The best ways to cruise around Europe at your own pace

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Now is the time to start booking those European summer holidays we all dream about. And if you’ve got destinations like the Mediterranean or beautiful canal cities like France on your mind then holidaying on a boat is something you definitely should be considering.

Whether it’s meandering slowly down a canal or enjoying a bit of sea spray as you hop from island to island, these holiday operators are perfect for travelling by boat at your own pace:

Le Boat Holidays

Le Boat are the number one specialists in providing self-drive barge holidays on the beautiful rivers and canals of Europe and Canada. Their self-drive barges offer the ultimate holiday on the ancient waterways and seamlessly combine adventure with relaxation.

Boaters get to explore the lesser-known side of a country at their own pace and create their own itinerary. They’ll have the chance to cruise through sprawling farmlands, medieval villages and looming castles while sampling the region’s best wines and culinary delights.

If a cruisy canal holiday sounds like your kind of vacation, Le Boat is currently offering up to 20 per cent off their spring cruises for departures in April. Plus, excellent savings on holidays to France and on their premier boat range for selected 2020 departure dates.

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Le Boat canal trips

Sunsail Holidays

Sunsail has been offering excellent sailing holidays around the world for the past 40 years. Their boat holidays focus on the spirit of adventure on the waters in amazing destinations including Croatia, Greece, Italy and Spain.

If you’re a sailing enthusiast, their bareboat charters will allow you to set your own itinerary and sail independently. If you’re not confident sailing alone but want to give it a try, Sunsail even offers sailing school holidays to support you along the way.

Those who simply want to relax onboard without a care in the world can opt for the guided skippered and flotilla holiday options.

Sunsail are currently offering a New Year Special where you can save up to 15 per cent off journeys to world-class destinations.

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The Moorings

With over 50 years’ experience, The Moorings continues to be the leader in providing premier sailing holidays in world-class destinations including the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, French Polynesia, Thailand and more.

The Moorings provide ideal sailing trips in comfort and style, perfect for immersing yourself in scenic coastlines and cultural histories in the dazzling Mediterranean. Travellers can choose between bareboat, skippered power yachts or sailing charters, to fully crewed yachts with a professional captain and gourmet chef.

The Moorings is currently offering up to 15 per cent off bareboat and power yacht charters this February. And if you’re after something a little different, they are also offering special rates for their first-ever cleanup Flotilla in Phuket, Thailand.

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