- La Rochelle
Spend a week exploring this coastal French city and it’s surrounding attractions.
- Les Sables d’Olonne
Visit this coastal town and enjoy a boat trip around Marais Salants salt pans.
- Marais Poitevin Natural Park
Canoe through the little canals and picturesque villages of ‘Green Venice’.
Perhaps visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site on an optional excursion to chic Ile de Ré.
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Little Boats of La Rochelle
Francefrom £1,399 per person
2 passengers 6 nights Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
- New holiday
- Half board plus
Discover France’s ‘White City’
6 nights in hotels
14 meals: 6 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 6 dinners (D)
- Included travel insurance
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga tour manager
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at all hotels
Excursions and visits
- La Rochelle harbour cruise
- Explore Marais Poitevin Natural Park
- Wine tasting in Saintes
- Leisurely cruise along the Charente river
- Cruise the Marais Salants salt plains
Use of audio headsets on guided tours
Day 1 UK to La Rochelle
Fly to Nantes and transfer to La Rochelle, a journey of 140 kilometres, taking approximately two hours.
Stay six nights at the locally rated 4-star Novotel La Rochelle Centre (3Q+). Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner tonight. D
Day 2 La Rochelle
Depart from the historical quarter on a cruise around the renowned harbour, to view the picturesque Atlantic coastline of La Rochelle, the imposing U-Boat pens dating back to WWII and the iconic Fort Boyard, the symbol of the city. Built under the reign of Napoleon, Fort Boyard protected the estuary of the Charente river and the naval construction yards in Rochefort.
The afternoon is at leisure to explore the cobbled streets and narrow alleyways of the old quarter of La Rochelle. B, D
Day 3 Marais Poitevin Natural Park
This morning, tour the nature park of Marais Poitevin. Covering over 100,000 hectares of marshland, this remnant of the former Gulf of Poitou is filled with little canals and picturesque villages, earning it the epithet of ‘Green Venice’. One of the highlights will be a guided tour by traditional canoe to discover the flora and fauna of the region.
After the boat trip, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant followed by the rest of the day at leisure in La Rochelle. B, L, D
Day 4 Saintes
Explore the city of Saintes, which has some excellent Roman and Gothic architecture. Here you’ll have the chance to sample some of the best wines of the area in a tasting at a local producer. After lunch, embark the Palissy III for a leisurely cruise sailing the Charente river from Chaniers to Port d'Enveux.
Return to La Rochelle for dinner. B, L, D
Day 5 Les Sables d’Olonne
Travel north today to visit the coastal town of Les Sables d’Olonne where you’ll take a boat trip around Marais Salants.
Protected by sand dunes from the Atlantic Ocean, the production of salt in this region can be dated to the Roman era. As you explore meet with the salt workers and taste some of the various salts. B, D
Day 6 La Rochelle
Today is free to continue exploring La Rochelle at your own pace.
Perhaps visit to the Musee Maritime de la Rochelle, which reveals the port’s history, or alternatively join an optional excursion to the Ile de Ré, a chic summer retreat for the Parisian elite. Popular with local’s due to the abundance of oysters, the island contains a wealth of natural and historical attractions including the UNESCO World Heritage site of of Saint-Martin-de-Ré. B, D
Day 7 La Rochelle to UK
After breakfast, transfer to Nantes for your return flight to the UK. B
Novotel La Rochelle Centre 3Q+
Located a short walk from La Rochelle’s Old Town, this vintage-style, locally rated 4-star hotel offers easy access to local attractions, but with the rural ambience of the neighbouring Charruyer Park. The hotel has been designed for relaxation and boasts an outdoor swimming pool (heated in high season) with a terrace, a marine-inspired restaurant serving local cuisine, and a gourmet bar. The spacious and contemporary rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, television, mini fridge, and tea and coffee-making facilities.
What to explore
A popular destination for UK visitors, the postcard-pretty city of La Rochelle has a wealth of attractions connected to its maritime history. Explore either the Museum of Maritime or the New World museum, which explains the relationship between La Rochelle and the America’s. The pristine beaches of the western Atlantic coast are within easy reach by a great public transport network.
For a great day trip out of the city, head towards the island of Île de Ré. Joined to the mainland by a road bridge, this is where the local’s spend the weekend and holidays due to idyllic environment, white sandy beaches and glorious seafood.