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Charente

A river of incredibly clear water lined with pines, vineyards and meadows, the Charente is amongst the prettiest waterways for canal boat holidays in France! Long known for its cognac, gracious châteaux and friendly people, the valley opens its arms to you, inviting you to savour a leisurely journey on a river that looks as beautiful as it did many centuries  area belongs to one of the most touristy canals in France. Its perfect location allow you to cruise gently, explore and eventually taste the famous Cognac!  These are some nice cruises...

Wine and Gastronomy 

Nature 

Highlights

  • Taste some delicious Cognac at the Chateau de Cognac or take the Cognac tour in Jarnac .
  • Take a tour of the Trois-Palis chocolate factory and buy your desert for that evening.
  • Read comic strips in the comic book museum and the go to the Saint Pierre cathedral in  Angoulême . Spend the afternoon in canoe or kayak rented from the watersports base. 
  • Vist the maritime museum of Rochefort .
  • Take the children to the Saint Savininen amusement park .
  • Try visiting all that Saintes has to offer: the roman arch of Germanicus , the gallo-roman amphitheater , the gothic cathedral, the archeological museum, painting and ceramics museum... Good luck!
  • Understand how a mill works in Fleurac .
  • Fish in one of France cleanest and most beautiful rivers .
  • Go to the Saint Savinien   Food and Wine festiv al in August.

Useful information

  • Locks are easy to operate. There are no lock keepers. Moorings are plentiful on the Charente  river.
  • Closest airports are Bordeaux and Angouleme . Closest train stations areJ arnac , Angouleme and Chateauneuf sur Charente  We can help with train times and arrange taxi transfers for you to get to your boat.

SELF DRIVE BOATS IN THIS REGION

Horizon 4

5 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Horizon 4 sleeps up to 9 guests. It is the same size boat as the Horizon 3, just with the master cabin split into two to create a 4th cabin. All four cabins have the privacy of their own en-suite bathrooms and enjoy a spacious sundeck and saloon. Boat Size: 13. 5m x 4. 3m 2 double...

Vision 3

5 stars 6 Permanent Berths 4 Temporary Berths
Manoeuvring is simple with joystick steering, making this diesel boat hire a breeze to handle! Full-size twin beds convert to doubles, and two other sleeping areas allow for a total crew of 10. The Vision3 offers elegance, privacy, and common areas for socialising inside and outside! It’s...

Vision 4

5 stars 8 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
Ranked amongst our most popular canal boats, this model offers you luxurious and spacious accommodations. A settee in the elegant saloon converts to a single bed, upping the total sleeping capacity to nine. The saloon has a full entertainment center, and cabins have TV/DVD players. The boat was...

Estivale Duo

4 stars 2 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The design and layout of the boat provides panoramic views at all times. The ground level rear deck offers a bridge living space perfect for dining alfresco and a sliding sun awning to provide a shady retreat if needed. A second steering position, swimming ladder and deck shower are also on the...

Estivale Octo

4 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Octo from the Estivale range comes with four cabins, two of which have convertible beds (either a double bed or twin beds), making this self-drive boat ideal for four couples or two couples and four children. From the living area you can enjoy 360º panoramic views and the kitchen is...

Estivale Quattro

4 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Quattro from the Estivale range provides flexible accommodation with two cabins with convertible beds (either a double bed or twin beds) making this self-drive boat ideal for two couples or a couple and two children. From the living area you can enjoy 360º panoramic views and the...

Estivale Sixto

4 stars 6 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Sixto from the Estivale range are relatively new boats built in 2011. With three generously sized cabins the Sixto is an ideal self-drive boat for three couples or two couples and two children.  From the living area you can enjoy 360º panoramic views and the kitchen is fully...

Mystique

4 stars 6 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Our comforatble and spacious Mystiques have heating and air-conditioning, radio/CD system and 17-inch flat-screen TV/DVD player, en-suite luxury bathrooms in the three private cabins, and a sundeck with dining table and moulded seating. Lavishly appointed with designer fabrics and upholstery,...

Primo

4 stars 2 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Perfect for first time cruisers, the "Primo®" is the latest self-drive cruiser from the Nicols boatyard and is a simple yet elegant model with a modern interior. The living area is extremely spacious and full of light thanks to its opening glass roof – a new development from...

