Inland holidays are all about relaxing in the tranquility and beauty of the countryside and leaving the hustle and bustle of daily life behind.
The canals and rivers of England, Scotland and Wales stretch for over 2,000 miles through some of the finest countryside and interesting cities imaginable - the Grand Union Canal, the Norfolk Broads, the Cheshire Ring, the Llangollen Canal and the Scottish Lochs. Whilst in Europe, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Poland all have extensive river and canal networks to explore.
If this is your first inland cruise, don't be worried: navigating the inland waterways is not easy and the boat hire company will teach you everything you need to know before you start your holiday so you can cruise with complete confidence. On board you will find home-from-home comforts including a fully-equipped kitchen, bathrooms and entertainment equipment.
Step 1 - Choose a Location
Popular locations for UK inland holidays are the River Thames, the Grand Union Canal, the Norfolk Broads, the Cheshire Ring, the Llangollen Canal and Scottish lochs.
If you fancy a European break, France, Holland, Belgium and Germany have extensive river and canal networks to explore such as the Canal du Midi, which joins the Mediterranean with the Atlantic and inspired ‘Rick Stein's French Odyssey’.
Step 2 - Decide which type of Boat
You can hire your own boat (Self-drive) and explore at your own pace or book a Hotel Boat (skippered) and be completely looked after - The choice is yours.
The boat hire company will teach you everything you need to know before you start your holiday so you can cruise with complete confidence.
The Boat Grading Scheme run by the English Tourist Board (Visit Britain) is designed to help you choose the right boat for your holiday needs. The scheme uses a star rating to reflect the levels of service, quality of facilities and comfort of the boat.
Step 3 - Choose a Reputable Company
Choose your holiday via the On the Water Holiday Search. All the companies featured in the holiday guide and search are members of British Marine and adhere to a code of conduct.