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Valid for booking of one week minimum

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2023 Seasons
Region : Poland Region Information  -  Bases : Rybina - Slesin
Season A
Season B
Season C
25 APR - 29 MAY
29 AUG - 03 OCT
30 MAY - 26 JUN
27 JUN - 28 AUG
2023 Weekly Rates Shown in Euros
Low Cost Fleet
Weekend 820

5/7 Berth
€ 350
€ 550
€ 700
€ 900
Vistula Cruiser 30
4/7 Berth *
€ 350
€ 850
€ 1,300
€ 1,500
Vistula Cruiser 30 S
4/7 Berth *
€ 350
€ 850
€ 1,300
€ 1,500
Haber 33 Reporter
4/7 Berth *
€ 500
€ 1,150
€ 1,600
€ 1,950
Rybina: Hire from Sunday 12am to Saturday 12am. / Slesin: Hire from Friday 4pm to Friday 10am.
* Boats equipped with a bow thruster - included in the price

Long Term Discounts
8 to 14 Days - Receive a 5% Discount
15 to 21 Days - Receive a 10% Discount
22 to 28 Days
- Receive a 15% Discount

Please note:
Discount valid for any booking minimum of one week.

Terms and Conditions
Prices Shown in Euros

Rates Include:

Low Cost Fleet
  • The hire of the boat
  • It's security equipment
  • Crockery
  • Linen: blankets or duvets, pillows and pillow cases (except on models in the Low Cost Fleet)
  • The navigation toll
  • The insurance of the boat
  • A 13kg gas bottle
  • Demonstration of how to operate the boat on the day of departure
  • Demonstration of how to handle the boat and temporary licence on the day of departure
  • Technical assistance 7 days a week from 9am to 7pm

Rates do NOT Include:

Low Cost Fleet
  • The Cancellation Insurance
  • Food Supply
  • Personal insurance for the crew
  • The one way fee
  • Car park or garage for a car
  • The waterway map which will be useful for preparing your cruise
  • Bikes
  • Cruise Plus Insurance (damage waiver)
  • The hourly navigation rate which includes gas oil and all technical supplies for the boat *
  • Cleaning of the inside and outside of the boat
  • Cleaning set
  • Tea Towel set
  • Towel set
  • Heating (on some boats **)

* The price varies from € 6.28 to € 13.25 / navigation hour by category of boat (price may change with the price of fuel). Invoiced per litre on certain European bases.

** Some Pénichette® barges and some Tarpon boats in Germany are equipped with heating by oil instead of gas. The additional gas bottle is not supplied on board in this case. The fuel for this heating will be invoiced, the price can vary depending on the price of oil, please contact your agency.

Rental Duration:
One Week = 7 Nights

Short Breaks and Extended Cruises:
Short Breaks and extended cruises are available on request. departure from 4pm and return at 9am, Monday / Tuesday / Friday / Saturday or Sunday in each period for certain bases and on certain boats and on request basis.

These are calculated as follows:

  • Weekend: 3 nights / 2 days = 57% of the weekly rate
  • Weekend: 4 nights / 3 days = 70% of the weekly rate
  • Weekend: 5 nights / 4 days = 80% of the weekly rate
  • 8 day package = 120% of the weekly rate
  • 9 day package = 140% of the weekly rate
  • 10 day package = 150% of the weekly rate
  • 11 day package = 160% of the weekly rate
  • 12 day package = 170% of the weekly rate
  • 13 day package = 180% of the weekly rate

Hourly Navigation Rate:

Boat Category
Per motor hour
€ 6.28
€ 7.56
€ 8.77
€ 10.16
€ 11.07
€ 13.25

Insurance and Security Deposit:
Rates include damage insurance with an excess of between € 700 - € 1,200 (depending on boat). You are required to leave this excess amount as a security deposit at the time of pick up. This is refunded to you when the boat has been returned on time, clean and undamaged. To be left at the departure base (even when Cruise Plus Insurance or Liberty Pack are booked)

Insurance Excess Amounts go by Boat Category (which can be found on the rate table next to the boat name). The amounts for each catergory are:

Boat Category
Excess Amount
€ 800
€ 900
€ 1,000
€ 1,100
€ 1,200
€ 1,200

Cruise Plus Insurance:
You can take our the Croisiere Plus Insurance, which will reduce your excess to NIL (security deposit is still required as normal). The Croisiere Plus Insurance is priced by Boat Category (which can be found on the rate table next to the boat name). The prices for each category are: (except in Casseneuil)

Cruise Insurance Amount are in Euros
Boat Category
Security Deposit
Weekend - 2 days
Additional Day

Cancellation Insurance:
Cancellation Insurance can be arranged - The amount of the cancellation insurance fee for the guarantee to cancel the cruise is 4% of the total rental price.

