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.
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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Set off from Cognac and navigate as your desires see fit, or follow our itinerary ideas:
|Aller-retour||69km - 4 locks||10h||Cognac > Saintes > Cognac|
|Aller-retour||40km - 6 locks||6h||Cognac > Jarnac > Cognac|
|Aller-retour||112km - 4 locks||20h||Cognac > Saint Savinien > Cognac|
|Aller-retour||66km - 16 locks||14h||Cognac > Châteauneuf sur Charente > Cognac|
|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|
|Aller-retour||230km - 40 locks||48h||Cognac > Angoulême > Cognac > Saint Savinien > Cognac|