Re-Discovering Poitou-Charentes: Atlantic Coast and Cognac Country

This Sunday, Magellan PR is heading back to gorgeous Poitou-Charentes with a group of talented travel bloggers. This is the official itinerary but if you want to follow our adventures, please see the twitter hashtag #InCognac.  

We will also be posting on Facebook and Google+.

Here is just a little tempting treat of what our intrepid reporter – Sue Lowry of Magellan Straits – and the group have in store … 

Saturday 1st September 

Overnight at London Bridge Hotel.

TW:  @LondBridgeHotel FB: /londonbridgehotel

Sunday 2nd September            

Departure from London St. Pancras International by Eurostar  and TGV to Poitiers.

TW:  @RailEuropeUK FB:  / RailEuropeUK

Dinner at Le Bistrot du Boucher

Overnight at Hotel Mercure in the Poitiers Centre: the hotel is a former chapel which opened this June.

Monday 3rd September

Departure from Poitiers – Drive from Poitiers to Angoulême – It is the capital of the Charente department in the region of Poitou-Charentes. Based on a plateau overlooking a tributary of the Charente River, the city is nicknamed the “balcony of the southwest”

Guided tour of Angoulême

Lunch in Angoulême

Canoe on the River Touvre

Dinner at Les Jardins des Arceaux

Overnight at the Moulin Neuf

Tuesday 4th September

Visit to the Comic Strip Museum

Drive to Jarnac– the town lies in  Charente department. It lines the banks of the Charente River which runs through the town and unlike the UK this summer has a good deal of sunshine (it is said second only to the French Riviera). Meanwhile the surrounding countryside is filled with villages, farms and churches, not to mention Cognac vineyards. The area has a rich historical past and is well worth exploring.

Visit to the House of Cognac Courvoisier

PM arrival in Cognac – the last time Sue toured these parts she picked up a taste for Poitou-Charentes’ local drink the Pineau – I would think that with all this Cognac tasting, she will become quite an expert on that too. Lets hope she is not too well pickled when she comes back 🙂

Aperitif – Cognac cocktails at Hotel François

Dinner at L’atelier des Quais

Overnight at Quai des Pontis

Wednesday 5th September

Departure from Cognac

Tour of Rochefort and the Arsenal

Lunch – Place Colbert

Visit The Hermione,  the vessel on which La Fayette left Rochefort in 1780, to join the American insurgents during the AmericanWar of Independence.

Departure to Fouras to take the boat to the Island of Aix – in 1815 Napoleon also spent his last days in France on Ile d’Aix, after the defeat at Waterloo, in an attempt to force a Royal Navy blockade to escape to the United States. Realising the impossibility to accomplish this plan, he wrote a letter to the British regent and finally surrendered to HMS Bellerophon, which took him to Plymouth before transferring him to Saint Helena.

Boat tour of Aix island (a 20-minute trip)

Bicycles available at the hotel to discover the island – the best way to discover this small island!


Overnight at Aix, Hôtel Napoléon

Thursday 6th September  

Use of the bike to tour the island and visit the museums: African Museum, Napoleon Museum and the Nacre pearl Museum


Boat to return to the continent!


Overnight at the Grand Hotel

Friday 7th September

Depart Poitiers for London St. Pancras International

Poitou-Charentes is a client of Magellan PR follow them on Twitter – @VisitPCharentes and on Facebook//PoitouCharentesAtlanticCoastCognacCountry.

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About magellanstraits

Magellan Straits showcases the observations & musings from Magellan PR, a boutique travel & lifestyle agency founded in 1998. We post items that are of interest from the clients we promote and from the travels and experiences that we independently undertake.
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3 Responses to Re-Discovering Poitou-Charentes: Atlantic Coast and Cognac Country

  1. Kathryn says:

    Sounds fantastic! Have a great time.

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