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Belgium

Belgium

Offering a unique opportunity to experience both historic beauty and the finest in contemporary music, art and nightlife. This charming country is renowned for its beers and chocolates, but has so much more to discover.

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Belgium Cruises

Belgium Cruises


Belgium offers the traveler a unique opportunity to experience both the historic beauty of Europe and the finest in contemporary music, art and nightlife. This charming country is renowned for its beers and chocolates, but there is so much more to discover.

 

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England Cruises

England Cruises

Dramatic castles, stately homes and formal gardens, and medieval manor house are yours to enjoy while cruising the River Thames.  With its beauty and rich history, England can sooth, enthrall, revitalize and excite all at once.

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France Cruises

France Cruises


France known the world over for celebrating the "Art de Vivre" (Art of Living). Famous for centuries for it's fine wines and culinary delights. Those who celebrate life have long been drawn to this beautiful, historic and gastronomically famous country.

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Germany

Germany

A barge cruise along the Moselle river is a great way to experience the romantic scenery of Germany and the lush wine region famous the world over.  The Moselle River is approximately 550 kilometers long. Geographically the river is found in the north-eastern region of France, the eastern region of Luxembourg and the South-western region of Germany.

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Holland Cruises

Holland Cruises


Holland- offers much more than its legendary windmills and fields of tulips. In the Golden Age, Holland was "Capital of the World". Its rich heritage is reflected today in the offerings of a wide array of museums, handcrafted treasures and famous artwork. Holland was the home of such painters as Rembrandt. Come cherish the traditions and varied cultural activities of this enchanting country.

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Ireland Cruises

Ireland Cruises

The rich history of the beautiful unspoiled countryside is evident in plentiful castles, ruins and heritage sites. Whether you want to explore the glories of the past, enjoy present day cultural and artistic happenings or simply enjoy sheer relaxation and peacefulness, the "Emerald Isle" offers opportunities for everyone.

 

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Before Your Departure

LeBoat Operating Basics

Tools on your Boat

The tools on a LeBoat self drive boat

Driving a Canal Boat

Driving a LeBoat self drive barge

The Locks

Operating locks LeBoat Self Drive Barge

Navigation Rules

Navigation LeBoat Self Drive Barge

How to Moor your boat

Mooring LeBoat Self Drive Barge

Responsible Cruising

Responsible Cruising LeBoat Self Drive Barge

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Discover splendid scenery, pretty medieval villages and a truly multicultural atmosphere as you cruise the waterways of Alsace in north eastern France, Luxembourg and Germany. Framed by the pine trees of the Black Forest and the blue-tinted Vosges mountains, this culturally unique region has a distinctly cosmopolitan feel and offers superb cruising to suit all tastes.

The tiny French region of Alsace is as wonderful as the art and architecture of its cities. Follow the network of graceful rivers and canals to the delightful cities of Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg and Strasbourg, where storks’ nests perch high on the chimney tops and window boxes of geraniums provide vivid splashes of color. Stop for refreshments en route at ancient timber-framed ‘Auberges’ and enjoy the region’s famous light, refreshing wines and beers and distinctive cuisine – there are more Michelin starred restaurants here than anywhere else in France. From its vantage point overlooking the valleys below, Metz on the river Moselle is well worth visiting; its cathedral’s stunning stained glass windows have earned it the name ‘God’s Lantern’. Strasbourg is a delightful mix of old and new, its magnificent cathedral, cobbled streets and 19th century mansions sit comfortably next to the many modern-day buildings befitting a city that is home to the European parliament. Over the German border, enjoy carefree cruising in the naturally beautiful region of Saarland and soak up the laid-back atmosphere and pavement café culture of its cosmopolitan capital, Saarbrücken.

