BOATING HOLIDAY CRUISING ON THE FRENCH CANALS
Hiring and driving 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.
- Hundreds of boats, of all types and sizes, to choose from
- Thousands of kilometres of lovely canals to explore
- Perfect for ‘absolute beginners’ – no qualifications required!
- Great for couples, families, groups – and their pets!
What are self-drive boating holidays like?
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You’ll Have a Marvellous Time!
Do you need previous experience or qualifications? 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 drive 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.
Self-Drive Boats in All the Glorious Regions of France
France has an amazing 8,000 km (5,000 miles) of wonderful navigable rivers and canals. At an average leisurely speed of 5 kilometres an hour, plus the days spent exploring all the fascinating places along the way and in extended stays in port, that means there’s actually many years of happy wandering waiting for you to explore and enjoy!
The concentrated richness of scenery, history, culture, leisure and pleasure is such that even just a few weeks spent voyaging the canals and rivers of one small part of France is an experience you’ll never forget. Such a variety of places and scenes, such a variety of different waterways to explore and people to make friends with.
The Boating Holiday Fleets
We’ve partnered with the best four self-drive fleets, large and small, offering a huge range of boats
of all styles, sizes and price-points, and available at bases to cruise the canals throughout France.
Our Unique Expertise – France, Cruising the Waterways and Self-Drive Boating
We have explored the rivers and canals of France on our own boat since 2003, logging up over 10,000km along most waterways, in most regions, at all times of year.
Independent, impartial and enthusiastic, we have personally visited and know every fleet and many of their boats, published here.