La Rochelle Shore Excursion
The focus of this La Rochelle shore trip is a visit to the Poitevin Marsh Nature Park, known as the Green Venice of France. You will explore the area in a flat bottom boat and then you visit a local winery for a wine tasting.
The Poitevin Marsh was once part of the Poitevin Gulf. Over time the waters in this area began to recede. The idea to drain the area and create a network of canals began in the 17th century by the Dutch. The canals remain irrigate due to several rivers which flow through it.
Your first stop is in Coulon, a small traditional village of the Pays de la Loire. Here you will board a flat bottom boat for your visit to this unique area of France. During the one hour boat cruise your guide will use a punt to navigate all while telling your stories of the area.
As you glide through the maze of green pools and streams you will see the wild flowers, ruined churches, hidden marshes and pretty local birds. A highlight for some is when the captain sets the water on fire.
After the boat ride there is some free time in the village of Coulon for lunch (meal not included) plus a bit of shopping or self exploration, before heading to the winery.
Next you visit a local winery which affords stunning views over the marsh. While you are there you will learn how the grapes are grown in clay and limestone and survive in the ocean air.
The visit at the winery is about one hour long and includes elegant and fruity reds plus fresh whites reminiscent of wines from the Loire Valley.
At the end of this enjoyable La Rochelle shore excursion you will return to the pier.
Mobility: NO wheelchairs
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