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Things to do in Poitou-Charentes

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La Rochelle: Catamaran Cruise

1. 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: Entry Ticket to the 3 Towers

2. La Rochelle: Entry Ticket to the 3 Towers

Gain entry to the 3 medieval 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.

Cognac Masterclass & Tasting

3. 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: Outdoor Harry Potter Escape Game

4. La Rochelle: Outdoor Harry Potter Escape Game

Experience the Harry Potter challenge by the ocean in La Rochelle! The access to the 9 ¾ track has been diverted from King's Cross station! It is in the White City that you must now go to board the Hogwarts Express... As muggles, we call on you to ward off this curse and find the access to the platform! Dive into the adventure by going to the Georges Simenon platform. Be careful: the train will pass in 2 hours! Equipped with your smartphone, you will go through the city looking for each house. To win the game, you must collect 4 code words within the time limit. Thanks to these, you will discover the location of the platform. To validate each passage in the different houses, you will have to guess key clues. You will have to link them together to find THE final code word. You'll solve puzzles, meet wizards, and find bonus cauldrons. The Hogwarts Express will leave in 120 minutes. Tick tock tock...

From Bordeaux: Cognac Private Wine Tour

5. 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

6. 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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This activity will become mandatory each time we come to La Rochelle, it was our 2nd experience and once again we found it soothing and so pleasant! Aperitif on board what happiness Not to mention the great welcome from the captain and his team, thank you for this very pleasant moment and see you very soon The Stienne family!

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.

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!

Agnes was an excellent guide. She went at our pace and we learned a lot about La Rochelle that we weren’t acquainted with. Beautiful seaport city!

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