Boating holidays on the River Lot offer the promise of new experiences, new pleasures and the joy of getting away from it all. The waterways in this region will lead you into hidden areas of the Lot valley that you never knew existed.

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A cruise through the Lot is like sailing through a canyon

The ideal way to explore the landscapes of the Lot Valley is from your self-drive boat, looking out over the winding stream. The subtle shades and cliffs reflected in the water create an amazing spectacle that makes you feel very small in the face of nature’s immensity. Then, as you cruise towards the canals, your journey will take you back through the ages as you pass through picturesque villages, from Quercy to the medieval village of Saint-Cirq Lapopie. As you follow the trail of historic heritage, you’ll come to Cahors, a Town of Art and History, famous for the ValentrĂ© bridge, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The town is also famous for its wine and of course its truffles – a treat for any foodie. This is a gourmet’s paradise, but it’s also heaven for nature lovers and anyone keen on history, not to mention sporty types: there’s a range of activities on offer, from walking and gentle bike rides to kayaking and – of course – rock-climbing. Because when you’ve seen the Lot Valley from your canal boat and fallen in love with its imposing limestone cliffs, you’re going to want to climb them
aren’t you?

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Cruising from the Cahors base, you plunge straight into the Lot Valley.

Cahors is a picturesque and fascinating town with medieval and neo-classical influences and several interesting sites in its centre. But it’s also an ideal departure point for your boating holidays on the wild and lovely River Lot.

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There are five items on your to-do list
between Luzech and Larnagol

The Lot Valley is regarded as being one of France’s most unspoilt regions, and boating holidays on the River Lot offer some unique experiences. Here are five suggestions. To add an extra touch of authenticity, the locks are manual here, so are best left to your most energetic crew members!

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Rent a boat in the Lot Valley, for a fascinating cruise through the wilderness

As you glide along the River Lot on your boating holidays, you’ll pass a succession of limestone cliffs and tracts of farmland in a landscape that’s always surprising. The water is green, the locks are manual and the castles overlooking the river are ancient. A cruise here is really something special. The cultural heritage, marked by medieval history, makes this waterways region even more magical. The green waters of the river reflect unspoilt natural features such as coves, dolmens and caves. It’s the contrast between the peaceful winding river and the imposing cliffs that make this cruise so different. And we haven’t even mentioned the delicious food and wine: the vin noir (dark wine) that goes back to the middle ages, truffles – the Lot’s black gold – and foie gras flavoured with truffles, which you can sample in one of the typical red-roofed taverns. Foodies and anyone who enjoys trying local specialities will love the Lot Valley. On board your no-license boat you can cover up to 64 kilometres of the river from Luzech to Larnagol. And when it comes to locks, you’re in at the deep end: you’ll have to manage them on your own. It’s a great way to discover what life was like in days gone by.

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