Cruises to La Rochelle-La Pallice

35 Reviews
La Rochelle-La Pallice (Photo:Oleg Bakhirev/Shutterstock)

About Cruising to 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." Take the next step in planning your upcoming cruise to France and find the perfect itinerary with Cruise Critic.

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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MSC Poesia
MSC Poesia

16 Night
Europe - Northern Cruise

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Norwegian Star
Norwegian Star

10 Night
Europe - Other

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Anthem of the Seas
Anthem of the Seas

7 Night
Spain & France

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Norwegian Star

14 Night
Europe - Northern Capitals

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Nachi Cocom Beach Club

7 Night
Spain & France Cruise

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12 Night
Europe - Northern Cruise

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14 Night
Europe - Other

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Europe - Northern Cruise

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9 Night
Europe - Other

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Europe - Northern Cruise

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18 Night
Northwest Europe In Sips & Bites 18d Lis-le1

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Europe - Northern Cruise

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4 Night
Europe - Western Cruise

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Europe - Northern Cruise

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More about La Rochelle-La Pallice

Why Cruise 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
La Rochelle Visit and Cognac Discovery: tour guide and the owner of the cognac distillery were very informative and friendly. The tour of the distillery was great.Read More
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Beachwalker5
The shuttle bus took us into the centre where there was a fantastic market. We had a wander around and went into the German Bunker Museum which was very enlightening. Great for WW2 history buffs. Read More
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debbiebak
What a shock we Loved this port So beautiful Read More
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r&rtravel
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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