Hire Boat: Le Boat Horizon 2S (4+1 – 11.5m)

Top class stylish cruising in ultra-modern comfort

A perfect boat for two couples or a small family with plenty of space inside and out, the Horizon 2S has two cabins with ensuite bathrooms.

With a roomy, light and comfortable interior, this boat also has generous headroom throughout and large sliding glass doors to the outside seating area at the rear.

A second steering position on the upper shaded sundeck makes the Horizon an excellent 5* boat for relaxing and viewing the passing scenery in five wonderful waterway regions of France.

At A Glance

Key Features:

Inside:

      • 2 x double or twin cabins
      • 2 x ensuite bathrooms with basin, electric flush toilets and showers
      • Master bathroom has separate shower cubicle
      • Large saloon has convertible sofa for a fifth person
      • USB ports in both cabins
      • Individually controlled air-cooling
      • Fully equipped galley with oven, hob, large electric refrigerator, microwave and high-quality equipment and utensils

Outside:

      • Sundeck with sunbathing area, table, sink, ambient lights, BBQ hotplate and deck shower
      • Large removable bimini-style sunshade
      • 2 steering positions, inside and outside
      • Bow thruster for easier handling
      • Easy access to all sides of the boat.
      • Aft cockpit with settees and safety door for children
      • MP3 entertainment system with waterproof speakers

About canal boat rental holidays and vacations

Self drive hire boats are easy to operate and clients are always given thorough hands-on instruction before setting out – including about dealing with the locks that punctuate French inland ‘voyages’, that are straightforward to become familiar with, and that actually provide lots of interest for the boating holiday or vacation. Steering positions are located either inside the hire boat or outside (in the sunshine) on an aft (rear) deck or on the boat’s roof. Controls are simple – a steering wheel for direction and a throttle linked to an automatic gearbox. Push the lever to go forward, pull back to go into reverse and slow down. Some boats have bow-thrusters to push the boat sideways and help change direction at slow speeds.

On a boating holiday or vacation on the rivers and canals of France it is possible to stop – to moor up – almost anywhere. Against the river or canal bank in the middle of some gloriously peaceful scenic countryside, or to a quayside or pontoon in the middle of a picturesque historic village. Not only does every day bring fresh scenes, fresh pleasures, but also almost every turn of the waterway does the same.

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Le Boat Horizon 2S (4+1 – 11.5m) regions - North Burgundy-Nivernais | South Burgundy-Saone | Camargue-Mediterranean | Midi-Languedoc | Aquitaine-Gascony



Hire Boating – The Saone and Franche-Comté

map saone doubs► Self-drive boats available in South Burgundy-France Comté
Hire Fleets and Bases
 Locaboat/Linssen: Besancon and Scey s/Saone
 Nicols: Dole and Port s/Saone
 LeBoat: Gray, St Jean de Losne and Fontenoy

River Saone – River Doubs – Canal Rhone au Rhin – Canal de Bourgogne

The Saone is one of the most peaceful rivers in France: wending its way from the mountains of the Vosges to the Rhone, linking up with the Burgundy Canal, the River Doubs and the Rhone au Rhine Canal and passing through ravishing countryside replete with wildlife.

Formerly an outpost on the border between the historic kingdoms of France and Burgundy, Verdun sur le Doubs is now better known for the delicious stew made from locally caught river fish – Pochouse. Also on the River Doubs, Dole retains much of its medieval character and Besancon, with its spectacular citadel designed by the French military architect Vaubun, is worth the journey further upstream. Auxonne also has military associations – it was where Napoleon was trained as a soldier.

– [below] In the region: Mantoche, Besancon, Dole, Verdun-sur-le-Doubs, Auxonne –

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Hire Boating – Loing Valley, Briare and Loire

map loire burgundy► Self-drive boats available in Northern Burgundy-Nivernais-Upper Loire
Hire Fleets and Bases
 Locaboat/Linssen: Briare and Dompieerre s/Bresbre (also Corbigny*)
 LeBoat: Chatillon-sur-Loire and Decize (also Tannay*)
 Nicols: Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses and Plagny

Canal de Briare – Canal Loire Lateral – *Canal du Nivernais

South of Paris, where the western part of Burgundy blurs prettily with the Loire Valley, a cruise along the Canal de Loing, the Canal de Briare and the Canal Loire Lateral reveals a number of hidden treasures in a landscape that inspired the painter Alfred Sisley. There are engineering feats to marvel at along the waterway –the elegant aqueduct at Briare, once the longest in the world, and at Rogny an atmospheric flight of seven locks, no longer in use but full of echoes of the past.

