About Aquitaine

Indulge your palate in sunny Aquitaine

Known for its fabulous wines and gourmet cuisine, the Aquitaine epitomizes the best of gastronomical boating in France.

The Canal Latéral à la Garonne and the River Baïse make your playground, winding through meadows, orchards and medieval villages that tempt you to tie up and spend time simply sipping wine in the warm sunshine with your family and friends!

 

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Gastronomy

Duck confit with prune sauce

A food lover's sweet spot, the Aquitaine is renowned for French gastronomy. Fois gras, wild mushrooms and regional cheeses like Brebio, Etorki or Bleu des Basques cheese are wonderful with a bottle of Bordeaux. Whilst you're in Condom, check out the Hôtel Restaurant Les Trois Lys!

History & Heritage

Château du Hamel, Castets-en-Dorthe, Aquitaine

On a history vacation in Aquitaine, you can visit Castets-en-Dorthe's 12th-century Château du Hamel and Nérac's Château Henry IV! Agen offers several wonderful museums. Everywhere are historic churches like the Abbey of St. Pierre in Moissac.

Wine Tasting

Group wine tasting

Time your Aquitaine wine tasting cruise with the Buzet Wine Festival held every August in Nérac! Visit the Buzet Wine Cave in Buzet and tour Château Le Courréjot near Moncrabeau, a producer of Armagnac and Chablis! Try some samples!

Please note that the Aquitaine cruising season lasts from 1st April - 31st October 2020, and then from 1st April - 29th October 2021.

Useful information

Download our region guide

Check out our region guideWe've produced a handy PDF guide for this region to give you an overview of all the stops and things to do along the waterway.

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You could call the Canal Latéral à la Garonne at 193 kilometres (120 miles) in length the second cousin of the more famous Canal du Midi. Together, both of these beautiful waterways link the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Collectively, they’re dubbed the Canal des Deux Mers. The Garonne Canal drops 128 metres (420 feet) by the time it reaches the junction with the River Garonne from Toulouse, running straight as an arrow over much of its course.

 

You can also hop off the Garonne Canal for some river cruises in France! Take the River Baïse southward towards Condom amidst magnificent scenery. There are plenty of quiet places to stop for a picnic lunch. In the past, Aquitaine waters were busy with commercial barges, but today the only traffic you’ll see will be canal boats for rent, just like yours!

France’s network of canals helped make it an industrial power and spur the Industrial Revolution. As the need to move more goods increased, the ribbons of blue canals grew in number. The Canal Latéral à la Garonne is a prime example. It was built in part to avoid the rocks and shoals of the River Garonne. Work began in 1839, and by 1850 canal boats were plying the waters between Toulouse and Agen. The entire canal opened for business in 1856.

The waterways of the Aquitaine are easy to navigate and superb for beginners.

 

It is no longer possible to access the River Lot while cruising in the Aquitaine region. 

Take a look at our waterway and lock closures page to find out if there are any scheduled cruising restrictions that will affect your vacation plans.

Locks are automatic and free of charge. There are 53 locks on the Canal Latéral à la Garonne.

 

Opening hours:During the busy summer season locks are open 09:00-18:00 (6:00 p.m.). Locks are closed for lunch from 12:00-13:00 (1:00 p.m.).

 

Public holidays: Locks are closed on some public holidays.

 

Lock Closure dates: Please be aware about the lock closure dates by local authorities. During that day(s), you won’t be able to go through the locks. For more details and questions, please contact our sales team.

All locks closed on: 1st May"

Moorings are plentiful in the Aquitaine.

To find out how to get to each of our bases in this boating region, as well as what facilities and amenities are available at each base or nearby, click on the relevant base below:

  • Rental of the boat and its onboard equipment
  • A fully equipped kitchen
  • Towels and linen for all passengers
  • A boat handling demonstration prior to departure
  • Technical support
  • On-board maps and visitor information
  • Passage through locks
  • Optional vacation extras
  • Boat damage waiver
  • Running costs (diesel, gas, engine wear and tear) - charged by the engine hour (by the litre in Scotland).
  • Travel to and from the base(s)
  • Waterside services if you use them (i.e. moorings where a charge is applicable, pump-out if needed, water, etc)
  • Cancellation plan & any travel/personal insurance
  • Food and drink

Interactive map of Aquitaine

Le Boat base  = Le Boat base  Point of interest = Point of interest

 

Great to see...

In Castets-en-Dorthe, a green and quiet city, you will enjoy having a walk along the canal banks of the Garonne. See the great Hamel Castle and the Eiffel bridge.

In Meilhan-sur-Garonne, there is a place you have to see. Located along the left bank, a beautiful vista across the valley of the garonne awaits you. It is a perfect spot to have a rest, to fish, or go for a bicycle ride.

In Marmande, the church Notre-Dame de Marmande is really interesting, with its beautiful cloister and its great gardens. Downtown, you will appreciate the decoration of the Place Clemenceau, and also the garden of Verdun.

Usually awash with colorful flowers, Le Mas d'Agenais is home to a marvelous old wash basin, and the ruins of a destroyed castle which are both worth a visit.

