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April 13, 2016 River Cruising No Comments Email Email

University graduations are now becoming a time of travel gift giving by parents who see their grown children launching their careers and sometimes leaving home.

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Le Boat’s self skippered boat cruises are proving a great way to spend quality time with adult children before they fly the coop.

Soon to be “captains” of their futures, the young graduates can also be captains of the boat, because anyone over the age of 18 in the UK and Europe and 21 in Ireland can drive with no boating experience or license required. On a Le Boat holiday the boat is all yours for the entire journey and thus itineraries can be tailored which take in everyone’s interests.

David Reid, Director of Sales & Marketing – Australia, New Zealand, Asia & Pacific said, “Family time is irreplaceable. My daughter recently graduated in the UK and we are planning a trip on one of our spacious four cabin boats which are perfect for multi-generation trips through Europe.”

He said, “For example, the Vision 4 comfortably accommodates up to nine people with its four hotel-style cabins, roomy interior and full entertainment centre, while the Magnifique sleeps up to 10 with its four cabins, huge sundeck with a fixed table and media centre.”

Le Boat holidays are available at ten destinations in Europe which are brimming with history, culture and a  wide range of activities whether along the many canals and lakes or the rivers that run through them.

Two of our most popular destinations with multi generationals are Holland and the Canal du Midi.

Historical Holland

Uni graduates will find the history in their books come alive as they explore Amsterdam.  The eclectic city has something that appeals to every age with its rich heritage and culture and lively nightlife. The Rijksmuseum, a Dutch national museum dedicated to the arts and history in Amsterdam, features 8,000 objects on display from their total collection of one million. It’s the largest museum in Holland with masterpieces by artists Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer.

Families can also visit the Royal Palace, which served as city hall during the Dutch Golden Age, then as the royal palace of King Louis Napoleon and later as the Dutch Royal House. Another popular attraction is the Floating Flower Market in the Singel Canal. First held in 1862, one can find every kind of flower uniquely displayed on floating barges.  To the south of Amsterdam, Vinekveen is another ideal start to a family cruise, with Vinkeveense Plassen a popular lake for many activities like swimming and diving.

Miles of adventures for the aspiring astronaut on the Canal du Midi

Families cruising on the Canal du Midi in the South of France will find different adventures awaiting them at every mile along the scenic waterway, where the boat travels past lush vineyards, medieval villages and ancient fortress cities. Toulouse, capital of the Southwestern French department, is the centre of the European aerospace industry and home to Cité de l’espace, the City of Space. Perfect for the aspiring astronaut in the family, this theme park focuses on space and the conquest of space, with interactive exhibits as well as full-scale models of the Ariane 5 rocket, Mir space station and Soyuz modules.

Other activities along the Canal du Midi can include exploring the medieval city of Carcassonne, strolling through Paraza’s scenic vineyards overlooking the Aude Valley and diving into watersports, such as canoeing, windsurfing and fishing in Homps’ Lac de Jouarres.

David Reid said, “For parents with uni graduates, a Le Boat holiday is the perfect way to send them off into life with great family memories.”

Le Boat holidays start from $2190 for a family of six for seven nights in Holland on a 3 star fully equipped self-drive cruiser including a boat handling demonstration and briefing, technical support, on board cruising information, lock fees and towels and linen for all passengers.

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