La Cité de Carcassonne

NEW suggested boating itineraries - by the experts

Make planning your next holiday easy!

You’ve told us that, sometimes, you just want to be told what to do on your boating holiday. Too much choice can be a little exhausting! So, exclusively for Le Boat customers,  we've created a range of suggested itineraries using our years of experience and in-house expertise. Enjoy!

Never been boating before? 

Get a clear idea on what your holiday could look like with these hour-by-hour itineraries, showing you where you should cruise to, how long it should take to get there and how long to we think you should stay.


Don’t miss out on anything!

See all the must-sees, and discover a few hidden gems, with details of what there is to do and see at each of the places we recommend you stop at.


We’ve done all the hard work for you!

We’ve thought of everything, so you can spend less time planning and more time enjoying: restaurant recommendations, alternatives for families with younger children, as well as additional things to do and see if you book a longer holiday.


Freedom, without the hassle!

You can follow these itineraries verbatim or use them as a general guide to give you ideas and inspiration. You’re the captain!

Narbonnaise Gate, La Cité de CarcassonneCanal du Midi - Southern France
7nt Castelnaudary RETURN
80km | 48 locks | 21 hrs of cruising

Combine the tranquil and quieter end of the Canal du Midi with the famous, fortified citadel at Carcassonne, a UNESCO heritage site and a ‘must-see’ for anyone visiting this region.


Benson RETURN via WindsorRiver Thames - England
7nt Benson RETURN
148km | 35 locks | 26 hrs of cruising

Travel as far as royal Windsor, with the opportunity to explore several iconic English villages and sights along the way, including Henley-on-Thames, Marlow and Cliveden House.


Rechlin and Lake MüritzMecklenburg - Germany
7nt Marina Wolfsbruch RETURN
194.70km | 8 locks | 17 hrs of cruising

Cruise across Lake Müritz, exploring its lakeside towns - tasting freshly caught fish and great local cuisine as you go. You’ll travel as far as the popular summer resort of Malchow.


Fonseranes Locks AerialCanal du Midi - Southern France
7nt Port Cassafières to Homps ONEWAY
113km | 37 locks | 22 hrs of cruising

Towards the western end of the Canal du Midi, the Embranchment de la Nouvelle branches off and leads you south to the attractive city of Narbonne with its wonderful Spanish influences.


Explore Port-CassafièresCamargue - Southern France
7nt Port Cassafières to St. Gilles
135.9km | 2 locks | 18 hrs of cruising

Cruise across the open waters of the Etang de Thau, have fun on the beach, stroll around the ancient walled city of Aigues-Mortes, tour the salt-flats and enjoy an evening on a cattle ranch.


Saint-Cirq-LapopieRiver Lot - Southern France
7nt Douelle RETURN
78.9km | 26 locks | 22 hrs of cruising

Start by exploring the bustling and ancient city of Cahors and end up in the beautiful village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, perched high upon the craggy clifftops overlooking the majestic river.


Rock Dunder viewRideau Canal - Canada
7nt Smiths Falls RETURN
144km | 12 locks | 17 hrs of cruising

Discover the Rideau Canal's flourishing landscapes, the grandiosity of its open water and experience the laid-back and welcoming towns of Smiths Falls, Perth and Wesport.


Saint-Savinien-sur-CharenteCharente - Western France
7nt Jarnac RETURN
139.8km | 10 locks | 22 hrs of cruising

Pass the famous distillery town of Cognac and the historic city of Saintes, before reaching St-Savinien and taking a train to the coastal town of Rochefort to sample its amazing seafood.


Château de JosselinBrittany - Northern France
7nt Messac RETURN
172.40km | 18 locks | 26 hrs of cruising

Experience the region’s famous château at Josselin, the Benedictine abbey in Redon, active adventures at l’Île aux Pies and the characterful artisan village of La Gacilly


Strasbourg, Petite franceAlsace-Lorraine - Eastern France
7nt Hesse to Boofzheim
105.80km | 46 locks | 25 hrs of cruising

Three of the ‘must-do’ highlights of this region: the impressive boat lift at Arzviller, the magnificant Château des Rohan in Saverne and the bustling UNESCO city of Strasbourg.


...and there’s more to come!

We put a lot of time and effort into making sure each itinerary is accurate and useful. So, we haven’t been able to create one for each one of our cruising routes yet. Keep an eye out for the following itineraries that we’re working on right now - they'll be ready soon.


  • Burgundy: St. Jean-de-Losne RETURN
  • Nivernais Loire: Migennes to Tannay
  • Ireland: Carrick-on-Shannon RETURN
  • Netherlands: Vinkeveen RETURN

If you have any suggestions or recommendations of things you think we should include in any of our current itineraries, or in the ones we are creating, please email us at [email protected]


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