Discover France’s finest vineyards and sample the wines they produce: enjoy a holiday on a self-drive boat following a trail through some of France’s most famous and picturesque wine regions.

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Boating holidays that mix wine and water

Wake up your taste buds and go on a journey through a thousand flavours! Whether you’re a connoisseur or just interested in wine, a self-drive boat is a practical and pleasant way to get to the vineyards. Follow a wine trail in a Pénichette® through the wine-growing landscapes and learn about the techniques used in wine making. Take time to admire the regular geometry of the rows of vines that stretch as far as the eye can see and produce some of the finest wines you’ll ever taste. Also on the itinerary are stop-offs at wine estates to meet the growers. It’s easy to moor your boat near some of the most highly-regarded vineyards, where you can treat your palate by discovering new wines or just indulge in your favourite tipple. A wine tour by boat also makes it easier to discover new wine producers, names that may be less well-known but whose wines have just as much character as the most famous labels.

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Culture & gourmet treats compromise is not on the menu

Relaxing journeys through the finest vineyards with stop-offs for wine tasting: our top 4 cruises for food and wine lovers

Wine tours by boat: between vineyard and wine tastings

Each region has its own cuisine and local wines that complement it. Following a wine trail by self-drive boat is an original way to discover the local flavours and comes with the freedom to stop whenever you want. You can explore the Canal du Midi and nearby UNESCO World Heritage sites while stopping off for visits to the region’s most famous vineyards… a recipe for success! Certain routes, such as those in Burgundy, are also perfect for immersing yourself in history. Burgundy has the largest network of canals and rivers in France. A cruise through the region will take in cultural highlights and prestigious wines.

Visit the Château de Rully via the Canal du Centre and enjoy the authentic flavours. Or set off from Santenay and travel from village to village, discovering the powerful wines in the Burgundy subregion of Côte Châlonnaise. To the north, you could rent a boat on the Canal de Bourgogne to admire the elegant Renaissance-era Château de Tanlay before tasting a glass of Tonnerrois in a wine cellar close to the vineyard. Wine trails by boat offer calm and soothing surroundings that complement the spectacular wines on offer.

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Our current Offers

Last minute departures 2021

Travel at the last minute with our special one week offers in France and Europe. First in, first served!

Last Minute up to -50 %
on a selection of last-minute trips in 2021

France Offer

Explore France by barge and benefit from a 15% discount on the catalogue price for all departure bases in France for the season 2021.

Expires on 15/08/2021 -15 %
on all departures in France in 2021

Netherlands Offer

Cruise the land of Tulips and Windmills and benefit from a 20% discount on the catalogue price for all departure bases in the Netherlands for the season 2021.

Expires on 15/09/2021 -20 %
on all departures in the Netherlands in 2021

Weekends and short breaks 2021

Take the pressure off during a short stay with our special offers between 3 and 4 days!

Last Minute up to -25 %
for a selection of departures

Early Booking 2022

Book during the Early Booking period and enjoy a 10% discount on all season 2022 departures! Cumulative with our other permanent discounts up to a maximum of 25% off.

Expires on 30/11/2021 -10 %
for a departure in 2022
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Why choose Locaboat?

Locaboat Holidays has been the industry specialist for boating holidays and waterways cruises since 1977. Inventor of the Pénichette®, Locaboat is as famous for the friendliness and quality of its customer service as for the comfort and easy handling of its boats. When you rent a boat from Locaboat, you’ll benefit from the advice of local experts who are passionate about boating and will do their utmost to make sure you enjoy a wonderful holiday.

More than 200 routes throughout Europe

1.4 million customers since 1977

97% of our customers would recommend us

More than 40 years of expertise to draw on

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