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Ideal for families with children, self-skippered motor cruising holidays along the canals of Europe are a fun and relaxing way to travel in comfort and style.

Canal cruising and active holiday specialists Outdoor Travel, based in Bright, Victoria, offer over 25 years of experience with these family holidays. With a ‘been there, done that and yes with children’ motto, these are the people to call with all those questions about safety, control, what’s practical, where to cruise and the ideal boat to suit your holiday plans.

Self-skippered motor cruising is an adventurous holiday that the kids will love. With all the 5-star comforts you could want from a stylish European boat, each is equipped with a fully-equipped kitchen including a large fridge and gas stove, storage space and dining area. There are well-designed cabins with en-suite bathrooms. Boats offer dual steering positions (outside and in) and plenty of comfortable sundeck and outdoor sitting and eating spaces. Boats accommodate up to 12 passengers comfortably, with most offering space for four to eight passengers.

Onboard you are the Captain and the crew (cook and bottle-washer too if you so choose) but there are plenty of restaurants, pubs and cafes along the canals for you to stow away the pots and pans to dine out or picnic as your whim demands.

Cabin shot

The boats are carefully designed with all the necessary safety equipment and are easy to manage; you don’t require a license or any previous experience as the experts will teach you all you need to know. The boats are easy to steer and being ‘hands on’ means all the family can help manage the boating and negotiating the mooring ropes and locks (most locks are managed by professional lock-keepers always ready to lend a hand).

What better way for kids to experience a safe and fun adventure through some of the most interesting and scenic countries of Europe.

Travelling at your own pace you can decide when and where to stop each night. You can tailor-make the perfect holiday for your family. You can choose to do a return trip or a one-way from 17 different locations in France, Holland, Germany, Italy, Belgium, England, Scotland and Ireland.

Boat cruising down a river

There are plenty of historical and cultural points-of-interest too; what better way to educate the family about great kings and queens, battles, religion and art than by visiting the magnificent fortified city of Carcassonne, tasting the cheese in Gouda, or walking through St Mark’s Square in Venice.

Visit Windsor, host of the royal wedding of the year. Explore the majestic Caledonia Canal and Scottish Highlands or the breathtaking scenery of Ireland and the mighty River Shannon.

The ease and flexibility that you get with self-skippered cruising holidays make them one of the most varied and exciting holidays that you can experience with your kids. Beside the canals are flat tow-paths, perfect for cycling and bike hire is available.

With a variety of boat configurations plus bikes, BBQs, cushions, cleaning, grocery packs and all the necessary add-ons you’ll find something that suits your needs from Outdoor Travel. Call the qualified and experienced travel industry professionals who are ready to help with all your holiday planning.

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