Welcome to the home of waterways tourism. If you’re looking for a canal cruise, France is the obvious destination. Its canals and rivers form a vast network of routes, offering fantastic opportunities for boating holidays.


All different, all offering the chance to discover the charm of our regions.

Think of France and its waterways come to mind: the elegant canals of Burgundy, the sun-drenched Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Brittany’s endless stream of canals and rivers, the picturesque rivers of Alsace and the untamed Camargue. Every region of France deserves its reputation as the natural home of waterways tourism. France is the ideal destination for your first cruise … or your tenth! The only problem you’ll have is choosing from all the amazing routes.

A canal cruise in France means lots of relaxation as your self-drive boat glides slowly along, and plenty of expeditions on dry land too, maybe on a bike along the towpaths and trails – France has lots of these – or a gourmet break or a visit to a major tourist site. The atmosphere of the South, with its colourful markets, the way of life in the South West and its hideaway villages, the Celtic atmosphere of Brittany, with its crepes and buckwheat pancakes, and the wonderful vineyards around historic villages. Everything here is magical and makes you want to come back for more. Visitors return again and again to explore the different areas, because the choice is immense and it’s a chance to recharge your batteries. Slow down, sit back on your Pénichette® and enjoy it all.


If you want a few options for your river or canal cruise, France has something for everyone

Come and explore France’s waterways and discover its secrets in a brand new way. There are six remarkable regions for boating holidays, each offering a variety of routes. If it’s not something you’ve tried before, now could be the time!


France, the natural home of waterways tourism.

A cruise on the inland waterways allows you to really get to know a region – and as soon as you’ve done that, you’ll want to explore another! It’s only natural, when you can cruise on canals and rivers in a country that has so many facilities for waterways tourism and a great tradition for boating holidays. You can cruise in complete safety and enjoy a huge range of experiences.

You could wake up in the early morning on your self-drive boat with a view of a pretty Breton village; moor at a pontoon in the unspoilt natural surroundings of the Canal du Midi; have lunch on the deck of your Pénichette® to the sound of birdsong, against the backdrop of Burgundy’s vineyards. Come and discover this secret side of France: the gourmet dining and colourful traditions, the countryside opening up on all sides as you glide along in your canal boat, or step ashore to explore the surroundings on foot or by bike.


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.

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