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Locaboat Holidays Canal Boat Rental - France

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Other Bases in South West France : Valence sur Baise

Agen Base Details
This region boasts 300km of navigable waterways, covering five very varied rivers and canals, all rich in history. As well as contrasting landscapes and a wealth of monuments, the region's reputation for fine food and wine adds to the delights of a cruise here.

There are several remarkable structures to be seen, including the great 549 metre long aqueduct at Agen with its 23 arches. You can now once again cruise to Montauban. At Moissac don't miss the 11 th century abbey, a treasure of medieval art, then why not lock down into the River Tarn to cruise as far as St Nicholas de la Grave, 12km of outstanding natural beauty.

The delightful Lot valley makes for an 80km cruise with much to offer. Spectacular scenery combines with medieval villages like Clairac and Castelmoron, with superb half-timbered houses. Casseneuil is a miniature Venice , and you shouldn't miss its church with splendid wall paintings. Villeneuve-sur-Lot and Penne-d'Agenais are good examples of the region's history and traditions.

LOCKS:
The automatic locks on the Canal de la Garonne have to be activated from by crew itself. 9am-6pm LS, 9am-7pm HS. Closed on the 1st of May. On the Baise and the low Lot, the locks (automatic) have to be activated by a magnetic-card (available at the first lock). Daily 9am-7pm. A pilot drives the boat across the Garonne. The overcross is subject to a fee.

GPS :
N 44°12'32.97 E 00°37’41.65

STARTING OUT FORMALITIES :
Departure days between 1.30 pm and 6pm.

BOARDING :
As soon as the boat is ready.

ACCESS :
By Motorway :

A 62 - E 72 exit 7 Agen, then follow N21 (6 km)

By Rail :
TGV Agen station (1 km)

By Air :
Agen-la-Garenne airport (5 km),
Toulouse-Blagnac airport (116 km),
Bordeaux Mérignac airport (147 km)

PARKING : enclosed, not guarded, € 32 per week; covered car park, not guarded, € 46 per week;
number of places strictly limited. They are given depending on the reservation order we received, with the concept first received, first served. Parking of vehicles will be organised and take place under the responsibility of LOCABOAT. To avoid contestations, the state of the vehicle will be noticed before parking.
HOTELS:
Des Jacobins**** tel.: 05 53 47 03 31 - Fax: 05 53 47 02 80
La Corne d'Or tel.: 05 53 47 02 76 - Fax: 05 53 66 87 23
Hotel Le Provence*** tel.: 05 53 47 39 11
Stim'Otel tel.: 05 53 47 31 23
Le Prince Noir (Sérignac, 12 km) tel.: 05 53 68 74 30
Le Périgord tel.: 05 53 77 55 77
RESTAURANTS :
Auberge de la Poule à Vélo tel.: 05 53 68 41 17
L'Atelier Tel : 05 53 87 89 22
Le Buffet de la Gare Tel : 05 53 66 09 40
La Boucherie Tèl: 05 53 67 08 60
Mariottat Tel : 05 53 77 99 77
Le Périgord Tèl : 05 53 77 55 77
SHOPS:
Agen: closed Sunday afternoon
Markets: on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sunday Mornings.
TAXIS :
Taxi Gers Armagnac Tel.: 05 62 28 22 11 (+ minibus)
Taxi Bruno Tèl : 06 08 57 32 15
LOCABOAT SERVICES :
WC and shower, according to the opening hours of the base.
TOURIST OFFICE :
Tel : 05 53 47 36 09  Fax : 05 53 47 29 98
GASTRONOMIC SPECIALTIES :
Foie gras, magret de canard, potted duck, goose and pork, stuffed chicken, wood pigeon salmis, garlic tourins, broad bean soup, pastis pie dish or with apples, prunes.
Local Drinks : Red wines from the Côtes de Buzet, Duras and Marmandais; Armagnac,
FISHING :
Fishing licence information at the base, trout, pike, zander, perch, eels, crayfish.
TO SEE :
The Museum, le Coteau de l'Ermitage, The Saint Caprais cathedral
NOTE :
During the spring and at the end of October there is a risk of flooding on the Baïse, the Garonne and the Lot, though not on the canal. Locks on the Lot and Baïse are all automatic, operated by magnetic card. They are open daily
 

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