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The Art Noveau
Hesse - Nancy - Hesse
Cruise west through the rolling plains of the Lorraine region, stopping to visit Réchicourt le Château via the excellent fishing lake at Gondrexange. Admire the 15th century Basilica at St Nicolas de Port before arriving in beautiful Nancy. Head to Place Stanislas for glitzy shopping and a café-crème in the sunshine.
Duration: One Week
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 152 km
Locks: 42
Cruise Time: 25 hrs

The Cosmopolitan Cruise
Admire the beautiful scenery as you ascend the Arzviller boat lift and cruise on to Saverne, with its beautiful rose gardens. Home to the European parliament, Strasbourg is a culturally rich city and perfect for shopping and sightseeing. Its' entire town center is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Duration: One Week
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 156 km
Locks: 68
Cruise Time: 37 hrs

The Arzviller Experience
Cruising on the Canal de la Marne au Rhin and Canal du Rhône au Rhin, take your boat up the Arzviller boat lift and experience one of the greatest marvels of modern canal engineering. Spend time in the cosmopolitan city of Strasbourg, admire Europe’s biggest stained glass window in Sarrebourg and enjoy a fantastic view of Alsace from the Château.
Duration: One Week
Cruise Type: One Way
Distance: 104 km
Locks: 43
Cruise Time: 28 hrs

The Dual Nations Cruise
Hesse - Saarbrucken (or vice versa) or 1 Week - One-way trip
This fantastic cruise through France and Germany can be done either as a One-way trip in either direction or as Return trip to Saarbrucken. Cruise the pretty Canal des Houilleres de la Sarre linking France and Germany and enjoy time at Godrexange lake and watersports at Mittersheim. ...
Duration: One Week
Cruise Type: One Way
Distance: 206 km
Locks: 62
Cruise Time: 40 hrs

Longer Breaks

The Triple Nations Cruise
Hesse - Metz - Trier - Saarbrucken - Hesse
A fantastic cosmopolitan and cultural cruise through France, Luxembourg and Germany on the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, the Moselle and Sarre rivers and the Canal des Houillères de la Sarre. A licence is required for part of this journey.
Duration: Two Weeks
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 433 km
Locks: 74
Cruise Time: 84 hrs

 

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Regional Highlights
•Dutch masterpieces by Vermeer, Rembrandt and Ruisdael at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum
•The Dom Tower in Utrecht. Climb 465 steps to the top for superb views over the town’s beautiful canals and waterside restaurants
•Woudsend – the watersports centre of the Friesland region. Have fun on the water, visit its colourful shops and try a ‘Boterdrabbel’cake at a local café
•Muiderslot – home to Holland’s most famous medieval castle and fabulous herb garden
•The great lock at Muiden
•Giethoorn – the ‘Little Venice’ of Holland

Boating is a way of life in Holland, so come on board and discover the best way to see this beautiful country! Make friends with the friendly Dutch nation on the waterways, admire the traditional windmills that border your cruising routes, head off on the waterside cycle routes or moor up in smart new marinas where modern facilities are plentiful and good.

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The Mini Friesland Cruise
Woudsend - Sneek - Woudsend
A beautiful 3-4 nights cruise in the Friesland region in the northern Holland. This boating reagion gisltens with hundreds of lakes and is perfect for watersports of all kinds. Take some time to visit the small towns of Sneek, lemmer, Sloten and heeg.
Duration: 3-4 Days
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 80 km
Locks: 4
Cruise Time: 9 hrs

One Week Breaks

The Capital Cruise
Strand Horst - Amsterdam - Utrecht - Strand Horst
Cruise along the River Vecht and admire the waterfront country houses that line your route. Get some cultural and cosmopolitan fun in Amsterdam. Admire brilliantly cut gems at the famous diamond polishing factories and discover great works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Ruisdael at the Rijksmuseum. Visit the Rietveld-Schroder house in ...
Duration: One Week
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 180 km
Locks: 4
Cruise Time: 33 hrs

