Captain your own boat

Canal boat holidays & Boat Hire by Le Boat

No:1 provider of boating holidays on the beautiful rivers, lakes and canals of Europe and Canada. Le Boat have the world’s largest fleet of self-drive boats and the widest choice of fabulous boating destinations to choose from!

With a canal boat holiday, you get to be the captain of your own boat. No license or experience is required. It’s that simple!  Not many guests have driven a boat before. However, they quickly realise how easy it is and soon become confident navigating the waterways. Le Boat teams show you everything you need to know during a briefing and demonstration before you start cruising. Canal Boat holiday can be anything you want it to be, whether that’s a relaxing boating getaway or an active river boat adventure. Choose a destination that best suits your passion, or the interests of your party, and make your boat rental a holiday to remember.

Your home on the water

As captain of your own canal boat, you’ll be living in, and driving, your personal cruiser.

Think about your river cruiser as your home on the water, fully equipped with all the amenities of home, including a large and well decorated interior.

Included in your boat rental –

  • Full use of a boat for the duration specified.
  • Fully equipped kitchen with fridge, gas oven, hob, dishes and utensils.
  • Bathroom facilities with hot showers and toilets.
  • Towels and tea towels (not beach towels)
  • Pillows, duvets and bed linen
  • Cruising maps, user manual and tourist information.
  • Safety equipment: life ring, life jackets, boat hook and fenders, basic first aid kit
  • Deck equipment – moorings pegs, mallet, mop, bucket and ropes
  • Full briefing by base staff and a practice run before departure.
  • Passage through locks (except in Ireland and the Netherlands where a small fee is payable locally for each lock)
  • Compulsory mooring fees for Canada, Scotland and Italy
  • One way supplement for routes starting and ending at different bases.

Le Boat Fleet

Excellent standards of customer service, cleanliness and support come with all boats – whatever the rating!

Premier : These outstanding boats are the newest models in the fleet, with up-to-date engineering and an array of modern & carefully considered features and fittings.

Comfort Plus and Comfort : Good-quality, stylish and well-equipped boats of varying ages, designs and styles.

Budget : The Budget range comprises boats previously classed as 1 and 2-star. These older boats are the ‘much-loved classics’.


Canal boat hire is available all over Europe, as well as Canada. So whatever your interests are, you’re sure to find a destination to explore by boat. Do you enjoy hitting the fairways, exploring on two wheels or learning about local history and heritage – or maybe it’s wine-tasting and gastronomic pleasures you seek?

England | Belgium | France | Ireland | Italy | Netherlands | Scotland | Canada.

Nature – the waterways are home to some of Europe’s finest wildlife and offer great scenery as you discover the great parks and gardens near the waterways – Canada | Ireland | France | Germany | France | Scotland

History & Heritage – the cruising routes are packed with both famous historical sites to see and lesser-known historical gems to discover France | Belgium | Germany | England | Ireland | Italy

Food – each of the regions offers delicious gastronomic treats to taste on your holiday – France | Italy

Wine Tasting – in the French cruising regions, opportunities to tour vineyards are as plentiful as the many wines they offer – France | Italy

Swimming and seaside – many of the cruises take you to perfect swimming spots that children, and adults will love – Belgium | Germany | France | Italy

Golf  – discover cruising routes close to excellent golf courses – Scotland | Ireland | France | Italy

Fishing – fishing is the perfect pastime for your holiday – Canada | Ireland | Scotland | France | Germany

Cycling – all of the cruises are perfect for gentle cycling along the towpath. Or find cruises close to more adventurous cycling routes – Netherlands | France | Germany

Horse Riding  – for something different, take to the saddle and enjoy a gentle trot along the canal paths – France | Ireland | Scotland | England

Water sports – many of the destinations are terrific places for kayaking, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, or just taking a swim – Canada | Germany | France | Netherlands