Do you want to switch off and take a break in the fresh air? Why not take a trip along the river? The Canal de Briare, the Canal Latéral à la Loire and the Canal du Loing are all great places to discover. 


After a stroll around the charming port in Briare, hop aboard a boat for a cruise. Depending on the time you have available and your preferences, you can choose to embark on a sightseeing cruise or a lunch or dinner cruise. 

You’ll have the chance to cruise along the impressive Briare canal bridge built to link the Canal Latéral à la Loire to the Canal de Briare. This sumptuous structure spans the Loire at 662 metres long; it is adorned with 72 lampposts and guarded by four sumptuous pilasters, offering breathtaking panoramic views. Whether you take it by boat, on foot or by bike, the crossing is always an exceptional experience! 

And the discoveries don’t stop there. You will also have the experience of passing through one or more locks. 

C. Mouton – CRT Centre-Val de Loire



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Cycliste sur le bord du canal, un bateau sur le canal est à côté

Would you like to spend a day, a weekend or a holiday on the water with your family or friends? It couldn’t be simpler! Hire a houseboat with no need for a licence and succumb to the charms of a canal cruise. To ensure you really enjoy your trip, you’ll be given an introduction to the steering and operation of the boat. All you have to do is put on your captain’s hat and cast off!  

There are different sized boats, for small or large groups. All offer optimum comfort for enjoying your river escapade. If you wish, you can also take your bike with you, the ideal companion for heading off for a ride or a trip to stock up at the local farmers’ market.  

Cruising on the peaceful waters of the canals is like being in another world. From sunrise to sunset, comfortably seated on the deck of the boat, you can enjoy unique views of the surrounding countryside. Relaxation guaranteed!  


You can also choose to embark on an all-inclusive cruise aboard a hotel barge. Choose your route and take a cruise along the canals. 

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