Southern France offers canal cruises with the best of everything. Beaches, History, UENSCO Sites, World Class Cuisine & much more.

If you enjoy exploring beautiful beaches, quaint villages, and world-class cuisine, a trip to the South of France should be on your list for 2020. Get on board with Le Boat and travel to Europe’s famous canal-cruising regions in Southern France, and choose from award-winning destinations that will immerse you in the relaxed pace of this beautiful region.

When it comes to a boating vacation, the scenic Canal du Midi is a must. Cruising this 300-year-old waterway, you will savor the slow easy pace of travel past the lush vineyards in the heart of the Languedoc wine region. Passing through historic water locks you will discover charming medieval villages and ancient fortress cities. Sightseeing, wine tasting, and sun-kissed cycle rides await, all the way from bustling Toulouse to the golden sands of the Mediterranean Sea.

A boat rental vacation is one of the hottest trends for 2020, and cruising with Le Boat in Southern France is always a favourite for customers. Paule Godfrey describes his Le Boat vacation in France:

“It was an enchanting journey. We discovered so many villages with lovely restaurants and people everywhere were so helpful. I intend to do it again, probably the Rhône this time. Comfy boat. Beautiful scenery. Great restaurants and delightful villages and towns. French people were most helpful. A very entertaining and relaxing holiday.”

Chartering a private yacht with Le Boat in France may seem like something that is reserved for the rich and famous, but Le Boat offers a wide range of boats that fit all budgets and travel styles. No previous boating experience or license required! Le Boat has dedicated bases along the canals in France and produces Regional Guide Books with suggested itineraries and local maps so you can easily plan a customised cruise based on your interests. All the boats are easy to drive-with bow and stern thrusters, plus Le Boat’s base team will teach you all you need to know about boat safety, navigation, parking and going thru the lock.

France is Le Boat’s best-selling destination for a reason: Choose from world-class destinations like the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Canal du Midi, Camargue, or Lot – all in beautiful Southern France. Travellers fly in to the international airport, Toulouse-Blagnac to access any of these destinations. So there is an opportunity to take some time to explore the region by land before exploring by water in your own private yacht.

Canal du Midi – UNESCO World Heritage Site

If you love history, culture, and stunning scenery, a visit to Le Boat’s most popular cruising destination needs to be at the top of your bucket list. The Canal du Midi winds its way through the beautiful French countryside, passing charming villages full of medieval history. When you cruise on your own boat you can set the pace and spend as much – or as little – time at each location along the canal.

Each year, thousands of visitors travel to this UNESCO World Heritage Site, to visit the stunning, fortified, walled city that features the famous Citadel of Carcassonne, the second most-visited tourist attraction in France. See the medieval world brought to life! The Citadel is located a 30-minute walk (roughly) from the canal, or shuttle services is also available, for a fee.

During your travels, sample local fare by shopping at local markets and cook delicious meals in the privacy of your own boat. Try local favourites like confit de canard, bourride, or Narbonne honey and indulge in some of the best of France’s culinary offerings.

If you are a wine lover, nestled in the Languedoc wine region, the Canal du Midi is an ideal locale for wine tasting vacations. Tour vineyards, visit wine caves and taste free samples. Trèbes, Homps, Ventenac, Paraza, Marseillette and Capestang offer much for wine connoisseurs!

Plan to travel on the Canal du Midi between April, September or October, with the most popular months being July and August. Book now for 2020 and save. Boat rentals start at just USD$ 1007.25 on-board the Capri boat (departing in April 2020). Additional boats, travel dates and special offers are available by visiting www.leboat.com.

No previous boating experience or license required!

Camargue – Sunny Paradise

The Canal du Rhône à Sète travels from the Rhône River south to the stunning natural wetland areas of Camargue, and is a one-of-a-kind travel destination that needs to be experienced to fully appreciate the beauty of the region. Rich with history that takes visitors back to the days of the Roman empire, and beyond, the canal takes you past ancient cities and natural wetlands.

With over 300 days of sunshine each year, this region is made for exploring by water! Moor your boat and explore the beaches for which this region is so well known, savoring fresh seafood and wines produced from vineyards that have been in production for hundreds of years. Rent a bike from Le Boat and explore the region by land, as well as by water!

Visit the ancient Greek city built using volcanic rock, Agde, or Le Cap d’Agde, for a unique experience. While you’re in the area, plan to spend the day at a natural beach south of Agde for a full range of experiences. In St. Gilles, visit a Benedictine monastery, roughly a 30-minute walk from the port. As you travel, stop and pick up local fare at any number of bakeries, butchers, or markets, and take it back to cook and indulge on your cruiser.

The River Lot – Stunning Scenery

The River Lot snakes its way through some of the most picturesque rural areas in Southern France, where fertile valleys and gorges meet quaint villages, restored medieval fortresses and unparalleled natural beauty. This is the place to explore for outdoor activities like swimming, cycling, and fishing, or for wildlife spotting. Rent a kayak from Le Boat and explore the waterfront from a different perspective.

As you cruise through the narrow and twisting canal, you’ll find ample opportunities to moor your boat and explore the region. Small villages cluster at the waterfront, begging to be explored, and local markets mean you can pick up fresh farm goods and dine in elegant style and scenic paradise aboard your Le Boat cruiser.

Spend the night moored beneath one of the picturesque châteaux which pepper the landscape. Dine in elegant style at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Château de Mercuès, a castle and town which offers more than 1,000 years of history. Don’t miss stopping at the locks at Bouziès and strolling the towpath that was carved into the limestone cliffs by hand, an architectural feat worth seeing.

For more information and help with planning your first boating holiday in France visit www.leboat.com or call 1-844-674-1669 to speak with a Le Boat cruise planner.

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