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Boating holiday in Sireuil

Nicols canal boat hire from the Sireuil base in Charente is the ideal starting point for exploring this pretty, calm and winding river...

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Renting a canal boat in Sireuil - Charente
The Nicols base at Sireuil
River cruise through the Charentais vineyards
Vineyards in Charente region
Swim in the clear waters of the Charente
Swimming in the river©S. Laval
Le Bain des Dames in Châteauneuf sur Charente
"Le Bain des Dames" in Châteauneuf
Castle at Cognac
Castle at Cognac
Guardroom of the castle of Cognac
Castle of François 1st in Cognac
Cellars in Cognac
Cellars in Cognac
Access to the basement of a prestigious Cognac
The prestigious Cognac cellars
Cruising on the river Charente with nicols house boat
Cruising on the river Charente
Saintes - Abbaye aux Dames
Saintes - Abbaye aux Dames
Gallo-Roman amphitheater in Saintes
Saintes - Amphitheatre
Saintes - Arc Germanicus
Saintes - Arc Germanicus
Angoulême - St Pierre cathedral
Angoulême - St Pierre cathedral
Angoulême - International comics festival
Angoulême - International comics festival
Angoulême - painted  wall murals
Angoulême - painted wall murals
Mooring in the countryside in Charente
Mooring in the countryside
Truffle market
Truffle market
Vineyards in the village of Graves
Vineyards in the village of Graves
Pineau des Charentes and melon
The inevitable melon and Pineau des Charentes!
Swimming in the Charente during family vacation
Swimming at the lock of St-Simeux
Cruise prices from342 €

Best bits:

  • Manual locks mean no cruising timetable constraints!
  • Visit the wine warehouses and distilleries for Pineau des Charentes and Cognac
  • Roman art and relics of the Gallo-Roman period
  • Natural bathing places such as in : Bain des Dames at Châteauneuf sur Charente, or Ile Madame at Jarnac…
  • Fishing: trout, carp, pike, perch, eels...
  • Located at only 1h from the Atlantic ocean, from Bordeaux and from Poitiers, and at 2h30 from Paris by TGV.

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A different way of exploring the Charente: a fascinating journey and a delight for the eyes. Would definitely do it again... See the blog

Cruise prices from342 €

Nicols canal boat hire from the Sireuil base in Charente is the ideal starting point for exploring this pretty, calm and winding river.

Heading east, the Charente River takes you towards Angoulême, a renowned "town of Art and History". Known for its international comic festival, the town holds treasures in the form of a "painted wall" route, the only one in the world, St Pierre Cathedral (Roman style)...

Towards the west, heading for the sea, the River Charente snakes between vineyards and the region's typical white stone villages, inviting you to stop off for a swim or a spot of fishing, or a walk or bike ride in the countryside...

Stop off at Cognac to visit the famous distilleries, in Saintes to see the Gallo-Roman amphitheatre from the 1st century AD and take your pick of the numerous small towns and villages sporting vestiges of a past life: Fleurac, St Simeux, Châteauneuf, Saint-Simon, Bassac, St Brice or even Jarnac (birthplace of François Mitterrand) St Savinien or Rochefort…

With so many stop-offs your boating holiday in Charente will be unforgettable!

Our suggestions of cruise on the Charente

Weekend 2 days

Itinerary 1: Picturesque villages of Charente short break

Course: Sireuil – Jarnac – Sireuil (56km - 18 locks - 13h00)

  • Sireuil : Distillery of Moisans
  • St Simeux : Picturesque village
  • Châteauneuf s/Charente : Church
  • Vibrac : Roman bridges
  • St Simon : Museum of “gabariers”, Church
  • Bassac : Abbey
  • Jarnac : Courvoisier with VIP welcome, Church

Itinerary 2: Comic strip capital short break

Course: Sireuil - Angoulême - Sireuil - St Simeux - Sireuil (48km - 16 locks - 11h00)

  • Sireuil : Distillery of Moisans
  • Nersac : St Pierre church (XIIth and XIIIth century) part of the Monuments Historiques (a french label for monuments), Fleurac castle (xvith century, can be seen between Nersac and St Michel), Fleurac mill, the Foucaudie castle (XVIth century), Papart mill
  • St Michel : St Michel church (XIIth century) part of the Monuments Historiques, the Puygrelier dwelling (XVIth century)
  • Angoulême : The comic strip capital, the painted wall trail, cathedral st pierre, city hall (old comtal castle of the XIII & XV th century), chapel of cordeliers
  • St Simeux : Picturesque village

Mini week

Itinerary 1: Cognac country getaway

Course: Sireuil – Chaniers – Sireuil (132km - 30 locks - 24h00)

  • Sireuil : Distillery of Moisans
  • St Simeux : Picturesque village
  • Châteauneuf s/Charente : Church
  • Vibrac : Roman bridges
  • St Simon : Museum of “gabariers”, Church
  • Bassac : Abbey
  • Jarnac : Courvoisier with VIP welcome, Church
  • Cognac : Hennessy, Martell, Museum of the art of the Cognac, Otard, Meukow, Old town
  • Chaniers : Church, Mill

One week

Itinerary 1: The Charente drift

Course: Sireuil – St Savinien – Sireuil (198km - 30 locks - 32h00)

  • Sireuil : Distillery of Moisans
  • St Simeux : Picturesque village
  • Châteauneuf s/Charente : Church
  • Vibrac : Roman bridges
  • St Simon : Museum of “gabariers”, Church
  • Bassac : Abbey
  • Jarnac : Courvoisier with VIP welcome, Church
  • Cognac : Hennessy, Martell, Museum of the art of the Cognac, Otard, Meukow, Old town
  • Chaniers : Church, Mill
  • Saintes : Archaeological museum, Abbey of Dames, Gallo-roman amphitheater, Crypt, Door of Germanicus
  • St Savinien : Castel of Crazannes

Two weeks

*Cruise suggestions: non-contractual information
Cruise prices from342 €

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