Get Inspired / Europe / France Live the Dream Canal Boating in France Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / France Live the Dream Canal Boating in France story by: House of Travel France is one of the world's dreamiest destinations, full of romance, culture and natural beauty. Did you know that this stunning country can be explored by canal boat? France has plenty of waterways to travel along, and getting around in such a unique way can make your holiday extra special. Here's some information that will help you plan a canal boat holiday though the South of France. The Canal du Midi The Canal du Midi is one of the most popular boating routes through France. It also happens to be one of UNESCO's certified World Heritage areas, thanks to its stunning natural features and man-made engineering wonders. Why? The waterway itself stretches for 360 kilometres, and joins the Mediterranean and Atlantic. To be navigable, 328 locks, bridges, tunnels and aqueducts had to be built between 1667 and 1694. With a journey along this gorgeous canal, you get to discover these historical structures for yourself. Visitors are often awestruck at how seamlessly the man-made aspects of the canal blend in with nature. Boating along the Canal du Midi Given its long length, there are plenty of areas for you to explore and towns to visit via boat. Canal tours usually operate along different sections of the waterway, so you can choose the part that interests you most. Locaboat has various trips through the region. One such journey is the 'Midi Lauragais', which runs various circuits leaving from Negra. For instance, one week-long trip heads from Negra to the stunning medieval town of Carcassonne, plus Castelnaudary, a historic port, and back. Then there's a two week itinerary that visits Negra, Castelnaudary, Carcassonne, Béziers, Bouzigues, Frontignan, Aigues-Mortes and Lattes, for a more in depth experience of the area. Or you could try one of the 'Midi Minervois' circuits, visiting destinations such as Argens and Trèbes. Circuits on the Camargue route visit wonderful towns and villages such as Frontignan, Sète and Béziers, too. See a new side to France and explore a new way of travelling with a beautiful boat trip along the Canal du Midi - it's sure to be a holiday to remember. > Check out our HOT deals to the UK & Europe Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Europe’s 8 best music festivals Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Make this incredible trip your next European holiday Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.