Save over £500 on French Canal Trips with Le Boat January Flash Sale.

Moo, Michael and Diana on the Magnifique Connoisseur canal boat going over the Briare Canal Brige towards Briare

Le Boat, the self-drive boating holiday company, is offering savings of up to 20% and over £500 during a 3 day flash sale this January.

The sale will go live on Saturday 9th January and cruises must be booked before Tuesday 12th January.

Among the trips being being promoted is one that offers a relaxing holiday with friends on the picturesque Canal du Nivernais

The blend of city fun and rural scenery allow friends and family to be utterly relaxed on this cruise. Holidaymakers can spend some time in the wine centre of Tannay before heading past scenic Clamecy into the heart of the Nivernais.

They can go sightseeing at historic châteaux, relax by the swimming pool, try their hand at some fishing and, of course, sample the delicious cuisine at the local restaurants.

This self-drive cruise itinerary is priced from £2,172 (down from £2,715 saving £543) for 7 nights on a 4* Magnique which sleeps up to 10 departing 28th May.

Our Le Boat Magnifique departing from Lock 21 les Verries

We however plan to head to Burgundy to write a feature about the food and wine delights
the area offers. As food and wine lovers we are going be spoilt for choice on this foodie itinerary.

The Bresse region to the south-west of this boating area is famed for its Bresse Chicken – highly valued for their gamey depth of flavour, yet with fine, tender flesh and delicious, clean-flowing fat. Bresse is fiercely proud of its chickens and also produces fine beef, cheese and not forgetting the iconic mustard in nearby Dijon.

A feast for the palate and the senses, holidaymakers can explore the tantalising top Michelin-rated restaurants and taste superb wine in Chagny’s world-famous vineyards at their own pace.

Priced from £1,044 (down from £1,305 saving £261) for 7 nights on a 3* Elegance boat which sleeps up to 6 departing 1st October.

Earlier bookings are priced from £1,184 (down from £1,480 saving £296) for 7 nights on 3* Elegance which sleeps up to 6 departing 23rd April.

Classical tree arrangement along the Canal de Garonne between Lock 31 and 32

If you do not fancy that, discover the rich history of the Canal du Midi aboard a luxury boat. This is the trip we have done several times and did again last year so we know how splendid the idea is.

Jaws drop as we approached the walled city of Carcassonne which tells the ancient tales of knights and archers fighting from the ramparts.

Along the cruise, we found museums, cafés, boutiques and in the summer there’s jousting and falconry to be found as well.

We explored the towns and cities at our own pace under the glowing Mediterranean sun and immerse themselves in French culture, cuisine and history.

You can do this trip this year from £1,688 (down from £2,110 saving £422) for 7 nights on 4* Royal Classique which sleeps up to 6 departing 17th September.

Georgina steering aboard our Le Boat Magnifique across the Pont-canal du Cacor over the River Tarn

Earlier bookings are priced from £1,580 (down from £1,755 saving £175) for 7 nights on 5* Vision3 which sleeps up to 6 departing 9th April.

Prices quoted are based on boat accommodation only and include a fully equipped galley (kitchen), towels and linen for passengers, a boat handling demo, technical support, on-board cruising information and lock fees.

Flights, fuel costs and insurance are not included.