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La Rochelle, France La Rochelle, France

La Rochelle, France

Sunday 13th to Friday 18th June 2021 - Enjoy the Poitou-Charentes region of France, one of the sunniest regions in the country, Including a river punt, a visit to a real French Chateau & a river cruise. From £699pp

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Historic towns and rural tranquillity of the Poitou-Charentes

Explore France’s sunniest region, where the canal-laced countryside, dotted with fields of sunflowers, meets the stunning coastline. Explore the fascinating historic town of La Rochelle, known as La Ville Blanche (the White City)  and its famous Vieux Port, and it’s icon twin medieval towers. Meet the local boatmen of the famous Marais Poitevan marshes, who will take you on pigouilles, traditional punts, through the beautiful tree-lined waterways hearing the stories of this beautiful green countryside. With free time in La Rochelle, this holiday will be a delightful taste of western France.

 

Novotel La Rochelle Centre, La Rochelle, France****

Based in the seaside town of La Rochelle, our 4 star hotel is located within an easy stroll of the city centre, and close to the historic old port. With a rich naval history, traditional villages and towns and historic sites going as far back as Roman times, this area of France deserves to be explored.

It offers a total of 94 guest bedrooms all with private facilities, including tea/coffee making facilities.  Additionally the hotel has a restaurant, bar, lounge area, lift and an outdoor terrace. There is also an outdoor swimming pool for guests' use.

 

Holiday includes:

  • I overnight crossing in 4 berth inside cabin (2 sharing)

  • 4 nights, bed, continental breakfast

  • Day free in La Rochelle

 

£699 per person based on two sharing twin/double room (single sup £118)

 

Your nearest pick-up point.

 

A passport is required for this trip and must be valid for 6 months after the date you travel

Sunday 13th June

We leave the South Hams early evening to catch the 22:00 ferry from Plymouth. We board the ferry with time to settle into your cabin and maybe enjoy a meal onboard as we set sail for France.

Monday 14th June

Arriving in Roscoff at 08:00 we travel the short distance to St Pol de Leon where we can buy breakfast.

Tuesday 15th June

Travel to Fouras-les-Bains and take a 1 hour cruise to the imposing Fort Boyard. This structure has had many different uses over the years including as a prison and more recently the setting for a TV show. In the afternoon we visit Château de la Roche Courbon this is a privately owned château and classified as an historic monument. Developed from an earlier castle, in the Charente-Maritime département of France. It is in the commune of Saint-Porchaire between Saintes and Rochefort. and classified as an historic monument.

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Wednesday 16th June

Today spend the day exploring the old harbour town of La Rochelle. Known as La Ville Blanche (the White City), La Rochelle's luminous limestone façades glow in the bright coastal sunlight. One of France's foremost seaports from the 14th to 17th centuries, the city has arcaded walkways, half-timbered houses (protected from the salt air by slate tiles), ghoulish gargoyles and a fabulous collection of lighthouses - all rich reminders of its magnificent seafaring heritage. The early French settlers of Canada, including the founders of Montreal, set sail from here in the 17th century. This historic fishing town has much to offer visitors including the old port area with its street cafes, the cathedral and many museums.

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Thursday 17th June

Enjoy a two hour punt on the Marshes in a traditional flat rowing boat The Marais-Poitevin offers a natural environment that is unique in France. It is a region of marshes, canals and rivers and low-lying land and woodlands to the west of Niort. In the afternoon we visit Ile de Ré with stops at Sainte-Martin-de-Ré and the lighthouse at Phare des Baleines.

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Friday 18th June

We return to Roscoff to board the ferry at 15.00 arriving back in Plymouth 20.10.

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CB=Continental Breakfast

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Name Address Contact Details
Brixham Brixham - Bank lane opposite Baptist Church
Buckfastleigh Lay by on old Buckfastleigh - Ashburton Rd
Nr Furzeleigh Mill
Dartmouth Dartmouth Marks & Spencer
Exeter Exeter Motorway Services
Ivybridge Ivybridge Town Hall opp Garage
Kingsbridge Quay Kingsbridge Quay
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot opp Railway Station
Others Other pick up points are available
Paignton Paignton Great Western Road Car Park by Library
Plymouth 1 Plymouth Derry's Cross
Plymouth 2 Plymouth George P & R
Plympton Plympton St Marys opp Church
Plymstock Plymstock Elburton bus stop opp Elburton Hotel
Torquay Torquay coach bay outside Princess Theatre
Totnes 7 Stars 2 Totnes 7 Stars opp. Morrisons
Totnes KEVICC Totnes KEVICC

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Tally Ho Coaches Ltd

Station Yard Industrial Estate
Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 1ES

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