Simple delights of river tourism in summer

> Le Monde (16 August 2012)

From 400 euros for a weekend, you can hire a boat and travel down the Yonne, taking your time. River tourism is basically about rediscovering the virtues of peace and quiet, and a relaxed pace. It has grown in France in recent years.

If you’re tempted by adventure, bear in mind that you need not be a professional sailor – in fact you need not have sailed before in your life – to get a taste river tourism by hiring a boat for a weekend, a week or perhaps even longer.

Once you’ve parked your car at the marina in Joigny, your adventure can get under way. From that moment, life will take on a more sedate pace. It takes just an hour to learn the ropes on your boat. “Whatever model you choose, whether a 9 metre boat for four people or a 15 metre vessel for eight to twelve people, the handling remains the same” […] You push the accelerator forward and grip the tiller firmly […] Suddenly you feel like a skipper! There are no major difficulties to overcome – the way ahead is wide and straight.

Three kilometres later, the first lock comes into view,  […] you’ll need to tie up, […] an operation that you’ll need to repeat another half dozen times. But once every member of the crew has found his or her place, navigating the locks will be quite straightforward.

Choose your destination and your provider!

Choose your destination and book your boat with a professional boat hire company. They'll ensure your holiday goes smoothly, and will be on hand to advise and assist, whenever you need.