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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.

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La Rochelle: Entry Ticket to the 3 Towers

2. La Rochelle: Entry Ticket to the 3 Towers

Gain entry to the 3 medieval three towers of La Rochelle with one ticket: Saint Nicolas, de la Lanterne, and de la Chaîne. Learn about their tumultuous history and royal past. Get your entry ticket for the main attractions in the Old Port of La Rochelle — the 3 Towers. Dating back to medieval times, learn about the tumultuous history of each of these towers.  From prisons for Huguenots and foreign sailors in the 16th-18th centuries, to military prisons in the 19th century, plenty was happening in La Rochelle in times gone by.  Discover the Saint Nicolas Tower dating back to the 14th century. See how it was equipped with royal living quarters, as well as a chapel, while functioning as a defense tower.  Mosey around the De La Chaîne Tower, also dating back to the 14th century. Home to exhibitions since 1998, it used to be a place to collect taxes from incoming boats and the entrance to the port. Learn how the tower was damaged and rebuilt in the 19th century.  Explore the De La Lanterne Tower, the old lighthouse, ship disarmer, and, later, prison for many centuries. Count the 600 graffiti prisoners left on the walls over the years. The Tour de la Chaîne opens with the exhibition "It happened tomorrow" From September 28 to May 3, 2021, the exhibition will offer visitors the opportunity to explore different worlds of science fiction comics through the encounter of three author-cartoonists: Marion Montaigne with the album Dans la combi by Thomas Pesquet; Mathieu Bablet with the Shangri-La album; Denis Bajram with the Universal War One album, as well as creators of new forms of images and sounds, whether artists, researchers or industrialists

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La Rochelle: 2-Hour Sunset Sailing Cruise

3. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 342 reviews

Exciting course in French / English about the cultivation area and the origin of cognac. Personal care in a beautiful area. Excellent specialist knowledge of the speaker. Entertaining explanations rounded off by a fine tasting at the end of the master's class. I can fully recommend the course at any time! Merci, Monsieur, nous avons vraiment apprecie vous connaissaneces et votre aimabilite!

A fantastic few hours and we all learnt so much. Very well explained by Jean-Luc and his lovely wife Christine greeted us at the start and made us feel right at home. We would definitely recommend the Master Class Tasting, even if like us you know little about Cognac. We will be looking in the future to the Cognac Tasting Tour.

Top discovery! A good plan that is really informative and pleasant to carry out. You can really discover 3 different worlds, and at the same time feel the historical power of the three towers of La Rochelle. Quality / price ratio more than correct for the three towers. Price, however, identical on site.

Excellent masterclass, thoroughly enjoyed learning the history behind the production of Cognac from Jean-Luc who was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his subject. I have never been a Cognac drinker but now I am converted! Would highly recommend this course.

must be visited to immerse yourself in the history of La Rochelle