Bicycles : the best mode of transport to complement a… waterway cruise !
It was probably the tranquil setting and soothing rhythm of a waterway cruise that attracted you to renting a licence-free boat. These holidays are nevertheless made even more enchanting if you remember to bring… your bikes. The towpaths and banks of French canals make cycling an integral part of waterway tourism.
Cycling : another way to approach waterway tourism
Opting for a waterway cruise means adopting a slow, soothing rhythm. Your houseboat’s average speed on the waterways and canals of France and elsewhere will be between 6 and 8 km per hour. This is a time for discovery, and since waterway tourism is an ideal holiday idea for the whole family, it’s a great idea to arrange bicycles to satisfy everyone’s desires. When you stop off somewhere, or pass through a lock, one (or more) of your crew may well opt for a bike to continue the adventure, especially by taking to the towpaths.
Towpaths by bike – a fun opportunity to explore the terroirs of every region you travel through
An ATB bike guarantees you the possibility of ringing the changes as you alternate between relaxing moments spent on the deck of your licence-free rental boat and more intense moments as you cycle behind it without, nevertheless, being forced to go too hard. Embrace the promise of unforgettable getaways, with unique opportunities to further explore the terroirs you travel through. While your rental boat goes through the manoeuvres to navigate a lock, you can leave the towpaths to head towards neighbouring villages or hamlets. This is another way of meeting other people and immersing yourself in all the regions’ attractions, so don’t forget to bring your bikes aboard your next waterway cruise.
From the Mediterranean to the Atlantic and the Garonne to the Loire : put together an itinerary in line with your desires
You’ll gain another perspective of a regional waterway network from the towpaths and banks of French canals. Set off on the banks of the Canal du Midi on your ATB bike for an easier way to understand why this canal, built in the seventeenth century, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Navigate the waters of the Mayenne during your cruise and you’ll be able to enjoy launching your bike on this path once reserved for bargemen. A hundred kilometres of cycle lanes await you between Le Lion d’Angers and Mayenne. Navigating the locks will take on another dimension as you cycle along these towpaths and embrace a whole new way of travelling !