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Cruises to La Rochelle-La Pallice

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About La Rochelle-La Pallice

It's a shame that more ships don't call on La Rochelle, because it can easily keep history buffs, museum mavens, shopaholics and foodies busy for a full day. What's more, it's the gateway to shore excursions that take you oyster-tasting, cognac-sipping or paddling down the otherworldly canals of the Marais Poitevin park, known as France's "Green Venice."

A major Atlantic port since the 13th century, La Rochelle first traded in wine and salt, then was part of the triangular trade with the New World. Evidence of merchant wealth is everywhere in the ancient center -- from medieval slate-roofed half-timber houses, to the fine stone carvings on 16th-century facades, to the arcaded streets where wares were once displayed. However, most of the town's fortifications were destroyed when the staunchly Protestant town was besieged for 13-months by royal Catholic troops in 1627-28.

The Old Port is guarded by three remaining 14th to 15th-century stone towers (clear that photo card!), which stalwarts can climb for great views. You'll also find historic graffiti carved into the walls, including detailed sailing ships, etched by prisoners of war who were once jailed in the towers.

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186 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Leaving:Bordeaux
Cruise Line:Azamara
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Leaving:Hamburg
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More about La Rochelle-La Pallice

Why go to La Rochelle-La Pallice?

Pros:

La Rochelle is brimming with history and offers access to a number of intriguing activities

Cons:

There's a lot to do in and around La Rochelle, so paring down your options could be a challenge

Bottom Line:

Whether you stay within La Rochelle itself, or venture out a bit, you're sure to find something interesting to do

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The currency in France is the euro; for current currency conversion figures visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com. There are no ATMs at the port, which is in an industrial area north of town, but they are plentiful at banks in La Rochelle. Credit cards are usually accepted at most businesses.

Language?

The language is French, but locals who interact with tourists speak at least some English, as do tourist office staff.


La Rochelle-La Pallice Cruise Reviews
Very pretty town and pier. Another $15 per person for bus ride out of the port. They were not prepared for the return trip and there was an hour long wait.Read More
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jdawg222
Like this port very much. Great buildings, local people very friendly and not overpriced.Read More
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Schiller2017
Lovely town to wander around. A number of towers to visit, unfortunately we did not have time. Visited the German bunker museum. Really good place with English translation provided. Nice port area to wander around anRead More
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Willibobs1954
Very pretty seaside town. Well worth the visit. Read More
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