Damazan is a pretty, quiet and colorful town. Esplanade des Promenades is a beautiful place, where old men sometimes play petanque in the shade of cedars.
Must see
Buzet Vineyard, Aquitaine

Discover Buzet, a pretty town where the great wine Buzet is made. Visit the house of the wine growers and sample a delightful glass of the 'good stuff'.

Agen is a large city with a rich medieval past. Discover the typical timbered houses, the church of the Jacobins, and the rich history of this pretty town.

This stop is for chocolate lovers. Moor at St-Jean-de-Thurac, cross the bridge and walk across to the small village of Sauveterre-St-Denis (2km away). The chocolate master Philippe Jarasson invited you to discover his original creations in his store 'L'Attrape- Rêves. 

Stroll around Valence d'Agen's pretty streets and see the unusual ancient round wash houses.

Shortly after Valence-d'Agen is the small village of Pommevic. Moor here to go to Auvillar, classified among 'the most beautiful villages of France'. (5km south of the Canal - the slope is steep to get there). Auvillar is worth the detour for its circular, covered market and its impressive viewpoint over the Garonne valley. 

Must see
Moissac Abbey, Aquitaine

Cruising along the Garonne, you will arrive at Moissac and immediately see a luxurious hotel located on the banks. It's called the Moulin de Moissac. The great abbey Saint-Pierre de Moissac is also pleasant to visit.

Castelsarrasin is a flower-filled city with many open gardens, most notably the garden of Clairefont.
Must see
Place Nationale, Montauban, Aquitaine
Walk under the beautiful arches in Montauban, the most populated city in the area. It is a good place to stay for a few days. Note that there is also a huge golf course.
Vianne has a long history to tell you. It begins in the Roman period. War after war, new fortifications appeared, which explains why the church is so well-fortified. It is now a charming and welcoming village with very good restaurants.
Discover Lavardac, a brilliant example of a typical bastide - an organised villages built in the 14th century in the southern France.
Must see
Nerac, Aquitaine

Nerac will offer you wonderful landscapes of a typical village of southern France. Visit and discover the huge Albret Castle. Don't forget the impressive Saint-Nicolas church.

Moncrabeau is a lovely place to visit. You will enjoy its quiet and pretty center and a visit to the old church, Saint Sigismond de Vialère.
Condom is a typical French village with a beautiful church to see. Take a break here, drink coffee, and marvel at the windmills on the horizon. Don't miss the Armagnac museum.

Valence-sur-Baise is a bastide: an organized village built in the 14th century in southern France. There are beautiful things to discover here, like the architecture of the village, the old timbered-houses, the wash basin, and two churches.

Itinerary suggestions

To help you get an idea of how far you can travel in the time you have, here's a selection of routes to and from our bases in this region. You dont have to stop at all the places listed or follow the route exactly. So long as you return your boat to your end base by the date you've booked - you're free to enjoy your cruise however you like. For a comfortable pace, allowing you time to regularly stop and explore, we'd recommend an average of 2 - 4 hours cruising each day.

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Castle of Henry IV in Nerac

The Arts and Armagnac Cruise

Le Mas d'Agenais
Damazan
Buzet-sur-baïse
Lavardac
Vianne
Nérac
Moncrabeau
Condom
Valence-sur-Baïse
Le Mas d'Agenais

32 hr(s) of cruising

152km 50 locks 7 nights

The Arts and Armagnac Cruise

Le Mas-d'Agenais RETURN via Valence-sur-Baïse & Condom

Le Mas-d'Agenais RETURN via Valence-sur-Baïse & Condom

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Overview

You’ll cycle, picnic, shop and explore to your heart’s content! Following the waterways, are relaxed days stopping to see the glassworks at medieval Vianne and ambling through the market square in Nérac. The Armagnac brandy is almond-flavoured nectar, a specialty of the village of Condom. As you indulge on the sundeck, you anticipate with pleasure the barge holiday in France!

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation:

  • Le Mas d'Agenais: Usually awash with colorful flowers, Le Mas d'Agenais is home to a marvelous old wash basin, and the ruins of a destroyed castle which are both worth a visit.
  • Damazan: Damazan is a pretty, quiet and colorful town. Esplanade des Promenades is a beautiful place, where old men sometimes play petanque in the shade of cedars.
  • Buzet: Discover Buzet, a pretty town where the great wine Buzet is made. Visit the house of the wine growers and sample a delightful glass of the 'good stuff'.
  • Lavardac: Discover Lavardac, a brilliant example of a typical bastide - an organised village built in the 14th century in southern France.
  • Vianne: Vianne has a long history to tell you. It begins in the Roman period. War after war, new fortifications appeared, which explains why the church is so well-fortified. It is now a charming and welcoming village with very good restaurants.
  • Nérac: Nerac will offer you wonderful landscapes of a typical village of southern France. Visit and discover the huge d'Albret Castle. Don't forget the impressive Saint-Nicolas church.

