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Boating holidays by Emerald Star

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Market leaders

Market Leaders

Together with Le Boat, we're the No:1 provider of boating holidays on the beautiful rivers, lakes and canals of Europe and Canada. We have the world’s largest fleet of self-drive boats and the widest choice of fabulous boating destinations to choose from!


50 years of boating experience

50 years of boating experience

We've been doing this for a long time, so you can rely on us to offer exceptional service and a wealth of helpful advice and knowledge to ensure you have the best time on the water!


No licence or experience required!

No licence or experience required!

Not many of our new customers have driven a boat before. However, they quickly realise how easy it is and soon become confident navigating the waterways. Our base teams will show you everything you need know!


Never been on a boating holiday?

Be the captain of your own boat. No licence or experience is required. It's that simple! You come aboard and we show you everything you need to know during a briefing and demonstration before your canal cruise. Then you're off enjoying your boating holiday. It's like driving a car, but much easier and more relaxing! To get a taste why not book a short staycation, and begin by exploring the stunning waterways here in the UK. 

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Boat Ownership Programme

With a variety of benefits, if you have money to invest and enjoy canal boating more than once each year, our Boat Ownership Program is too good an opportunity to miss!


What other boaters have said

Johan Nel said:

Quotemark Wonderful way to see the countryside. You can't be in a rush on a trip like this, so we just cruised down the canal and stopped whenever and wherever we wanted. Excellent food and wine and all the people we met were great! Quotemark

5 Star

Susan Oosthuizen said:

Quotemark The receptionist was very friendly, helpful and accommodating. Instructions and explanations easy to understand. The manual and route information very good. We were made to feel welcome and nothing was too much troubleQuotemark

5 Star

Feefo Trusted Service Award

Why choose Emerald Star & Le Boat:

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