Foodie pleasures aboard your rental houseboat
From Castelnaudary cassoulet to Alsatian sauerkraut, gastronomic specialties from all regions of France await you on your licence-free rental boat. So, get ready for an explosion of flavours and whet your appetite by preparing your waterway cruise itinerary right now.
A waterway cruise for dining pleasure
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to entertaining yourself aboard your licence-free rental boat. What with lounging lazily on the deck, cycling on the towpaths or swimming in rivers or lakes, there’ll be something to satisfy the whole family. And your waterway cruise is also sure to be a truly gastronomic journey, as you travel through picturesque landscapes representing a host of local flavours. Whether onboard your licence-free boat or in one of the region’s top restaurants, make the most of your cruise to sample a host of gastronomic delights.
The pleasure and tradition of local markets – another way to enjoy a gastronomic journey
Moor up as close as you can to towns and villages during your waterway cruise. On foot or by bike, you’ll easily be able to reach the heart of these towns to enjoy wandering around the local market stalls. Seek out local cuisine and specialities to take back on board, offering you the opportunity to sample produce from the various terroirs you travel through. At the turn of a meander, you’ll have the chance to meet producers and/or farmers. Visiting farms, wine estates and vineyards is also part of these unsuspected pleasures of waterway cruising. Far from the mainstream tourist trail, you’ll penetrate to the heart of each terroir, where artisans will continually awaken and enchant your taste buds. In the evening, you’ll be able to gather with your family around the table on your licence-free boat to taste the day’s finds.
Gastronomic itineraries for 3‑star waterway cruises
While you may well be guided by historic sites, fortified cities or major buildings in our national heritage in choosing and preparing your waterway cruise, the same can certainly be said of the local gastronomy. Set off on your rental boat in the Cognac region on the waters of the Charente and discover the secrets of Pineau and Cognac. From vine cultivation to distillation, these two brandies will accompany you throughout your cruise. Gastronomic ideas abound on the Lot – from Rocamadour cheese to black truffles, foie gras or Quercy melon, your cruise will be punctuated by gourmet moments, washed down, of course, with the famous Cahors wine.