Rent with your boating holidays to enjoy one of our river and canal boats on Charente waterways. We offer the largest selection of barges on the market.

Consult the list of all our river and canal boats available in Charente to find the most suitable for you and contact us by email or call us on +33 (0) 3 85 40 55 50 for more information.

Charente - France - Nicols license-free boat moored to a fixed wooden wharf at the Halte de Chaniers on the Charente

Charentais vineyards from where Pineau des Charentes comes from The Charente river can be navigated for 147km between Angoulême and Rochefort, incorporating 21 self-service locks that allow amateur sailors great freedom.
The crystalline waterway is edged with a thick curtain of trees, snaking between towns and villages offering plenty of accommodating berthing spots.

There is also a wide variety of activities to be enjoyed on the river itself, including passenger boats, water-skiing, diving, swimming, fishing and rowing, among other things.

The Charente has been used as a navigable waterway since pre-historic times, with river transport really taking hold here in the 17th Century, despite the poor working conditions.
The locks were properly constructed towards the end of the 18th Century and the towpaths travelled by professional towers and later oxen and finally horses until the late 19th Century.
The majority of the traffic has since been transferred to the railway, although vessels do still travel along the canal, which has been fully redeveloped since 1970, much to the delight of amateur sailors.

Not to be missed

Whatever your tastes or areas of interest, you're sure to find something to suit you throughout your cruise.

  • Why not check out the reconstruction site of the Hermine or the Tonnay-Charente suspension bridge, or even the home of Pierre Loti, the Corderie Royale rope-works or the car ferry.
  • Whether it's Ile d'Aix and Ile Madame that appeal to you or the various forts built to protect the estuary.
  • Spend some time in the nature centres where visitors can observe migratory birds and explore the marshes and the wealth of flora in the area.
  • Various other gardens and museums will welcome you.
  • From Rochefort to Saintes, the region is home to a number of 12th, 13th and 14th-Century churches, the St-Savinien market halls, fortified houses, fountains and wash-houses, not to mention the castles of Crazannes, Taillebourg and Panboy, all worthy stop-offs on your cruise.
Rural park in Cognac, Charentaise region

A few stops along the way

Red pineau des Charentes glass on an oak barrel Saintes is rich in ancient and medieval monuments, museums and history.
The 'Ville de Saintes' barge is an identical reconstruction of the vessels that once transported salt, eau de vie and stone, making a leisurely ride on this flat-bottomed boat a real experience.

Between Saintes and Cognac you will sail through charming villages providing a great opportunity for a stroll on dry land or a visit to the local church.
You will have a chance to check out the last two remaining reaction ferries, relics of the trade that once took place here, at Chaniers and Dompierre-sur-Charente, taking you across from one bank to the other.

A relaxed arrival in Cognac.
Be sure to explore the old town and admire its grand town-houses and various historic sites, and perhaps even visit one of the various vineyards in the area for a tasting session.
You'll come away knowing pretty much everything there is to know about double distillation, ageing, blending and the 'angel's share'!

From Cognac to Angoulême you will find a variety of tourist publications to help you get the most out of your trip, with plenty of good times still to come.

Map of Charente. One of the most beautiful rivers in France navigable by boat without a license from Rochefort to Angoulême

Photos: OT COgnac / JL Clavel; Friedrich Olivier

Special and last minute offers

Black Friday!

Book a 3 nights cruise minimum in France in 2023 on some selected boats and dates and benefit from 20% to 25% discount.

Valid for a booking made until November 27th


Black Friday offer!

22% discount for a one week cruise or more
12% for a week-end o midweek cruise

Offer valid for a booking before November 29th 2022.


Early booking 2023: up to 20% discount

Book a one week (or more) cruise in 2023 and benefit from 10% early booking discount, which can be combinable up to 20% wih other permanent offers.

Offer valid till 30/11/2022.


Early booking 2023: up to 15% discount

Sail in 2023 and benefit from an early booking discount of 10% for the weeks and more and 5% for the short breaks.
Can be added with the permanent offers up to 15% for weeks or more and to 10% for the short breaks

valid for a booking before November 30th 2022


Early booking 2023: up to 20% discount

Book your cruise for 2023 and benefit from 10% discount for a week and up to 20% with other discounts.

Offer valid for a new booking before december 31st 2022.

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