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Boating on the Lot

Let's weigh anchor !

A preserved river, a rich fauna, grandiose landscapes….

From the Middle Ages onwards, “gabares” (flat-bottomed cargo boats) used to sail down the Lot carrying coal, wine and fruit to the great cities of the South-western plains. You have the prospect of a beautiful cruise ahead of you if come boating on the Lot. Here are three ideas for exploring according to the time and budget you have.

Captain on a houseboat

Today the barges are habitable boats which from April to October criss-cross the river from Luzech to Larnagol via Cahors. A license is not necessary to become captain of these boats and let yourself be lulled while enjoying the landscapes which pass slowly by…

Finally, you have to plan a few maneuvers to cross the 17 manual locks (for the most part) but that is part of the adventure and what a pleasure to stop at the foot of the medieval village of St Cirq-Lapopie ! A week for 160 km round trip to the nautical base of your choice, it is ideal for discovering the vineyards, the market of Cahors and the pretty villages which border the river.

This is the ideal formula for sharing holidays with family or friends more than as a couple where it is sometimes difficult to manage everything, especially for the locks, when there are only two of you on the boat!

What’s special ?

  • Exploring the landscapes and villages from the river
  • Taking your time and stopping for a visit or a bathe
  • Meeting friendly people on other boats
  • Becoming an expert on how to get through a lock
  • Fishing from on board the boat
  • Drifting off to sleep to the water’s gentle murmuring

A day is enough !

The Gabarot is just the thing : this mini-gabare with seats shaded from the sun is perfect for a day’s outing with the family, taking a picnic along.

From 40€ for 1 hr.

An hour and a half all-inclusive ?

Embark on one of the “Bateaux promenade” passenger boats in Cahors, Bouziès or St. Cirq Lapopie for a cruise with commentary.

Between 10 € and 11 € for a cruise

In the evening, a dinner and cruise formula also allows a beautiful discovery of the Lot Valley.