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South of France Boating Adventure


There’s no better way to admire the beautiful landscapes, explore medieval citadals and sample amazing gastronomy in the south of France than with your own self-drive boating adventure.  You’ll wake up in a different place every day along the world-famous Canal du Midi, navigating locks and experiencing a truly unique holiday on the waterways, skippering your own Pénichette®. The perfect way to experience life in the south of France!


 The ease of a self-drive boat. Resembling a traditional barge, the Pénichette® rental boat is the easiest to drive allowing for simple maneuvering through locks, and they don’t require a license to steer! Discover the pleasure of travel without worrying about your luggage – you only need to take the essentials with you on your boat. Whipping up French delights onboard will be a breeze but you also won’t want to miss enjoying local specialties and Mediterranean treats on the quayside and lively canal side village visits. With plenty of space and fully equipped, life onboard is extremely comfortable - just perfect for the two of you and even better to share this fantastic experience with family and friends.

♡ Relaxation is what it’s all about! Travel from village to village with no hassle, free to plan your time as you like. There’s a real simplicity of life on the waterways, as you gently go with the flow - hire regulations limit your speed to 8 km an hour, reduced to 3 km an hour when approaching bridges, docks or locks. Leisurely days gliding gracefully along  as you take the time to marvel at the historic buildings, treasures of the middle ages and vast, green landscapes shaded by cypress trees and umbrella pines, with vineyards on the port side and Mediterranean villages to starboard.

 Hire bikes and take them with you. A great way to explore the local towns and markets and you’re within easy reach of historic sites such as Toulouse with its basilicas, the pride of the ‘Pink City’ and Carcassonne with its famous medieval citadel. This incredible ancient citadel is straight out of a fairy tale and if you can time your arrival for sunset, the stones take on a fiery glow – a truly breathtaking sight!  The Minervois vineyards skirting the foothills of the Black Mountain is highly recommended and you can venture into the Camargue to find the white horses with their manes blowing in the wind.


from $3104 per boat (based on up to 4 people on Pénichette® P.1020 Flying Bridge) 
Includes 10% early booking discount
Travel: 18 Mar-08 Apr & 15-31 Oct 22

Sales to 30 November 2021

Additional dates are available - ask us for pricing and details. 

Couples and Family discounts are available – please ask us for details.

Bike hire is available from $77 per person
One way supplement from $225 per boat


• Hire of The Pénichette P.1020 Flying Bridge for 1 week
• Crockery, bed linen and towels
• The navigation fees charged by waterways authorities
• Insurance for the boat
• The first gas cylinder
• The captain’s handbook
• Cruising lesson on day of departure
• Technical assistance 7 days a week during working hours

Prices do not include:
• Cleaning at the end of your holiday
• Any damage caused to the boat during your cruise
• Diesel used during your cruise
• Mooring fees in harbours during your cruise
• Transfer of your car or taxi fares 

canal du midi map


Not quite right?  With over 200 routes along canals, rivers and lakes in Europe and many self-driving boats to choose from, if this Canal du Midi itinerary doesn’t suit you, let us tailor make the perfect self-drive canal boating experience for you!


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7 day hire

based on up to 4 people on Pénichette® P.1020 Flying Bridge

Travel: 18 Mar-08 Apr & 15-31 Oct 22

Additional dates are available - ask us for pricing and details. 

Sales to 30 November 2021

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Conditions: Sales to 30 November 2021 •Price is correct as at 17 November 21 • Prices are thereafter subject to change without notice until time of confirmation. Prices may vary due to a number of factors including tax and surcharge increases, exchange rate movements and availability • Payment schedule will be provided at time of booking • Subject to availability at time of reservation.  • Advertised price is per boat on payment by cash or cheque. Credit card fees will apply • A damage deposit is payable on day of departure before embarking and shall be returned at the end of the trip if the boat and all of its equipment is returned in proper working order • For full terms and conditions please ask your House of Travel consultant* FINANCE CONDITIONS: Lending criteria, fees, terms & conditions apply. Offer available in-store only. For finance terms and conditions visit