River Lot, steep limestone gorges and perched villages

Discover the winding river Lot and its charming waterside villages, a warm and sunny region widely recognised for its delicious food and wines

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River Lot, steep limestone gorges and perched villages

Enjoy the wonderful Lot region

The River Lot Boating Holidays. The tree lined banks wind through the Midi-Pyrenees in the heart of the South West of France. It’s a region that benefits from a great climate where spring arrives early and autumn is delayed.

There’s a rich cultural heritage to discover. The river has been an important trading route since the middle ages and there are some amazing scenery to enjoy on the routes like the limestone angular cliffs, riverside villages and an abundance of natural beauty & wildlife. The Malbec vineyards surrounding the town of Cahors have been making delicious wine since Roman times.

Your base


Cahors is a highlight as you enjoy navigating under the Valentré Bridge. This UNESCO World Heritage site spans the Lot with three imposing fortified towers. The town centre with its ochre coloured buildings and medieval streets is worth taking the time to discover. There’s a great market by the cathedral on Wednesdays & Saturdays and it’s perfect to pick up some local delicacies before you head off on your adventure.

The Lot river is perfect for swimming, fishing or simply taking in the its natural beauty. There are 17 manual locks spanning the 74Km of waterways. You will enjoy the breathtaking landscapes, the typical Quercy red tiled villages with their narrow alleys and tall church spires. A stop definitely worth planning is at the historic river harbour of St-Cirq-Lapopie, with its village perched on a rocky spur and looking out over the majestic Lot valley.

We highly recommend previous boating experience to navigate on the Lot river

Local tourist office

The local tourist office in Cahors is worth popping in for some great local advice – there’s some great tips and images of the The Lot on their website

A cruise through the canals and inland waterways of France

Holiday Highlights


wine tasting & 14thc bridge

Saint Cirq Lapopie

medieval village

Pech Merle

prehistoric caves with amazing artworks

Delicious food

regional products of the SW of France

Amazing scenery

waterside towns and villages

The Routes

Cahors Le Lot

Holiday Information


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
by air*
£955pp £1107pp £1183pp £1276pp £1342pp
by car*
£544pp £695pp £733pp £794pp £843pp
by train*
£991pp £1143pp £1180pp £1241pp £1290pp
*Travelling by air Prices are based on London Gatwick to Toulouse 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.
by car
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.
by train
Prices are based on Standard Class Eurostar service from London to Paris with a connecting fast train service to Cahors TGV and they include a 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.


Boat Choices - Depending on the size of your group and your preferred boat specification it may be necessary to start from a specific base.

Boat Ranges Cahors
Estivale More Info Quattro B
Sedan More Info Primo | 1170
From Cahors

Duration Route KM Locks Hours
1 Week A Cahors – Luzech – Larnagol – Cahors 148 34 30h
B Cahors – Luzech – St Cirq-Lapopie – Cahors  125 28 22h

We highly recommend previous boating experience to navigate on the Lot river


Crockery etc

Full supply for the number of passengers + kitchen towel kit

Bedding and Towels:

sheets, blankets/duvets, pillows with cases

Navigation Instruction

Boat Equipment

All equipment necessary for navigation

Temporary Boat Licence

Temporary Boat Licence to use on the waterways of France

Boat Insurance

Please check on arrival  for upgrades to insurance

Breakdown assistance:

Available 7 days per week during base opening times


  • 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
  • Barbecue
  • Garage parking
  • One way transfers
  • Fishing equipment (an obligatory fishing licence costs €25. Please allow 2 or 3 weeks for the application process)
  • WiFi
  • 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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