Self-drive boats and canal boat hire

Self-drive boats

An exciting choice of boats for hire,
routes and offers

We have a wide range of license-free, modern cruisers and traditional style canal boats to suit all group sizes 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.

P1180 FB self-drive

P1180 FB

7 guests

P1107W self-drive

P1107W

7 guests

P1020 FB self-drive

P1020 FB

5 guests

P1260R self-drive

P1260R

10 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!

N1310 self-drive

N1310

12 guests

N1160 self-drive

N1160

10 guests

N OCTO FLY self-drive

N OCTO FLY

10 guests

N1010 self-drive

N1010

8 guests


France Afloat

Discover a selection from the France Afloat fleet with 1st-class self-drive boats for comfortable cruising in Burgundy plus the Canal du Midi and Camargue in the south of France.

Euro Classic 149 self-drive

Euro Classic 149

8 guests

Euro Classic 129 self-drive

Euro Classic 129

4 guests


Le Boat

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

Save 20% - 30%
Royal Classique self-drive

Royal Classique

6 guests

Save 20% - 30%
Crusader self-drive

Crusader

6 guests

Save 20% - 30%
Clipper self-drive

Clipper

6 guests

Corvette A self-drive

Corvette A

4 guests


France Passion Plaisance

Celebrating 40 years of boating this year, FPP Les Canalous offers competitively priced rental boats throughout France, as well as in Germany and Italy.

Haines Rive 34 self-drive

Haines Rive 34

6 guests

Nicols 1310 self-drive

Nicols 1310

12 guests

Tarpon 37 self-drive

Tarpon 37

10 guests

La Peniche S self-drive

La Peniche S

10 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 beautiful 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 and more.

Epicureans love our holidays! Visit the vineyards to see how wines are produced, take tastings in wine cellars and explore new cuisine and delicious, 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 homemade produce while local markets ensure 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 undoubtedly 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.

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