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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.

suggested itineraries Tested and approved

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
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

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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