Traveldudes exploring La Rochelle, Marais Poitevin and Ile de Re in France

Traveldudes exploring La Rochelle, Marais Poitevin and Ile de Re in France

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***

1st Day:

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 &

Apéritif at Cave de la Guignette

Dinner at L’Entracte


2nd Day:

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

3rd Day:

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


The ladies will be happy to shop as well at:

Le jardin de Lydie (homemade jam)
Savonnerie de l’île de Ré (soap)
Ile de Ré Chocolats
Osez ! Sophie (decoration and home)

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