Top class stylish cruising in ultra-modern comfort
The Horizon 3 has the same high specifications and quality finish as all other Horizon models. It has three double or twin-bedded cabins, all with en-suite bathrooms, offering larger families or groups to a good mix of social areas and private space.
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 three fascinating waterways regions of France.
- 3 x double or twin cabins
- 3 x ensuite bathrooms with basin, electric flush toilets and showers
- Master bathroom has a more luxurious feel, an en-suite shower room with a large wash basin and vanity unit, and an en-suite toilet with a small wash basin
- Two side cabins directly opposite each other
- Large saloon has convertible sofa for a seventh 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
- 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
I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our holiday on the Horizon. The boat was brilliant and we did not want to hand it back in Tannay – we could have quite happily spent another 2 weeks on the boat cruising along.
We had an awful lot of interest from people wherever we moored. We also had people asking if they could come on board for a look around! Everyone loved the look and the layout inside. The boat will be a definite success for you.
Joanne – Le Boat customer
Le Boat Horizon 3 (6+1 – 13.5m) regions - Alsace | South Burgundy-Saone | Midi-Languedoc | Aquitaine-Gascony | Brittany
Hire Boating – Alsace
► Self-drive boats available in Ardennes and Alsace
■ Nicols: Harskirchen and Saverne
■ LeBoat: Hesse and Boofzheim
■ Locaboat/Linssen: Lutzelbourg
Canal Marne au Rhin – Canal Rhone au Rhin (N) – Canal de la Sarre
The waterways of North-East France are set against striking backdrops – the forests of the Ardennes, the Vosges mountains, the beautiful Doubs valley – with the River Rhine marking its eastern-most edge. Being so close to Germany and Switzerland, these influences and references are strong: castles, steeply pitched roofs, decorative timberwork, hearty cuisine, Riesling wine, plus a big selection of beers – no more so than in the regional capital of Strasbourg, where French poet and novelist Victor Hugo described the 12th century cathedral as, “a gigantic and delicate marvel.”
At Saverne the Lalique Museum is home to more than 500 exceptional pieces of glassware by French designer René Lalique. The Arzviller boat lift is a marvel of engineering that carries boats 450 feet up the Vosges Mountains and for the perfect end to a day’s strenuous sightseeing, try sipping a glass of Riesling wine in Place Stanislas, the gilded, UNESCO listed central square in the Art Nouveau city of Nancy.
– [below] In the region: Strasbourg, Nancy, Lalique Glass, Arzviller Boat Lift, Canal Marne-Rhine –
Hire Boating – The Saone and Franche-Comté
► Self-drive boats available in South Burgundy-France Comté
Hire Fleets and Bases
■ Locaboat/Linssen: 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 –
Hire Boating – 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: Bram, 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 –
Hire Boating – 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 –
Hire Boating – Brittany
► Self-drive boats available in Brittany-Anjou
Hire Fleets and Bases
■ LeBoat: Dinan, Messac and Nort s/Erdre
■ Locaboat: St Martin s/Oust and Melesse
■ Nicols:: Glenac and Suce s/Erdre
Canal Nantes a Brest – River Erdre – River Vilaine – Canal Ille et Rance
The Canal Nantes-Brest travels for 385 km through the Breton interior, arcing from the south coast to the west coast at Lorient. Located at the mouth of the River Loire, Nantes was once the seat of the dukes of Brittany and still boasts a spectacular renaissance chateau. The modern capital is at Rennes, which was ravaged by fire in 1720, but its narrow streets with their half- timbered houses retain a lingering appeal.
Arty crafty villages abound: Rochefort-en-Terre is home to a colony of artists and even the post office is housed in a renaissance building. Other attractions include the Chateau de Josselin, a renaissance gem, and Redon, famous for its chestnut festival every autumn. Last but not least is Dinan, a medieval town overlooking the River Rance and still surrounded by 13th century ramparts – the perfect place to retreat to a café and order Brittany’s best loved dish: a crepe.
– [below] In the region: Canal Nantes-Brest, Josselin, Redon, Rochefort-en-Terre, Dinan –