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Boat trips

Perhaps you might simply be tempted by a restful boat trip? One on which to relax, taking in fabulous landscapes, the waters operating their magical calming influence on you. In this section, we suggest a number of options for taking boat trips along or near ViaRhôna.

Canal de Savières at Chanaz


The Lefebvre family has been running boat trips since 1984... BATEAUCANAL operates two panoramic, comfortable, spacious boats with an upper outdoor deck, taking you along the beautiful Canal de Savières.


The Chanaz is the only paddle-boat operating on the Canal de Savières and the splendid mountain-surrounded Lac du Bourget to which it’s linked. Non-polluting and silent, thanks to its electric propulsion, it offers a lovely way to enjoy the area’s natural riches. From on board, look out for rainbow trout and arctic char, birds and dragonflies, even elusive beavers…

Lac du Bourget

there are numerous options for boat trips on this magnificent mountain-surrounded expanse, the largest natural lake in France

Vallée Bleue (towards Montalieu-Vercieu)

Aboard the Mirola, take in a magnificent stretch of the Upper Rhône, set between pastures and marshes and the huge slopes of the Bugey range. It’s great for a mini-cruise for families, friends and groups. If you prefer to organize a trip on this stretch of the Rhône for yourself, you can hire little boats that don’t require a licence.
Unique in Europe! Get out on the Rhône in an authentic amphibious car from the 1960s. This collector’s item still works both as a car and a boat! Steered along by a driver who has both a car licence and a boat licence, enjoy exploring the wilder side of the Rhône in exceptional fashion.

Boat trips at Lyon

One of the most magical ways of taking in Lyon’s UNESCO World Heritage Site city centre is aboard a boat, be it with a simple boat trip, a boat trip with commentary or even aboard a restaurant-boat!

Floating restaurant at Vienne

At the grand little historic city of Vienne, south of Lyon, where the Rhône Valley vineyards begin, appreciate the work of a chef who’s also passionate about by boats by enjoying a meal aboard Le Livia, a floating restaurant that takes you along a stretch of the Rhône.

Port de l’Epervière at Valence

South of the city centre of Valence, the Port de l’Epervière is a smart marina with beautiful views. From here, you can hire a little boat to go out on the Rhône.


The Rhône has always played a huge role in Avignon life, as the famed ‘Sur le pont d’Avignon’ song recalls. On the opposite side to the awesome 14th-century papal palace lies the île de la Barthelasse, one of the largest river islands in Europe. A reaction cable ferry used to link the two banks so that citizens could easily go for walks on the island on their days off. Today, the banks of the Rhône have been restored and smartened up and a river shuttle called Le Ville d'Avignon allows people to cross for free to the green lung of La Barthelasse, the largest green space in the city.
Also note that there’s a variety of boat trips to choose from to get wonderful views of Avignon from the water or to enjoy longer excursions on the Rhône from town.

Avignon / Arles :

Take a trip aboard the Mireio, along what’s been nicknamed ‘the most beautiful avenue in Provence’! There are many options for taking a Rhône river cruise between Avignon and Arles.

Avignon / Arles :

LE PHENICIEN is a barge-hotel with a difference, spacious, light and very comfortable. With its 9 cabins, it can accommodate up to 18 passengers at a time. On a cruise along the Rhône you can discover Avignon and its famous 14th-century papal palace from another angle, along with the famed Chateauneuf-du-Pape vineyards, the Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct, the stunning medieval village of Les Baux, Roman Arles, the bulls and cowboys at the typical Camargue Manade Les Marquises, and the medieval fortified port of Aigues-Mortes. Travelling in luxury with us along the waterways of Southern France, imitate the way kings, queens and noblemen travelled these parts in medieval times.

In the département of the Gard

In the département (or county) of the Gard (in the Languedoc Region) there are lovely ways of going about by waterway, the wind in your hair. The main Rhône, the Petit Rhône and the Canal du Rhône à Sète together offer 160km of navigable waterways through the county, plus there are the charming marinas to enjoy. Take life at a different pace on the Gard’s waterways, be it on the deck of a tourist boat, settled in a comfortable barge-hotel, or driving a little boat that doesn’t require a licence. As to Port-Camargue right on the Mediterranean, it attracts many keen sailors, being the biggest yachting marina in Europe, right on the edge of the famed Camargue delta.

Relax on a boat in the heart of the sunny Camargue

On the Canal du Rhône à Sète and the Étang de Thau lake, you can hire a boat and enjoy floating along at gentle pace, taking in the sunshine on the boat’s deck, as well as the expansive Languedoc lagoons, the golden beaches, the marshes and reedbeds, plus the flamingoes. See how splendid and varied the Camargue landscapes are. You can plunge into history approaching such places as the fortified crusader port of Aigues-Mortes. Then there are the modern resorts with their buzzing nightlife. Boating across the Camargue really opens up all sorts of opportunities!

Frontignan / Sète :

Have you ever dreamt of being rocked to sleep aboard a yacht? For non-sailors, there’s a way of enjoying such a night, with ‘une nuit à bord’!
The 14m-long PERSHING 45 is moored to the quay in the charming port of Frontignan-Plage and offers a great deal of comfort. It’s located just 200m from a beach, providing an unusual stay in maritime luxury.