Compulsory Holiday Extras
Our extensive network means we can offer more one-way cruises than any other operator. These are a perfect way of seeing more of your cruising area without retracing your steps. There is an additional supplement for all one-way cruises, payable at the time of booking. A return-to-base cruise is great if you fancy seeing more of the towns and villages en route. Whichever you choose, you decide where and when to stop, and for how long.
One-way supplement – the price depends by the cruise: from € 75 to € 250
Your boat is supplied with a full tank of diesel and you will not normally need to refuel en-route. Fuel is an additional cost and charges are calculated on a ‘per hour’ basis in all countries except for England, Scotland and Ireland, where it is charged on a ‘per litre’ basis. Please note: fuel is charged at market rates and is subject to fluctuations in diesel prices.
Fuel: from € 5 to € 13 per hour, depending by the country and the boat size
At the start of your cruise you will be informed how much the litre or hourly charge will be and the current engine hours / literage on your boat will be agreed and recorded with you. Before your departure, you must leave a fuel deposit, payable in local currency, and at the end of your cruise you will have to pay for an additional fuel used or will be refunded the difference.
Short breaks (3-5 nights): € 150
One week cruise: € 250
Long cruises: € 350
Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) or Security Deposity
We encourage all customers to take great care not to damage their boat, or that of anyone else, while on holiday.
Option 1: Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)
If you choose to purchase the Collision Damage Waiver this will be added to your booking. You will be provided with the cost of purchasing the Collision Damage Waiver during the booking process which will be added to your overall holiday cost. In addition, you will be expected to pay a sum of between €300 and €1000, depending on the size of your boat, as damage deposit upon arrival at the LeBoat-Houseboat.it Base. The damage deposit will be taken prior to embarkation and if you do not pay we reserve the right to cancel your booking without further liability and without any right to a refund and you will not be entitled to continue with the charter.
Option 2: Refundable CDW
If you choose to pay a Security Deposit only you will be asked to pay a sum of between €2000 and €3250 depending on the size of your boat, as Security Deposit upon arrival at the Le Boat- Houseboat.it Base. The Security Deposit will be taken prior to embarkation and if you do not pay we reserve the right to cancel your booking without further liability and without any right to a refund and you will not be entitled to continue with the charter.
Other important Extras
Moorings in Italy (Venetian Lagoon)
Cruising in Venice can get very busy. Exclusive private moorings will be available for all Houseboat.it customers cruising around Venice. This is payable at time of booking. The areas in which these moorings are located have been selected to be in the most attractive and relaxing as possible and to be well connected with the public transport (the famous water bus called Vaporetto)
· Vignole – Venezia
Moorings in Venice: € 80 for one week, € 50 for shortbreaks
Cancellation Insurance guarantees the coverage of the holiday cost in case of cancellation.
Cancellation Insurance: 4,5% of the boat rental
If you are driving to your base, most of our bases have free open air parking either on site or close by. Some bases have secure/locked parking and/or garages on site or nearby which can be used for a fee.
Closed Parking – available only in some bases: € 42 per week
Garage– available only in some bases: € 56 per week
Car Transfers (for oneway crusing)
If you are doing a one-way cruise, we can transfer your car from your departure base to your end base. Our staff are insured to drive your vehicle on your behalf, with the exception of rental vehicles.
Price depending on distance – from € 125 to € 300
If you are travelling by plane or train, we can arrange for a taxi to transfer you to and from the base at negotiated prices.
Price on request
Once you have booked your holiday, you will receive a comprehensive information pack containing information about your base and what to expect on arrival as well as a Captain’s Manual full of practical advice and information about cruising.
When you arrive at base, you will be given a waterways guide and cruising maps to help you plan and navigate your way along the river or canals. However, if you’d like to get planning straight away, you can buy a Waterways Guide and detailed cruising map of selected crusing areas.
