Le Boat invites you to experience southern France in the most personal way, a self-drive boating holiday. Check out some great videos below.
Video 1:The Great Canals of Europe
Experience the beauty of Europe from a uniquely different perspective... from the comfort of your sundeck on your Europen canal cruising holiday. Cruise the stunning lakes, rivers and canals of your chosen destination and soak up the wonderful culture of the surrounding countryside and villages.
Video 2: Le Boat Featured On Daytime
Cruise along with Lindsay MacDonald from Daytime as she discovers the charms of the Canal Du Midi with Le Boat.
Video 3: Cruise the Canal Du Midi
To view some more beautiful scenes of the Canal Du Midi (listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site), check out the video below.
New to Cruising Is it
hard to drive a boat ? No,
in fact it’s surprisingly easy – it
steers with a wheel just like a car, and a single level
controls speed both forward and backwards. Our boats
are specifically designed for easy, relaxed cruising,
so are very manoeuvrable, very steady and comfortable.
always happens at slow speeds, at around 3-4 knots
(a brisk walking pace) so there is plenty of time
to manoeuvre, whilst watching the world slip by. Boats
don’t have brakes so you simply allow time for
the boat to glide to a halt, or use reverse gear if needed.
We have created an exclusive DVD specifically to help
newcomers understand how easy it is to enjoy a cruising
holiday. Clips from the DVD will be coming soon to the
How much instruction will I be given ?
As much as you need. If you are an experienced cruiser,
our base teams will quickly familiarise you with your
chosen boats features and controls and away you go. If
you are a newcomer or slightly nervous we will stay with
you until you are confidently manoeuvring the boat, steering,
controlling your speed and able to approach locks or
moorings with confidence. It really is very easy.
What is it like living on board?
comfortable. Our range of boats can cater for small
groups of 2 right up to 10 or more. All of the creature
comforts you would expect of a holiday home are provided,
fully equipped galleys (that’s nautical for kitchen!)
hot and cold running water, TV’s, lounges, en-suite
showers and WC’s – we even have air conditioning
on some of our more modern boats. There are a few specifics
you need to be aware of, for example running your engine
charges your batteries (the batteries power the lights,
TV stereo etc) and heats the water for you, but it is
really very straightforward
boat be rocking on the water ?
We only cruise on canals and sheltered waters. Even
on the windiest days on the larger lakes of Ireland,
our boats are so big and stable, you won’t feel
done some sailing before, is it like living on a yacht
and no. You get the excitement of exploring a new region,
at your own time and agenda, with complete freedom
and flexibility, but you don’t have the stress
of worrying about the wind, waves, navigation, sails
and tides. You will also be amazed at how much space
is available both above and below decks
Do I need
a license to cruise ?
Generally speaking no. The induction you receive on
arrival at our base, is sufficient for most of our cruising
areas, but a few areas do require a formal license. These
areas are clearly marked in our brochures, websites or
our sales team will help you choose.
When to go ?
the most of the long March - October cruising season
and see more of Europe at times that suit you best. Whether
you’re looking for an early Spring break to the
tulip fields of Holland, a two week holiday cruising
the Canal du Midi or an end of season jaunt to Venice
for the last of the summer sunshine - we can help you
cruise whenever you choose!
cruising or return to base ?
beauty of our holidays is that you tailor-make your
own holiday. We provide suggested cruising itineraries
for each region but you have the freedom to set your
own pace of life. A one-way cruise is perfect if you
want to cover a lot of ground and see as much as possible,
or choose a return-to-base if you prefer to linger and
explore the towns and villages en route - that way you
won’t miss a thing!
or two ? Long weekends or long stays ?
Short breaks are increasingly popular as more and more
people take advantage of cheap airfares to get away for
long weekends. Or why not use your boat as a longer-term
alternative to hotels and villas and get to see more
of the area you are in. Many people hire our boats for
a month or more, especially if they are propertyhunting
in an area, so call the sales team early to secure the
boat and dates of your choice.
Choosing the right boat...
choice & style. With the largest fleet
on the waterways at your disposal, you can be sure
that whichever boat you choose, you will enjoy
homefrom-home for your holiday. Light and spacious
interiors, roomy cabins and plenty of headroom
are common features
and you will find the cabins and saloon/living area
are tastefully furnished and decorated.
many cabins? If you don’t want people to
sleep in the saloon choose a boat that has enough cabins
to sleep everyone. An extra cabin is ideal for storing
luggage. Our fleet has a new rating system to help you
decide which boat best suits your party size and budget.
