Cruise on Bourget Lake

Bourget lake cruise

Experience rejuvenating moments on the calm waters of one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe, whose romantic charm never ceased to inspire the poet Lamartine.

The Aix les Bains Boat Company

If you have chosen a vacation rental in Aix-les-Bains, you will undoubtedly want to sail on the lake, for a simple walk, a guided tour or a dinner cruise at sunset: the Compagnie des Bateaux offers you a wide choice of formulas to enjoy the beauty of Lac du Bourget in your own way. A historic company on Lac du Bourget, the Compagnie des Bateaux d'Aix-les-Bains was created in 1977. Its fleet now includes 6 boats of different sizes, which can accommodate from 75 to 150 passengers depending on the model: among them, two restaurant boats, a boat for bicycle cruises, a cruise ship with aft deck and a yacht for privilege cruises. The Compagnie des Bateaux team is made up of around twenty permanent professionals specializing in catering, navigation, hospitality and tourist guidance.

Sightseeing cruises

The purpose of the sightseeing cruises is to discover Lake Bourget and its shores, but also the rejuvenation offered by a trip on the water in a sublime setting. The Aix-les-Bains Boat Company offers 6 packages, from the one-hour discovery cruise on the wild coast to the 8-hour day trip with stopovers. Departures are always from Aix-les-Bains.

Discovery cruise

One hour of commented navigation, along the wild banks and off the Abbey of Hautecombe. Indicative price 15 euros. Available year round.

The Lac Sauvage cruise

1h30 of commented navigation, on the principle of the Discovery cruise, but only in July and August. Indicative price 17.50 euros.

Hautecombe cruise

One hour of commented navigation, with a stopover at Hautecombe Abbey. All year round except Tuesdays, when the abbey is closed to visits. Indicative price 16.50 euros

The Canal de Savières cruise

3-hour commented cruise in the northern part of the lake and on the canal, with about an hour stopover in Chanaz and Lavours. Indicative price 25.50 euros.

The excursion cruise

An 8-hour day, including a guided cruise in the northern part of the lake, a stopover at the abbey, a cruise on the Savières canal and a second stopover in Chanaz or Lavours. Indicative price 29 euros.

The Boat Bike cruise

Practical links for passengers on foot or by bicycle, between Aix-les-Bains and Conjux, Hautecombe and Chanaz. From 13 euros.

Restaurant cruises

For a romantic meal for two, an unusual lunch with the family or an exceptional dinner with friends, the Compagnie des Bateaux restaurant cruises offer you a very pleasant experience on the waters of Lake Bourget. The company based in Aix-les-Bains offers the meal cruise in several formulas:

Lunches overlooking the lake

A gourmet cruise to feast on the chef's cuisine in a unique setting, on the waters of the largest natural lake in France. The formula includes 2 hours of navigation and the menu among 3 to choose from, including starter, main course and dessert. Price from 40 euros per person. Or a 3-hour cruise on the lake and the canal, with a choice of three lunch menus. Price from 47 euros. Or a Privilege lunch with a 3-hour cruise on the fleet yacht, with a full menu including appetizer, starter, main course, cheese and dessert. Price from 76 euros.

Half-day lunch

Cruises from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., with one or two stops to choose from between the Abbey of Hautecombe, the copperworks of Lavours and the village of Chanaz. Departures at 12 noon from the large port of Aix-les-Bains. Possibility of crossing a lock and navigation on the Haut-Rhône according to the chosen formula. Prices from 54 euros to 76 euros depending on the menu.

Dinner on the lake

As with lunch, several options are available for a dinner cruise on the lake. The Lac Sauvage dinner from 40 euros, lasting about 2 hours; the 3-hour Lake and Canal dinner from 47 euros; and the Privilege dinner on the yacht at 76 euros.

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