32 hr(s) of cruising

152km 50 locks 7 nights
Beautiful medieval town of Nerac

The Great Aquitaine Long Break

Le Mas d'Agenais
Vianne
Damazan
Buzet-sur-baïse
Agen
Sauveterre-St-Denis
Valence d'Agen
Auvillar
Moissac
Vianne
Lavardac
Nérac
Marmande
Marmande
Meilhan-sur-Garonne
Castets en Dorthe
Le Mas d'Agenais

56 hr(s) of cruising

302km 68 locks 14 nights

The Great Aquitaine Long Break

Le Mas-d'Agenais RETURN via Moissac, Nérac & Castets-en-Dorthe

Le Mas-d'Agenais RETURN via Moissac, Nérac & Castets-en-Dorthe

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Overview

You chose this barge holiday in France for its diversity! Languid days tied up in mediaeval towns wash the tension away as you get into the fun of travelling by boat through the Garonne Valley. You smile as you stop to breathe in the fragrance of Castets-en-dorthe’s wonderful gardens or sip a Bordeaux in Nérac, aside the great Henri IV castle. Agen delights you with urban pleasures!

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation:

  • Le Mas d'Agenais: Usually awash with colorful flowers, Le Mas d'Agenais is home to a marvelous old wash basin, and the ruins of a destroyed castle which are both worth a visit.
  • Damazan: Damazan is a pretty, quiet and colorful town. Esplanade des Promenades is a beautiful place, where old men sometimes play petanque in the shade of cedars.
  • Buzet-sur-baïse: Discover Buzet, a pretty town where the great wine Buzet is made. Visit the house of the wine growers and sample a delightful glass of the 'good stuff'.
  • Agen: Agen is a large city with a rich medieval past. Discover the typical timbered houses, the church of the Jacobins, and the rich history of this pretty town.
  • Sauveterre-St-Denis: This stop is for chocolate lovers. Moor at St-Jean-de-Thurac, cross the bridge and walk across to the small village of Sauveterre-St-Denis (2km away). The chocolate master Philippe Jarasson invited you to discover his original creations in his store 'L'Attrape- Rêves. 
  • Valence d'Agen: Stroll around Valence d'Agen's pretty streets and see the unusual ancient round wash houses.
  • Auvillar: Shortly after Valence-d'Agen is the small village of Pommevic. Moor here to go to Auvillar, classified among 'the most beautiful villages of France'. (5km south of the Canal - the slope is steep to get there). Auvillar is worth the detour for its circular, covered market and its impressive viewpoint over the Garonne valley. 
  • Moissac: Cruising along the Garonne, you will arrive at Moissac and immediately see a luxurious hotel located on the banks. It's called the Moulin de Moissac. The great abbey Saint-Pierre de Moissac is also pleasant to visit.
  • Vianne: Vianne has a long history to tell you. It begins in the Roman period. War after war, new fortifications appeared, which explains why the church is so well-fortified. It is now a charming and welcoming village with very good restaurants.
  • Lavardac: Discover Lavardac, a brilliant example of a typical bastide - an organised village built in the 14th century in southern France.
  • Nerac: Nerac will offer you wonderful landscapes of a typical village of southern France. Visit and discover the huge d'Albret Castle. Don't forget the impressive Saint-Nicolas church.
  • Marmande: In Marmande, the church Notre-Dame de Marmande is really interesting, with its beautiful cloister and its great gardens. Downtown, you will appreciate the decoration of the Place Clemenceau, and also the garden of Verdun.
  • Meilhan-sur-Garonne: In Meilhan-sur-Garonne, there is a place you have to see. Located along the left bank, a beautiful vista across the valley of the Garonne awaits you. It is a perfect spot to have a rest, to fish, or go for a bicycle ride.
  • Castets en Dorthe: In Castets-en-Dorthe, a green and quiet city, you will enjoy having a walk along the canal banks of the Garonne. See the great Hamel Castle and the Eiffel bridge.

56 hr(s) of cruising

302km 68 locks 14 nights
Wine tasting in Condom

The Arts and Armagnac Long Break

Le Mas d'Agenais
Damazan
Buzet-sur-baïse
Lavardac
Vianne
Nérac
Moncrabeau
Valence-sur-Baïse
Condom
Agen
Sauveterre-St-Denis
Valence d'Agen
Auvillar
Moissac
Castelsarrasin
Castelsarrasin

40 hr(s) of cruising

169km 57 locks 10 nights

The Arts and Armagnac Long Break

Le Mas-d'Agenais to Castelsarrasin ONEWAY via Condom

Le Mas-d'Agenais to Castelsarrasin via Condom

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Overview

Following the winding River Baïse and the Canal Latéral à la Garonne, enjoy a relaxing & delighting cruise in Aquitaine. Sightsee in the historical towns like Nérac, Moissac and Agen. Taste the local specialities of Magret & Foie Gras, the local wine of Buzet & Bordeaux or the distinctive regional brandy called Armagnac. The days pass quickly as you follow your watery trail past vineyards, lush green fields and picturesque villages!

