Welcome to Boating-in-France, UK agents for Nicols Boats, the leading boat-hire operator on the inland waterways of France. With 25 bases, and some 450 cruisers ranging in size from 2-berth to those that will accommodate up to twelve people.
In France you’ll find a wonderful variety of rivers and canals to choose from, in beautiful areas such as Brittany, Champagne, The Ardennes, Burgundy, Anjou and the Charente, the Loire Valley, the Lot, the world-famous Canal du Midi, and even Paris and the North!
To find out more, contact us and request your free, full colour Nicols brochure, and if you’re not sure which particular waterways you’d prefer we’ve also produced our own “Introduction to the Waterways of France” guide on a CD which costs just £6.00 including p&p, but this is fully refundable when you book your boat hire through us!
We are also UK agents for the comprehensive “Guides Fluvial” series of specialist navigational guides to the French waterways, which feature fully detailed maps, details of locks, distances, places to moor, riverside or canal-side attractions, and even information about nearby restaurants. There’s one of these invaluable guides for each of our cruising areas – go to the ‘Publications’ link and ‘Waterways Guides’ page for further info.
Boating-in-France can book the boat of your choice from Nicols’ extensive range of modern cruisers and through our associate company, who are ABTA-bonded tour operators we can even make your travel arrangements or put together a ferry-inclusive package.
You don’t need to have your own licence to drive these boats, as Nicols provide a temporary licence for you to cover the duration of your cruise, and you don’t need to be experienced either as you’ll be shown how to handle everything before you set off in a 30 to 45 minute lesson.