Self drive canal and river boats

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Locaboat Plaisance

France Afloat

France Passion Plaisance

France Passion Plaisance

Pavillon Saone

Pavillon Saone

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 Bourgogne, Centre, Loire and Nivernais, plus the rivers Yonne, Saône, Doubs and Seille.

What to look for when renting a boat?

  • The boats sleeping capacity
  • Boat size and ease of handling
  • The rental price
  • The cruise region
  • One-way or return trips
  • Air-conditioning
  • Inside and outside steering
  • Hidden extras, such as fuel, bicycles

If you are unsure what type of boat cruise suits your needs,
simple use the form on the page "Cruise expert".
We can help you select the most suitable boat for your budget and group size.

Availability and reservations

With the vast choice in boats to hire and destinations to cruise to, the expert advice from will assist you in selecting the best boat at the best rate, the ideal departure point and final port for your holiday cruise. The combined experience and quality advice provided by Hotels Afloat is an excellent choice in preparing your journey.

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