From Cahors

Barge and boat hire on the River Lot

Departing from our base in Cahors, you’ll cruise through the heart of one of the most fascinating and wild regions of France. Cliffs and cirques, caves and dolmens are waiting beside the green waters

Boat hire on the river Lot in a few words…

Setting off from the base in Cahors you will encounter a series of extraordinary sites and the lush green meanders of the Lot, along 64 km of river, and pure enjoyment! Cahors, a thousand-year-old city, with many attractions to explore: its historic centre where medieval monuments and neo-classical buildings sit side by side, the famous Valentré bridge, restored in 1880 and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1998, its protective city wall or Saint-Etienne Cathedral. On the Lot, you will be cruising into the heart of one of the most fascinating and wild regions of France. While travelling along the peaceful waterways, you will come face to face with cliffs and cirques, caves and dolmens, and fall for the charms of the locks that you have to operate yourself, rediscovering the actions and atmosphere of a past era. The timeless old villages of the Quercy, the alleyways, the mossy red roofs, St-Cirq-Lapopie like an “impossible rose in the night” as André Breton saw it, simply add to the charm of this lovely cruise.

The
highlights of Cahors

  • The ‘golden triangle’ for truffles: the tuber melanosporum has a strong and characteristic flavour
  • Listed villages perched on cliffs. A fairytale location.

our routes departing from Cahors

The routes shown are only suggestions; don’t forget that you can stop wherever you like on your cruise.

Amid cliffs and citadels

Waterway Lot
Itinerary CahorsPont ValentréLuzechVersSaint Cirq LapopieLarganolCahors

Waterway

Lot

Itinerary

Cahors...Cahors
Duration of stay
1 week
Navigation time
4h30 / day
Distance traveled
150 km return trip
Number of locks
34
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Cahors

Pont Valentré

The 14th century Pont Valentré has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. Viewed from your self-drive boat, it's a breathtaking sight: a superb feat of bridge-building, with three towers and six arches.

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Luzech

In the heart of the Cahors vineyards, Luzech is a small town where you'll find châteaux and religious buildings. If you're lucky enough to cruise here in September, don’t miss the Luzech festival, which has been famous in the region for many years.

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Vers

Saint Cirq Lapopie

Medieval Saint-Cirq Lapopie, with its 13 historic monuments, has been listed as one of The Most Beautiful Villages of France. Perched on a cliff, 100 metres above the River Lot, it's also known for its saffron and makes a lovely stop on any cruise.

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Cahors

History along the waterside

Waterway Lot
Itinerary CahorsVersSaint GuérySaint Cirq LapopieCahors

Waterway

Lot

Itinerary

Cahors...Cahors
Duration of stay
Mini-week
Navigation time
4h30 / day
Distance traveled
66 km return trip
Number of locks
22
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Cahors

village
Vers

nature
Saint Guéry

Saint Cirq Lapopie

Medieval Saint-Cirq Lapopie, with its 13 historic monuments, has been listed as one of The Most Beautiful Villages of France. Perched on a cliff, 100 metres above the River Lot, it's also known for its saffron and makes a lovely stop on any cruise.

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Cahors

To the pleasure of the winemakers

Waterway Lot
Itinerary CahorsPont ValentréMercuèsDouelleLuzechCahors

Waterway

Lot

Itinerary

Cahors...Cahors
Duration of stay
Week-end
Navigation time
3h30 / day
Distance traveled
56 km return trip
Number of locks
6
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Cahors

Pont Valentré

The 14th century Pont Valentré has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. Viewed from your self-drive boat, it's a breathtaking sight: a superb feat of bridge-building, with three towers and six arches.

Mercuès

On your boating holidays on the river Lot, explore the seven-centuries-old Château de Mercuès, which now houses a magnificent Relais & Châteaux hotel. If you're a fan of gourmet dining, the château also has a Michelin-starred restaurant.

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Douelle

village
Luzech

In the heart of the Cahors vineyards, Luzech is a small town where you'll find châteaux and religious buildings. If you're lucky enough to cruise here in September, don’t miss the Luzech festival, which has been famous in the region for many years.

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Cahors

If you want to book this cruise
Browse online the availabilities

our boats available

Departing from our Cahors base, we can offer the range of canal boats shown below. To see the full range of cruises available, please see our self-drive boat pages or contact our team who can help you to choose.

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Your departure
base Cahors

BABOU MARINE (partenaire)

Chemin de Saint-Mary,
46000 – Cahors
FRANCE

If you have already booked your cruise and you want to reach your departure base:

+ 33 (0) 5 65 30 08 99

babou.marine@wanadoo.fr

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