Get the whole family on board for an unforgettable voyage in 2016 with Le Boat, Europe’s number one boating holiday company. Let the kids be the captain of their own boat – under careful supervision of course! – And point the compass towards Le Boat’s top three family-friendly boating destinations:
Older kids and teens can snap selfies to their heart’s content here, with a good chance of being photo-bombed by a pink flamingo or one of the other 400 bird species that reside in the lush green grass of the marshes here. There’s also wild bulls and horses, deer, beavers and more to capture for the family album as you wind your way through the canals.
The Camargue is a mixture of the traditional and modern. The glitzy beach resorts are full of activities to keep the young ones entertained and provoke a bit of friendly family rivalry, including watersports and mini golf. Take a step back in time with a wander along the city walls of the 13th century fortified town of Aigues-Mortes. Explore the town’s fascinating history, including the imposing Tower of Constance, which was once used as a prison.
Caledonian Canal, Scotland
Harry Potter fans will recognise the spectacular hilltop scenery of the Scottish Highlands – the Hogwarts Express ran along the same route as the West Highland Railway. Follow in the footsteps of Harry and his friends with a journey along one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world, with soaring views of dramatic green mountain ranges and the shimmering waters of the famous Loch Ness.
Back on board your boat, keep an eye out for Nessie as you cruise the lochs of the Caledonian canal, and take in views of hilltop castle ruins nestled amongst the deep green pines.
The Thames, England
The stretch of the Thames River between Kingston and Oxford is just like a living history book, with so much to explore and uncover. Take anchor at Oxford, home of the world-famous university, and also the oldest museum in the world, the Ashmolean, dates all the way back to 1683. Stroll the cobblestones and marvel at the charming architecture, and you’ll soon discover why Oxford is known as the City of Spires.
Continue your float down the Thames, taking in lush green countryside, countless quintessential English villages and other historic spots such as Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace and Cliveden House. For a change of pace and a step back into the present, the whole family can enjoy fun thrills at the nearby LEGOland Windsor Resort or adrenaline pumping Thorpe Park.
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