Le Boat

Le Boat is the market leader in self-drive boating holidays, operating from 38 bases across 9 countries in Europe & North America. Le Boat’s pre-cruise briefing covers every aspect of a boating holiday before you even set-off, meaning no experience or licence is required!

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Providing boating holidays since 1969, we are the leading experts in self-drive boating holidays and know the waterways inside-out. Our specialist fleet of 900 cruisers ensures we have the perfect boat to suit every budget, party size and holiday style. All their boats are dog-friendly and perfect for families, friends or couples. Le Boat operates throughout Europe and in Canada, from France, Holland and Belgium, to Scotland, Ireland and the Thames. Be the Captain of your own boat on your next holiday!

Choose your cruiser, choose your destination and step on board for the perfect holiday.

Why Travel With Le Boat

With Le Boat, you can live out your dream of being the captain of your own boat! No licence or experience is required which makes it so easy to enjoy a canal boating holiday with loved ones. 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. There’s no better way to explore than by boat!

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Speak to a Le Boat advisor for advice on where to go, what to do and how to choose your perfect holiday.

Destinations & Tours

Key Destinations

France: Canal du Midi, Burgundy: Franche Comté, Burgundy: Nivernais & Loire, Alsace-Lorraine, Camargue, Lot, Charente, Brittany and Aquitaine
Canada: Rideau Canal
England: Thames
Netherlands: Holland, Amsterdam and Friesland
Belgium: Flanders
Ireland: Shannon and Erne
Italy: Venice and Friuli
Scotland: Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal
Germany: Mecklenburg, Brandenburg and Berlin

Thames – explore south east England

Get away from the crowds and discover the famous river Thames from a different perspective, at your own pace. Explore pubs, museums and shops along the waterfront, and feel transported back in time on a visit to Windsor Castle or Oxford.

Scotland – discover its wilderness

The Caledonian Canal is celebrating 200 years in 2022, so it’s the perfect time to visit the incredible waters and rugged valleys of this part of the Scottish Highlands. Explore hilltop castles and local pubs.

Canal du Midi – the most beautiful waterway in France

Enjoy a slow pace of travel on the relaxing Canal du Midi, where you’ll be bathed in sunshine all year round. Try wine tasting or cycling in between discovering charming medieval villages.

Then the wonders of Arabia and the mysteries of the Orient, where guests may discover Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand in one superb holiday, or take in the wonders of China and Japan.

Ireland – soak up the unique character

The River Shannon has an irresistible lure and is perfect for a relaxing boating holiday. Try golf or fishing, or simply take it easy in a local pub.

Special Offers

Save up to 30%

Selected one way cruises in May 2022 enjoy a 30% discount:
Canal du Midi, Camargue, Burgundy Franche-Comte, Burgundy Niverais & Loire, Alsace, Ireland and the Thames

Selected cruises in May & June enjoy a 20% discount (excl. Italy)

Book by 31 May 2022.


For more details on this offer, please call 0239 222 2177 or

Save 25% on all June 2022 departures

Book your Le Boat holiday between 16 – 31 May and you’ll save 25% on all June departures across all destinations (excluding Italy).
This includes all boats for a minimum stay of 3 nights.

For more details on this offer, please call 0239 222 2177 or

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Speak to a Le Boat advisor for advice on where to go, what to do and how to choose your perfect holiday.

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