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Self-drive boating in France.

Alto, New Mexico
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Self-drive boating in France.

My husband and I, and possibly one other couple, would like to do a self-drive boating trip in France. This would be in the Fall of 2019 for a week. What are your recommendations for an area to choose and why?

Thank you!

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1. Re: Self-drive boating in France.

Me too! I was just asking / talking about this as a future thingy to do. Seriously just a few hours ago as I passed by a canal. Thanks for the question. Have fun! A+

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2. Re: Self-drive boating in France.

There are many, many posts which have been written on this very subject. You might try a forum search using the terms ¨Canal du Midi¨ or canal travel. The dates are not really important as the information is really timeless but if you want the results to show more recent posts first, you must select the sort option to ¨date¨.

For first time canal travel, I recommend the Canal du Midi, specifically the area between Bram and Béziers. However, other locations can also be rewarding such as the Charante River, the Canal du Rhône a Sète, Burgundy, or the canals in Alsace.

The three largest operators in France are Leboat, Locaboat, and Canalous:




Alto, New Mexico
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3. Re: Self-drive boating in France.

Thank you so much for the ideas! I will definitely look into the ones you've mentioned.


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