ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY
Access to and from the base
Our experienced staff can advise you of the closest airport, train station or car depot.
Ease of navigation
No experience required. Prior to departure, a captain’s handbook is provided and a demonstration is given at the base. Technical assistance during your cruise is available if required. Average cruising per day is 5 hours. We have considerable expertise in this unique type of holiday and are happy to share our personal cruising experience with you.
Most locks are automatic and operated by a lock keeper, some canals have manual locks. The time taken to go through a lock is 15-20 minutes on average (but varies depending on season and traffic). Our team can advise which canal is suitable for your requirements.
Where to moor
Generally, you can moor anywhere you want along the public canals or river ways. There are some restricted and private areas, but in most cruising regions, finding free moorings is not a problem. You may however, prefer to moor in a public or private marina which, for a fee, offer facilities such as electric hook-ups, water refill, showers, snacks, etc. Moorings in marinas are subject to availability so we recommend you call the marina a few hours before your arrival.
We recommend you confirm bikes in advance. You can explore the surrounding towns and villages or simply ride along the footpath in search of a baguette!
All prices shown are per boat for weekly rental (8 days/7 nights). They are based on low season and should be used as a guide only. Actual prices vary according to region, boat type and time of year.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Choosing a region
When considering a self-drive canal boating holiday, we recommend starting by choosing the region in which you wish to cruise. The following pages contain information about the regions and the benefits of each one. It is a very personal choice – everyone will be attracted to different aspects of self-drive canal boating, so it is important to choose a region that suits your group best.
Choosing an itinerary
The next thing to consider is the type of itinerary. Would you like to see as much of the region as you can with a one-way cruise (supplement applies, contact our team for more details), or would you prefer the convenience of returning to your starting point with a round trip? Sample itineraries in each region are available on this page: Self-Dive Boat Itineraries. Or you can also create your own.
Choosing your boat
Our boats come in a variety of layouts, so it’s easy to find the perfect one for you. Couples, families, and even large groups of friends will feel at home. When you have made these decisions, you need to consider the type of boat you would like for your trip. Boats vary in size and standard, but all contain separate sleeping cabins, fully-equipped kitchens and bathrooms with linen and towels. We recommend booking a boat with one extra sleeping cabin to store your luggage. View our available boats.
Making a booking
Once you have considered all of these factors, we will be able to provide you with a quotation for your chosen travel dates. Please contact us if you would like more information or advice.