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.
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
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
Why not take a stay on my beautiful 60 ft Narrow boat Peewit completely refitted with all the comforts of home, whilst floating on the Northampton and Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal. Peewit is cruised all year round on the Northampton arm and the Leicester line …see more
My wife and I stayed on Rafaelles' narrowboat with our two children (11 and 9) over Easter 2016. Peewit was moored at Foxton, just North of Market Harborough. Despite some mixed bank holiday weather w… More
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PLEASE NOTE: The yacht is available for accommodation only and not for any kind of chartered sailing.
If you are looking for a different type of holiday accommodation and perhaps a bit off the beaten track, then Brego is just the thing f …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
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
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
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
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
Pournami houseboats has been operating houseboat cruise since 2007 in Alleppey and Kumarakom. We are rated as one of the best houseboat operators in Alleppey. We focus on quality of service provided to our guest. Our new 4 bedroom houseboat is a full featured luxury hou …see more
We were a gang of 12 and we absolutely enjoyed our cruise in the houseboat. The houseboat was extremely clean and the staff was very courteous and very helpful and friendly. We were taken for a thorou… More
We are happy to hear that you really enjoyed the houseboat trip. Thank you so much. Come back soon :)
“An unforgettable experience”
Reviewed 8 Jul 2014
We stayed with Pournami Houseboats during our honeymoon trip and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. The boat crew was really friendly. Alappuzha being a non-vegetarian's paradise, we expected medi… More
We are happy to hear that you really enjoyed the houseboat trip. Thank you so much. Come back soon :)
“A truly memorable day and night - yummy :P”
Reviewed 23 Nov 2013
Wonderful experience. We had an overnight cruise with pournami house Boat. Me and my wife we really enjoyed the trip. We got a warm welcome to the boat. Delicious food <3 . The boat was neat and clean… 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
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
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
Devon Houseboats offer a unique opportunity to stay aboard a wide beam canal barge without the worry of locks and waterways. The barges are custom built to offer the maximum comfort and style for four people sleeping in two cabins. Both cabins have their own en suite s …see 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
Have you ever dreamed of taking to the canals in a lovely narrowboat, floating peacefully amongst the splendour of our idyllic countryside? Well now you can…
Our lovely 58ft narrowboat, ‘Adele Marie’ is available for hire from September 2015. You can hire for a s …see more
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...
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
*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
My.hosue Boat is located in peace and quiet place..and five minutes from Ghat .07 Dal Lake..you will get completry pickup from ghat no.07,till my hosue boat..and i am good reviews in tripadvisor highlly recomended..and we are very polite with guests..thanks for chosing …see more
This is an opportunity to experience life in our private classic 41 foot yacht which is moored to the dock in beautiful Marigot Bay in Saint Lucia. We also have a 4x4 jeep available if you wish to go out and explore the island.
The boat has a classic teak wood interior …see more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Two Day & One Night cruising to untouched the mystery of Bai Tu Long Bay Vietnam By Huong Hai Sealife Cruise - A unique cruise to explore Bai Tu Long’s gorgeous sites and local life. The Huong Hai Sealife Vessel with modern luxury facilities offers an overnight cruise …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 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
Why not stay on a beautiful Yacht instead?!
Olive is a 46ft Bluewater Cruiser Irwin MkIII sailing yacht that is fully equipped with all the safety equipment required by the Maritime Coastguard Agency for sailing up to 60 miles Offshore. The Owners have small children a …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