The Lakes & Cities Cruise
Woudsend - Grouw - Lemmer - Woudsend
Depending on the route you take, this delightful journey can be done in 10hrs (80kms) or 20hrs (200kms). Cruise to Grouw and explore the sailing base, before moving to Princehof and taking some pictures at the nature reserve. Workum is home to many of painter Jopie Huisman’s works.
Duration: One Week
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 200 km
Locks:0
Cruise Time: 20 hrs

Longer Breaks

The Best of Holland Cruise
Woudsend - Loosdrecht - Strand Horst
This superb cruise takes you on a journey from the northern lakelands to the vibrant cities in the centre of Holland - Amsterdam & Utrecht.   This trip offers many opportunities to enjoy cruising, sightseeing, and shopping en route. Cruise past the picturesque cottages that line the dyke at Workum.
Duration: 10 Days
Cruise Type: One Way
Distance: 200 km
Locks: 4-6
Cruise Time:35 hrs

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With a choice of two wonderful cruising locations, this is a chance to see the beauty of England from a different perspective.

 

 

 

 

 


ThamesThe famous River Thames winds its way through the beautiful green countryside of England, past historic towns and cities and quintessential English villages with their riverside pubs and immaculate village greens. This is the home of cricket and afternoon tea, picnics on the riverbank and gentle strolls through Royal Parks, not to mention awe-inspiring towns and cities steeped in history. Visit the Thames Cruising Companion.

Norfolk Broads
The Norfolk Broads, an area of great natural beauty and a haven for wildlife, is one of England’s most popular cruising grounds. Renowned for its rural lifestyle and great boat-building traditions, and synonymous with images of families having fun on the water, this is a great place to simply relax and enjoy an altogether slower pace of life. Visit the Norfolk Broads Cruising Companion.

Burgundy_Nivernais_and_Loire_MapBurgundy - Canal du Nivernais
The charming Canal du Nivernais, reputed to be one of the prettiest in France, winds peacefully between Auxerre and Decize through rolling meadows, hillside vineyards, rocky outcrops and forests.

Picture-postcard scenery and pretty canal-side villages line your route and the slow pace of life on land superbly mirrors your gentle cruise along the region’s peaceful waterways. It is easy to see how these peaceful landscapes inspired the Impressionists of the day.

Our bases at Migennes, Châtel Censoir, Tannay and Decize provide perfect starting points for your cruise through this ‘green land of running waters’ with cruising on the River Yonne and the Canal de Bourgogne also possible.

Week Breaks

The Tannay Cruise
Tannay produces some fantastic wines and is reputed for its traditional wineproducing methods. Savor regional delights on both sides of the canal en route to Auxerre, the former capital of the region.
Duration: One Week
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 156 km
Locks: 76
Cruise Time: 38 hrs

The Decize Cruise
Cercy-la-Tour provides stunning views over the village and valley below while Châtillon-en-Bazois is home to one of the region’s most splendid châteaux. The lake at Baye provides excellent watersports facilities.
Duration: One Week
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 144 km
Locks: 72
Cruise Time: 30 hrs

The Wine Lover's Cruise
Decize - Tannay (or vice versa)
From the charming town of Decize head to Tannay, passing some of the region’s best-loved châteaux and castles en route at Chitry les-Mines and Châtillonen-Bazois. Enjoy wine tasting and shopping at Tannay before heading back to Decize.
Duration: One Week
Cruise Type: One Way
Distance: 99 km
Locks: 72
Cruise Time:35 hrs

The Chablis Cruise
Tannay - Migennes (or vice versa)
A beautiful cruise on the Canal du Nivernais and the River Yonne visiting medieval Clamecy, Châtel Censoir and Auxerre. Clamecy is surrounded by water and known locally as the ‘town of beautiful reflections’. Wander the maze of narrow streets lined with beautiful old houses and buy delicious chocolates, spicy sausage and foie gras. ...
Duration: One Week
Cruise Type: One Way
Distance: 100 km
Locks: 50
Cruise Time:28 hrs

