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Viking Afloat


Viking Afloat Canal Boat Holidays rate personal choice very highly - They like to offer a wide choice of cruising routes from one of their four bases; a wide choice of hire periods, including Short Breaks, one and two week holidays; a choice of at least four different start days and a choice of canal boats which are fully equipped for parties of between two and ten people. Their mission is for you to enjoy the special experience of a canal boat holiday with them and so they try to make your booking as fully inclusive as possible whilst at the same time offering all their customers genuine flexibility.

As a result of listening to what their customers say, they endeavor provide one of the most extensive inventories of equipment to be found on a canal hire boat anywhere in Britain. They are also one of a very few companies that provide pure filtered drinking water on all of their boats and as part of their faultless service, they provide all customers with a full demonstration of the boat and all its systems, as well as teaching newcomers how to handle the boats and how to handle the canal locks. All the boats have on board a comprehensive manual and the company provides expert help around the clock with a 24/7 emergency helpline.

Over two thousand miles of navigable inland waterways, threads their way through some of Britain's most beautiful and ancient countryside, offering havens for wildlife and a rare insight into the nation's industrial heritage.  This network of waterways also takes you to the heart of major cities, with all the buzz and excitement that they provide.

There is nothing quite like a canal boat holiday on Britain's Inland waterways. Friendship when you meet other boaters, or 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 seemingly endless with city, town, village and country, wide canal, narrow canal and river. Every bend brings you to some new feature. You can never see it all, no matter how many times you return.

A  break away on the canals is for relaxation, for unwinding from every day pressures and for letting you do what you like, whenever you like.

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Viking Afloat's Holiday Centres

Heart of England - WORCESTER MARINA
The hire base at Worcester is situated on the Worcester/Birmingham Canal close to its junction with the majestic River Severn and close to the heart of this 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.

From the site at Whitchurch, on the superb Llangollen Canal, you can cruise to Llangollen itself, visit Chester or take two weeks to explore all the waterways of the North West of England.

Shakespeare Country - RUGBY WHARF
The wharf at Rugby is on the idyllic North Oxford Canal, close to the town centre. This gives you an extensive selection of rural routes to explore and enjoy, including the hugely popular Warwickshire ring.

Potteries and Peak District - GAILEY WHARF
Located on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal just a few miles from the county town of Stafford, Gailey Wharf is the perfect starting point for a wide variety of trips, including the energetic Four Counties Ring or a quieter visit to the delightful Caldon Canal.