France – Cognac Festival in Charente, and the Atlantic Coast

3 days / 240 km - July
Period : July
Reference : 10B070

Prix : 195€

Join in the fun of the Cognac Festival celebrating the town’s brandy and other local beverages, take to the Charente and soak up some local history, and take a breath of fresh air straight from the Atlantic in the favourite seaside resort of Royan thanks to a turnkey trip. 


D1 Barge Cruise on the Charente (50 km)

Lunch near Angoulême. Board a « gabarre » in St. Simon, the traditional barge type boat once used for river transport. Follow the tranquil Charente riverbanks past woods and fields, old stone bridges and locks, then visit the Maison des Gabarriers, the Gabarre Museum, tracing the history of these craft and the wares they carried, notably the local cognac . Overnight in the Angouleme region.

D2 Ecomuseum and Cognac Festival (100 km)

Learn all the secrets of distilling the fine liqueur in the Ecomuseum near Cognac, and taste some of the varieties. After lunch, continue to Cognac town to enjoy the nautical jousts which open the Festival, and for an afternoon’s serious tasting not just of cognac, but the local Pineau aperitif and regional wines too. Dinner and overnight.

D3 Royan and the Côte de Beauté (90 km)

Where the Gironde Estuary meets the Atlantic Ocean sits the popular resort of Royan, famously fashionable during the Belle Epoque and retaining some elegant period properties along the seafront. Time at leisure before following the sandy sweep of beach and coast as far as Meschers, where you can visit the surprising troglodyte dwellings carved out of the cliff. Lunch.

Service details
Full Board in a 2* hotel in the Angoulême region Gabarre River Cruise (1h30) Entrance Fees: Gabarre Museum, Cognac Ecomuseum with tasting, Cognac Festival, Meschers Caves
Possible supplements
Single Room (2 nts) : 58 €

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