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation

  • Damazan: Damazan is a pretty, quiet and colorful town. Esplanade des Promenades is a beautiful place, where old men sometimes play petanque in the shade of cedars.
  • Buzet-sur-baïse: Discover Buzet, a pretty town where the great wine Buzet is made. Visit the house of the wine growers and sample a delightful glass of the 'good stuff'.
  • Lavardac: Discover Lavardac, a brilliant example of a typical bastide - an organised village built in the 14th century in southern France.
  • Vianne: Vianne has a long history to tell you. It begins in the Roman period. War after war, new fortifications appeared, which explains why the church is so well-fortified. It is now a charming and welcoming village with very good restaurants.
  • Nérac: Nerac will offer you wonderful landscapes of a typical village of southern France. Visit and discover the huge d'Albret Castle. Don't forget the impressive Saint-Nicolas church.
  • Moncrabeau: Moncrabeau is a lovely place to visit. You will enjoy its quiet and pretty center and a visit to the old church, Saint Sigismond de Vialère.
  • Condom: Condom is a typical French village with a beautiful church to see. Take a break here, drink coffee, and marvel at the windmills on the horizon. Don't miss the Armagnac museum.
  • Agen: Agen is a large city with a rich medieval past. Discover the typical timbered houses, the church of the Jacobins, and the rich history of this pretty town.
  • Sauveterre-St-Denis: This stop is for chocolate lovers. Moor at St-Jean-de-Thurac, cross the bridge and walk across to the small village of Sauveterre-St-Denis (2km away). The chocolate master Philippe Jarasson invited you to discover his original creations in his store 'L'Attrape- Rêves. 
  • Valence d'Agen: Stroll around Valence d'Agen's pretty streets and see the unusual ancient round wash houses.
  • Auvillar: Shortly after Valence-d'Agen is the small village of Pommevic. Moor here to go to Auvillar, classified among 'the most beautiful villages of France'. (5km south of the Canal - the slope is steep to get there). Auvillar is worth the detour for its circular, covered market and its impressive viewpoint over the Garonne valley. 
  • Moissac: Cruising along the Garonne, you will arrive at Moissac and immediately see a luxurious hotel located on the banks. It's called the Moulin de Moissac. The great abbey Saint-Pierre de Moissac is also pleasant to visit.
  • Castelsarrasin: Castelsarrasin is a flower-filled city with many open gardens, most notably the garden of Clairefont.

 

40 hr(s) of cruising

169km 57 locks 10 nights
Old town centre

The Bastides Short Break

Le Mas d'Agenais
Damazan
Buzet-sur-baïse
Lavardac
Vianne
Le Mas d'Agenais

8 hr(s) of cruising

40km 6 locks 3 nights

The Bastides Short Break

Le Mas-d'Agenais RETURN via Buzet-sur-Baïse

Le Mas-d'Agenais RETURN via Buzet-sur-Baïse

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Overview

Aquitaine river cruises are often all about indulging in fine dining and savouring local wines, a nod to your passions and sensory pleasures. As you explore the waters at the heart of this region, it becomes clear why famous French painters favoured the area. Medieval towns with bustling market squares, soaring ramparts and stone fortresses make river cruising in France delightful.

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your holiday:

  • Le Mas d'Agenais: Usually awash with colorful flowers, Le Mas d'Agenais is home to a marvelous old wash basin, and the ruins of a destroyed castle which are both worth a visit
  • Damazan: Damazan is a pretty, quiet and colorful town. Esplanade des Promenades is a beautiful place, where old men sometimes play petanque in the shade of cedars.
  • Buzet-sur-baïse: Discover Buzet, a pretty town where the great wine Buzet is made. Visit the house of the wine growers and sample a delightful glass of the 'good stuff'
  • Lavardac: Discover Lavardac, a brilliant example of a typical bastide - an organised village built in the 14th century in southern France.
  • Vianne: Vianne has a long history to tell you. It begins in the Roman period. War after war, new fortifications appeared, which explains why the church is so well-fortified. It is now a charming and welcoming village with very good restaurants.

8 hr(s) of cruising

40km 6 locks 3 nights
Historic town of Nerac

The Henry IV Short Break

Le Mas d'Agenais
Damazan
Buzet-sur-baïse
Lavardac
Vianne
Nérac
Le Mas d'Agenais

15 hr(s) of cruising

80km 22 locks 4 nights

The Henry IV Short Break

Le Mas-d'Agenais RETURN via Nérac

Le Mas-d'Agenais RETURN via Nérac

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Overview

The River Baïse stretches before you, sparkling in the sunshine and leading you closer to charming Buzet. In a few more minutes, you’re tied up and going ashore for some cycling before you and your friends head to an intimate waterside café for dinner. As you lift a glass of Bordeaux, you think your cruise couldn’t get much better!

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation

  • Le Mas d'Agenais: Usually awash with colorful flowers, Le Mas d'Agenais is home to a marvelous old wash basin, and the ruins of a destroyed castle which are both worth a visit.
  • Damazan: Damazan is a pretty, quiet and colorful town. Esplanade des Promenades is a beautiful place, where old men sometimes play petanque in the shade of cedars.
  • Buzet-sur-baïse: Discover Buzet, a pretty town where the great wine Buzet is made. Visit the house of the wine growers and sample a delightful glass of the 'good stuff'.
  • Lavardac: Discover Lavardac, a brilliant example of a typical bastide - an organised village built in the 14th century in southern France.
  • Vianne: Vianne has a long history to tell you. It begins in the Roman period. War after war, new fortifications appeared, which explains why the church is so well-fortified. It is now a charming and welcoming village with very good restaurants.
  • Nérac: Nerac will offer you wonderful landscapes of a typical village of southern France. Visit and discover the huge d'Albret Castle. Don't forget the impressive Saint-Nicolas church.

