Houseboat Charter - Happy family on a river cruise

Houseboat Rental

Spend relaxed holidays on lakes and rivers with your family or friends
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Lately it has become increasingly popular to rent a houseboat and spend a lovely vacation sailing down rivers or across lake districts. Cruising on a river boat can have a very charming, quaint feel to it, on the other hand the boats are all equipped with very modern gear and in great condition. So you just need to sail along and enjoy the view. Here we have compiled some more information about this great type of boating vacation.

Deluxe 42
€ 1590
Deluxe 42 Drait 116 (8+2 Pers)

Brandenburg an der Havel

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4Cabins 8 + 2Berths 2Toilets 12.9 mLength
Renal 36
€ 1090
Renal 36 Drait 132 (6 Pers)

Brandenburg an der Havel

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3Cabins 6Berths 1Toilets 11 mLength
Renal 50 Pilot
€ 1068
Renal 50 Pilot Drait 34 (12 Pers)

Drachten

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5Cabins 12Berths 3Toilets 14.95 mLength
Advantage 42
€ 958
Advantage 42 Drait 76 (6 Pers)

Drachten

MotoryachtBareboat2007
3Cabins 6Berths 2Toilets 12.8 mLength
Bavaria Sport 35 HT
€ 5020
Bavaria Sport 35 HT Macallan

Majorca / Palma de Mallorca

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2Cabins 4Berths 1Toilets 10.28 mLength
Azimut 43 Flybridge
€ 7150
Azimut 43 Flybridge Magellano Bamboleo

Majorca / Cala D' Or

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2Cabins 4Berths 2Toilets 12.9 mLength
Princess 61
€ 10000
Princess 61 Marabu

Corfu / Marina Gouvia

MotoryachtCrewed boat2007
3Cabins 6 + 2Berths 3Toilets 18.77 mLength
Lagoon 39 Powerboat
€ 4050
Lagoon 39 Powerboat Muscat

Porto / Vila Nova de Gaia

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4Cabins 8Berths 2Toilets 11.74 mLength
Merry Fisher 795
€ 1090
Merry Fisher 795 ne brini

Zadar

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1Cabins 2 + 2Berths 1Toilets 7.34 mLength
Gulet
€ 13000
Gulet NORTHWIND

Rhodes

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8Cabins 16Berths 8Toilets 21.2 mLength
Trumpy 58
€ 18618
Trumpy 58 Somerset

Fort Lauderdale (Miami)

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2Cabins 4Berths 17.6 mLength
Trumpy 58
€ 18618
Trumpy 58 Somerset

Miami

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2Cabins 4Berths 17.6 mLength

What are the incentives for houseboat charter?

Rivers, canals and lakes have nearly no tides, so they are perfect even for unexperienced sailors. Usually there are plenty of safe harbours to moor up in and it is so easy to go sightseeing on a river cruise – you are almost doing it from the water.

Houseboats are usually easy to manoeuvre with 2 people, most of them have a bow and a stern thruster, so you can turn comfortably in tight spots. On some of the rivers, there is not much commercial traffic at all, like for instance on the Mosel and Saar. There, from Dillingen until Saarbrücken you have the water to yourself and can enjoy the peace and quiet.
  

Which are the best charter destinations for houseboat rental?

Germany has great areas for cruising with a canal boat barge or houseboat. The lake district around Berlin is called the Havel land. It contains the German capital as well as the capital of the surrounding federal district of Brandenburg, Potsdam, and the ports of Fürstenberg and Werder, amongst others.

To the North of the Havel land you encounter the lake district of Mecklenburg. There are numerous beautiful lakes and many of them are interconnected via canals and rivers. Good harbours for houseboat rental in this region are Marienwerder and Waren/Müritz. For longer charter itineraries and one-way trips you could combine those two lake districts with the coastal region of the Baltic Sea and its charming islands.

Further to the south of Germany there are even more scenic river routes to explore. Just picture yourself cruising alongside vineyards and castles on the rivers of Mosel and Saar. This is a particularly interesting region as it is cornered by three countries – Germany, Luxemburg and France – and possesses a very unique culture and ambience. A good starting point for houseboat charter there would be the port of Merzig, for example.

The Netherlands are also an ideal destination if you want to hire a houseboat. The Ijsselmeer and its port Lemmer are connected with a network of canals, for instance in the province Zeeland containing the harbour of Kortgene and others.
 
For another peaceful charter experience head to the Masurian Lakes in Northeast Poland, a district that offers very good infrastructure for boating.
 

How much experience do I need to sail a houseboat?

River barges are usually easy to steer and manoeuvre, so it is a good introduction for new or unexperienced sailors. In some inland regions of Germany, for example, you do not require a license. Some charter agencies offer short introductory courses where you can learn the basic navigation and the rules of the road. In addition to that you will receive extensive maps and navigating on rivers is not much different to driving on the road – if you get lost you just turn around.
 

What activities can I combine with a houseboat holiday?

If you like water sports, why not cruise a boat along calm rivers and lakes where you could go swimming, water skiing, wakeboarding, snorkeling and kayaking? A houseboat charter is also a wonderful occasion to go fishing as you find the best spots from the water.

As you are so close to so many cities while you cruise along, you can do a lot of sightseeing on a houseboat rental. Just pick your choice of cultural activities and must-sees and off you go. In general though, a houseboat vacation is very relaxing and navigating is easy. This gives you the perfect opportunity to read a book and relax as you watch the world go by.
 
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