Cruise Timetables:

  • Week Days
    Day of Departure:
    Departure Days: every day of the week except on Wednesday and Thursday depending on the base
    Poland: boarding on Sunday or Friday (depending on model of the boat)
    The Netherlands : Friday to Friday or Saturday to Friday

    Arrival and Boarding:
    Arrival from 3pm
    Boarding and explanation between 4pm and 7pm
    Poland: on Sundays at 12 noon
    The Netherlands : from 2pm on Friday or 9am on Saturday

    Return day+7 at 9am
    Poland on Saturdays at 12 noon
    The Netherlands : return at 10am or 3pm on Friday (for the weeks with departures on saturdays)

  • Week End
    Day of Departure:
    Saturday morning (or Friday evening depending on availability,
    to be confirmed one week before departure)

    Arrival and Boarding:
    Arrival and boarding between 10am and 11am (Fridays between 4pm and 7pm)
    Italy, Friday at 3pm (on request)

    Return Monday morning at 9am
  • Mini Week
    Day of Departure:
    Departure on Monday

    Arrival and Boarding:
    Arrival from 3pm
    Boarding and explanation between 4pm and 6pm
    Italy: between 3pm and 6pm (on request)

    Return on Friday at 9am

Car Transfers:
In the case of a one-way cruise, you will be offered on certain bases, the transfer of your car from the departure base to the arrival base. Fee varies according to routes. It is best to book this service in advance. In some places, shuttle bus, taxi or train can be a possibility. Cost is variable depending on itinerary.

Baby Set:
It includes a high chair, a bathtub, a folding cot and a life jacket and in the case of renting a bicycle, a child seat. Be careful: most of the time, the cot can only be installed in the lounge. This set will be at your disposal to make life onboard more pleasant for parents and baby. Do not forget to ask when booking. It is free wherever it is offered.

Deck Chairs:
Want to relax in the sun on the deck of your boat ? These deck chairs are made for you !

TV and DVD Player:
Included on the Premium fleet.

Concierge Service: (included on the Premium fleet)
Beneit from a personalized service with a bilingual agent at your service from Monday to Saturday, from 9:30am to 12pm and from 2pm to 5pm. He will follow up on your booking, book your transfers from the airport or the base, taxi, but also visits to the museum, restaurants, and even manage your particular demands (delivery of champagne...)

Hotel Service: (included on the Premium fleet)
Opt for the hotel service. When you arrive onboard, your beds will already be made, the towel set and the cleaning kit will be laid out in the boat.

Car Parking:
Free parking of your vehicle will be possible in many bases. It is often possible to get a locked but uncovered car park (an additional charge is requested).

Crew Uniforms:
On request, we can deliver on board your boat a captain’s peaked cap T shirts or striped long-sleeved T shirts, embroidered with each crewmember’s name.

Liberty Cruise Pack:
This pack includes
- the rental of 1 basic bicycle
- the cleaning service
- the cruise plus insurance
- the hourly navigation rate.

This allows you to settle everything before departure.

12V Converter:
With this converter, plug into the cigar lighter socket and charge up your low power devices such as your camera or your mobile phone (maximum power 300 Watts)

Renting a BBQ, Plancha (grill plate) or a Plancha Table:
What could be friendlier than to end a day of cruising around a barbeque (or a plancha). Be careful; if you rent a barbeque, do not forget your charcoal (Canal du Midi: barbecue forbidden)

Renting Bicycles:
To go shopping or take a nice stroll along the waterway, we offer adult and children bikes for hire.
Please note: bike helmet is mandatory for children under 12 when riding bikes. These are not provided, please bring your own.

Renting a Fishing Rod / Buying a Fishing Permit:
Message to all amateur fishermen: we provide a fishing rod with a new line and bait: ideal to catch whitebait! We remind you that a permit is generally compulsory to fish in a public domain. Some bases can provide them for you. Otherwise, the closest place to get one will be indicated. You can also buy it directly online via the website: www.cartedepeche.fr

Your animal is welcome onboard, however, you will be responsible for its behaviour. Moreover, we ask you not to use the bedding or the kitchen utensils for it. In certain bases, an extra contribution will be requested.

