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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
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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
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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
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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, ...

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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Bed & Breakfast - 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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Canoë Club Cognac

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
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Bed & Breakfast - La Maison de Yann

3 spacious rooms all equipped, comfortable.
18th century house with a lot of charm: enclosed courtyard, breakfast included French

51 rue Houlette 16100 Cognac
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Bed & Breakfast - Les Platanes du Centre

Old house in the heart of the city ideally located to visit the famous cognac houses and attend the Blues Passion, Coup de Chauffe, the Polar...
3 bedrooms including 2 with private bathrooms in a house of character of the 19th century with green courtyard and located in the heart of the city. Possibility to park bicycles, motorcycles...

On the 1st floor, a large bedroom with two beds of 90cm with a large bathroom and a bedroom with 2 beds of 90cm and a small bathroom.

On the 2nd floor, 1 Room ideal for children (2 x 90).

Possibility of garage on request.

Everything in the vicinity.

26 place Jean Monnet 16100 Cognac
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Bed & Breakfast - Suite en Terrasse

Evelyne & Pascal welcome you to the pretty town of Cognac in the heart of an old rehabilitated cellar.
Getting around on foot is easy: 6 minutes from the SNCF train station and 15 minutes from the town centre and the little traffic in the street ensures your nights are peaceful.


The 2 rooms have independent entrances.

The 2 rooms are comfortable and have private bathrooms (one with shower and the other with bath). Courtesy tray, television and wifi access.


You benefit from access to the sunny terrace overlooking the rooftops. Enjoy the deckchairs and garden furniture!


A kitchenette is at your disposal (microwave, fridge, dishwasher...) and you can enjoy your meals under the heated greenhouse!

79 Rue de Rochefort 16100 Cognac
Du 01/02/2021 au 31/01/2022
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Luciole

Luciole is a cocktail bar offering a vast collection of cognacs to taste.


Located in the heart of the Cognac appellation in France, Luciole is the perfect place to relax, taste and learn about the flavours of Cognac.

Luciole is first and foremost the project of two enthusiasts, eager to enhance the Cognac heritage, a duo of experts in spirits and cocktails of proven effectiveness: recognised as one of the pioneers of mixology, continually pushing the limits of creation, Tony Conigliaro is one of the most respected barmen in the world.

During his career, Tony has opened and managed several bars, regularly cited and awarded. It was only logical that he called on Guillaume Le Dorner to assist him in this project and take over the helm of the bar, after having entrusted him for 6 years with the management of one of his establishments, 69 Row in London, which, under his leadership, has become one of the best bars in the world.

At Luciole, all the cognac houses rub shoulders and highlight the richness of the appellation. An entire wall of the bar is dedicated to an exceptional library where all the cuvées can find their place. A tasting menu allows amateurs and neophytes alike to explore the different eaux-de-vie by age, quality, vintage, terroirs and crus, or brands.


During the summer months, Luciole offers you a superb panorama overlooking the Château de Cognac, thanks to its incredible terrace on the banks of the Charente.

14, Place du Solençon 16100 Cognac
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Tour guide : La quête de l’Elixo

An unforgettable experience !

Discover the secrets of the Cognac region!
"La quête de l'Elixo" takes you on an incredible adventure in the footsteps of the oldest of the Charente legends. Immerse yourself in the universe of a territory rich in a thrilling history, drawn around the vineyard and the "most beautiful stream of the kingdom": The Charente. Professor Arsène Coquand will guide you in the adventure and will do everything to put you on the trail of the legendary drink of angels, the Elixo.


To play, install the free app Legendr available on the App Store and the Play Store on your smartphone or tablet and go in search of the famous nectar of angels!

Office de Tourisme 16100 Cognac
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Château Royal de Cognac & D'Ussé

Witness to the History of France and the House of Cognac.

We offer different Experiences, all at the heart of two stories: the History of France and the history of Baron Otard Cognac up to the present day.
Our visits:

Discovery of the Château: Guided tour & tasting* of a VS Tonic and VSOP


Prestige visit: Guided tour & tasting* of a VSOP and XO


Private Tastings: 45 minute experience includes tasting* of a VS, a VSOP, the XO Gold, the EXTRA since 1795 and an old eau-de-vie to understand the subtleties of ageing at the Château (No visit of the Château)


Au Cœur du Château: Guided tour & tasting* of a VSOP, XO and Extra 1795


Gourmet Flavours: Guided tour & tasting* of a VSOP, XO Gold in two ways and Extra 1795 accompanied by regional products.


Royal Visit: Guided tour & tasting* of a VSOP, XO, Extra 1795 and Fortis & Fidelis


*Tasting reserved for adults only.


Alcohol is dangerous for your health. Drink in moderation.

127 boulevard Denfert Rochereau 16100 Cognac
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Geocaching : Terra Aventura - On the white city's ramparts

Terra Aventura is a treasure hunt inspired by geocaching.
To play, you must download the application on your smartphone (androïd or apple) or bring you a GPS, thinking to print beforehand the list of clues on the website. Then you will leave a starting point referenced by GPS coordinates. Throughout the way, characters named "Poï'z" will accompany you in search of clues. These clues will allow you to complete the GPS coordinates of the location of the cache.


On the territory, you can enjoy a 2 km walk in the historic center of Cognac to discover the history of the city.

The poï'z "Zabeth" will guide you along the way and once the cache found, you will leave with a surprise!


Good luck !!

16100 Cognac
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Bed & Breakfast - Clos Saint Jacques

Guest rooms located in a house with character not far from the Charente, near cognac houses and foot paths.
Located by the canal not far from the Charente river, this character house offers three guest rooms, less than 800 meters from the historic center of Cognac.

Tranquility assured. Sylvie and Thierry will welcome you all year round.

28 rue de Boutiers 16100 Cognac
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Tourist information office of Cognac

Need a plan? Want to go out? Accommodation for tonight?

You have THE right reflex: the Tourist Office!


Behind the smiles and the warm welcome to you, Destination Cognac experts welcome you to deliver their enlightened and committed advice.

Who better than the Tourist Office criss-crossing the area on the lookout for the latest news to share their passion and knowledge of Destination Cognac with you?

It is also a shop space for you to discover the specialties and local products.

48 boulevard Denfert Rochereau 16100 Cognac
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Cognac Tourist Information Office shop

For your gift ideas, the Destination Cognac boutique welcomes you in the shop areas of Cognac, Jarnac, Segonzac and Chateauneuf sur Charente.


Pleasure for the senses and the taste buds: the products and articles are the result of local know-how.

Compose your own basket filled with a choice of regional products renowned for their quality.


Local products: jam, goose rillettes, snails, mustards, fleur de sel, honeys, chocolates, Charentais butter palets, grape juice, Bouteville balm, local beers...

Handicrafts: jewellery, wooden toys soaps, candles....

Bookshop: Books, card games, ...

And a wide choice of souvenirs: mugs, key rings, magnets, T-shirts...

48 Avenue Denfert Rochereau 16100 Cognac
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