CYCLING COGNAC – ANGOULEME (6 DAY/5 NIGHT-8 DAY/7NIGHT)

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EVC10 Charente: Cognac and Angoulême

6 days – 5 nights / 7 days - 6 nights / 8 days – 7 nights

 

From April to October (except last weekend of August and 3rd weekend of September)

 

Self-guided biking tour in the land of the "nectar of the gods": Cognac.

Cycling, Food and brandy!

A week to enjoy cycling in the Charente, between Cognaçais and Angoumois.

Vineyards, the River, villages of white limestone, a deep forest, hollyhocks ...freewheeling!

In Cognaçais country, the slopes are gentle, vines weave the valleys. Farms where the “Eaux de vie” (Cognac) are distilled. Follow the Charente River which traces beautiful meanders and multiplies its waters, old boatman’s towns and villages. Towards the South, the white cliffs and holm oaks line the country roads

 

Day 1: Welcome to Cognac

Arrival in Cognac and night in hotel in the centre of Cognac.

Gourmet Dinner, night and breakfast

 

Day 2 (or day 7) (optional): Cognac - Richemont - Cognac 25 km

Known worldwide for its "nectar of the gods", Cognac you will discover the mysteries of this magical world through its trading houses, museums, old town. Then the road will lead you Cherves-Richemont in the hearth of the “Borderies”, the “Moulin du Prazier” and the Church of Saint-Georges de Richemont. You will have relax time along the Antenne River.

You can choose to relax and stay in Cognac and visit a Cognac producer (not available on weekend and need to be booked in advance) and the “museum of the Cognac art”.

Night and breakfast

 

Day 3: Cognac – Jarnac - Angoulême 50 to 60 km

Follow the Charente valley, between vineyards and water, leave Cognac, the city that gave birth to François 1st towards Angouleme, the international city of comics.

The road will lead you to Saint Brice and Chatre Abbey, the  Garde- Epee dolmen, Bourg Charente where you can refresh or lunch at the "Bistrot" (One “Michelin Star” restaurant) before joining Jarnac, birthplace of Francois Mitterrand (former President), where several sites to visit (museums and birth place).

All along this route, which runs through vineyards and picturesque villages’ rich heritage of the past such as in St. Simon, where the story of the boatmen will be told. Throughout this journey, the river, dotted with bridges and locks, will never be far. After Champmillon, direction Trois Palis and its chocolate factory then Angoulême, a town of art and history. The heart of this town is built on a promontory overlooking the river and valley.

Gourmet Dinner, night and breakfast

 

Day 4 (Optional): Angoulême - La Rochefoucauld - Angoulême 50 km

Leaving Angouleme, head of towards the sources of Touvre, then the forest of Braconne to join La Rochefoucauld and its castle. Nicknamed "the pearl of Angoulême area”, this castle was built from a fortress (1026): an anthology of seven centuries of architecture and home of the La Rochefoucauld family, for more than a thousand years. On the return, stop at the caves Queroy to discover the works of nature

Night and breakfast

 

Day 5: Angouleme – Roullet Saint-Estèphe 30 to 40 km

Through forests, plains and along rivers, enjoy the south of Angoulême to discover the villages, wash houses, churches, legendary places. At Mouthiers sur Boëme, take the time to visit Calvin’s pulpit, the Jardin du Logis de Forge, labelled as “Jardin remarquable” and simply enjoy the tranquillity of the place. Enjoy the pleasure of riding along the Boëme River...

Dinner, night and breakfast (Hotel with swimming pool)

 

.Day 6: Roullet Saint-Estephe – Bassac 45 km

And you're back in Cognac country. Between the vineyards and fields, from small valley to small valleys, discover on a hill the ruins of the castle Bouteville and visit the viewpoint located on a promontory. Look at the terraces, there were vines once ... Make a stop at Domaine Breuil to taste their wines, Cognac and Pineau des Charentes from organic farming… delicious.

Dinner, night and breakfast

 

Day 7: Bassac - Cognac 30 to 40 km

Once again, cross the Charente to enter the “Must” of the cognac vintage: “la Grande Champagne". Downhill, Segonzac is the capital of the “1er Cru Cognac” that you can taste at the House of Grande Champagne, as well as by growers of cognac. Back on the roads of Cognac vineyards to join Cognac town.

Night and breakfast

 

Day 8: Departure after breakfast

 

 

Per person

6 Day/ 5 Night

without day 2 & 4

7 Day/6 Night

without day 2

8 Day/7 Night

Twin share

$1440.00 $1600.00

$1729.60

 

Extra charge Electric bike: $30.40 per cycling day

 

 

Included:

Road book

Nights in 2 star charming hotel (Cognac and Angoulême), 3 star (Roullet) and Logis de France

3 cheminées (Bassac)

4 gourmet dinners

Transfer of the luggage at every step

Bicycle (VTC)

Locks, reparation equipment, saddle bags, helmet, bar bag, bottle

Bike assistance

 

Not included:

Entrance fees for visits and wine tasting

Personal expenses

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