The most convenient and unique way to explore the France’s best festivals

Published on June 10, 2016
The most convenient and unique way to explore the France’s best festivals

Discover the wonderful culture and atmosphere of France’s eclectic festivals in a unique way with Europe’s leading operator of self-drive boating holidays, Le Boat. With accommodation and transport to and from your chosen festival sorted (in the form of your private cruiser, of course!), you are free to plan your own itinerary and captain your way along the waterways of regional France and truly immerse yourself in the festivities of France’s favourite annual events.  Hop on and off as you please using your boat as your base.

Three French festivals that should be at the top of every travellers list include the Carcassonne Festival, Festival Photo La Gacilly, Les Zaccros d’ma rue.


  1. 1.       Carcassonne Festival – July – Canal Du Midi, Languedoc

The Carcassonne Festival has been running for over 10 years and has quickly established it’s self as one of the biggest festivals in France. The festival brings dance, theatre, circus, music and art to the heart of the medieval city, Carcassonne - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Next month, more than 120 concerts and shows will be offered in several prestigious places across the fortified city. Previous years have seen famous international artists perform including the like of Elton John, Lana Del Rey, Status Quo, Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, David Guetta, Smashing Pumpkins, Artic Monkeys, Ben Harper, The Beach Boys and John Newman.

If you want to make the most of the Carcassonne Festival in July 2017, Le Boat recommends the ‘Canalu Du Midi Cruise’ one-way trip Carcassonne to Homps.

Le Boat holidays on the Canal Du Midi start from $3,010 for up to 8 people on a four star Magnifique for 7 nights. Click here to learn more about boating holidays on the Canal Du Midi.


  1. 2.       Festival Photo La Gacilly – June to September – Brittany

For art lovers of all kinds, there is no better time to visit Southern Brittany than between the months of June and September for the increasingly popular photo festival which takes place there every year. This unique outdoor event is the largest photo festival in all of France, and it celebrates amazing imagery captured of humans and the environment. With artwork from world-renowned photographers as well as local artists, this festival is awe-inspiring.

The best way to experience Festival Photo La Gacilly in the European summer 2017, Le Boat recommends The Dukes of Brittany cruise, cruising one-way from Messac to Nort-sur-Erde.


Le Boat holidays in Brittany start from $2,280 for up to 6 people on a three star Continentale for 7 nights. Click here to learn more about boating holidays in Brittany.


  1. 3.       Les Zaccros d’ma rue – July – Nevers, Loire Valley

Every year the streets of Nevers, fill with some of the most unique, amazing, and outlandish performances one can imagine in an event that is perfect for all ages. Les Zaccros D’ma Rue is a 7 day festival made up of street performances, circus acts, parades, concerts and visual art. Its program is popular, diverse and, above all, festive! On the final night of the festival a great way to avoid the crowds and enjoy the spectacular fireworks is from the sundeck of your boat, glass of Sancerre wine in hand.

The best way to experience this 7 day festival is on your own cruiser. Le Boat suggests The Sparkling Cruise, travelling from Chatillon-sur-Loire to Decize – or vice-versa.

Le Boat holidays in the Loire Valley start from $2,505 for up to 6 people on a four star Calypso for 7 nights. Click here to learn more about boating holidays in the Loire Valley.


The long March to October cruising season ensures plenty of sunny days to enjoy the festive culture and heritage of France. From couples to parties of 12, Le Boat have the biggest and most modern fleet in Europe that can cater to all tastes and budgets – and best of all, no boating experience is necessary as they provide a hands-on boat and route briefing before departure.


For a limited time, Le Boat is offering an Early Bird Discount of 10% off one to four star boats and 5% on the Vision, Mystique and Royal Mystique when you book your holiday to depart in 2017. Click here to search 2017 Le Boat holidays.


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