A narrowboat holiday will introduce you to one of Britain's best kept secrets, the 2000 mile network of waterways and navigations, for which the narrow boat was specially designed, that meander across some of the most beautiful countryside, and past pubs, cottages and warehouses. Here you will discover the Britain most tourists miss on their holidays.
Viking Afloat is one of Britain's largest and most successful boating holiday operators. First time boaters are given a friendly welcome by everybody on the canals. But you won't be inexperienced for very long, for within a short time you will be gliding serenely around the first bend into a whole new and different world.
The specially designed modern boats are easy to handle and of course, everything happens at a relaxed pace. You will be given all the instruction you need by the holiday company and will soon head off on your very own adventure like a seasoned boater.
Most visitors appreciate the independence, the peace and tranquillity of 'getting away from it all'. You can choose between the challenge of some of the densely belocked stretches of canal - quite astounding feats of engineering - or choose lazy days drifting along the many stretches with very few locks.
Your narrowboat will be fully equipped with every modern amenity, so self-catering becomes a pleasure, but there are also many canalside pubs, once essential 'staging posts' for the working boats of the last century, which are now popular watering holes for holiday boaters; and most offer great food at reasonable prices.
Two thousand miles of tranquil waterways, threading their way through some of Britain's most beautiful and unspoiled countryside, offering a haven for wildlife and an insight into our industrial heritage.
There is nothing quite like a holiday on Britain's Inland waterways. A holiday of contrasts, taken at a slow pace. The variety is endless, city, town, village and country, wide canal, narrow canal and river. Every bend brings forth some new feature. You can never see it all, no matter how many times you return. But why worry? A narrowboat holiday is for relaxation, for unwinding from every day pressures, for doing what you like, when you like.