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West of France

Find yourself spellbound on the shimmering Charente River

A river of incredibly clear water lined with pines, vineyards and meadows, the Charente is amongst the prettiest waterways for canal boat vacations in France! Long known for its cognac, gracious châteaux and friendly people, the valley opens its arms to you, inviting you to savour a leisurely journey on a river that looks as beautiful as it did many centuries ago.
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Great for... 
  • Cognac distilleries
  • Michelin-starred restaurants
  • Roman ruins
  • Peaceful countryside
  • Historic towns and pretty villages

Useful Info for the Charente

Top 10 secret gems Charente

  1. Cognac’s Château de Cognac;
  2. St. Savinien’s wine festival;
  3. Archaeology Museum in Saintes;
  4. St. Simon’s Maison des Gabariers;
  5. Trois-Palis chocolates;
  6. St. Pierre Cathedral in Angoulême;
  7. Rochefort’s maritime museum;
  8. Crazanne’s château;
  9. Chanier’s water mill;
  10. Jarnac’s cognac tour.

Similar Regions: 

If you like the look of Charente, why not explore neighbouring destinations like Brittany or Lot River.

Transfer Services

We will happily arrange taxi transfer between our bases and your airport or train station. Because we do this a lot, we can usually obtain a better rate than individual travellers.

Getting to: 
By road: 
  • GPS: W0° 10.41` / N45° 40.682`
By train: 
  • Jarnac (500 m)
By air: 
  • Bordeaux - Merignac (125 km)