Nicols Canal Boat Hire in France
2018 Hire Rates

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Last Minute Booking Discounts
If Booking within 30 days of departure
Save 15%
for cruises of one week or longer
Save 10% for short break cruises

If Booking within 15 days of departure
Save 20%
for cruises of one week or longer
Save 15% for short break cruises

If Booking within 5 days of departure
Save 30%
for cruises of one week or longer
Save 20% for short break cruises

Offer subject to availability
Cannot be used with other offers or retrospectively.
Valid on all boats and all bases. *excludes Lubz in Germany.

France Region Locations:
Alsace - Anjou - Aquitaine - Brittany - Burgundy - Camargue - Canal du Midi -
Charente - Franche Comte / Doubs - Lot - Loire Valley, Nivernais - Saone Valley

France 2018 Rates
Weekly Rates are in Euros
24 Mar - 06 Apr
20 Oct - 10 Nov
07 Apr - 27 Apr
29 Sep - 19 Oct
28 Apr - 29 Jun
01 Sep - 28 Sep
30 Jun - 13 Jul
25 Aug - 31 Aug
14 Jul - 24 Aug
Nicols 800
2/3 berth
€ 659 € 719 € 959 € 1079 € 1199
Nicols 1000
6/8 berth
€ 1408 € 1536 € 2048 € 2304 € 2560
Nicols 1010
6/8 berth
€ 1408 € 1536 € 2048 € 2304 € 2560
Nicols 1150
8/10 berth
€ 1426 € 1566 € 2074 € 2334 € 2593
Nicols 1160
8/10 berth
€ 1426 € 1566 € 2074 € 2334 € 2593
Nicols 1170
8/10 berth
€ 1643 € 1792 € 2390 € 2688 € 2987
Nicols 1160 "N"*
8/10 berth
€ 1643 € 1792 € 2390 € 2688 € 2987
Nicols 1310
10/12 berth
€ 2032 € 2217 € 2956 € 3326 € 3695
2/4 berth
€925 €1009 €1346 €1514 €1652
€ 173 € 189 € 252 € 284 € 315
*The 1160 N (new generation) have the most recent equipment susch as Radio, CD, MP3, Electrical connector 220V board.
Nicols C900
4/7 berth
€ 1220 € 1331 € 1775 € 1997 € 2219
€ 1399 € 1526 € 2035 € 2290 € 2544
Nicols C1100
7/9 berth
€ 1609 € 1755 € 2340 € 2633 € 2925
Nicols C1350
8/10 berth
€ 2142 € 2337 € 3116 € 3506 € 3895
€2447 € 2669 € 3559 € 4004 € 4449
Nicols C1350 B
8/10 berth *New*
€ 173 € 189 € 252 € 284 € 315
Riviera R920
6/8 berth
€ 890 € 971 € 1295 € 1457 € 1619
Riviera R1120
8/10 berth
€ 1061 € 1157 € 1543 € 1736 € 1929
Riviera R1130
7/9 berth
€ 1061 € 1157 € 1543 € 1736 € 1929
€ 173 € 189 € 252 € 284 € 315
Nicols Duo
2/4 berth
€ 1212 € 1322 € 1762 € 1983 € 2203
Nicols Quattro
4/6 berth
€ 1614 € 1761 € 2348 € 2642 € 2935
€ 1742 € 1900 € 2534 € 2850 € 3167
Nicols Sixto
6/8 berth
€ 2192 € 2391 € 3188 € 3587 € 3985
€ 2128 € 2321 € 3095 € 3482 € 3869
Nicols Octo
8/10 berth
€ 2232 € 2435 € 3247 € 3653 € 4059
Nicols Octo Fly
8/10 berth *New*
€ 2456
€ 2679
€ 3572
€ 4019
€ 4465
€ 173 € 189 € 252 € 284 € 315

Click here for Short Week / Week-Ends / Mini Week information

The River Lot-Quercy (departure from Bouzies - St Cirq): A shorter season, inclement river conditions and additional supervision, prices for this region are slightly higher than in others, €80 supplement per boat and per cruise.

Week (1 week = 7 nights.): departure between 3 and 6 pm, return between 8 & 9 am.
Short break: from Monday from 2 pm to Friday 9 am, or from Tuesday from 2 pm to Saturday 9 am.

Remember to return the boat on time!
- 4-5 PM for a weekend cruise,
- 8-9 AM for longer cruises.
The personnel at the base can supply you with necessary materials to give the boat a good clean.

