Our boating holidays destinations

Locaboat boating holidays take you right to the heart of a region, giving you a real flavour of the place and allowing you explore it up-close, in your own time, in your own way. Rent a boat from one of our bases and take charge of your holidays!

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Take a cruise in a self-drive boat with Locaboat

Locaboat’s selection of over 200 river cruises lets you choose between some of Europe’s most beautiful waterways, rivers and lakes. With a fleet of 380 self-drive boats, Locaboat Holidays has 26 departure bases in 6 European countries. Wherever you decide to go, our priority is to make sure you have an unforgettable holiday.

Cruising along a waterway is a unique way to travel. Aboard a self-drive boat, with no licence required, you’re in complete control of your holiday and are free to discover the most beautiful corners of France and Europe. On your journey you’ll take in local cuisine, cathedrals, castles and all the other highlights of European culture!

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How do I select a cruise?

We are experts in European self-drive boat hire. First, choose your destination, then the boat of your dreams, and we’ll train you to skipper it. When you rent a boat with us, you have so many options: in France, you can explore the Burgundy wine trail, discover the magical landscapes around the Canal du Midi, or choose one of our other bases to discover this magnificent country by boat.

Outside France, we offer boating holidays in Germany, Ireland, Holland, Poland and Italy. Enjoy a romantic cruise around Venice, choose Ireland to reconnect with nature, or enjoy a peaceful and relaxing holiday exploring the lakes of Germany and Poland.

You’ll find all the information about our cruises, activities and unmissable sites on our website’s destination pages. If you’d like some advice about choosing where to go, don’t hesitate to contact our teams – they’ll be able to find just the place to make your holiday special.

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Destinations for your Boating Holidays

France

Welcome to the home of waterways tourism. If you’re looking for a canal cruise, France is the obvious destination.

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Italy

When it comes to boat hire holidays, Italy offers some spectacular waterways for exploring this fascinating, surprising country that you’re bound to fall in love with.

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Holland

The Dutch are just as passionate about boats as they are about cycling – and there’s no wonder.

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Ireland

In Ireland, boat hire holidays are not just a good idea – they’re the obvious way to see the country.

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Germany

In Germany, boating holidays mean watching the lakes slowly unfold from the deck of your boat.

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Poland

Boating holidays in the lakes of Poland offer plenty of choice: there are more than a thousand lakes here!

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Help me Discover our collections

We’ve created collections to help anyone who’s undecided or who hasn’t been on a waterways cruise before. Collections provide suggestions for boating holidays based on themes. Browse our website to find inspiration – and if you still can’t make up your mind, don’t hesitate to contact our travel advisers who will be delighted to help you complete your holiday planning.

Cruise & Dive

A cruise along the waterways is an adventure in itself – but the excitement doesn’t stop there. Boating holidays also give you the chance to dive into the water and enjoy a memorable swim.

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Disconnect & take a break

For a real holiday in the wilderness, hire a self-drive boat and cruise into the most beautiful unspoilt areas. Boating holidays let you unwind to the rhythm of the waterways.

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City break

Is exploring iconic cities and great cultural sites your idea of a great holiday? A waterways cruise on a cultural route promises the perfect city break.

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Legendary routes

Symbols and mystery, history and culture, art and tradition… Boating holidays on one of our legendary routes mean a cruise through history, discovering local stories on the way.

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Two on a boat

A romantic holiday on the waterways: enjoy a well-deserved couples cruise, going with the flow aboard your Pénichette® equipped with all mod cons.

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Boating for foodies

Discover France’s finest vineyards and sample the wines they produce: enjoy a holiday on a self-drive boat following a trail through some of France’s most famous and picturesque wine regions.

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Unexperience welcome!

Your first waterways cruise will be an unforgettable experience. No licence is needed to hire a self-drive boat – just take the helm and fulfil your dream of cruising in freedom on your Pénichette®.

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