Skipper Canal Boats in France
Canal Boats in France are one of the hottest things to do right now. Be the captain of your own boat on France’s Canal du Midi, no licence required. When you choose a Canal du Midi itinerary, you’re set to savour the slow easy pace of travel, past lush vineyards in the heart of the Languedoc wine region. You can enjoy wine tasting, cycling, and sightseeing at medieval villages and ancient fortress cities all the way from bustling Toulouse to the golden sands of the Mediterranean Sea! Check out our 10 day itinerary example to get a feel for this type France holiday and discover why it’s popularity continues to grow.
Duration1 to 4 weeks
DepartingAll Major Cities
LocationCanal du Midi,France
AvailabilityAll Year Round
- Hire of the boat and its equipment
- A fully equipped galley (kitchen) with all the utensils and appliances you would expect
- Towels and linen for all passengers
- A boat handling demonstration
- Technical support
- On-board cruising information
- Lock fees
- Fuel cost (payable locally on arrival)
- Boat damage waiver (this is a compulsory extra)
- Travel/Cancellation insurance
- Potential mooring fee (2-30 Euros depending on marina)
- Any additional extras and service e.g. boat provisioning, bike hire etc.
To make your holiday even more enjoyable, add more fun and comfort to your cruise:
- Hire bikes to explore the canal paths- Hybrid bikes available with basket for your trips into the villages to get more supplies
- Get your boat provisioned in advance with Grocery Packs – 2 options available
- Enjoy alfresco dining and cruising thanks to our sundeck cushions and the gas BBQs!
- Stay connected with Wi-Fi
- Stand up Paddleboards
- Personal skipper for the duration of your trip (if required)
Receptionist will confirm party, boat layout, extras & any outstanding paper work and go over the itinerary.
A member of the base team will complete a thorough demonstration of the boat on all aspects before clients depart to ensure everyone is happy and confident.
Advise us of airport or train arrival/departure and we can pre-arrange transfers that are paid locally.
Similar to a hire car, your boat is supplied with a full tank of diesel and you pay for the fuel you use (normally you won’t need to refuel en-route).
Before your departure, you must leave a fuel deposit at your departure base (payable in local currency), and at the end of your cruise you will have to pay for any additional fuel used or will be refunded the difference. The fuel deposit amount depends on your cruise duration:
- Short-breaks: 150€
- 1 week: 250€
- 2 week: 350€
What’s on board?
All bed linen and towels (not beach towels)
Fully equipped kitchen (fridge, gas oven & stove, dishes and utensils)
CD, DVD & TV’s. (jacks for iPod)
Cruising maps, Manual & Tourist Information
Safety equipment & basic first aid kit
Deck Equipment (mooring pegs, mallet, cleaning)
Bathroom facilities with electric flush on most models
Heating, Cooling and Air Conditioning varies on model.
We can customise any of our featured packages to suit your personal travel requirements. Mates’ Escapes can also build fully tailored one-of-a-kind itineraries from the ground up, if you can dream it up we can certainly make it happen.
We can tailor a trips regardless of your group size, be it 2, 8 or 20. Get in touch with us and let’s discuss your options.
- A Deposit of 35% of the holiday cost is required to make a booking.
- The balance of the price of your holiday must be paid at least 70 days (10 weeks) before your departure date.
- Direct Debit into our Bank Account. Details will be shown on your invoice.
- Credit Card (Surcharges apply).
- Cheques can be made payable to PlaySeeGo Travel Group Pty Ltd and posted to PO Box 34, Kew East, Victoria, 3102.
- Prices are accurate in Australian Dollars at the date of publication, but could have since changed.
- If the balance is not paid in full by 10 weeks we will retain your deposit and cancel the booking.
- Cancellation Fees:
- More than 70 days / 10 weeks : Deposit only
- 70 – 43 days (10 to 6 weeks): 40%of total holiday cost
- 42 – 15 days (6 to 2 weeks): 60%of total holiday cost
- 14 days and under (2 weeks or less): 100%of total holiday cost
- Amendment Fees:
- More than 70 days / 10 weeks : $85 amendment fee
- 70 – 43 days (10 to 6 weeks): $85 amendment fee
- 42 – 15 days (6 to 2 weeks): $85 amendment fee
- 14 days and under (2 weeks or less):$170 t amendment fee
These Booking conditions apply to any Canal Boat bookings that you make with us and should therefore be read carefully. They contain some exclusions and limitations of liability.
