Atlantic Adventures

Tour highlights

  • Visit the vineyards of the Médoc region
  • Guided tour of a wine-barrel workshop
  • Tour of Royan
  • Explore the Gallo-Roman town of La Fâ
  • Cruise on the river Charente in a traditional flat-bottomed boat
  • Tour of Aix Island in a horse-drawn carriage
  • ‘Pineau des Charentes’ distillery visit

Day 1 – 4: Welcome drinks and the Médoc vineyards

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Day 1 – Arrive at Logis du Breuil

Day 2 – Free day and welcome drinks

Enjoy a relaxed day to settle in and then join your fellow members for welcome drinks in the evening at the campsite restaurant where you will be given a presentation of the tour programme and an introduction to the Boules tournament.

Day 3 – Excursion to the Médoc vineyards

Head down to the Médoc peninsula, situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gironde estuary where the temperate climate, regular sunshine and soft breezes are particularly favourable to growing vines.

In the morning, visit the ‘Cooperage Nadalié’, a family-owned workshop which has lovingly crafted their prestigious barrels for five generations.

After lunch at the cooperage, take a guided tour along part of the Route des Châteaux – a picturesque route of châteaux and vineyards, dubbed the wine-lovers’ Route 66!

Finally, end the day with a visit to the Château Cap Léon Veyrin wine producers, followed by some wine-tasting.

Day 4 – Free day at your leisure

Day 5 – 9: Royan, Matata and the Train des Mouettes

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Day 5 - Half day excursion to Royan and the Gallo-Roman town of La Fâ

Take a guided visit around Royan today with a ride on the touristic train, complete with English commentary. Afterwards, you will have free time to explore the town at your own pace.

Later in the afternoon, visit ‘La Fâ’ – the site of a Gallo-Roman town, excavated in the 90s to reveal a port city of great important, including a temple, baths and a forum! In the evening, enjoy a meal at the ‘La Forêt’ restaurant in Meschers.

Day 6 - Free day at your leisure

Day 7 – Steam train excursion on the Train des Mouettes

Today, take a ride on the Train des Mouettes (the seagull train). Originally used as passenger transport and then for freight in the late 19th Century/early 20th Century, this steam train is now a permanent tourist attraction running 21km between La Tremblade and Saujon.

At lunchtime, enjoy a meal at the Ferme de Magné restaurant.

Days 8 & 9 – Free days at your leisure

Day 10 – 14: Charente River cruise and Aix Island

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Day 10 – River cruise and the Abbey of Bassac

Today take a trip from Juac St. Simon - once an important riverside port and which holds a rich history of shipbuilding and navigation - down the Charente River on the ‘Renaissance’ – a replica of an 18th Century traditional flat-bottomed boat.

Then, enjoy lunch at the Auberge Grand’Plante followed by a guided visit of the 11th Century Romanesque style Abbey of Bassac.

Day 11 – Free time at your leisure

Day 12 – An excursion to Aix Island

Located at the mouth of the Charente River, Ile d’Aix was fought over constantly between the French and the English during the 13th Century and even became English for 15 years during the Hundred Years War!

Travel down to the coast to the ferry which will take you over to Ile d’Aix. Once there, enjoy a picnic lunch before having a guided tour of the island by horse-drawn carriage! Lastly, take some free time to explore at your leisure before getting the ferry back to the mainland.

Day 13 – Evening distillery visit and hog roast

In the early evening, visit a local distillery which produces ‘Pineau des Charentes’ - a regional aperitif mix of fortified wine and cognac eau-de-vie. After a tasting session of this delicious tipple, enjoy an evening hog roast meal at the Auberge de l’Alambic.

Day 14 – Evening meal and quiz

After a final free day to enjoy at your leisure, end your tour with an evening meal and quiz night at the campsite restaurant.

Day 15 – Depart campsite before midday­­­­

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