About barging holidays

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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

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