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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.

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Départ : Cognac 16100 Cognac
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Museum "Savoir-faire du Cognac"

The "Musée des savoir-faire du cognac" tells the story of the Cognac countryside through the ages to lead to the adventure of cognac hilighting a major part of the local history and manifacturing techniques related to this emblematic product.
The musée des savoir-faire du cognac (M'CO) presents both the history and heritage of the region, but also the great human, industrial and commercial adventure of cognac. From the vines to packaging and advertising posters, the M'CO offers a better understanding of the different know-how and trades that make it possible to obtain this internationally renowned eau-de-vie: cognac.

To extend or end this visit, a shop located on the ground floor offers a wide range of regional products.

Place de la Salle Verte 16100 Cognac
Du 07/12/2023 au 30/06/2024
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Hennessy X.O

Immerse yourself in Hennessy's unique history and craftsmanship, and discover how X.O evolved from a Hennessy family secret into an iconic cognac of Maison Hennessy.
A premium experience for cognac lovers, the Hennessy tour is inspired by the subtle, multifaceted blend Maurice Hennessy first created in 1870 to share with his innermost circle.
Start your visit with a brief crossing of the Charente River — which played an essential part in the development of Cognac and of Maison Hennessy.
As of May 2023, our guided tours include a mesmerizing virtual reality experience: MOBILIS, a 19-mn odyssey where heritage and craftsmanship merge seamlessly with cutting-edge technology and poetry. Inspired by sketches doodled by founder Richard Hennessy back in 1765, the brilliant French artists Olivier Kuntzel & Florence Deygas have woven a one-of-a-kind voyage that unveils the history and the DNA of Maison Hennessy.
The creation of this harmonious blend of visuals, sounds, and sensations required 2 years of work and the talent of 50 creative contributors.
As part of your Hennessy X.O tour, you will also delve into the craft of cooperage, the essential role oak casks play in ageing eaux-de-vie, and the phenomenon known as the "angels' share".
You will also have the privilege of visiting the historic "Paradis" cellar — a repository for some of Maison Hennessy's oldest eaux-de-vie.
To conclude your experience, you will be invited to a guided tasting of our iconic Hennessy X.O served neat, on the rocks and in a cocktail, accompanied by X.O chocolates or gourmet petits fours. An epicurean adventure for spirit lovers.

rue de la Richonne Quais Hennessy 16100 Cognac
Du 30/03/2024 au 06/07/2024
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Cognac Canoë Club

With family or friends, the Cognac canoe club team welcomes you, at the foot of the Château Royal de Cognac, to offer you the widest choice of walks and water rides in the department.
The passionate members of the Cognac Canoe Club welcome you, to offer you walks and hikes on the Charente and the little arms of the Charente. After an explanation of the route, you will embark with a map of the river and recent equipment that complies with safety standards (paddles, life jackets and waterproof canisters are provided).

You will choose your own boat:
Canoes
Kayaks
Stand Up Paddle
Electric boats without a licence

1 place du Solençon 16100 Cognac
Du 28/11/2023 au 29/06/2024
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Parking Beaulieu

107 spaces + 2 spaces for person with restricted mobility

Place Beaulieu 16100 Cognac
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Parking Charles De Gaulle

47 spaces + 2 spaces for person with restricted mobility

Place Gambetta 16100 Cognac
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Le Clos de Sophie

Bed and Breakfast, located in a family house, spacious and bright dating from 1830, in "quartier Saint Jacques".
We welcome you in our family home, a spacious and bright house dating from 1830, located at 2 steps from the quays and the heart of the city (restaurant at 2 min walk, cycling route at 200m). You can enjoy our beautiful walled garden (1400m²) with a large terrace of 45m², as well as our swimming pool area (heated and covered).
Possibility of parking (bike, car) inside the property.

24 Rue Claude Boucher 16100 Cognac
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Luciole

Located in the heart of the cognac appellation, Luciole is a cocktail bar specializing in Cognac cocktails but also much more.
Opened since June 2017, Luciole is a unique cocktail bar on the banks of the Charente.
With more than 200 cognac references, the cognac temple will know how to recommend you for your favourite digestive!
There’s plenty for everyone and all seasons at the Luciole.

14, Place du Solençon 16100 Cognac
Du 01/10/2023 au 31/05/2024
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Parking Avenue Lattre de Tassigny

22 places
30 minute regulated parking

Avenue lattre de tassigny 16100 Cognac
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La Maison des Vins

The Maison des Vins Charentais highlights the diversity and cultural richness of the region. It's a unique place where all the Vins IGP Charentais producers are represented. Come and visit us!
The Maison des Vins Charentais highlights the diversity and cultural richness of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region. The Maison des Vins Charentais brings together all the key players in the wine industry in a unique place where they can meet, exchange ideas and share experiences.
Discover the very first Maison des Vins Charentais in Cognac! There are a number of areas inside:
 An area where you can find out more about the PGI Charentais wine sector, its challenges and its expertise.
 A boutique offering only bottles of PGI Charentais wines from all the producers in a majestic wine library.
 A wine bar for tasting the PGI Charentais wines on sale in the shop. A producer will be featured every month.
 A tasting area to discover, inform, advise and participate in the education of taste in a slow-food atmosphere.
 A professional tasting and meeting room for private events.