The Palace of Fontainebleau originally served as a hunting lodge and of all royal residences it is the only one to have been continuously inhabited for seven centuries. Thousand year old castles are plentiful – Saint Fargeau and Sully-sur-Loire boast breathtaking examples. Equally charming is the ancient town of Montargis, which with its network of narrow canals and bridges invites comparisons to Venice.

– [below] In the region: Briare, Moret-sur-Loing (Sisley), Chateau de Sully –

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Hire Boating – Northern Burgundy and The Nivernais

map loire nivernais► Self-drive boats available in Northern Burgundy-Nivernais-Upper Loire
Hire Fleets and Bases
 France Afloat/Linssen: Vermenton and Tonnere
 Locaboat/Linssen: Joigny, Corbigny and Montbard
 LeBoat: Migennes and Tannay
 Nicols: Brienon and Venarey-les-Laumes

Canal du Nivernais – River Yonne – Canal de Bourgogne

A hundred miles south east of Paris, North Burgundy is a region steeped in culture and history and is considered by some to be the gastronomic heart of France, with its Boeuf Bourguignon, its buttery garlicky snails and its Coq au Vin, not to mention its stunning Chablis wine. To the west of it, the Nivernais Canal links the Loire and the Seine basins and crosses the remote and beautiful heathland of the Morvan.

Among the Nivernais’ natural wonders are the Rochers de Saussois, a limestone bluff that soars above the River Yonne which feeds the canal as it goes, while man-made highlights include the Chateau de Tanlay with its romantic moat and famous trompe l’oeil frescoes. The breathtaking abbey at Vezelay is the starting point for one of the pilgrimage routes to Santiago di Compostella , while Fontenay Abbey was built by St Bernard of Clairvaux in 1118 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Still on a religious theme, Auxerre is a historic city of such astounding loveliness that it boasts not just an 11th century cathedral, but a 12th century abbey too.

The lives of more ordinary folk are evident Villeneuve sur Yonne and the beautiful half-timbered town of Noyers-sur-Serein with its characteristic mediaeval arcades, where walnuts and truffles were traded and enjoyed as a complement to the fine local wine.

– [below] In the region: Villeneuve sur Yonne, Fontenay, Tanlay, Noyers-sur-Serein, Auxerre, the Morvan, Saussois, the Canal du Nivernais –

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Hire Boating – South Burgundy

map loire burgundy► Self-drive boats available in South Burgundy-France Comté
Hire Fleets and Bases
 Locaboat/Linssen: Dompierre s/Bresbre, St Leger s/Dheune and Macon
 LeBoat: Branges

Canal du Centre – River Saone – River Seille

The Saone is one of the most attractive rivers in France: wide, sleepy and unhurried, it wends its way from the mountains of the Vosges to the Rhone, linking up with the Burgundy Canal, the River Doubs and the Rhone au Rhine Canal and passing through delightful countryside replete with wildlife. Macon offers an ideal base for discovering the Beaujolais – an undulating crest of hills famous for the production of light red wine, while fans of photography will be keen to visit Chalon-sur-Saone, the home of Nicéphore Niepce and thus regarded as the birthplace of this popular art form: the colourful Sunday market offers perfect opportunities for taking vivid holiday snaps.

A bucolic tributary of the Saone, the River Seille leads to the heartlands of Bresse, famous for its delicious chickens which have appellation d’origine contrôlée status, while the Canal de Centre which links the Canal Lateral a la Loire with the Saone, passes through the rolling verdant vineyards of the Cote Challonais.

