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Discover Loire Valley with a cruising holiday.

The Sparkling Cruise - Loire Valley

Discover Loire Valley with a cruising holiday.
Be the captain of your own boat, navigating through the glistening waters of Canal latéral à la Loire, passing gorgeous natural scenery and medieval sights. Explore Châtillon-sur-Loire, Beaulieu, Sancerre, Nevers, and more during your cruising holiday.
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Glide across the calm and glistening waters of Canal latéral à la Loire surrounded by pristine nature and medieval sights.

Discover the charm of the Loire Valley with a self-drive cruising holiday with ample time to taste local food and visit famous monuments.

Self-drive canal boats in are the best way to discover the charm and mystery of hidden France. You have the freedom to stop whenever and mostly wherever you please. Half the fun on a self drive canal boats is stepping off your boat and cycling around regional France. As the captain of your own boat, you won't just be holidaying on it, you'll also be driving it. Don't worry though, it's so easy that you don't need any license or experience! Think about your canal boat like your home on the water, fully equipped and functional with a large and well decorated interior.

Cruising on the Loire takes you through the heart of France. Vineyard tours and wine tasting are a favourite pastime in the Loire Valley, making French canal vacations the ideal way to fully experience and discover the region's historic sites. Pretty towns and larger cities like beautiful Montargis beckon. Vibrant and packed with superior restaurants and fascinating museums, the towns offer the best of both worlds on the Canal latéral à la Loire. 

During your holiday, make sure to visit the cream of the crop of the Loire Valley: Châtillon-sur-Loire, Beaulieu, Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire, Sancerre, La Charité sur Loire, Marseilles-les-Aubigny, Nevers, Plagny, and Decize.

Cruising season in Loire lasts from 01 April - 31 October 2020, and then from 01 April - 29 October 2021.



LOCK TYPE:   Automatic operated by lock-keeper

WATERWAYS: Canal latéral à la Loire


Stop and savour the tasty wine in Sancerre. It comes from the adjacent vineyards.

Visit Saint-Aré church, walk along the winding streets and discover the old fortified walls and the ruins of the Castle Decize.


Visit  the impressive Church Notre-Dame-de-la-Charité-sur-Loire as well as the well-preserved battlements on the outskirts of La-Charité-su-Loire.

See the popular Poterie Boucard, explore 17th century houses in the village, and admire the house called Bardets known for it's polychrome bricks.

Discover this flower-lined village with old timbered houses along the canal. Explore the impressive Sainte-Madelaine church and the ruins of the great Castle of Montargis.

Try fishing in the river or cycle through lush greenery and natural landscape of this adventure paradise.

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Hire of the boat and its equipment
A fully equipped kitchen
Towels and linen for all passengers
Boat handling demonstration prior to departure
On-board cruising information
Passage through locks
Technical support


  • Optional  holiday extras
  • Boat damage  waiver
  • Running costs (diesel, gas, engine wear and tear) - charged by the  engine hour.
  • 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

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01 April - 31 October 2020 | 01 April - 29 October 2021
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