How to Book your Ideal Canal Holiday

It’s Easy To Book A Canal Holiday. First, you need to decide when you want to go, where you’d like to cruise and how big a boat you require.

  • You need to decide if you want a self drive boat (Hire Boat) or a crewed boat (Charter or Hotel boat).
  • Hire boats are usually self catering, Hotel boats are usually all inclusive with catering and crew.
  • You need to choose the canals and rivers you want to cruise, 2000 miles to choose from!
  • You can book directly with the firm, their websites have full details and their terms and conditions.
  • As always it makes sense to ensure you have suitable Travel Insurance.

How Do We Book A Canal Holiday?

Once you’ve decided what and when and where then you can use the Canal Junction canal guide pages, or the hireboat holiday or hotelboat cruise schedules pages to find your ideal canal holiday.
Full contact details are provided for all the businesses we list, and you deal directly with them through their websites where you can view the individual boats or cruises and learn more about the company. Most websites now show which weeks are available and allow you to send a booking request online using credit or debit card.
If you’re booking last minuteHireboats2go is our way of making the search easy and straightforward. Just specify the dates you want to cruise, the size of the boat you’re looking for and the type of break (weekend, full week etc) and a range of last-minute deals will be found. You book and deal direct with the owners, no agents or middlemen taking a slice!
If its a hotelboat cruise you’re looking for, offers the same service. Now you’ve got no excuse for not escaping to the water for a well-deserved canal holiday or break!

Do We Need To Bring Any Legal Documents?

Probably not, but check with the holiday company.

Are there likely to be special booking conditions?

Yes. All canal holiday forms will have Terms and Conditions that you must agree to when booking. They may require the person making the booking to be over 21, or even over 25. Some hire companies may not allow bookings from single sex parties and will not let you take more people on board than you have paid for. Children may not be allowed on hotelboats. You may become liable to pay the full cost of the holiday even if you cancel it after a certain date, see cancellation insurance below. Terms and Conditions do vary considerably, so read them carefully and query anything you are not sure of.

Do We Need Special Insurance?

A standard travel insurance policy with any reputable insurance company will normally cover you whilst you’re cruising. Most hire companies will have cover for the boat, so you’ll only need to cover your own possessions. Stay on the safe side though – read the Terms and Conditions carefully, ask the hire or hotelboat company for advice and check with your insurance company if you are not sure. Cancellation insurance is sensible if you want to avoid having to pay for the holiday if you cancel.


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