Waterways

All the navigable waterways

Canal, river & lake boating holiday destinations

On this page, you will find information about most waterways proposed on our cruise itineraries including the canals, rivers and lakes.

You'll find the total number of locks and lock sizes, the sources and mouths of the rivers, construction dates, special features and many more interesting facts.

All the navigable waterways, canals and rivers

The Aisne lateral canal

Discover the canal

The Aisne-Marne Canal

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Le Canal des Ardennes

The Ardennes Canal

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La Baïse

The Baïse

Discover the channeled river

The Berry Canal

Discover the disused canal

The Blavet Canal

Discover the slackwater canal

Le Canal de Briare

The Briare Canal

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Le Canal de Bourgogne

The Burgundy Canal

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An Canàl Cailleannach

The Caledonian Canal

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La Moselle canalisée

The Canalised Moselle

Discover the channeled river

Le Canal du Centre

The Centre Canal

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La Charente

The Charente

Discover the major river

The Chelles Canal

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The Cher

Discover the channeled river

Le Canal de Colmar

The Colmar Canal

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La Dordogne

The Dordogne

Discover the river

Le Doubs

The Doubs

Discover the river

La Garonne

The Garonne

Discover the river

Le Canal latéral à la Garonne

The Garonne lateral canal

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The Ille-et-Rance canal

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The Loing Canal

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Le Canal latéral à la Loire

The Loire Lateral Canal

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Le Lot

The Lot

Discover the channeled river

La Maine

The Maine

Discover the channeled river

La Rance maritime

The Maritime Rance

Discover the major river

La Marne

The Marne

Discover the river

Le Canal latéral à la Marne

The Marne lateral canal

Discover the canal

Le Canal de la Marne au Rhin

The Marne-Rhine canal

Discover the canal

Mayenne

The Mayenne

Discover the channeled river

The Meaux-Chalifert Canal

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Le Canal de la Meuse

The Meuse Canal

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Le Canal du Midi

The Midi Canal

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The Montech Canal

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The Moselle

Discover the channeled river

Le Canal de jonction de Nancy

The Nancy junction canal

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Le Canal de Nantes à Brest

The Nantes-Brest canal

Discover the slackwater canal

Le Canal du Nivernais

The Nivernais Canal

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The Nord Canal

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The Oise lateral canal

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The Oise-Aisne Canal

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Le Canal d'Orléans

The Orleans Canal

Discover the disused canal

The Oudon

Discover the channeled river

The Pont de Vaux Canal

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Le Canal du Rhône au Rhin

The Rhone-Rhine Canal

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Le Rhône

The Rhône

Discover the channeled river

Le Canal du Rhône à Sète

The Rhône-Sète canal

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The Roanne-Digoin Canal

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Le Canal de la Robine

The Robine Canal

Discover the slackwater canal

The Saint-Maur Canal

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The Saint-Quentin Canal

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The Sambre

Discover the river

The Sambre-Oise Canal

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La Sarthe

The Sarthe

Discover the channeled river

La Saône

The Saône

Discover the channeled river

The Seille

Discover the river

La Seine

The Seine

Discover the channeled river

Abhainn na Sionainne

The Shannon

Discover the river

The Shannon-Erne Waterway

Discover the canal

The Vilaine

Discover the channeled river

Le Canal des Vosges

The Vosges Canal

Discover the canal

The Vouziers Canal

Discover the canal

L'Yonne

The Yonne

Discover the channeled river

We've listed the inland waterways which are part of the cruise routes and itineraries on either the hotel barge tours or the self-drive vacations.

The information has been specially compiled for Hotels Afloats by Alister Aldridge (MA History) during his internship with us in 2022. He has collected data from many sources including Wikipedia. All the information has been translated into French and is available on our French website Vacances Fluvial in the Voies Navigables section.

Photographs have been collected and edited from private collections, Adobe Stock under licence and other sources which are credited.