The Classic Nivernais Cruise
Chatel Censoir - Migennes (or vice versa)
Set off on this classic Canal du Nivernais cruise from the beautiful port beneath the hilltops at Châtel Censoir. Visit Auxerre’s old quarter with its abbey and cathedral before cruising to Migennes.
Duration: One Week
Cruise Type: One Way
Distance: 65 km
Locks: 31
Cruise Time: 16 hrs

The Arts & Culture Cruise
Chatel Censoir - Clamecy - Auxerre - Chatel Censoir
Stop at the hilltop artisan town of Clamecy and Auxerre, the former medieval capital of Burgundy on this journey along the Canal du Nivernais and the River Yonne. Perfect towpaths make for great cycling.
Duration: One Week
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 120 km
Locks: 58
Cruise Time:35 hrs

The Rennaissance Cruise
Châtel Censoir – Chitry-les-Mines – Corbigny – Châtel Censoir
From the picturesque port of Châtel Censoir, follow the beautiful Canal du Nivernais as it winds its way through the woodland and pastures of the peaceful Morvan countryside. Silver was mined in Renaissance times around the hills of Chitry-les-Mines and 17th century Corbigny was once defended by 14 towers.
Duration: One Week
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 106 km
Locks: 52
Cruise Time: 34 hrs

The Burgundy Chateaux Cruise
Migennes – Tanlay – Migennes
Cruise past vibrant fields of yellow rapeseed or red poppies, fields of wheat and pretty lock houses with window boxes of colourful geraniums. Tall poplar trees line your route providing shade and tranquillity. St. Florentin has a wonderful market and good restaurants, while the ancient city of Tonnere in the heart of Burgundy, ...
Duration: One Week
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 106 km
Locks: 46
Cruise Time: 29 hrs

The Cathedral Cruise
Migennes – Sens – Joigny - Migennes
This is an easy cruise on the River Yonne with few locks, so you’ll have plenty of time to admire the magnificent architecture of the wonderful gothic cathedrals at Migennes and Sens, as well as for historic sightseeing, shopping and fabulous restaurants! Spend time in the delightful medieval village of Joigny.
Duration: One Week
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 88 km
Locks: 20
Cruise Time: 21 hrs

Longer Breaks

The Medieval Cruise
Migennes - Châtillon-en-Bazois - Migennes
This cruise takes you through the heart of the Nivernais region, stopping en route at medieval villages and splendid châteaux with art treasures of the past. Notable vineyards ensure good winetastings wherever you stop.
Duration: Two Weeks
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 226 km
Locks: 120
Cruise Time: 56 hrs

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Dreams become a reality when touring by barge along the fabled Canal du Midi through the Languedoc region of France. Just a portion of France’s unique canal system linking major towns and tiny medieval villages, the Canal du Midi passes through the coastal plain and stony hills where wine grapes flourish in the brilliant sunshine. A fiercely independent region, its rich history and deep traditions strongly influence the scenic area.
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The Medieval Cruise
Castelnaudary - Trebes (or vice versa)

From the old port of Castelnaudary, visit medieval Carcassonne and enjoy the timeless appeal of the waterway en route to the medieval town of Trèbes, situated at the confluence of the Canal du Midi and the river Aude.
Duration: 3-4 Days
Cruise Type: One Way
Distance: 52 km
Locks: 31
Cruise Time: 18 hrs

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The Little Midi Cruise
Castelnaudary - Homps - Castelnaudary

A classic cruise on the Canal du Midi through rolling countryside under the dappled shade of the plane trees. Visit the impressive walled city of Carcassonne, and the medieval Cathar city of Argens Minervois close to the pretty port of Homps. Spend time en route visiting the wine towns of Trèbes, and Bram.
Duration: One Week
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 104 km
Locks: 62
Cruise Time: 39 hrs

