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
“Very enjoyable short break on 'Topsy'” Mark and Lynda provided excellent tuition and couldn't have been more helpful throughout our trip. The boat was very well equiped and comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the canal and would certainly d
An amazing short break to see in the New Year and one we will always remember with great affection.
Topsy is a charming boat and has everything on board to make your stay very enjoyable.
Mark and Li… More
“A memorable experience on a fantastic boat”
Reviewed 1 Feb 2016
My family and I spent just a night on Topsy. It is a beautiful boat. Mark and Lynda are great hosts, leaving a a lovely welcome pack of coffee, tea, prose do etc. The boat has some outstanding luxurio… More
“Wonderful luxurious break on a beautiful boat”
Reviewed 8 Nov 2014
I cannot recommend Topsy and Lazy Daze Cruises enough! We spent two days on the boat which was fully equipped with everything you could need. It's warm and cosy with a coal fire and comfy furniture. T… More
“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
“Excellent sailing trip” The condition of the boat was great. George from the charter company did a great job and organized everything what we needed, including help for our big shooping at the supermarket, petrol refillling after the return etc.
“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
“Great time had by whole family” We booked a 3 day trip on the Adele Marie, due to the short time we had booked for, Martin contacted us before hand and told us we could turn up early to get some extra time on board as no one had it booked before us .
A better than average hire boat. Good seating and tv , proper dinning table and chairs, good sized shower and 2 comfortable beds. The log/coal fire was a nice extra and much appreciated on the cold ni… More
Many thanks for that fantastic review...We are very pleased that you enjoyed it and we have already actioned the points your suggested. We'd love to have you aboard again sometime...
“Loved every minute!!”
Reviewed 23 Mar 2016
We had a fantastic time, the boat was really nice, with lots of little extra touches like toiletries, biscuits..!! It was well equipped with everything that we needed for cooking and a great wood bur… More
Thank you for this lovely review. We are made up you enjoyed it and that it's hooked you. We would love to have you aboard again sometime
“A relaxing week in beautifu and peaceful surroundings.”
Reviewed 16 Nov 2015
A very relaxing week on the beautiful Shropshire Union canal near Chester. There were many good canal side pubs and restaurants along the way. Martin and Ann were extremely helpful and we particularly… More
Thank you for your lovely comments....it was a pleasure to have you aboard....hope to maybe see you again soon...
“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
“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
“Toby 2014” Excellent experience. We had typical March Chiloe weather with a mix of sunny and rainy days. The food and service at the boat were great. In fact the sea food was outstanding, Kayaking and using the small motor boats were pluses. Visit to
Once again, 2 years after the first trip, the Alba experience was incredible. Food on board is outstanding making intense use of locally sourced seafood and shellfish. New (improved) canoes are really… More
“Beautifull sight views, excellent dinning and activities from the crew”
Reviewed 1 Apr 2014
A marvelous trip with good accomodations and an exquisit food on board, sometimes barbecues in open places surrounded by exhuberant vegetation. Absolutely recomended to escape from the cities and take… More
“THE way to experience Patagonia and the Andean fjords!”
Reviewed 31 Mar 2014
This was my 9th time aboard the Alba and I can't wait to come back again!
I cannot say enough about how unique this experience is and how well attended everyone was while aboard. The Alba has alway… More
“Stayed and Partied like a King” So this was our second stay on De Cornelia, we previously stayed in a group back in May 2014.
Sometimes when you rebook the same place you have that fear of it not being as good or a bit more tired than before but I