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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Not just a holiday, a unique experience

Looking for ideas for the approaching holidays but fancy doing something different this year? Boating holidays could be the answer – and there are more than 200 routes in Europe to choose from. There’s a huge variety of things to do and see as you crisscross the waterways to your next destination. It’s an ideal solution that offers something for everyone. As well as allowing you complete freedom to travel where you like, your Pénichette® is also a comfortable and welcoming place for you to unwind. And you’ll love the nomadic nature of this all-in-one arrangement (transport and accommodation combined, a budget solution): you travel light, everything is on hand and luggage problems are a distant memory. Finally, you’ll unwind in the peace and quiet of the waterways and recharge your batteries as you cruise along. Because holidays are not just about discovery and exploration; they’re also your chance to chill out.

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our selection of ‘special first-timer’ routes

So your next holiday is going to be a waterways cruise but you haven’t chosen the route yet? Here are our top three departure bases – there aren’t many locks, making them ideal for newbie skippers…

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Your first waterways cruise – 100% serenity

Still not sure? Read our FAQs to put your mind at rest and help you prepare for your cruise. For starters, you have no experience: no problem. No licence is needed to skipper a self-drive boat and they’re easy to handle. You don’t have to spend all day at the helm – your top priority on holiday is to rest. And every boat in our range offers comfort, convenience and all you need on board to make your life easier. Steering really is child’s play, leaving you plenty of time for relaxation. And what about safety?

Everything on board has safety in mind: railings, wide gangways, large, stable decks and lifejackets. And when it’s time to stop somewhere, you can lock up your boat and go off to explore wherever the mood takes you. If you have any other questions, make the most of your time with our teams when they hand over your yacht or Pénichette®: the introductory lesson at your departure base will set you on course for a great holiday.

Our current Offers

Crazy October

From now on until 14th October 2022 inclusive, save 44% on all weeks and 22% on all short stays in October!

Valid until October 14 2022 -44 %
on your one week cruise

Early Booking 2023

Book during the Early Booking period and enjoy 10% off on all departures for season 2023! Cumulative with our other permanent discounts up to a maximum of 20% off.

Expires on 30/11/2022 -10 %
for a departure in 2023

Weekends and short breaks 2022

Take the pressure off during a short stay with our special offers between 3 and 4 days!

Last Minute up to -15 %
for a selection of departures in 2022
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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

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