About barging holidays

A barging holiday is all about freedom!

If you want to relax and really take in the local culture, a Le Boat holiday is the perfect way to travel. As the captain of your own boat, you decide where to stop & what to see.

It's so easy that no boating licence or previous boating experience are required. Whether you're looking for a relaxing time for the family, a romantic trip as a couple or an active break with friends, we promise to give you a wonderful holiday to remember. 

Find your dream canal boat holiday with Le Boat!

About Le Boat

As the No 1 and largest operator of self-drive barging holidays, more than 102,000 people enjoyed a barging holiday with Le Boat last year!

With 36 different departure bases to choose from, our travelers can cruise in their own time and choose between 200+ suggested routes, from 3 to 21 nights total cruise duration.

With our fleet of over 900 cruisers, 30+ models of boat to choose from, there’s a perfect boat to suit every budget, party size and holiday style. All boats are fully-equipped for a relaxing life on board, with stylish décor, comfy furnishings, a scenic sundeck and light and airy interiors - all hallmarks of Le Boat’s fleet!


Facts and figures

  • Fleet of over 900 boats across 24 departure bases in France, 13 bases in Europe & 1 base in Canada
  • No qualifications or specific skills required to enjoy a Le Boat cruise
  • More than 15,000 weeks of holiday made with us in 2016, of which 10,000 pf those hours were in France alone
  • #1 for customer service: before, during & after the cruise: Le Boat won a Feefo trusted service award in 2017!
  • We employ around 400 employees in peak season
  • We have a global distribution network via direct channels (websites & call center) and a wider network of 400+ partners (Travel agents & Tourist operators)
  • We also offer customers the chance to become owners of a Le Boat cruiser via our Boat Ownership Program

Dec. 2021 - Canal du Midi celebrates 25 years of UNESCO status

Canal du Midi 25th Anniversary

The magnificent Canal du Midi in southern France was designated a World Heritage site in December 1996, with this year marking 25 years of UNESCO status. To celebrate, the number one provider of boating holidays on Europe’s beautiful inland waterways, Le Boat, has a launched a limited time promotion. 


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