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.
Would you like to spend summer on a peaceful lake, in the pristine wilderness of Finland? On a Houseboat you can easily get to great fishing spots, beaches or discover different Finnish villages and towns . You can sunbath on the roof, make food in the kitchen and take …see more
Your luxurious motor yacht is available on an accommodation only basis. She is located at the prettiest marina in Lymington with amazing sea views towards the Isle of Wight. She was commissioned in 2013 and is fitted out to the highest standard. Step through the glass …see more
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… More
The Axo Houseboat is a self-catering apartment in the heart of the city. You have your own kitchen, bathroom, double bedroom and living room. It's has a light and roomy living area with 2 sofas beds, in case the kids don't want to sleep together, and a large d …see more
“Great accommodation and location to explore Amsterdam”
Reviewed 21 Apr 2016
I travelled to Amsterdam to visit friends and was very fortunate to stay on this fabulous houseboat. It was very well equipped, homely, warm and comfortable. I was surprised to find how spacious the l… More
Thanks Debbie, so glad you had a nice time. hope to see you again very soon.
“fun and good location”
Reviewed 19 Apr 2016
Situated in central amsterdam, the houseboat is a good place to stay. Close to the subway station (2 stops from central station) and tram.
I strongly recomend this rental… More
Thanks Olivier, it was a pleasure to have you stay.
Reviewed 2 Jan 2015
We arrived a little later than we intended and had to collect the keys from the nearby Amsterdam House Hotel but staff were great and we dealt with the formalities very quickly. The owner of the boat … More
Lucy Joe Sleeps upto 4 - Wheelchair access availableA beautifully finished boat, Lucy Joe has been designed with space, luxury and comfort in mind. A fixed double bed at the back supplemented by a luxurious double sofa bed at the front and spacious wet room, galley and …see more
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 sta… 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
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 qua …see more
Now taking bookings for 2017.
From 1st Nov 2016 to 30th Mar 2017 'Gloria' is booked for a static houseboat hire at our base - we still have availability for our other boat 'Queenie' for those months.
For the most accurate info on prices please see our website. We off …see more
We had an amazing long weekend as usual. The boat (Queenie) was absolutely fab, cosy clean and warm and a real head turner. people stopped and looked and had their photos taken beside it. I would reco… More
And thank you Audrey and James for your great review...welcome back anytime. Hester
“Very clean and comfortable boat - plus can take dogs.”
Reviewed 6 Nov 2012
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 like a… More
Thanks for your very kind review Caroline. You are all welcome back anytime along with yor University of Manchester discount. Hester
Ever wondered what it would be like to live on a houseboat? Devolu offers you a convenient base to visit the sites of Paris, go to Disneyland and the Chateau de Versailles while coming home each day to an amazing experience of another kind. One of the most luxurious b …see more
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, very … More
“Fabulous Family Base to Explore Paris From...”
Reviewed 19 Aug 2011
Gave a much needed place to relax and review each day of our holiday ... could just sit and watch the river for hours from the boat.
Having the huge Auchan Supermarket and local shops one tram stop a… More
“Perfect for relaxing and seeing Paris”
Reviewed 11 Aug 2011
We spent a lovely week on Rupert`s barge. We were looking for something that had easy access to all the sights of Paris, but without the hustle and bustle of being in the city, and we found it. It was… More
A fully equipped appartment in a lovely old cargo ship in the port of Amsterdam.
From deck you have a full view on the National Maritime Museum and the Mill of Brewery 't IJ. By foot it takes 5 minutes walk to the famous canals of the old city and 10 minutes to CS (tr …see more
Book Sunseeker Apache 45 'Pamaca' for a holiday to remember.One of the most powerful and elegant boats in the entire Sunseeker range, this twin engine 660HP muscle boat is the Mustang of the Marina and available for overnight stays onboard. Pure luxury with very comfort …see more
This friendly houseboat is a complete floating apartment. There is a lounge room, open-plan kitchen, separate bedroom with double bed, and bathroom with full-length bath and shower. Perfect for 2 people, with a sofa bed for 2 more guests.Situated on the beautiful Raamgr …see more
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 … More
“A perfect stay in the heart of Amsterdam”
Reviewed 13 Jan 2014
We (4 people all around 30 years old) stayed in this lovely houseboat for 2 nights to celebrate a special new year’s eve.
And we enjoyed our stay from the first second. The Owner of the boat is gen… More
Welcome on board our fully renovated boat & breakfast, 'de Dageraad' (Dutch for 'daybreak').
