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The Arts and History Cruise

Charente, France

Reviews for the The Arts and History Cruise

The peace and quiet of the river. Birdlife esp Dippers Heron and Kingfishers. Also enjoyed fishing. Cycling up to St Simon for coffee. Not being under any time pressure.
Went out to angouleme and back. took it easy. enjoyed quiet stops at Graves, Chateauneaf, St Surial.
Charente is a very peaceful and lovely river. You can really relax there, slow down and enjoy quiet life on the water. Significant number of manual locks but they are easy to deal with and could be part of the fun. Add to that all the quiet and ,as well, lovely towns standing there for at least 1000 years or more where you can walk the streets, eat great food, sample wines.. ahh well, its all coming back to me now, it was a great time which both me and my wife enjoyed very much. Sort of a luxury countryside with history thrown in for a good measure.
While cruising you can enjoy a peaceful nature, river flowing through the woods and fields and small towns with some private chateaus thrown in now and there. Water is clean and good for fishing (if this is your thing). Cities of Cognac and Saintes are very nice too with a good restaurants and eateries. In many places you can just moor under the trees and have a lunch or dinner at sunset and enjoy the peace and nature around. Some places are good for bicycling in between the fields of grapevines or to the nearby village to get fresh bread, wine or some other food. The best portion is there is no hurry to see or do anything - any place is good by itself so just enjoy what you got and don't worry.