La Rochelle is a city in western France and a seaport on the Bay of Biscay, a part of the Atlantic Ocean.
The city has beautifully maintained its past architecture, making it one of the most picturesque and historically rich cities on the Atlantic coast.
This helped develop a strong tourism industry and we are really looking forward to explore the area!
We'll also visit the Ile de Ré, which the city of La Rochelle is connected to by a 2.9 km bridge. Its harbour opens into a protected strait, the Pertuis d'Antioche.
Our schedule is packed with many interesting things:
Tour by boat for sunset (including dinner on the boat)
1st accommodation: Hotel Champlain France Angleterre***
Visit of La Rochelle: The market, the old town, the harbour and shopping streets. Discovery of La Rochelle by an electric car « GEM », and reach the Minimes Harbour with the sea bus or Le passeur (solar boat)
Lunch and visit the Aquarium restaurant
www.cafe-aquarium.com/restaurant & www.aquarium-larochelle.com
Apéritif at Cave de la Guignette
Dinner at L’Entracte
Departure from La Rochelle to the Marais Poitevin
Guided Tour in a traditional flat-bottomed boat on the Green Venice
Lunch at Auberge de la repentie
Tour by bike
Departure from Marais Poitevin to Ile de Ré
Dinner at L’Océan
2nd accommodation: Le Vieux Gréement
Medieval market in La Flotte en Ré
Sandyatching - Char à voile
Lunch at La Bouvette (mussels)
Visit of Saint Martin de Ré harbour, citadel and admire the view of the town from the top of the Church
Then we'll might visits Saint-Martin or the Phare des baleines – Lighthouse at the very end of the island. Another option would be the Salt marches museum www.marais-salant.com
The ladies will be happy to shop as well at:
Le jardin de Lydie (homemade jam) www.lejardindelydie.com
Savonnerie de l’île de Ré (soap) savonnerie-iledere.com
Ile de Ré Chocolats www.iledere-chocolats.com
Osez ! Sophie (decoration and home) www.osez-sophie.com
Dinner at the Restaurant le Serghi
Then we'll have our final night again at the Le Vieux Gréement before leaving on the 4th day back home.
Now that sounds like a trip, right? I'm really looking forward to do the Sandyachting. I've seen it a couple of times already, but had never the chance of doing it myself. Fingers crossed that the weather will be fine!
What would you be looking for most? Not easy, right?
This trip is organised by: Poitou CharentesTourist Board
Partners are: Deux Sèvres Tourist Board, Charente Maritime Tourist Board, La Rochelle Tourist Office and Ile de Ré Tourist Office