Many argue that Le Charente is the most beautiful river in France, perhaps because it is surrounded by woods, meadows, valleys and vineyards. It certainly looks like a metaphor for a naturalistic river vacation on houseboat. In this river you can have fun relaxing in the sun, taking a bath and fishing with friends but you have the opportunity to taste the delicacies of tasty French cuisine made famous in the world; in fact, we are in Cognac, the area where a unique liqueur of its kind was born, for which it is necessary to have high quality vineyards. Sail along the Charente river in central-western France on a houseboat without the need for a skipper, you can take the boat independently!

DEPARTURE TIME Check-in at 5:00 pm on Saturday - Check-out at 9:00 pm on the following Saturday

Included services

Travel assistance and registration fee
Practical trial of navigation
Bed linen and towels
Custom route
Technical support
Locks tolls

Not included services

Transfers to/from the Marina
Food and beverage
Harbour and buoy fees
Tourist tax
Final cleaning (from €130)
Fuel (approx. €150)
Deposit insurance
Travel insurance

From €2.079 per houseboat.
Discounts available for early booking and last minute.


Jarnac - Rochefort - Jarnac:
88 km, 30 locks, 22 hours.

Jarnac - Cognac - Saintes_ Jarnac:
90 km, 10 locks, 16 hours, 3/4 nights.

Additional information

Language Italian and English
Class Houseboat
Product ID 309
Charente, France - ID 309

Charente, France - ID 309 View MoreLess

Charente, France - ID 309

Day 1: Check-in

Your houseboat has its starting point in Jarnac, navigation is simple and pleasant and as a first day stopping in Jarnac and visiting its historic impressive distilleries located along the river and the numerous architectural testimonies present is really worth! A walk or bike ride in the area will allow you to observe the elegant white houses that line the banks of the river. Check-in at 17:00.

Day 2

Your first stop will be Bourg-Charente where you will visit its beautiful 12th century Romanesque church and the house of Marnier Lapostolle who produces the famous Grand Marnier. At Domaine Pautier you can enjoy a guided tour of the vineyards, the distillery and the cellars, and then conclude with a tasting.

Day 3

Today you will visit Cognac, a dynamic and historical city, famous for the production of its liqueur. Discover its attractions, the merchants' houses, the magnificent Récollets Convent and the 12th century church with its Romanesque façade and stained glass windows. You cannot leave without tasting the delicious Cognac.

Day 4

The navigation continues towards the beautiful city of Saintes. Discover the rich archaeological heritage from Roman times such as the Arch of Germanicus (dating from 18-19 AD), the Gallo-Roman arena that once housed 15,000 people, the Abbaye aux Dames and the Church of Sant'Eutrope, all masterpieces of Romanesque art.

Day 5

Today you will visit Port d'Envaux where you will be enchanted by the magnificent residences along Rue des Armateurs, you can then enter the 13th century castle de Panloy and take a guided tour to see its tapestries and wood paneling, and finally take a walk or a tour by bike to Les Lapidiales, an old quarry located just 1km from the city.

Day 6

Moored in Rochefort, located not far from the Atlantic Ocean, you will find excellent fresh fish and shellfish to taste. This city developed around Louis XIV's naval base and you will discover its legacy in the Navy Museum with its collection of sailing and steamship models.

Day 7

Other cities that you can discover starting towards the opposite side from Jarnac are Chateauneuf-sur-Charente where you can appreciate the jewel of art and Romanesque architecture of the abbey church of St Pierre, Trois-Palis where you absolutely cannot miss a visit to the Letuffe artisan chocolate shop , and Angouléme, in this colorful city the main attraction is the Musée Interational de la Bande Dessinée dedicated to the world of images and comics.

Day 8: Check-out

Check-out is scheduled in the morning by 09:00.

The itinerary may be subject to variations based on safety weather conditions and the technical assessments of the captain of the boat. This program is intended as indicative and not binding.


Double rooms and two rooms with single beds convertible in double. All beds are longer than 200cm and all mattresses have been improved in quality and thickness. USB and domestic electric plugs available at every time to recharge your devices or use a hairdryer. Three en suite bathrooms with electrical WC, water basin and shower.

Spacious living room with wide sofa easily convertible in double bed thanks to the gas pneumatic table legs. Improved visibility from the saloon due to new windows design, and easy access to Fly bridge due to a new stairs and layers design. The full kitchen/galley includes a large microwave, an electric kitchen, a domestic size refrigerator, and for the first time on board on our fleet, a huge washing machine and a kettle. Fly deck is wide and flat, with fix table and seats with led lights.

Technical sheet:

Type Houseboat
Model Magnifique
Length 14.50 m
Beam 4.10 m
Bow thruster Yes
Cabins 4 double + dinette
Berths 8 + 2 dinette
WC/Showers 3
Water tank 1.000 lt


This modern boat is ideal for 6 persons but thanks to the convertible dinette can comfortably take up to 8 persons on board. It’s a great boat with a lot of outstanding space to relax and take sun. There’s a fully equipped L-shaped kitchen, a gorgeous saloon with radio/CD player, and a huge elevated sundeck big enough for everyone aboard to relax. Available for wheelchairs (on request).

Technical sheet:

Type Houseboat
Model Minuetto 6+
Length 13.50 m
Beam 4.10 m
Bow thruster Yes
Cabins 3 double + dinette
Berths 6 + 2 dinette
WC/Showers 2
Water tank 920 lt
Extra Available for wheelchairs (on request)

BeBlue reserves the right to substitute the boat presented in the catalog ( or not included in the catalog ) with another boat of similar class and characteristics.