Boating Holidays in France with Locaboat

Why choose France for your cruising holiday?

France is the world's number one tourist destination. Every year, more than 80 million visitors come to discover our history, heritage, fine food and wine estates, or just to chill out and enjoy the fantastic scenery, leaving everyday life far behind. And the icing on the cake is that France's network of canals and rivers is one of the most extensive inland waterways systems in the world.

But you'll always find a good reason to explore France and its various regions!

Explore France in a self-drive boat

Explore France at your own pace with a self-drive boat from Locaboat. Locaboat has 17 departure points in France, giving you the chance to discover everything the country has to offer. Just choose your favourite region from Brittany, Alsace, Burgundy, South-West France or the Canal du Midi, and let our advisors help you pick your boat using our quotation request form.

You don’t need any previous boating experience when you hire a self-drive boat; all our boats are easy to drive and our on-site staff will give you individual tuition on using your boat, so you’ll set off on your holiday feeling full of confidence.

Carte des régions pour une croisière en France



Canal du Midiboat hire

Hire a boat on Canal du Midi

If you enjoy holidays in the sun, and like the idea of sipping a glass or two of Minervois wine while listening to the sound of crickets chirruping in the background, a cruise on the Canal du Midi is for you.

Top tip: don't forget the sun cream!

Discover Canal du Midi

South-West & Lotboat hire

hire a boat in the south west of France

If beautiful historic towns, towering chalk cliffs and medieval hilltop villages are the stuff of your dreams, head to South-West France or the Lot valley.

Top tip: stock up on local specialities (Armagnac, duck confit etc.)

Discover South-West
Discover Lot Valley

Alsace & Ardennesboat hire

Boat hire in Alsace

How about a boating holiday in Alsace, to see another side of France? This region is packed full of history and has its own unique cuisine. It's also your chance to see a unique feat of engineering, the boat lift: an unforgettable experience for the kids!

Top tip: Take your bikes to explore the villages and countryside

Discover Alsace Ardennes

Burgundy Saoneboat hire

Boat hire in Burgundy, France

For fans of fine dining and French wines, it has to be Burgundy, with all those wine estates and outstanding Michelin guide restaurants! Cruise through the vineyards from village to village for a true gourmet holiday.

Top tip: check the wine estates' tour times; the owners will be glad to show you around!

Discover Burgundy Saone

Burgundy & Loireboat hire

Hire a canal boat in Burgundy

Another region famous for its historic canals, and close to Paris! This charming corner of France is like another world: its Romanesque abbeys, châteaux, castles and fortified houses will take you back in time.

Top tip: none, just enjoy the here and now!

Discover Burgundy Loire

Brittanyboat hire

Hire a boat in Brittany, France

Fill your lungs with sea air, sample first-class seafood and enjoy the balmy climate. If that sounds good, Brittany was made for you! The temperatures here are very mild all year round, and Brittany's lively villages and flower-decked locks are enchanting.

Top tip: Visit the little town of La Gacilly, a real gem!

Discover Brittany


  • Carcassonne, Toulouse, Montpellier, Béziers, Narbonne

    Choose one of our Canal du Midi departure bases to discover Carcassonne, a magnificent medieval town enclosed by fortified walls. Depending on your departure base you could also visit Toulouse, Montpellier, Béziers or Narbonne, and discover their local markets and nightlife. From April to October, life in the South of France is in full swing.

  • France and its wines by canal boat

    Choose one of our Burgundy departure bases to discover some of France's fine wines, such as Santenay, Bouzeron, Rully and Montrachet. For foodies, the Maison Lameloise (three stars) the Ed.Em (one star) and La Côte Saint Jacques (two stars) are just a few examples of the many fine restaurants you can try.

  • The Alsace boat lift

    Start your canal boat holiday from Lutzelbourg in Alsace and discover the Arzviller boat lift. Dating from 1969, this marvel is the only one of its kind, making it possible to cross the Vosges mountains by boat. Alsace is a region with many culinary specialities: bretzels, cervelas, choucroute, Strasbourg sausages, spaetzle and flammekueche, dishes that are rich but delicious.

  • Two bridges to cross by boat

    Starting from our Briare departure base in the Loire or our Agen departure base in South-West France, you'll have the fun of driving your boat across a bridge. This unusual experience is always a high point for our customers.

  • Discover France's exceptional heritage

    Whether you choose the Canal du Midi, Burgundy, Brittany or the Lot, you’ll have the chance to explore medieval villages, some of them fortified, as well as abbeys, châteaux, castles and ancient towns. It’s a real treat to combine the fun of a boating holiday with the pleasures of discovering France and its history!



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