15 hr(s) of cruising

80km 22 locks 4 nights
Flower lined streets of Nérac

The History and Heritage Cruise

Le Mas d'Agenais
Damazan
Buzet-sur-baïse
Lavardac
Vianne
Nérac
Agen
Sauveterre-St-Denis
Valence d'Agen
Auvillar
Moissac
Le Mas d'Agenais

39 hr(s) of cruising

93km 52 locks 7 nights

The History and Heritage Cruise

Le Mas-d'Agenais RETURN via Nérac & Moissac

Le Mas-d'Agenais RETURN via Nérac & Moissac

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Overview

Romanesque churches, fortified mills, picturesque market squares, and pastoral scenery make a history and heritage canal vacation in France a true delight. This engaging itinerary includes both the Canal Latéral à la Garonne and the River Baïse, two of the Aquitaine’s most beautiful waterways. The varied medieval architecture captivates the eye and transports you back in time.

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation:

  • Le Mas d'Agenais: Usually awash with colorful flowers, Le Mas d'Agenais is home to a marvelous old wash basin, and the ruins of a destroyed castle which are both worth a visit.
  • Damazan: Damazan is a pretty, quiet and colorful town. Esplanade des Promenades is a beautiful place, where old men sometimes play petanque in the shade of cedars.
  • Buzet-sur-baïse: Discover Buzet, a pretty town where the great wine Buzet is made. Visit the house of the wine growers and sample a delightful glass of the 'good stuff'.
  • Lavardac: Discover Lavardac, a brilliant example of a typical bastide - an organised village built in the 14th century in southern France.
  • Vianne: Vianne has a long history to tell you. It begins in the Roman period. War after war, new fortifications appeared, which explains why the church is so well-fortified. It is now a charming and welcoming village with very good restaurants.
  • Nérac: Nerac will offer you wonderful landscapes of a typical village of southern France. Visit and discover the huge d'Albret Castle. Don't forget the impressive Saint-Nicolas church.
  • Agen: Agen is a large city with a rich medieval past. Discover the typical timbered houses, the church of the Jacobins, and the rich history of this pretty town.
  • Sauveterre-St-Denis: This stop is for chocolate lovers. Moor at St-Jean-de-Thurac, cross the bridge and walk across to the small village of Sauveterre-St-Denis (2km away). The chocolate master Philippe Jarasson invited you to discover his original creations in his store 'L'Attrape-Rêves.
  • Valence d'Agen: Stroll around Valence d'Agen's pretty streets and see the unusual ancient round wash houses.
  • AuvillarShortly after Valence-d'Agen is the small village of Pommevic. Moor here to go to Auvillar, classified among 'the most beautiful villages of France'. (5km south of the Canal - the slope is steep to get there). Auvillar is worth the detour for its circular, covered market and its impressive viewpoint over the Garonne valley. 
  • Moissac: Cruising along the Garonne, you will arrive at Moissac and immediately see a luxurious hotel located on the banks. It's called the Moulin de Moissac. The great abbey Saint-Pierre de Moissac is also pleasant to visit.

39 hr(s) of cruising

93km 52 locks 7 nights
Historic bridge in Nérac

The Bastides and Castles Cruise

Le Mas d'Agenais
Marmande
Meilhan-sur-Garonne
Castets en Dorthe
Le Mas d'Agenais

28 hr(s) of cruising

150km 38 locks 7 nights

The Bastides and Castles Cruise

Le Mas-d'Agenais RETURN via Castets-de-Dorthe & Nérac

Le Mas-d'Agenais RETURN via Buzet-sur-Baïse

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Overview

It’s a study of contrasts in the beautiful Aquitaine — rural villages are juxtaposed with venerable châteaux on vast estates. Stately churches perch on the shore, often dominating a town’s skyline. As your barge vacation in France progresses, you find yourself admiring your surroundings more and more! Visit historic Nérac with its famous churches and Castets-de-Dorthe’s château!

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation

  • Le Mas d'Agenais: Usually awash with colorful flowers, Le Mas d'Agenais is home to a marvelous old wash basin, and the ruins of a destroyed castle which are both worth a visit.
  • Marmande: In Marmande, the church Notre-Dame de Marmande is really interesting, with its beautiful cloister and its great gardens. Downtown, you will appreciate the decoration of the Place Clemenceau, and also the garden of Verdun.
  • Meilhan-sur-Garonne: In Meilhan-sur-Garonne, there is a place you have to see. Located along the left bank, a beautiful vista across the valley of the Garonne awaits you. It is a perfect spot to have a rest, to fish, or go for a bicycle ride.
  • Castets-En-Dorthe: In Castets-en-Dorthe, a green and quiet city, you will enjoy having a walk along the canal banks of the Garonne. See the great Château du Hamel and the Eiffel bridge.

28 hr(s) of cruising

150km 38 locks 7 nights
Traditional French market

The Delights of the Aquitaine Cruise

Le Mas d'Agenais
Damazan
Buzet-sur-baïse
Agen
Sauveterre-St-Denis
Valence d'Agen
Auvillar
Moissac
Le Mas d'Agenais

31 hr(s) of cruising

184km 36 locks 7 nights

The Delights of the Aquitaine Cruise

Le Mas-d'Agenais RETURN via Moissac

Le Mas-d'Agenais RETURN via Moissac

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Overview

Passing through the Cacor Aqueduct, you smile with pleasure as you head for Moissac, known for its famous market. You are in the midst of a fantastic barge holiday in France, cycling the towpaths, exploring quaint towns like Agen with its 15th-century church, sampling fois gras, and kicking back on the sundeck just admiring the scenery as you travel.

