A wide choice of self-drive
boating holidays & vacations with Viking Afloat throughout
the Waterways, (Canals and Rivers) of England and Wales.
Afloat will introduce you to one of Britain's best kept secrets,
the 2000 mile network of waterways and navigations, for which
the canal boat was specially designed, that meander across
some of the most beautiful countryside, and past pubs, cottages
and warehouses. Here you will discover the Britain most tourists
miss on their holidays.
We will introduce you to Viking Afloat
one of Britain's largest and most successful Independent holiday
operators. First time boaters are given a friendly welcome
by everybody on the canal. But you won't be inexperienced
for very long, for within a short time you will be gliding
serenely around the first bend into a whole new and different
The specially designed canal boats are easy
to handle and of course, everything happens at a relaxed pace.
You will be given all the instruction you need by the holiday
company and will soon head off on your very own adventure
like a seasoned boater.
Your canal boat will be fully equipped with
every modern amenity, so self-catering becomes a pleasure,
but there are also many canalside pubs, once essential 'staging
posts' for the working boats of the last century, which are
now popular watering holes for holiday boaters; and most offer
great food at reasonable prices.
Two thousand miles of tranquil waterways,
threading their way through some of Britain's most beautiful
and unspoiled countryside, offering a haven for wildlife and
an insight into our industrial heritage. A network of waterways
taking you to the heart of major cities, with all the entertainment
and leisure facilities that they provide.
Our Holiday Centres
Heart of England - WORCESTER
Our base at Worcester is situated on the Worcester/Birmingham
Canal close to its junction with the River Severn and close
to the heart of the historic Cathedral City. It's the ideal
starting point for a number of great holidays and short breaks,
including the Stourport Ring and the Avon Ring.
Welsh Borders - WHITCHURCH
From our Whitchurch site, on the spectacular Llangollen
Canal, you can cruise to Llangollen itself, visit Chester
or take two weeks out and explore the waterways of the North
West of England.
Shakespeare Country - RUGBY
Our Rugby Wharf site is on the northern section of the
idyllic Oxford Canal, close to the town of Rugby, from where
you have an extensive selection of rural routes to explore
and enjoy, including the very popular Warwickshire ring.
Potteries and Peak District - GAILEY
Located on the Staffs and Worcester Canal just a few miles
from Stafford, Gailey Wharf is the perfect starting point
for a variety of trips, including the outstanding Four Counties
Ring or a visit to the delightful Caldon Canal.