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Locaboat Holidays

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"Geoff and I just want to say how much we "Loved!!" our canal cruise. It was very busy and really quite demanding physically but we still had the best time and it was one of the highlights of our trip. At first we were a little taken back by the size of our upgrade - it was quite a large boat for two people and getting used to negotiating the locks took some practice - however speaking to others who had hired the little penichette - the comfort level was definitely a bonus, as were the bow thrusters and upstairs steering. We would recommend this cruise over and over again, but older customers should be aware of the physical demands particularly travelling from Argens to Negra - the locks are constant - there is barely enough time to make a cup of tea during the day - so the hour the lock keepers have off for lunch is a great time for us to have lunch too - with the mandatory glass of wine of course. Thanks once again for all your help booking this cruise". Wendy and Geoff.

from 2 to 12 passengers

Cruising along the picturesque canals and rivers of France is a unique opportunity to discover the magnificent French waterways. Hiring a self-drive canal boat for a week or more is possible in most French regions and in Holland, Germany Ireland and Italy. Along your cruise, you will pass by villages, castles, wine cellars and remarkable historical French sites. Accommodating 2 to 12 guests, you will have no problem to select the right boat for your party. Welcome aboard.

2017 & 2018 special offers

7 good reasons to take
a locaboat holiday

Order our new brochure and discover 7 good reasons to hire a canal boat with us. Travel to the most beautiful destinations in France aboard the best boats on the canals. A price list and a calendar are included in the brochure to assist planning your next holiday in France. The 2017 brochure is also available on line.

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beautiful regions

The most famous cruising areas in France are Burgundy and the Canal du Midi but there are many rivers and canals worth a visit in other regions. Cruising Champagne Alsace offers very scenic itineraries. In rural Brittany, you will be surprised by the peaceful surroundings and beautiful villages. South of Bordeaux in the Dordogne area, a cruise is possible from Cahors on the river Lot or from Agen on the river Baise, often considered as the most scenic waterway in France.

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tick it off your bucket list

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Independent walking tours to visit the most beautiful region in France.
Self-drive itineraries to discover French hidden treasures at your own pace.
Cruise along canals and rivers of France at helm of your own private Canal boat.
Relax on the deck on one of our hotel barges, enjoying gourmet cuisine, fine wines.

4 exclusive tours to add to your bucket list
A Day in Champagne. 100% customised to your expectations.
Provence Hideaway. Staying in the village of Tavel, away from the main attractions.
Medieval Carcassonne for discerning travellers
Classic car rally through French villages from Paris to Cannes - 7 to 14 May 2017