We offer two luxury, 100% smoke-free rooms, both featuring amenities such as floor heating, en suite bathroom, LCD-television, and free Wifi. In the morning, we serve a home-m …see more
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.Next to a park …see more
Angel Queen offers rooms on board a Kettuvallam, a traditional Kerala house boat. Exploring the backwaters of Alleppey and Kumarakom, the boat provides full board Kerela traditional meals for all guests through its Indian restaurant and 24-hour room service.
A chef on …see more
You must contact Dublin Barge Hire at least 48 hours before you arrive to arrange a time to meet at the marina etc
€250 damage deposit if cruising. €100 damage deposit if using the barge for accommodation only.
NO CRUISING OCT-MARCH Central Heating for those who do …see more
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 Deluxe Cruise is the unique one which was designed specially like a Royal Palace, Totally different with any …see more
Ducklings Narrowboat Hire is a small family self drive hire boat business operating on the beautiful Lancaster Canal in Lancashire. We operate from Tewitfield marina in Carnforth at the most Northerly point of the Navigable canal.
You can book a holiday with us all yea …see more
Southern Panorama Cruises has started its luxury house boats in the backwaters of Alleppey, Kerala. We have house boats with 1 bed, 2 bed and 3 bed Room House Boats. Utmost care has been taken in all the areas. Boat Staff is technically qualified. Good hygeine practice …see more
Spend a relaxing, picturesque week or two cruising s through the idyllic, peaceful Lancashire countryside. Bluebell is 35ft long, 6ft 10 inches wide and sleeps four comfortably. Her size makes her perfect for beginners or experienced canal enthusiasts.Bluebell has one f …see more
This beautiful Amsterdam city centre canal houseboat, that is conveniently situated between central station and Dam Square, is a perfect place for couples, friends or a family to explore and enjoy the beauties of the amazing city.The houseboat has a relaxed living area …see more
Are you looking for a comfortable apartment for 2 people? Our apartment is a self-contained part of a water villa. It has a living room and open plan kitchen with all modern equipment. The living room has patio doors directly to the water. On the ground floor there is a …see more
In a unique countryside setting, overnight in a hundred years authentic sailing ship and yet the bustling center of Amsterdam nearby!The ship is located just 15 minutes outside the center of Amsterdam, Durgerdam.Our Apartment is easily accessible by car, bicycle and pub …see more
Talking about sailing in Greece is already holiday ! You maybe already feel the salty wind caressing your face. And we are there, a family company since 1992, offering personal service, chartering our luxury crewed sailing yachts and / or our bareboat charter yachts. Av …see more
Great service from Yorgos. Perfect boat. Everything was perfect for perfect holidaus sailing. Warm welcome everywhere in Greece in all small harbours.… More
Dear Jac, thank you so much. I appreciate your kind review. Looking forward to meet you again this year.
“Excellent sailing trip”
Reviewed 28 Feb 2016
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 … More
Dear Mr. Dirk. We appreciate the positive review from your side that incorage us to continue offering our services. Always at your service. The George Vlamis Yachts & Yacht Management Team
Allinclusivecharter provides the perfect getaway on your own private crewed luxury motor yacht in the Caribbean area. Being the only guests on our board, you are treated like royalty. Do what you really want, when you want. Your voyage is personalized and is a customize …see more
This stunning 24m. (82ft) Astondoa Motor Yacht was built in 2001 and is rented out as a floating apartment with the possibility to be chartered out to sea from the Barcelona Royal Yacht Club.The Club is a gated community and has 24-7 security guards and CCTV. The locati …see more
I booked the Elmo T for my sister as a surprise for her hen do. There was a group of 7 of us. We have been extremely excited about this break and when we arrived all of our expectations were not only … 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
Alan & Vassiliki welcome you on board the Golden Otter, a beautiful classic wooden yacht!
We provide Sailing Holidays and Daytrips around Kefalonia and the Ionian Islands for people who wish to experience sailing on a unique handcrafted boat.
Swim in secluded beaches, …see more
Close to Central Station (canal district) you will find the Amsterdam Bed & Breakfast houseboat MS Luctor, exclusively suitable for two guests. An original "klipperaak", built in 1913, now converted into a comfortable, stylish and high class apartment, moored …see more
60ft cruiser stern narrowboat This boat is ideal for two couples as luxury boat with seperate bathrooms and cabins. Quiet water-cooled diesel engine with simple controls. Instruction and buoyancy aids supplied free of charge.Boat design features: Full radiator central …see more