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Sailing holidays (26)

Family sailing holidays aren’t just an opportunity for budding skippers to wear silly hats and control the tiller all holiday long – the plus points are rather more numerous than that. Just think about it: you can set sail whenever you like, sailing from one beautiful location to another at the turn of a wheel. Best of all, you don’t have to put up with heaving beaches. Just find your own deserted stretch of sand or an isolated cove, moor up and enjoy the sunshine and quiet. Sailing doesn’t have to be an activity holiday, you know.

The more competent sailors among you might like to take the wheel yourself on one of our yachts in Spain or Greece. Or, for a little added luxury, you can hire your own private skipper.

For families in which there’s an even split between sea legs and landlubbers, there’s the sailing holiday compromise of renting a holiday home that has the use of its own boat and private mooring. Check out these sailing adventures in the Caribbean and along the coast of England.

But if sailing sounds just a little too involving for what’s supposed to be a relaxing holiday, there is the more tranquil option of a houseboat. Either stay put or pootle merrily around the waterways of England and the Netherlands. Whichever appeals more, you should definitely step aboard soon.

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Houseboat | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £91 /night

£631 - £999 / week

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  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Authentic houseboat perfect for couples and friends . Situated in a green street, no noise at nigh, close to the hart of the city center.  …see more

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Narrowboat | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

3 Nights min stay

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from £120 /night

£838 / week

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  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Bluebell Narrowboat Holidays is a family run small business which offers traditional canal boat holidays along 41 miles of lock free cruising on the Lancaster Canal. Come along with family or friends for a quality, slow-paced English getaway. One price all year. Call us to discuss your enquiry 01524 811196 07854 596989  …see more

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Houseboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 3

1 night min stay

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from £138 /night

£964 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Walk the Grand Canal to a unique Boat, Breakfast and Barge Trip experience. Enjoy Ireland's unique countryside from Dublin to Sallins in Co Kildare, stay overnight on "An Spideog" Barge and take the tiller the next morning for a day of Canal Boat Cruising. Grand Canal Walk approx: 15 km Self-Guided walk with map and info provided Full self-catering facilities  …see more

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Yacht | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

1 night min stay

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from £75 /night

£522 / week

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  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • May take pets – please enquire
Private charter boat for B&B and cruising in the wonderful region of the Camargue. Only 5 miniutes walk to the beautiful walled city of Aigues Mortes this area has a lot to offer. Warrior is a one of a kind vessel. Warrior is an historic small ship that served its country in 2 world wars.  …see more

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Houseboat | 17 Bedrooms | sleeps 34

Excellent 5/5 

1 night min stay

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
Visiting Halong Bay & Bai Tu Long Bay Vietnam? Luxury Syrena Vessel's offering amazing low prices, stop searching and start saving - we've got the lowest prices guaranteed. And because all meals, accommodations, a variety of live entertainment and 2 days or 3 days activities are included onboard. Plus let you visit multiple places in Gulf of Tonkin HURRY - SALE ENDS SOON  …see more

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Houseboat | 20 Bedrooms | sleeps 40

Very Good 4.5/5 

1 night min stay

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Visiting Halong Bay & Bai Tu Long Bay, Vietnam? Bhaya Classic Cruises offering amazing very low prices. Stop searching and start saving and because all meals, accommodations, a variety of live entertainment and 2 days, 3 days or 4 days activities are included onboard HURRY UP - SALE ENDS SOON!  …see more

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Houseboat | 24 Bedrooms | sleeps 48

1 night min stay

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from £202 /night

£1409 - £1444 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Rates are Quoted Per Room in U.S Dollars, Rates are Nett and Inclusive of Taxes & Service Charges, Rates are Valid Until December 30th, 2014, Instant Confirmation, 100% Lowest Price Guarantee, Charter Rate applied for 24 Rooms, Free hotel pickup and drop-off included, Confirmation will be received at time of booking, Daily Departure.  …see more

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Houseboat | 11 Bedrooms | sleeps 23

Very Good 4.5/5 

1 night min stay

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
The Dragon's Pearl Junk is ideal for parties for larger groups (up to 23 people) or even incentive groups. Alternatively book a berth and get to meet new friends as you cruise the Halong Bay & Bai Tu Long Bay. Halong Bay & Bai Tu Long Bay cruising – Longer Stay, More Overnights, Night Touring!  …see more

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Houseboat | 44 Bedrooms | sleeps 50

Very Good 4.5/5 

1 night min stay

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
Visiting Halong Bay & Bai Tu Long Bay Vietnam? Pelican Luxury Vessel's offering amazing low prices, stop searching and start saving - we've got the lowest prices guaranteed. And because all meals, accommodations, a variety of live entertainment and 2 days or 3 days activities are included onboard. Plus let you visit multiple places in Gulf of Tonkin HURRY - SALE ENDS SOON  …see more

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Houseboat | 20 Bedrooms | sleeps 40

Very Good 4.5/5 

1 night min stay

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Visiting Halong Bay & Bai Tu Long Bay, Vietnam? Paloma Vessel's offering amazing low prices ..... Halong Bay & Bai Tu Long Bay Vietnam on Paloma Cruiser - "Longer Stay, More Overnights, Night Touring"  …see more

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Narrowboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

1 night min stay

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Charter Rates are Quoted for Minimum 02 Person & Maximum for 6 Person in U.S Dollars, Charter Rates are Nett and Inclusive of Taxes & Service Charges, Charter Rates are Valid Until December 30th, 2014, 100% Lowest Price Guarantee, Instant Confirmation, Spacious with cozy ambiance, plenty private corners with large window for individual couple  …see more

