Boat rentals and river cruises in Charente

River tourism allows you to discover historical cities such as Cognac, Angoulême or Jarnac.

Called by King François I of France "Most beautiful river in the country", the Charente offers from Rochefort to Angoulême, passing through Cognac and Jarnac, one of the most beautiful sailing sites in France.

With more than 160 km of waterways, and only 21 locks.

The Charente region is perfect for swimming and fishing in its crystal clear waters.

You will find beautiful castles built with the white and yellow stone typical of the region, and you can stay for lunch in the medieval village.

The valley that surrounds it is well known for its cognac, its beautiful castles and its friendly people, which together make this river one of the most beautiful waterways to travel by boat in France.

Main points of interest of Charente:


  • Angoulême: its Saint Pierre cathedral, the medieval streets of the old town and its defenses
  • The great Castle of Saint Brice and the famous starred restaurant “la Ribaudière” in Bourg-Charente
  • The tastings of chocolate in Trois Palis
  • For children, the leisure park in Saint Savinien with pool and mini-golf: perfect for al fresco dining!
  • The culinary specialties of the sea: Marennes-Oléron oysters and tuna
  • Inland waterway in Charente: the Charente river

Cities and towns to visit in Charente:


  • Cognac: This charming town surrounded by vineyards, allows you to stroll through its narrow streets of the old town of the capital of the province of Charente and discover the city during the 15th and 16th centuries.
  • Jarnac: Land of vineyards with a lot of architectural and historical cultural heritage. It consists of 18 cities rich in history and heritage.
  • Angoulême: Strolling through its narrow streets you will discover an elegant and lively city. Capital of comics, in the most unexpected places you will find characters from famous international comic books.
  • Rochefort: Between land and sea, it is listed as a city and region of art and history. The streets of Rochefort they reflect a prestigious military past where the great names of the History of France appear.
  • Saintes: City with a wealth and diversity of heritage that spans a period of 2000 years. In its origins it was a Roman fiefdom, therefore it has a triumphal arch, an aqueduct, and some thermal baths.


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Very rewarding experience. The high-end Tarpon 42 TP boat was very comfortable and well equipped. The river is very beautiful, and even though it is high season, we hardly find boat traffic. The explanations of Danfluvial and Le Canalous sufficient. Journey from Cognac to Angouleme. Driving the boat does not pose any difficulties. Highly recommended boat with outside driving and with barbecue!
Ferran B.
Base: Cognac / Ship: Tarpon 42 TP / Trip made on 08/05/2019 7 days
The tour with the locks, cities and the people of the other ships make Charente a highly recommended place to be in contact with nature. The cruise was fully satisfactory because it was a very quiet and relaxing trip, the most attractive thing is life on the ship itself.
Miguel Angel B.
Calypso ship. 08-13-2010 Jarnac Base 7 days
Everything has been as expected and our satisfaction regarding the welcome at the base is positive. We fell in love with the landscape in Charente, with the baths we took and with all the nature that surrounded us. We will certainly repeat and it will be with Rocio. Thanks for everything.
Teresa E.
Base: Sireuil / Ship: Nicols Quattro 7 days. 08-13-2017

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