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation:

  • Le Mas d'Agenais: Usually awash with colorful flowers, Le Mas d'Agenais is home to a marvelous old wash basin, and the ruins of a destroyed castle which are both worth a visit.
  • Damazan: Damazan is a pretty, quiet and colorful town. Esplanade des Promenades is a beautiful place, where old men sometimes play petanque in the shade of cedars.
  • Buzet-sur-baïse: Discover Buzet, a pretty town where the great wine Buzet is made. Visit the house of the wine growers and sample a delightful glass of the 'good stuff'.
  • Agen: Agen is a large city with a rich medieval past. Discover the typical timbered houses, the church of the Jacobins, and the rich history of this pretty town.
  • Sauveterre-St-Denis: This stop is for chocolate lovers. Moor at St-Jean-de-Thurac, cross the bridge and walk across to the small village of Sauveterre-St-Denis (2km away). The chocolate master Philippe Jarasson invited you to discover his original creations in his store 'L'Attrape-Rêves. 
  • Valence d'Agen: Stroll around Valence d'Agen's pretty streets and see the unusual ancient round wash houses.
  • Auvillar: Shortly after Valence-d'Agen is the small village of Pommevic. Moor here to go to Auvillar, classified among 'the most beautiful villages of France'. (5km south of the Canal - the slope is steep to get there). Auvillar is worth the detour for its circular, covered market and its impressive viewpoint over the Garonne valley. 
  • Moissac: Cruising along the Garonne, you will arrive at Moissac and immediately see a luxurious hotel located on the banks. It's called the Moulin de Moissac. The great abbey Saint-Pierre de Moissac is also pleasant to visit.

31 hr(s) of cruising

184km 36 locks 7 nights
French cheese at a market

The Abbeys and Cloisters Short Break

Castelsarrasin
Moissac
Valence d'Agen
Castelsarrasin

12 hr(s) of cruising

50km 24 locks 3 nights

The Abbeys and Cloisters Short Break

Castelsarrasin RETURN via Valence d'Agen

Castelsarrasin RETURN via Valence d'Agen

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Overview

Gentle waters run through the fertile Garonne Valley, giving life to the orchards, meadows and trees. Small towns dot the shaded shores, and weekly markets bring in fresh produce and delicacies like foie gras, wild mushrooms and truffles. The storied past is everywhere when river cruising in France, and it is evident in the famous Abbey and Cloisters of Moissac.

Top highlights 

  • Castelsarrasin: Castelsarrasin is a flower-filled city with many open gardens, most notably the garden of Clairefont.
  • Moissac: Cruising along the Garonne, you will arrive at Moissac and immediately see a luxurious hotel located on the banks. It's called the Moulin de Moissac. The great abbey Saint-Pierre de Moissac is also pleasant to visit.
  • Valence d'Agen: Stroll around Valence d'Agen's pretty streets and see the unusual ancient round wash houses.

12 hr(s) of cruising

50km 24 locks 3 nights
Agen Museum of Fine Arts

The Abbeys and Cloisters Cruise

Castelsarrasin
Moissac
Valence d'Agen
Sauveterre-St-Denis
Agen
Buzet-sur-baïse
Castelsarrasin

30 hr(s) of cruising

160km 44 locks 7 nights

The Abbeys and Cloisters Cruise

Castelsarrasin RETURN via Buzet-sur-Baïse

Castelsarrasin RETURN via Buzet-sur-Baïse

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Overview

Cruise through the picture-postcard scenery and glorious gastronomy of Aquitaine and tates the famous Agen Prunes, fois gras, truffles and Bordeaux wines. Stop for cultural discovery and visit the Moissac’s world-famous abbey and cloisters and the art Museum at Agen boasting works by Goya, Sisley and Dufy.

Top highlights

  • Castelsarrasin: Castelsarrasin is a flower-filled city with many open gardens, most notably the garden of Clairefont.
  • Moissac: Cruising along the Garonne, you will arrive at Moissac and immediately see a luxurious hotel located on the banks. It's called the Moulin de Moissac. The great abbey Saint-Pierre de Moissac is also pleasant to visit.
  • Valence d'Agen: Stroll around Valence d'Agen's pretty streets and see the unusual ancient round wash houses.
  • Sauveterre-St-Denis: This stop is for chocolate lovers. Moor at St-Jean-de-Thurac, cross the bridge and walk across to the small village of Sauveterre-St-Denis (2km away). The chocolate master Philippe Jarasson invited you to discover his original creations in his store 'L'Attrape- Rêves. 
  • Agen: Agen is a large city with a rich medieval past. Discover the typical timbered houses, the church of the Jacobins, and the rich history of this pretty town.
  • Buzet: Discover Buzet, a pretty town where the great wine Buzet is made. Visit the house of the wine growers and sample a delightful glass of the 'good stuff'.

