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La Rochelle: 3-Hour Sailing cruise

1. 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: Gems of The Port Self-Guided Exploration Game

2. 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.

La Rochelle: Private Guided Walking Tour

3. 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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What people are saying about La Rochelle

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 17 reviews

This cruise is perfect especially when you are accompanied by your other half. We spent an incredible 3 hours and the staff on board are great. We can even participate with them which is more than a cruise.

the crew is super friendly. we are told the story of the ship Columbus which is full of stories. the walk is superb. really a great experience. Thanks

A shock team that animates the excursion well! Beautiful landscapes! And the unique atmosphere!

Extremely interesting, very well commented visit and very friendly guide

Very pleasant sea trip with two very friendly skippers.