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Plan your fluvial cruise

If you are thinking of doing a fluvial cruise but you do not have the availability yet, do not hesitate to contact us to offer you the boat and price that better fit to your search. Consult availability without any obligation.

If you already have your budget and we have already sent you the boat availability that better adapts to your search, prepare your fluvial cruise. Among the suggestions we made, you have to decide which boat and departure base to book and tell us your decision. At that moment we will pre-book without any obligation and during 48 hours the boat and will send you the terms and conditions of the contract with the necessary details to make the payment. This will be done in two times: a 40 % of the totality will be paid at the moment of the confirmation of the booking and the rest, a month before the cruise departure.

Now it is time to prepare your fluvial cruise.

Remember that in order to your cruise be more attractive you can rent bicycles, car parks, barbecues or other extras that may change in function of the departure port and that we offer you when you make the reservation. We recommend you to book these extras in advance even though you will pay them on the boarding day on the departure base, due to limited availability of some extras (specially during the high season) Consult here some of the activities that you can do during your cruise.

After doing the first payment, you will receive a full documentation that includes:

  • Detailed document with the payment and booking confirmation.
  • Information of the departure base with: phone contact, timetables, GPS coordinates, services… This way you will not have any question on the boarding day and you can proceed to get your boat in the quickiest and easiest way.
  • Log book: small brochure in paper or in PDF format with sailing advices, locks and bridges, mooring, boat functioning, etc.
  • Detailed information about the boat – equipment and inventary.

And now that you have confirmed your booking is when begins the best part – enjoying your fluvial holidays!

To prepare you fluvial cruise:

What do you need to carry and how to get to the boarding port?

1 ) Luggage: we recommend you the following essential you should bring with you aboard.

  • Foldable travel bags, rather than suitcases to earn some space.
  • Towels and sheets if your boat does not include them (consult details of each boat).
  • Nonslip shoes (like sports shoes).
  • Garden gloves to manipulate ropes in locks.
  • Binoculars to observe birds and other wild animals and plants.
  • In force ID document and the information with your booking confirmation, as well as the contact details of the boarding port.
  • A torch to walk at night on the paths that surround the river or canal.
  • Comfortable clothes and appropriated to heat and cold.
  • Sunscreen – it is very easy to get burnt when you are next to the water.
  • Mosquitos repellent. Whenever the season it will be, if you are next to the water there will probably be mosquitos, better safe than sorry!
  • Toilet paper and bathroom items.
  • Cleaning products for cooking and washing dishes.
  • Due to the 12 V electric power of the boat whilst the navigation (like a car lighter), we recommend you to carry an adaptor to plug in you cellphone, cameras and other low power devices. To have 220 V (normal plug like those at home) it will be necessary to be on a port or to have a power transformer.
  • Food, drinks, snacks specially for the first day since you can go to local markets afterwards and try the local gastronomy.
  • Cameras and videocameras are indispensable – during your fluvial cruise you will have incredible views and fairy-tale landscapes.
  • In case that you take some specific medication, we recommend you to bring it with you since depending on the destination where you will navigate it may be difficult to find it.

2) How do I get to the embarkment port?

  • Travel by car:

In case that you travel by car till the boarding port you can use the GPS coordinates that we send you with the booking document. The car park vary in function of the base: some have private and paying car park and others dispose of an free outdoors car park. Consult the details of your base for more information.

When your cruise is a ONE-WAY cruise (minimum a week cruises), you can hire the transfer service of a car between two ports and the base staff will bring your vehicule to the arrival base by paying a supplement (available in most of destinations but not all of them) If it is a rental vehicule, you must consult beforehand the rental company where you rented it to verify that another person is allowed to drive it.

  • Travel by public transport: plane, train or bus:

Practically all of the boarding bases have airports or train and bus stations nearby, consult the sheet that we send you about your departing base for further information.

If you travel by train or plane, sometimes you can hire a transer service with the base to pick you up at your arrival. After the reservation done, do not hesitate to consult us and we will give you all the information and price as soon as possible. On the PDF document of each region you can see the closest airports to your departure base, if you have any questions, don not hesitate to contact us.

If you navigate in France, you can check the train timetables on: http://www.sncf.com/

What will I find aboard the boat?

  • Boat equipment:

Most of boats, excepting the “Budget” range include sheets, eiderdowns, pillows, heating, security equipment, furniture in the saloon, etc. Towels are only included on some models, do not hesitate to consult us. The kitchen disposes of cutlery and tools so every passenger can cook and eat aboard.

On the boat you will find a fluvial guide that you can consult during your cruise. It includes a map to consult the distance between villages, locks location and timetables, water and electricity spots, mooring ports and installations, information about the villages: monuments, restaurants, supermarkets…

If you prefer to buy the fluvial guide in advance and receive it home before boarding and prepare your holidays with more time and calmly, you can do it on the editor’s website. You can also buy it on the boarding port before you get your boat.

France (all the regions) – www.france-waterways.com
River Thames – www.harpercollins.co.uk
Norfolk Broads – www.visitnorfolk.co.uk
Germany – www.quickmaritim.de
Belgium – www.librairiefluvial.com
Holland – www.anwb.nl/
Ireland – www.shopwaterwaysireland.org
Scotland – www.waterways.org.uk
  • Electricity:

All the boats have a 12 V plug like those of car lighters. During the sailing, we recommend to have an adaptor to plug in cellphones, cameras and other low power devices. In addition, some models also include 220 V plugs that provide electricity whilst the navigation. In any case, and on any boat, you can get 220 V when you are on a port.

If you have more questions about how to plan your cruise, we recommend you to consult our Frequently Asked Questions by clicking here or contact us via e-mail or telephone.

  • Your Danfluvial contact:

Rocio Mauduit and Jonatan Daza

Telephone: (+34) 956 85 85 50 / (+34) 634 52 84 40

E-mail: info@danfluvial.com

Skype: danfluvial

We are at your service within this timetable:

Monday-Friday: 09:00 AM – 3:30 PM / 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

With more than 10 years of experience, we work with clients from all around the world via e-mail and telephone, do not hesitate to contact us.

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