Douelle — Luzech — Tour-de-Faure — Douelle

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Map of the navigation area of the Lot River in France

Basic information

  • Cruise length: 128 km
  • Trip duration: 7 days
  • Type of cruise: there and  back
  • Number of locks: 28

From our base in Douelle, you can sail the Lot River in either direction. You can travel west to the pretty town of Luzech, located in a huge loop of the river and dominated by the 13th century Chapelle de Notr-Dame-de-l 'Île church. The church is dedicated to a boatman who once transported local Cahors wine by boat to Bordeaux.

The circuit to the east is dominated by the 7th century castle over the river at Mercuès. Its famous restaurant is well worth a visit. The cruise to the historic town of Cahors is unforgettable as the town is a masterpiece - you will find the 14th century Valentré Bridge with its stunning three-tower structure. Enjoy a glass of wine or some special pâtés and truffles — specialities from the Quercy region!

Cruise along the foot of the Bouzies cliffs to reach the 7th-century stone village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, perched high on the cliffs. Spend some time in this delightful medieval village and discover its red-roofed, wooden and gold-embellished houses dating from the 13th to 16th centuries. Over the years, many artists have made this ancient village their home — inspired by its charm, peacefulness and surrounding beauty.

Other art is the 2 km long nature gallery underground in the famous Pech-Merle caves near Cabrerets. You will be amazed by the prehistoric drawings and stalagmites.

Since 2007 it is possible to continue to the village of Larnagol. This walled village, once a centre for silkworm farming, dominates the river and is one of the most picturesque spots on the river. The nearby village and chateau of Calvignac are great for finishing the circuit before returning back to Douelle.

The clear waters of the Lot River flow leisurely through valleys and steep gorges, beneath spectacular limestone cliffs. They will lead you on memorable and leisurely expeditions to ancient castles, medieval villages and historic châteaux.

Available houseboats on the Lot River: