Peace and contentment on a penichette

> Aujourd’hui en France (15 September 2013)

Like camping holidays or unusual accommodation deep in the country, river tourism has the wind in its sails […] Our rivers and canals are fantastic ways to go exploring. The French are gradually coming to appreciate them, and increasing numbers are opting to rent one of the 1800 boats available  for hire on France’s 8,500 km of navigable waterways. To take the tiller of a penichette boat, that’s every bit as well equipped as a giant motor home, you don’t need a licence. And this way of travelling guarantees a relaxing trip, far from the bustle of the city or crowded seaside resorts. While summer is obviously the ideal season to make the most of this kind of holiday, why not try a weekend break in the early autumn. With the added advantage of cheaper rates during this period. […]


> TGV (September 2013)

With 8,500 km, France has the largest network of navigable waterways open to tourists in Europe. It’s as much a lifestyle as a mode of travel! […]

“It’s like a home away from home, far from the traffic, the city and the noise. And then there’s the relaxed pace of travel, the villages that you get to see from a new perspective, the convivial stopovers, the freedom to tie up at the water’s edge, feeling like you’ve got the world to yourself” […]


On the water, the Haute-Somme is winning over tourists

> Courrier Picard (22 July 2013)

An alternative to driving or walking, a boat trip along the Canal de la Somme is an excellent way to discover the local riches. And river tourism is not short of fans!

Discover the Somme from its canal

> Picardie la Gazette (19/25 July 2013)

This summer, Picardie la Gazette brings you a series of reports from the region’s tourist destinations.  The fourth of these features a trip along the Canal de la Somme. With 120 km of navigable waterway, the Canal de la Somme crosses the département from the Bay of Somme up to Péronne, a real tourist windfall. Somme Tourisme offers Locaboat barges for hire, for long or short stays, the perfect way to explore the canal. Practical info: or +33 (0)386 917 272.

The new travellers are arriving from all corners

> Le Républicain Lorrain (19 July 2013)

River tourism has the wind its sails. Some of its newest converts, who often hail from the other side of the world, devote half the year to their favourite activity […] Saint-Jean-de-Losne? Nobody’s heard of it! Except, apparently, boaters from the world over. Many have made it their main base. A quick glance at the map shows why: in the “smallest commune in France”, the Doubs, the Saône, and also the Burgundy Canal and the Rhône-Rhine Canal all meet at an exceptional crossroads. From here, it’s possible to travel just about anywhere in France…and beyond!  The Australians and New Zealanders seen bobbing along our waterways have got it down to a tee. Their preferred method is to hire a boat in Saint-Jean and spend a few months meandering across Europe […]

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