- Your Contract
The person making the booking (the ‘lead name’) must be 18 years old or over (21yrs or over in Ireland) and possess the legal capacity and authority to make the booking and accepts these booking conditions on behalf of everyone in their party. A provisional booking (Option) can be made and held for up to 5 days. Once a booking has been confirmed, offers and discounts cannot be applied retrospectively.
- Your Holiday Price
Prices are accurate in AUSTRALIAN Dollars at the date of publication, but could have since changed. These prices supersede all other prices in other material printed at an earlier stage. Once you have made your booking, paid a 35% deposit per booking plus payment for any Compulsory or Optional holiday extras, the cost of your holiday will not normally be subject to any change. This does not apply to invoice errors or omissions. Extras not booked and paid for at the time of early booking will be charged at the new season prices at the base. Certain payments, as indicated in the pricing information, may be taken locally at the destination base in local currency. The prices quoted are based on costs, exchange rates, taxes and levies as known at July 2014.
Changes in transportation costs, including the cost of fuel, dues, taxes or fees chargeable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports mean that the price of your travel arrangements may change after you have booked. However, there will be no change within 30 days of your departure. We will absorb and you will not be charged for any increase equivalent to 2% of the price of your travel arrangements, which excludes any amendment charges. You will be charged for the amount over and above that, plus an administration charge of $5.00 per person together with an amount to cover agents’ commission. If this means that you have to pay an increase of more than 10% of the price of your travel arrangements, you will have the option to change to another holiday if we are able to offer one (if this is of equivalent or higher quality you will not have to pay more but if it is of lower quality you will be refunded the difference in price), or cancel and receive a full refund, except for any amendment charges.
We will consider an appropriate refund of insurance premiums paid if you can show that you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy. Should you decide to cancel for this reason, you must exercise your right to do so within 14 days from the issue date printed on your final invoice. Should the price of your holiday go down due to the changes mentioned above by more than 2% of your holiday cost, then any refund due will be paid to you. However, please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your travel due to contractual and other protection in place.
- Conditions of hire
Hirers must be over the age of 18 years (21 years in Ireland). The minimum number of people required to hire a boat is 2 adults. For larger boats we recommend a minimum of 3-4 adults are needed to handle the boat comfortably. The number of passengers on board may not exceed the maximum amount of passengers the boat is licenced for. The Hirer must conform to the rules of river navigation, and also the instruction given by the company and the river authorities. The Hirer shall restrict his cruising to those waters permitted by the company. The Hirer shall not sail after nightfall, nor engage in towing, sub hiring or lending of the boat.
- Law and Jurisdiction
The parties acknowledge and agree that this agreement, and any claim or dispute arising from or related to this agreement, will be exclusively governed by Queensland law. The parties agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the State of Queensland in relation to any claim arising out of this agreement.
We will only accept responsibility for our own negligent acts or omissions. Where the holiday services are to be provided by an independent carrier or other supplier of services for example without limitation a ferry operator, and where we are only acting as booking agent in the provision of these services then we undertake no responsibility for and are not liable for the misrepresentations, breaches of contract, breaches of statutory duty or negligence of the carrier or other supplier of services. This means that in the event of you suffering personal injury, illness or death as a result of any act or omission of a carrier or other supplier of services (or their employees) or you having any complaint about the quality of the services provided or having any other complaint at all, your sole right of redress will be against the independent carrier or other supplier of services who provided such service and Le Boat shall not be under any liability at all (whether in contract, tort or otherwise).
Our liability to you for any loss or damage which you may suffer is limited to three times the price of your holiday. This excludes personal injury resulting from the non-performance or improper performance of the services involved in the holiday, and is subject to the limitation of liability described below. Health and safety standards applicable to the services provided by us under this contract should meet the local standards applicable to your holiday destination. Our liability, except in cases involving death, injury or illness, shall be limited to a maximum of 3 times the cost of your holiday.