30 hr(s) of cruising

160km 44 locks 7 nights
Pretty French town square

The Delicacies of Aquitaine

Le Mas d'Agenais
Damazan
Buzet-sur-baïse
Agen
Sauveterre-St-Denis
Valence d'Agen
Auvillar
Moissac
Castelsarrasin
Montauban
Le Mas d'Agenais

60 hr(s) of cruising

246km 86 locks 14 nights

The Delicacies of Aquitaine

Le Mas-d'Agenais RETURN via Montauban

Le Mas-d'Agenais RETURN via Montauban

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Overview

On the Canal de Montech, you pass through the scenic Agre forest, where you can’t resist stopping for a picnic lunch of a baguette and local cheese washed down with Bordeaux. Ahead is an amazing boatlift to get you to the Canal latéral à la Garonne and the River Baïse on what is turning out to be a wonderful barge vacation in France!

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation

  • Le Mas d'Agenais: Usually awash with colorful flowers, Le Mas d'Agenais is home to a marvelous old wash basin, and the ruins of a destroyed castle which are both worth a visit.
  • Damazan: Damazan is a pretty, quiet and colorful town. Esplanade des Promenades is a beautiful place, where old men sometimes play petanque in the shade of cedars.
  • Buzet: Discover Buzet, a pretty town where the great wine Buzet is made. Visit the house of the wine growers and sample a delightful glass of the 'good stuff'.
  • Agen: Agen is a large city with a rich medieval past. Discover the typical timbered houses, the church of the Jacobins, and the rich history of this pretty town.
  • Sauveterre-St-Denis: This stop is for chocolate lovers. Moor at St-Jean-de-Thurac, cross the bridge and walk across to the small village of Sauveterre-St-Denis (2km away). The chocolate master Philippe Jarasson invited you to discover his original creations in his store 'L'Attrape- Rêves. 
  • Valence d'Agen: Stroll around Valence d'Agen's pretty streets and see the unusual ancient round wash houses.
  • Auvillar: Shortly after Valence-d'Agen is the small village of Pommevic. Moor here to go to Auvillar, classified among 'the most beautiful villages of France'. (5km south of the Canal - the slope is steep to get there). Auvillar is worth the detour for its circular, covered market and its impressive viewpoint over the Garonne valley. 
  • Moissac: Cruising along the Garonne, you will arrive at Moissac and immediately see a luxurious hotel located on the banks. It's called the Moulin de Moissac. The great abbey Saint-Pierre de Moissac is also pleasant to visit.
  • Castelsarrasin: Castelsarrasin is a flower-filled city with many open gardens, most notably the garden of Clairefont.
  • Montauban: Walk under the beautiful arches in Montauban, the most populated city in the area. It is a good place to stay for a few days. Note that there is also a huge golf course.

60 hr(s) of cruising

246km 86 locks 14 nights
Montauban town square at twilight

The Delicacies of Aquitaine Cruise

Castelsarrasin
Montauban
Moissac
Auvillar
Valence d'Agen
Sauveterre-St-Denis
Agen
Buzet-sur-baïse
Damazan
Le Mas d'Agenais

31 hr(s) of cruising

146km 59 locks 7 nights

The Delicacies of Aquitaine Cruise

Castelsarrasin to Le Mas-d'Agenais ONEWAY via Montauban

Castelsarrasin to Le Mas-d'Agenais via Montauban

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Overview

You’re tempted to linger in upscale Montauban, where you can play a round of golf, enjoy fine dining and explore the town, but your barge holiday in France means you’ll be on the move, albeit at a slow and easy pace! Stop to see the 15th-century church in Montech or the famous abbey in Moissac. Check out the city of Agen with its fine art museum and nearby water park amusements!

Example itinerary:

The following is only an example, you can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your vacation:

  • Castelsarrasin: Castelsarrasin is a flower-filled city with many open gardens, most notably the garden of Clairefont.
  • Montauban: Walk under the beautiful arches in Montauban, the most populated city in the area. It is a good place to stay for a few days. Note that there is also a huge golf course.
  • Moissac: Cruising along the Garonne, you will arrive at Moissac and immediately see a luxurious hotel located on the banks. It's called the Moulin de Moissac. The great abbey Saint-Pierre de Moissac is also pleasant to visit.
  • Auvillar: Shortly after Valence-d'Agen is the small village of Pommevic. Moor here to go to Auvillar, classified among 'the most beautiful villages of France'. (5km south of the Canal - the slope is steep to get there). Auvillar is worth the detour for its circular, covered market and its impressive viewpoint over the Garonne valley. 
  • Valence d'Agen: Stroll around Valence d'Agen's pretty streets and see the unusual ancient round wash houses.
  • Sauveterre-St-Denis: This stop is for chocolate lovers. Moor at St-Jean-de-Thurac, cross the bridge and walk across to the small village of Sauveterre-St-Denis (2km away). The chocolate master Philippe Jarasson invited you to discover his original creations in his store L'Attrape- Rêves. 
  • Agen: Agen is a large city with a rich medieval past. Discover the typical timbered houses, the church of the Jacobins, and the rich history of this pretty town.
  • Buzet-sur-baïse: Discover Buzet, a pretty town where the great wine is made. Visit the house of the wine growers and sample a delightful glass of the 'good stuff'.
  • Damazan: Damazan is a pretty, quiet and colorful town. Esplanade des Promenades is a beautiful place, where old men sometimes play petanque in the shade of cedars.
  • Le Mas d'Agenais: Usually awash with colorful flowers, Le Mas d'Agenais is home to a marvelous old wash basin, and the ruins of a destroyed castle which are both worth a visit.