Royal Mystique A

4 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Our Royal Mystique A boat hire can accommodate parties up to six. The canal boats feature heating and air-conditioning, a 17-inch LCD flat-screen TV/DVD player, and a media center with MP3/USB connectivity. The huge sundeck has a fixed table and cushioned seating, plus a sun canopy. Cabins have...

Tarpon 42 Trio Prestige

4 stars 6 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Very comfortable self-drive boat for a French canal holiday. 3 cabins lounge cabin Two rear cabins: choice between two single berths or one double berth Forward cabin: one double berth Lounge: seat convertible to a double berth Sanitary equipment: three showers / three washbasins / three...

Calypso

3 stars 6 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Three private staterooms and a double bed converted from the settee in the generous saloon give Calypso boat rentals a maximum capacity of eight. The two rear cabins are luxuriously appointed and have en-suite bathrooms. The saloon features an entertainment center, and the boat sports a giant...

Caprice

3 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
A superb choice for a boat hire in the UK, the Caprice is ideal for parties up to six. The two en-suite staterooms (most offer air-conditioning) are located forward, leaving lots of room in the rear for the saloon and aft deck. The saloon has a radio/CD player and MP3/USB connectivity, and most...

Clipper

3 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
A Clipper canal boat can accommodate parties of six. The cabins are at the bow and stern for enhanced privacy, and they have en-suite bathrooms. The saloon has a radio/CD player and MP3/USB connectivity. Ample windows keep the interior bright and cheery! Some models of this boat are equipped...

Confort 1100

3 stars 7 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Confort 1100 is the ideal canal boat for three couples: three spacious cabins with around 2 metres headroom and three shower rooms.  The central living area has a fully equipped kitchen with plenty of storage units.  The boat has a number of easy access points: a side door close to...

Confort 900

3 stars 5 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Confort 900 is the ideal canal boat for two couples: the two cabins at each end of the boat are separated by a central living area ensuring privacy. Each cabin is spacious with around 2 metres headroom and has direct access to its en suite bathroom.   Access to and from the boat is easy:...

Confort 900DP

3 stars 5 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Features : 2 spacious and separated cabins 2 en suite bathroom 2 outdoor deck areas ideal for two couples Indoor outdoor steering positions The Confort 900 DP is the ideal canal boat for two couples: the two cabins at each end of the boat are separated by a central...

Elegance

3 stars 6 Permanent Berths
Sleeping a maximum of six, the Elegance boasts three staterooms each fitted with single beds that convert to doubles, allowing sleeping flexibility on your boat holidays. The cabins and three bathrooms with showers are all forward of the generous saloon with its two dining tables and glass sliding...

Grand Classique

3 stars 10 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
You can travel with 12 on Grand Classique boat holidays! These boats have five bedrooms with a variety of sleeping options from bunk beds to doubles. The décor of the Grand Classique is upscale, replete with pleasing wood finishes, tastefully color-coordinated plush upholstery and an open...

Salsa

3 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Travel with up to 10 on a Salsa A boat cruise. The saloon and huge kitchen are set forward, creating an open airy ambiance of spacious luxury. Glass doors lead to a lovely lounging area with seating in the bow, and stairs lead to the large sundeck with table for alfresco dining, moulded settees,...

Sedan 1000

3 stars 6 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Nicols 1000 from the Sedan range is an ideal canal barge for a family with three double cabins. The spacious front cabin is worthy of a captain while the other two cabins (approx 100 cm headroom above the bunk) are perfect for children or guests. The two shower rooms make this barge...

Sedan 1160

3 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Nicols 1160 from the Sedan range is an ideal canal barge for a family boating holiday. It comprises three double cabins (two of which have around 100 cm headroom above the bunks) plus one cabin with bunk beds. These cabins share two shower rooms to comfortably accommodate up to eight people...

Tarpon 32

3 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
2 Cabins lounge cabin Up to 4/6 ( 2) peoples Forward cabin: one double berth one child bunk Rear cabin: one double berth one child bunk Lounge: seat convertible to a double berth Sanitary equipment: two showers / two washbasins / two WCs 9,10 m x 3,75 m - 2 steering...

