A wide choice of self-drive narrowboat
holidays with Viking Afloat throughout the Canals and
Rivers of England and Wales.
Viking Afloat will introduce you to one of
Britain's best kept secrets, the 2000 mile network of narrow
waterways and navigations, for which the narrowboat 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.
will introduce you to Viking Afloat one of Britain's
largest and most successful narrowboat 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 world.
The specially designed boats (narrowboats)
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 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.
Most visitors appreciate the independence,
the peace and tranquillity of 'getting away from it all'.
You can choose between the challenge of some of the densely
belocked stretches of canal - quite astounding feats of engineering
- or choose lazy days drifting along the many stretches with
very few locks. The canals and rivers go through the heart
of the cities as well as through open countryside, and your
boat can be a mobile base for exploring the history of our
great trading routes, or for the diverse entertainment you
will find in our largest city centres.
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? Narrowboat
holidays are for relaxation, for unwinding from every
day pressures, for doing what you like, when you like.