Our liability in all cases will be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to any relevant international convention as detailed below. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of any limitation of compensation contained in these or any conventions. You can ask for copies of the international conventions, from our offices – see address on the back of the brochure.
- Conditions of Carriage
If any international convention applies to, or governs, any of the services or facilities included in your holiday arranged or provided by us, or provided by any of our suppliers, and you make a claim against us of any nature arising out of death, injury, loss or damage suffered during or as a result of the provision of those services or facilities, our liability to pay you compensation and/or the amount (if any) of compensation payable to you by us will be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to that provided for by the international convention concerned (in each case including in respect of the conditions of liability, the time for bringing any claim and the type and amount of any damages that can be awarded). For the avoidance of doubt, this means that we are to be regarded as having all benefit of any limitations of compensation contained in any of these Conventions or any other international conventions applicable to your holiday. Other than as set out above, and as is detailed elsewhere in these booking conditions, we shall have no legal liability whatsoever to you for any loss or damage.
Le Boat has comprehensively insured the boat and its equipment. The policy covers damage or loss to the boat and its equipment and also no less than €7m third party liability. This policy extends to cover any incident caused by the Hirer or the Hirer’s crew. This policy is included in the cost of your holiday. The policy in place has certain reasonable exclusions to cover as a result of certain actions by the Hirer or the Hirer’s crew. These include wilful damage or gross negligence, person being under the influence of drugs or alcohol or as result of not obeying the instructions of a member of Le Boat staff. If the insurer fails to indemnify Le Boat because of the above then the Hirer is responsible for all costs. Le Boat insurance does also not cover the refundable damage deposit if there is evidence of gross neglect. If the damage is in excess of the refundable damage deposit the hirer will be expected to cover all costs. Adults will at all times be responsible for the minors in their care.
- Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)
Insurers charge Le Boat an excess with every incident and also the cost of claims potentially forces up the premiums we pay. To encourage a duty of care from you, the Hirer, and to contribute to covering this cost you must pay either:
- Option 1: a non-refundable collision damage waiver (CDW) which can be paid on arrival or at the time of booking. CDW rates are listed within this pricing sheet. With this option you will be fully covered if the boat is returned damaged, or an accident has resulted in its loss, as well as costs of any accidental damage or injury to any third parties. This will not be the case if there is evidence of gross neglect, which is excluded from our cover under our insurance policy. Loss of or damage to any item of inventory or boat equipment will be charged at a replacement cost, details of which are available at our bases. These charges do not alter the Hirer’s potential liability outlined in Clause 7 – Insurance.
- Option 2: a refundable damage deposit which is to be paid in local currency at the base upon your arrival by either credit card or cash deposit. The deposit which varies according to boat type/duration of holiday (approximately $1,530-$2,925 depending on current exchange rate) will only be retained in part or in full if the boat is returned damaged or an accident has resulted in its loss, as well as costs of any accidental damage or injury to any third parties. This damage deposit will be the extent of your liability in respect of any damage to the boat except where there is evidence of gross neglect in which case you will be expected to cover the full extent of any repair costs. Loss of or damage to any item of inventory or boat equipment will be charged at a replacement cost, details of which are available at our bases. See Clause 14. Single sex bookings are required to pay the refundable damage deposit to encourage duty of care. 9. Group bookings We accept group bookings but reserve the right to charge an additional fee, which will be charged at the Base Manager’s discretion and payable locally. Group bookings are required to leave a refundable damage deposit (see Clause 8, Option 2) to encourage duty of care. 10. Personal Insurance Le Boat’s insurance does not cover the Hirer’s personal belongings and we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover yourself against any possible risk. Le Boat or your travel agent offers a travel insurance scheme, details of which can be obtained from the sales teams or our website. Please note you must have travel insurance either with Le Boat’s provider or by arranging a policy yourself which provides comparable or greater cover under all sections.
