Cruising French Waterways, Rivers and Canals

France has 8,000km (5,000 miles) of navigable inland waterways – you can travel by boat across this large country from north to south; and east to west, using canals and rivers of great variety, size and scenic beauty. Whether you’re interested in renting a self-drive hire boat, chartering a luxury hotel barge, or planning a scenic riverboat cruise holiday or vacation (or even a voyage on your own motor yacht through the canals to the deep blue Mediterranean, living aboard in one of the world’s most civilised countries)  on the French Waterways there is limitless potential for fascination, safe exploration, huge enjoyment, warm friendship – and life-long memories.

This website is uniquely founded on more than ten years of extensive practical experience throughout the French river and canal network. We hope that you’ll find it clear, comprehensive, informative and inspirational.    Welcome!

We feature a comprehensive array of self-skippered (bareboat) hire boats from France’s leading fleets – Le Boat and Nicols. Find out about enjoying a perfect holiday or vacation aboard your own ‘floating home from home’.

Luxury cruising on the French waterways – beautiful landscapes, wonderful wining and dining, fascinating excursions, romantic evenings and good friends.
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There is delight, fascination and relaxation around every twist and turn of the 8,000km (5,000 miles) network of canals and rivers in France. A spider’s web of waterways that reaches nearly every rich and unique French region.
So which one to chose? Historic Lorraine or Mediterranean Midi? Brittany’s Celtic secrets or Burgundy’s vineyards?
Use our guides to the charms and attractions of each of the eight boating holiday or vacation regions to help you make that decision.

We have boats being sold by private owners and also ex-hire boats from France’s two major self-drive fleets – Nicols and Le Boat.
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