Burgundy and the Loire, two of the best loved and most beautiful regions of France, offer some of the most attractive cruising to be found anywhere in the world. Add to this their reputation for fine wines, Chablis and Sancerre, and gastronomy, and you have the perfect ingredients for a most memorable holiday.
With one of Western Europe’s best-preserved natural environments, the East has a stunning mixture of forested hills, meandering waterways, natural and manmade history. The cuisine of the region is equally diverse ranging from rustic simplicity to refined splendour. The combination of fresh air and fine cooking makes it a region hard to resist.
THE SOUTH REGION
The Canal du Midi, the most famous canal in the world, is a UNESCO world heritage site – a tribute to its historical and natural beauty. Linking the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, it runs though beautiful hills in the shadow of the Pyrenees and is surrounded by the greatest density of vineyards in the world. The South West is steeped in the medieval history of France and England – a must for lovers of history, fine wines and food.
THE WEST REGION
The West of France provides arguably some of the most attractive river cruising anywhere in Europe. These waterways are isolated from the rest of France and it is this isolation that has allowed them to keep their distinct individual nature. Brittany, Anjou and Charente each boast a unique beauty and regional identity.
If you’ve never holidayed on a boat, yacht, barge or cruiser before, you’re in for a great surprise in France. Whether you choose a luxury cruiser, holiday yacht, or a traditional narrow boat, you’ll find that your holiday accommodation represents a real holiday home from home.
We offer all round quality you deserve in France. Your enjoyment is going to be influenced by more than just the inside of your quality holiday vessel. We have looked beyond the interiors.
Rest assured that whatever type of boat accommodation you choose, you’re going to have all the comforts you’d expect – and maybe a bit more. We hope you enjoy your stay and remember to visit our site again to book your relaxing Boating Holidays in France.
Loire / Nivernais – France
Cruise in the heart of France along a network of waterways that will take you through a region rich in history and culture. You’ll glide through a landscape alive with cultivated valleys, lush grazing pastures and sloping vineyards, with plenty of time to sample the great wines that make the region so famous.
Loire / Nivernais – France
Cruising through this breathtaking landscape, there is a wealth of places to moor and savour superb cuisine on what is acclaimed as one of the prettiest routes through the heartland of France. The Nivernais winds peacefully between Auxerre, and Decize, and is one of the most charming and spectacular canals in France. Its overgrown banks are populated with towns depicting picture postcard scenery and unspoilt countryside. Spend some time in Sens where you can visit St Stephens cathedral and glasshouses of tropical plants, or cruise to the renowned cliffs of Saussois, a feast for the eyes and the soul.
From Briare in the north to Digoin in the south, the canal Lateral a la Loire follows the route of the river Loire. Glide along beside the soft rolling landscapes as you take in the magnificent view of vineyard covered hilltops. A visit to the summit of Sancerre is a must, where you can sample the wines in the surrounding cellars. Cruise down to Digion, well known for its potteries, where you will drift into the winding waters of the canal du Centre and the canal de Roanne.
Try some of the region’s specialities – perhaps Boeuf Bourguignon and a glass or two a robust Nuits-St-Georges, or maybe a chilled Chablis and salmon marinated with hazlenut-scented Burgundy truffles.
Connoisseur bases in Loire / Nivernais: Chatel Censoir, Chatillon Sur Loire, Gannay, Migennes
Nowhere else in Europe could provide a more breathtakingly diverse or a richer cruising experience than river cruising in France. Thousands of miles of canals and great networks of beautiful rivers combine to link the many and exceptionally varied regions of the country, taking you past sand dunes and glaciers, cliff-lined canyons, sandy beaches, vineyards, forests and farmland.
Canal cruising in France provides you with an enormous choice of holiday areas – each one perfect for gentle cruising and al fresco dining to try the local wines, cheeses and regional specialities.
In the West, discover the rugged beauty of boating in Brittany via the rivers Vilaine and Oust and the Canal de Nantes a Brest, where amongst the picturesque villages and granite castles that border the waterways you will discover villages alive with folklore, festival and tradition.
In the East, cruising the canals of Alsace Lorraine will take you past beautiful medieval fortified towns and through the splendour of the Black Forest and the Vosges mountains.
In the South, the great Canal du Midi links Toulouse to Agde, winding its way through ancient and modern cities perfect for a spot of culture-shopping. Boat charter on the Canal du Rhone a Sete and the Canal de la Robine opens up the magic of the Camargue with its pink flamingos and wild horses and the many fishing ports en route – perfect for sampling a few oysters and a glass of Muscat de Frontignan or Picpoul.
Last, but definitely not least, boating holidays on the canals of Nivernais, Loire and Bourgogne take you to the heartland of France and here your dreams of a perfect cruise combined with superb food and wine can be realised on the waterways of Burgundy – a region where the art of enjoying the good things in life has been mastered to perfection.
Cruising in France
Boating Holidays France
If you are considering a boating holiday or more especially a canal boating holiday, then a boating holiday in France should be at the top of your list.
On a French boating holiday you can cruise through some of the most varied countryside in Europe. Each region offers its own special landscapes, history and local cuisine.
A French boating holiday is the only way to really experience the variety of France. Travel at that leisurely pace that enables you to fully appreciate the beautiful French countryside and architecture.
The choice for your boating holiday in France is wide-ranging. In north westFrance there is Anjou and Brittany, land of cider, crepes and gallettes. In the east of France there are the canals and rivers of Alsace and Lorraine. This is an area of rolling hills and forests, French beers and crisp white wines. Central France is Burgundy country, with a many local wines to complement the variery of local dishes. The cruising areas here offer many interesting and historical towns if you fancy an afternoon stroll. In the south of France lies the fabulous Carmargue, with a huge variety of wildlife, including flamingoes and capybaras – the world’s largest rodent. Also here is the Canal du Midi which runs from the Mediterannean to the Atlantic. It is the oldest artificial waterway in Europe and is now a World Heritage site
A French boating holiday enables you to travel leisurely though beautiful countryside, visiting fascinating towns and villages, eating wonderul foos in the local restaurants or dining al fresco on board as the mood takes you. Add to that the wonderful selection of local wines and you have that ideal holiday – a boating holiday in France.