Itinerary France – Poitou-Charentes/Hautes-Pyrénées

The itinerary for my press trip in the Poitou-Charentes region of France and specifically La Rochelle before travelling onto the Hautes-Pyrénées for the final few days. I will be joined by some extremely cool blogging friends (you will hear more about them soon) and it will undoubtedly be a great trip. The basic details are below and you can follow our adventure on twitter using the #LaRochelle hashtag.

Saturday 10th September

Arrival at La Rochelle

Dinner – La Cuisine de Jules – 5, rue Thiers – 17000 La Rochelle

Tel : 0033 5 46 41 50 91

Accomodation:  33 rue Thiers

33 rue Thiers – 17 000 La Rochelle

0033 05 46 34 96 06 or 0033 06 82 62 68 97

This weekend is the festival of TV fiction so there should be French celebrities zooming all over town and the city will be heaving!

Sunday 11th September

Visits – Suggestions:

(Opening hours: 10am to 9pm on Saturdays – 10am to 7pm on Sundays and public holidays – Museum d’Histoire Naturelle de La Rochelle  28, rue Albert 1er – 17000 La Rochelle  – Tel (+33)5 46 41 18 25)

City guide – for all visits

18.30 Meet at the hotel with Sandrine Pailloncy.

19:00 – 21:00: Tour by boat for sunset (including dinner on the boat)

Kapalouest 18 rue de la Trinquette – ZA les Minimes – 17000 La Rochelle – 0033 (0)5 46 44 97 67 –

 Accommodation: Hotel Champlain France Angleterre***

30, rue Rambaud – 17000 La Rochelle – 0033 (0)5 46 41 34 66

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La Rochelle. Town Hall 1874

Monday 12th September

09:00 – 12:00: Visit ofLa Rochelle

The market, the old town, the harbour and shopping streets

Discovery of La Rochelle by an electric car « GEM », and reach the Minimes Harbour with the sea bus or Le passeur (solar boat)

 12:30- 14:00: Lunch at the Aquarium restaurant

Le Café de l’Aquarium – Quai Louis Prunier – 17000 La Rochelle – 0033 (0)5 46 50 17 17

14:00 – 16.00: Visit of the Aquarium

Quai Louis Prunier – BP 4 – 17002 La Rochelle Cedex 1 – 0033 (0)5 46 34 00 00

Apéritif – Cave de la Guignette

8 rue St Nicolas – 17000 La Rochelle – 0033 (0)5 46 41 05 75

Dinner: L’Entracte

35, rue saint Jean du pérot – 17000 La Rochelle – 0033 (0)5 46 52 26 69

Tuesday 13th September

09:30: Departure from La Rochelle to the Marais Poitevin (50 mn)

10:30-12:00: Guided Tour in a traditional flat-bottomed boat on the Green Venice

Embarcadère Cardinaud – La Repentie de Magné – 79510 Coulon – 0033 549 35 90 47

12:15-14:00 Lunch: Auberge de la repentie

Route de Coulon, 79460 Magné – 0033 549 35 92 05

(Coulon – Saint Georges de Rex: 15 mn)

14:30-16:00: Tour by bike

17:30: Departure from Marais Poitevin to Ile de Ré

(Saint Georges de Rex – La Couarde sur Mer: 1h15)

Restaurant: L’Océan – 172, rue Saint-Martin – 17580 Le Bois-Plage –

Tel 0033 546 09 23 07

 Accommodation : Le Vieux Gréement

13 place Carnot – 17670 La Couarde sur Mer – 0033 5 46 29 82 18

Wednesday 14th September

Medieval market in La Flotte en Ré

10:30-12:30: Sandyachting – Char à voile

CNPA La Flotte en Ré – Rivedoux plage
17630 – La Flotte en Ré – 05 46 09 50 57

 13:00-14:30: Lunch at La Bouvette (mussels)

Raise flottaise, Le Morinand – 17580 Le Bois Plage en Ré – 00 33 (0)5 46 09 29 87

Visit of Saint Martin de Ré harbour, citadel

Admire the view of the town from the top of the Church

Visits – suggestions



Dinner: Restaurant le Serghi – 15 quai Clémenceau – 17410 Saint Martin de Ré – 0033 (0)5 46 09 03 92 –

Accommodation: Le Vieux Gréement

13 place Carnot – 17670 La Couarde sur Mer – 0033 5 46 29 82 18

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Harbour entrance to La Rochelle

Thursday 15th September

Day at leisure.  Extending stay on the island for another night at the same property.

