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Boating expertise since 1969
With over 50 years of experience and expertise, we're passionate about providing unbeatable vacations on the water.
Boussole
18 amazing destinations
Our extensive network of bases across 9 countries means you can enjoy a return-trip or choose from a wide selection of one-way routes.
Bateau
World’s largest fleet
We have more river and canal boats available than any other operator, available to hire between April and October. Our wide range of boats sleeps between 2-12 people.
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No boat license required
That's right! You can rent and captain your own boat for a short break (3 nights minimum), a week or longer. We'll show you everything you need to know before you set off.
  • Gold Trusted Service Award
    Gold Trusted Service Award
    Awarded by Feefo, which independently collects reviews from our customers, the award recognizes businesses that consistently deliver a world-class customer experience.
  • badge rosette
    Boating expertise since 1969
    With over 50 years of experience and expertise, we're passionate about providing unbeatable vacations on the water.
  • Boussole
    18 amazing destinations
    Our extensive network of bases across 9 countries means you can enjoy a return-trip or choose from a wide selection of one-way routes.
  • Bateau
    World’s largest fleet
    We have more river and canal boats available than any other operator, available to hire between April and October. Our wide range of boats sleeps between 2-12 people.
  • Bouée
    No boat license required
    That's right! You can rent and captain your own boat for a short break (3 nights minimum), a week or longer. We'll show you everything you need to know before you set off.
  • Gold Trusted Service Award
    Gold Trusted Service Award
    Awarded by Feefo, which independently collects reviews from our customers, the award recognizes businesses that consistently deliver a world-class customer experience.
  • badge rosette
    Boating expertise since 1969
    With over 50 years of experience and expertise, we're passionate about providing unbeatable vacations on the water.
  • Boussole
    18 amazing destinations
    Our extensive network of bases across 9 countries means you can enjoy a return-trip or choose from a wide selection of one-way routes.
  • Bateau
    World’s largest fleet
    We have more river and canal boats available than any other operator, available to hire between April and October. Our wide range of boats sleeps between 2-12 people.
  • Bouée
    No boat license required
    That's right! You can rent and captain your own boat for a short break (3 nights minimum), a week or longer. We'll show you everything you need to know before you set off.

Mini moon destinations with a twist: Romantic adventures on a houseboat

"Mini moon? What's that?" your partner asks, intrigued as you bring up this great idea you've been researching. Whether you're just hearing about mini moons or you're on the hunt for more information, a mini moon could be exactly what you need after your big day. 

What is a mini moon? 

A mini moon is a shorter honeymoon alternative usually taken right after the wedding. It’s perfect for couples who may not have time for a lengthy trip and want to slow down right after saying “I do” without the pressure of planning an elaborate honeymoon. Going on a mini moon offers newlyweds an intimate and unconventional way to celebrate their union - but what if this unique getaway could be elevated with an unexpected twist? 

How does a boat cruise through the world’s most romantic destinations sound? All while cozied up on a canal boat? This mini moon idea is perfect for basking in romance with your spouse:  

  • Discover new destinations together with a snug 
  • Enjoy an intimate vibe 
  • Set yourself up for unforgettable moments with your significant other 
  • Cheers to your future as the sunsets in the backdrop 
  • Snuggle under a blanket, under the stars

Why choose a canal boat holiday for your mini moon?  

Choosing a canal boat holiday for your mini moon will have you soaking up the deserved R&R after months of planning your special day. It’s a special experience that blends romance and adventure on your mini moon. This honeymoon alternative offers newlyweds the privacy of being in the comfort of a houseboat and the freedom to discover hidden destination gems.  

With a Le Boat holiday, you can tailor your journey through some of the most romantic cities in the world, ensuring your getaway is one of your best trips as a couple. We also have a comprehensive induction that includes safety measures and procedures during check-in, to ensure your holiday is both safe and enjoyable, whether you’re a seasoned boater or an absolute beginner.

 

7 mini moon destination ideas

1. For nature-loving couples: Rideau Canal, Canada 

Nestled in the heart of Canada, the Rideau Canal offers a nature escape for couples looking for time off the grid. The region is made up of serene surroundings and vivid landscapes creating the perfect backdrop for those precious, quiet moments together. As you cruise the Rideau Canal’s waterways, you’ll notice how nature and the atmosphere help you set that perfect calm pace on your cruise. You’ll come across secluded spots that seem tailor-made for you and your partner. You can enjoy intimate dinners under the stars, early morning hikes for a beautiful sunrise  - this nature destination a true feast for the soul.

