A self drive barge is similar to a houseboat. There is no license required, the self-drive vessels cruise about 5 miles per hour and you there is bedding supplied and full kitchen with all the utensils you would need. In France along the canals you can moor anywhere you like. There are towpaths along the canals so you bike or walk into the different canal-side villages along your route. With a self-drive barge you are at the helm of your vacation. It is a wonderful way to travel with family or friends.