Originally Posted by Saleen411
We are interested in a le boat charter
next summer. Are there any favorite canals that can be shared?. We are interested in a one way trip. Thanks
We've done the Canal
de Nivernais, The Alscace and Canal Latéral ŕ la Garonne with LeBoat. The routes and bases have changed slightly in the last couple of years so our experience is a bit out of date.
What do you like? Old churches? Wine? Eating out? They are all a little different. As a holiday, my favourite was the the Garonne as we ended our trip with 5 days in Bordeaux and that was fantastic. The canal was pretty, we took a side trip to Nerac (well worth it) and drank a lot of wine.
Nivernais, was my favourite canal so far. We did a few side trips by cab (the cathedral at Vezalay is a must) and enjoyed the peace and quiet and beauty. As a bonus, if you are a rock climber, there are some good climbs canal-side. We took the train from and to Paris and got to see some of the must-see's there before and after our cruise
The Alscace was really, really pretty until you cross the mountains and then pretty flat and boring until you get to Strasbourg which isn't that far and was a great couple of days. But there is some tremendous history
along the way and some great side trips. The route
has tunnels and a boat lift
which are plusses experience. This was our only "there and back" and I much preferred the one-ways. If you try this one, make some time to head
up the Moselle and visit Trier afterwards. You won't regret it.
All our trips were 11-14 days and I don't think I would consider a shorter one. If you have any specific questions, ask away...