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Off the Beaten Track – Canal and River Boat Hire

Posted April 21st, 2017

Have you always wanted to captain your own cruise ship? If you love sailing through foreign lands but prefer to travel independently, why not hire a private boat? From bustling cities to pristine beaches, some of the most beautiful destinations in the world can be accessed via rivers and canals. Whether you’re looking for a cosy 2-person vessel or something more spacious, Cruiseabout can help you plan the trip of a lifetime.

To help you choose the perfect itinerary, we recommend using a hire company like Le Boat. Offering canal and river boat hire throughout Europe, Le Boat can take care of all the logistics involved with a self-guided cruise in Europe.

Cruise the Canals

Canals offer easy access to some of Europe’s best-kept secrets. Even if you haven’t had much practice when it comes to boating, these type of waterways provide the perfect environment in which to gain some experience. Depending on the location of the canal and the kind of vessel you plan to hire, you might not even need a boating licence.

Of course, you should still know the basics before setting off on a canal cruise. Le Boat provides comprehensive instructions on how to operate their vessels safely in European waterways. Prior to your departure date, a Le Boat staff member can show you how to steer, moor and lock your canal boat. They can also go over your route, so you won’t have to worry about getting lost.

River Cruising

If there aren’t any canals in the places you plan to visit, rivers are just as well-suited to self-guided expeditions. Inland waterways tend to be calm and relatively uncrowded, providing a safe passageway for smaller ships. Even if you’re travelling with a large group, Le Boat has vessels to suit travel parties of diverse sizes. Their river cruise itineraries range from the famous River Thames in England to France’s castle-lined lakes, so you’ll have plenty of options when choosing a route.

It doesn’t matter if you plan to stop for regular shore excursions or would rather relax onboard your boat – river cruising is undeniably one of the best ways to see the world. With panoramic views of foreign landscapes to enjoy, you can relax and go at your own pace. Perhaps the best thing about hiring a river boat is having the freedom to determine your own itinerary.

Choose Your Boat Wisely

When it comes to canal and river boat hire, finding a suitable ship is essential for making the most of your cruise. Try to think of your boat as a holiday home on the water – it should contain all the essential amenities and be sufficiently roomy. Before choosing a ship, keep the following points in mind:  

  • The size of your travel party – From vessels made for couples and small families to ships that can sleep up to 12 people, Le Boat’s fleet features a range of shapes and sizes. Choosing the right size for your travel party will ensure everyone can be comfortable on board.
  • Your destination – The type of ship you choose will depend largely on the canals and/or rivers featured in your itinerary. Le Boat can advise you if any of the waterways you plan to cruise come with specific requirements. For example, some ships are not offered with certain itineraries due to size restrictions.
  • Style Expectations – Part of what makes captaining your own cruise so enjoyable is selecting a ship that caters to your unique tastes. It doesn’t matter if you’re in search of a luxurious ship or a budget-friendly vessel; Le Boat’s fleet ranges from extravagant to affordable. Their grading system is designed to help you find a boat that aligns with your budget and expectations.

To start planning your canal or river boat cruise, speak with one of our expert cruise consultants today.

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