– [below] In the region: River Seille, Chalon-sur-Saone, River Saone, Macon, Canal du Centre –

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Hire Boating – Camargue and Mediterranean Coast

map camargue provence► Self-drive boats available in Camargue-Languedoc
 LeBoat: Beaucaire and St Gilles
 Locaboat: Lattes (Montpellier)
 Nicols: Aigues-Mortes and Bellegarde

Canal Rhone a Sete – River Lez

The River Rhone rises in the Swiss Alps and is joined by the Saone at Lyon becoming one of Europe’s major waterways,  and as it heads south it passes memorable and famous towns such as Valence, Viviers (a beautiful hilltop medieval village overlooking the river), Avignon with its famous bridge and papal palace, and finally Arles, where Van Gogh created his most iconic sun-drenched paintings. Here, the Petit Rhone branches off into the Camargue,  Europe’s largest river delta where the reed marshes are teeming with wildlife – including over 350 species of waterbirds, wild black bulls and the famous white Camargue horses. Not to be missed is the fortified crusader town of Aigues Mortes, founded by the French King Saint Louis in 1242.

Heading west from Aigues-Mortes, just metres from the Mediterranean, runs the lock-free Rhone-Sete Canal arriving at France’s own Venetian-style seaport, Sete, and the Etang de Thau, a large inland lagoon, where waterborne visitors may live like kings on fresh moules marinières and bouziegues oysters, washed down with Muscat wines and Noilly Prat vermouth.

– [below] In the region: Sete, Mediterranean, Camargue, Van Gogh/Arles, Avignon, Pont du Gard, Aigues-Mortes –

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Hire Boating – Midi-Languedoc

map midi languedoc► Self-drive boats available in Midi-Languedoc
Hire Fleets and Bases
 LeBoat: Port Cassafieres, Narbonne, Homps, Trebes and Castelnaudary
 France Afloat / Linssen: Capestang
 Locaboat: Argens-Minervois and Negra
 Nicols: Le Somail and Port Lauragais

Canal du Midi – Canal de la Robine

The Canal du Midi has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of the achievement of architect Pierre-Paul Riquet in linking the Etang du Thau in the south east with the River Garonne in Toulouse, effectively connecting the Mediterranean with the Atlantic. His engineering prowess can be seen in the flight of nine characteristically oval-shaped locks at Fonserannes near the ancient city of Beziers, and if ticking off UNESCO sites is your thing, then you get two for one in Carcassonne, where the canal passes close to the ancient citadel that forms one of the most iconic skylines in the whole country.

The canal meanders between the vineyards of Corbieres to the south and the Minervois to the north and a visit to the wine town of Minerve, one of the most beautiful in France, is a treat. A diversion along the Canal de la Robine leads to Narbonne, which dates back to Roman times when it was a strategic trading centre, and even today its covered market, supplied by local producers, is a kind of foodie heaven.

– [below] In the region: Minervois, Minerve, Canal du Midi, Beziers, Narbonne, Carcassonne –

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Hire Boating – River Lot

map river lot► Self-drive boats available in Aquitaine-Charente
Hire Fleets and Bases
 LeBoat: Douelle
 Locaboat: Cahors
 Nicols: Bouzies

River Lot (Upper Section)

One of the loveliest rivers of them all, the Lot rises in the Cevennes and travels west through Quercy, famous for its ravishingly pretty villages and traditional dovecotes made from honey-coloured stone. Two sections of the waterway are navigable, the lower from Nicole to Lustrac and the upper from Luzech to Larnagol.

The river cuts through spectacular gorges and perched at the top of one enjoying breathtaking views is the ancient town of St-Cirq-la-Popie, which was built by three feuding families who attempted to out-do each other with the magnificent architecture of their homes. Where the cliff overhangs the towpath at Bouzies, the rock has been decorated with sculptures by Daniel Monnier, but perhaps the most memorable image of the river is the stunning Valentre bridge at Cahors which was completed in 1378, although legend has it that the master builder made a pact with the devil to help speed up construction. Cahors itself is the capital of the Lot and is best known for its feisty red wine.

– [below] In the region: Bouzies, St-Cirq-la-Popie, Cahors, Laroque-des-Arcs –

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