A self-drive houseboat cruise enables you to take the helm of your own boat and holiday at your chosen rythm. Choose a boat and destination and enjoy Europe's rivers and canals. Learning to handle these boats is very easy and no qualifications are required (except for a couple regions).
Enjoy a relaxing themed cruise with excellent service, guided tours, delicious food and wine, private suites, fitness centers and spas, expansive dining rooms on this luxurious fleet of new custom designed ships.
Here at H2olidays
, we are big fans of Rick Stein. In May, it will be 10 years since Rick went on his beautiful "French Odyssey", going from region to region to discover traditional cuisine and breath-taking landscapes.
And since there is no better way to discover a region than from the waterways, Rick cruised on the Rosa barge to discover the Aquitaine region.
You can watch part of it in the video below.
If the video leaves you wishing you were the one eating the " poule au pot" in Henri IV's home town Nérac , check out our Aquitaine page.