The waterways of Venice are an unequivocal experience few people ever forget. But it’s hardly necessary to put your journey in the hands of a gondolier or water taxi for nearly the price of a down-payment on a car.

Imagine navigating your own “anyone-can-drive-it” affordable chartered private yacht and the freedom to explore the route at your own pace, withspace to sleep. Whether it’s the Venetian canals, Ireland’s Shannon Riveror any of the other multiple international destinations Le Boathas chartered experiences, this is a vacation designed for the traveller who desires to get off the well-worn tourist track and create the personalized self-driven trip of a lifetime.

Le Boat is the No. 1 provider of boating vacations on therivers, lakes and canals of Europe and Canada. They have the world’s largest fleet of self-drive boats and the widest choice of boating destinations.

“Our customers appreciate the incredible access our boats provide them, to have authentic local experiences by navigating the boats themselves. As a result, no two journeys are ever alike,” explains managing director, Cheryl Brown.

Unbelievably, driving these luxury yachts is easier than operating a car, and completely safeWith no prior boating experience and no license required, absolutely any adult is more than capable of driving Le Boat. A quick instruction session gives you all you need to captain the simple vessels. They reach a maximum speed of only 10 km/hour on canals and lakes and are equipped with hardy bumpers. Controls include a steering wheel for forward and reverse, and bow (front) and stern (rear) thrusters and joy stick controls. Plus, the boats are so stable on the water there is no risk of having motion sickness or spilling a beverage.

Creating an authentic travel experience with Le Boat is as easy as selecting your destinationaccording to your desired area of travel, your interests and style. Do you dream of cruising past looming castles and lavender fields? Or is it a lifelong dream toexplore Canada’s UNESCO world heritage site, the Rideau Canal? Or perhaps you wish to explore the mystical waters of Loch Ness or slip past medieval villages in Germany. Now in nine countries: Canada, France, England, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Germany, Le Boat allows you to set your own pace for discovery on a beautiful floating “home-away-from-home.”

The affordability is incredibly surprising too. With boats of various configurations and numbers of cabins, sharing between families makes the cruises even more palatable. In Canada, the brand new 2018 boats on the Rideau Canal include the Horizon that sleeps four, priced at $1,500  for seven nights. It’s an ideal boat for individuals to share, several couples or a family, combining space, features and comfort. For larger groups, the spacious, fully-outfitted easy-to-handle Horizon 4 sleeps 10 for $4,100  for seven nights cruise on the Rideau Canal. 


About Le Boat 

Le Boat is Europe’s premier boating vacation company, with nearly 50 years of experience in the industry. The company has recently added new cruising experiences on Ontario’s Rideau Canal for 2018. Le Boat owns and operates one of the largest and most stylish selections of rental boats in Europe, with accommodations for up to 12 passengers. Renters can sleep onboard in 5-Star comfort and style, with an ever-changing landscape and inviting shops, restaurants and attractions along the scenic waterway. All boats feature fully equipped kitchens, comfortable furnishings, showers and bathrooms, and warm air heating. They also feature air conditioning, depending on the model. Instructions and an orientation are provided to first-time renters, and no previous boating experience or license is required. Unlike conventional cruises that follow a pre-planned itinerary, Le Boat provides guests with suggested itineraries, but they craft their own route and pace, based on interests. For more information, call toll-free at 1-800-734-5491 or visit www.leboat.com. 

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