La Rochelle, France
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Approximately 8½ Hours
This delightful full-day tour provides you with the perfect opportunity to fully experience the many facets of the region. A panoramic drive takes you through La Rochelle and inland along the Charente River, past world-famous vineyards of Cognac and ancient towns studded with Romanesque treasures.
Situated on the banks of the Charente River, the picturesque town of Saintes has many historical points of interest. You will enjoy a panoramic drive through the city, viewing the Romanesque St Eutrope Church with its 12th-century crypt, the first-century Roman amphitheater, the stately Triumphal Arch, and the 19th-century Abbey aux Dames. Take advantage of some free time to explore on your own.
Continuing on, you will drive to Cognac, where you will be treated to lunch at a local restaurant.
Just a short transfer will bring you to the Royal Chateau of Cognac, where King Francis I was born. View the cellars and discover the nuances of making fine brandy with a guided tasting of Baron Otard VOSP and XO Gold, combining the finesse of fruity aromas, a hint of honey and a touch of violet.
Finally, you will re-board your coach for the 90-minute drive back to La Rochelle and the ship.
Please note: Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.