Day 10 – River cruise and the Abbey of Bassac
Today take a trip from Juac St. Simon - once an important riverside port and which holds a rich history of shipbuilding and navigation - down the Charente River on the ‘Renaissance’ – a replica of an 18th Century traditional flat-bottomed boat.
Then, enjoy lunch at the Auberge Grand’Plante followed by a guided visit of the 11th Century Romanesque style Abbey of Bassac.
Day 11 – Free time at your leisure
Day 12 – An excursion to Aix Island
Located at the mouth of the Charente River, Ile d’Aix was fought over constantly between the French and the English during the 13th Century and even became English for 15 years during the Hundred Years War!
Take a train ride along the coast to the ferry which will take you over to Ile d’Aix. Once there, enjoy a picnic lunch before having a guided tour of the island by horse-drawn carriage! Lastly, take some free time to explore at your leisure before getting the ferry back to the mainland.
Day 13 – Evening distillery visit and hog roast
In the early evening, visit a local distillery which produces ‘Pineau des Charentes’ - a regional aperitif mix of fortified wine and cognac eau-de-vie. After a tasting session of this delicious tipple, enjoy an evening hog roast meal at the Auberge de l’Alambic.
Day 14 – Evening meal and quiz
After a final free day to enjoy at your leisure, end your tour with an evening meal and quiz night at the campsite restaurant.
Day 15 – Depart campsite before midday