Le Boat boating destinations

Canal boat holidays - Le Boat's destinations

Explore the beautiful waterways of nine different countries

Find your dream canal boat holiday with Le Boat. The beauty of Europe & Canada's stunning lakes, rivers, and canals and their surrounding villages and countryside are yours to explore, all from the unique perspective of your sundeck! Our boating holidays are whatever you want them to be... with each destination offering a different combination of appeals from wine tasting and glorious gastronomy to breathtaking scenery and beach resorts.

Our canal boat holiday destinations

English canal boating holidays are fun-packed adventures, through pretty countryside and historic sites.

  • Family fun and plenty to do and see
  • Beautiful green countryside
  • Riverside pubs and immaculate villages
  • Fishing and bird-watching

Spectacular mountain scenery makes Scotland's highland waterways an unforgettable boating holiday experience

  • Spectacular mountain scenery
  • Hiking & hill walking
  • Whisky distillery tours
  • Fishing, wildlife & bird-watching

Come boating in Ireland and enjoy mystic waterways and a warm welcome

  • Ancient celtic monuments & religious sites
  • Championship golf courses
  • Wonderful fishing
  • Fantastic scenery
  • Friendly pubs with traditional live music

Discover French canal holidays in 9 stunning regions

  • Largest choice of boating holiday destinations
  • Unique scenery for each region
  • Rich history and heritage
  • Local gastronomy and finest wines


Cruise effortlessly on a chain of beautiful lakes, rivers and canals of this breathtaking part of Canada.

  • Wide open lakes and water sports
  • A mecca for nature
  • Dynamic cities
  • Rich heritage

Come boating in Italy to explore vibrant cities and tranquil countryside

  • Romantic & historic Venice
  • Beaches & sunbathing
  • Traditional fishing-villages
  • Seafood restaurants
  • Art, history & iconic sightseeing
  • Craft - glass blowing, lace-making

The Netherlands' landscape of canals, windmills and chocolate-box towns is just waiting to be explored by boat

  • City break in Amsterdam
  • Fishing, cycling & watersports
  • Festivals & events
  • Relaxed pavement café atmosphere

Ancient and rich architecture in historic cities are what your Belgium river cruise has in store for you!

  • Gothic architecture
  • Cathedrals & churches
  • Museums & art galleries
  • Horse-drawn carriage tours
  • World War memorials
  • Tasty Chocolates & Beers

Cruise through peaceful lakes and Germany's pulsating capital

  • Lakeside Baroque castles
  • Swimming & watersports
  • Hiking & biking
  • Forest & bird watching

Why choose Le Boat canal boating holidays?

Boating holidays with Le Boat provide a fine opportunity to see the leafy countryside, embrace different cultures and visit charming villages that many miss. With a choice of nine different countries, your exploration possibilities are simply endless!


Our river boat holidays allow you to explore surrounding areas wherever, whenever and in whatever way you want to. With a vast network of bases across Europe, we are able to offer the largest variety of cruising routes in comparison to our competitors, many of which are oneway trips meaning that you won't have to return to where you started.


Whether you fancy walking through the medieval cobbled streets of Bruges, or indulging in the finest wines and cheeses of Burgundy, a weekend away or a long-haul trip, with over 170 varied cruising routes, we'll be sure to have the right river boat holiday for you. Best of all, your choices don't stop there. With over 40 different types of canal boats to choose from, dependent on your choice of destination, and the freedom to travel as slow as you want to, your trip couldn't be easier to book.


So take your pick and find out more about each of our canal, river and houseboat holiday destinations above.

Our canal boats

As captain of your own canal boat, you'll be living in, and driving, your personal cruiser. Our boats are all very easy to operate, and the best part is that you don't need any licence or experience before setting off! We have a Premier fleet, Comfort and Comfort Plus and a Budget range to suit everyone, for the perfect canal boat holiday with loved ones.

New to canal boating?

We know it can seem a little daunting to head off on your own canal boat cruiser without any experience. Your safety and security are very important to us, and although no licence is required, we ensure you get a full induction before setting off onto the waters. So if you're new to canal boating, you can be sure you'll be a confident cruiser on a Le Boat holiday.

What our customers say...

Seema Dutta said:

Quotemark  Wonderful way to see the countryside! You can't be in a rush on a trip like this, so we just meandered down the Canal and stopped whenever and wherever we wanted. Excellent food and wine and all the people we met were great!  Quotemark

5 Star

Margaret Perkins said:

Quotemark Five star service every time! We have booked holidays with Le Boat for over 15 years and always had a five star experience. If we need help before or during our holiday they have always been there with a smile!  Quotemark

5 Star

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