Planning a stay with your French cousins but itching to get off the well-worn tourist paths? Why not opt for a holiday in a houseboat! Imagine – you are at the helm of your boat (no need for a license), crossing the most beautiful French regions at your own pace, in privacy and comfort, while enjoying a unique perspective of France that’s only offered by river tourism.

Burgundy, Lot, Charente, Mayenne, Alsace, Midi… So many beautiful regions open their doors to you… Take this unique opportunity to discover French heritage and the country’s diverse terroir. Here’s a sampling of things to do and see:

– Historical and architectural heritage: the Canal du Midi, its round and oval locks, plus the arched bridges; the circuit of Romanesque churches in South Burgundy but also the famous bridge-canal of Digoin, and the tunnels of the picturesque Nivernais Canal; the Saintes in Charente; the superb Valentré bridge in the Lot …

– Cultural Heritage: Angoulême, the mecca of comic books; Strasbourg, the European capital brimming with UNESCO heritage sites; the famous Haras National du Lion in Angers; in Mayenne; the 24h du Mans auto race; in the Sarthe; ….

– Natural heritage: the Camargue, its salt marshes and vast natural park; Seille in Burgundy, ponds, dunes and bogs with many migratory birds; the Lot and its majestic cliffs; …

– And what about France’s great gastronomy? During your journey, you’ll discover all types of restaurants, with proprietors eager to share the love of their land. Whatever your starting point, you’ll have ample opportunity to taste famous local specialties, washed down with wine or other liqueurs that are the hallmark of our regions.

Choose a boat with a capacity from 2 to 12 people, from 0 to 5 cabins, the simplest comfort to the highest quality services. There are also boats specially equipped for people with reduced mobility. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got the boat for you at FPP TRAVEL.

Pilot a house boat, it’s easy and you don’t need a license, so why not? There are over 20 bases in France to choose from, and you can opt to sail round-trip or one-way, over the course of a weekend, a mini-week, a week or even more!

Here’s a special offer you wont want to miss: for all reservations made by contacting FPP TRAVEL with the FRANCETODAY code, you’ll benefit from a 15% discount on the price of your stay! (Valid in the 2015 season only.) Call +33 (0)3 85 53 76 70  or visit the official website: www.houseboat-hire.com

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Do it, it’s a brilliant holiday.