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Choosing and booking your trip

Take your pick

With a fleet of 380 boats and 24 starting bases in France, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Poland, Locaboat Holidays can offer varied itineraries and a new way of discovering unspoilt regions.

Choose your holiday depending on your destination or let your interests decide: heritage and history? Gastronomy> Bathing? City breaks? Our holiday ideas will help you find the trip which best meets your expectations.

As for the circuit, there is a wide range to choose from! Locaboat offers 200 river cruises: you can choose depending on your preferred region, the duration of your trip and the trip start day chosen, as well as the type of cruise preferred: one-way or return. Whatever you choose, discovering nature from a new perspective will never cease to delight you.

Simple and flexible booking

To find out whether a trip is available, choose an option or book your holiday and you will be able to directly access the online booking section of our website. Just a few clicks will bring you to the list of boats available, depending on your destination and their price.
You can also fill in an availability request online and we will endeavour to get back to you quickly by e-mail, with a list of what is available that closely matches your initial request.
You can also contact us by e-mail or telephone; our teams will be delighted to answer you.

A downpayment of 40% will be due when you make your booking. Various payment methods are possible. The balance is due one month prior to the start of your trip.

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What is included in the price of your holiday

The rental price includes :

  • The rent of the equipment, crockery and cutlery, bedding and bathroom towels.
  • The sailing toll owed to the authorities.
  • The boat insurance.
  • A gas cannister of 12 or 13 kg, depending on the country (1st cannister free, but subsequent cannisters must be paid for).
  • The Captain's Book.
  • The sailing initiation on your trip start day.
  • Technical assistance available 7 days a week during working hours.

Supplementary costs will be calculated at the starting base :

  • The fuel (diesel oil) payable when you return, depending on the number of hours and the engine
  • Deposit and damage waiver
  • The sailing guide, full of varied information for the preparation of your cruise
  • The one-way supplement if you choose this type of trip
  • The non-mandatory cancellation plan (4% of the price of the trip)

Furthermore, we can offer you the possibility to sign up for a number of extras, in order to make your cruise as pleasant as possible :
Parkingairport transfers, bike and dinghy rental, cleaning service, many others.

In the Brochure and Prices section, you will find all of our prices and the terms and conditions of sale.

Life on board

Spacious and comfortable boats

Whatever model of Locaboat you choose, we do everything we can to make you feel at home on board. The spacious setting, comfortable bunks, heating, hot water and pleasure of a good, long shower, especially since it is so easy to fill up with water, in the village or at a lock. You are bound to favour the living area, since this is where you will spend most of your time on board.

The cabins have a range of storage possibilities, which is certainly one of the pluses of our boats. Our cabins have comfortable beds and you will certainly have nothing to complain about when it comes to the size.

In addition, all are fitted with a heating system. Some are heated with gas, using a forced-air heating system; other with diesel oil for the central heating.

All the equipment you need on board

On board every Locaboat boat, you will find all the crockery and kitchen utensils you need for cooking a romantic dinner or a meal on the bridge, whether in the heart of the countryside or moored in a port. You will always be able to make use of an ironing board, oven, refrigerator, sink and cooking pans, saucepans and enough assorted crockery for the maximum number of passengers on board. Similarly, you will find all the bedding (sheets, duvets, pillows) and a set of towels matching the number of passengers.

In addition, all our boats come with a full set of bedding: sheets, pillows and duvets.

You will feel at home in no time at all!

What you need to know

Easy sailing

A simple and practical initiation will teach you how to sail our boats. A technician will give you all the instructions you need to ensure you feel at ease :

You will learn about how to use the equipment, engine and 'command' post. In no time at all, you will feel at home in your boat. We recommend that you spend the first night in your base, to ensure the best possible conditions for 'taking possession' of your new living space and so that you can check all the equipment you need to make your holiday as enjoyable as possible.

The following morning, you and your crew can head off on your cruise with total peace of mind. You will be the captain on board, able to tackle every facet of the sailing: manoeuvres, stopping, passing through locks.

Watch the video and learn more about how easy is to sail a free license boat


Passing through a lock is a particularly special moment of your trip. You can chat with the lock-keeper, sometimes buy local produce, meet other holidaymakers and exchange some useful addresses, or simply enjoy the break to soak up the local atmosphere and landscape. Manoeuvres require a crew of at least two agile people.

Watch the video and learn more about going through a classic lock during your cruise

Watch the video and learn more about going through an automatic lock during your getaway

Activities to discover

Our sales teams are waiting to hear from you. For us, the word 'service' has both a human and professional side. Our employees are experienced, multilingual and ready to provide enthusiastic advice. You can be assured of professional discussions and receiving the most useful information in order to choose the most suitable holiday for you and ensure that your first experience is unforgettable.

Once you have arrived at your starting base, our on-site welcome teams will help you discover their region and the places you must not miss. In addition, you will find a range of tourist brochures available on site. The navigation charts and the river guide will provide you with key information about restaurants, places to visit and where to refuel. You could also go on a hike or bike ride, visit a castle or church, stroll in the countryside or go swimming or fishing.

Safety and comfort

Our boat models have a range of safety equipment: it is easy to move around on board, using the wide gangways, protected by guardrails, and the huge, stable sun decks. In addition, children's life jackets are provided as standard.

Every effort has been made to ensure you feel at home: outdoors intimacy combined with the interiors, the spacious bedroom, the hot and cold water of the shower, forced-air heating and central heating, the copious amounts of storage space available. Sheets and blankets are supplied.

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A unique experience

Your stay on board is all about peace and tranquility whilst you still remain in action. On board your Pénichette, you will finally take your time. You will be the one, who decides what you want to do at your own pace. However, you won't have the time to be bored. You will driving your boat and discovering marvellous places and various activities.

Boating legislation

All the countries in Europe have decided to make it easier to rent a properly fitted out and certified for sailing in regions popular with tourists, where there is little commercial traffic.

In France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the Venetian Lagoon, Locaboat has received authorisation from the local authorities for the renting out of its boats without a licence.

A theoretical and practical initiation at the base will ensure that you very quickly learn how to sail your boat and familiarise you with the essential sailing rules. You will then be issued with a licence, valid for the duration of your holiday.

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