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Two-night boating breaks

Get a taste of life on the water

Do you fancy a quick mini-break on the water? Or maybe the chance to sample a couple of nights on board before booking next year’s summer adventure?

 

We’ve made two-night breaks on the Thames and on the Caledonian Canal available on selected boats and dates only.

We have mid-week and weekend breaks available.

These aren’t bookable online, so please contact us by phone to check availability and to book.

 

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Sample two-night itinerary from Benson

Le Boat - Staycations in England

Day 1:  Arrive from 2pm to check-in and complete your pre-departure briefing. Our base team will do their best to have you underway before the lock, adjacent to the base, closes at 6pm. (6:30pm in August), but we can’t guarantee this. If we are unable to get you away in time, you can stay moored in Benson and dine at the Waterfront café, which is right next door to our base. Then you can set off the following morning. If you are able to get away on time, you can take a 30-minute cruise down the Thames to Wallingford where there’s a choice of restaurants and pubs to enjoy in the evening. Or you could try to make a reservation at the Beetle and Wedge Boathouse in Moulsford, which is another 50mins along the river, where delicious food is prepared in front of you on the open charcoal grill.

 

Day 2: The next day, we suggest you cruise to Beale Park (2.5hrs from Benson) where, if you have kids, you can enjoy some time seeing the wildlife (monkeys, lemurs, alpacas and more), and spending time in the play villages, railway, model boats and other attractions. For those  without kids,  behind Beale Park you will find Basildon House, a Georgian mansion managed by the National Trust and featured in the popular TV Drama – Downton Abbey as the Grantham’s London residence. Take a guided tour around the House, or stroll around the 400 acres of historic parkland. Make sure you’re underway by 3:30pm to make sure you’re back though the lock at Benson before it closes. Spend your last night in Benson. You could dine at the restaurant next to the base, or take a 8-minute walk to the Three Horseshoes Pub in Benson village.

 

Day 3: After your last night on board, be ready to disembark and checkout at 9am.

 

Sample two-night itinerary from Chertsey

Cruising on the Thames

Day 1:  Arrive from 2pm to check-in and complete your pre-departure briefing. Our base team will do their best to have you underway before the lock, adjacent to the base, closes at 6pm. (6:30pm in August), but we can’t guarantee this. If we are unable to get you away in time, you can stay moored in the Le Boat marina and for dinner, you can take a 3min drive/taxi ride to the Kingfisher pub, right by the river just a little outside Chertsey. Then you can set off the following morning. If you are able to get away, you can take a 40-minute cruise up the Thames to Staines where there’s a choice of restaurants and pubs to enjoy – we’d recommend the Swan Hotel right by the river.) 

 

Day 2: The next day, we suggest you cruise onward to moor just after Runnymede where you can send the morning visits the Runnymede Memorials: The Magna Carta Memorial, the JFK Memorial and the Air Forces Memorial – all commemorating our struggle for liberty – a trio of thought provoking areas worth a stop at to reflect, ponder and remember. A little further on there’s a Harvester where you could stop for lunch. In the afternoon, you can carry on up the river for an hour or so, before turning around – making sure you leave time to get back through the lock at Chertsey before it closes. Spend your last night in Chertsey. For Dinner you can drive/taxi to the Kingfisher pub (3mins) or the Thames Court in Shepperton (14mins) – both by the river and serving excellent food. 

 

Day 3: After your last night on board, be ready to disembark and checkout by 9am.

Sample two-night itinerary from Laggan

Caledonian Canal

Day 1:  Arrive from 2pm to check-in and complete your pre-departure briefing. Our base team will do their best to have you underway to allow you to do a few hours of cruising before mooring for the night, but we can't guarantee this. If we are unable to get you away in time, you can stay moored in Laggan and take a 10min drive by car (or taxi) to Fort Augustus where there are many restaurants to choose from. Then you can set off the following morning. If we are able to get you away in time, a 2hr cruise south across Loch Lochy will bring you to the north side of Gairlochy Locks, where there are moorings. (This means you don’t have to go through the locks, which will probably be closed by the time you get there.) You should try to make a reservation at the Old Pines Hotel and Restaurant for dinner – which is just over 2 miles from the canal – the food here is exquisite. They also offer a pick up service, subject to availability. 

 

Day 2: The next day, head back across Loch Lochy, (or if you overnighted in Laggan - take a short cruise half way across the loch and then head back again) before passing through the locks at Laggan and navigating on to Loch Oich. Here you can moor up and explore the ruins of Invergarry Castle and have lunch at the Glen Garry Castle Hotel and Restaurant. Or you could stop at the Great Glen Waterpark and hire canoes. We suggest heading back to the moorings at Laggan Locks for the night. For dinner you could take a 10min drive by car (or taxi) to Fort Augustus. We’d recommend the Lock Inn, next to Fort Augustus Locks. Or, if you'd like something special, try the Boathouse, which is in the grounds of the 300 year old St. Benedict’s Abbey. 

 

Day 3: If you weren’t able to pass through Laggan Locks the previous night - they close at 5:30pm (6pm in August)  - they open at 8am so you can pass through them and moor back at the Le Boat Pontoon in time to disembark and check out by 9am.