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La Rochelle: 3-Hour Sailing cruise

La Rochelle: 3-Hour Sailing cruise

From US$ 31.93 per person

Embark from the old port of La Rochelle on the maxi-sailboat Columbus and navigate between the islands and the coastline. Admire the bay and its monuments along the way.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Admire the panoramic view of the coastline
  • Relax and enjoy the feel of the wind and the sea
  • Chat with the crew to learn more about the Columbus and local history
  • Pass the famous sites of the Pertuis
Full description
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.
  • Safety equipment
  • Food (Please bring your own)
  • Drinks other than water
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket

Know before you go

  • This activity takes place rain or shine.
  • Departure times may vary by 30-minutes to 1-hour due to the tide.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 75 reviews

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I was looking for a sailing cruise from La Rochelle and then decided on the 3 hour tour with the Columbus. It was a good choice. The crew was super fun and personable. Price-performance ratio top. Next time I would take one more sweater with me because it can get fresh on the water.

July 2, 2021

A very pleasant moment as a couple with the sunset! A sailboat with its history that adds even more charm to this experience! A very pleasant crew who gave us lots of information about the surrounding places, the history of the boat, Fort Boyard, etc... An experience to live!

August 14, 2021

August 10, 2022

Product ID: 397722