All these areas can be booked for hire: call 05 17 22 00 00 and hire the Maison des Vins Charentais for your events!

Opening April 27th 2024 from Tuesday to Saturday.
Project financed by LEADER funds, the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, the Charente & Charente-Maritime Departmental Council and Grand-Cognac.

26 Avenue de Lattre de Tassigny 16100 Cognac 16100 Cognac
Du 01/04/2024 au 31/12/2024
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IN THE HEART OF THE CASTLE- Château de Cognac & D'Ussé

One of the most illustrious kings of France, François 1st, was born at Château de Cognac in 1494.
Turned into a cognac house in 1795, discover the making of its exceptional cognacs: BARON OTARD & D'USSÉ, through the fascinating history of the Château de Cognac.
Our experiences:

IN THE HEART OF THE CHÂTEAU
1H15 - Guided tour of the historic part of the Château, the dry and wet cellars with the tasting of a VSOP D'USSÉ, a XO D'USSÉ and a D'USSÉ PEACH cocktail.

SUNSET
0h40- Our new SUNSET tour combines the history of the Château with a cocktail at Le Lys bar for an unforgettable sunset.

SECRETS OF THE CELLARS
1h30 - Guided tour of the Château, the dry and wet cellars and the King's Apartments, normally closed to the public, with a VSOP, XO and EXTRA BARON OTARD tasting.

ROYAL FLAVOURS
2h00 - The experience begins with a discovery of the history of the Château and the know-how involved in making BARON OTARD cognacs. The Chef offers participants a combination of gastronomy and our cognacs in the heart of the King's sumptuous private flats.
Gourmet snacks, specially created to enhance the aromatic palette of the four qualities of cognac and made using local, seasonal produce.

Find out more about the experiences online.

*Tasting reserved for adults only.

Alcohol is dangerous for your health. Drink in moderation.

127 boulevard Denfert Rochereau 16100 Cognac
Du 02/04/2024 au 31/10/2024
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Château de Cognac - BARON OTARD AND D'USSÉ COGNACS

Witness to the History of France and the House of Cognac
The Château de Cognac overlooking the river Charente was first a 10th century fortress intended to stop the Norman invasions, then in the 15th century a seigneurial residence where one of the most illustrious kings of France, François I, was born.

Baron Otard, who had founded his House of Cognac in 1795, quickly understood how the thickness of the walls provided exceptional and unique conditions for the ageing of his eaux-de-vie. He then acquired the Ch��teau, thus saving it from total destruction.



The Château de Cognac, which has become a historical monument, is thus a witness to the History of France and the House of Cognac.

127 boulevard Denfert Rochereau 16100 Cognac
Du 02/01/2024 au 31/12/2024
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SECRET OF THE CELLARS - Château de Cognac & D'Ussé

Discover our dry and wet cellars and taste the different qualities of VSOP, XO and EXTRA BARON OTARD cognacs extracted directly before your eyes !
Le Château de Cognac has the distinction of being a Historic Monument: a former royal residence, the birthplace of François I, and it is now the home of BARON OTARD and D’USSÉ Cognacs. A true testimony to the
history of France, the Château is a mustsee. Explore the vestiges of the past, from the Middle Ages to the present day. Discover the Château’s unique natural ageing conditions and taste the different cognacs in the dry
and wet cellars (low vaults). Different qualities of VSOP, XO and EXTRA BARON OTARD cognacs will be extracted directly before your eyes! Accompanied by your ambassador, follow in the footsteps of the Cellar Master and explore the renaissance rooms and the King’s apartments*, which are usually closed to the public.

127 boulevard Denfert Rochereau 16100 Cognac
Du 02/01/2024 au 31/12/2024
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Logis des Tourelles - Apartement Bouteville

Located in the historic district of the city, the Logis des Tourelles is a guest house in a 19th century private mansion hidden behind its large wooded and shaded park.
The Bouteville flat, with an area of 126 m2, is on the 2nd floor of the mansion. It is made up of 2 large double bedrooms that can accommodate 4 people and have comfortable king size 180x200 bedding (can be converted into 2 90x200 beds), as well as a shower room (wc). A living room combines kitchen and living room. The whole apartment has been carefully renovated, highlighting the charm of old beams and floors in a chic and cozy atmosphere.



