From navigating quiet forest rivers in Germany to chugging along France’s canals fuelled by cheese and wine, few breaks can be more idyllic than exploring waterways
Winning tip: Burgundy Canal, France
This waterway winds past chateaux and vineyards that will tempt you to stop everywhere. Pick up a barge at Chagny and follow the canal south – stock up with cheese, bread and wine for lunch as many locks close from noon to 2pm. Waking to dawn sunlight on the water and sitting on deck with a glass of Chablis (but not necessarily at dawn!) are pleasures we quickly got used to.
• Several companies rent boats at Chagny from about €1,300 a week, sleeping 10, including Locaboat and HappyCharter