Which region? Our houseboat rental recommendations - by activity

We offer river boat rental for destinations all over Europe, or if you would prefer a trip closer to home, in Canada too. Whatever your passion is, you’re sure to find a destination to excite you and your party. Do you enjoy hitting the fairways, exploring on two wheels or learning about local history and heritage – or maybe it’s wine-tasting and gastronomic pleasures you crave? Whichever it is, we have a boat rental destination to suit you.


Nature in the Camargue

The waterways are home to some of Europe’s finest wildlife and offer great scenery and natural spots. Also discover the great parks and gardens near the waterways.

Boating recommendations for nature lovers

History & heritage

Carcassonne on the Canal du Midi

Our cruising routes are packed with both famous historical sites to see and lesser-known historical gems to discover.

Boating recommendations for history buffs


Gastronomy on the Midi

Each of our regions offers delicious gastronomic treats to taste on your vacation.

Boating recommendations for 'foodies'

Wine tasting

Vineyards of Burgundy

In our French cruising regions, opportunities to tour vineyards are as plentiful as the many wines they offer.

Boating recommendations for wine lovers

Swimming and seaside

Swimming in the Lot

Many of our cruises take you to perfect swimming spots that children—and adults—will love. 

Boating recommendations for swimmers


Golf Balls

Discover cruising routes close to excellent golf courses. Rent a houseboat with Le Boat and cruise yourself to all the best courses along the waterways. 

Boating recommendations for golfers


Fishing hooks in the Rideau

Fishing's the perfect pastime for your Le Boat vacation. River houseboat rentals allow you to find all the best spots - Europe's rivers & Canada's Rideau Canal are full of fish to hook!  

Boating recommendations for anglers


Cycling on the Midi

All of our cruises are perfect for gentle cycling along the towpath. Find cruises close to more adventurous cycling routes. 

Boating recommendations for cyclists

Horse riding

Horse-riding in Brittany

For something different, take to the saddle and enjoy a gentle trot along the canal paths.

Boating recommendations for horse riders

Water sports

Paddle boarding

Many of our destinations are terrific places for kayaking, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, or just taking a swim. 

Boating recommendations for water sport lovers


Which region? Our houseboat rental recommendations - by group type

Using houseboat rental to explore our beautiful lakes, rivers and canals is the perfect holiday, regardless of who you are travelling with – even your dog! Families, couples and groups of friends will all enjoy crewing your own boat and helping to navigate it from one idyllic place to the next, whichever country you chose to explore. Some of our regions are particularly great for certain group types however, so allow us to recommend some for you.

Family friendly

Family in Burgundy

Fun for families of all ages, a houseboat rental with children is a great way of combining activity and relaxation in a totally different kind of way. 

Boating recommendations for families

Dog friendly


Whichever boat or destination you choose, your dog is always welcome on board! 

Boating recommendations for dogs

Group adventures

Group Adventures

Renting a houseboat with friends and discovering new places to see and new things to do each day is not only great fun, but it's affordable too.

Boating recommendations for groups

Short breaks

Bruges, Belgium

Short vacations are perfect for a long weekend, a getaway when you have limited vaction time, a relaxing cruise for a romantic break or a taster opportunity for those new to boating who just want to give it a try. 

Boating recommendations for short breaks

Vacations for couples

Venice, Italy

If you're looking for a quiet break to recharge your batteries or a romantic getaway, then a boating vacation for two may be just the answer. Choose from our smaller cruisers such as the Cirrus or Sheba, which are easy for two to handle.

Boating recommendations for couples