- Force Majeure
We regret we cannot pay any compensation where performance or prompt performance of our contact with you is prevented or affected by reason of circumstances amounting to ‘Force Majeure’. Such circumstances include, but are not limited to: the destruction or damage of your boat through fire, flood, explosion, storm or weather damage; accidental damage; criminal damage or any other force outside of our control. These also include flooding, shortage of water, obstruction, repairs to any waterway, lock or navigational equipment, shortage of or non-availability of fuel, riots or civil strife, industrial action or nuclear disaster, fire, adverse weather conditions, port blockades, war or threat of war, and actual or threatened terrorist activity or similar.
- Hirer’s suitability
The Hirer must accept responsibility for the proper conduct of him/herself and any members of their party. Le Boat cannot be held responsible for under-age consumption of alcohol. We reserve the right in our absolute discretion to terminate without further notice the holiday arrangements of any client who refuses to comply with the instructions or orders of the company staff, agent or other responsible person whose behaviour in their opinion is likely to cause distress, damage or danger or annoyance to other customers, staff, any third party or to property. Upon such termination our responsibility for your holiday ceases and we shall not be liable for any extra costs incurred by you.
i). If you change or cancel your booking:
If, after our booking confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, for example your chosen departure date, boat or destination, we will do our utmost to make these changes, but it may not always be possible. If you or any member of your party is unable to proceed with the holiday, you can transfer the booking to a substitute person, providing they satisfy all the conditions applicable to the original booking and your request is received by us at least 14 days prior to departure. Any request for changes to be made must be in writing signed by the Lead Name or your travel agent. The price of your holiday may increase or decrease to reflect the changes requested by you. You will be asked to pay an administration charge of $85 per booking amendment and any further cost we incur in making this alteration. Please check whether your holiday insurance will cover any changes or increased costs resulting from a change. Should you request a major alteration within 10 weeks of departure date (such as a change of date or area) or if you want to amend your holiday departure date to a date not within the current year then this will be treated as a cancellation and re-booking. You or any member of your party may cancel your travel arrangements at any time.
Written notification (by post or email) from the Lead Name or your travel agent on your behalf must be received by our After Sales Team. Cancellation will be effective on the date which it is received by Le Boat. Note: If the reasons for your cancellation are covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges. Cancellations accrue the following charges:
Compensation per person by Period before departure within which a major change is notified to you or your travel agent::
- More than 70 days: Nil
- 43 – 70 days : $25
- 15 – 42 days : $35
- 14 days and under: $55
ii). If we cancel or amend your holiday:
The arrangements for holidays in this brochure are made many months in advance and it is sometimes inevitable that changes or cancellations may need to be made. We reserve the right to make such changes should they become necessary. Most of these changes will be minor and we will advise you or your travel agent of them at the earliest possible date. We also reserve the right in any circumstances to cancel your travel arrangements. Sometimes we may have to make a major change to your booking, this would include, but is not limited to, change of cruising area, change of departure date and change of boat to a lesser model. If we have to make a major change to your holiday (other than due to your default in payment) we will:
- a) Offer you an alternative holiday to the same or better standard (where available)
- b) Offer you a lesser holiday and a refund of the difference in price (where available); or
- c) Cancel your holiday and give you a full refund of all monies paid excluding any insurance premiums paid to us. In all cases, except where the major change arises due to reasons of Force Majeure (see clause 11) or due to insufficient bookings to operate a particular base we will as a minimum pay compensation as detailed above. We strongly recommend you provide us with an emergency contact telephone number in case of any unexpected changes that need to be made to your holiday at short notice.
- Accidents and Loss/Damage of Equipment
If the boat is involved in an accident of any nature, the Hirer must immediately contact the base and complete an accident report form (found on board) and ask any other party involved to complete the same form. The Hirer will not ask for any repairs to be carried out without Le Boat’s agreement. On arrival, the Hirer will be asked to check the boat for external signs of damage and indicate these areas on a separate form. The Hirer will also be asked to sign an inventory list detailing all critical items of inventory for which a separate fee is charged should they not be returned, or returned damaged. Should any equipment be lost, stolen or broken, the Hirer must report this on return of the boat. A separate fee for certain items lost or damaged will be charged. This must be paid for locally and in local currency. Such items include, but are not limited to: gangplank, tv/dvd remote controls, mallet, pegs, parasol, outdoor table and chairs.
