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.

France Afloat

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


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.

Europa 400 self-drive

Europa 400

4 guests

Europa 700 self-drive

Europa 700

6 guests

P1260R self-drive

P1260R

10 guests

Europa 300 self-drive
New in 2021

Europa 300

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!

N1000 self-drive

N1000

8 guests

N1160 self-drive

N1160

10 guests

N OCTO self-drive

N OCTO

8 guests

N1100 self-drive

N1100

9 guests


Le Boat

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

Horizon 2S self-drive

Horizon 2S

5 guests

Crusader self-drive

Crusader

6 guests

Magnifique self-drive

Magnifique

10 guests

Sheba self-drive

Sheba

5 guests


France Passion Plaisance

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

Haines Rive 40 self-drive

Haines Rive 40

8 guests

Nicols 1100 self-drive

Nicols 1100

9 guests

Tarpon 37 self-drive

Tarpon 37

10 guests

Linssen Yacht 36 self-drive

Linssen Yacht 36

6 guests


Saone Bateaux

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

Gruno 1000 self-drive

Gruno 1000

6 guests

BWS Cruiser 1250 self-drive

BWS Cruiser 1250

8 guests

BWS Cruiser 1150 self-drive

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 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 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.

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

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