It will be the starting point for visiting the Cognac Houses on foot or for a walk along the Charente... In the immediate vicinity, you will find the Royal Castle of Cognac, the public garden, as well as the Francois 1er park (classified site, 48 hectares of preserved and protected nature)… but also the restaurants or bars! You can also enjoy the swimming pool in the heart of this beautiful environment (in season).



Available on the ground floor: courtesy lounge, large dining room with magnificent moldings (microwave, tea and coffee available), books, large wooded and shaded park with view of the turrets, terrace, several tables and chairs, garden lounge, swimming pool 5m x 10m (from 01/06 to 30/09), parking (free), 3 garages (on reservation, with supplement).



It is possible to privatize reception rooms or park for different family or corporate events (contact us for any request).

WIFI connection throughout the guest house. At Logis des Tourelles, we offer 5 guest rooms that allow us to accommodate 11 people, in addition to the apartment for 4 people.



Tourist tax extra.

Arrival from 4 p.m.

40, Rue du Charmant 16100 Cognac
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Logis des Tourelles - Guest House

Located in the historic district of the city of Cognac, the Logis des Tourelles is a guest house in a 19th century private mansion hidden behind its large wooded and shaded park.
The guest house will be the starting point for visiting the Maisons de Cognac on foot or strolling along the Charente... In the immediate vicinity, you will find the Royal Castle of Cognac, the public garden, as well as the park François 1er (classified site, 48 hectares of unspoiled and protected nature)… but also the restaurants and bars! You can also enjoy the swimming pool in the heart of this beautiful environment (in season).

As soon as you enter the Logis, you will discover the historical elements, in particular the period floor, the columns and the old staircase. Le Logis des Tourelles offers 5 large and very comfortable guest rooms to accommodate a total of 11 people. Breakfast is offered depending on the season in the garden or in the house.

Available on the ground floor: courtesy lounge, large dining room with magnificent moldings (kettle with tea and coffee available, microwave grill, fridge), library with books and documentation, large wooded park with view on the turrets, terrace, several tables and chairs, garden furniture, swimming pool 5m x 10m (from 01/06 to 30/09), parking (free), 3 garages (on reservation, with supplement).

Free secure wifi throughout the guest house.

It is possible to privatize reception rooms or park for different family or corporate events (contact us for any request). In addition, it is also possible to book an apartment for 4 people with living room/kitchen, 2 large bedrooms and a bathroom (with wc).

Tourist tax extra.

Arrival from 4 p.m.

40 rue du Charmant 16100 Cognac
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CocoWork - Maison Jules Robin

In the heart of Cognac, near the quays of Charente and the city center, charming apartment of 50 m2 located in a building dating from 1850, historic seat of the former trading house of Cognac Jules Robin.
You enter a closed interior paved courtyard that gives access to the staircase leading to the apartment by entering through the old veranda.
Apartment composed of a large bedroom with double bed 160 on parquet, a living room with a double sofa bed 140 and office area, a kitchen, a bathroom, a dressing room.
An old veranda and a terrace complete the exterior. Wifi, washing machine and free parking.

34 Rue Gabriel Jaulin 16100 Cognac
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MARTELL SAVOIR-FAIRE

The oldest of the great cognac houses welcomes you on its historic site, to take you on a unique journey through its history, terroir and savoir-faire. In a contemporary scenography, Maison Martell offers several different tours, depending on what you long to discover.
A guided tour that takes you to the heart of Maison Martell's 300-year heritage of savoir-faire. After discovering the fascinating world of cognac and how it is made, step into the authentic atmosphere of a cellar that is generally closed to the public. You will be welcomed by a Martell Ambassador, who will guide you through the process of bottling your own montre (20 cl sampling bottle). Continue with a tasting of Martell Noblige, first neat to appreciate its intense gourmet notes, then in a cocktail at the Indigo by Martell bar. You will leave with the personalised bottle you filled during the workshop

16 Avenue Paul Firino Martell 16100 Cognac
Du 02/04/2024 au 03/11/2024
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MARTELL DISCOVERY

The oldest of the great cognac houses welcomes you on its historic site, to take you on a unique journey through its history, terroir and savoir-faire.
A fascinating guided tour which opens the doors to the oldest of the great cognac houses.
From its creation by Jean Martell in 1715 up to the present day, travel through time to discover the history and philosophy of Maison Martell, as well as the foundations of its success. You will encounter the array of artisanal skills that contribute to the elaboration of Martell cognacs and their worldwide reputation for excellence. In particular, you will discover the Martell art of blending, a precious legacy transmitted from one Cellar Master to the next through nine generations. This savoir-faire has its roots in the terroir and in the quality of the House’s carefully nurtured vineyard.
Your complete exploration of the Martell universe will culminate in a tasting of Martell VSOP and Martell Blue Swift or Martell Cordon bleu and Martell XO at L’Atelier Martell, the brand new experience and retail space.

16 Avenue Paul Firino Martell 16100 Cognac
Du 01/04/2024 au 03/11/2024
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