The Merchant's Cruise
Start your vacation in the pretty Roman town of Narbonne and enjoy the scenery of the Canal de la Robine before turning onto the Canal du Midi and heading towards the walled city of Carcassonne.
Duration: One Week
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 158 km
Locks: 78
Cruise Time: 39 hrs

The Wine Lover's Cruise
Homps - Bram - Homps

From the small port of Homps – once famous for shipping the many barrels of Languedoc wine on to Bordeaux, head up-stream under the shade of the plane trees to the lovely waterside town of Bram, stopping off en route to visit the medieval walled city of Carcassonne.
Duration: One Week
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 80 km
Locks: 42
Cruise Time: 23 hrs

The Pierre-Paul Riquet Cruise
Trebes - Beziers - Trebes

Enjoy lock free cruising between Argens and Béziers as you pass through the heart of waterside towns and villages to the busy port-town of Béziers, birthplace of Pierre-Paul Riquet – founder of the Canal du Midi. Experience the staircase of locks at Fonsérannes and the oldest canal tunnel at Malpas en route.
Duration: One Week
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 180 km
Locks: 54
Cruise Time: 37 hrs

The Sunshine Cruise
Port Cassafieres - Narbonne - Port Cassafieres

The magnificent staircase of locks at Fonsérannes gives you stunning views over the Orb valley and the city of Béziers. Enjoy wines at the 400 year old vineyard next to the Guery aqueduct and browse for antique books at Le Somail before cruising down the Canal de la Robine into Narbonne.
Duration: One Week
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 128 km
Locks: 46
Cruise Time: 27 hrs

The Midi-Robine Cruise
Narbonne - Trebes (or vice versa)

A spectacular one week cruise along the Canal du Midi and the Canal de la Robine. Narbonne, with its spectacular Merchant’s Bridge is a delightful city to explore and is close to the beaches.
Duration: One Week
Cruise Type: One Way
Distance: 87 km
Locks: 43
Cruise Time: 23 hrs

The Classic Midi Cruise
Set off from the wine center of Homps and savor the memorable sights and sounds of the Canal du Midi en route to Port Cassafières, situated at the edge of the Camargue and close to lovely beaches.
Duration: One Week
Cruise Type: One Way
Distance: 77 km
Locks: 19
Cruise Time: 17 hrs

The Golden Midi Cruise
Port Cassafieres - Castelnaudary (or vice versa)

From the beaches and edge of the Camargue, cruise to the vibrant city of Bèziers. Head up the staircase of locks at Fonsérannes and cruise in the shade, stopping when the mood takes you. Visit the famous ice-house and book shop at Le Somail before heading on to the 14th century town ...
Duration: One Week
Cruise Type: One Way
Distance: 157 km
Locks: 62
Cruise Time: 45 hrs

Longer Cruises

The Languedoc Cruise
Narbonne - Castelnaudary - Narbonne

An ancient Roman town and former thriving sea port, Narbonne is famous for its spectacular Merchant’s Bridge – one of the few remaining bridges lined with houses and shops. From here, head up-stream past many delightful villages and vineyards, and the medieval city of Carcassonne, before reaching Castelnaudary.
Duration:Two Weeks
Cruise Type: Return Trip
Distance: 236 km
Locks: 118
Cruise Time: 80 hrs

 

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Canal du Midi
Dreams become a reality when touring by barge along the fabled Canal du Midi through the Languedoc region of France. Just a portion of France’s unique canal system linking major towns and tiny medieval villages, the Canal du Midi passes through the coastal plain and stony hills where wine grapes flourish in the brilliant sunshine. A fiercely independent region, its rich history and deep traditions strongly influence the scenic area.

Camargue
A perfect destination for Beginners to enjoy a wonderful boating vacation. The Camargue has something for everyone, swim in the clear waters of the Mediterranean at nearby seaside resorts, enjoy the amazing wildlife including over 400 species of birds that the Camargue provides habitats for, or enjoy the ancient fishing ports of Aigues Mortes and Sète. Visit the Camargue Cruising Companion.

