It can be done… whether you’re a student, employed or retired, a family, a group of friends or a couple, with young children or teenagers, canal boat holidays are simple and don’t have to be expensive…
Holidays aboard a self-drive boat are fun for everyone: adults and kids, the young and not so young… When it comes to budgeting, it all depends on what you expect and what's available. But there's always a way to keep the costs down. The longer you book in advance, the better the deals we can give you. We also do special reductions to suit different types of customers: couples, families (there's a much-reduced price for children) or groups of friends who want to hire a large boat.
Our prices for holiday weekends are also reasonable, which means you can still get away at periods that are usually the busiest and most expensive. On top of that, our special offers can sometimes save you as much as 50% off the listed price! The best thing to do is visit our website regularly so that you don’t miss these offers. You’re bound to find something you like. We can also offer helpful payment schemes, such as a 40% deposit arrangement (or for French nationals, the option to pay by 'chèque vacances' for holidays within France).
When you hire a self-drive boat for a short period, for a “mini-week”, for example (that is, excluding weekends), you can take advantage of some great offers. You could also try our “Green Break”, a good way to discover the fun of barge holidays on a short break of two to four nights. The advantage of this option is that everything is included (fuel, bikes, parking, river guide, cleaning at the end of your holiday). It’s a great way for beginners to try out the Locaboat concept !
Prices also depend on the season: if you're retired or a student and you can be more flexible, you can get away outside school-holiday periods. A mini-week (from Monday to Friday) for four people in March/April or September/October in a classic 'Pénichette' (canal barge) only costs from 315 euros for a weekend and 360 euros for a mini-week, depending on the type of boat. That's very cheap when shared between a group of friends. During the same period, the price is 630 euros for a full week, including the weekend. But remember, our prices can be subject to reductions. Keep your eye on our Special Offers section!
Even though our prices go up in summer, they are still very reasonable, if you compare them with what you would pay for renting a house on the banks of the Canal du Midi, for example. Bear in mind that there is a huge range of possibilities and, to get the best out of your stay, you can simply contact our Locaboat customer service department on +33 (0)3 86 91 72 72 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do everything we can to give you the best advice so you can enjoy our canal boat holidays without any worries !