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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.

Cognac Masterclass & Tasting

2. Cognac Masterclass & Tasting

Cognac is a spirits unlike any others. Cognac has a long history starting 2.000 years ago, it may be considered as one of the first products resulting of globalization. As food or drink, it is one of those with the most different aromas, up to 40 aromas in the greatest cognacs. It can be drunk as an aperitif or digestive, as a long drink or cocktail, paired with an amazing list of food dishes. It is all this that you will discover during the workshop set up as a long journey where luxury and terroir are the red threads. Your expert will introduce you the elixir of gods, help you discover the various distinctive flavors, characteristics, vintages and blends of the great cognacs. Your expert is totally independent of any brand and any producer. He will not hesitate to answer your questions, unveil manufacturing secrets even those most jealously guarded by the world of cognac professionals.

La Rochelle: Gems of The Port Self-Guided Exploration Game

3. 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.

From Bordeaux: Cognac Private Wine Tour

4. From Bordeaux: Cognac Private Wine Tour

Olala opens the gates in Charentes to famous regions and master artisans. Example of program : 9:00am - Pick-up from your stay in Bordeaux 10:30am- Visit at a family run Cognac producer followed by tastings 12:00pm - "Charente"-style lunch in Cognac 2:00pm - Visit at Chateau de Cognac 4:00pm - Visit at at famous Cognac distillery (Hennessy, Remi Martin...) 5:00pm - Leave Cognac 6:30pm - Drop off at your stay in Bordeaux

La Rochelle: Private Guided Walking Tour

5. 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.

Jarnac Champagne: Château Montifaud Estate Tour with Tasting

6. Jarnac Champagne: Château Montifaud Estate Tour with Tasting

Discover the unique aspects of the creation of Cognac on a guided walking tour of the Château Montifaud estate. Leave Jarnac Champagne and head out into the lush countryside to learn about the estate's methods of creating Cognac. Enjoy a tasting of Pineau and Cognac at the end of your tour to truly get a taste of this part of France. First, learn about the importance of the terroir. Follow your guide through the chateau's estate, its lush vineyards and grounds, and hear how the land and terroir play a significant role in the making of Cognac. Then, discover the stages of pressing, fermentation, distillation, and ageing before tickling your tastebuds with a tasting of both Cognac and Pineau. Leave the estate knowing more about a working estate, its vineyards, distillery, cellar, and bottling site — as well as understanding the flavors of Cognac and Pineau.

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Exciting course in French / English about the cultivation area and the origin of cognac. Personal care in a beautiful area. Excellent specialist knowledge of the speaker. Entertaining explanations rounded off by a fine tasting at the end of the master's class. I can fully recommend the course at any time! Merci, Monsieur, nous avons vraiment apprecie vous connaissaneces et votre aimabilite!

A fantastic few hours and we all learnt so much. Very well explained by Jean-Luc and his lovely wife Christine greeted us at the start and made us feel right at home. We would definitely recommend the Master Class Tasting, even if like us you know little about Cognac. We will be looking in the future to the Cognac Tasting Tour.

Excellent masterclass, thoroughly enjoyed learning the history behind the production of Cognac from Jean-Luc who was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his subject. I have never been a Cognac drinker but now I am converted! Would highly recommend this course.

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

Extremely interesting, very well commented visit and very friendly guide