Take a different kind of holiday!

Take a different kind of holiday, rent a boat without driving licence!

Boat hire companies, members of the French Nautical Industries Federation, invite you to take to the water for a unique break in the heart of France.

With 8,500 kilometres of navigable waterways, France offers a wide choice of unforgettable destinations, in the north and in the south. Whether it’s just the two of you, the whole family or with a group of friends, a boating holiday is the perfect way to explore France’s wonderful countryside, culture and cuisine at your own pace.

In the shade of a riverbank or in the heart of the city, tie up where you please and take advantage of the many fun and cultural activities available, on land or on the water: angling, canoeing, biking, hiking, tourism…

You don’t need a licence or any special experience! River boating is open to everyone.

Happy boating!

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Choose your destination and your provider!

Choose your destination and book your boat with a professional boat hire company. They'll ensure your holiday goes smoothly, and will be on hand to advise and assist, whenever you need.