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.
“Really great houseboat experience, succeeding our expectations” We are a couple from Germany in our mid-thirties and spent 2 days/1 night at the Jumbo Houseboat early January. We booked from Germany by contacting the owner Akhil directly. Was a bit of
Aqua Castle was a wonderful & clean houseboat.
Excellent Chef & courteous staff made the stay memorable.… More
Reviewed 9 Aug 2014
I had an excellent time with Aquajumbo Tours. I booked a houseboat for my family and immediate relatives and needless to say how each one enjoyed their time with Aquajumbo Tours. The houseboat operato… More
“Pleasant stay for a day”
Reviewed 12 Jan 2015
It was good experience for a day. Very friendly staff. Nice food unexpectedly for vegetarians. Rooms were good to stay. Nice sitting area in the boat to have view of outside.In overall it was a nice … More
ITINERARY» Guests can check in at 12:00 hrs, we will welcome you with welcome drink and start cruise after a short briefing introduction, relax and enjoy the canals, rivers and backwater, at 13:00 hrs houseboat will stop for lunch, with lavish menu of traditional Keral …see more
Welcome to Alleppey Backwater Kerala in the God's Own Country ! . Our new AC Premium houseboat had 3 bed/3 bath,living room, dinning and kitchen fully covered glass which PROTECT FROM MOSQUITO AND INSECT in the night. We are located 2 minutes from Alleppey town. Fam …see more
Houseboat Pride of Leyden is fully equipped with every comfort, from a well stocked kitchen, to central heating and air conditioning, a TV and Wifi internet, and a veranda with a spectacular view. The main bedroom sleeps two in a king-size bed, the study sleeps one on a …see more
Discover the French countryside from the deck of a luxury canal boat. Cruising in Burgundy on France's most beautiful canal you pass scenic countryside, ancient towns and villages, and past Cathedrals and Chateaux, stopping only to enjoy the superb local food and w …see more
Classic wooden sailing yacht right in the city center of Alicante...10 meters LOA 4 meters beam, good for two people, one double bed and 2 singles... great views. Close to restaurants and bars. Very close to he beach. Secure parking inside the marina, security and vi …see more
“Beautiful” We had a fantastic one week holiday,the location was stunning and plenty of restaurants to choose from although we found Lani's the best. Jorge and Raquel are lovely and so friendly.
River Breez Is a 6-8 berth luxury houseboat moored at Mannum Waters Marina. Just over 1hr from Adelaide & I can arrange transfers for you.
Embracing an open design concept with a contemporary interior, our elegance and sophistication will suit the most discerning guest …see more
“A peaceful and comfortable sail along the Marne” We had a great time sailing along the Marne and through the locks between Paris and Epernay. The boat is comfortable and well-equipped and the owner/pilot friendly and welcoming. There was food and win
We took a 4 day tour on this boat, it was wonderful. There were six adults, all friends middle aged, except for our children who came for a day, a meal and a swim.. First we enjoyed quiet and lusciou… More
“C'etait super, un depaysement total!!”
Reviewed 14 May 2014
Super acceuil, on s'y sent tres bien et l'on a plus envie de repartir..
La peniche est tres grande et fonctionnelle.
J'y retourne dès que mon emploi du temps me le permet!!!!… More
Housed in a traditional wooden boat, Halong Paloma Cruise offers luxurious cabins with stunning views of the well-known Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as a New World Wonder 2011. It has a rooftop sun terrace and provides free Tai Chi lesson on board …see more
“Houseboat for relaxation and with exellent view.” We spend 6 days on Humpy Dumpy. It was a great place to arrive home to after exploriating northern Holland during the day. I would have liked to have more time on the boat. using the bikes and renting
After all the hustle and bustle of an Indian city life, the stay at The Humpy Dumpy was just what I needed. We are constantly surrounded with noise and the stress and pressures of our daily lives that… More
Ocean view yacht with beautiful sunsets and sunrises. Underwater windows in the forward cabins makes this yacht unbelievable. Located in the finest most elegant first class member only marinas. Guests have access to private pool, tiki bar, fine dining restaurant and fre …see more
EXCLUSIVE USE, and available all year round, this perfectly appointed liveaboard moored in the most idyllic palm fronted Hampton Court marina.
“Eucala” is a very beautiful and cleverly laid out classic French motor yacht with a really rich heritage. We have rece …see more
Halong Imperial Classic Cruise is a traditional sail boat, built of wood with modern facilities and firt class service, is perfect for exploring Halong Bay on Imperial Classic Cruise. The main food in Imperial Classic Cruise is Vietnam traditional dishes made of local s …see more
Looking for a different type of Holiday?