Aquitaine
Culture and gastronomy go hand in hand in the sunny region of Aquitaine in South West France. Cruise through the beautiful Garonne valley on the River Baïse and the Canal latéral à la Garonne from our bases at Le Mas d’Agenais or Montauban. Discover ancient Bastide towns, medieval market squares and magnificent chateaux set amid a landscape of cornfields, orchards and vine-clad hillsides. Renowned for its regional cuisine, the Aquitaine cruising region affords many opportunities to shop at delicious local markets for delicacies such as foie gras, wild mushrooms and truffles. Bordeaux wines can be tasted and tested in their place of origin and sampled back on deck of your barge. Aquitaine's picture perfect scenery inspired many famous artists and when you see if for yourself you will know why!

Burgundy
Burgundy is one of France’s most famous regions. But there is much more to Burgundy than wine—although a tour of the magical and seemingly endless vineyards should be at the top of your itinerary! There are many wonderful things to explore in this famous region, from the Burgundy canal to the other famed provinces in this region—from Beaune to Dijon, your time in Burgundy will be a delight! Burgundy is located in the western portion of the country. It is a region steeped in history and culture, as famous for its sites and castles as it is for its wine and cuisine.

Burgundy - Nivernais Loire
The Canal Du Nivernais (western Burgundy) connects the Loire Valley and the Seine river and is a wonderful place to cruise. The gentle waters offer a quiet beauty of a panoramic countryside that is rich in color and culture.  The people of France are warm and inviting and are as much a part of the great vacation experience as the wonderful food. The Loire region of France is one that is well-known as the Garden-of France and with good reason.  This was once the playground for many of the French Kings who fell in love with the diversity of the landscape.  Grand hunting lodges were built for the enjoyment of the French royalty.  Comfort and luxury are hard items to leave behind when royalty visits the country and soon the hunting lodges evolved into grand Chateau.  The charm of the Upper Loire is the diversity of its landscape which is made up of a heavenly contrast.  Steep mountains merge with rolling hills that give way to deep forests and scattered amid the natural splendor are the many wondrous village of the region.

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From majestic castles to the latest in green tourism, Alsace has activities, events and sites that attract a multitude of international tourists. A region known for its outdoor adventure sports as well as its rich historical and cultural offerings; Alsace can be enjoyed year round. Accessibility to the region is continually being improved to help support tourism and businesses in the area. Alsace is served by two international airports; one is in Strasbourg, the other is the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. Strasbourg’s location on the Rhine makes it a busy port city, serving both industry and tourism. Alsace also boasts one of the most developed rail networks in the country. Touring the region by train or canal barge is easily accomplished.

Lot
The clear waters of the River Lot meander leisurely through wide valleys and steep gorges, beneath spectacular limestone cliffs and past cascading waterfalls. They take you on a memorable and unhurried voyage to ancient castles, medieval villages and historic châteaux. For many, this is river cruising at its best.

Charente
Known as the ‘Loveliest River in France’ the Charente meanders from its source in the Limousin through the gentle countryside of the Charente region until it reaches the Atlantic at Rochefort. You can choose to cruise in either direction from our base at Jarnac. Cruising west towards the Atlantic at Rochefort, you’ll see the world renowned vineyards of Cognac and a visit to this elegant town and its famous distilleries such as Hennessy and Remy Martin, is a must. Rochefort was built to house Louis XIVth’s new Navy and remains an important and historic naval center today. Enjoy the sea air and fabulous seafood restaurants!

Brittany
Soak up the Celtic charm of the beautiful cruising region of Brittany and step back in time as you visit the medieval towns, châteaux and castles that line your route and captivate your cultural tastebuds. The temperate climate, long hours of sunshine and many beautiful parks with leisure and watersports amenities make this a perfect place to visit any time of year. You will discover a region where ancient customs continue today and traditional costumes are proudly worn at the many festivals celebrating Brittany’s mythical and magical past.

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