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Narrowboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

3 Nights min stay

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from £128 /night

£891 - £1537 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
luxury, narrowboat, river wey, river thames, relaxing, peaceful, scenic Full instruction given, novices welcome. Buoyancy aids provided.  …see more

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Houseboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £61 /night

£425 - £785 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Moored on 5 acres of lake and wetland habitat, each houseboat has a private jetty with onshore boathouse and parking. Fishing for Rainbow Trout, with wildlife in abundance. Proximity to North coast makes this a great base for exploring Cornwall and Devon.  …see more

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Houseboat | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Excellent 5/5 

5 Nights min stay

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from £225 /night

£1571 - £1860 / week

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  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
Enjoy two holidays for the price of one - visit Paris AND experience life on a luxury houseboat! Ideal for a family, with easy access to central Paris. The best way to stay in Paris - on a luxury houseboat!  …see more

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Houseboat | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £124 /night

£868 - £1769 / week

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  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Dublin Barge Hire is a self catering cruising barge with a fully fitted kitchen, full-size bath with shower located in Dublin City Centre. It has a stove and central heating ,a king size bed, bunk beds, Free WIFI a private outdoor space with loads of amenities beside it  …see more

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Narrowboat | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 6

3 Nights min stay

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from £144 /night

£1007 - £1431 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • May take pets – please enquire
Canal, barge, boat hire, River Thames, Shepperton, Chertsey, Windsor, Thorpe Park, Runnymead, Egham, Marlow, Maidenhead, Clivedon Hall IslandHenley, Day Hire, Holiday Hire, Short Breaks in London, RYA Training Courses for Inland Waterways, Marine VHF Licence, Power 1&2 Great family accommodation on the River Thames Shepperton, Walton, Weybridge, Chertsey, Thorpe Park, Egham  …see more

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Narrowboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £64 /night

£446 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Beautiful boutique style narrowboat. Spacious and cosy available for canal holidays or use simply as houseboat accommodation instead of a hotel. Easy access to lovely countryside. Available all year because we have a solid fuel stove and central heating. £120 per night -(1 bed used) FREEDOM OF THE CANALS. £60 per night per bed - BOAT REMAINS STATIONARY.  …see more

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Houseboat | 14 Bedrooms | sleeps 28

Excellent 5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £163 /night

£1140 - £18519 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
Gray Line Halong is passionate about sophistication. Spreading over 3 decks, she has 14 luxury cabins offering boutique interiors with oak-wooden wall, all rooms and bathrooms having sea-view, private sundeck and private balcony. Gray Line Halong cruise is your home while you are in Halong Bay.  …see more

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Houseboat | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 11

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £186 /night

£1300 - £1675 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Winner of 'Four In A Bed' Channel 4. High standard accommodation for up to 7 guests in 3 cabins with extra berths for 4 persons in the saloon. The perfect holiday for first time boating holiday guests to experience life on a boat without the stress of driving the boat. Stunning 4 star hotel boat on the Thames. Winner of 'Four In A Bed' channel 4. You are the only guests.  …see more

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Narrowboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Very Good 4.5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £150 /night

£1045 - £1419 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
A beautiful narrowboat which guests can drive themselves, an ideal holiday for those who like to explore the River Thames at their own pace. Enjoy peace & tranquility. Pets welcome  …see more

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Houseboat | 10 Bedrooms | sleeps 20

Excellent 5/5 

1 night min stay

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Rates are Quoted Per Room in U.S Dollars, Rates are Nett and Inclusive of Taxes & Service Charges, Rates are Valid Until December 30th, 2014, Instant Confirmation, 100% Lowest Price Guarantee, Charter Rate applied for 10 cabins, Free hotel pickup and drop-off included Confirmation will be received at time of booking, Daily Departure!  …see more

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Yacht | 10 Bedrooms | sleeps 20

Excellent 5/5 

Min stay varies

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from £122 /night

£850 - £10996 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
Launched in the beginning of May 2013, Halong Phoenix Luxury is offering a pioneering new generation of vessel with both up-comprising quality and luxurious standard. The vessel brings travelers 4 star cruise services experience Halong Bay, with reasonable price. • Private Cruises • Celebration Cruises • Wedding Cruises • Corporate Incentive Cruises • Conference Cruises  …see more

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Houseboat | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 10

2 Nights min stay

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from £117 /night

£818 - £1015 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Luxury family accommodation Aireys Inlet, Great Ocean Road. Modern and family friendly, heaps of space inside and out. Walk to beaches and cafes. Trampoline, cricket pitch, basketball ring, rumpus room. Fully equipped kitchen, coffee machine, 2 tvs, bbq, fireplace.  …see more

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Houseboat | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

1 night min stay

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from £82 /night

£574 - £710 / week

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  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
ARMOR, péniche bretonne de caractère datant de 1912, est amarrée sur le canal d'Ille et Rance, à l'écluse de Grugedaine à Chevaigné (35), entre Rennes (12 kms) et Saint Malo (70 kms). Classement préfectoral Meublé de tourisme *** A très bientôt ;o) A votre disposition, sans supplément : - bois pour la cheminée, - 4 vélos adulte - 1 tandem  …see more

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Houseboat | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £101 /night

£701 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Je loue ma maison pour periodes de vacances a des persones de confience.  …see more

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Houseboat | 49 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

1 night min stay

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from £16 /night

£106 - £742 / week

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  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
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