Extras and Services:

Optional Items *
Price in Euros & Includes VAT
Price at time of booking
Price on day of departure
12V / 220V Converter
€ 10 per week
€ 12 per week
BBQ **
€ 10
€ 12
Plancha (grill plate)
€ 30 per week
Free of charge on the Premium fleet
€ 35 per week
Bike Rental (adults & children)
€ 42 per week
€ 49 per week
Fishing Rod
€ 10
€ 12
Car Transfer
Variable rates depending on the Itinerary
Locked and closed car park but uncovered
from € 32 to € 35 per week
€ 40 per week
from € 42 to € 50 per week
€ 60 per week
€ 40
Waterways Map
€ 22
Green cleaning set
(environmental friendly products: washing up liquid, toilet paper, 3 bin bags, 2 sponges, 2 soaps, 1 box of matches)
€ 8.90 per set
Free of charge
on the Premium fleet
€ 10 per set
Tea Towel set (set of 3 pieces)
€ 2 per set
Free of charge
on the Premium fleet
€ 2.50 per set
Towel set
(1 bath towel + 2 towels) 
€ 6 per set
Free of charge
on the Premium fleet
€ 7.50 per set
Sleeping Kit (2 sheets + 2 pillow cases) 
€ 7 per set - Included on the Premium & Classic fleets
€ 8.50 per set
Beds made at your arrival
€ 7 per bed - Included on the Premium fleet
not available on arrival
Concierge Service
quote for specific requests. Included on the Premium fleet
Deck Chairs
€ 10
Free of charge on the Premium fleet
€ 12
Rental of WiFi Box
€ 49 per week & € 150 deposit
Baby Service
Free of charge
Simple Embroidred Polo
€ 16 per polo / € 5 embroidery
Cap Embroidery
€ 6.30
NEW - Food Delivery Service
€ 20 & price of your shopping basket
* These rates are applicable for a booking of the extras up to 10 days before departure. If these extras are not booked in advance, the rates will be higher at the departure base and we’ll not be able to guarantee their availability (except in Cahors, Casseneuil, Montreux Châ- teau, Pont à Bar, Rohan, St Nicolas des Eaux).
** Prohibited on the Canal du Midi, Charente and Lot.

Services of the Premium and Mediterranean Fleets:

  • Skipper - € 240 per day
    He steers the boat, he shows you how to steer and how to handle the boat, he plans your stopovers. (also available on the classic fleet).
  • Hostess - € 190 per day
    She manages the food supply she helps you to prepare the meals and can be your baby sitter.
  • Cook - € 220 per day
    He cooks, goes shopping and prepares your cocktails.

Bow Propeller / Thruster:
Some boats on some bases are equipped with a bow thruster. It is a propeller placed in the bow of the boat enabling the boat to be steered sideways. This greatly facilitates maneuvers. However, its use is tricky on canals where there is more risk of sucking in mud and rocks along the banks.

In case of breakdown during the cruise, it is often impossible to repair. In this case, the cruise will continue without the bow thruster. If the customer requires repair during the cruise, it will be billed. Because of the vagaries of navigation, it is possible that the boat with a bow thruster that you reserved is not available on the day of departure. In this case, it will be reimbursed on the basis of a lat fee: € 10 per day without the propeller during the cruise.

- There is no standard length and width of berth for boats. The average length is 1.90m but in some cases may be limited to 1.83m.
- Double berths : they are on average 1.40m wide, but can be reduced to 1.15m
- Single berths : they are on average 0, 80m, but in some cases they can be reduced down to 0.65m.
- Coffin berth: berths named “coffin berth” have a low ceiling, with less than a meter between the mattress and the ceiling.
- Convertible seat in lounge or dinette.
The measurements given in the boats descriptions are indicative and may vary according to models.

Heating and Air Conditioning:
- All boats are equipped with forced air heating. This is an element of comfort to warm up the inside of the boat. However, it does not maintain a constant temperature.
- Air conditioning : This option, often limited to the lounge is an element of comfort that can cool the atmosphere by several degrees, 2 or 3 maximum, rather than maintain constant temperature, whatever the outside temperature.
- The Tarpon 49 Quattro Prestige, Tarpon 42 Trio Prestige and Tarpon 37 Duo Prestige have air conditioning in the lounge.

Electricity on Board:
Running the engine 4-5 hours per day, you will produce electricity for 24 hours of use. However, electricity aboard a boat must be used sparingly and cannot provide the same comfort as in a home. Often 12 volts, or 24 volts stored in batteries, which supply refrigerators, the electricity allows the use of light, ventilation, and sometimes on 220 volts, air conditioning, dishwashers, etc.

Devices that use 220 volts must be used during navigation or while docked using shore power, and they cannot be used together (eg air conditioning + dishwasher). In some areas, the shore supply is scarce, or, in the ports, too weak to use the equipment aboard. 220 volt outlets, when they exist, can only be used when connected to the dock. The volume of refrigerators is given for guidance only and may vary by region.

Anyone requiring the use of an electric breathing apparatus must inform the Company at the time of booking and be aware that the power supply required for electricity is not always available to operate an electric breathing apparatus.

Waterways Map:
You will find in these guides the detailed map of your cruise (locks, tunnels, places to refill your water tank etc) but also different interesting services for tourists in the local towns and villages: an essential product to prepare your cruise! (Please note that in France, this waterways guide is available for free consultation onboard the boat). Be careful: on certain routes two maps may be necessary.

