Sailing holidays

Sailing holidays (181)

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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(11) Excellent 

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
A lovely old cargo ship in the nautic centre of Amsterdam port. Nearby the old city with a beautiful view on the famous canals. The National Maritime Museum and the Mill of Brewery 't IJ in sight. The Artis Zoo, the Nieuwmarkt area with its charming cafés, bohemien res  …see more

from £150 / night

£1048 / week

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from £150 / night

(32) Excellent 

12

Holiday houseboat rental

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“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 £129 / night

£770 - £1795 / week

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from £129 / night

(5) Excellent 

12

Holiday yacht in South East England

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 £280 / night

£1960 / week

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from £280 / night

(15) 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
Annie's Boat is suitable for 2 people and maximum 2 children.Children up to 12 years stay for free. For children up to the age of 3 years there is a cot present. For children from 3 up to 12 years is a thick luxury air mattress (2x 1pers. mattress) of very good  …see more

from £103 / night

£513 / week

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from £103 / night

(29) Very Good 

16

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
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

from £101 / night

£680 - £788 / week

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from £101 / night

(1) Excellent 

5

Worsley holiday narrowboat rental

Salford / Worsley

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“What a lovely family weekend!” We arrived and it was thundering, lightning and raining like there was no tomorrow but the central heating on the boat kept us all snug, warm and dried us out quickly. With the freedom to stop and start where and when yo  …see more

from £150 / night

£795 / week

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from £150 / night

23

Holiday houseboat in Jyväskylä

Central Finland / Jyväskylä

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Houseboat are easy to navigate. They are the comfort of a first class summer cottage. Wide range of different activities available for children and other family members. You will explore many unique cultural and natural attractions along your route. Pets are allowed.If  …see more

from £265 / night

£1535 - £2304 / week

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from £265 / night

(7) Excellent 

56

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
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

from £43 / night

£257 / week

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from £43 / night

20

Houseboat rental in Alappuzha

Kerala / Alappuzha

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
The outside exists of:Open lounge deck, Barbecue and Roof top sun.  …see more

from £65 / night

£360 - £465 / week

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from £65 / night

(13) Excellent 

24

Houseboat rental in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Eastern Docklands

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
Two luxury, 100% smoke-free rooms on a boat, and en suite bathrooms, free WiFI. After a busy day in the center you can enjoy the grand view of the eastern docklands on the deck terrace on a nice summer day.  …see more

from £180 / night

£1257 / week

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from £180 / night

15

Tortola / Road Town

4 8 Min stay varies

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

 …see more

from £1613 / night

£11291 / week

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from £1613 / night

(8) Very Good 

9

Holiday yacht with shared pool in Halong Bay

Quang Ninh Province / Halong Bay

12 18 1 night min

  • 12 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
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

from £130 / night

£10162 / week

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from £130 / night

(1) Excellent 

9

Holiday yacht in Ta' Xbiex

Island of Malta / Ta' Xbiex

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Berthed on a pontoon berth with spectacular views of Valletta and Msida Creek  …see more

from £85 / night

£593 / week

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from £85 / night

(3) Excellent 

67

Holiday yacht in Road Town

Tortola / Road Town

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
Feel free to ask as about other possibilities of accommodation if you have specific needs.  …see more

from £1920 / night

£13200 - £23280 / week

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from £1920 / night

9

Uppsala County / Uppsala

17 32 1 night min

  • 17 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 32
  • 1 night min
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly

 …see more

from £40 / night

£275 / week

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from £40 / night

22

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+
Our large houseboat is especially suitable for groups up to 14 people.It's located in a quite neighborhood in the north of Amsterdam but close to the town center.7 bedrooms and a large living area gives you enough space for a joyful time in Amsterdam.Ne  …see more

from £599 / night

£3334 / week

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from £599 / night

(4) Excellent 

9

Yacht rental in South East England

Hampshire / Southampton

3 2 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
An excellent well cared for 37 foot sailing yacht, located in Port Hamble Marina, Hamble village, Southampton. Port Hamble is situated in the heart of the village of Hamble which is a yachting paradise for sailors and visitors alike. The yacht is very user friendly and  …see more

from £125 / night

£750 / week

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from £125 / night

(53) Excellent 

28

Holiday narrowboat rental

Salford / Worsley

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
“Very clean and comfortable boat - plus can take dogs.” The boat was very clean unlike the previous 3 narrow boats that I have hired. In particular, the toilet/bathroom, cooker, kitchen untensils were clean. The mattress was very comfortable and was li  …see more

from £170 / night

£1190 / week

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from £170 / night

(2) Excellent 

10

Holiday yacht in South East England

Hampshire / Southampton

3 2 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
An excellent well cared for 37 foot sailing yacht, located in Port Hamble Marina, Hamble village, Southampton. Port Hamble is situated in the heart of the village of Hamble which is a yachting paradise for sailors and visitors alike. The yacht is very user friendly and  …see more

from £125 / night

£750 / week

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from £125 / night

(1) Excellent 

87

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
Sceal Eile 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, WIFI, a private outdoor space with loads of amenities beside it  …see more

