Have you just started thinking about your summer holidays? Don't you know where to go? Do you want to take a break and relax? Why not let yourself be tempted by riverboat holidays? Nowadys, the trend towards "return to authenticity" and "slow tourism" is growing, a riverboat cruise is ideal. And what better way to explore France, Europe's number one riverside tourist destination with almost 8,000 km of waterways? In this article you will find the best destinations for this summer that we have selected for you, so that you can enjoy this original experience. Let us inspire you!
Alsace and its unique cultural mix
Between history, culture and gastronomy, Alsace is one of the most appreciated regions in France. If you opt for canal boat hire in Alsace you can sail on the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, the Canal des Houillères de la Sarre or the Moselle. Alsace has common borders with Germany and Luxembourg and you can navigate beyond French borders, but you need a river permit. Alsace is the ideal destination for you this summer if you are looking for quietness and the region will reserve you beautiful surprises. If you love nature, history, cultural heritage and gastronomy, Alsace is the destination for you: you can discover its lush forests that host various animal species, you can visit castles and cathedrals that bear witness to the history of the region and, of course, you will discover a cuisine rich in diversity and many delicious specialties. Among the attractions of your cruise in Alsace, you cannot miss the historic city of Saverne with its castles and gardens, the lock of Réchicourt with its 16 meters high and 40 meters long, which is the highest lock in France or the city of Arzvillier and its famous boat inclined plane, unique in France. An exceptional destination for riverboat holidays!
Aquitaine, the escape of gourmets
Aquitaine is one of the most visited regions in France! What if you have chosen to hire a houseboat in Aquitaine this summer? Riverboat holidays are the best way to explore this region renowned for its wines and cuisine. On board your boat without a licence, let yourself be tempted by a cruise on the 193-kilometre-long Canal de la Garonne, which, together with the Canal du Midi, forms the "Canal des deux mers". If you are looking for a wilder landscape, navigate on the Baïse river, in the heart of magnificent landscapes, under the vault of thick trees and surrounded by historic villages. Aquitaine is the ideal destination for gourmet lovers. In fact, the Aquitaines are proud of their gastronomy, including foie gras, regional cheeses and cannelés, small pastries. How can you resist if you accompany these specialties with a bottle of Bordeaux? So here are the must-see stops for your cruise in Aquitaine, a magnificent sunny region: the small village of Buzet-sur-Baïze with its double lock and its delicious wine; the bridge over the Agen canal, a 539-metre long work that will offer you a breathtaking view of the city and the Garonne or Montech and its famous water slope, a unique structure in the world!
The Canal du Midi, the most famous canal in France
The Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most popular river destinations at the moment! And like all popular destinations, if you choose to hire a riverboat on the Canal du Midi this summer, you won't be the only ones! In fact, the Canal du Midi is very busy and it is easy to understand why. Considered one of the most beautiful waterways in the world, Canal du Midi can be discovered for a weekend or a week holiday. Surrounded by plane trees and cypresses, you will discover on board your houseboat villages rich in history, restaurants on the water and remarkable works. Do not miss the village of Le Somail, a mythical stop and one of the most beautiful villages crossed by the Canal du Midi; the famous tunnel of Malpas, one of the largest archaeological sites in France and the highlight of the show, the 9 locks of Fonseranes, a masterpiece of technique and art.
Boat holidays, especially riverboat holidays, offer an original experience! Let yourself be inspired by the best destinations we have selected for you this summer and enjoy a unique and relaxing stay. Along the waterway, your summer will be unforgettable!