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Cognac

Licence-free boat rental on the Charente

From Cognac

With its Pineau and Cognac cellars, Charente retains a strong viticultural as well as historical heritage. Join us in Cognac and embark on a waterway cruise that you can put together yourself to delight every member of your crew.

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A smooth, harmonious waterway cruise between Angoulême and the ocean

The town of Cognac is a real con­cen­tra­tion of the attrac­tions of this region of Char­ente. Before you learn how to han­dle your rental boat, take a stroll through the shop­ping streets of the old town and lose your­self in the cel­lars where the famous epony­mous brandy is aged.

Set off from Cognac and head west towards the Atlantic Ocean, the best way to ful­ly under­stand why the area was chris­tened “the land of 1,000 rivers”. Cruise through marshy and peat bog land­scapes until you reach the town of Saintes, where you’ll be able to moor your boat and embark upon an unfor­get­table trip through time. Dis­cov­er the ancient ruins and take the fam­i­ly to vis­it the very instruc­tive and excit­ing archae­o­log­i­cal muse­um. As you con­tin­ue your cruise, you’ll be able to admire the sil­hou­ettes of the many his­tor­i­cal build­ings in the town of Saint Jus­tinien from the deck of your house­boat. Don’t miss the chance to take a tour of this medieval city, the high­light of which will be a vis­it to the Augus­tin­ian abbey.

Embrace the gentle pace of life on the Charente with a tailor-made cruise

You can also opt to cruise down the riv­er Char­ente towards Angoulême. Fish­ing enthu­si­asts will love the many ponds and count­less rivers, which will also become great places for your youngest boaters to play. Some sur­pris­ing encoun­ters are in store as these calm waters to take you to Jarnac, the birth­place of François Mit­ter­rand, or Angoulême, the com­ic book cap­i­tal of the world. You’ll doubt­less suc­ceed in delight­ing all mem­bers of your crew as you embark on your licence-free boat from our Cognac base, so start plan­ning your next itin­er­ary today !

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suggested itineraries Tested and approved

Set off from Cognac and navigate as your desires see fit, or follow our itinerary ideas:

Week-end
Aller-retour 69km - 4 locks 10h Cognac > Saintes > Cognac
Aller-retour 40km - 6 locks 6h Cognac > Jarnac > Cognac
Mini-week
Aller-retour 112km - 4 locks 20h Cognac > Saint Savinien > Cognac
Aller-retour 66km - 16 locks 14h Cognac > Châteauneuf sur Charente > Cognac
One week
Aller-retour 118km - 36 locks 28h Cognac > Abgoulême > Cognac
Aller-retour 142km - 10 locks 25h Cognac > Saint Savinien > Cognac > Jarnac > Cognac
Aller-retour 135km - 20 locks 25h Cognac > Châteauneuf sur Charente > Cognac
Two weeks
Aller-retour 230km - 40 locks 48h Cognac > Angoulême > Cognac > Saint Savinien > Cognac