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Culture, Cognac & all Things French

Culture, Cognac & all Things French

France is an amazing destination to visit no matter what time of the year it is. With its rich culture, amazing food, drink and stunning locations. On this SwanTour we will enjoy exploring the west coast of France, visiting a Cognac Distillery, Le Mans and the tranquil La Rochelle on our journey.



Day-by-Day Highlights

Day 1  Say au revoir to England and enjoy an overnight ferry crossing from Plymouth to Roscoff - a picturesque fishing village located in north-western France.



Day 2

 Awaken peacefully to the beautiful setting of Roscoff

and enjoy leisure time strolling around the area.

Enjoy the crystal blue horizons of this picturesque setting

where there will be ample time to gaze out into the distance,

 tracing back the path the Ferry took the night before.

Once we’ve soaked in Roscoff, we will begin further travels to La Rochelle

 where we will stay at the

Novotel La Rochelle Centre **** for the next 4 nights.

Guests can enjoy modern rooms with a minibar,

a modern restaurant serving traditional French cuisine

 as well as an outside pool to unwind in.


Day 3 

Wake up to a day at leisure in La Rochelle to do as you please.

You will have plenty of time to explore the capital of the Charentes-Maritime Museum,

with its roots set in the fishing trade since the 12th century.

The coastal city features half-timbered medieval houses and Renaissance architecture,

which includes passageways covered by 17th-century arches.

There’s lots to do around the city, perhaps you will explore the Vieux Port,

or maybe a visit to the Massive La Rochelle Aquarium is preferred.

All before retiring to your beautiful hotel for refreshments and rest.



Day 4 

Embark on an excursion to Cognac with a guided tour

of the Martell Cognac Distillery

 which is famous all over the world thanks to the grape-based spirit, Cognac,

which has been made there for over 300 years.

The story of Martell is waiting to be uncovered, from the vineyard right to the glass,

discovering the secrets of an artisanal savoir faire before enjoying comparative

tasting of Martell XO and Martell Cordon Bleu accompanied with French pastries.


Day 5 

Fort Boyard is a fort located in the Pertuis d’Antioche straits,

on the west coast of France.

Enjoy an hour cruise around this impressive structure.

Originally built in the 1800s, Boyard Fort was designed to defend

the mouth of the Charente and the port of Rochefort,

this was due to the cannons on the beach not being able to fire that far out to sea.


Day 6 

A hearty breakfast and freshly brewed tea/coffee is the best way to start the day,

and today is no different. After breakfast we will head for the luxurious city of Le Mans,

located in north-western France. This city is predominantly known for it’s 24 hours Le Mans’ Museum,

which is devoted to the legendary race.

Enjoy lunch in this vibrant city before there’s time to explore that this town has to offer.

The city showcases it’s different periods of constructions from the 11th to the 15th century.

Once we’ve savoured the city in full, we will leisurely travel to Caen

for an overnight ferry crossing back to Portsmouth.


Day 7 

We arrive back in Portsmouth and continue our travels back home.








What’s included in this Diamond Tour…


• Return ferry crossing with room only*.

• Day at Leisure in La Rochelle.

• Cruise around Fort Boyard.

• Excursion to Cognac.

• Guided tour of the Martell Cognac Distillery.

• Excursion to Le Mans.

• 4 nights hotel stay on half board.

• Door-to-door travel.

• Fully escorted throughout by a SwanTours representative.


*inner cabin with two people sharing a 4 berth cabin



Novotel La Rochelle Centre****

La Rochelle

Quaintly positioned in the coastal city of La Rochelle,

our hotel provides us with a relaxing base to explore the local area.

Guests can enjoy an outdoor pool,

Wi-Fi and modern rooms with a minibar.

The hotel has a lift.

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