Sailing holidays

Sailing holidays (521)

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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77

Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

3 5 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £151 / night

£1057 / week

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from £151 / night

(10) Excellent 

25

Province of Naples / Sorrento

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

from £275 / night

£1725 / week

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from £275 / night

(18) Excellent 

27

Holiday yacht in Barcelona

Barcelona / Port Forum

5 11 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“BOAT WAS A FABULOUS AND UNIQUE EXPERIENCE FOR US” I organised the trip for my brothers, in laws and couple of friends, we are all in the 45-55 age category and really just enjoyed renting the whole boat to ourselves. We cooked on board, however, the  …see more

from £255 / night

£1781 / week

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from £255 / night

(5) Excellent 

11

Holiday yacht in Lymington

New Forest / Lymington

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Luxury living on a yacht” Myself and 3 friends stayed on this beautiful boat, moored ideally with no boats in front of us, giving us a perfect view across to the Isle of Wight. The yacht was clean, had 2 bathrooms and showers, and a well equipped kit  …see more

from £220 / night

£1540 / week

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from £220 / night

(17) Excellent 

12

Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Eastern Docklands

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

from £104 / night

£518 / week

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from £104 / night

(4) Excellent 

7

State of Rio de Janeiro / Angra Dos Reis

1 6 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £220 / night

£1540 / week

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from £220 / night

(12) Excellent 

40

Yacht accommodation in Puerto Calero

Lanzarote / Puerto Calero

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Perfect!” I arrived in Puerto Calero by boat, having sailed from Spain via Morocco. I wanted to stay for a longer period in Puerto Calero so booked Vientos Del Sur after a recommendation from a friend. A perfect choice. The boat is comfortable with an  …see more

from £52 / night

£363 - £507 / week

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from £52 / night

(25) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat with shared pool in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Jordaan

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

from £182 / night

£1207 - £1811 / week

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from £182 / night

(38) Very Good 

18

Kumarakom holiday houseboat rental

Kerala / Kumarakom

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
“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  …see more

from £160 / night

£1160 - £2257 / week

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from £160 / night

(13) Excellent 

24

Houseboat rental in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Eastern Docklands

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly

from £203 / night

£1419 / week

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from £203 / night

(3) Excellent 

43

San Diego holiday houseboat rental

California / San Diego

1 4 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly

from £200 / night

£1395 / week

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from £200 / night

(23) Excellent 

41

Holiday yacht with shared pool in Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca / Marina Rubicon

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“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.  …see more

from £83 / night

£580 - £966 / week

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from £83 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Houseboat accommodation in Henley-on-Thames

Oxfordshire / Henley-on-Thames

3 11 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“An incredibly relaxing holiday in perfect comfort on a beautiful part of the Thames.” From start to finish this turned out to beat many 5 star hotel holidays we had all taken. Firstly the hosts are attentive, lovely and fun. They gave us 2 informed fa  …see more

from £250 / night

£1510 - £2160 / week

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from £250 / night

8

Italian Riviera / Loano

3 7 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly

from £151 / night

£949 / week

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from £151 / night

(6) Excellent 

24

Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets

from £100 / night

£647 - £690 / week

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from £100 / night

(32) Excellent 

12

Holiday houseboat rental

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
“Quaint and Well Situated Houseboat” We had a lovely stay on the Oasis Houseboat as a family of three adults. It was far enough away from the main hub but still easily accessible to a grocery store. The sunset over the canal and other houseboats each  …see more

from £173 / night

£1035 - £1811 / week

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from £173 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Houseboat rental in Dublin

Dublin / Dublin 2

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £121 / night

£845 / week

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from £121 / night

(29) Very Good 

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Leiden holiday houseboat rental

South Holland Province / Leiden

2 3 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 27 km
  • Child friendly

from £102 / night

£686 - £794 / week

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from £102 / night

(1) Very Good 

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Holiday houseboat with golf nearby in Srinagar

