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Your arrival at the base

At your arrival at the base, our hostesses will welcome you and give you comprehensive details about your cruise on the river (good places to visit, places of interest, specialities, interesting features, shops, etc.).

Our technicians will show you how to handle the boat and answer all your questions.
During your cruise, you are provided with technical assistance, free of charge.

Navigation advice

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Waterways Maps

(can be purchased at our base)

They will give you complete details about the waterway on which you will cruise.

You will also find detailed information about the location of the villages, locks and rivers services, places to visit, shops and restaurants.

The log book

Without any doubt it is your faithful and valuable travelling companion.

It will enable you to know everything about the equipment of your boat and river cruising in general (signs, locks, mooring, practical advice, etc.).

You will be supplied with it free of charge along with our booking confirmation.

Short rental guide

Guide de la locationBooking

Book your houseboat as soon as possible!

You will be able to take a few days in opting for a particular type of boat, by
Fax,Phone, E-mail or on the Internet site.Confirm by returning your booking form duly completed and signed, along with a deposit cheque should you not book on line.In return, you will receive written confirmation, a log book and a map corresponding to your cruise.
Your confirmation will then be considered effective.


On the Saône all locks are electric, some operated by lock-keepers (with whom you will have the opportunity to chat and who often sell products of the region) while others are automatic.
You will be given explanations by our technicians on how to operate the locks.
From Corre to Lyon the Saône Valley offers you 320 kilometres of waterways with only 25 locks.
On the Seille there are very few locks (4) and these are manually operated with or without lock-keepers, but please don't worry! Though two people are needed (the pilot and co-pilot) passing a lock is child’s play.
From To Distance Locks

73 km
246 km
St Jean de Losne
19 km
La Seille

39 km
64 km

Closing time of the locks
Please note that on certain public holidays lock-keepers do not work:
- Easter Sunday
- Whit Sunday - Pentecost (opened from Corre to Savoyeux)
- May 1st
- July 14th (opened from Corre to Savoyeux) - November 1st

Maintenance of the waterways

A period of stoppage for the purpose of maintenance work on the waterways is fixed by the navigation services.
The period may possibly effect the course of your cruise without being considered as a cancellation of your stay.

One way cruises

One way cruises are considered as an additional service which cannot be guaranteed.
Please telephone us for confirmation forty-eight hours before your intended departure date.


You will be furnished with an inventory of all equipment on board (for information only).

On board you will find

Crockery and kitchen utensils
Dessert plates, soup plates, dinner plates, cereal bowls, (filter) coffee maker, saucepans and lids, bread basket, kitchen knife, vegetable knife, bread knife, knives and forks, soup spoons, tea spoons, salad cutlery, bottle opener, skimmer, ladle, tin opener, salad spinner, strainer, chopping board, oven dishes, various sizes of dishes, frying pans, water jug, juicer, salad bowls, wooden spoons, coffee cups and saucers, corkscrew, water glasses and wine glasses.

Cleaning material
Broom, dustpan and brush, basin, scrubbing brush, toilet brush, clothes pegs, dustbin and floor cloths.
Bed linen

Quilts, duvets, blankets, fitted sheets, quilt covers, pillows, pillowcases and dish towels.

Navigation equipment
Mooring ropes, anchor and anchor chain, life buoy, key for water tank, boat hook, hammer, sun umbrella with holder, fenders, gangplank, mooring spikes, bucket and deck brush, outside table and chairs and hose pipe.

Safety equipment
Map, tourist guide, fire extinguishers, life jackets (adults and children), handbook, floating key ring and first-aid box.

Questions & Answers

Which boat to choose ?
Very simple !
In this brochure we give you a detailed description of each boat enabling you to make comparison. Furthermore, a plan of the interior of each boat illustrates the configuration of the different rooms .
To make your choice easier, the maximum number of passengers allowed on board is identified by this red pictogram :
In the interest of comfort we advise that you take into account the number of persons indicated by this blue pictogram :

Do I need a permit ?
No, you do not need a permit. Once you have taken your boat, you will be given instructions on how to pilot the boat and given a “carte de plaisance”. This will ensure safe navigation on the river .

Is it difficult ?
Not at all! After a few minutes you will have realised how easy it is to operate our boats. A control lever, forward and revers, and a rudder are the only controls needed.

Child safety ?
No problem! Our boats are designed with families in mind. For safety reasons we recommend that children wear life jackets especially when navigating locks. You will see very quickly that your children will be the first to enjoy these holidays !

And my pets ?
Dogs, cats, birds and all the rest are very welcome. However, be careful in the ports. You are responsible for your pets' behaviour. On the day of embarking, you will be asked to pay a modest supplement. Please bear in mind that large dogs will use up space. Think about this when you choose your boat .

What time of the year to choose ?
From April to October, each season unveils its own appeal and charm. If possible, try to avoid the school holiday periods. However, the vast river network premits navigation without inconvenience or delay.

Passing locks. Is it difficult ?
No, not at all! In most cases a lock-keeper will be there to help you pass through locks. Do not hesitate to stop and chat. It is at these moments you will discover the secrets of the region! All the indications and information needed are figured on the map provided on your departure .

Where can I berth ?
Apart from a few places mentioned on the map you can berth anywhere! Whether at an established quay or on the open water, feel free to sample an aperitif or spend the night at your chosen spot .

Meals on board
You are in control !
The boats being equipped with a kitchen (see the plans) you can indulge in cooking your favourite dishes. If you prefer, the restaurants across the regions can fulfil the expectations of the finest gourmet !

And hygiene ?
All of our boatsare equipped with WC, shower and washhand basin – ensuite or in separate toilets. All our boats have a supply of hot running water .

We have taken care of everything. Each boat is equipped with quilts, blankets, pillows, etc.
On your departure clean sheets and pillow-cases are provided .

Can I fish ?
Certainly !
Franche-Comté is a paradise for the fisherman. Sandres, carps, anguilles, pike, etc. – all tastes are cattered for in our rivers. Fornightly permits “Pêche Vacances” , valid from June Ist to September 30th, are on sale in fishing shops, other retail outlets as well as tourist offices. Please find further details in the tourist information guide in this brochure .

Fuel ?
On your departure, your boat will be full of diesel. On your return, we will refill the tank and you pay only the quantity consumed. The price of the fuel is fixed according to the current prices upon hiring the boat .

Water on board ?
Each boat is equipped with a full reservoir of drinking water (250 to 1,000 litres according to the models) and with sensible use, you will not have any need to replenish your reservoir every day. There are supplies of fresh water at ports and locks, and these are indicated on the maps provided.
A full tank costs 2 €.

The gas
The cooker, the heating and the water-heater work by gas. On your departure, the bottleis checked and fitted and there is also a spare bottle on board. The gas system is checked on a regular basis to ensure your complete safety .

Is there heating on board ?
Certainly !
While the need may be rare during the summer months should you require additional heating, all our boats are supplied with convection heaters .

Is there electricity on board ?
All our boats are served by a 12V supply and for your entertainment there is a radio cassette on board. To recharge the batteries of your camcorder and mobile telephone you will find a 220V supply at most ports.

In the event of breakdown ?
Although our boats are checked thoroughly before each departure should you have a problem, a twenty-four hour number is at your disposal and a technician will be sent without delay. Please do not hesitate to call us whatever the problem, big or small .
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