- Embarkation/Disembarkation and Cruising Route
Embarkation & Disembarkation: Boat embarkation time is from 16:00 on your start day and disembarkation must be by 09:00 on the final day. For an additional fee(s), and subject to operational constraints, early boarding from between 11:00-12:00 and after 14:00 and late check-out from 12:00 can be pre-booked and will be detailed on your booking confirmation summary. Cruising route: For operational reasons, the Company reserves the right change the direction of your one-way cruise; to make a one-way cruise a return-to-base cruise and to make a return-to-base cruise a one-way cruise. Such changes may be required at late notice. These changes will not entitle the Hirer to cancel with a refund or compensation.
- Navigational Restrictions
The Le Boat brochure offers a number of cruising suggestions for each region based on our experience and knowledge of the area. At the start of your cruise you will receive detailed cruising information for your region, clearly stating which waterways are navigable and which are prohibited or restricted. The base team will also advise on any specific routes which are prohibited or restricted, or procedures falling under the control of Inland Waterways Authorities for your cruising area. Our Customer Guarantee (see page 71) does not cover cruising in areas that are prohibited or restricted. Customers who require assistance (towing/haulage) as a result of cruising in prohibited/restricted areas will incur an additional charge, payable locally in local currency. Please contact the sales team prior to departure if you wish to cruise on any waterways not covered in our brochure.
- Technical Assistance
Le Boat has a breakdown service during normal working hours every day of the week. We will endeavour to attend and repair a breakdown or technical incident as quickly as possible. The Hirer will have no claim against Le Boat for any failure caused by the Hirer including but not limited to grounding, and in such instances the company will reserve the right to recover from the Hirer the expenses incurred in rectifying the matter.
- Return of the boat / Cleaning service
The boat must be returned by 09:00 on your final day at the correct base, unless you have booked and paid for a late check-out, in which case the boat must be returned by 12:00. Late returns will incur an abandonment fee of £330 /€500. All customers must return the boat in a reasonably clean state with the following completed: i) all rubbish neatly bagged up; ii) all crockery and utensils cleaned and re-stored; iii) beds stripped; iv) decks mopped. If the boat is left in an unsatisfactory condition, the boat’s cleaning fee will be charged. Cleaning service: You may pay an additional cleaning fee of $100-$200 dependant on the size of the boat and we will take care of the final cleaning of your boat. In this case all you are asked to do is to bag up your rubbish.
- Fuel Charges & Fuel Deposit
Fuel is charged according to market rates and is subject to fluctuations in diesel prices. At the time of going to press, the hourly fuel charge is £4.50-£9/€5-€13 depending on boat type and usage, but could have since changed. In France, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Italy, Le Boat charges for fuel according to the amount of hours the engine has been running. At the start of your cruise you will be informed how much the hourly charge will be and the current engine hours on your boat will be agreed and recorded with you. In Ireland, England and Scotland Le Boat charges fuel by the litre. At the start of your cruise your boat will have a full tank of fuel and you will be advised by the base staff how much your fuel will cost per litre. Before departing the base you will be required to leave a Fuel Deposit payable locally in local currency. At the end of your holiday you will either pay an additional fuel cost to cover the amount of fuel actually used, or you will be due a refund if your fuel consumption is less than the deposit paid.
- Boat Descriptions & Fleet availability
Boat layout plans, specifications and illustrations in the brochure are for general guidance. Some models within boat classes have minor variations. Fleet availability for each cruising suggestion / cruising region is correct at time of going to press, but is subject to change without notice.
To allow for additional cleaning, a supplement of $70 per pet is charged to take a maximum of two pets on board our boats. You are required to bring a basket/blanket for pets to sleep on and to refrain from letting pets lie on bedding or settees. Please do not leave pets unattended on your boat. If despite paying the pet cleaning supplement the base manager feels extra cleaning is required on the return of your boat, you will be asked to pay an additional boat cleaning fee.
Please refer to our General Terms & Conditions that are also used in conjunction with this package’s terms.
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