Self Drive Hire Boat Holidays and Vacations in France





What They Say . . .

“It might seem strange that someone who lives by the sea should prefer canals and rivers, but the fact is that I fell in love with canal boat holidays about ten years ago. It happened pretty much by chance, when some friends invited my wife and I to go with them on the Canal du Midi. Since then, we haven’t stopped – we’ve travelled all over France on a Pénichette.”



Boating Holidays and Vacations on the French canals

Hiring your own cruising boat is an ideal way to explore and experience the pleasures and treasures that the French waterways have to offer.  Hire boats come in different sizes, to suit a couple, a family or you and your friends, and your holiday can be arranged from start to finish by any of the reputable companies to be found here.

Do you need previous experience? No, and you will be given whatever guidance you need before you set out – there are simple controls, rather like driving a car, and basic waterways ‘rules of the road’. The boats are offered in immaculate condition, are well-equipped and well-maintained, and available to take away on your cruise from hire-boat bases (ports) throughout France.

You can hire a boat from A to B or do a ‘there-and-back’ trip and you can even take your family dog. So choose your destination, find your own perfect style of boat and then book direct with our trusted boating holiday providers.