• Canal Boats

    We are able to offer canal boat bookings utilising the world’s largest fleet of canal boats and the widest choice of beautiful boating holidays in Europe & Canada. You can choose from the widest range of self driving boats and the best possible charter rates.

    Canal Boat Holiday Destinations

    • Canada - Rideau Canal
    • England -Thames
    • Belgium - Flanders
    • Italy - Venice and Friuli
    • Scotland - Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal
    • Germany - Mecklenburg, Brandenburg and Berlin
    • France - Canal du Midi, Burgundy: Franche Comté, Burgundy: Nivernais & Loire, Alsace-Lorraine, Camargue, Lot, Charente, Brittany,Aquitaine
    • Netherlands - Holland, Amsterdam and Friesland
    • Ireland - Shannon and Erne

    Canal Boat Holidays - Perfect For Everyone

    If you’ve never been on a boating holiday before, the concept is simple. You choose a boat, which will be your home and transport for the duration of your holiday. Pick it up from one of many bases, situated along some of the most beautiful waterways in Europe and Canada, and the rest is entirely up to you. Go where you want; do as you please. The only requirement is that you return it back to the base on time.

    What To Do On A Canal Boat Holiday.

    A boating holiday is free from itineraries and schedules, so you can do whatever you want and stop when and wherever takes your fancy. Cook and dine on board or eat at a nice waterside restaurant.

    Boating is a lot of fun and a most relaxing way of getting about. It slows you down and allows you to appreciate the surroundings and drink in the scenery. It provides you with an ever-changing view, delivers nature and wildlife to your door and entices you to amazing towns and villages.

    Can Anyone Hire A Canal Boat?

    Yes - it's like driving a car. Our boats have been designed to make them easy to use, with a steering wheel for left and right and a forward and reverse throttle!

    No previous boating experience or a licence is required.

    Not many of our new customers have driven a boat before. However, they quickly realise how easy it is and soon become confident navigating the waterways. Our base teams will tell (and show) you everything you need to know and will accompany you for a short distance, to make sure you are completely happy with the controls

    What Is Onboard The Boat?

    All boats have comfortable cabins; hot water, showers and toilets; dining tables and fully-equipped kitchens – everything you’ll need to be self-sufficient for the duration of your holiday. You can travel from place to place, without the need to keep unpacking and packing again!

    Do I Need A Detailed Itinerary?

    Some people like to plan their holiday itinerary in fine detail. Others enjoy waking up each morning and chatting about what to do that day, around the breakfast table. It's up to you!

    No matter what your style - we provide plenty of information to help you plan your adventure! There is a waterways map on board which makes it very clear where you can and can’t go. Other on-board information tells you approximately how long it will take you to travel from point to point, where you can moor and what you can expect to find in each waterside town or village.

    How Far Can I Cruise?

    You can cruise for as long and as far as you want. In many boating regions, there is more than one base, which means you can either return your boat to the same base you started from, or you can cruise one-way between two bases.

    You can book any duration from a three-night short break to a two-week holiday, or even longer. We won’t allow you to book a duration that doesn’t allow enough time to get to your destination base. Just ask if you'd like helpful cruising suggestions, and advice on how long it will take to cruise between bases. An average of three to four hours cruising a day is quite a nice pace.

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  • Comment Faire ses Valises pour des Vacances à la Voile

    Que Faut-il Emporter Lors d'un Voyage à la Voile

    Si vous partez en voyage sur un bateau de luxe, il est temps de commencer à réfléchir à ce que vous devez emporter pour votre escapade. Nous connaissons tous les éléments de base : robes et chemises légères, tongs, chapeaux de soleil et crème solaire, mais il y a quelques autres choses que vous devriez savoir et que vous devriez emporter.

    Voici la liste des choses pour vous donner une idée de ce que vous devez apporter si vous n'avez jamais navigué sur un bateau auparavant. Certains articles comme le tuba et le matériel de pêche se trouvent peut-être déjà à bord de votre bateau de location, alors vérifiez-le avant de quitter votre domicile.

  • Crewed Cabin Yacht Charters

    What Is A Crewed Cabin Yacht Charter?

    You hire a double cabin with a private bathroom that sleeps one or two people, onboard a fully crewed yacht where the experienced skipper and chef will help to make your adventure a memorable one. The yacht, usually a catamaran, will sleep up to 12 guests and your itinerary will be planned for you by the crew who all have fantastic local knowledge.

  • Crewed Cabin Yacht Charters

    What Is A Crewed Cabin Yacht Charter?

    You hire a double cabin with a private bathroom that sleeps one or two people, onboard a fully crewed yacht where the experienced skipper and chef will help to make your adventure a memorable one. The yacht, usually a catamaran, will sleep up to 12 guests and your itinerary will be planned for you by the crew who all have fantastic local knowledge.

    No Sailing Experience Necessary!

    The greatest thing about a by the cabin charter is that you don’t need any sailing experience to go on one. The charter will have its own experienced personal skipper, who will be familiar with the area and therefore be able to sail you to some of the best locations. If you are a keen sailor, feel free to give your skipper a hand. But if you are completely new to yacht sailing you can sit back, relax and watch the world go by.