Try our Turkish Gullet
Accommodation Only. We offer a registered skipper day cruise to one of the beautiful local bays around kaş. on bookings of 3 or more nights. At extra charge, weather permitting.
Our beautiful 5 year old …see more
This top quality yacht is perfectly equiped for cruising in the Ha Long Bay, with all moderns conveniences.
C.Jewel Island yachts are world renowned for excellent quality – We offer perfect arrangements for both privates parts and crew cabins.
For your confort, this y …see more
“A lovely time on The Annam Junk - Halong Bay” After reviewing and checking prices for a number of tour companies that offered overnight accommodation at Halong Bay - we were on the verge of only doing a day trip as we were a family of five - and the p
My girl friend and I had a great experience with Annam Junk. A little small cruise but everything fine for a night stayed. The staff was helpful and friendly. Room was comfortable with Jacuzzi shower.… More
Thank you so much for your recommend, We, Annam Junk staff would love to serve you again in the near future, best wish for you and your family
The Paloma is your home while you are in Halong Bay. Good service is key. We always want to hear from our customers so that we can improve our services and we really value their feedback. We built objective for the future is to continue to provide the best service and d …see more
“Absolute value for money..!!!” We were a gang of 12 and we absolutely enjoyed our cruise in the houseboat. The houseboat was extremely clean and the staff was very courteous and very helpful and friendly. We were taken for a thoroughly relaxing cruise
We stayed with Pournami Houseboats during our honeymoon trip and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. The boat crew was really friendly. Alappuzha being a non-vegetarian's paradise, we expected medi… More
We are happy to hear that you really enjoyed the houseboat trip. Thank you so much. Come back soon :)
“A truly memorable day and night - yummy :P”
Reviewed 23 Nov 2013
Wonderful experience. We had an overnight cruise with pournami house Boat. Me and my wife we really enjoyed the trip. We got a warm welcome to the boat. Delicious food <3 . The boat was neat and clean… More
My Yacht is located as close to down town Fort Myers As you can get. This 50 ft Floating Condo has lots of room for six guest's or more and is right in the center of the River District
The B.B.Q is located on the large back deck.
It has a washer and dryer .. microw …see more
All our houseboats come with a full crew, usually comprised of a Captain, Chef and Deckhand. The crew will prepare all meals and take you on fishing and game viewing excursions. Please discuss with the Captain as to what you would like to achieve on your charter.Lake Ka …see more
A large motor yacht with 4 guest cabins and 3 guest bathrooms situated in Marina Port Forum, between 2 beaches, and about a 45 minute walk along the ocean to the center of Barcelona.
Each cabin has individual air conditioning and heating, a safe box, and a private bathr …see more
“Spectacular Boat, Spectacular location and the most amazing hosts ever” we have just returned from "Vivionne 111", the boat is presented in pristine mint condition and has every facility you could need for your holiday. in a most beautiful harbour wit
We had wonderful week with our two friends on board a truly delightful and authentic motor yacht, all the mods cons were available and there more than enough room for all our needs. The owners Garry a… More
Aqua Castle is a luxury houseboat that cruises through Alleppey and Kumarakom .This fully air-conditioned houseboat including living rooms.According to guests preference,A/C can be provided in the living room or bedroom on request during their stay on-board.Apart from …see more
Welcome to Alleppey Backwater Kerala in the God's Own Country ! . Our new AC Premium houseboat had 3 bed/3 bath,living room, dinning and kitchen. Kv houeboats Servicing every day fom Alleppey to Kumarakom back Alleppey. We are located 2 minutes from Alleppey town.
Fame …see more
We will give you the best service with the cheapest price and you will be happy with the natural beauty that we shows in backwater nd the villages..
We are rated as one of the best houseboat operators in Alleppey. We focus on quality of service provided for guests..< …see more
“Feeling of constant care and joy” Marin and his crew have demonstrated the ability to include us in their love for the Adriatic and Dalmatia. They showed us the most beautiful of the entire area of the islands. We did not feel like casual tourists, bu
Friendly, helpful crew added to a thoroughly relaxing week's holiday. Small, intimate environment aboard the Leonardo with good food and pleasant ambiance. Excellent programme combining cruising, swim… More
This is an alternative to staying in a hotel, experiencing the glamour of being on a yacht, 1 cabin with ensuite bathroom in an Elegant Classic Motor Yacht 77ft with large sunbathing spaces, sitting room, dining room, outdoor dining and lounge areas. Mored in the elegan …see more