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. Enjoy 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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The magical boating regions

Choose your French waterway

River and canal regions of France

Use our guides to the charms and attractions of each of the eight boating holiday or vacation regions.

Self-Drive Hire Boating Regions

Hotel Barge Cruising Regions

We have new and used barges and motor 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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Apartments, houses, watermills, mansions, chateaux, lakes and terrain, by or near, water. Plus live-aboard barges on permanent moorings in Paris and other cities.  Find out more . . .