Symbols and mystery, history and culture, art and tradition… Boating holidays on one of our legendary routes mean a cruise through history, discovering local stories on the way.


Transform your waterways cruise into a remarkable journey

Each cruise offers its own brand of surprises and unexpected discoveries, but some legendary routes offer a succession of locations that get more and more extraordinary the further you go. Here are three good reasons why it’s even better to explore these places from the water… First and most obviously, some of the best experiences on our most beautiful routes can only be enjoyed on a boat, and some monuments can only be accessed from the water, which is why they’re hidden treasures. Secondly, there’s no better way to learn about an iconic site than by exploring its origins, and the rivers and canals have shaped the history of the great waterways regions. Finally, an ideal way to enjoy the most legendary discoveries is on board one of our classic self-drive boats. Step back in time and cruise into a peaceful, bucolic world aboard a charming Pénichette®.


Our selection of the most legendary routes

Our top three journeys for history and culture, where you can discover the secrets of these regions and bring back unforgettable memories.


Discover the most legendary treasures of the waterways on a self-drive boat

Of the 200-plus cruises available across Europe, some offer an amazing number of must-see attractions. Are history and ruins your thing? Do you like discovering something different? Do you want to get back to nature and combine visiting attractions with enjoying the lush landscapes? Locaboat has the cruise you’re looking for. Choose the prestige option of the Canal du Midi, a UNESCO’s World Heritage site, where every section is sheer pleasure. If you want something to take your breath away, visit Carcassonne and climb to the top of its citadel.

The Lot Valley is seductive, with its rolling green contours and a succession of ever more remarkable sites. Boating holidays take on a fairy-tale atmosphere under the ancient cliff-top villages such as Saint-Cirq-Lapopie with its 13 historic monuments. Finally, discover Alsace by Pénichette®… This region combines natural sites with medieval monuments and captivating local culture… not to mention the unmissable ascent by boat lift at Saint-Louis Arzviller, the only one of its kind in Europe. Whatever you choose, now’s the time to head off on a legendary journey by self-drive boat.

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

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Cruise during the Indian summer and enjoy 20% off on the brochure price for all departure bases on late season 2021.

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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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