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La Flow Vélo Cognac - Saintes

COGNAC - SAINTES

Departure: Quai de la Salle Verte in Cognac

Arrival: Rue de la Gare in Châteauneuf

Time : 2h31 - Distance: 37.83 km

On the way to the Roman and Romanesque Saintonge
From Cognac, follow first the Charente before you move a little further and reach the town of Merpins, where the remains of an abbey and a castle that controlled the passage to Cognac remain.


Without really realizing it (except with the signage maybe), because the Charente River remains your common thread, you will soon arrive in Charente-Maritime and will not be able to do otherwise than stop at the Port Du Lys in Salignac-sur-Charente to admire the breathtaking view of the Charente and the boats.


Continue the route and cross the countryside with villages and hamlets. A few kilometres after Saint-Sever-de-saintonge, you will find the Charente at your side, difficult to get closer!

Pay attention, before turning 90° to ride back to La Charente, it is possible to borrow a chain ferry (open in season) to cross the Charente and make a stop in the village of Chaniers. The opportunity to see the site of the «Moulin de la Baine» with its restaurant and river cruises.


A quick round trip and it’s back again, towards the finish this time! And here you are: Saintes, a city of human size, rocked by the Charente and where life is good. Proud of its past of more than 2000 years of history, it knows how to value the remains of the Gallo-Roman era: Germanicus arch, amphitheatre, archaeological museum... The Abbaye-aux-Dames promises an unusual moment of discovery around music with the carousel Basilik.


And if you have the chance to go there as soon as the sunny days arrive, you will see that we like to stroll along the banks of the Charente. Sunday walk around the public garden, lunch or dinner aboard the houseboat, the river Charente cradles the daily life of Saintais.

Départ : Cognac 16100 Cognac
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Bed & Breakfast - Les Tilleuls

Marie-Christine Coates welcomes you in "Les Tilleuls", a 19th century town house, completely renovated and tastefully decorated, 300 metres from the city centre.
Two bedrooms situated on the 1st and 2nd floor with view on the garden, and for the second floor a panoramic view of the roof tops of Cognac town. There are a living room, a bookcase, a walk-in dressing room, a double bed (160cm) and digital flat screen television with cable channels.


The 1st room "Petite Champagne" is equiped with a bathroom and separate wc.


The 2nd room "Grande Champagne" is equiped with a bathroom (bath and shower) and separate WC.


Sofa-bed for 2 persons in the living-room.

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98 avenue Paul Firino Martell 16100 Cognac
Du 01/02/2021 au 31/01/2022
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Musée des Arts du Cognac

In a setting that combines old stones and contemporary architecture, on the site of the Hôtel Perrin de Boussac, whose façade is listed as a Historic Monument, the oldest trading house, the Maison Augier, the Lusignan Tower and part of the 14th century rampart, the MACO covers 2000m2 of exhibition space. It thus promotes the Pays de Cognac and its heritage while presenting the great human, industrial and commercial adventure of Cognac.


- The world of heritage: an evocation of the historical wealth of the Cognac region through different scenographies: models of the region and the Royal Château of Cognac in the 16th century, the film "La Charente au fil de l'eau" and dioramas presenting Romanesque art, the porches of the Charente, the river and the fauna and flora. An essential starting point for any discovery of the area!


- The technological world of Cognac: after a quick introduction on the evolution of the bottles through the ages, the first part focuses on the world of the vine: the seasons, the grape varieties, the terroirs, the grape harvest, all of which is enhanced by ancient tools. A change of register with the delicate art of distillation, where alchemy takes precedence over climatic considerations, before evoking the professions that revolve or have revolved around Cognac. Finally, an interesting retrospective on the packaging of major brands and collections of old posters. All in all, an excellent introduction to the visit of the cellars and distilleries.


- Virtual Reality Experiences: Equipped in July 2020 with six virtual reality experiences, these tours evoke with modernity what the area was like at various times. Dinosaurs, the Neolithic, Romanesque, Renaissance, the barges that sailed the Charente at full speed and the making of the famous nectar of the gods are the six themes virtually presented. A state-of-the-art technicality in which the past is combined with the present and in constant dialogue with the future.

At the Musée des Arts du Cognac (MACO), plunge into :

Romanesque art (1150): Time travellers arrive at a crucial and delicate moment in the construction of a Romanesque church. The master masons complete the dome...

The Renaissance (1526): Time travellers witness an event at the heart of French history. We are in 1526. François 1st has just arrived in his royal castle, he has just returned from the kingdom of Spain where he was held prisoner...

The time of the gabares (1900) : The phylloxera crisis hit the Cognac region hard but solutions are beginning to be put in place. The traveller discovers the world of the gabariers, who transported many goods on the river on board their gabare.

The secret of cognac (1930) : 1930 : travellers are immersed in the secrets of cognac making alongside a cellar master in the middle of blending work .

Place de la Salle Verte 16100 Cognac
Du 01/01/2022 au 30/06/2022
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Martell & Co

Founded in 1715 by Jean Martell, a native of Jersey, Martell is the oldest of the great Cognac houses.
Founded in 1715 by Jean Martell, a native of Jersey, Martell is the oldest of the great Cognac houses.


For three centuries, Martell has been producing, exporting and marketing cognacs whose quality is recognised worldwide. The identity of the House of Martell is based on three key notions: elegance, complexity and balance.

16 Avenue Paul Firino Martell 16100 Cognac
Du 01/04/2022 au 31/10/2022
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Bed & Breakfast - Mme Soumagne

Room in a private home in a townhouse.
Private room in a townhouse.

Close to shops, cosy atmosphere, interior garden, ideal for a couple, a professional, ...

Breakfast is included.

30 Rue de Rochefort 16100 Cognac
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Martell The Journey

Enter into a unique story. Maison Martell offers you 3 different experiences.
The oldest of France's great cognac houses opens the doors of its historic site and invites you to embark on a journey through its history, terroir and savoir-faire. In a contemporary scenography, the Maison Martell offers a choice of three tours depending on how far you want to explore.


Martell Discovery is a fascinating guided tour spanning 300 years from Jean Martell to the present day.


Martell Savoir-Faire takes you further into the world of the Maison Martell with a workshop allowing you to fill your own cognac sampling bottle in a cellar that is generally closed to the public.


Become a cognac expert with the Martell Héritage tour, during which you help to blend a cognac in our Cellar Master's Atelier. A unique experience in an exceptional location.


A valid health pass will be required on arrival before the guided tours or tastings begin. It will also be required to access the Indigo by Martell rooftop bar.

For more information, please send us an email.


Please drink responsibly.

16 Avenue Paul Firino Martell 16100 Cognac
Du 03/01/2022 au 31/03/2022
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