Heritage Heritage and culture along the water
A rich heritage to discover day by day on your licence-free boat
It was probably the enjoyment of boating and the promise of a relaxing holiday that attracted you to a waterway cruise. With a bit of organisation, however, this kind of trip is also a great way to admire the natural and historical heritage of every region you travel through.
A waterway cruise : another way of embracing our regions’ rich heritage
A waterway cruise will ensure you take your next holiday at a different pace, guaranteeing you won’t miss the riches and treasures of the regions you travel through. At an average speed of 6 km per hour, you’ll enjoy a unique and often impregnable view of the landscapes you cross. Whether your waterway takes you through a wooded area or the outskirts of a village or abbey, you’ll remain in control of your schedule, with the possibility of mooring your boat to further explore the sites that catch your eye. As you navigate the waterways of Ardennes, you’ll be able to take the time to marvel at Dames de Meuse, an exceptional natural site which, viewed from the deck of your houseboat, will be one of the highlights of your cruise.
Waterways : connecting routes to get away from it all and explore as you see fit
Choose a waterway cruise to really enjoy a region as you embrace all the traditions and culture of every terroir you travel through. Each lock you navigate, along with being a true work of art to discover, will provide the opportunity to enjoy chatting to the lock keeper or other boaters. You’ll also be able to fully appreciate how human genius has made its mark here. The Agde Round Lock on the Canal du Midi is an exceptional site to admire from all angles. In contrast to this work of art, built on a canal classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, you’ll also be able to surprise yourself by taking the famous inclined plane boat lift at Saint Louis Arzviller.
A natural or historic heritage to (re)discover from the deck of your licence-free boat
Aboard your licence-free boat, you’ll be able to take in the recognised treasures of every region of France, as well as further afield. In Cahors or Angers, for example, you’ll be able to head for major historical sites and give yourself time to discover and explore them. Take a walk through the picturesque city of Rocamadour and fall in love with its narrow streets or give yourself a chance to get away from it all by strolling through the cloister of Moissac abbey.
Aboard your licence-free boat, you can get closer to an unknown heritage, taking in the mills for example. Willer mill will allow you to admire the know-how and better understand the history of your ancestors – a real journey through time, which you can organise by preparing your waterway cruise itinerary.