All aboard! Sail around France on license-free boat

Did you know that thanks to its 8,500 km of canals, rivers and streams, France has the largest navigable network in Europe? These stretches of water cross the entire territory and offer a real diversity of destinations and landscapes that you can discover on board licence-free boats. Descend the Canal du Midi to find yourself in the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean, or stroll along the Loire. Between the river boats that will transport you for the duration of your stay and the day-trip boats, you have a wide choice to plan your holiday. Reveal the soul of a navigator that lies dormant within you...

Experience of a stay on a barge or a riverboat

Peaceful and relaxing moments, far from the tourists and the crowd, that's what stays on a barge or riverboat provide. With your home on the water, your days will be part nanivation and exploration and plenty of time to enjoy the change of scenery along French rivers and this unique comfort. Here are some rental companies to plan your river adventures.

An unforgettable stay with Nicols boats

Present all over France, Nicols boats (External link) can introduce you to the joys of river tourism with its 27 models of boats divided into 4 distinct ranges. These boats can accommodate up to 12 people, with private bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and sometimes even a swimming pool! Far from the hustle and bustle of the land, you can enjoy the surrounding fauna and flora, and discover the treasures of the towns and villages crossed along the water. You can benefit from the sound advice of the expert company in river tourism. History and heritage, gastronomy, oenology or nature... Every aspect of your cruise is designed to help you discover the French regions in a different way.

Discover the Aquitaine region with Aquitaine navigation

The real advantage of being your own navigator is that you can live according to your desires. Thus, navigate towards the marvellous landscapes of the New-Aquitaine region, and enjoy its renowned gastronomy during your various visits. Aquitaine navigation (External link) offers you licence-free boats that will allow you to discover two waterways that link those that everything attracts and opposes: the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. So choose your itinerary between the Garonne, the Canal du Midi, or the Baise river to discover sumptuous historical sites and the land of these regions. Aquitaine navigation offers a wide variety of boats, combining comfort and functionality, which will quickly make you feel at home.

An unforgettable holiday aboard The Boat's large fleet

The Boat (External link) is one of the leaders in river tourism thanks to the diversity of its range of licence-free boats availabe to cruise in various regions of France. Its wide range of boat models will match your desires: unparalleled comfort and layout similar to a real home. From your boat, you'll be amazed by the landscapes of Alsace Grand Est, Brittany or the Camargue in Provence. The Boat can help you choose your destination, suggest itineraries and help you design a dream trip on the water.

Day trip boats

Less tiring than the eternal pedal boat and more spacious than the intrepid kayak, the day rental boats allow you to enjoy sunbathing in the creeks, marvel at the spectacular lakes of France or to go on an adventure for a day. Give in to temptation! Here are a few suggestions

A sustainable and sunny excursion with SOLAR BOAT

Do you feel divided between the respect you want to show for the planet and the spirit of adventure that drives you? Solar Boat (External link) offers you the opportunity to sail without a licence aboard its solar powered boats that respect the fauna and flora. Solar panels recharge the boats' electric batteries and the company offers 7-seater boats to welcome you with family or friends. Conquered by the idea of navigating the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean? You can find them in the Côte d'Azur as well!

Solar Boat will advise you on the various places to discover, such as the Lerins islands where nature and relaxation are combined, or the island of Porquerolles from Sanary-sur-Mer, where change of scenery and natural wonders abound.

Opt for smooth sailing with the original Blue Ribbon boats

Ruban Bleu electric Boat (External link) , also offers you an eco-friendly way to sail, while saving you significant fuel costs. The company offers river cruising boats that will impress your copassengers, since some have a load capacity of 30 people. What we also like about Ruban Bleu is its originality. Indeed, they also offer mini boats that will introduce your children (3 to 10 years old) to navigation. Thanks to these customizable training boats, they will be able to navigate as firemen, ferry captains, policemen or rescuers! Enough to spend a day of discovery in a fun way.

Historical walk with Le Cap Confluent in Lyon

Cap Confluent - Stroll on the Saône, passing under the Paul Couturier footbridge linking the Ainay district to that of Saint Georges.

Benefiting from a perfect geographical situation where the Rhône and the Saône rivers merge, the city of Lyon offers visitors unforgettable boating experiences. Le Cap Confluent (External link) , with its licence-free boats, is your contact to book a wonderful excursion along the banks of France's gastronomy capital. Easy to manoeuvre, the boat will allow you to appreciate the subtle mix between urban and historical landscapes. Your passages under the various bridges that shape the city, as well as the sumptuous sunsets that reflect their last glimmer on the pastel colours of the houses are memorable. Choose between a 7-seater or 10-seater boat, and listen to Le Cap Confluent’s presentation of monuments and historical anecdotes while you navigate.

Embark to the secret creeks in Corsica

After having discovered the magnificent landscapes of the island of beauty and the delicious local cuisine and produce, it may be time to discover Corsica differently. The island is luminous, wild and charistimatic and licence-free boat rental could be the ideal option to explore some of the local favourite creeks. Take a look at the varirous companies to plan your trip and make sure to venture into the incredible Scandola naure reserve, the jewel of Corsica!

Helice Aubert for a rental in Porto Vecchio : (External link) , for departures to Porticcio, near Ajaccio : (External link) .