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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.
In spring and towards the end of October there exists a risk of flooding on the rivers Baïse, Lot and Garonne (but not on the “Canal Lateral a la Garonne”).

The locks on the Canal are semi-automatic and are controlled by traffic lights. They are open every day except the 1st May. On the Baïse the locks are automatic and are operated by a magnetic card, as also on the Lot, where there are also lock-keepers on hand. On these two rivers the locks are open every day. To reach the Lot involves crossing the Garonne (risk of deonght in August). This involves using the services of a pilot at a cost of around € 17.

Cruising the Baise, you wind your way through 65km of lush and intimate countryside. Discover from the river Gascon fortified towns, gentle hills and flowery meadows, and do some gentle angling along the way. Towns you visit include Vianne, Lavardac and Nerac, seat of the Albret family. Looking out from the Chateau of Henri IV, the quayside with its old workshops converted into restaurants makes a marvellous view. From the quays of Condom were shipped the precious casks of Armagnac down to Bordeaux . See the Abbey of Flaran, a pearl of Cistercian art, before reaching the end of your cruise at Valence-sur-Baise.

Fishing - With carp, roach, bleak, zander, eels, whitebait, pike and perch, the Charente comes up trumps, whether for the dedicated angler or for the beginner. Equally enjoyable is the challenge of a test of skill or just watching the line and communing with nature, when both can lead to a tasty meal! You will need a licence to fish. A 15 day permit is available for 26€ anywhere in France.
 
Cruises in South West France
Locks are open every day except 1st May on the Canal Latéral à la Garonne. Open every day on the Baïse, Lot and Charente.
Cruises - Canal Latéral à la Garonne
Out and Back Agen
1 Week - Agen, Buzet, Mas-Agenais, Castets-en-Dorthe, Agen
Length of Cruise : 130 km, 28 locks, 4 h 45' per day
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Cruises - Canal Latéral à la Garonne
Out and Back Agen
1 Week - Agen, Buzet, Vianne, Nérac, Moncrabeau, Agen
Length of Cruise : 150 km, 44 locks, 4 h 45' per day
Cruises - Canal Latéral à la Garonne
Out and Back Agen
1 Week - Agen, Moissac, Castelsarrasin, Montauban, Montech, Agen

Length of Cruise: 140 km, 46 locks, 4 h 30' per day
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Cruises - Canal Latéral à la Garonne, Lot
Out and Back Agen
1 Week - Agen, Buzet, La Garonne, Aiguillon, Villeneuve s/Lot, Agen

Length of Cruise: 182 km, 28 locks, 4 h 30' per day
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Cruises - Canal Latéral à la Garonne, Lot
One Way Agen / Valence s/Baïs
1 Week - Agen, Vianne, Nérac, Condom, Valence sur Baise

Length of Cruise: 83 km, 26 locks, 2 h 30' per day
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Cruises - Baïse, Canal Latéral à la Garonne
One Way Agen / Valence s/Baïse
1 Week - Agen, Damazan, Le Mas-Agenais, Vianne, Nérac, Condom, Valence sur Baise

Length of Cruise: 145 km, 36 locks, 4 h 30' per day
Cruises - Canal Latéral à la Garonne
Out and Back Agen
10/11 Days - Agen, Moissac, Montech, Toulouse, Agen

Length of Cruise: 232 km, 74 locks, 4 h 45' per day
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Cruises - Canal Latéral à la Garonne, Baïse
Out and Back Agen
2 Weeks - Agen, Buzet, Valence, Castet-en-Dorthe, Moissac, Agen
Length of Cruise:
278 km, 76 locks, 4 h per day
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Cruises - Canal Latéral à la Garonne, Lot , Baïse
Out and Back Agen
2 Weeks - Agen, Buzet, Valence, La Garonne, Aiguillon, Villeneuve s/Lot, Agen
Length of Cruise: 288 km, 66 locks, 4 h per day
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Cruises - Baïse, Lot , Canal Latéral à la Garonne
One Way Agen / Valence s/Baïse
2 Weeks - Agen, Castelmoron, Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Lustrac, Vianne, Nérac, Condom, Valence sur Baise.
Length of Cruise: 224 km, 41 locks, 3 h per day
 

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