Canal FAQ

Canal Holiday Advice

Cheaper Thank You Think

How Much Will It Cost?

Prices are highest during the summer months (June, July & August) when a fully catered and organised Hotel Boat week for one person will cost about £600 to £700 (UK pounds). A self drive hire-boat will be about £200 per person per week to which must be added food costs. These costs are illustrative only and will vary with standard of accommodation and service, time of the year etc. However they obviously compare very favourably with hotel prices which can cost between £300 and £1000 per person per week for average hotel accommodation without food or activities! All the hire boat websites or hotelboat websites will have exact figures.

Do We Need To Pay A Deposit?

You have to pay a deposit and pay the balance usually six to eight weeks before the holiday. If you are booking at short notice, or from overseas, you may have to pay the full amount to book. Check with the hire or hotelboat company.

Can We Haggle Over The Price We Pay?

You can always try to negotiate the brochure price down, but you won't always be successful! Your best chance of getting a discount will probably be outside of the holiday season. The canals are even quieter in Autumn, Spring and Winter, and canal cruising is a healthy all year round activity, so it's a great time to go boating! You may find that some hire companies will be prepared to offer a slightly larger boat at a lower price if they haven't got the size boat you want. It often pays to talk to the firm, even if they appear to be fully booked for the week you prefer. They also may be able to recommend another firm who may be able to help. Firms do also often have offers, especially when bookings are slow, watch their websites!

How Can We Cut Down The Holiday Cost As Much As Possible?

Try to avoid peak holiday periods, prices are often more than twice as much then. Some firms offer boats with slightly lower specifications, look for 3 star boats rather than 4 or 5 star ones in the Quality Inspection Scheme. Boats with more berths will usually work out cheaper per person. And take as much food with you as possible and cook your own! If all else fails why not just take a short break this year, most companies offer 3 or 4 night holidays.

Are There Discounts For Longer Term Hire?

Most companies will have a discount if you hire a boat for more than a week. If you’re planning to rent for an extended period of time, months rather than weeks, some firms may be willing to negotiate a reduced rate.

What About Late Booking Offers?

Our hireboats2go website is an online search facility for late availability canal holidays from over 50 family run hire companies. There are often hundreds of boats available over a 2 month period. Late booking narrowboats may be at discounted prices, or companies may be provided to haggle over the listed price. We also have Hotelboat Holiday Late Bookings in season.

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