Shore Excursion Details


La Rochelle, France



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Explore the Roman and medieval treasures of Saintes and the famed Hennessy cellars in storied Cognac. Relish a panoramic drive through La Rochelle before settling in for an approximately one-hour journey to Saintes, during which you’ll enjoy scenic views of verdant vineyards and quaint villages. In Saintes, a captivating town situated on the banks of the Charente River, embark on a panoramic tour that showcases the first-century Roman amphitheater, the stately Triumphal Arch, the 19th-century Abbaye aux Dames and the Romanesque Saint-Eutrope Church, which features a 12th-century crypt. Appreciate time at your leisure to wander in Saintes before proceeding to Cognac, where you’ll stop in a local restaurant for a relaxing lunch. Rejoice in a tour of the eminent Hennessy distillery, where you’ll view the cellars and savor the nuances of fine brandy during a special tasting. Hear your enlightening guide detail the grand traditions of Cognac creation, such as the swan’s-neck-shaped alembic stills used to distill the caramel-hued libation. Raise your glass of Hennessy in a toast to your wonderful day of discovery.

• Travel along beautiful byways lined with flourishing vineyards and photogenic villages.
• Tour the classical and Romanesque landmarks of magnificent Saintes.
• Revel in free time to delve further into Saintes’ atmospheric streets and squares.
• Experience the birth of Cognac at the Hennessy cellars during a guided tour.
• Savor a sampling of sublime Cognac crafted with age-old techniques.

• Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
• Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

Need to Know:

Note: This tour includes approximately two hours of moderate walking/standing. It is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and the tour boat and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. The tour is not considered suitable for guests with mobility issues. In the event the Hennessy cellars are unavailable, a cellar of equal distinction will be substituted. Participants must be at least 21 years of age to be served alcoholic beverages. The order of sites viewed or visited may vary.

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Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours
Local Food-Wine Tasting

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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