Departing from our base in Saintes, treat yourself to a captivating immersion into the ancient era, discovering a rich heritage combined with timeless charm!

Charente Valley in a few words…

The Charente region is full of exciting activities and remarkable sites to discover. History enthusiasts should not miss a visit to the city of Cognac, where they can explore the famous cognac houses and learn more about the distillation of this refined liqueur. For a peaceful getaway, a boat ride along the Charente River is a must, offering picturesque landscapes and charming villages to explore, such as Jarnac and Châteauneuf-sur-Charente. Outdoor enthusiasts will find their bliss in the PĂ©rigord-Limousin Regional Natural Park, where magnificent hiking trails and preserved natural sites await. Lastly, don’t miss the opportunity to taste the culinary specialties of Charente, including local products such as goat cheese, Marennes-OlĂ©ron oysters, and delicious Charente-style pancakes. Whatever your passion is, Charente offers a multitude of enriching experiences that will satisfy all travelers in search of discoveries and adventures.

The
highlights of Saintes

  • Its exceptionally well-preserved Roman heritage!
  • A destination with incomparable medieval and architectural charm.

our routes departing from Saintes

The routes shown are suggestions; don’t forget that you can stop wherever you like on your cruise.

In the land of Gabarres

Waterway Charente River
Itinerary SaintesJarnacSaint Simon CognacSaintes

Waterway

Charente River

Itinerary

Saintes...Saintes
Duration of stay
1 week
Navigation time
3h30 / day
Distance traveled
122km return trip
Number of locks
18
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Saintes

Jarnac

Jarnac, nestling in the heart of the Charente, is a charming town with a rich historical heritage, picturesque streets and a peaceful atmosphere.

Saint Simon

Saint Simon, on the edge of the Charente river, is an enchanting village that exudes tranquillity and offers panoramic views of the river, making it the ideal setting for a peaceful getaway in the Charente countryside.

Cognac

Cognac, the jewel of the Charente region, is world-famous for its eponymous eau-de-vie, but the town goes far beyond its reputation for spirits, offering the perfect blend of a rich historical heritage, elegant architecture and a lively atmosphere.

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Saintes

Between vineyards and stones

Waterway Charente River
Itinerary SaintesCognacAngoulĂŞmeJarnac Saintes

Waterway

Charente River

Itinerary

Saintes...Saintes
Duration of stay
10-11 days
Navigation time
3h30 / day
Distance traveled
188km return-trip
Number of locks
40
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Saintes

Cognac

Cognac, the jewel of the Charente region, is world-famous for its eponymous eau-de-vie, but the town goes far beyond its reputation for spirits, offering the perfect blend of a rich historical heritage, elegant architecture and a lively atmosphere.

AngoulĂŞme

AngoulĂŞme, perched on a hill and surrounded by medieval ramparts, is a captivating city that blends its rich historical heritage with a vibrant arts scene, offering a unique blend of history, culture and innovation.

Jarnac

Jarnac, nestling in the heart of the Charente, is a charming town with a rich historical heritage, picturesque streets and a peaceful atmosphere.

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Saintes

Charente getaway

Waterway Charente River
Itinerary SaintesCognacJarnacSaintes

Waterway

Charente River

Itinerary

Saintes...Saintes
Duration of stay
Mini-week
Navigation time
4h20 / day
Distance traveled
92km return trip
Number of locks
8
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Saintes

Cognac

Cognac, the jewel of the Charente region, is world-famous for its eponymous eau-de-vie, but the town goes far beyond its reputation for spirits, offering the perfect blend of a rich historical heritage, elegant architecture and a lively atmosphere.

Jarnac

Jarnac, nestling in the heart of the Charente, is a charming town with a rich historical heritage, picturesque streets and a peaceful atmosphere.

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Saintes

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our boats available

Departing from our Saintes base, we can offer the range of canal boats shown below. To see the full range of cruises available, please see our self-drive boat pages or contact our team who can help you to choose.

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base Saintes

LOCABOAT HOLIDAYS

3 route de Courbiac,
17100 – Saintes
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