5 reasons why you should go on a self-drive canal boat holiday in 2022 - Cruise International

5 reasons why you should go on a self-drive canal boat holiday in 2022

By Cruise International | 25 Feb 2022

Sponsored by: Le Boat

Sallèles-d'Aude, Aude, France

This year, why not be the captain of your own boat? A self-drive canal boating holiday is a great way to discover the waterways of the UK, Europe and Canada while enjoying complete freedom

Have you ever fancied yourself as the captain of your own boat? With Le Boat, no licence or experience is required, which means you’re one step closer to hopping on board for a canal boating holiday. On your own private, self-drive boat, you can discover the waterways of the UK, Europe and Canada and enjoy complete freedom as you decide exactly where to go and what to see. Not convinced yet? Here are five reasons why you should go on a self-drive canal boat holiday in 2022.

Escape the crowds

If you want to escape the crowds and spend quality time together with loved ones, exploring a new place each day, then a boating holiday might be for you. Our boats offer the perfect sanctuary for you and your family or a group of friends to escape from it all and see what boating life is all about!

You can choose to moor up and discover local restaurants or dine on board using our fully-equipped kitchens. There are hot showers, comfortable cabins and great bathrooms – many en suite – and you can relax in the company of those you love. What better way to slow down and rejuvenate than experiencing life on the water away from the crowds?

Enjoy wine with friends

You can decide exactly where to go and when to stop off

One of the best parts about going on a self-drive boating holiday is that you’ll be free from itineraries. You can decide exactly when and where to stop off, and for how long – you’re the captain, after all!

If you want to hire bikes and get active, cycling along the riverside, you can do so. On a warm summer’s day, swimming is a must, and there are plenty of waterways that are great for this such as the River Lot in France and Lake Muritz in Germany. From an active holiday to a relaxing one, a cultural break discovering local history or a foodie trip with wine tasting, you will have the freedom to make it exactly how you wish.

No experience is needed

No experience is needed

If you think that this type of holiday is just for experienced boaters, think again. Many of our customers are completely new to a self-drive boating holiday, and hiring a private canal boat is much easier than you think: you’ll be fully briefed and trained when you arrive at the base to ensure that everyone in your party feels assured before setting off. You’ll quickly realise just how easy it is, and will soon become confident navigating the beautiful waterways of the UK, Europe or Canada.

Le Boat welcomes dogs on board

They’re dog-friendly

No one likes leaving their furry friend behind on holiday. The good news is you don’t have to on a canal boating holiday with Le Boat.

Dogs are very much welcome on board our boats, and your pooch will love exploring your new surroundings with you. Just take your dog’s favourite belongings such as their bowl, blanket and a favourite toy so they’ll feel comfortable and settle in quicker.

The Thames has lots of dog-friendly pubs where you and your four-legged friend can dine together, great for if you’re planning on a staycation, and the canals of France are excellent for long walks together. A maximum of two dogs are welcome on board each boat, and a pet cleaning supplement of £55 applies.

Ouveillan, Aude, France

Ouveillan, Aude, France

You’ll make memories to last forever

Gathering your friends and family together on a private canal boating holiday will create memories to last a lifetime. Picture yourself dining al fresco on the sun deck of your boat after firing up the barbecue, glass of wine in hand. Or you could explore serene and sleepy villages dotted along the Canal du Midi in the south of France, stopping off for fresh croissants.

You’ll enjoy a hassle-free holiday where you can see many places without having to keep packing and unpacking again. There are countless memories to be made on a self-drive boating break with Le Boat, and each of our 17 boating regions is waiting to be explored by you.

For more information, visit Le Boat’s website.

Sponsored article in association with Le Boat