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OUR DESTINATIONS for boating holidays
Locaboat has a fleet of 330 self-drive boats that offer consistent high quality and require no licence to drive, available in a host of European destinations: France, Ireland, Netherlands, Italy and Germany. Choose your destination, rent a boat that suits you, and enjoy your boating holidays!
Canal du Midi & Camargue
The Camargue and the Canal du Midi boat-hire routes present a dazzling show throughout the whole length of your french cruise, with famous listed sites dotted along the way, in the heart of an extraordinary ecosystem.
Shannon & Erne
Your boating holiday in Ireland takes you to a millennial land with picturesque and lush landscapes. From river Shannon to river Erne, cruise along splendid waterways and enjoy an authentic celtic getaway aboard your Pénichette®.
Burgundy Nivernais & Loire
A cruise in the Burgundy Nivernais area, along the Burgundy or Nivernais canals in France, promises effortless boating holidays in complete comfort on your no-license Pénichette®.
In Holland you will meet friendly people, if not on the water, then on two wheels. Follow the pretty canals that run through the entire region and the historic cities.
We’re offering you boat hire in Venice – yes, Venice! – for an irresistible italian cruise you’ll never forget.
OUR CURRENT Special offers
We provide permanent offers all year round. They are automatically applied to your boat hire price and can be combined up to a maximum of 20%. In addition, we regularly advertise special offers on our website that are valid for a limited period. Make the most of the best value boat hire deals available now.
April and May short breaks 2023
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OUR COLLECTIONS Follow your heart
Discover our collections and follow your heart!
Collections are themed cruises in various regions, designed to inspire you. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, looking for peace and quiet or an exciting urban adventure, whether you are a couple or a group of friends, you will find inspiration here to help you to choose the waterways cruise of your dreams.
Explore the most beautiful regions in Europe on a canal boat
Travelling with Locaboat gives you a genuine travel experience. The keywords are closeness, discovery and independence. When you hire your boat, you are the captain, the one in charge of your holiday.
Opt for the closeness of a family holiday or traveling with a group of friends or your partner and explore unspoilt countryside. You will also discover regions that differ in their natural surroundings, history, vineyards and their local population.
A holiday with Locaboat is a different way to get to know an area as you go with the flow. Your life aboard will be friendly and fun. If you hire bikes, you can set off in search of historic or architectural sites. We will help you to design a route that suits you to find what you want in terms of food and wine, urban or cultural visits, historical interest, nature and swimming.
Enjoy your holidays to the full by stepping on board one of our Pénichette® barges and exploring our finest destinations.
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Why choose Locaboat?
Locaboat Holidays has been the industry specialist for boating holidays and waterways cruises since 1977. Inventor of the Pénichette®, Locaboat is as famous for the friendliness and quality of its customer service as for the comfort and easy handling of its boats. When you rent a boat from Locaboat, you’ll benefit from the advice of local experts who are passionate about boating and will do their utmost to make sure you enjoy a wonderful holiday.
More than 200 routes throughout Europe
1.4 million customers since 1977
97% of our customers would recommend us
More than 40 years of expertise to draw on