Journey to La Rochelle, a charming seaport in South West France, where land and sea intertwine to provide a bounty of riches. The city, known as 'La Ville Blanche' to the locals, is steeped in maritime history, with its characterful old town boasting cobbled streets and half-timbered houses. Stroll through the arcaded facades and immerse yourself in the captivating tales of this prominent seaport that dates back to the 14th century.
A knowledgeable local guide will lead you through the city's historical gems, revealing stories of the past as you explore the vibrant streets. The cityscape is accentuated by a series of fabulous lighthouses, adding a touch of maritime magic to our coastal walks.
La Rochelle is renowned for its seafood, an integral part of the local culture and economy for centuries. Indulge yourself in this rich tradition with a delectable seafood tasting lunch, providing a delicious insight into the region's culinary heritage.
Venture beyond the city to the idyllic Île de Ré, where picturesque walking awaits around the village of Ars-en-Ré. Explore the island's still-working salt marshes, a haven for seabirds and a testament to the area's natural beauty.
As part of our island-hopping adventure, we'll set sail to the serene Île d'Aix, a car-free haven steeped in history. Discover the island's past as you walk among historic fortifications, and indulge in oyster tastings at a charming island shack.
Finishing up in La Rochelle we take the train south to Bordeaux.
On an unforgettable Bordeaux city break, where you'll journey through history, culture, and the world of renowned wines. Nestled in the southwest of France, Bordeaux stands as a testament to grand Gothic cathedrals, and sprawling vineyards on its outskirts, creating a harmonious blend of urban sophistication and rural charm. Bordeaux is an imposing, magnificent city with 350 historical buildings and monuments.
Your exploration of Bordeaux begins with an expert local guide leading you through the city's medieval streets. Discover the architectural marvels of Saint André Cathedral, a symbol of the medieval era adorned with vivid stained glass, towering vaulted ceilings, and intricately carved stone gargoyles. A visit to the Cité du Vin, a museum dedicated to winemaking, allows you to delve into the rich history and artistry behind Bordeaux's most iconic product.
Venturing beyond the city limits, you embark on a scenic train journey to the surrounding vineyards. Walking through picturesque country lanes and vineyard paths, you arrive at the captivating village of St Émilion. This UNESCO-listed destination boasts historical charm, with cobblestone streets and artisanal wine merchants. A local winery tour and tasting offer insight into the distinctive microclimate and complex soil structure that contribute to the production of world-class wines in this region.
Your Bordeaux city break offers ample free time for you to explore at your own pace. With the inclusion of a Bordeaux City Pass, you gain swift access to city excursions, enabling you to wander through boutique-lined streets like Rue Sainte Catherine and the golden triangle. Take leisurely strolls through the verdant riverside public gardens and marvel at the architectural brilliance of the Place de la Bourse, perfectly reflected in the shallow waters of the Miroir d’Eau.