A houseboat and bicycle river cruise in the wild and unspoiled nature of the Lot in France, passing through the spectacular highlands of Quercy starting from Douelle. Crossing gorges, valleys and vineyards will become a spectacular set of vegetation. You will have the opportunity to visit places that can only be reached by houseboats and bicycles and to taste different fine wines. Sail along the Lot river to discover Southern France on a houseboat without the need for a skipper, you can take the boat independently!
|DEPARTURE BASE||Douelle, France|
|TIME OF DEPARTURE||Check-in at 2:00 pm on Saturday - Check-out at 9:00 am on the following Saturday|
|NOT INCLUDED SERVICES||
From € 2.300 per boat.
|CRUISE AND MINI-CRUISE TIPS||
Douelle - Luzech - Crégols - Douelle
Douelle - Vers - Douelle
|Language||International crew and guests.|
Day 1: Check-in
Check-in at Douelle at 14:00, which presents itself to the crews with a gigantic mural of 770 square meters made on the quay of the river, painted by Chamizo and which represents the history of Cahors wine. Stop to eat at one of the great restaurants in town. Continuing your journey along the river you will see fabulous castles surrounded by vineyards. Waiting for the passage of the Mercuès lock, you will dock in the shadow of the promontory, on which the 7th century castle of the same name is located, where you can taste or buy wine directly from its cellars.
Cahors will surely be one of the main stops of your navigation. A city famous for its art, its mighty medieval architecture and its history. The arches of the mighty fortified bridge called Pont Valentré that you can admire from the river will not go unnoticed. In the center, stroll through the streets in bloom, admire the old half-timbered houses and do not miss the Romanesque cathedral of Saint-Étienne with its still intact frescoes, a destination for pilgrimages.
The navigation continues towards Laroque-des-Arcs. All along the Lot Valley, are the “Chateaux des Anglais”, a series of 11th century fortifications, where in one of these examples is the charming chapel of San Rocco, built under the sheer rock. Then the next stop will be in the picturesque town of Arcambal full of historical sites such as the fortified ruins, the ancient Château du Bousquet and the impressive Saint-Antoine church, built in the 15th century.
Don't miss a visit to Vers, a small village located at the junction of the Lot and the Vers creek, dotted with small waterfalls and a series of mills. Enter the art gallery near the harbor to admire the oil and pastel paintings depicting scenes from the Lot Valley. Don't miss the biscuit factory and the Delfour museum, located 1 km from Vers. Pick up some treats at the shop or enjoy a pit stop in the tea room. Instead, a 15-minute walk west from the village, visit the Chapel of Velles.
Today you will visit Bouziès, where you will be enchanted by its picturesque places. Enjoy a walk along the canal on the path carved into the rock that was once used for the animal towing of boats going up the Lot. Today it is an open-air masterpiece from which you can admire the surrounding flora and fauna.
The next stop is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in all of France: Saint-Cirq Lapopie. This medieval village has preserved its heritage and maintained an irresistible charm. Stroll through its center passing through craft shops, artists' workshops, souvenir shops and obviously the cellars where you can taste fine wines are a must. From Saint-Cirq Lapopie you will be amazed by the view of the river surrounded by medieval houses and mills.
Moor in Cénevières and then go on foot or by bike to the village to discover its castle, where you will enter the 13th century basement and chapel, as well as the Italian-style gallery with frescoed ceilings, and admire the Lot valley from its terraces.
Day 8: Check-out
Check-out is scheduled in the morning by 09:00.
The itinerary may be subject to variations based on safety weather conditions and the technical assessments of the captain of the boat. This program is intended as indicative and not binding.
CLASS: HOUSEBOAT - MAGNIFIQUE
Double rooms and two rooms with single beds convertible in double. All beds are longer than 200cm and all mattresses have been improved in quality and thickness. USB and domestic electric plugs available at every time to recharge your devices or use a hairdryer. Three en suite bathrooms with electrical WC, water basin and shower.
Spacious living room with wide sofa easily convertible in double bed thanks to the gas pneumatic table legs. Improved visibility from the saloon due to new windows design, and easy access to Fly bridge due to a new stairs and layers design. The full kitchen/galley includes a large microwave, an electric kitchen, a domestic size refrigerator, and for the first time on board on our fleet, a huge washing machine and a kettle. Fly deck is wide and flat, with fix table and seats with led lights.
|Cabins||4 double + dinette|
|Berths||8 + 2 dinette|
|Water tank||1.000 lt|
CLASS: HOUSEBOAT - MINUETTO 6+
This modern boat is ideal for 6 persons but thanks to the convertible dinette can comfortably take up to 8 persons on board. It’s a great boat with a lot of outstanding space to relax and take sun. There’s a fully equipped L-shaped kitchen, a gorgeous saloon with radio/CD player, and a huge elevated sundeck big enough for everyone aboard to relax. Available for wheelchairs (on request).
|Cabins||3 double + dinette|
|Berths||6 + 2 dinette|
|Water tank||920 lt|
|Extra||Available for wheelchairs (on request)|
BeBlue reserves the right to substitute the boat presented in the catalog ( or not included in the catalog ) with another boat of similar class and characteristics.