One of Britain's biggest Independent self-drive canal boat holidays and hire operators.
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We rate personal choice very highly - choice of cruising routes from one of our four bases; choice of hire periods, including Short Breaks, one and two week holidays; choice of no less than four different start days and a remarkable choice of boats which are fully equipped for parties of two to ten people. We want you to enjoy the special experience of a holiday with Viking Afloat and so we try to make your booking as all inclusive as possible whilst at the same time offering genuine flexibility.
As a result of listening to what our customers say, we provide one of the most extensive inventories to be found on a hire craft anywhere in Britain. We are also one of a very few companies that provide pure filtered drinking water on all of our boats and as part of the service, we provide everyone with a full demonstration of the boat and its systems, as well as teaching newcomers how to handle the boats and how to work the canal locks. Every boat has on board a comprehensive manual and we provide expert help around the clock with our 24 hour emergency helpline.
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.
There is nothing quite like a holiday on Britain's Inland waterways. Camaraderie when you meet other boaters, friendliness when you tie up at the pub for a drink or a meal. A holiday of contrasts, taken at a slow pace. The variety is endless, city, town, village and country, wide canal, narrow canal and river. Every bend brings forth some new feature. You can never see it all, no matter how many times you return. But why worry? A break away on the canals is for relaxation, for unwinding from every day pressures, for doing what you like, when you like.
canal boat holidays and hire
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.
A great choice of canal boat holidays and hire.