Shore excursion to Saintes & Cognac tasting from La Rochelle port

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Activity Level



Day Trip / Out of Town, Food and Wine, Museums / Culture, Shore Excursion


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 7



French (fluent), English (fluent)

Discover the historical city of Saintes and Cognac tasting tour

After pick-up at the port of La Rochelle, drive to Saintes.

This historical city has been awarded as an history and art city. The panoramic drive will take you to the highlights such as the ruins of the roman amphitheater or the roman arc on the river Charente banks, but also the beautiful romanesque churches.

Then, you will enjoy a nice lunch in town before driving to the vineyards for a Cognac tasting tour. In the estate, you will be explained all the steps for making the famous brandy from the harvest, the distillation in the specific cooper pot still and the art of blending.

After the tasting drive back to La Rochelle to join your waiting ship.


Leave La Rochelle port in the morning

One hour drive to reach Saintes - Guided tour of this beautiful city

Lunch (not included)

Drive to the vineyards and visit in a Cognac estate (including a tasting)

Drive back to La Rochelle Port of call

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Port of La Rochelle - at the feet of you liner docking

End location: Port of La Rochelle - at the feet of you liner docking

Duration: 8 hours 30 min.


9 seater air conditionned minivan

What’s Included

A guided tour of Saintes with a licensed guide

The transportation from the port of La Rochelle for a full day excursion in a air-conditionned minivan (bottles of water and insurance while onboard included)

The booking for a visit to a Cognac distillery (from my partners database)

Estimated Local Cash Needed

25 euros - consider 25€ on average for a nice lunch in a french brasserie

What’s Extra

Lunch (consider 25€/person on average for having lunch in a nice french brassrie)

Tasting tour in a Cognac distillery which is not involved in my partners database


9 seater minivan (7/8 passengers maximum) but I will be glad to help you with giving some contacts for transportation if your group is above 7 members

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