Boat rentals and river cruises in the Lot

Descubre el río Lot, siguiendo el curso sinuoso de las rusticas mesetas de Quercy in the middle of this wild and protected nature. Sailing under the vertiginous cliffs of Bouziès generates unforgettable sensations.

The waters of the River Lot pass through wide valleys and steep gorges, under limestone cliffs and spectacular waterfalls. These landscapes from your river boat will make it a memorable trip observing ancient castles, medieval villages and historic mansions.

Situado en el suroeste de Francia, el río Lot fluye entre acantilados y viñedos por la región de Quercy, dejando a su paso algunos de los pueblos declarados de los más bellos de Francia. Descubre St Cirq Lapopie, with its winding alleys and its medieval houses or the magnificent city of Cahors, declared Unesco world heritage.

On your cruise along the Lot you can enjoy both rural and cultural tourism, since both are well represented by the palaces, villages, castles and the natural setting that surrounds them. Several monuments and towns have been declared as World Heritage by Unesco.

The entire region is ideal for hiking, as well as for walking or cycling.

Enjoy its gastronomic variety. The venison sausage and the white veal stews, such as the “daube of boeuf", Next to a good wine from Cahors and the delicious melon of Quercy for dessert.

Visit the medieval castle of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, the many caves and prehistoric remains, the lively alleys of old Cahors, and the villages of the Quercy.

Stroll through Cahors to enjoy a tasting of foie gras, regional wines and truffles. Before returning, do not forget to visit the famous Valentré bridge with its 600 years of existence.

For many of our clients, the River Lot is one of the best destinations for a river cruise.

Currently the barges are habitable ships that from April to October ply the river from Luzech to Larnagol passing through Cahors. You do not need a permit to captain these boats and let yourself be rocked enjoying, at the same time, the landscapes that pass slowly ... You have to plan some maneuvers to cross the 17 locks, the vast majority manual, but this is part of the adventure and! what a wonder to stand at the foot of the medieval village of St Cirq-Lapopie! One week to cover 160 km round trip to the nautical base of your choice, it is ideal to discover the vineyard, the Cahors market and the beautiful villages that line the river.

Main points of interest in the Lot:

  • The caves and prehistoric paintings by Pêche-Merle
  • El pueblo de Saint-Cirq-Lapopie registrado como “Pueblo más bonito de Francia”, on top of cliffs in the Regional Natural Park of the Causses du Quercy
  • Cahors, his pont Valentré: also registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site,  14th century
  • The foie gras and truffles
  • The "AOC de Cahors" wines
  • Inland waterway on the Lot: the river Lot

Principales ciudades y pueblo para visitar:

    • St Cirq Lapopie: Pueblo medieval declarado monumento histórico, es uno de los más bonitos de Francia. Encaramado sobre un acantilado a 100 metros por encima del Lot, este pueblo os invita a un viaje en el tiempo entre sus calleqº1juelas típicas.
  • Cahors: Capital of the department of the Lot, it is located in a meander of the River Lot whose first settlements date back to Roman times. Being the largest population in the Lot, it has several attractions, most of which are concentrated along its compact historic center.
  • Luzech: A town full of natural and cultural charm, whose visit will not leave you indifferent.
  • Mercues: Charming town that invites you to enter its castles and attend a wine tasting.
  • Cabrerets: Charming town located on the valley of Cele.


  • The locks are open every day of the year, except November 1.
  • Due to the currents in this river, these cruises are recommended to people who have had some previous sailing experience.
  • In spring and autumn there is a risk of flooding, so navigation is not always guaranteed in this area. If this happens and the departure is finally impossible due to these floods, we reserve the possibility of proposing another itinerary.
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In a difficult context, the base personnel behaved with us with total professionalism. The help and advice to get through the first lock was super important. The Horizon 2 boat is an excellent and very comfortable boat for 4. The cruise on the River Lot from Douelle to Saint Cirq Lapopie has left us a wonderful memory of villages taken from a story and surrounded by nature.
Juan H.
Ship: Horizon 2. Douelle 7 days 08/20/2020
It was our second river experience and the destination was a success. The possibility of bathing is a plus although you have to be careful especially with children. The landscape is much more beautiful than a canal for its flora and fauna. Unlike the canal du midi, I don't recommend renting bikes here. The boat was good, value for money is what we expected. Children and adults really enjoyed it.
Oriol L.
Boat: Salsa, Douelle. 7 days 07/15/2020
Staff always attentive and smiling despite all the shipments that had that day. A magnificent cruise on the River Lot. Nice and calm destination in a truly picturesque setting despite the manual locks. The Boat Horizon 5 excellent for a group of 10 and easy to pilot despite the large size.
Francisco P.
Ship: Horizon 5, Douelle. 7 days 08/16/2020

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