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Hotel Boat Holidays

Hotel Boat Holidays

If you want to explore the inland waterways in comfort and do very little this is the holiday for you! 

A hotel boat holiday combines the features of a relaxing hotel with the pleasures of a gentle cruise amid the sights of UK's waterways.

Just like a hotel, hotel boat holidays have all the comforts, service and full-board accommodation and they usually start at a site that is easily accessible.

You can have the luxury hotel barges which are specially converted from vessels originally designed to carry cargo on the shallow inland waterways. They offer air conditioned en-suite cabins for between 4 and 20 passengers. Cruise rates are available per person, and reflect level of luxury, season, and size of barge. The whole vessel can also be chartered by groups or companies.

If you are looking at doing this on a smaller scale you can also get away on the waterways and hire out canal boats for you and your group. You can get the complete hotel experience or get involved with steering the boat all under the watchfull eye of laid back and experienced crew.

This unique style of holiday takes you and your friends or family along the inland waterways of UK –  the River Thames in England, or Loch Ness in Scotland. You can explore wonderful countryside, delightful villages and historical treasures whilst enjoying superb service and exceptional cuisine from the onboard crew.

Choosing a holiday company often seems to be more about luck than science, but help is at hand! The English Tourist Board have introduced the Boat Grading Scheme and given a grade on a scale of 1-5. When you choose a holiday operator, make sure that they are members of this scheme.     

Holiday bookings can be as long or short as you like; from a mini break to a week or more. So why not kick back and enjoy the waterways while someone else does all the hard work for you?

See a list of all the On the Water Hotel Boat Companies with the British Marine Leisure Boating holiday company search

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