We can decide what we do.


  • Possibility to go to Rochefort for the visit of the Hermione frigate
  • The Grand Pavois boat exhibition in La Rochelle
  • Other visits on the island

Accommodation: Le Vieux Gréement

13 place Carnot – 17670 La Couarde sur Mer – 0033 5 46 29 82 18

Host – Sandrine Pailloncy – Mobile – @VisitPCharentesEmail :  [email protected]

Friday 16th September

Depart Poitou-Charentes La Rochelle for Tarbes  the trip is now under the supervision of CDT Hautes- Pyrénées.

Arrival in Tarbes

Meeting with Nathalie Morel from the Hautes- Pyrénées Tourist Office and transfer to the Pic du Midi and then, onto yur overnight hotel.

Nathalie MOREL – Assistante Presse – (mobile) – 0033 621 03 80 06.

Pôle marketing
Hautes Pyrénées Tourisme Environnement
BP 9502 – 65950 Tarbes Cedex

05 62 56 70 44  – [email protected]

Saturday 17th September

Travel with Nathalie to pick up Gillian Green (Magellan PR) and Wendy Gomersall from the Tarbes Lourdes Pyrénées Airport.

Tarbes Lourdes Pyrenees Airport is under the direction of Groupe SNC-Lavalin, and is situated at the foot of the mountains just ten minutes from Lourdes itself. Because of its exceptional geographical position this is an ideal departure point for those wanting to explore the natural ‘Grands Sites’ and tourist attractions of the Haute Pyrénées

We will spend the rest of the day at the ‘Foire aux côtelettes’ in Arrens-Marsous, (Cutlet Festival) where we will see the sheep shearing competition, the cheese competition, mountain song display…and eat lamb cutlets!   Dinner will be here too.

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Lac Estom, The Hautes- Pyrénées

Accommodation is at :

Hôtel les Cimes 1 place d’Ourout

65400 Argelès-Gazost

T : 05 62 97 00 10

Sunday 18th September

The morning will be spent accompanying the shepherds bringing the sheep herd down from their summer pastures (walking shoes required)

In the afternoon, we will  afternoon we will visit the Pyrénean Mountian Dog Festival at Argelès-Gazost

Lunch will be a local speciality – ‘garbure’ then there is a meeting with the Dog Club director, the sheepdog competition

At the end of the afternoon, we will go to the new balnéo centre- the ‘Jardin des Bains’.

La Forêt d’Emeraude, (the Emerald Forest)  a tropical paradise  topped by a zinc and glass  cupola. To help you relax there are bubble beds, a Jacuzzi, massage water jets, bubbling bathsgeysers, waterfalls and contre-current walkways…  

La Ziggourat, is more intimateand mysterious, inspired by Mesopotamian art and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.  There is a scented pool, hammam, frigadarium and a musical pool which is guarded by winged bulls !

Monday 19th September

A morning short walk with Jean Pierre Pommiès, shepherd and mountain guide. He will explain the shepherd’s way of life, pasturing,  the treatment of the animals etc,

In the afternoon a visit to the Pyrenean Animal Centre is arranged to learn everything there is to know about the wildlife of the mountains (or we will go to the spa if we did not have time on Sunday.)

Tuesday 20th September

Transfer to Tarbes Lourdes Pyrénées Airport

Arrival at Stansted

Returning to Manchester via Virgin Trains who have provided a first class ticket, so very grateful to them.


Comments 5

  1. Judy


    Wow your Itinerary sounds wonderful and full of fun and excitement. Love the pictures you showed with the Itinerary. I even saw a place that sells chocolate you might be visiting 😀 Be safe and have lots of fun.

  2. John

    Iain, you might like to call in at the old U Boat pens at La Pallice while you are in La Rochelle, The pen closest to the dockside was used as a set for Das Boot as well as Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not sure if it is still accessible. I managed to sneak in, but it was about 15 years ago.

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      I will feel very happy Alexandra if you return to this region of the land of your maternal ancestors one day soon due to a little inspiration from me.

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