Full day private tour along the Gironde estuary
We will leave your hotel/place of stay (or fixed meeting place) together aboard my air-conditioned minivan to follow the Route verte : A very picturesque route along the Gironde estuary.
We will leave together the department of Gironde to take the direction of Royan. The landscape becomes more undulating, the road weaving its way round the vineyards belonging to the Cognac and Pineau production area.
we will reach Saint-Fort-sur-Gironde and its amazing church, then Mortagne and its exceptional point of view over the estuary. The Route Verte will then lead us to the village of Talmont, a real postcard of the estuary and classified among the most beautiful villages of France then Meschers, famous for its limestone cliffs.
Mortagne-sur-Gironde, the belvedere with spectacular view on the Gironde estuary
A unique site in the region, both a marina and fishing port at the same time with a high white cliff in the background...
the cliffs have been carved by the ancestor of the Gironde estuary millions of years ago...Mortagne-sur-Gironde, 30 km to the south of Royan is an ideal destination for a walk to get to know the Gironde estuary. Mortagne has a long harbour history, port of embarkation for pilgrims, then for emigrants to Canada, sturgeon fishing port... We can also plan a stop in a very unusual place: a monolithic hermitage, dug in the high limestone cliff; the legend goes back to the 4th century and Saint Martial: the hermitage being named after the evangelizer of the region, was completed in the 18th century by a monolithic monolithic monastery...
Lunch on the way in a restaurant (not included) or picnic (not included)
Saint-Seurin-d' Uzet, the capital of Gironde caviar
It is hard to imagine that this village was once famous for sturgeon fishing and the production of caviar. European Sturgeon have become rare, endangered... and their fishing has been prohibited since 1982. It should be noted that the Gironde is now the only estuary in Western Europe where sturgeon come for reaching their spawn sites.
Talmont :The postcard of the Gironde estuary!
Talmont-sur-Gironde is famous for its Romanesque church which dominates the Gironde, and is a very popular place for tourists, attracted by the charm of this village which has a hundred inhabitants all years round. This rocky promontory overlooking the Gironde is really exceptional and leaves an unforgettable visual memory. Talmont is not only the church of St. Radegonde and hollyhocks. Along the cliff promenade, ramparts are partially still visible.
Talmont is also a fortified town built in 1284.
Suzac Pointe (cape):
The Pointe de Suzac is one of the main preserved areas close to Royan. It is a protected natural area housing a forest with many mediteranean species: maritime pines, holm oaks, carnations of the dunes... The Pointe has always been an important strategic site, evidenced by the presence of Gallo-Roman foundations, a Napoleonic fort and blockhaus partly destroyed by the Allied bombings in April 1945. The walk through the remains of these fortifications of different ages with the breeze coming from the ocean is very exciting! You will discover the ruined walls, remains of a Napoleonic period fort, destroyed by the British in 1814 or, even closer to the shore, the remains of German blockhaus, part of the Atlantique Wallace built by Todt Organization during the WWII
Saint Georges de Didonne
The 36-metre-high lighthouse, built in 1901, has a proud appearance... At its foot: we wob't miss the memorial for Operation Frankton, built in 1992 facing the estuary, in memory of the marines of Operation Frankton, also known as "Cockelshell Heroes", led in December 1942 by a British commando. The mission aimed to destroy German sperrbrechers based in the port of Bordeaux. Only two men survived the operation.
- Transportation with air-conditionned minivan up to 7 passengers maximum (Included : fuel, tolls and parking fees)
- The services of a licensed driver & tour guide for a guided tour up to 9 hours
- A 50cl bottle of water per person
- Insurance for all passengers while on board
- Personal expenses
- Guide's lunch
- Entrance fees for accessing monuments and museums