Rental boats-Nicols

Rental boats offer wonderful, relaxing holidays on the extensive network of waterways throughout France and in Europe.


NICOLS is a French company that has been building and renting their cruiser-style boats since 1986. They have a network of bases throughout France and also in Germany and Portugal.

  • Our favourite boats have ensuite bathrooms, easy access from inside to the bow and stern, and a flying bridge where everyone can join the ‘pilot’ and enjoy lunch and dinner outdoors.  We are fans of the Confort range, all of which fit into that brief,  and for two couples it’s hard to improve on the 1350 VIP.  The newer Estival range is equally good, but not all the boats have ensuite bathrooms.  The Quattro S and Sixto Prestige are particularly good for families with a large bow cabin, a generous bathroom and twin beds for the kids.  For a couple, they have two good boats; the Estival Duo and the well-priced Sedan Primo, which has a rear deck off the saloon.
  • Our favourite routes are their one way cruises along the canals of Alsace, Brittany and Burgundy and the rivers of Anjou.


  • In Alsace they offer an easy one week, one way cruise between Harskirchen (nr Sarre-Union) and Saverne with time to cruise down to Hochfelden for the Meteor brewery.  Discover a regional park of lakes, woods and wildlife and the pine-clad slopes of the Vosges Mountains, picture-postcard villages, great food & wine and the adventure of the Arzviller boat lift and two tunnels.  This is a great region for cycling and walking, and swimming in the lakes.
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  • Brittany offers both river and canal cruises, and Nicols have an excellent one-way route between Glenac and Sucé-sur-Erdre.  It has relatively few boats and locks, but  quaint villages with medieval half-timbered houses and delicious food and cider, and Calvados.
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  • In Burgundy, Nicols is the only company with two bases on the Burgundy Canal, at Brienon and Venarey-les-Laumes, for a one way cruise through a gentle pastural landscape dotted with woods, chateaux, vineyards, abbey and gardens.  It requires 32 hours cruising, so we recommend it for a two week boat & bike holiday, with a day exploring the Chablis and Auxerrois vineyards and cellars with a local wine expert.
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  • In Anjou the bases at Grez-Neuville (north of Angers) and Laval offer a delightful, one way river cruise along the majestic Mayenne River, passing through gentle countryside dotted with woods, historic towns, old mills, abbeys and chateaux. A lovely route for cycling and for swimming in the river.
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