Want a fun, carefree and affordable holiday in France?
Grab a boat and discover the waterways with ancient villages, medieval food markets and boutique wineries along the way. No licence required – no experience necessary!
Select a suitable size boat, choose your favourite region in France (this is the most difficult part of the holiday) and set your dates. Then pack up the family or a group of friends and the rest is plain sailing.
Everything you need is on board and you can even pre-order a starter pack of groceries. These ancient waterways are the earliest highways of France and are part river and part canal, linked by locks.
Used to transport coal and grain in horse-drawn barges, these waterways are now the ideal way to see rural France.
There are 9 waterways to choose from, each with its own distinct charm. From Alsace in the east to Brittany on the west coast, the heart of France overlooked by the Voges Mountains or the popular Canal du Midi in the south of France. Each has its own allure and distinct charm with villages that have remain unchanged for millennia.
Take a few hours a day to cruise along peacefully as you pass farmlands and vineyards; then moor your boat and cycle to nearby hamlets and wineries or treat yourself to the fare at an outdoor café. France is a gastronomic delight and the markets are laden with affordable delicacies for a leisurely supper on board under the stars.
All too soon it will be time to return your boat and return home with memories of France.
By: John Ridler - Thompsons Holidays