Cleaning Service:

Cat 1
Cat 2
Cat 3
Cat 4
Cat 5
Cat 6
Interior Cleaning Deposit
€ 40
€ 50
€ 80
€ 95
€ 110
€ 140
Exterior Cleaning Deposit
€ 30
€ 40
€ 45
€ 55
€ 65
€ 75
Interior & Exterior cleaning deposit
€ 70
€ 90
€ 125
€ 150
€ 175
€ 215
To be paid before embarking (unless final cleaning or Liberty Cruise Pack have been purchased).
Final Interior & Exterior cleaning
€ 60
€ 77
€ 108
€ 128
€ 149
€ 183

Liberty Cruise Pack: (Except in Casseneuil & Pont a Bar)
The price includes one bike of the basic range, the hourly navigation rate, the final cleaning of the boat at the end of the cruise (inside and outside) and the cruise plus insurance.

Please note: 10% discount on the price of the pack if purchased at time of booking
(except in Cahors, Montreux-Chateau, St Nicholas des Eaux and Rohan)

Boat Category
Week End
€ 222
€ 261
€ 310
€ 353
€ 395
€ 479
Mini Week
€ 290
€ 343
€ 403
€ 463
€ 512
€ 621
€ 409
€ 482
€ 561
€ 640
€ 706
€ 848
Additional Day
€ 46
€ 54
€ 61
€ 69
€ 75
€ 89

One Way Cruise:
Extra charge to leave the boat at another base.

Boat Category
One Way Fee
€ 130
€ 130
€ 130
€ 130
€ 130
€ 130

Cancellation Conditions:
If it becomes necessary for you to cancel your booking, send a letter of explanation to the hirer as soon as possible. A cancellation fee according to the following scale will be charged.

  • more than 8 weeks before departure : EUR 200 cancellation fee.
    between 8 and 4 weeks before departure : 60% of hiring fee.
  • less than 4 weeks before departure : 100% of hiring fee.
    These fees can be refund in case the boat is rented once more. The cancellation fee (EUR 150) are not refundable.

Low Cost Fleet:
This fleet allows you to discover canal boating thanks to its low price. The boats are often older with a more basic level of interior fittings. Bedding is not included ! Bedding, towels and tea towels can be hired at the departure base. A cleaning set is also on sale at the base.

Choose your boat
The boat that you choose will be your “home” during your cruise, therefore it is important to make the right choice. All ours boats offer a minimum standard of comfort such as running hot and cold water, shower, toilet, kitchen and heating. The amount of equipment depends on the type of boat.

The sleeping capacity often determines your choice of boat and the capacity is hence indicated by the number written before the word 'people'.
For example: 6/8 + 1 PEOPLE: the first number is for the sleeping capacity without using the lounge. The second number is the sleeping capacity using the lounge. Then the third number is for an additional berth for a child under 6 (it is often a folding berth in a cabin).

It is never recommended to use the maximum sleeping capacity. By doing so you reduce the comfort of all aboard and the equipment (fridge, showers, toilets) is generally not sufficient for one week.

Mooring ropes - life buoy - boathook - anchorage - spikes - hammer - anchor - fenders - 10 litre bucket - water hose - gangplank

Safety equipment:
First Aid kit - instruction manual - life jackets - fire extinguisher

Domestic equipment:
Ashtray - Broom - Cloths - Dish scrubber - Coat hangers - Dust pan and brush - WC Set - Clothes pegs - Wash basin - Bin

Glasses - wine glasses - soup plates - dinner plates - dessert plates - bowls - coffee cups - dishes - salad bowl - coffee pot - filter holder - water jug - knives - forks - spoons - salad servers - juicer - tea pot.

Table mat - bread basket - plastic box - tin opener - bottle opener - corkscrew - vegetable knife - carving knife - ladle - skimmer - wooden spoon - carving board - pan - lid - frying pan - salad spinner - cooker or pot - sieve.

Bolsters or pillows – bolster or pillow cases – sheets– blankets or duvets (except low cost fleet).

Converter 12 V / 220 V
To plug into a cigarette lighter socket (max 100 watts) to load mobile phone or camera. Lots of boats have one. Some boats have a shore power supply.

- All our boats have a sink, a gas stove with one to 4 burners
- Most of our boats have an oven (except Fred 700, Riviera 750, Linssen, New Concorde, Triton 1060 Handy, Rego 2000).
- Kitchen extractor fan available on our Tarpon boats.
- All our boats have a fridge (gas or electric) with a capacity from 40 litres to 220 litres by size of boat. Some of them have a freezer.

Sanitary equipment, shower, WC
- All our boats have at least one washbasin. Some have one inside each cabin.
- All our boats have at least one shower. Some have several.
- All our boats have WC and some have more than one. They can be outside the shower.

Steering position
All our boats have a steering position inside. Some have a steering position inside and out.


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