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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®.


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.


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…


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

Up to -30%

Summer special deal

Have you not decided on your holiday plans for this Summer yet ? We are glad to offer you a 30% discount*, without any restrictions on the dates !


€ 554
Up to -50%

Last minute departures

Save up to 50% on a selection of last minute cruises. First in, first served!


€ 815

Short Breaks

Because you can't always go away for a whole week and a few days are enough to leave your everyday cares behind.


€ 599

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The main inland waterway signs you need to know

Holidaymaker and professional inland waterway boatmen are agreed: learning to manoeuvre a self-drive boat is no problem. Here are a few signs to know.

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This year, you’re going to cast off in search of adventure on a ‘pénichette®’ canal barge. The family has unanimously given the plan the thumbs up.

Mystery on the waterways: Amandine and François, authors of the blog ‘Un sac sur le dos’

Globe-trotters Amandine and François, authors of the blog ‘Un sac sur le dos’, set off with Locaboat on a unique kind of mission along the waterways.


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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