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Declared “the most beautiful river in my kingdom” by King Henry IV, River Charente is not to be missed. Swim or fish in the crystal clear water surrounded by fields of vibrant sunflowers. About midway along the river is the home of the world famous Cognac houses, where you may tour a distillery. Admire the beautiful Roman architecture and statues of Saintes, visit the chocolate factory at Trois Palis, and cycle by beautiful Renaissance châteaux. Upstream is the magnificent cathedral city of Angoulême, once home to the region’s paper-making industry, but now enjoyed for its cartoon connections and café culture lifestyle.

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Days Sleeps from: 2 people - 12 people  
Start Date Price range £0 - £10000+

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- The Charente runs a regular course and is easy to navigate.
- Swimming in the river is possible. Please ask the base for the best places.
- There a re few which are easy to operate but no lock keepers. Locks are open on Bank Holidays.
- From St Sainien to Rochefort the river becomes tidal, affected by Atlantic tides, with strong currents and fast changes in river levels. The current can run as fast as four knots and the difference between high and low tide can be 5 metres. Therefore only those with some boating and or sailing experience should set out to visit Rochefort. Alternatively you can moor at ST Savinien and take the train to Rochefort.

Airport Bordeaux
Distance 122kms
Road E606

The Charente Short Break Cruise
Enjoy swimming, fishing and historic sightseeing with cognac tastings.
Distance: 90 km
Locks: 10
Cruise Time: 16 hrs

The Fluviale Cruise
Jarnac - Angouleme - Jarnac
Explore the village of Bassac and its remarkable 1,000 year old abbey.
Distance:88 km
Locks: 30
Cruise Time: 22 hrs

The Cognac Cruise
Jarnac - Rochefort - Jarnac
Cruise to Saint Brice and visit its castle, which has a unique Renaissance façade.
Distance: 186 km
Locks: 12
Cruise Time: 33 hrs


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