Boating holidays in France

Your guide to exploring rural France by barge and boat


Canoeing holidays in the Ardèche

The southern Ardèche Region in France is a haven for people seeking a more active break, and its impressive gorge makes it ideal for canoeing holidays

The Lap of Luxury

Deborah James glides through France’s gastronomic heartland, from Lyon to Avignon, aboard the splendid SS Catherine Lazily admiring the startlingly green Rhône Valley, my eyes unwillingly began to droop as the gentle bobbing motion rocked my stretched out body. This

Top five reasons to visit Avignon

Three hours south of Paris, Avignon holds great treasures that are part of an incredible Christian heritage. Famous worldwide for the children’s song Sur le pont d’Avignon, written about its bridge, the city is also home to many lesser-known marvels.

5 reasons to visit France d’Outre-Mer

France has four départements, two territories and five collectivités territoires overseas, in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. Here’s why you should venture to ‘France overseas’…

Testing the Waters

From a chic Parisian houseboat rental to a cruise on the UNESCO listed Canal du Midi, France’s waterways offer countless ways to relax and recharge en famille or en couple.

French tide times, maps

Access tidal predictions and other useful information such as times of sunrise/sunset, lunar phases and Springs and Neaps data, plus nautical maps and other information to help you prepare for crusing the French coast…

Water activities in the Pays de la Loire

Take to the water to make the most of the Loire’s magnificent coastline, rivers, canals and lakes.
Burn up some energy on a surfboard, enjoy the exhilaration of a jetski, explore peacefully with canoe-kayaking, catch that big one deep sea fishing, or take it easy and let the chateaux pass you by on a relaxing canalboat…

The Marinas of France

Planning a sailing trip to France? You’ll need to know where you’re heading for each day, so we’ve compiled a list of French Marinas and their contact details…