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Houseboats on the Lot

From Cahors

Halfway between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, Cahors remains one of the region’s most popular tourist destinations. It’s also the ideal place to embark on a licence-free boat for an original waterway cruise that can’t possibly leave you indifferent.

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Cahors : an enchanting destination to indulge in the pleasures of waterway tourism

This town, occu­pied as far back as pre-Antiq­ui­ty, still har­bours ruins from the splen­did Gal­lo-Roman peri­od. The amphithe­atre and Diane’s arch are two of the most beau­ti­ful exam­ples. As you stroll through the shop­ping streets, don’t miss the oppor­tu­ni­ty to stop off on the fore­court of Saint-Eti­enne cathe­dral. This part-Romanesque, part-Goth­ic edi­fice was built over more than 600 years, between the 11th and 17th cen­turies. Head back towards the waters of the Lot before reem­bark­ing on your licence-free rental boat and admire the town’s emblem : the for­ti­fied Valen­tré bridge. This bridge, on the pil­grim­age route to San­ti­a­go de Com­postela (Via Podi­en­sis), is a UNESCO World Her­itage site but is not, how­ev­er, the one that appears on the city’s coat of arms. That place is reserved for the old bridge — Pont Notre Dame — which was destroyed in 1868.

A cruise on one of France’s most beautiful rivers : welcome to the Lot !

Many describe the Lot as France’s most beau­ti­ful riv­er, as you’ll appre­ci­ate once you embark on your licence-free rental boat, tak­ing in its series of green, hilly land­scapes. Cahors is one of the most pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions in the epony­mous départe­ment, part­ly due to its many gas­tro­nom­ic spe­cial­i­ties, from truf­fles to foie gras, along with its wine her­itage. Take the time dur­ing your water­way cruise to admire the vine­yards that have secured the rep­u­ta­tion of the wines of Cahors and Côtes du Quer­cy. Of course, your water­way cruise promis­es to be just as appeal­ing as the time you’ll spend strolling around this cap­i­tal of taste.

Dream up an unforgettable itinerary for a few days or a week

Set off from Cahors on your licence-free boat to enjoy the calm, sooth­ing waters of the Lot. The well-pre­served wild nat­ur­al envi­ron­ment will allow you to quick­ly for­get the stress­es and strains of every­day life. Your whole crew will enjoy every moment. Down­stream from Cahors, the bastide of Castel­franc or the medieval city of Puy‑l’Evêque will be the focus of your atten­tion. You can also opt to head for one of France’s most beau­ti­ful sites : Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. This city is lit­er­al­ly perched 80 metres above the riv­er – an unfor­get­table view to take in from your boat.

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suggested itineraries Tested and approved

Set off from Cahors and navigate as your desires see fit, or follow our itinerary ideas:

Mini-Week
Aller-retour 70km - 22 locks 15h Cahors > Saint Cirq Lapopie > Cahors
One week
Aller-retour 146km - 34 locks 28h Cahors > Luzech > Saint Cirq Lapopie > Larnagol > Cahors