Discovering France’s beautiful regions through its canals

At a sedate speed of 8 km/hour, boating on inshore waterways is a different way of exploring the beautiful French countryside. Whatever destination you choose, every stop is a chance to discover something new and every route hides a host of local specialities and curiosities. To ensure you don’t miss anything, the future crew will be given a navigational map of the region, with a detailed profile (stops, villages, revictualling stations, visits, etc.).

France, its heritage, its cuisine and its secrets

Just a few hours from Paris, Anjou is a tranquil destination, ideal for newcomers to boating. Further west, the rivers and canals offer a whole new way to explore Brittany with its many manor houses nestling on the edge of the water, during a revitalizing cruise.
Don’t miss Angers, the fortress of Josselin, the Château des Ducs in Nantes, the marina at La Roche Bernard, Dinan and Rennes.
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The Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a veritable invitation to take a voyage of discovery, in the heart of wine country between Toulouse and Sète. It connects with the Canal du Rhône à Sète, leading to the wide open spaces of the Camargue, with its vast pools, wild lagoons and unique wildlife.
Don’t miss Toulouse, Carcassonne, Béziers, Narbonne and Castelnaudry, the ports of Le Grau du Roi and Sète, the medieval city of Aigues Mortes, the Etang de Thau, Moissac and Cahors.
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Linking Jarnac and Rochefort, the Charente meanders between vineyards, valleys, grasslands and forests, for a complete immersion in nature and culture. Aquitaine and Gascony are of course a gastronomic delight, with their idyllic landscapes home to producers of such delicacies as foie gras, magret and much more. Finally, the Lot provides a wild and spectacular journey along the bottom of dramatic cliffs, for an exceptional experience.
Don’t miss Rochefort, Saintes, Jarnac, Cognac and its vineyards, Angoulême, Agen, Nérac and Condom.
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Take a step back into France’s illustrious history with a trip on the Canal de Bourgogne and the Canal du Nivernais. The verdant forests and waterside vineyards are home to treasures of Roman art and a superb culinary tradition. With its locks, idyllic setting and majestic farms, the Saône is one of France’s most beautiful rivers.
Don’t miss Auxerre, the Briare aqueduct, Dijon, Epinal, Tournus, Auxonne, Dôle, Besançon.

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The vast majority of boat hire companies also offer packages in other countries: Germany, Scotland, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, etc.

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