Where is it?
This region includes the Gironde estuary near Bordeaux plus the Canal Lateral a La Garonne which runs between
Castets-en-Dorthe (south east of
Bordeaux) and Ramonville-St-Agne (just south of Toulouse).
What are the cruises like?
You’ll cruise through delightful, lush, peaceful countryside, little-known small
towns that are steeped in history,
with often open fields of crops to your left and
right—sometimes tobacco, often luscious fruits and vegetables— at times under overhanging
cliffs, and through avenues of tall green poplar trees. Roman chateaux, abbeys,
and cathedrals also characterize
the cruises on this waterway. The pace is slow and the life is quiet, but there
are many beautiful gems of towns
to be discovered and explored in all their richness.
Montauban and Toulouse
are cultural treasure-troves to be enjoyed.
Interesting architecture abounds and largely reflects the region’s rich history,
whilst regional specialities include the prunes of Agen and the famous Cassoulet (a rich,
savoury dish with meat and vegetables).
How does this canal compare with the others in the south of France?
There are fewer tourists about than on the Canal du Midi or in Provence, and also fewer
on the canal generally, so your barge is unlikely to have to queue at a lock, for example. The
weather is likely to be slightly cooler than in Provence or on the Canal du Midi
, so those seeking
less heat will enjoy these cruises.