Welcome to the land of Cognac and Pineau des Charentes! This gourmet cruise will take you sailing through the vineyards to discover a region renowned for fine drinks and delicious food.
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
Trois-Palis: ‘Chocolaterie Letuffe’ – tours, tastings and workshops at this artisan chocolate makers
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.
Graves Saint Amant: The famous Maison Brillet – cognac distillery, historical listed church
Vibrac: Small beach, 12th and 18th century bridges, 16th, 17th and 18th century houses, mill
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
Bourg-Charente: ‘La Ribaudière’ – Michelin starred restaurant at the foot of your pontoon and this charming village
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
When you have explored Cognac it is time to make the return leg of your journey, perhaps revisiting some of your favourite places as you cruise back to the Nicols base at Sireuil where you will return your boat.
Holiday reviews from Sireuil
A holiday to remember
We had the chance to enjoy this cruise in beautiful countryside at a time when there were few other boaters on the river (May). We have excellent memories from this boating trip and will certainly take another holiday like this.