In France and Belgium alone there is some 10,000 km of navigable inland waterways, mostly on lesser rivers and canals not accessible to larger vessels. Big hotel boats cannot ply these lesser waterways and, whilst some small converted barges do operate as hotel-cruisers on the minor waterways, they are a relatively limited in scale and quite an expensive option.
Backwaters Tours will explore these attractive "backwaters" using their high-comfort day boat for half-day cruising whilst you stay in a nearby hotel overnight. In a typical cruising week, you can expect to do about 90km at a very gentle pace interrupted by locks, lift bridges and even the occasional tunnel. This means you usually stay within range of one hotel all week without having to travel any excessive distances on the coach. Most days, the boat will cruise in the morning and, after lunch on board, visit the great châteaux, gardens, vineyards and historic towns and villages. It's an ideal way to see the real France at your leisure.