and access over 30 attractions and the public transport network with one ticket on your phone. Go from the islands of Oleron and Aix to Rochefort, Marais Poitevin, and South Vendée, with La Rochelle in the region's heart. Enter historical landmarks like the Towers of La Rochelle, St. Martin’s Church, Melusine Tower, Rochefort Transport Bridge, Fort Liédot, and La Rochelle’s World War II Bunker. Take a boat trip from Cardinaud pier, a morning catamaran tour, or a cruise to Fort Boyard with island views. Peruse La Rochelle’s famous museums like the New World Museum in an 18th-century private mansion, the Maritime Museum, and the House of the Master of Dikes eco-museum. Venture to nearby towns and visit the Rochefort Hebre Museum or take a guided tour of Brouage and learn about the region’s heritage. Enjoy discounted admission to La Rochelle’s aquarium, Accrobranche, the castles of La Roche Courbon and De Terre Neuve, and a distillery tour at Cognac Normandin-Mercier. Take discounted tours of the towns and villages with or without a guide by bike, canoe, paddle-board, segway, and scooter. Download the app and enter your code to find all these options and more.

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What people are saying about La Rochelle

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 429 reviews

Superb experience to live at least once, nice little walk on the coast! You can take your small meal / aperitif with you and enjoy it on the boat in the calm of the ocean. Thanks again to the very pleasant and smiling staff. Alice & Flora (70)

Agnes was an excellent guide, friendly and very knowledgeable. The tour had the perfect mix of walking and standing and we ended up knowing so much more about La Rochelle, past and present and really getting a good feel for it. Brilliant!

Great morning that made my day. The staff was really very welcoming and pedagogical. To discover !

Had a great time on the boat. The shipper tells interesting things about what we see.

A great experience! thanks to Tristan and Jérémy for their sympathy!