    Visit Remote Locations Bigger Cruise Ships Can’t Reach

    Due to the smaller, more intimate size of your yacht, you will be able to reach more remote locations that you wouldn’t be able to if sailing on a larger cruise ship, for example, the tiny coves that line the coast around the island of Symi in the Dodecanese or the hundreds of uninhabited atolls in the Maldives. As your group is smaller, you’ll also benefit from a more relaxed itinerary as you’ll spend less time getting to and from the shore and won’t have to wait for larger groups of organised excursions, meaning you can take your time exploring the local sights or relaxing on some of the world’s most glorious beaches.

    A Luxury Crewed Charter At A Fantastic Price

    While a fully crewed private charter is one of the most luxurious experiences you could ever have, there is a significant difference in the price! With a by the cabin charter, you get the skipper, the chef and all of amenities but because you are sharing the yacht space with other guests, you get to experience all of the luxury at a fraction of the price. Thanks to our close partner relationships, we are also able to offer you some fantastic offers on selected by the cabin charters meaning you’ll pay even less while still experiencing the benefits of a yacht charter.

    Experienced Sailing Crew

    All members of the crew onboard a by the cabin charter will have previous sailing experience and fantastic local knowledge, meaning they can take you to some of the best locations, know the best restaurants for dining ashore and will be familiar with the local history. As you sail around your pre-planned itinerary, the crew will tell you stories and share personal experiences of their own with you and are on hand to answer any questions you may have about sailing and the destination you are visiting.

    Meet Like Minded People

    A by the cabin yacht charter opens up the doors for you to make new friends with people who share your passion for sailing, sun, sea and sand. Because the yacht only caters for up to 12 guests, there are more opportunities for you to get to know your fellow sailors as you dine with them on deck, partake in watersports from the back of the yacht or head ashore to visit local attractions. In addition to the other guests, you’ll most likely be able to add additional Facebook friends to your list in the form of the skipper and crew, as you get to know each other over the course of the charter.

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  • Difference between bareboat, skippered and crewed yachts

    Bareboat, Skippered or Crewed Yacht Charters. What Is The Difference?

    As mentioned above, a bareboat yacht is one that you skipper yourself, although you will need sailing experience and a licence. A skippered yacht comes with a professional captain who will take care of all the sailing and the boat for you, but no cooking or hostess duties. For the ultimate luxury holiday, you can hire a crewed yacht, which usually comes with a small crew of skipper, chef and hostess/deckhand.

  • Différence entre les Bateaux Sans Equipage, Avec Skipper et Avec Equipage

    Location de Bateaux Sans Equipage, Avec Skipper ou Avec Equipage. Quelle est la Différence ?

    Un bateau sans équipage est un bateau que vous dirigez vous-même, bien que vous ayez besoin d'une expérience de la voile et d'un permis. Un bateau avec skipper est doté d'un capitaine professionnel qui s'occupe de toute la navigation et du bateau pour vous, mais pas de cuisine ni des hôtes. Pour des vacances de luxe ultime, vous pouvez louer un bateau avec équipage complet, qui est généralement doté d'un petit équipage composé d'un capitaine, d'un chef cuisinier et d'une hôtesse ou d'un matelot de pont.

  • Packing for a Sailing Holiday

    What To Pack On A Sailing Charter Holiday

    If you are heading off on a luxury yacht sailing trip, then it is time to start thinking about what to pack for your getaway. We are all aware of the basics: floaty dresses, flip flops, light shirts, sun hats and sun cream, but there are a few other things worth knowing about that you should pack.

    Here is the list of things we pack to give you some idea of what to bring if you have never sailed on a charter before. Some items like snorkel and fishing gear may already be on your charter yacht so check before leaving home.

  • Quel Sac dois-je Prendre pour mon Voyage ?

    Je Pars en Vacances à la Voile - Quel Sac Dois-Je Emporter à Bord ?

    Si vous partez en vacances à la voile, où vous vivrez sur un voilier de location, vous voulez un sac qui le soit :

    Pliable Il n'y a pas beaucoup de place sur un bateau. Il n'y aura pas de place pour ranger une valise rigide.

    Bagage à main Tout ce dont vous avez besoin doit tenir dans un bagage à main, car vous ne voulez pas être coincé sur le quai à attendre vos bagages perdus.

    Double usage Mon sac préféré peut aussi être un sac de plage, gardant serviettes et livres au sec dans l'annexe.

  • What bag should I pack for my trip?

    I'm Going On A Sailing Holiday - What Bag Should I Bring Aboard?

    If you are going on a sailing vacation, where you will live on a charter sailboat, you want a bag that is:

    Collapsible There is not much room on a boat. There will be no place to stash a hard sided suitcase.

    Carry-on Everything you need should fit in a carry on as you don’t want to be stuck on the dock waiting for your lost luggage.

    Dual purpose My favorite duffel can also be a beach bag, keeping towels and books for every one dry in the dingy.