A 3-day itinerary Angoulême / Cognac / Saintes
100 to 120km
100 to 120km
Arrival at Angoulême train station (direct train from Paris in 2h02). Guided visit of the town mixing Romanesque art with the cathedral and comics world with the painted murals. Explore the exclusive collections in the 3 museums of the town to know more about the 'ninth art’, the paper industry, the paleontological treasures or the arts from Africa and Oceania.
Lunch at Le Saint André restaurant.
Train to Jarnac (30 minutes train ride). Check-in at the Ligaro Hotel to let your luggage and then enjoy the visit by entering the emblematic cellar, chai Renard, a unique experience deep inside Maison Courvoisier history and craftmanship (only 5 min on foot from the hotel).
Dinner at Le Restaurant du Château from Ligaro Hotel in Jarnac.
Night at Ligaro Hotel in Jarnac.
Train from Jarnac to Cognac (10 min). Step by the François 1er birthplace castle for a visit at Baron Otard Cognac house, located inside the chateau. The castle opens its doors to reveal its history and some of the secrets behind the production of its cognacs. At the end of the tour, you will be introduced to the art of tasting in an unusual way: in the dark, blindfolded. Then wander the cobbled streets with your guide to discover the old town.
Lunch at the restaurant La Maison.
Check-in at Hotel Héritage. Discover the vineyard with Irène in a vintage car and get an exclusive meeting with a winemaker.
Dinner at La Belle Époque in Cognac.
Night at Hotel Héritage (same building as the restaurant).
Train departure for Saintes (20 min). In Saintes, take a quiet boat trip on the river Charente and relax aboard an electro-solar boat or discover the prestigious remains of this ancient city with the Gallo-Roman amphitheatre, the jewels of Roman art.
Lunch at La Musardières in Saintes.
Discover the only Cognac house based in Saintes, Grosperrin, a small family estate where you could taste about ten old cognacs in barrels and make the blend that suits you from the tasted batches. Your trip is coming to an end.