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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: Private Guided Walking Tour

2. 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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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 17 reviews

Top discovery! A good plan that is really informative and pleasant to carry out. You can really discover 3 different worlds, and at the same time feel the historical power of the three towers of La Rochelle. Quality / price ratio more than correct for the three towers. Price, however, identical on site.

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.

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!

Interesting visit. It takes around 1h30 for the visit of the 3 towers. During my visit, the virtual and augmented reality animations were excellent.

must be visited to immerse yourself in the history of La Rochelle