Waterway Guide: € 15 – € 25
The vast majority of our customers hire bikes to take on board with them to explore their cruising area. Flat tow paths make for easy cycling, while for the more adventurous, your new and changing surroundings are great for exploring on two wheels. Childrens bikes are also available for hire from most bases. Enquire and reserve at time of booking to ensure availability. You can also buy helmets at most bases if you forget to bring your own.
Standard Bike: € 49 per week
Child Bike: € 35 per week
Child bycicle seat: € 14 per week
Bike theft waiver: € 7 per bike per week
Early boarding & Late check-out
Why not make the most of your time on the water and register for our Early boarding and Late check-out service, enabling you to collect your boat between 11am – 12pm, or from 2pm on the first day and return your boat by 12pm on the last day.
Normally our boats are ready for collection from 4pm onwards on the day of departure and are due for return on 9am on the final day of your holiday. Please note that, due to operational constraints, it sometimes may not be possible to offer this service.
Early boarding: € 85
Late check-out: € 85
After a relaxing holiday, you probably don’t want to spend your last evening cleaning the boat. So why not pre-book our cleaning service and let us take care of the final clean of your boat. All you have to do is bag your rubbish securely ready to go ashore.
Cleaning service: – price depending on size of boat: from € 80 to € 150
A maximum of two well-behaved pets are welcome on board, but a pet cleaning supplement is payable!
Pet cleaning supplement: € 45
We offer stainless steel gas BBQs for hire. The BBQ fits neatly onto the railings of your sundeck and is very easy to use. With lots of colourful food markets to visit, a BBQ is the perfect way to enjoy regional and local specialties, and alfresco dining on your sundeck.
BBQ + LED-lantern: € 49 per week. A refundable deposit of € 50 is required, payable at base, to cover loss or damage.
A LED lantern to use in dark hours.
LED-lantern: € 14 per week. A refundable deposit of € 50 is required, payable at base, to cover loss or damage.
A 3G Mini router provides Internet. Each unit can have a maximum of five devices connected at any one time. Signal speeds can vary depending on location and local coverage.
Wi-Fi: € 59 per week
A refundable deposit of €50 is required, payable at base, to cover loss or damage.
Special Occasion Gift Basket
If you are celebrating a special birthday or occasion, why not pre-order one of our beautifully presented special occasion gift baskets. Full of local delicacies and regional specialities, this is a great way to mark a special occasion. It will be waiting for you on board when you arrive.
Special occasion gift basket: €70
Ecological Cleaning Pack
Help us preserve the waterways for future enjoyment by buying our Eco-pack of cleaning products. Pack contents: an ecological cotton bag, a bottle of ecological disinfectant spray, a bottle of ecological kitchen spray, a bottle of washing-up liquid, a sponge and a box of matches.
Eco-pack: € 12
Take advantage of our advance grocery ordering service which allows you to order a selection of grocery packs which will be ready on board for you when you arrive. These packs are only available prebooked and available on most of our departure bases.
Starter Pack – GRO 01: € 40
This Packs contains all the “essentials” you need for your first evening on board: 2 bottles of local wine, 1 bottle of coke, 6 bottles of water, 6 cans of beer, 1 bottle of lemonade, 1 bottle of juice, 1 crisps pack, 1 aperitif biscuits pack, 1 peanuts pack.
Sundowner Pack – GRO 02: € 70
This Packs contains all you need for your first evening and first morning on board.
Olive oil, kitchen towels, salt/pepper, aluminium foil, fresh coffee, milk, croissants (vacuum packed), butter, bread (packed), sugar, 1 biscuits pack, jam, 2 bottles of local wine, 1 bottle of coke, 6 bottles of water, 6 cans of beer, 1 bottle of lemonade, 1 bottle of juice, 1 crisps pack, 1 aperitif biscuits pack, 1 peanuts pack.
Why not hire a pack of deck cushions for extra comfort while you cruise. They also double up as sunbathing matresses!
2 cushions: € 7 per week
SUP – Stand-up-paddle
Table for SUP, a variant of surfing.
SUP: € 91 per week. A refundable deposit is required, payable at base, to cover loss or damage.