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Aquitaine Boating Holidays

Aquitaine in south west France and nearby Bordeaux have many historical and gastronomic claims to fame. With scenery ranging from vine covered hillsides to lush woodland and orchards, a boating holiday in Aquitaine offers gourmet cruising in plentiful sunshine.

In this sunny region discover medieval market squares, fortified bastide towns, magnificent chateaux and famous vineyards.

Aquitaine Area Map

Enjoy superb restaurants and some of the finest wines and brandy.

In Aquitaine our four boat bases give many cruising options along the Garonne valley, the newly restored Baise river, or the lower River Lot.

Cruise to Montech to see its amazing boat lift, and reach Montauban an old fortified bastide town on the River Tarn.

Aquitaine - gastronomy and history

See floral Castelsarrasin then Moissac, with its aqueduct, world famous Abbey and cloisters.

The 13th century bastide town of Valance d’Agen has a popular weekly market.

At Agen there is a penichette base, a superb 23-arch Roman Aqueduct and art works by Goya and Sisley.

Further north you may cross the River Garonne with a pilot to explore the lower River Lot and its medieval villages and bastide towns,

Otherwise continue to Buzet on the River Baise, famous for its red wine, and on to our cruiser base at Le Mas d’Agenais.

South on the River Baise, wind your way through 65km of lush countryside into Gascony.

See beautiful Vianne, then Barbaste with its 10 arched Romanesque bridge, and Nerac, capital of the region with its Henry IV chateau ruins. Overlooking the river are shops, cafes and restaurants, making Nerac an ideal overnight stop.

From the quays of Condom casks of Armagnac brandy were shipped to Bordeaux.

See the Abbey of Flaran before reaching the end of your cruise at picturesque fortified Valence-sur-Baise, home to a penichette base.

The waterways of Aquitaine are an enjoyable way to explore the culture and gastronomy of this fascinating region of France.

Area Highlights

Highlights of the Aquitaine Region

  • Magnificent views from ancient hilltop villages
  • Medieval villages with delightful cobbled streets and timbered houses
  • World-famous wines
  • Local markets for foie gras
  • Moissac's famous Abbey and cloisters
Boating Holidays in Aquitaine

Useful Information:

  • Locks are automatic and free to use. Opening hours approx 09:00 - 18:00 depending on season; closed 12:30 - 13:30.

Customer Reviews

We really enjoyed the experience, being allocated a new boat only made it better. Perfect vacation for family with young children as we had all required facilities and space with us while moving through beautiful scenery and visiting lovely villages. Definitely something we recommend to others and will do again ourselves. Although we had a fairly large boat with only my wife and me we were able to move through locks very easily, experience and help from staff was always positive
MK - Le Mas d’Agenais to Montauban in South West France
We had a wonderful week on the boat in Aquitaine - everyone was really friendly and helpful and I can definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of a boating holiday - it's our second time with them (the last time was in The Netherlands) and we would definitely book with them again. Thank you to all the lovely people we met as we meandered through villages and towns along the canal.
JB – Les Mas d’Agenais and back in South West France
We were upgraded to a boat with a flying bridge for which we are grateful, it made everything much easier with only 2 of us on board. We are planning our next trip and would certainly book a boat like this.
GA – Valence sur Baise to Agen in South West France
Trip from Le Mas D'Agenais to Agen was spectacular.  The flight of locks to the canal across the Garronne superb.  We then returned to Le Mas and cruised up to Fontet where we visited the Matchstick Museum.  These are excellent. The viewpoint at Malehan was worth the climb.  Altogether a really lovely holiday
GH - Le Mas d’Agenais to Condom in South West France

Suggested cruises from our bases in Aquitaine

Aquitaine Boating Map

One way cruises are available between bases of the same colour.

View Routes from:

Boat holidays from Buzet sur Baïse

Our base at the meeting point of the serene Canal de Garonne and the wilder Baise River, is in the perfect location to explore the land of King Henry IV and the Musketeer d’Artagnan. Take time to discover bastides and medieval castles and sample delicious local dishes and wines including duck breasts, Armagnac and Buzet wine. Cross the canal bridges at Agen and Moissac and use the engineering feat that is the boat lift at Montech.

Boat Search by Start Base

Start Base: Buzet sur Baise

Please note that hours suggested above are approximate. If you wish to cruise on the River Lot towards Castelmoron you will need to cross the River Garonne under the guidance of a pilot. There is a small charge for this, but it may not be possible during periods of flood or drought.

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Buzet sur Baïse - Fontet - Buzet sur Baïse

Oneway • 4 Days • 98km • 16 Locks • 17 hrs

Buzet sur Baïse - Moncrabeau - Buzet sur Baïse

Oneway • 4 Days • 70km • 28 Locks • 17 hrs

Buzet sur Baïse - Agen - Buzet sur Baïse

Oneway • 3 Days • 56km • 14 Locks • 10 hrs

Buzet sur Baïse - Nerac - Buzet sur Baïse

Oneway • 3 Days • 42km • 14 Locks • 10 hrs

Buzet sur Baïse - Montech - Buzet sur Baïse

Return • 7 Days • 184km • 58 Locks • 38 hrs

Buzet sur Baïse - Valence-sur-Baise - Buzet sur Baïse

Return • 7 Days • 112km • 40 Locks • 28 hrs

Buzet sur Baïse - Valence d'Agen - Buzet sur Baïse

Return • 4 Days • 108km • 20 Locks • 18 hrs