Grand Canal, Venice

2. For history and culture enthusiasts: Venice, Italy 

Venice stands as a true testament to history and culture, inviting couples who love art and a good history lesson on their holiday. The city is vibrant with cultured energy, promising an enriching experience. The canal boat offers the comfort of navigating the historic canals of Venice and cruising through ancient buildings like the majestic Doge's Palace which allows you to experience the city’s heart and soul from the water. 

Cruising through Venice is one of the best vacation ideas for newlyweds looking for a distinctive experience on their mini moon. Moreover, you’ll be getting a break from everyday life, offering personal and secluded moments with your partner.   

3. For urban adventurers: Amsterdam, Holland 

One of the best things about a canal boat holiday is that it's just you, your loved one, and an adventure waiting to unfold. Amsterdam is known for its dynamic city life, ideal for those drawn to urban experiences. As you cruise through Amsterdam’s canals, you’ll be presented with cityscape options that are both new and old. Although, to truly experience historic landmarks like the Anne Frank House, you'll need to moor your boat and explore on foot, bike, or join a guided canal tour on larger boats. This approach not only brings you closer to Amsterdam's rich history but also encourages exploring its vibrant urban culture and the surrounding areas, offering a distinctive mini moon for couples.

Bruges, Belgium

4. For storybook romantics: Bruges, Belgium 

Bruges captures the essence of a storybook romance with its medieval allure, making it a dream setting for your mini moon. This city of love captivates with its ancient buildings, cobbled streets and winding canals, allowing for a fairy-tale-like backdrop, filling the air with romance and  beauty at every turn. Enhance your experience by sampling artisan chocolates and savoring Belgian beer, adding layers of culture to your holiday.  

This unique combination of Bruges' historic beauty and the intimate houseboat experience makes it a great couple holiday idea. It's a place that feels timeless with a medieval charm and romantic ambiance.  

5. For the foodies: Charente, France 

Charente is a paradise for our foodies. It is also celebrated for its exquisite dining options and renowned cognac distilleries. This region promises a gastronomic journey that tantalizes the taste buds, while offering a romantic holidat.  The French countryside is popular for its gorgeous views and perfect for indulging in riverside picnics with local delicacies.  

Moor your houseboat at the doorstep of Michelin-starred restaurants and enjoy world renowned meals only accessible by a houseboat cruise. In Charente, couples can savor the flavors of France in complete privacy, making it an ideal destination for those who love to pair romance with the art of fine dining.  

Vineyard in Burgundy

6. For wine-loving wanderers: Burgundy Franche-Comté, France

For our wine enthusiasts, Burgundy is the perfect mini moon destination. Its vineyard-strewn landscapes and wine heritage create an idyllic setting for a leisurely pace on your cruise. Navigate the Burgundy canals from the comfort of a houseboat, pausing for personal visits to vineyards and exclusive tastings of some of France's finest wines.

The beauty of Burgundy Franche-Comté, paired with its rich tradition of winemaking, presents a distinctive opportunity to explore France's celebrated wine country. It's the perfect blend of intimacy and relaxation.

7. For outdoor enthusiasts: Mecklenburg Lake District, Germany

The Mecklenburg Lake District in Germany is a playground for adventurous couples, offering a variety of activities for those who thrive in the great outdoors. Go for a bike ride or a hike through the forest or enjoy swimming in crystal-clear secluded bays - The Lake District invites you to immerse yourself fully in the natural world. 

This is an ideal mini moon destination with the experience of houseboat living and the beauty of the outdoors. Couples can enjoy the privacy of their floating retreat after a day filled with adventure, providing excitement and seclusion.

Discover the charm of a houseboat mini moon

Choosing a houseboat for your mini moon is romance and unique adventures all wrapped in one, perfect for newlyweds looking for an unforgettable start. From the historic canals of Venice to the scenic beauty of Burgundy, a houseboat is a memorable way to explore the world together. Consider the distinct charm of a houseboat rental for your first adventure as a married couple and make your mini moon truly extraordinary. 

Go on your mini moon cruise!