Kashmir / Srinagar

8 18 1 night min

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • 1 night min
  • Private garden

from £17 / night

£124 / week

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from £17 / night

16

San Blas Islands / El Porvenir

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

from £104 / night

£728 / week

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from £104 / night

(15) Excellent 

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Holiday yacht with golf nearby in Puerto de la Duquesa

Manilva / Puerto de la Duquesa

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
“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  …see more

from £130 / night

£850 - £1270 / week

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from £130 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday yacht in El Barrio

Province of Alicante / El Barrio

2 2 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 200 km
  • Car not necessary

from £44 / night

£259 / week

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from £44 / night

(1) Excellent 

6

West Flanders Province / Nieuwpoort

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Child friendly

from £156 / night

£1087 / week

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from £156 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Henley-on-Thames holiday narrowboat rental

Oxfordshire / Henley-on-Thames

3 8 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly

from £303 / night

£1350 - £1754 / week

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from £303 / night

(18) Very Good 

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Holiday houseboat in Halong Bay

Quang Ninh Province / Halong Bay

15 30 1 night min

  • 15 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 30
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Air conditioning

from £112 / night

£947 - £23683 / week

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from £112 / night

(115) Excellent 

36

Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
“Ultimate houseboat experience” Me and my partner stayed for 4 days at Houseboat Tante Piet and it was fantastic. Siet, the owner, received us with coffee and 'stroopwafels', and made us feel at home right away. She showed us our cosy bedroom (which wa  …see more

from £121 / night

£759 - £1302 / week

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from £121 / night

15

Magnesia Region / Volos

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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Holiday houseboat in Srinagar

Kashmir / Srinagar

3 8 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Private garden

from £64 / night

£720 / week

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from £64 / night

(17) Very Good 

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Narrowboat rental in Nantwich

Cheshire / Nantwich

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
“Lovely short break on Adele Marie” Martin couldn't have been more helpful with sending us on our way up the Shropshire canal, his wife even went to the trouble of baking scones (on the day!) with jam and cream for us, plus there was tea coffee milk .  …see more

from £80 / night

£800 - £1835 / week

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from £80 / night

(21) Excellent 

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Porto holiday narrowboat rental

Porto District / Porto

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
“Magnificent sailing through UNESCO world Heritage” Couple and one children, rented a boat for a long weekend, sailed up on river Douro until Spanish border. At the boats base, nice little chalet for the first night. Very good navigation, sightseeing a  …see more

from £164 / night

£561 / week

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from £164 / night

(39) Very Good 

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Holiday houseboat in Halong Bay

Quang Ninh Province / Halong Bay

50 50 1 night min

  • 50 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 50
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly

from £144 / night

£2128 / week

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from £144 / night

(14) Excellent 

24

Holiday yacht in East Molesey

Surrey / East Molesey

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning

from £105 / night

£735 / week

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from £105 / night

(26) Excellent 

21

Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden

from £125 / night

£725 / week

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from £125 / night

(4) Excellent 

9

Halong Bay holiday houseboat rental

Quang Ninh Province / Halong Bay

20 40 1 night min

  • 20 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 40
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Ask about pets

from £124 / night

£868 / week

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from £124 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

7 14 2 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+

from £604 / night

£3363 / week

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from £604 / night

(23) Very Good 

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Halong Bay ski yacht to rent.

Quang Ninh Province / Halong Bay

18 2 1 night min

  • 18 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool

from £208 / night

£18738 / week

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from £208 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Houseboat rental in Amsterdam

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly

from £116 / night

£809 / week

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from £116 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / New West

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min

from £182 / night

£1207 - £1569 / week

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from £182 / night

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Grande-Terre Island / Pointe-a-Pitre

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 1 km

from £44 / night

£863 - £1466 / week

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from £44 / night

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Holiday houseboat rental

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly

from £173 / night

£1147 - £2294 / week

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from £173 / night

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