COGNAC

full day 9 hours
from La Rochelle

Description

Departure is from your port of call with your driver and an English speaking guide to Cognac by freeway

The town is world famous for the brandy produced by the vineyards, distilled and matured in cellars on the banks of the River Charente.
Leading cognac producers organize tours of their cellars and distilleries to give visitors an insight into the history, production and maturing of cognac, before tasting the various blends.

Once in Cognac, cruise passengers can enjoy a visit to the world famous cellars of Courvoisier, Hennessy and Martell or have a free time to discover the down town.
Cognac cellars are also to be found in the medieval city of La Rochelle, which has long been a port, handling wine and spirits, as well as the birthplace of many ship-owners trading with the Caribbean islands.

Note

This tour is initially a 6 hours tour with 2 optional (2hours extension walking tour in Rochefort or La Rochelle).

ROCHEFORT 

The largest european naval dockyard of the 17th century built by the king Louis XIV.
Its jewel, la"Corderie Royale" (The Royal Rope Factory) - 373 yards long - is situated on the banks of the River Charente and has just been embellished during a very careful restoration.
Once a rope factory, it now houses the "Centre International de la Mer" and a permanent exhibition on "ropes and hawsers".

Instigated in the early 90’s, the project to rebuild the Hermione entered into active phase in early 1997.
The rebuilding of the Hermione, La Fayette’s frigate, is installed in the double dry dock dating back to 1728 and fitted out for the occasion.
The construction is led by a team of experienced shipwrights.