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A cruise with commentary

aboard the Paddlewheel Boat

Between Valence and Grenoble, at the gateway to the Vercors, our Paddlewheel Boat sails the River Isère and the River Bourne.

Come aboard for a river journey with our commentary in a peaceful verdant setting, for an interlude of relaxation and discovery between Saint-Nazaire-en-Royans and the village of La Sône.

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Architecture

The Paddlewheel Boat “Royans-Vercors” takes you cruising to discover outstanding pieces of architecture. Admire the Aqueduct of Saint-Nazaire-en-Royans from a fresh perspective.

When approaching La Sône, discover the village’s history including former factories and châteaux.

 

Bateau à roue
Bateau à roue

 

Local wildlife and fauna

Marshes and reed beds are the bond between earth and water. A habitat for water birds, these reeds and white willows are one of the main ornithological spots in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

Observe mute swans, Eurasian coots, and the other birds present here.

Vercors landscapes

The backdrop to your cruise is a unique landscape: the dizzying cliffs of the Vercors lie in store. Sail between reed beds, crops and stretches of woodland – scenery that will catch the eye of children and adults.

 

Paysage bateau à roue
Bateau à roue

 

Going with the flow

The Paddlewheel Boat “Royans-Vercors” gives your cruise a flavour of Louisiana. Soak up the character of this special experience, while communing with nature.

 

 Aboard the Paddlewheel Boat,
savour superb views of the River Isère

 

Navigating between the Departments of Drôme and Isère, the Paddlewheel Boat "Royans-Vercors" takes you to discover the wildlife and flora along the Rivers Isère and Bourne.

 

30 years of history aboard the Paddlewheel Boat "Royans-Vercors"

 

The Société de Navigation and d’Activités Touristiques was established in 1987, and purchased a first passenger boat, “Le Valence”, in Saint-Nazaire-en-Royans.

Early success prompted the owners to build another, larger vessel in 1991, able to carry up to 140 passengers – this is the “Royans-Vercors”, which we are still operating today. 

It is inspired by the traditional river boats of Louisiana, which sailed the Mississippi in the 19th century. It is easy to recognise with its chimneys and paddlewheels.

In 2014, our Paddlewheel Boat began a customer satisfaction and continual improvement programme that earned the Qualité Tourisme mark, renewed in 2019 for five years.

Paysage Bateau à roue
Bateau à roue

 

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