Rivers and Canals of France
Summary descriptions of the major rivers and canals in France, from the Burgundy Canal to the Yser River. Includes notes on historic and scenic attractions.
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Address: Port de Plaisance, 94130 Nogent-sur-Marne. Phone: 01-48-71-02-98. E-mail: AdamCroisieres@aol.com.
Offering comfortable cruises on the River Marne, Adam-Croisières features a trip which stops at the well-known guingette (tavern-inn) "Le Petit Robinson" for a delicious lunch.
Canauxrama, Cruises on the Seine and Canals of Paris
Bassin de la Villette 13, quai de la Loire, 75019 Paris.
Phone: 01-42-39-15-00; Fax: 01-42-39-11-24. E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canauxrama specializes in providing relaxing tours of the Saint-Martin Canal, the Canal de l'Ourcq, and the River Marne. They also offer several "theme cruises", and their boats are available for floating wedding receptions.
Croisière du Lac d'Annecy
Address: 2, place aux Bois, 74000 Annecy. Phone: 04-50-51-08-40 (reservations), 04-50-45-98-00 (administration); Fax: 04-50-51-80-94. E-mail: email@example.com.
The capital of Haute-Savoie beckons you to witness the most breathtaking views of Lake Annecy, with a backdrop of majestic mountains, on one of five different cruise boats.
Croisière sur la Loire
Address: 56, quai de la Loire, 37210 Rochecorbon. Phone: 02-47-52-68-88; Fax: 02-47-52-63-92. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discover the last untamed river in Europe! If the prospect of gorgeous castles, museums, and the tantalizing gastronomic delights of this region appeal to you then perhaps you should consider a scenic cruise of the Loire aboard the "Saint-Martin-de-Tours".
Dinner Cruise on the River Seine
Enjoy a romantic 4-hour cruise down the Seine! An excellent meal will be served with musical background while the monuments of Paris, enhanced by the special Millennium lights, unfold before your eyes.
French Links Tours
Address: 20, rue St. Charles, 75015 Paris. Phone/Fax: 01-45-77-01-63. Email: FrenchLinks@wfi.fr.
American ex-pat Rachel Kaplan, author of Little-Known Museums In and Around Paris, offers a number of themed privately guided tours in and around Paris, blending French savoir-faire and culture with American efficiency.
Guide Interactif du Tourisme Fluvial
An informative site (in French only) providing detailed information on most canals in France, including descriptions of locks, tourist facilities available at all ports-of-call, navigation regulations, codes of conduct, and a list of pénichette operators.
Isnor, Tourisme Fluvial Nord-Pas de Calais
Address: 3, rue du Marais, 62500 Clairmarais. Phone: 03-21-39-15-15; Fax: 03-21-12-30-10.
Operating a small fleet with various styles of boats, Isnor offers a number of cruises through the Lille and Clairmarais regions.
Pénichette Operators & Tour Companies
On these pages, we plan to feature a number of companies offering guided and self-driven cruises on the rivers and canals of France. If you are an operator and wish to be listed here, please contact our Travel Services director.
Rive de France
Address: 55, rue d'Aguesseau, 92774 Boulogne-Billancourt Cedex. Phone: 01-41-86-01-01; Fax: 01-41-86-01-02. E-mail: email@example.com.
Rent a boat without any license, and cruise through Alsace-Lorraine, Burgundy, the Camargue, Charente, Maine-Anjou, Midi, or Nivernais.
Toulouse Croisières, Bateau-Mouche sur la Garonne et le Canal du Midi
Address: 7, Port Saint Sauveur, 31000 Toulouse. Phone: 05-61-25-72-57; Fax: 05-61-14-19-03. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The name pretty well explains what this company offers (site in French only). Fares are €8 for adults, €5 for children under 12 (under 3, free). Departures are from the Quai de La Daurade.
Bare Barging in Burgundy: Boating, Exploring, Wining & Dining
by Erasmus H. Kloman
(Average customer review: 4 stars)
When Erasmus Kloman and his family chartered a barge and piloted it themselves down along the lovely Burgundy and Nivernais canals in France, a delightful adventure awaited them. Now you can enjoy Ras's lyrical descriptions of this romantic form of travel through one of France's richest cultural and historical regions.