This map shows the main rivers that flow in and through France. The most well known are the major rivers such as the Seine, the Rhone and the longest which is the Loire.
To the east, the rivers are fed by the snows of the Alp mountains, while in the south, water comes from the Pyrenees. You can quickly identify the massive area occupied by the Loire and the very direct "north to south" route of the River Rhone.
The rivers and canals connect together to provide a vast network of inland waterways, perfect for cruising holidays.
Learn how the inland waterways connect all of the rivers and the canals, which have been and are still used by barges to transport cargo throughout the country. Many of the same rivers and canals have also adapted to become prime destinations for vacations and holidays, hotel barges and also self-drive rental boats cruise along many of the rivers and canals.
You can find more detailed maps and regional information about the rivers and canals in France using the lists below. When you are planning a barge trip, houseboat cruise or self-drive boating holiday, the maps will help you plan your journey.
Remember, the French waterways are vast and very different depending on their location. The regions vary, the culture and history changes, the construction technics and architectural styles of rivers, canals and locks are all very different and serve diverse purposes.