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June 20, 2018 River Cruising No Comments Email Email

Canal side-walks are being prescribed by doctors to help people deal with depression and stress. So ditch the work stress and take a tour along France’s extensive canal network with a Le Boat comfortable self-drive Cruiser. Of course, you’ll get plenty of opportunity to moor and explore, run, walk or cycle along the canals for added health benefits.

Whether it is the sound of gently running water or the lush French countryside, waterways seem to have a calming influence.

So, from a week on a fully-equipped modern cruiser, to a lunchtime stroll down a river bank – below are some highlights from France’s top waterways.

If you book before 31st August you will receive a great discount with Le Boat’s early bird specials.

For travel in 2019, you will receive discounts of 10% off the premier Horizon fleet, 15% off Royal Mystique, Mystique and Vision and 20% off Budget and Comfort boats.

Canal du Midi

The number one destination for Australians who visit France, the Canal du Midi was built in the 17th century and made a UNESCO heritage site in 1996. Flanked by canopies of plane trees, this incredible feat of engineering connects the Altlantic to the Mediterranean, along the foothills of the Pyrénneés mountains. Navigation is in three sections; the Canal du Midi (70 locks), the Lateral Canal to the Garonne (53 locks) and the Garonne (2 locks).

A visit to the historic walled cité Carcassonne is a must. Also highly recommended is Castelnaudary, home to the famous cassoulet, the lovely canal side town of Homps, historic Le Somail with its well-known grocery barge & wonderful bookshop, to Agde, a picturesque seaside town at the Eastern end of the Canal du Midi.

Canal de Bourgogne

This canal provides a north-south route between the Seine and Rhone. It is the highest canal in France and passes through 189 locks, as well as a long tunnel in Pouilly-en-Auxois. As you meander along you will find many fine examples of churches, castles and bridges to admire. Take your pick of vineyards where you can take a tour behind the scenes and select a bottle to enjoy with a local cheese, such as the pungent Epoisses de Bourgogne.

Canal de Roanne à Digion

Linking the Canal Latéral à la Loire and the Canal du Centre at Digoin to Roanne, is the Canal de Roanne à Digion. It has ten locks and is considered a calm route, ideal for the inaugural self-drive boating holiday. The towpath that runs alongside the canal is ideal for cycling when you get the urge to stretch your legs. The C

hâteau de Roanne is a highlight of this route along with the three Michelin starred La Maison Troisgros.Canal du Nivernais

This canal is the favoured among wildlife spotters with the many species of birds one can see along the way. Herons and Kingfishers are two of the more prolific sightings you will find. Like the other canals, you will pass through the stereotypic gorgeous French countryside and villages which combines leafy trees and open fields.

Le Boat’s new 2019 brochure will be available in early July and can be requested on the website.

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