Self-drive boats & canal boat hire

Self-drive boats & canal boat hire

An exciting choice of boats, routes and offers!

We have a wide range of license-free, modern cruisers and traditional style canal boats to suit all groups and budgets. Relaxed fun for all ages whether cruising as a couple, a family or a group of friends. 
Simply select a houseboat or self-drive fleet below,  and click for full details including photos, floor plans, rental prices, reviews and special offers.
Boating with Hotels Afloat is as easy as child's play.

Locaboat

The Penichettes are traditional style boats, which are provided with modern amenities for 2-12 guests.
For a more modern style, the Europas and Linssens are very comfortable boats for up to 7 guests.

P1400 FB

P1400 FB

12 guests

Europa 600

Europa 600

6 guests

Europa 700

Europa 700

6 guests


Nicols

Nicols operates from 27 bases in five countries: France, Germany, Holland, Hungary & Portugal.
With four classes to choose from, all the boats offer bright and spacious accommodation.

The new "C"  boats include air-conditioning, 220v electricity during navigation and a dishwasher too!

N SIXTO

N SIXTO

8 guests

N1160N

N1160N

10 guests

N1100

N1100

9 guests

N1000

N1000

8 guests


France Afloat

Discover a selection from the France Afloat fleet with 1st-class self-drive boats for comfortable cruising on the French waterways.

Euro Classic 149

Euro Classic 149

8 guests


Le Boat

 With 40 different departure points in 8 countries, Le Boat offers a wide range of modern style cruisers.

Vision 4

Vision 4

9 guests

Nautilia

Nautilia

10 guests

Caprice

Caprice

6 guests

Salsa A

Salsa A

10 guests


France Passion Plaisance

FPP offers competitively prices rental boats throughout France, as well as in Germany and Italy.

La Peniche F

La Peniche F

12 guests

Nicols 1170

Nicols 1170

10 guests


Saone Bateaux

Saone Bateaux offers a small range of traditional style boats, ideal for exploring the River Saone in Burgundy.

BWS Cruiser 1250

BWS Cruiser 1250

8 guests

Gruno 1000

Gruno 1000

6 guests

BWS Cruiser 1150

BWS Cruiser 1150

6 guests


With the ever-increasing popularity of activity-based holidays, our self-drive vacations allow you to enjoy a variety of pursuits guaranteeing a truly memorable trip, regardless of age and interests. Driving a boat is child's play and after a short induction course, you will be ready to cast off on a wonderful journey.

For historians and those that love architecture... explore ancient monuments, chateaux, abbeys, and museums.

Sporty? Hire a canoe, a stand-up paddle-board or bicycles... Or how about horse-riding, rock-climbing, tree climbing, golf, fishing or swimming?

Naturalists? The rivers and canals are natural habitats for a wide range of fauna and flora. Coypu, kingfishers, herons, birds of prey, majestic swans, flamingo, beautiful weeping willows, stunning water lilies...

Epicureans love our holidays! Visit the vineyards to see how wines are produced, take tastings in wine cellars and explore new cuisine and wonderful, fresh food in cosy waterside bistros or Michelin starred restaurants. On all the self-drive boats, the onboard galleys are well equipped should you prefer to cook. Many lock-keepers sell their home-made produce while local markets insure that you will be spoilt for choice.

Total relaxation? Bring your sketchbooks and Kindles, card games and favourite CDs. The peaceful waterways provide the perfect backdrop for some 'me' time.

With so much choice each day, this is surely the ideal family holiday.

Whichever one of the 12 countries you choose to cruise in, and whichever region, you will find plenty to see and do to keep you all happy.

Videos of the self-drive boats

Our team of experts are always pleased to help you choose the perfect destination to suit your particular interests.