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Boating holidays in France

If you’ve always liked the idea of a boating holiday exploring France’s waterways then you’ve come to the right place. Nicols, France’s best loved boating holiday provider, offers you self-drive barge rental from 18 barge hire bases located across France’s extensive canals and rivers network.
With almost 8000 km of navigable waterways, France boasts the largest canal network in Europe. This is good news for boating holiday enthusiasts as it creates an abundance of cruising options, whether that’s for a boating break over a weekend, a few days or a longer week long holiday. See France from a new perspective, exploring village by village and lock by lock...
Nicols has selected the most beautiful regions in France to explore by water: choose your favourite... and raise your anchor !

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Hire a canal boat from 17 Nicols bases

Nicols large network of boat rental bases provide fun and flexible boating holidays in 12 of France’s most interesting regions – with 17 different locations to start from. Choose from famous waterways such as the Canal du Midi, Canal de Bourgogne and the Canal from Nantes to Brest in Brittany as well as many more lesser known but equally as beautiful rivers and canals to explore.Flexible and varied itineraries with circular routes, one way cruises or return trips mean that there is a boating holiday to suit all crews. Check out our boating holiday ideas and suggested itineraries for each route.  

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