A 10-day boating holiday itinerary has many advantages. To begin with, your start day or return to base day will instead fall outside of the peak weekend days. This means that not only may you notice less traffic on the roads when travelling to the Nicols base but that our teams will have much more time to dedicate to going through everything about your boat and navigation on the waterways. Also by stretching to 10-days canal boat hire, you can choose one of our standard "one week" routes and take your time to increase either the number of stop-off points or the time you spend at each, or you might decide to explore further afield with a longer route such as the one suggested below.
Sireuil, where you will board your canal boat at the Nicols base is a perfect location to start your discovery of the beautiful, calm and winding Charente river.
Sireuil: Distillerie des Moisans
Angoulême: ‘Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée’ – museum of comic books, ‘Musée du papier’ – museum of paper, ‘Musée d’Angoulême’ – museum with art and archeaology collections, tours of the city’s frescos and painted walls, city hall built by Paul Abadie, Old town with remparts, Cathédrale Saint Pierre.
Saint-Simeux: Picturesque village
Châteauneuf sur Charente: The heart of the Pineau des Charentes and Cognac region, many family activities including outdoor swimming pool, beach, water skiing, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking and motocross.
Vibrac: Small beach, 12th and 18th century bridges, 16th, 17th and 18th century houses, mill
St Simon: Historic trail uncovers the village’s history as a centre for cargo barge construction, replica of 19th century barge.
Bassac: Saint-Etienne church, 11th century Abbey surrounded by monastic buildings, mill and 16th century bridge
Jarnac: The Cognac houses of Courvoisier and Hine, birthplace of François Mitterand with museum
Cognac: The Cognac houses of Hennessy, Rémy Martin, Martell, Baron Otard and Meukow. Museum of Cognac Arts, old town with mansions, half-timbered houses, Saint Léger church
Chaniers: Nearby ‘Moulin royal de la Baine’ 17th century mill, with restaurant and beautiful river views.
Saintes: Archaeological museum, l’Abbaye aux Dames -11th century abbey with unique musical carousel ride, Roman amphitheatre.
St Savinien: Characterful small city with picturesque waterside houses and Romanesque church. Crafts, galleries, workshops and miniature port on the island of Grenouillette where children can drive and ride small scale boats like steamers, trawlers and tugs.