31 hr(s) of cruising

146km 59 locks 7 nights
Peaceful river in Montauban

The Montauban Short Break

Castelsarrasin
Montauban
Castelsarrasin

16 hr(s) of cruising

50km 34 locks 4 nights

The Montauban Short Break

Castelsarrasin RETURN via Montauban

Castelsarrasin RETURN via Montauban

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Overview

Take some time to visit the flower-adorned small town of Castelsarrasin before cruising to Montauban for chic shopping and buy some of the local specialities at one of the best farmer’s markets in the region. On your way, discover the impressive roman aqueducts and the Montech boat lift, a masterpiece of engineering.

Top highlights 

  • Castelsarrasin: Castelsarrasin is a flower-filled city with many open gardens, most notably the garden of Clairefont.
  • Montauban: Walk under the beautiful arches in Montauban, the most populated city in the area. It is a good place to stay for a few days. Note that there is also a huge golf course.

 

16 hr(s) of cruising

50km 34 locks 4 nights

Our Feefo reviews

Feefo is an independent and impartial review service that requests reviews directly from those who have been on a Le Boat vacation. Below you can read what our past customers think about their Le Boat experience, and trust that what you read is unfiltered, unedited and uncensored.

Added on 28 September 2019

Michael Lovatt said

Excellent from start to finish, could not fault any part of this experience Excellent holiday again ! Le Boat have excelled themselves with efficient staff from booking to boating. The boat was ready on time for us, well equipped and Lauren instructed us without a fuss and mended the bits that needed attention before we "set sail" The Horizon 5 is very well designed and sufficiently equipped for a wonderful holiday. We loved the boat we didn't want to leave it to go "on shore" for meals, we explored villages occasionally on foot but mostly stayed on board. Cannot compliment Le Boat enough for there excellent service.
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Horizon 5
Added on 14 September 2019

Pamela Paul said

Helpful staff who listened to and addressed our questions about the cruise route and particular places of interest to us. . Quiet river cruising with all mooring locations with interesting places to visit. Plenty of Kingfishers on the Baise section.
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Horizon 1
Added on 14 September 2019

Tadji Kretschmer said

Service was excellent throughout the process...during booking, at the departure base and at the arrival base. This route in Aquitaine is one of my favorites. The scenery and towns are especially beautiful.
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Salsa A
Added on 07 September 2019

Buce Macdougal said

Well appointed. We looked at the competition while we were on the canal. Le Boat was far superior. Great staff. The central office had greatly overbooked and the local crew rallied
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Horizon 5
Added on 07 September 2019

Charles Osenbaugh said

This is the second Le Boat trip we have done, the first was along with Mediterranean, which had no locks. The locks on the Garonne Canal were easy to navigate. The boat was perfect for two couples, separate quarters at each end of the boat and two heads. The towns were small but picturesque and fun. We had an absolutely fabulous meal at Auberge du Goujon qui Fretilli near the mooring in Buzet. Don't miss it. Get reservations. We did the side trip on the Garonne River which was well worthwhile. Le Boat staff was friendly and very helpful. Sit back and relax and enjoy. Stated Above --------------------
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Clipper
Added on 24 August 2019

Simon Weston said

everyone was helpful & friendly when we collected the boat and the boat was clean & tidy! really enjoyable & we were given lots of information on where to go and what to see
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Hi Simon, Thank you for the positive feedback. I'm glad to hear that you were well looked after by our lovely teams and that you were happy with the condition of your boat. We hope that we can welcome you on board again soon. All the best, The Le Boat Team
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Sheba
Added on 27 July 2019

Roger Goddard said

Boat and its facilities were excellent, and all the information provided helps plan a greta holiday We had a great time. The canal is much quieter in term of traffic than Canal du Midi. Plenty of interesting paces to stop and good restaurants.
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Hi Roger,Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback. It's great to hear that you had a lovely holiday and that you enjoyed the Vision3 and its facilities. We hope that we can welcome you on board again soon. All the best, The Le Boat Team
Castelsarrasin - Le Mas d'Agenais
Vision 3
Added on 22 June 2019

Alan Middlebrook said

All good. We handed in a survey on return of the boat Had a great time. Not too crowded
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Hi Alan, thank you for your feedback. We're so glad that you had a great holiday and we look forward to welcoming you back on board another cruise soon.
Castelsarrasin - Le Mas d'Agenais
Countess
Added on 15 May 2019

Mike Kirkwood said

Excellend orientation at departure, and very simple check-off at the end. Wonderful scenery, and easy transit through locks and villages.
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Royal Classique
Added on 06 May 2019

Marisa Milne said

We had an unforgettable experience and the service was superb from booking to the end of our trip! We had an unforgettable experience from booking to the end of our trip!
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Thank you so much for your feedback. We're so glad that you had a fantastic holiday with us and we look forward to welcoming you back on board in future!
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Countess