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
CANAL BOAT HIRE DOURO RIVER WATER WAY PORTO Portugal.ATTENTION: PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY BY EMAIL The company owns a small Marina "Douro Fluvina" at Ferradosa - Sao Joao da Pesqueira.The boat is a 26ft Yachts ideal for a couple or a family with children.You c …see more
Hired a boat for 5 days in May. if solitude and scenery are what you are after then this holiday is perfect. The boat base in Ferradosa is just lovely and 3 hours train trip from Oporto. The boat had … More
Reviewed 1 Oct 2012
I have just returned from a weeks holiday on board one of Jose’s Macgregor 26’ yacht and felt I had to give account of our experience.
I think the best way to do this is to give a moment by mome… More
“Far from the madding crowd, perfect for a family holiday.”
Reviewed 10 Sep 2012
We had a lovely relaxing stay in the chalet overlooking the water. The children adored it. It was a perfect family holiday far from the madding crowd It was wonderful to wake up to the peace and… 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
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
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
In the infinity of life take out time for the soul.Dreamy days and quiet nights a romantic getaway a place to call a 'home' away from 'home'an epitome of peace and serenity.That would describe "humpy dumpy"A watervilla/houseboat in Netherla …see more
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
“Houseboat for relaxation and with exellent view.”
Reviewed 14 Apr 2012
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… More
A highlight of your vacation in the Somme region in Summer 2016 could be a few days "Barge & Breakfast" on the barge ASLAUG. Relax on the sun decks or in the spacious wheelhouse, go to sleep in your peaceful floating cabin and enjoy the wake-up calls of the ducks.
"Asla …see 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
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
NOTE. PRICES QUOTED INCLUDE FOOD, FUEL, MARINA FEES AND EVEN WINE WITH DINNER. The only added expense is what you choose to spend ashore.
A CHANCE FOR A SKIPPERED HOLIDAY AFLOAT.
Our 'house' keeps floating and keeps moving so it is difficult to define where we are. Ou …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
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
YACHT CHARTER DOURO RIVER WATER WAY PORTO Portugal.ATTENTION: PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY BY EMAIL The company owns a small Marina "Douro Fluvina" at Ferradosa - Sao Joao da Pesqueira.Our boats are 28ft Yachts ideal for a couple or a family with children.You can …see more
good holiday with great scenery good for very avid sailers sailing up and down river
would like to do again from port to adriatic really enjoyed and was welcomed by alberto who did his best for ever… More
“Adventure and tranquility”
Reviewed 7 Jul 2012
If you like adventure and something more rural and 'off the beaten track', I would highly recommend a holiday with Dourovou. We chose the yacht charter for 6 nights (11th June 2012). The journey to … More
“Sailing Douro river”
Reviewed 31 May 2012
Charting a 26 MacGregor for a week or more is the best way to visit Douro river by your own .
The boats are easy to sail and very confortable .
Mr. Alberto gave us a river map and sujested places fo… More
*Skippered Hotel-boat* *Crewed Breaks, Holidays & Retreats* *Day Trips*
Spirited Away, a hosted narrowboat, is the perfect place to slow down, get closer to nature and experience the unique British waterways. Prices are fully inclusive, with gorgeous boat-made meals, …see more
This is a holiday with a difference at a very relaxed pace. The food is great (vegetarian), lots of it with Tor (owner/cook) always preparing food, cooking, or baking bread, cakes and other treats. Po… More
“Wonderful way to spend a week”
Reviewed 18 Jun 2014
Joined Tor for a week in October. Weather was awful, but having waterproofs meant that I could sit with Tor whilst she moved us away from the sound of the traffic. Weather improved as the week went on… 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
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
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
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
Swallow Tail offers a unique opportunity to stay aboard a traditional canal barge without the worry of locks and waterways. She is custom built to offer the maximum comfort and style for 4 people sleeping in two cabins. Both cabins have their own shower/wc, the doubl …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
Sleep on the water! Enjoy this unique opportunity to stay at Pelican Place - a floating home on this beautiful bay. Enjoy this 84 sq meters floating 2-story home. House sleeps 4 adults or 2 adults with up to 3 children works well too.
House details: On the bottom f …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
... for those discovering the sea, appreciating the sea, loving the sea. We love sailing, finding out new solitary bays, mooring to a rock, mooring to a tree. We love taking you swimming while a delicious perfume making its way from the kitchen awaits you in the coockpi …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
Offering a massage parlour, Royal Heritage Houseboats is located in Srīnagar and is 500 metres from Zabarwan Park. Free wired internet is available. The property offers free parking.The accommodation will provide you with a TV, a heater, a minibar and cable channels. F …see more
Cruisebarge 'easyvie' cruises the canals and rivers of South West France between the historic city of Montauban and the charming town of Moissac.
Enjoy a unique cruise experience aboard 'easyvie' as she slowly makes her way between the towns and villages enroute stayin …see more
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
Situated in port hamble marina and situated in the heart of the village of Hamble which is the mecca of sailing for both visitors and sailors.
Beautiful privately owned Bavaria 350. She is 37.6ft in length and a generous 8 berth. Fully coded and berthed in the prest …see more
Perfect match between style and comfort, history and design, "Double G" is a charming 60ft Akhir model motor yacht, built by "Cantieri di Pisa" in 1982.The Akhir was created following an innovative concept and modern design, but entirely handcrafted …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 Royal Palace Cruise is the unique one which was designed specially like a Royal Palace, Totally different wit …see more