Canal-Boat Rentals in Europe
ABOVE: A self-drive Penichette from
European Boating Holidays cruises past the San Marco waterfront in Venice,
Black Prince Holidays
Choose from narrowboats of four different sizes, which are available
at eight canal bases in England, Scotland, and Wales. If you aren't sure what's
involved in being a DIY canal-boat captain, read
The Boater's Handbook (PDF format), which was produced by British Waterways
and the UK's Environment Agency.
Crown Blue Line
Pick from 29 boat types with two to eight beds. Most cruising areas are in
France, but boats are also available in the Netherlands, Ireland, Scotland,
Germany, and Italy.
This firm has two brands:
Holidays, with a fleet of nearly 400 traditionally-styled "Penichettes" at
more than two dozen European locations, and
which features modern "5-star" luxury cruisers in six countries.
Drifters Boating Holidays
Drifters, a UK-based company, represents a number of British operators. Its
"check availability" tool lets you search for narrowboats, day boats, etc. on
the waterway of your choice.
France Plassion Plaisance has 31 departure bases in France, Belgium, Germany,
Italy, Spain, and the Czech Republic. License-free, self-drive boats come in a
variety of sizes, and "Handy" boats are available for wheelchair users.
Great Trips Unlimited
Choose from steel-hulled canal boats or modern cabin cruisers in Britain,
Ireland, and France.
Rent a boat in Burgundy from H20, whose "home fleet" consists of
boats that are used by their owners only a few weeks per year. The firm also
represents Pavillon-Saône, Nicols, and Crown Blue Line.
Latelink Boating Holidays
This UK firm offers last-minute deals on self-drive boat rentals in Britain,
Ireland, and France.
This company's self-drive barges sleep 2 to 10 passengers and can be rented in France, the British Isles,
Ireland, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Several of these listings at Travel
With Kids are for companies that offer self-drive boats.
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