Aquitaine – Armagnac, Condom and the Three Musketeers
Boating Holidays in France Aquitaine. The Canal de Garonne was an important trading route linking the region to the whole continent and beyond via the Canal du Midi that connects The Mediterranean with the Atlantic ocean. Today the canal is mostly used for pleasure allowing you to explore the many beautiful villages, towns and countryside accessible from the water’s edge.
The river port of Buzet-sur-Baïse is an excellent base to start your Aquitaine waterway adventure. Well know as a producer of excellent wines, the charming town with its medieval architecture is worth taking time to visit before you set off on your cruise. Buzet-sur-Baise is an important waterway intersection where the Garonne and Baise rivers meet the Canal de Garonne. This gives you a really good selection of cruising routes to choose from.
Heading towards Toulouse on the Canal de Garonne you’ll discover the bustling medieval town of Agen known as France’s prune capital, Valence d’Agen and its old wash houses and Moissac and its Roman convent. Montech is a good pit stop with great mooring and from where you can use the water slope boat lift that replaces the passage of 5 locks.
Navigating south from Buzet-sur-Baise will take you on to La Baïse river, one of the finest rivers in the Aquitaine region that weaves through the Gascony countryside. This route will take you through the fortified town of Vianne and the impressive castle at Nerac built by Henri IV (we recommend you hire a guide for a tour). The delicious Armagnac spirit, made from a blend of grapes, is the oldest type of brandy distilled in France. It was originally consumed for its therapeutic qualities (I always feel better after a few glasses!) and transported across the country and beyond using the network of canals and waterways. The Armagnac Museum at Condom is definitely worth a visit. The town is the spirit’s capital and a great place to explore and opportunity to replenish. The last place you can reach on this route is the pretty town of Valence sur Baise where you can enjoy some great little restaurants and cafes before heading back to Buzet.
The stretch of Canal de Garonne heading towards Bordeaux is great for a shorter break. It will take you through Le Mas d’Agenais and Meilhan sur Garonne – a great little town to visit with nice restaurants and cafes. There’s a regular farmers market and special events that take place on the central square during the summer. The charming little village of Fontet is one of the last places you can reach on this stretch of canal. There’s ample mooring and it’s a good base to explore Fontet and its surrounding countryside.
Local tourist office
The region’s tourist office website has got some useful information information on local shops and restaurants for your to prepare your boating holidays to the Aquitaine (as well as very interesting translations). Click HERE
A cruise through the canals and inland waterways of France
|Guide Prices for 2023 based on 1 week boat hire|
|Price period||18 Mar – 28 Apr
23 Sep – 05 Nov
|29 Apr – 02 Jun
09 Sep – 22 Sep
|03 Jun – 23 Jun
26 Aug – 08 Sep
|24 Jun – 07 Jul
19 Aug – 25 Aug
|08 Jul – 18 Aug|
|*Travelling by air||Prices are based on London Gatwick to Bordeaux Airport and they include a private transfer on arrival and departure. Other routes from your local airport might also be available – please ask for details.|
|Prices are based on Dover to Calais ferry crossings in a standard size car measuring 1.85 x 5m. Eurotunnel & other ferry routes also available.|
|Prices are based on Standard Class Eurostar service from London to Paris with a connecting fast train service to Agen TGV and they include private transfer on arrival and departure.|
|All prices are a guide. Prices can increase or decrease depending on availability. The prices are based on 2 people hiring a Sedan Primo for 1 week. Other boats and travel options are available please discuss your requirements with our team. We can arrange hotel accommodation before you start or at the end of your boat holiday. Please ask our team for details. Prices can change quickly – you will be quoted the current price at the time of booking. Please visit our special offers page for up to date seasonal discounts.|
CRUISE FROM BUZET SUR BAÏSE
|Duration||Cruise From Buzet Sur Baïse||KM||Locks||Hours|
|2 Day Weekend||A (Baïse)||Buzet – Nérac – Buzet||42||14||10h|
|B (Canal)||Buzet – Agen – Buzet||56||14||10h|
|Short Break||A (Baïse)||Buzet – Moncrabeau – Buzet||70||28||17h|
|B (Canal)||Buzet – Fontet – Buzet||98||16||17h|
|C (Canal)||Buzet – Valence d’Agen – Buzet||108||20||18h|
|1 Week||A (Baïse)||Buzet – Valence -s Baïse – Buzet||112||40||28h|
|B (Canal)||Buzet – Montech – Buzet||184||58||38h|
- Sailing consumables: this is packaged to include engine fuel and oil, gas for the hot water and stove. On-board equipment monitors usage. This is paid locally and ranges from €5.50 to €12.80 per day depending on boat size.
- Deposit: You will be asked to pay a deposit of €1000 per boat (1500€ for boats over 10m) and €150 to cover the cleaning (200€ for boats over 10m). This deposit covers the insurance, loss of hire and cleaning if required. The deposit is refundable on the return of the boat at the end of your cruise if it is bought back in clean and undamaged to the agreed return location.
- SIXTO GREEN: Sailing consumables includes gas consumed on board (heating, hotplates, oven etc.), the charging of the batteries during
your cruise and maintenance, plus a financial contribution to VNF, the organization responsible for management of the charging terminals.
- Cleaning service: full interior & exterior and interior or exterior.
- Comprehensive waterways guide
- Bicycle hire
- Garage parking
- One way transfers
- Fishing equipment (an obligatory fishing licence costs €25. Please allow 2 or 3 weeks for the application process)
- Deck mattresses
- 12/220v Converter
- Early pick-up & late return
An all inclusive package is available for cruises of one week and longer. It includes:
- Comprehensive waterways guide
- 2 bicycles
- Cleaning package
- Fuel & gas
- Towels & kitchen linen
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