Tarpon 37

3 stars 7 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Up to 7/9 people in 3 cabins Forward cabin: one double berth one single berth Rear cabin portside: one double berth with one raised child bunk (on certain models) Rear cabin starboard side: two single bunk beds Lounge: seat convertible to a double berth Sanitary...

Tarpon 42 A

3 stars 10 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Up to 12 peoples 4 cabins and lounge cabin Forward cabin: one double berth 1 raised single berth Middle cabin: one double berth Rear cabin portside: 1 single berth, 2 bunk beds Rear cabin starboard side: one double berth Lounge: seat convertible to a double berth Sanitary equipment: two...

Cirrus A

2 stars 2 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
A very popular model in the Le Boat fleet, the 8. 80-metre (29-foot) Cirrus affords a couple or a small family more than ample space for comfortable boating holidays in style. A large rear stateroom, a spacious saloon, and abundant natural light from large picture windows make this boat a...

Cirrus B

2 stars 3 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
The Cirrus B is very popular in our fleet. Measuring 8. 80 metres (29-foot), it can comfortably accomodate a couple or a small family with enough space for everyone. The double cabin at the rear, as well as the large saloon with a single sofa bed and dinette converting into a second single bed,...

Consul

2 stars 4 Permanent Berths
With comfortable sleeping accommodations for four people, a Consul boat hire is well suited as a cruiser for boat holidays with a couple and two children, or with two couples. These fine canal craft offer elegance throughout, and a saloon that’s ideal for entertaining family and friends....

Crusader

2 stars 6 Permanent Berths
Three separate cabins with en-suite bathrooms give these canal boats unparalleled privacy. This model offers a variety of sleeping arrangements from single and double beds to singles that convert to doubles, making it possible for you to cruise with children, single adults and couples. The...

Sedan 800

2 stars 2 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
The single cabin Nicols 800 from the Sedan range is the ideal canal barge for a couple especially if first-time cruisers as its small frame slots in easily everywhere ! It is fitted with a double cabin at the front plus shower room, a central living space with a kitchenette, a living room table...

Sheba

2 stars 3 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Enjoy a private aft cabin with double bed and a convertible single settee perfect for a couple. Saloons in Sheba boat rentals have a radio/CD player, and the dining table/settee converts to a double. Large encompassing windows provide abundant natural light. On deck, there’s a top steering...

Triton 1050

2 stars 6 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Comfortable boats which are typical of fluvial tourism and giving the best price/life on board. Up to 8 peoples 2 Cabins lounge cabin Middle cabin: one double berth Forward cabin: one double berth one single berth Gangway: one single berth Lounge: seat convertible to...

Triton 860 Fly

2 stars 3 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Comfortable boat which is typical of fluvial tourism and giving the best price/life on board. This boat has the double steering. Up to 5 peoples 1 Cabin and lounge cabin Forward cabin: one double berth one single berth Lounge: seat convertible to a double berth Sanitary...

Nautilia

1 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Sleeping a maximum of 10, Nautilia boats for hire represent a great value for larger groups of friends and family. The boat is laid out as a hotel-style floating villa. Spacious and well appointed, it’s the perfect venue for memorable boat cruises! Interior & Saloon The roomy...

Penichette 1107 W

1 stars 5 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Comfortable boats which are typical of fluvial tourism and giving the best price/life on board. Up to 7 peoples 2 Cabins lounge cabin Middle cabin: one double berth one single berth Forward cabin: one double berth Lounge: seat convertible to a double berth Sanitary...

Penichette 935 W

1 stars 3 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
1 Cabin & lounge cabin Lounge: seat convertible to double berth. Fitted kitchen. 
 Sanitary equipment: 1 shower / 1 washbasin / 1 WC. Minimum height in the lounge = 2,05 m, and in the cabins = 1,85 m Steeringwheels: inside and outside Inside equipment complete boat...

Riviera 920

1 stars 6 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Riviera 920 is the ideal canal boat for two couples or a small family. It offers two cabins separated by a central living space ensuring privacy. Each cabin has one double bed and one single bed.  The living room is full of light thanks to the sliding roof – perfect for relaxing or...