Our boats are now classified according to the number
of people they can comfortably sleep – see
pages 50-74 for more details.
thrusters. Bow thrusters make manoeuvring your
boat very easy – simply press a button and
watch the boat glide in!
with children? Boats with sliding roofs are great
for smaller children as they can stay within
the confines of the boat. Our ‘Dancing Range’ of
boats – the Salsa, Calypso and Tango models
also have patio doors opening off the saloon area
them ideal for family cruising.
Heating & Cooling.
Choose boats with fans and cabin-cooling systems
if you are travelling in the warm
summer months. All our boats have heating if you
are travelling early or late in the season.
Sundecks make for perfect alfresco dining, while
sliding roofs allow you to cruise in the sunshine
from the comfort of your saloon area. Dual steering
positions allow you to cruise from either the saloon
or the upper
deck – useful in case it rains.
Cruising with kids - a new adventure every day
Fun for families of all ages, a boating holiday with
children is a great way of combining activity and relaxation
in a totally different kind of way.
love the adventure of visiting new places each day – helping
to decide where to go and what to do is all part
of the fun. With fun parks, playgrounds,
museums and outdoor swimming pools all along our routes,
you can be sure of always having something up your
sleeve to keep the kids amused, wherever you choose
Booking Discount - Save up to 10% - Cruise in Brittany,
Camargue, Germany & Ireland and save
5% if you have one child and 10% for two children.
Offer valid all season except between 04/07/09 - 22/08/09
for children aged up to 18 years.
for the new family-friendly symbol next to our cruising
suggestions, or use our new Cruising Companion
to find out which routes customers think are good for
families – you can add your own ideas when you
get back too! If you need any further information,
our sales teams will also be happy to help.
dungeons and medieval museums are perfect for bringing
history lessons to life or why not find out
how salt is made in the Camargue or discover the origins
of cartoon strips in Angoûlème’s
unique comic museum. England’s Royal Windsor
Castle on the banks of the Thames is the place to see
modern-day guards at work(also see our diary - A day
in the life of a kid on the Thames), while the chocolate
museums of Bruges tend to appeal to people of all ages!
waterside towns and villages come alive in a riot
of colour and noise as summer carnivals and festivals
take to the streets celebrating everything from prunes
to music, providing sightseers with a magical glimpse
into the region’s historic traditions.
Why not hire a canoe or sailing boat for the day
and swap the slow pace of waterways cruising for
slightly faster! Watersports facilities can be found
on all the rivers and lakes in this brochure. Being
so close to nature also provides a unique opportunity
for children to chart the huge variety of birds and
wildlife they will see on their travels. Don’t
forget that children’s bikes and helmets are
available at all our bases and make for great mini
excursions along the towpaths.
you’re looking for lock-free cruising and
seaside fun, why not head to the beaches of the South
of France and the Camargue where fantastic fun parks
and lively beach resorts offer everything from pony
rides to shrimping in the rock pools – as well
of course as a chance to have a splash in the sea!
many families, going through locks is all part of
the fun. Older children will love being 1st mate
and having a responsible job to do. Tying knots and
holding ropes is all part of the adventure – and
once you’ve been through a lock, you’ll
see they’re an easy and fun part of the holiday.
course, being together as a family without the benefits
of modern-day entertainment provides the perfect
opportunity to enjoy more traditional forms of entertainment.
Board games, card games and charades are all great
favourites and perfect for all ages; you’ll find
these evenings together provide a source of happy holiday
memories for years to come! (Please note - TVs and
DVDs can also be hired from some of our bases if required).
of course is paramount and we recommend that children
wear lifejackets at all times. Choose a boat
that’s best for you and your children – our
dancing range of boats (Salsa, Calypso and Tango) all
have front sundecks that are accessible from the saloon
and are perfect for younger children. Some boats have
sliding roofs and these too are good for smaller children
as they can be safely kept within the confines of the
boat. Boats with flat roofs and larger sundecks are
great for sunbathing and alfresco family get-togethers.