Self-drive canal & river boats in Burgundy

Fun and exciting boating holidays for all the family and friends.

All our self-drive rental boats  do not require skipper permits.

Rental boats for self-drive cruises

We’ve come a long way since the old faithful Bermuda, Pacific and Buccaneer rentals from Hoseasons on the Norfolk Broads.

Most of today’s hire fleets provide boats with fly-bridge and inside helms, air-conditioning, sat TV even Wifi  plus en-suite bathrooms!

boating holiday cabin

Accommodating 2 to 12 people, the boats are easy to handle, maximum security all the people on board,  and designed to offer the great comfort at great rates.

Burgundy offers you miles of canal and river waterways to explore such as the Canal de Bourgogne, the Canal de Nivernais, the rivers Saone and Yonne.

Le Boat barging

Crown Blue line and Le Boat
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Locaboat cruises

Locaboat self-drive
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France Afloat

France Afloat
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Nicols rentals

Nicols rentals
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FPP boats

France Passion Plaisance
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Pavillon Saone

Pavillon Saone
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Captain your own boat on the canals and rivers

The Burgundy Canal offers the perfect adventure vacation for families and friends.

The freedom offered by a self-drive cruise is second to none!
You are free to set your own pace, visit what you want to see, prepare your own meals aboard or dine in bistros, cafés and restaurants.
Each day can be different, as you’ll find numerous activities en-route, from wine-tasting to fishing, swimming to cycling, walking to relaxing and plenty of of sight-seeing…
Indeed, they’ll be something to keep everyone smiling!

Enjoy the culture, shop in the local markets, try your hand at some local crafts, and of course, practice your French!With the huge variety of routes your cruise can be relaxing or sporty, with few or many locks, cruising from 2 to 5 hours per day.

Explore the region and see so much more than if you were to stay in a hotel…
With both modern and traditional style boats to suit from 2 to 12, there is plenty of choice ranging from boats ideal for those on a tight budget, to luxury models with all mod-cons.

Let us help you find the perfect cruise for your family or group of friends…

France has many kilometres of navigable inland waterways with canals and rivers open to pleasure craft. In Burgundy alone there is more than 1000 kilometres of cruising on the three main canals:

  • Canal de Bourgogne
  • Canal du Centre
  • Canal de Nivernais

And also the majestic rivers:

  • Yonne
  • Saône
  • Doubs
  • Marne
  • Seine
  • Seille

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Cruising the inland waterways of France