France Boating Holidays on the River Lot

River Lot - Spectacular Natural Beauty

Forging a spectacular path through the Lot Valley, the upper river Lot is quite unlike any other area in France and the words ‘spectacular’ and ‘breathtaking’ are used in most descriptions of the area.

Ancient castles, medieval villages, narrow gorges, sheer limestone cliffs, cascading waterfalls accompany the winding river - this is cruising at its best.

You will pass underneath the spectacular Valentre Bridge with its strange legend near Cahors.

Cruise along the foot of the Bouzies cliffs and gaze up at St Cirq Lapopie perched on a rocky slope.

With many stopping off points along your route, there is always something to see or to do.

The Lot Valley is a fertile landscape with orchards, vineyards and hillside pine forests providing a verdant backdrop to a memorable and relaxing cruise location in one of France’s most unspoilt regions.

Locks to navigate, restaurants, cafes and bars - this is the home of foie gras, truffles, confit of duck and goose and the renowned Cahors wine.

If you love riding, you can rent horses to accompany you on your week’s cruise of the Lot - a great way to really get off the beaten track and see the real character of the area.

Full itinerary is provided with the horse, together with overnight farm stops along the way.

Cahors in the Autumn
Bridge over the river Lot in France

The locks are unmanned but straightforward to operate by boat crews. We recommend the Lot for boaters who have some experience - it’s a spectacular river and a rewarding visit.

Please note that the River Lot can occasionally flood, and in that event it may be necessary to transfer you to another suitable base. We have cruiser routes in the lower River Lot area - see France maps for information.