Roman Saintes & The Cognac District
We depart from the port of La Rochelle and drive to the town of Saintes which was once the Capital of Roman Aquitaine. We make a panoramic tour of the art and history of this ancient town established by the Gauls before the Roman conquest. Sights from the Roman period include the Arch of the Roman general Germanicus, erected in the 1st c. A.D, and the amphitheatre, which is one of the oldest and best preserved in Gaul. That Saintes was on the pilgramage route is witnessed by the beautiful church of St-Eutrope church from 1096 and the Abbaye aux Dames. We continue on to the town of Cognac, famous for its precious amber-coloured eau de vie, where we lunch at a gastronomic restaurant. After lunch we view the river-side quays with many cellar doorways of the renown Cognac manufacturers, the old city ramparts, the ChU•teau des Valois, nowthe property of the Baron Ostard and the Cordeliers Convent which houses the Hennessy House. Here we visit the cellars of the Hennessy House and its cooperage workshop where we may "top off" our lunch by indulging in a sample of this "Liqueur des Dieux". After this visit we drive back through the charming Aquitane countryside to the port of La Rochelle.
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Port: La Rochelle
Duration: 7.5 hours
Price: To be advised.
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