France Afloat is UK family owned and operated and has been providing cruises in France (where it’s also known as France Fluviale) for many years. As a small company its operation is limited in breadth across France but affords a highly focussed and personal service for customers. France Afloat is the French Agent for Linssen steel yachts and, uniquely in France, operates marinas at its two locations, in Burgundy and on the Canal du Midi.

France Afloat (France Fluviale) has been a French Waterways partner for many years, providing a select range of high quality boats. Customers can have complete confidence in their boating holidays and excellent standards of maintenance and service.

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Key Features:

  • High quality, well-maintained fleet with choice of styles
  • Distinctive and exclusive barge-style Euroclassic range (above)
  • Five star Dutch quality Linssen cruisers
  • Comfortable, fully-fitted boats with plenty of extras
  • Choice of routes in Burgundy and the Canal du Midi
  • Well-trained English speaking staff at bases


France Afloat routes are found along the Canal du Midi in southern France, where cruises can be one-way between Capestang and Port Lauregais, or out-and-back from Capestang. In Burgundy, depending on the number of days, cruises from Vermenton can reach Clamecy or Chatillon en Bazois on the Canal du Nivernais or St Florentin or Tonnere on the Canal de Bourgogne. A three week cruise allows for a complete loop, including the Canal de Briare in western Burgundy/Loire.


The various boat models for hire offer accommodation from 2 – 12 people and all boats are well-maintained and re-stocked each season. Social areas include a well-fitted kitchen with hob, oven and fridge, and a saloon with a convertible sofa. Depending on the range and model there may also be an aft deck, a flying bridge with additional steering position and bow thrusters for extra control. Sun shades and life-jackets for children are also on board.

As well as the Linssen range of Sedan and Aft Cabin models, France Afloat’s fleet includes the highly popular Euroclassic range, the only barge-style hire-boats in France that feature interiors constructed largely in solid oak; the classic Burgundy range; and selected Viking and Broom models. They also offer Penichette boats in association with Locaboat. Headquarters is at Vermenton on the river Cure, close to the marina at Auxerre in the Nivernais region, where a small office deals with new and second-hand boat sales.

France Afloat Pricing

Rental periods vary, usually lasting 7 days, starting on Fridays, Saturdays or Mondays. However short weeks and longer cruise periods can be arranged. Prices range from 1,100 EUR to 3,800 EUR per week during the season with discounts for early booking, flotillas, couples, families and returning customers. Prices include boat hire and insurance, gas, linen and a handbook and instruction, but many other optional extras are available, such as bicycle hire, barbecue and transfers to local train stations

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