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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: Catamaran Cruise

3. La Rochelle: Catamaran Cruise

Head out on a boat trip on a 16-meter maxi-catamaran and admire the La Rochelle coast. Your crew will be able to tell you about the local landscapes and history and also a bit more about the boat itself. Meet at the dock located in front of the 2 historic towers of La Rochelle. After an introduction, you will sail up the channel, admiring the Richelieu Tower and the harbor of Les Minimes on the way. Once at sea, the crew will stop the engine and open the sails for you to relax and soak up the views. Enjoy an apéritif if you brought one and take in views of the ocean, enjoying the lights of the end of the afternoon.

La Rochelle: 3-Hour Sailing cruise

4. 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

5. 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.

Cognac Masterclass & Tasting

6. Cognac Masterclass & Tasting

Cognac is a spirits unlike any others. Cognac has a long history starting 2.000 years ago, it may be considered as one of the first products resulting of globalization. As food or drink, it is one of those with the most different aromas, up to 40 aromas in the greatest cognacs. It can be drunk as an aperitif or digestive, as a long drink or cocktail, paired with an amazing list of food dishes. It is all this that you will discover during the workshop set up as a long journey where luxury and terroir are the red threads. Your expert will introduce you the elixir of gods, help you discover the various distinctive flavors, characteristics, vintages and blends of the great cognacs. Your expert is totally independent of any brand and any producer. He will not hesitate to answer your questions, unveil manufacturing secrets even those most jealously guarded by the world of cognac professionals.

La Rochelle: Gems of The Port Self-Guided Exploration Game

7. La Rochelle: Gems of The Port Self-Guided Exploration Game

Receive all instructions via email after booking, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Discover a few maritime gems, such as The Red Lighthouse and the Aquarium, while strolling through the charming town of La Rochelle. Follow each clue that will lead you from one place to another by providing you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Solve the problems and guess the answers to unlock the secret story of historic landmarks you will discover. See notable buildings such as Tour de l’Horloge and Saint Saviour Church and learn about their historical significance. The city game will take you about 1.5 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit that will allow you to go at your own pace. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and begin your exploration. Play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against each other. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour.

From Bordeaux: Cognac Private Wine Tour

8. From Bordeaux: Cognac Private Wine Tour

Olala opens the gates in Charentes to famous regions and master artisans. Example of program : 9:00am - Pick-up from your stay in Bordeaux 10:30am- Visit at a family run Cognac producer followed by tastings 12:00pm - "Charente"-style lunch in Cognac 2:00pm - Visit at Chateau de Cognac 4:00pm - Visit at at famous Cognac distillery (Hennessy, Remi Martin...) 5:00pm - Leave Cognac 6:30pm - Drop off at your stay in Bordeaux

La Rochelle: Private Guided Walking Tour

9. 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.

Jarnac Champagne: Château Montifaud Estate Tour with Tasting

10. Jarnac Champagne: Château Montifaud Estate Tour with Tasting

Discover the unique aspects of the creation of Cognac on a guided walking tour of the Château Montifaud estate. Leave Jarnac Champagne and head out into the lush countryside to learn about the estate's methods of creating Cognac. Enjoy a tasting of Pineau and Cognac at the end of your tour to truly get a taste of this part of France. First, learn about the importance of the terroir. Follow your guide through the chateau's estate, its lush vineyards and grounds, and hear how the land and terroir play a significant role in the making of Cognac. Then, discover the stages of pressing, fermentation, distillation, and ageing before tickling your tastebuds with a tasting of both Cognac and Pineau. Leave the estate knowing more about a working estate, its vineyards, distillery, cellar, and bottling site — as well as understanding the flavors of Cognac and Pineau.

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4.7 / 5

based on 542 reviews

Superb ride with a pleasant, friendly and available crew. All this thanks to favorable weather conditions (Easterly winds) which allowed us to go as far off Chatelaillon at a speed of 10 knots. Very good memories for our friends, our teenagers and children under 5 years old.

The whole experience was great, the staff were very welcoming and explained everything in English.

Great time, the kids and I loved it. Our guides were top notch. Thanks a lot. We will return.

One of the best experiences I've ever had. Top!

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