A wide choice of self-drive waterway
holidays with Viking Afloat throughout the Waterways,
(Canals and Rivers) of England and Wales.
Afloat will introduce you to one of Britain's best kept secrets,
the 2000 mile network of waterways and navigations, for which
the canal 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.
We will introduce you to Viking
Afloat one of Britain's largest and most successful waterway
First time boaters are given a friendly welcome
by everybody on the canal. 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 canal 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.
Your canal boat 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.
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. The canals and rivers go through the heart
of the cities as well as through open countryside, and your
boat can be a mobile base for exploring the history of our
great trading routes, or for the diverse entertainment you
will find in our largest city centres.
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. A network of waterways
taking you to the heart of major cities, with all the entertainment
and leisure facilities that they provide.
There is nothing quite like a holiday on
Britain's Inland waterways. Camaraderie when you meet other
boaters, friendliness when you tie up at the pub for a drink
or a meal. 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? waterway
holidays are for relaxation, for unwinding from every
day pressures, for doing what you like, when you like.
Week end breaks:You start out
on a Friday afternoon around 3.00 pm and following a full
demonstration of how to handle the boat and work the locks
(all very straightforward) you are off on a carefree 3 night
break, exploring the real Britain. Saturday and Sunday
are yours to do with as you please and the only thing you
really need to remember is that these Weekend breaks finish
at 9.30 am on the Monday morning, when you have to hand the
boat back to the boatyard.
Mid week breaks: These equally popular
breaks, have you cruising away from the boatyard around 3.00
pm on a Monday afternoon and the good news is that you don't
have to be back until Fiday morning at 9.30 am! This
gives you a full four nights away and yet the price is exactly
the same as for the Weekend.
We rate personal choice very highly - choice
of cruising routes from one of our four bases; choice of hire
periods, including Short Breaks, one and two week holidays;
choice of no less than four different start days and a remarkable
choice of boats which are fully equipped for parties of two
to ten people. We want you to enjoy the special experience
of a holiday with Viking Afloat and so we try to make your
booking as all inclusive as possible whilst at the same time
offering genuine flexibility.
As a result of listening to what our customers
say, we provide one of the most extensive inventories to be
found on a hire craft anywhere in Britain. We are also one
of a very few companies that provide pure filtered drinking
water on all of our boats and as part of the service, we provide
everyone with a full demonstration of the boat and its systems,
as well as teaching newcomers how to handle the boats and
how to work the canal locks. Every boat has on board a comprehensive
manual and we provide expert help around the clock with our
24 hour emergency helpline.
For your added convenience we are now able
to offer an online booking availability request. Just select
a base and class of boat, decide when you would like to take
your canal boat holiday and then click on the 'check availability'
Our waterway holiday
Heart of England - WORCESTER
Our base at Worcester is situated on the Worcester/Birmingham
Canal close to its junction with the River Severn and close
to the heart of the historic Cathedral City. It's the
ideal starting point for a number of great holidays and short
breaks, including the Stourport Ring and the Avon Ring.
Welsh Borders - WHITCHURCH
From our Whitchurch site, on the spectacular Llangollen
Canal, you can cruise to Llangollen itself, visit Chester
or take two weeks out and explore the waterways of the North
West of England.
Shakespeare Country - RUGBY
Our Rugby Wharf site is on the northern section of the
idyllic Oxford Canal, close to the town of Rugby, from where
you have an extensive selection of rural routes to explore
and enjoy, including the very popular Warwickshire ring.
Potteries and Peak District - GAILEY
Located on the Staffs and Worcester Canal just a few miles
from Stafford, Gailey Wharf is the perfect starting point
for a variety of trips, including the outstanding Four Counties
Ring or a visit to the delightful Caldon Canal.