from £142 / night

£958 - £1377 / week

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from £142 / night

(7) Very Good 

24

Holiday yacht in Halong Bay

Quang Ninh Province / Halong Bay

28 50 Min stay varies

  • 28 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 50
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“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  …see more

from £4638 / night

£31444 / week

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from £4638 / night

(5) Excellent 

23

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
quiet and tranquility The house boat is a bit of a distance from Amsterdam centre, so you can escape the hustle and bustle after a packed day of exploring and have peace and tranquillity at the apartment, chilling with the birds and water. Now also e-bikes available.Bi  …see more

from £99 / night

£642 / week

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from £99 / night

(20) Excellent 

28

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
The boutique beauty of the cruise will charm all the guests at the first glance. Among hundreds of boats and cruises in Halong Bay. We can say for sure that the Royal Palace Cruise is the unique one which was designed specially like a Royal Palace, Totally different wit  …see more

from £210 / night

£18889 / week

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from £210 / night

(106) 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
“Extremely cute boat, quirky, clean and cosey :)” Siet was very welcoming and at the time when she wasnt there and we called her to help us with the cooker she arrived within 20 mins! The boat as about 15-20 min walk fro the station and if you rent a  …see more

from £86 / night

£513 - £1120 / week

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from £86 / night

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6

New Jersey / Brick

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Air conditioning

 …see more

from £81 / night

£565 / week

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from £81 / 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
Close to Central Station, comfortable, stylish, quiet and romantic. Three rooms for just the two of you. Own entrance. Great breakfast, bikes and Canadian canoe included.  …see more

from £124 / night

£718 / week

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from £124 / night

(2) Excellent 

30

San Blas Islands / El Porvenir

4 8 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning

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from £1130 / night

£7904 / week

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from £1130 / night

9

Aude / Marseillette

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

 …see more

from £73 / night

£509 - £599 / week

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from £73 / night

(8) Average 

13

Holiday houseboat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam / Central Amsterdam

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
“The stay exceeded all expectations.Ideally situated near Rembrandplein” The accommodation was very tidy and especially the roomy livingroom was a plus.Wi-fi also a welcome addition and we realy enjoyed staying in the centre of Amsterdam with all the c  …see more

from £195 / night

£1342 - £2065 / week

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from £195 / night

10

Srinagar holiday houseboat rental

Kashmir / Srinagar

3 6 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Houseboat Sweet Star have their own traditional appeal.Houseboat Sweet Star are anchored on the banks of the River jehlum. Each houseboat is fully furnished and every Houseboats has an attendant boy.Houseboat Sweet Star are furnished in a grand style, with carved furnit  …see more

from £19 / night

£130 / week

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from £19 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat rental

North Holland Province / Amsterdam

3 12 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
shipamsterdamhouseboatapartment  …see more

from £449 / night

£2992 - £3590 / week

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from £449 / night

20

Arrondissement of Le Marin / Le Marin

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

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from £257 / night

£1795 / week

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from £257 / night

(12) Excellent 

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Holiday houseboat rental

Hauts-de-Seine / Meudon

4 8 5 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 5 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
“Excellent accomodation , Spacious, Comfortable & Clean” My Children 13,16,17 plus Grandparent 78 all had an excellent time in Paris . The boat made an excellent base for seeing the sights as public transport is minutes walk away.The boat is spacious,  …see more

from £250 / night

£1500 - £1850 / week

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from £250 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Province of Naples / Sorrento

4 8 Min stay varies

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

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from £177 / night

£1710 / week

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from £177 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday yacht rental

Paros / Parikia

5 6 2 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Private Sailing Holidays in Greece and Turkey with Gourmet Chef - 2 professional crew (40+ years experienced Italian-Greek captain + hostess/co-skipper)Captain - with a remarkable past in the vest of a professional super yachts captain of over 60,000 NM in his  …see more

from £129 / night

£684 - £5171 / week

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from £129 / night

19

Province of Grosseto / Porto Ercole

2 2 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly

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from £308 / night

£1624 / week

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from £308 / night

(4) Very Good 

10

Ille-et-Vilaine / Rennes

2 6 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Suitable for children age 5+

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from £120 / night

£770 - £1488 / week

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from £120 / night

(4) Excellent 

32

Amazon River / Manaus

1 6 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly

 …see more

from £13 / night

£90 - £538 / week

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from £13 / night

59

Holiday yacht in Fethiye

Mugla Province / Fethiye

7 14 6 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 6 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
​​Gulet Yacht Charter in Turkey The Turquoise Coast or Turkish Riviera consists of many coastal towns and villages sitting on the Aegean and Mediterranean coastlines. It is one of the best destinations in the world for a sailing vacation. Our Cruises The typical sailin  …see more

from £1197 / night

£7265 / week

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from £1197 / night

(21) Excellent 

30

Yacht rental in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik / Gruz

12 24 7 nights min

  • 12 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 24
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“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  …see more

from £109 / night

£761 - £14530 / week

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from £109 / night

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