Spring is the ideal time to cruise. Nature is slowly awakening around you, it’s milder by the day and the crowds are yet to clutter the canals. Embark on a Pénichette® rental (no licence required) and cherish being surrounded by birdsong and trees in bloom. Here are our 5 favourite destinations to perk up your perspective on spring.​

Spring in France offer​

Until February 20, 2024, take advantage of our “spring in France” offer on Pénichette® rentals in these destinations, and benefit from a 25% discount* on your spring cruise of one week or more departing between March 15 and May 31 2024.

* “Spring in France” offer is valid for any firm reservation of at least one week between 02/05/24 and 02/20/24 for a stay in 2024 for a departure between 03/15/24 and on 05/31/24. From the bases of Bram, Argens, Lattes, Scey-sur-Saône, Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune, Saint-Martin-sur-Oust and Saintes only. Offer cannot be combined with our special and permanent offers. Non-retroactive.​

Brittany by bike, plus pancakes in Saint-Martin-sur-Oust

In the heart of the Oust valley, navigate beautifully preserved Breton. Essential for this cruise: rent bikes with your boat. Whether walking the towpath or cutting through the countryside by bike, enjoy tracing the castles, forests, and nature reserves – there will be something for everyone!

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Between the Charente and Cognac: our new base in Saintes

Discover our new base, which opens its doors on 15 April, and discover Saintes, a town steeped in history and meandered by the Charente.

Make a point of stopping in Cognac to discover its liquor in a new light: partake in a mixology workshop offered by the Luciole bar. Create or recreate numerous cocktails with professional bartenders and become a mixologist for an afternoon!

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Catch of the day and off-grid discoveries in Scey-sur-Saône

Fishing fans will find contentment in Scey-sur-Saône where its waters shelter many species of fish (carp, catfish, pike, perch, etc.).

And for those seeking timeless moments far from the beaten track, head to Rupt-sur-Saône, a small picturesque village in the Saône valley. In a word: recharge.

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Burgundy Grands Crus and abundant history in Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune

Cruise through the heart of the Grands Crus vineyards of Burgundy, stopping for tastings that will delight the wine enthusiasts among you.

History buffs might head for Châlon-sur-Saône, renowned for its architectural heritage and for being home to the inventor of photography, Niepce. Join a My City Hunt tour to get under the skin of the city.

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Between land and sea: the Canal du Midi & the Camargue

How can we talk about canals without talking about the Canal du Midi? Unesco World Heritage protected, it is one of the essentials for a first-time Pénichette® cruise. And did you know? Bram, one of our departure bases, is “a circulade”, a circular village typical of Languedoc. The perfect place to explore before embarking on your cruise…

The Camargue promises to steer you through some of Southern France’s most spectacular scenery and wildlife. Our favourite stop: Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone. This small Camargue village has a mooring at the foot of the cathedral and a little train to take you effortlessly to the beach.

discover Our top destinations in France

Whether you’re going on holiday or for a weekend on a licence-free boat, we invite you to discover our top destinations for cruising in France.

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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