Renting a canal boat is an excellent way to discover France and Europe with a novel form of travel and accommodation. No previous boating experience or licence is needed to undertake a cruise in any of our holiday destinations. We’ve over 150 different cruising routes and itineraries on offer so why not use the filters tool below to narrow down to your perfect holiday!
Whether your crew is made up of family and friends or you’re simply travelling as a couple, you’ll enjoy the fun and flexibility of a boating holiday. Nicols offers canal boat holidays onboard spacious and stylish canal boats from 24 different bases across Europe:
Whatever destination you choose the waterways transport you from lock to lock, village to village for an unforgettable holiday. Everyone onboard will love being part of the crew – driving the boat and helping when it comes to mooring up or going through locks. Remember, no previous boating experience or licence is needed and our boats are well equipped and ready to comfortably accommodate crews of anything between 2 – 12 people.
Don’t worry if you’ve never set foot on a boat before. Nicols boats are easy to drive and no previous boating experience or licence is needed to take the helm! The Nicols base teams will give you instructions when you collect your boat to ensure you sail away confirmed as a captain!
A great resource of information to find out everything you need to know about boating holidays is the "Canal boat hire" pages of the website. We also recommend you look at the wide range of canal boats on offer and the videos that provide a great flavour of what life on the waterways is all about. Of course if you still have questions or would like some help then don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team who are always happy to help!
Whether you are a lover of culture, fine food and wine or nature, a holiday on the water has something for every taste.
Renting a canal boat allows you to tailor the holiday to suit you:
It’s all about flexibility with boating holidays. As the captain of your stylish Nicols canal boat you are in charge of your holiday and decide to stop wherever you want, whenever you want!
Are you new to the waterways or comfortable around a canal boat? Is your crew a family with young children or teenagers or is it just two of you travelling as a couple? What is your ideal type of holiday – are you fans of history and heritage or do you enjoy fine dining and trying local specialities? Luckily, our vast collection of boating holidays means we have an option for all of these questions – but they are worth thinking about when planning your trip.
So, in summary, a canal boat holiday has something for everybody and it is more than simply navigation. Yes you will benefit from seeing a region from a completely new perspective but you also keep all of the best bits of a usual family holiday. Whether your interests are history and heritage, nature and beautiful countryside, fine wines and good food or simply enjoying activities such as fishing, swimming, hiking and cycling in the great outdoors then you’ll find a cruising itinerary that offers these - just a stone’s throw from the waterways. For more help choosing your canal boat holiday destination check out some great ideas based on your crew and their interests in our themed boating holidays guide.