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River Lot

South West of France

Savour the River Lot's enchanting natural beauty

Trees line the shores of the scenic River Lot, giving way to medieval hilltop villages, lush vineyards and spectacular limestone cliffs amongst the wilderness. The river makes a unique venue for a barge holiday in France. Outdoor pursuits like cycling, swimming and fishing go hand in hand with fine dining, browsing in open-air markets and sightseeing at historic châteaux!
Great for... 
  • Medieval hilltop villages
  • Amazing scenery
  • Prehistoric caves
  • Swimming, fishing & kayaking
  • Local wine & gastronomy

Reviews for River Lot cruises

Answered all my questions and were very organised in finalising the booking. Once at Douelle the crew had us organised quickly. There were some delays getting advice about water levels which were very high, but this was all sorted out very well in the end. Overall we had a wonderful and memorable cruise and all our crew would recommend this outfit highly. The boat was very clean and everything was in good working order.
The staff were friendly and obliging but a bit rushed in the office , we were unfortunate to have four very rude French men who pushed in front of us and your staff served them first , not impressed !
We absolutely love the whole experience and we learn't the ropes with the lochs OK.When we had a problem with the 220volt plug it was replaced within 1.5 hours by your excellent staff , unfortunately we forgot to tell Jean that the 12volt plugs (4) were faulty and we had big problems getting our phones and I Pads charged . The 12 volt plugs need to be replaced.The ship performed beautifully and it was very clean and tidy when we first went on board , there needs to be more warning's for inexperienced boat operators when coming back down river , particularly with craft that do not have side thruster's when approaching a Loch .Particularly the next one below Veres as the flow was very strong and I had to reverse and spin around and go back up river Twice . We met people who got them selves in trouble and they were calling for help and fortunately there was somebody on the bank who could grab a rope otherwise their craft could have gone over the weir .
We thought the service provided by Le Boat was good in all areas except one and that is the amount of information available before booking regarding the boating conditions on the river Lot and the level of expertise required. The Lot has some considerable difficulties, especially after heavy rains, including strong currents and winds and many areas of shallows. Having been on a boating holiday before we thought we had enough expertise but that turned out to be incorrect and we weren't alone in that situation. There were several photos of grounded boats at Douelle so it wasn't due to specific conditions at the time of this particular holiday. In the end we moved to a canal based boat to reduce our stress levels but it wasn't the holiday we'd originally wanted.
Friendly staff and adequate facilities, nothing more.
Comment from 
The Le Boat team
Dear Mr & Mrs Wheddon,Thank you for sharing your feedback. Your comments have been forwarded to the base team. Sorry for any disappointment caused. We hope you enjoyed your cruise nonetheless and hope to welcome you on board with Le Boat again soon.Best wishes,The Le Boat team
This is one of my best trips to France.Bring food only for one of each meal. There are plenty of restaurants and grocers.The WIFI on board did not work well. An International Data Roaming package is a must for finding cafe's, stores.and PatisseriesRent a boat with an extra cabin to spread out the luggage.Keep the ignition key in the upper primary steering location. My engine stalled in the lock gate and I had to run downstairs to restart the engine.Ask for a lesson in backing the boat into the dock.Mosquitoes were never a problem in July.All the boaters were amazing helpers at each dock.I had never driven a 43' boat in my life.3 lock doors were blocked with logs in the hinges. Be sure to have a pike with which to dislodge them.Don't miss the hotel restaurant at Bosier or the restaurant at the Hotel Truite Doree in Vers.Sample the Malbec wines next to the Cahors Tourist Office and then bring a case on the boat.Don't; waste money on the paid parking at the boat dock. The whole area is safe and occupied.We used 4 bikes in Cahors, St.Cirque le Popie, and Luzech, Flush the toilets before leaving the dock to see if they leak or back up.Boat cushions are a necessity.
Comment from 
The Le Boat Team
Great tips, Gary! We greatly appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon.
Very helpful.
The Lot River is beautiful, but not for beginners.