On this relaxing two-week holiday, you will follow the peaceful course of the Charente River. Sailing first to Angoulême you will then head back to Rochefort, surrounded by the enchanting scenery of a region renowned for being full of gourmet delights, wine and cognac.
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
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.
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
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.
Taillebourg: Medieval castle remains, panoramic views of the Charente, water activities – water-skiing, jet-ski-ing, canoeing and swimming
Port d’envaux: ‘Path of stone’ hiking trail leading to ‘Les Lapidiales’ – open-air art park with impressive sculptures created on the quarry walls, Château de Panloy, Château de Crazannes
Rochefort: Musée national de la marine – national navy museum, La frégate L’Hermione – France’s largest replica of an old ship.
When you have explored Rochefort 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 relaxing, novel and uplifting week
With the advice and guidance of friendly Nicols staff at the Sireuil base, we were set for a great holiday. Disconnected from our usual daily lives with busy schedules and noisy environments habits we were able to truly relax and escape from it all.