FRENCH ATLANTIC COAST (11 DAY/10 NIGHT)

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FSA The French Atlantic Coast

Discover the Atlantic treasures by combining nature, art of living, culture and tradition. With quiet country roads winding through vine-striped hills and wild ends of coastal sand strewed with foggy islands, the Atlantic coast is where France gets back to nature. During your trip, you will also visit cities with strong cultural heritage, meet small producers and taste the best local products.

11 Day – 10 Night

From $2348.72 per person twin share

 

Day 1 Nantes - La Baule

Upon arrival in Nantes collect your car hire category G (Auris, Megane or similar)

Optional to be paid locally: Additional driver, young driver extra charge - 25 years, GPS.

Overnight and breakfast in La Baule, charming guesthouse with pool

 

 

Day 2 Saint-André-des-Eaux - La Baule

Suggestion: Guided Tour on a Traditional Barge through the Brière Regional Natural Park is France’s second largest area of marshland (70 km²) after the Camargue. In the past, Brière was a centre for peat digging and reed picking, but now it is a paradise for nature lovers exploring the canals and islands by boat. The undergrowth of cane, flooded meadows, shallow pools and hills shape the scenery. Renowned for its diversified bird life and plant growth.

Your passionate tour guide, will take you aboard his traditional barge and navigate you through the marshland of Brière.

You will have the opportunity to get a close look at the various bird species populating this marshland (herons, marsh harriers, teals, spoonbills …). He will also tell you fascinating stories about this marsh land.

Duration: 1 hour.

Overnight and breakfast in La Baule, charming guesthouse with pool

 

 

Day 3 La Baule - Guérande

Suggestion: Free day at La Baule

Located between the harbours of Pornichet and Pouliguen, discover this international seaside town, one of the most beautiful bays of the world.

Suggestion: Encounter with a Salt Worker and Visit of a Guérande Salt Marsh

The salt workers’ association pools a small team of salt march guides and is located at the heart of the village of Saillé. For more than forty years their know-how and experience has been passed from generation to generation.

Discover the universe of salt workers, their fascinating craft, and the thousand-year-old secrets of the famous "fleur de sel from Guérande".

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Overnight and breakfast in La Baule, charming guesthouse with pool

 

Day 4 Pornic - La Rochelle

Suggestion: Free day in Pornic

Overlooked by the medieval city and the Gilles de Rais castle, discover this charming seaside town, its old port and it’s Belle Époque Villas (14th century).

Overnight and breakfast in La Rochelle, guesthouse

 

Day 5 La Rochelle - Ile de Ré

Suggestion: Free day in La Rochelle

La Rochelle is the Atlantic City par excellence with its 4 Harbour: the Old harbour, the fishing harbour Chef de Baie, the Port-Neuf and the Minimes.

La Rochelle it's also an historic city with its three towers, the most important medieval maritime fortifications.

You can explore the city by bike (100km biking path), stroll in the Old Harbour and the historical centre, go sailing or go to one of the numerous islands: Ré, Oléron, Aix or Fort Boyard.

Suggestion: Trip to the island Ré

On the Ré,island there is a mild climate the whole year round. Sandy dunes, beaches of fine sand, vineyards and forests of stone pines and cypress invite to extensive strolls on the island. Especially the many days of sun, the fresh breeze, Iodized healthy air and a water temperd by the Gulf Stream make the island a popular destination.

You can reach the island via a bridge by car, but also by bike or on foot.

Overnight and breakfast in La Rochelle, guesthouse

 

Day 6 La Rochelle - Rauzan

Suggestion: Sailing Trip around La Rochelle

Your sailing instructor, offers sailing trips in the Pertuis, around La Rochelle, a unique place with islands to discover: Aix Island, Fort Boyard, Ré Island...

The surroundings are wonderful and the atmosphere is peaceful, relax and escape are guaranteed! Let yourself be guided for the day along the coasts on his 11m. sailing boat. Beginners are welcome, you can learn to steer a boat, the sailing and harbour manoeuvres.

Duration: around 7 hours and 30 minutes.

Special wine tasting in your Guesthouse followed by a traditional French "Table d'hôtes" dinner

Overnight and breakfast in the famous Saint Emilion wine area,  charming guesthouse

 

Day 7 Chenac Saint Seurin D'uzet - Rauzan

Suggestion: Visit of a Family-Owned Vineyard Manufacturing Cognac and the Aperitif Pineau des Charentes

The vineyard has been for several generations in Florian’s family and he is proud to continue the family tradition. They produce Cognac and the aperitif Pineau des Charentes, very popular in the Charentes region.

