Short Breaks


What better way to experience the beautiful south oxford canal than with a College Cruisers short break?

All of our 9 boats are available for short breaks, which run as follows:

Midweek breaks: from Monday to Friday/ Tuesday to Saturday.

Weekend breaks: from Friday to Monday / Saturday to Tuesday.

A typical Short Break takes you to:

  • Aynho (16 hours travelling for the round trip)
  • Banbury (24 hours travelling round trip).


Our Boats

All of our boats are available for short break bookings. These range in size from a 2 berth up to a 12 berth, giving something to suit all needs and budgets. Each boat is different and each one has a character of its own.

Find out more about our fleet of boats.

We take pride in making sure that your chosen canal boat is spotlessly clean for your holiday. The boats are very well maintained with everything in working order before your arrival to ensure that you take home with you happy memories of your canal break with College Cruisers.

Check availability of holiday boats and book online.


Handling Your Boat / Rules of the Water, etc.

If you haven’t rented a canal boat before please don’t be put off – it’s very straightforward!

handoverlog1It is in our interests as well as yours to ensure that you are confident and happy with the handling of your boat before you leave us for your canal cruising holiday, that is why we are members of the APCO Handover Scheme. For those of you new to this fun, we will guide you through the first stages on board, take you through a lock and explain in great detail the Do’s and Don’ts of canal cruising. Don’t worry about this part of the canal cruising holiday – we will have fun together! You may be interested to know that over 50% of our customers are first-timers.

This video, produced by the Canal & River Trust, is a handy guide to getting started and staying safe on the waterways.

We also recommend you read the Boaters Handbook which gives you all the basics. (LINK: boaters_handbook09)

brasenose-galleyWhat’s provided and what do you need to bring?

Our boats are well-equipped with most everyday utensils etc. We have tried to provide you with everything we think you will need for your canal holiday. If you have a special need please get in touch and we will see what we can do!

See the full list of equipment provided.

When it comes to packing, we have put together a handy checklist for you.

See our recommended list of what to bring.

archieDog-friendly breaks

We love dogs and they are welcome on our boats (by prior arrangement only, please).

Archie, our canine-in-residence has prepared a special guide to bringing dogs on a College Cruisers holiday.

See our guide to dog-friendly holidays.