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.
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Sunday 2nd September
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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
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
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