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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.
based on 7 reviews
Great for... 
  • Cognac distilleries
  • Michelin-starred restaurants
  • Roman ruins
  • Peaceful countryside
  • Historic towns and pretty villages

Reviews for Charente cruises

The whole holiday was memorable. while classed as a "short break" we took the whole week to complete the which we found worked better as we were able to relax & enjoy the scenery & spend more time site seeing. My wife & I found the locks easy to operate.
Most nights we tended to moore up in quite places but did overnight in Cognac & Saintes. In Cognac moore to right of bridge as you enter the town after passing through the lock, it is free here & water/power is also free , if you moore in the marina they will charge for this & water/power. do take time to look around the old town & do the Hennesy tour - the short tour is sufficient & you get a tasting at the end. In Saintes the Amphitheatre is worth a visit.
The peace and quiet of the river. Birdlife esp Dippers Heron and Kingfishers. Also enjoyed fishing. Cycling up to St Simon for coffee. Not being under any time pressure.
Went out to angouleme and back. took it easy. enjoyed quiet stops at Graves, Chateauneaf, St Surial.
Dinners on the boat.
All of the small towns were excellent.
Een ideale combinatie van natuur & cultuur. Leuke stadjes om te bezoeken. Afgewisseld met mooie vaartochten.
Restaurant La Ribaudière in Bourg-Charante. Dit was ideaal voor de laatste avond. Niet ver van Jarnac zodat we de laatste dag nog op ons gemak tot in Jarnac konden varen. Naast de grote cognac-huizen in Cognac, bezochten we ook een kleiner huis in Bourg-Charante. Ze zijn (waren) niet echt voorzien op bezoekers, maar we werden er zeer hartelijk onthaald. Echt een belevenis.
Charente is a very peaceful and lovely river. You can really relax there, slow down and enjoy quiet life on the water. Significant number of manual locks but they are easy to deal with and could be part of the fun. Add to that all the quiet and ,as well, lovely towns standing there for at least 1000 years or more where you can walk the streets, eat great food, sample wines.. ahh well, its all coming back to me now, it was a great time which both me and my wife enjoyed very much. Sort of a luxury countryside with history thrown in for a good measure.
While cruising you can enjoy a peaceful nature, river flowing through the woods and fields and small towns with some private chateaus thrown in now and there. Water is clean and good for fishing (if this is your thing). Cities of Cognac and Saintes are very nice too with a good restaurants and eateries. In many places you can just moor under the trees and have a lunch or dinner at sunset and enjoy the peace and nature around. Some places are good for bicycling in between the fields of grapevines or to the nearby village to get fresh bread, wine or some other food. The best portion is there is no hurry to see or do anything - any place is good by itself so just enjoy what you got and don't worry.