Smart modern canal cruiser for six people
An attractive and spacious boat with an excellent cabin arrangement for three couples. The layout provides great social areas for relaxing and dining, both indoors and out. The saloon has a steering position and the galley is combined, providing a great living area.
There are plenty of windows to provide an airy, open feel and good visibility. The roomy cabins have flexible sleeping arrangements and each has an ensuite bathroom.
On deck, there is also an outside steering position on the flying bridge, with a large aftdeck and table and chairs for dining and a fridge to keep drinks cool. To the aft there is a swim platform for easy access to the water and the foredeck can also be used for sun-bathing.
- Two stern cabins with double/twin beds and ensuite bathroom
- One twin bed cabin at the bow with ensuite bathroom
- Large saloon with fitted galley
- Flying bridge upper deck with outdoor seating, handbasin and fridge
- Outside and inside steering positions
- Bathing deck and outside shower
- Central heating
- Bow thruster
- Maximum comfort : 6 persons
Locaboat Europa 600 regions - Alsace | South Burgundy-Saone | Midi-Languedoc
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 – Camargue and Mediterranean Coast
► 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 –
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 –