Boating holidays in Alsace

A boating holiday in the Alsace region of France provides a truly international flavour thanks to it bordering both Germany and Luxembourg. No previous boating experience or a licence is required to hire a canal boat on the waterways of Alsace. Our selection of cruising itineraries of varying durations offer something for everyone – from delicious regional food and wines, activities such as hiking and cycling to cities brimming with wonderful art and architecture.

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Hiring a self- drive canal boat on the beautiful waterways of the Alsace region is an excellent holiday choice. Why not head to the city of Strasbourg and its famous ‘Petite France’ historic district.

Heading west and in the opposite direction will take you to Lützelbourg where you’ll encounter the unique feat of engineering that is the famous boat lift. After Lützelbourg, you’ll reach the unusual tunnels of Niderviller.

Swimming, fishing and other activities on and in the water can be enjoyed on the lakes that border the Sarre Canal.

A journey through both the Alsace and Lorraine regions mix beautiful countryside with traditional villages. A must have on your Alsace boating holiday is savouring the culinary delights of the region!

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Not to be missed! A three week boating holiday covering three countries – the ‘European loop’!

Hiring a canal boat in Alsace provides a wide variety of cruising opportunities. Our most interesting itinerary is a three week holiday that will take you through France, Germany and Luxembourg.

A one-way boating holiday between Saverne and Harskirchen:

With the growing interest in one-way cruising itineraries, Nicols opened a new base at Harskirchen in 2014. This base is located on the Sarre Canal just a few kilometres from the German border. The route between the two bases is just over 70km and has 30 locks so involves approximately 18 hours of navigation – the equivalent of three to four days. This itinerary is therefore a great option for those looking to enjoy a short break holiday in Alsace.

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