Self drive canal and river boats

Fun and exciting boating holidays for all the family and friends. All the house boats with no skipper permits required.

Cruising on the canal

Selected canal boats to rent

All of these rental barges do not require skipper permits. Accommodating 2 to 12 people, the boats are easy to handle and designed to offer the maximum comfort. Burgundy offers you miles of waterways to explore such as the Canal de Bourgogne, the Canal de Nivernais, the rivers Saone and Yonne.


Locaboat cruises

Crown Blue line and Le Boat

Le Boat barging

France Afloat

France Afloat

Nicols rentals

Nicols rentals

France Passion Plaisance

FPP boats

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!

boating holiday cabin

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
Barging on the canals

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
  • Two helms (upper and lower)
  • 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 self-drive boat at the best rate, the ideal departure point and final port of destination for your holiday cruise. The combined experience and expertise provided by Hotels Afloat is the best starting point in preparing vacation.

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