Your stay on your houseboat...
Our gîte formula for 6 to 12 people gives you the privacy you want, you don't have to share with other passengers.
For 7 days / 6 nights of navigation, this specially adapted barge allows you the freedom to organise your stay as you choose.
Your barge glides along the canal every day, thanks to the crew who steer for you. You can participate alonside them and assist in the different maneuvers.
Your navigation timetable is fixed in advance, but can be modified in agreement with the crew.
We're old hands on the waterways and we can give you help on how best to organise your holiday to enjoy it to the full, avoiding the pitfalls that novices often encounter. Not forgetting all the tips that we can share with you !
For the steering . ..
As the barge is carrying passengersit is legally obliged to respect the laws governing design and safety imposed by the state ( like a bus, train or plane). For administrative purposes the barge is called a passenger boat and is obliged to have a qualified crew of a minimum of two.
As part of their daily routine, the crew ensures that the boat is ready to cast off, informs the lock keepers of its itinerary and declares its route to the V.N.F. as well as manoeuvering the lock gates and the foot bridges.
On board they are responsible for filling the water tanks, for checking there is sufficient gaz and fuel, that the generator is in good working order and for providing the energy required by the barge engine.
You don't have to bother with any of this and, in your absence, we keep a close watch on the barge and all it contains.
We live in the crew's quarters at the rear of the barge and eat our meals independently.
In this way everybody benefits from their own space.
Learn more about your crew
All along theway there are little markets and small, local grocery stores which are ideal for your daily shopping.
If you so wish we can plan an itinerary that includes a stopover in the evening near a restaurant.