Florian will introduce you to his manufacturing process and working methods, to top it all, you will enjoy a tasting of his different products.

According to the legend, in the 16th century, a wine-maker accidently added grape must into a barrel that he believed was empty but actually contained eau de vie, the basic product for the making of cognac – years later a new drink was invented, of which you will be given a bottle Pineau de Charentes “Tradition” to take back home.

Duration: around 2 hours.

 

Day 8 Saint-Émilion - Pessac - Rauzan

Suggestion: Visit of the Medieval Town of Saint-Émilion

Enjoy a visit of the picturesque town of Saint-Émilion (UNESCO world heritage) with its Medieval and Roman vestiges, nestling in a beautiful setting amid vineyards, first cultivated by the Romans in the 2nd century. Among the sights and highlights, you can visit the Roman church, the cloisters “Cloître du Doyenné and des Cordeliers”, the monolithic church carved into the limestone cliff or the tower “Tour du Roy”. Take your time to stroll along the pretty narrow streets.

Duration: around 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Suggestion: Oenology-Workshop, create your own grand cru

The rapid expansion of the wine production is closely linked to the history of the wine-growing districts such as Médoc, Saint-Émilion or Graves, the best example being the Bordeaux area. Pierre, an oenologist, is aware of this fact and its historic significance. In his workshop he will let you slip into the skin of a wine-grower and teach you how to make your own “grand cru.”

Your immersion in the world of a wine-grower will begin with an introduction to the proper wine tasting technique. Pierre will familiarise you with the vine varieties, the “body” of the wine (the general weight or ‘fullness’), the tannins and the balance of the various components. You will learn about traditional manufacturing processes used in the production of great vintages.

Eventually, equipped with a pair of tweezers and a test glass, you can give free reins to your creativity and make your own grand cru – up to nine compositions - from the grapes of the vineyard. The bottling will take place in the cellar, you can even create your own personalised label.

Back at the castle, your workshop will finish in style with a wine tasting and a comparison between “your own creation” and a grand cru from the domain. Of course you can take “your” bottle back home, enjoy it together with your loved-ones!

Duration: around 2 hours and 30 minutes

 

Day 9 Cadaujac - Bordeaux

Suggestion: Bike Tour through a Vineyard in the South-West of Bordeaux

Pascale is a passionate oenologist and organises workshops on the theme: “an encounter of a wine and its history.” She will welcome you on her vineyard producing the appellation Pessac-Léognan.

The two-hour long bike tour will take you through the terroir of the Graves and the Bordeaux. All along your stroll, Pascale will be happy to show you the grape varieties and tell you about the history of the region.

Back at the Chateau, you will visit the wine cellars where the wine is aging in oak barrels. After the outdoor activity, you deserve a tasting. You can trust Pascale for giving you good advice, she will serve you a fine wine!

For Pascale, wine tasting is an art de vivre – but it needs a terroir, the sweat of the wine-makers and their employees, as well as a special climate.

Duration: around 3 hours.

Suggestion: Guided Tour in Bordeaux

Discover the rich heritage of Bordeaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its art of living: its urbanism of the Age des Lumières (18th century), its architecture, the importance of the Garonne during its history, its participation in the movement of ideas and its place in history.

Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Suggestion: Dinner in a Local Home

This is the perfect occasion for a gastronomic pleasure together with the locals.

Helena and her husband live in a pretty house not far from Bordeaux city centre. Her husband, a wine expert will take care of the wine, while Helena, a passionate cook, will prepare the dinner.

Around a nicely laid table in a convivial atmosphere, you will enjoy a top-quality home-cooked meal, made from fresh ingredients. Part of the menu: foie gras, Duck in Bordelaise style, red wine and digestif.

Overnight and breakfast at an ancient coaching inn developed into a charming 4 star hotel, deluxe room

 

Day 10 Arcachon - Dune du Pilat - Bordeaux

Suggestion: Boat ride in a traditional pinnace

Board on the pinnace, a traditional boat emblematic of the “Bassin” history and culture. Learn more about its riches and traditions and enjoy a relaxed time on the Bay!

Duration: 2 hours.

Suggestion: Visit of the Dune of Pilat

Make the best of your free afternoon and visit the Dune of Pilat, the tallest sand dune in Europe, an exceptional natural site near Arcachon. The dune measuring around 500 m wide from east to west and 2.7 km in length from north to south, Its height is currently 110 metres above sea level, from the top you can admire the splendid view over the Atlantic Ocean.

Duration: around 1 hour.

Overnight and breakfast at an ancient coaching inn developed into a charming 4 star hotel, deluxe room

 

Day 11 Bordeaux

Drop off of the rental car in Bordeaux

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