The French canals and rivers travel scenic countryside and ancient towns, with each area having its own particular culture, history and architecture. To help you choose your French self-drive boat holiday here is an outline of France boat hire areas:
South of France
The Canal du Midi is a World Heritage Site, an amazing 17th century feat of engineering. Now it gives relaxed cruising in the south of France sunshine - a perfect holiday for experienced or first-time cruisers - as cultural, gastronomic or leisurely as you please. See Midi Boating Holidays
The Camargue is famous for its pink flamingos, cowboys on white horses, black bulls, colourful festivals, ancient ports and modern beach resorts. Enjoy sunshine late in the year, and with miles of lock-free cruising the Camargue offers an easy holiday afloat. See Camargue Boating Holidays
Eastern Burgundy offers boat hire with picturesque cruising, fine wines and gourmet cuisine in a landscape rich with natural beauty - pine forests, waterfalls and mountain scenery sit alongside rolling pastures, meadows of flowers and fields of wheat.
See Burgundy East Boating Holidays
Western Burgundy has splendid chateaux, peaceful landscapes and pretty canals - some of the most beautiful and varied cruising areas of France - easy to reach by car or train from Paris.
See Burgundy West Boating Holidays
South West France
Aquitaine has ancient Bastide towns, medieval market squares and magnificent chateau in a picture postcard scenic landscape in south west France.
See Aquitaine Boating Holidays
The unspoilt River Charente gives peaceful cruising in cognac country. Travel inland or towards the sea - with manual locks for the energetic! See Charente Boating Holidays
The upper section of the River Lot offers cruises on rivers through wide valleys and steep gorges. See Lot Boating Holidays
Alsace on the borders of France and Germany offers magnificent scenery, gourmet restaurants and interesting routes. The famous Arzviller boat lift raises boats 45m in 20 minutes!
See Alsace Boating Holidays
The Ardennes region allows a cruise into Belgium through wooded forests and unspoilt countryside in north eastern France. See Ardennes Boating Holidays
Brittany offers picturesque cruising under warm, sunny skies. Its unique culture, medieval towns and romantic castles make for a perfect holiday easily accessible from Channel ports.
See Brittany Boating Holidays
We also offer canal boat hire in Picardy from our base near Amiens for cruises along the River Somme to its estuary and waterbirds. See Picardy Boating Holidays
Anjou, between the Loire Valley and Brittany, is famous for its wine, scenic villages, chateaux and cuisine, and the nearby Le Mans 24 Hours. See Anjou Boating Holidays
Bicycles can be hired from all boat bases, subject to availability. Taken onboard, they are useful for countryside excursions, towpath exercise, to go shopping in the villages, or perhaps to a nearby restaurant. Moorings are usually free, and in most areas locks are electrically operated with lock-keepers to help you.
Whatever French canal or river holiday area you choose, there will be new pleasures and experiences enjoyed in warm sunshine.