Canal boat holidays in Tokaj

Hire a self-drive canal boat in the heart of the Tokaj wine region of Hungary. Wine production here is famous around the world and the vineyards were the first in the world to benefit from being officially classified as a wine region in 1737.

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Hire a canal barge in Tokaj for a boating holiday in Hungary

Starting at the town of Tokaj and heading towards Sátoraljaújhely on the border of Slovakia, your boating holiday on the calm waters of the Bodrog River sees you pass at the foot of the Zemplen mountains and former volcanoes covered with forests. The vines which are planted on the foothills of these mountains have made the region famous in the world of wine-making. If your crew is made up of a family then a must-stop place to explore is the Zemplén Kalandpark theme park with activities such as a summer bobsleigh run, zip line and much more.

Heading south, you’ll arrive at the Rakóczi Palace in Sárospatak – be wowed by the fascinating Renaissance architecture. The waters of the Upper Tisza are calm and perfect for swimming so take advantage of the Nicols fleet of canal boats all being equipped with a swim ladder for ease of getting in and out of the water and onboard deck showers.

Hire a canal barge in Tokaj for a boating holiday in Hungary

From the Nicols base at Tokaj, our boating holiday itineraries take you on the waterways of the Bodrog River and Upper Tisza in the heart of a famous wine region. From the historic cellars of Ungvári in Sátoraljaújhely and that of Prince Rákóczi in Sárospatak, to passing the inescapable Rákóczi cellar in Tokaj and its maze of galleries, these vineyards and wine producers are open to visitors so make sure they are on your list of things to do (and taste!) during your boating holiday.

From Spring 2020, Nicols will be the first boating holiday company to offer canal boat rental in the whole of Hungary. No previous experience or a licence is needed and there are no locks to negotiate – so what are you waiting for…be one of the first to discover the green landscapes and thriving vineyards of Tokaj by canal boat.