Brouages Village & Marennes Oyster Tasting

Brouages Village & Marennes Oyster Tasting From La Rochelle with a certified guide

Visit the ancient European Salt Capital

English speaking guide

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Trip Details


€550 total price – From 2 to 7 people maximum


Daily departures


Approximately 5 hours

Trip style:

Private half-day shore excursion
Minimum 2 people, maximum 7
Larger groups please contact us

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Meeting point:

Pick up & Drop off at Cruise Ship in La Rochelle

  • English-speaking qualified guide
  • Small group option – maximum 7 people per group
  • Bottled water in the vehicles
  • Transportation in A/C vehicle
  • Itinerary can be customized

  • Entrance fees to monuments or attractions
  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Meals, drinks unless mentioned in program
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

* Please note that it will be possible for you to book entrance fees to museums or attractions adapted to this tour during the booking process. 


Embark on a vibrant Shore Excursion from La Rochelle Port of Call and visit the small village of Bruges, followed by a visit to an oyster farm.

Departing from La Rochelle Cruise Port in the Charente Maritime, this Atlantic Coast half day private shore excursion will take you to the village of Brouages and to the Marennes Oléron oyster producing region. First, we will come and pick you up at your ship in La Rochelle Cruise Port. Meet your English speaking driver-guide who will go over the itinerary and program of the day with you. Then, board your air-conditioned vehicle and depart for a private guided tour in the Charente region.

Visit the ancient European Salt Capital
Located between La Rochelle, Rochefort and the island of Oleron, the small town of Bruges was founded in the 1550s by Jacques de Pons and named Jacopolis. The town used to board the Atlantic ocean but with time the water receded and Brouages is today set in the middle of a marsh. The main activity of the small town was the salt trade making it a coveted location as salt used to be one of the most important resources. During the war of religions between Catholics & Protestants, the town was highly disputed and in 1578 king Henri II declared it a royal town and Jacopolis thus became Bruges. At the end of the 17th century, Vauban (a famous military architect under the reign of Louis XIV) modified the fortifications making the town impregnable.

Upon arrival, follow your guide on a walking tour of the town and discover the main attractions and heritage sites of the citadel. You will be surprised to see the old port and its quay, the church, the forges, the old market square, the barrel making area as well as the gunpowder storage room. You will also have some free time for personal discovery as the town is now home to numerous Arts & crafts workshops. In 2017, the village was added to the list of the most beautiful villages in France.

Then off to Marennes Oléron Basin for Oyster tasting
Drive to the Marennes-Oléron district. The Oyster farms and oyster beds are mainly located around the River Seudres & Valley and on the Island of Oléron. The oysters produced here are the only ones that have the most sought after label – the red label. The first oyster farmers and parks date back to the 19th century and today the region produces 45 000 to 60 000 tons of oysters every year making it the most prominent area of production in Europe. Reach a local oyster farm and learn about how the oysters are grown first in the sea then as they are moved around in the different breeding parks depending on currents and tides Then, participate in an oyster & wine tasting session in the oyster port farms of La Cayenne or La Tremblade or surrounding locations. Typically, the oysters are served by 6 and are accompanied by fresh bread with butter and a glass of white wine. For those of you who are particularly fond of oysters, you will be able to ask for more oysters and wine (not included in price) of different qualities. After the tasting, it will be time to return to your Cruise Ship in La Rochelle. This will be the end of our services.

Good to Know

  • English speaking tour
  • Minimum number of 2 participants applies
  • Prices are per group
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour

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Area Locals – ‘He was so much more than a driver. He really added local color and local flavor.’ Daniel W. (Georgia, US)

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