Self-drive canal & river boat rentals in Burgundy

Self-drive canal & river boat rentals in Burgundy

Rental boats for self-drive cruises

Fun and exciting boating holidays for all the family and friends. The Burgundy canal 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.

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

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.


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 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 for those on a tight budget to luxury barges 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 are 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