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Brandenburg in Germany
13 October 2016

The Brandenburg region is full of surprises. From its history, sport, nature and urban heritage, we’ve picked out a few of the unmissable features of this area, known as the Tuscany of the north.

 

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Brittany from a self-drive canal boat
29 September 2016
Melesse, Locaboat’s new base, is located right in the heart of Brittany beside the Canal d'Ille et Rance. It’s the perfect starting point for exploring the region’s rich cultural heritage. Step aboard your Pénichette® and Brittany is all yours!

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Locaboat Holidays departure base in Brittany
08 September 2016
There’s more to Brittany than pancakes, cider and lace hats! Step aboard your canal barge and explore one of the many faces of the region on your self-drive boat.
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Pink flamingos in Camargue
18 August 2016

Welcome to the Camargue, a vast wetland with many different aspects, a place where bulls, Camargue horses, pink flamingos and other migratory birds all live side by side. On board your hired boat, cruise down the Rhône and explore an area of unique natural heritage.

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Nature in the south west of France
04 August 2016

The area around Marmande is a land of history, a place where you can enjoy the pleasant way of life and a rich and sometimes surprising heritage. As you cruise along the Garonne, moor your deluxe boat and explore the delights of the heart of Aquitaine.

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Chocolats et Chimères tearoom, near the canal bridge in Briare
21 July 2016

Head for the department of Loiret and the Briare base and step aboard your self-drive boat for a gastronomic getaway! The Centre-Val de Loire region offers lots of tasty culinary specialities and rich, delicious wines. Visit Briare and the surrounding area to try out three unmissable restaurants.

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Briare's canal bridge
07 July 2016

Briare, the picturesque home of the ‘Emaux de Briare’ enamel mosaics company, first grew up with the building of the canal linking the Loire with the Seine. It’s the perfect place for anyone who loves nature and unusual architecture. With walks, exploration and cultural attractions, it offers a slice of the good life. Step aboard your self-drive boat and discover the wonderful region around Briare!

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boat rental basin de thau
30 June 2016

There are some real treats waiting for you in the Thau Basin during your holiday in a boat on the Canal du Midi! Between culinary specialities, authentic heritage and culture, your only problem will be deciding what to do first. Here’s our little selection of tips for exploring the region. All aboard your barge and set a course for the Thau lagoon!

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Cruise on the canal du midi from the departure base of argens
23 June 2016

The Argens Minervois base on the Canal du Midi is the starting point for over 1,000 boats every year. Sabine, the base manager, will be there at the Port d’Occitanie to give you a warm welcome and some helpful advice for a holiday filled with heritage sites, gourmet meals and exciting discoveries.

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A man reading on a self-drive boat
19 May 2016

I’ve always admired intrepid travellers who aren’t afraid to brush up against nature in its raw state, virtually untouched by man. The exploits of David Henry Thoreau, Christopher McCandless and Sylvain Tesson have long been a source of fascination for me.

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Fleesensee and Müritz from a canal boat
05 May 2016

The region of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is Germany’s leading tourist destination. Its national parks, lakes and the Baltic Sea make it a favourite region for Berliners and tourists. Set off from Untergöhren and head on your canal boat into a region full of cultural and natural attractions you will discover.

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penichette and windmill in Holland
21 April 2016

Huge fields of tulips, cheese, swing bridges, windmills, green open spaces and picturesque tourist sites... if that’s your idea of a dream holiday, head to Holland for an unusual break that gives you a real flavour of the place!

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Amsterdam on a canal boat
07 April 2016

Ever fancied wearing orange (without going over the top, of course) and partying all day long? Ever fancied frolicking in a field full of hundreds of tulips in all colours of the rainbow plus a few more? Ever fancied listening to music in a sun-drenched park? Well then, let’s head for Holland by boat, featuring Amsterdam and its springtime festivities! 

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Saint Cirq Lapopie
24 March 2016

Situated in the Lot, the Cahors base is above all a family affair. Love of the region - and helping people to discover it - lies at the heart of this family business, which has specialised in boating for 3 generations.   It is now managed by Sylvain and his sister Alice, who recently took over from their father Jean-Jacques.

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Boat cruising on a lake
10 March 2016
March is here, and that’s the cue for Locaboat’s departure bases to reopen. It’s time to start going for barge holidays again, to feast your eyes on the countryside in France and further afield.
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Cruising in Venice
18 February 2016

You’ve chosen Italy for your boating holiday in a Pénichette® -- good choice! You can look forward to la dolce vita and plenty of linguine alle vongole and tiramisù. But there are a few safety rules that you need to follow in Italy, where boating can be different from what happens in other countries.

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Italy
04 February 2016

It’s just like back in 1994, when Lilicub sang about travelling in Italy (in French)! We’re off on a trip, just the two of us, cruising along on our barge, strolling along the paths: it’s going to be great! There’ll be stars in the sky or the sun will be shining. We’re getting away from it all, cruising through Italy, exploring Chioggia. Every minute of the day bringing something new!

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Joigny, discovering nature
28 January 2016
The Joigny area is ideal for nature lovers. With its forest, vineyards and river, Joigny has a fascinating story to tell all year round. Joigny is a colourful town with its ochre, redbrick or white stone half-timbered houses, set against the green of its woodland and the ever-changing river; you can’t help but love its riot of colours. If you set off from the Joigny base on your barge cruise in Burgundy, there’s a wide range of activities to choose from.

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2 friends onboard a linssen boat
07 January 2016

During the long summer days, if you're in town, the heat can soon get overpowering. The air is oppressive, the Underground turns into an oven and there are so many nasty smells wafting around that sitting outside on a café terrace just isn't enough to make up for the heat and discomfort. That's when you realise there's nothing else for it: you have to head for the open country, roam in the meadows, get on your bike, and leave the city behind. Once you've made up your mind to get away, you have to decide how to do it. Why not get together with a group of friends, escape to the canal and cruise along like a happy crew of sailors? After a bit of research on the web, I chose Locaboat because of its clear website, friendly advisers and elegant boats. As for our destination, I've never been a particular fan of crowded places. What I go for is nature, peace and quiet, getting back to the simple life; so I didn't hesitate to choose Burgundy, or to be more precise, Corbigny.