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June 19, 2019 River Cruising No Comments Email Email

Littered with charming canals and pathways, Europe offers prime boating and cycling opportunities. Hire a bicycle as part of your self-drive cruise with Le Boat to explore Europe’s villages, vineyards and culture up close. Wander through Tulip fields, sail under historic bridges and cycle to extravagant castles with Le Boat’s top six boating and cycling journey’s in Europe.

Canal du Midi, France

Winding through southern France, the Canal du Midi links the Garonne to the Mediterranean. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most picturesque waterways in France. To truly know the charm of the Canal du Midi, the only way to travel is by boat and bike.

From Le Boat’s base in Castelnaudary, near Toulouse, all the way to the Mediterranean coast, the canal pathways offer easy cycling opportunities – no need to dust off the lycra or get Tour de France ready here. Enjoy the peace of floating along the Canal du Midi and stretch those legs on a cycling day trip.

Moor at the quaint waterside village of Le Somail for some beautiful towpath cycling, antique bookshops and al-fresco dining. For vineyards and history, moor at the UNESCO-listed fortress of Carcassonne. Explore the castle, cathedral and shops inside the walls before venturing out to explore the wineries and vineyards in the area.

Aquitaine, France

Known as the second cousin to the famous Canal du Midi, Canal Lateral a la Garonne is 193 km of boating bliss. These two waterways connect the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

Cycle amid the lush trees and meadows of Aquitaine, along the Canal de Garonne, and River Baise.

Visit the vineyards and wine cave in Buzet, and head to the medieval city of Nerac. And, if you time it right, enjoy the annual Buzet Wine Festival held in August. Ride around the lake of Saint-Nicolas-de-la-Grave and enjoy a picnic lunch nearby before returning to the canals for the next destination.

Brittany, France

The rivers and canals running through historic Brittany make for an excellent boating holiday. You’ll be spoilt for choice with plenty of waterways to choose from in the region.

Leave the boat deck behind and get those legs moving in one of the best areas for cycling.

Cycle along Canal de Nantes à Brest, take in the culture of the area and visit the castles and museums along the way. With copious amounts of castles to visit and history to soak up, be sure to include the medieval castle of Châteaux de Josselin.

Burgundy: Nivernais & Loire, France

Gorgeous gardens, châteaux, medieval villages and canals make up Nivernais and the Loire Valleys. The Canal de Nivernais (known as France’s prettiest canal), River Yonne and Canal Latéral à la Loire offer some of the best boating in France. Think hilltop vineyards and beautiful provincial towns.

Although all the canal banks in the region offer exceptional cycling opportunities, the pond of Baye, between Decize and Tannay, is perfect for a leisurely ride to soak in the countryside sun.

Holland & Friesland, Netherlands

No one loves cycling as much as the Dutch, making Holland one of the best regions to explore by bike. And with 269 waterways running through Holland, you can enjoy the best of both world by boating and biking through this remarkable country.

One of the best places to explore by bike is the infamous city of Amsterdam. Moor your Le Boat charter and join the 400,000 cyclists cruising through the city’s specially designed cycling lanes. Or if city cycling isn’t for you, step off the boat in Lisse and bike to one of the world’s largest flower gardens. Le Boat offers the perfect opportunity to see the tulip fields up close, to cycle through the cobbled streets of Amsterdam and to relax while floating along the canals.

Mecklenburg & Brandenburg, Germany

Berlin is the largest city in the Brandenburg region of Germany. It’s linked Elbe River and the Elbe cycle route. Dock your Le Boat charter on the Elbe River, anywhere between Hamburg and Dresden for Germany’s most popular riverside cycling. No matter where you cycle along this river, there are virtually no hills, only awe-inspiring scenery.

To the north of Germany is the Mecklenburg region. Known as the Land of a Thousand Lakes, Mecklenburg is home to the Lake Moritz National Park. With 650 km of cycling paths to choose from, Lake Moritz National Park is the perfect place to stretch your legs.


Get to know the Europe from a different perspective with Le Boat. With over 50 years of experience, exceptional service and expert knowledge of the canals and towpaths of Europe, there is no better way to explore France, Holland and Germany than by boat and bicycle. Be your own captain with Le Boat.

Prices starting from A$1,799 for a week’s cruise for up to 4 people.

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