  Rates, additional charges and conditions are subject to change, and to
currency fluctuation, without notice - Errors and Omissions Excepted

Rates Include:

  • Boat hire
  • Boat equipment, crockery and linen: all equipment necessary for navigation
  • Crockery etc: enough for everyone on board
  • Bedding: sheets, blankets or duvet, pillows and pillow cases
  • Boat insurance
  • Instructions on navigating the waterways and your temporary boat licence
  • Breakdown assistance: available 7 days per week during base opening hours

Rates do NOT Include:

  • Consumables Forfeit: All the consumables (oils, diesel, gas) used during your stay are included in this forfeit. When you set off the tank have been filled, giving you self sufficiency for 10 to 14 days (depending on the type of boat). All our cruisers are fitted with a meter which is read on your departure and on your return. The number of hours of engine fuel is use will be invoiced according to the rate dispalyed at the base (more or less €30 to €50 per day)
  • € 150 for cleaning deposit (€ 200 for boats of more than 10m length) except in Germany where price may differ.
    € 1,000 per boat ( € 1,500 for boats of more than 10m length).
    This covers the insurance franchise, loss of hire and boat cleaning if this has not been done.
  • This sum will be repaid to you at the end of your cruise if the boat and its equipment are brought back clean, in good condition and undamaged, at the time and place agreed on.

Calculating Seasons:
The hire price is determined by the departure date according to the tariff periods above. If your cruise covers 2 tariff periods, the price will be calculated pro rata taking the number of nights aboard in each period. A full week includes 7 nights aboard.

All Inclusive Options:
For cruises of one week or longer why not take our easy "ALL INCLUSIVE" option (except in Germany) which includes: 2 bikes + 1 waterways map + cleaning price + towels + kitchen linen + fuel package.

Boat Types
Price Per Week
Nicols 800 / Primo
EUR 400
Confort 900 / 900 DP / Duo / R920 / R1120 / R1130
EUR 470
N1000 / N1010 / N1150/ N1160/ N1170 / Confort 1100 / Quattro / Quattro S
EUR 550
N1310 / Confort 1350 / Sixto / Sixto Prestige / Octo
EUR 600
Confort 1350 VIP / Sixto Prestige C
EUR 630

Additional Options:

2 days
WE 3 days
short break
Extra day
Bike rental Adults
Bike rental Child
Baby seat rental
max of 4 bikes on board - Payable on pick up
Car park rental
Garage rental
Private car park or garage, (private but not supervised),
available on most of our bases - Payable on pick up
Gas barbecue-grill.
€40 per pet
For the duration of the cruise
Payable on pick up
Bathroom towels kit
€12 per kit
1 glove + 1 towel + 1 bath towel
Kitchen towels kit
€4 per kit
incls 1 hand towel + 2 dish cloth
12V / 220V Converter
For the duration of the cruise
Early pickup / Late return
On request. Subject to availability.
Converter 12/220v
For the duration of your cruise.
Final cleaning *
(for boats under 10m)
or only inside cleaning: €100
or only outside cleaning: €50
Final cleaning *
(for 10m boats and more
or only inside cleaning: €130
or only outside cleaning: €70
WIFI on Board
3 GB included
Variable network coverage depending on region.
Extra Go: on request
Deck Mattress
Comfortable, floating and foldable mattress for relaxing on the roof or front deck of your boat
* If booking the cleaning service you will still be required to: dispose of all rubbish, do the dishes, tidy up and remove the bed linen. Cleaning service prices differ for holidays in Germany – please contact us for further details.

Swimming Pool Option:
The on-board pool ! Discover the pleasures of on-board bathing by adding one of our fantastic heated splash pools - simply tow it along with your boat. Suitable for the Estivale, Confort and Sedan models (except N800, Primo® & Riviera ranges).

Please note: a permit is required to rent a pool for boats of more than 13m length.

Technical Description:
Dimensions: 2.55m x 3.10m. Capacity: 700 litres, suitable for 3 people. Terrace with double safety rails. Converts into a larger terrace with two sliding covers.

Available in: Alsace, Aquitaine, Charente, Franche-Comte, Midi.

Security Deposit:
The amount varies according to the boat hired. It is deposited at the holiday start, before boarding, (cash, cheque or Visa) and includes:

  • A cleaning deposit in case the boat is not returned in the same condition as when it was picked up and it needs to be cleaned for the next hirer. This deposit is EUR 150 for boats under 10 m (N800, Primo , Duo , C900, C900DP, R920) and EUR200 for boats of 10 m length and more. For cruises in Germany there is no cleaning deposit, however Nicols may charge for cleaning at the end of the holiday as per the price list. Please ask for details.
  • A boat deposit of EUR 1000 for boats under 10 m or EUR1500 for boats of 10 m length and more, which covers:
    - any loss, deterioration or destruction of the boat or its equipment attributable to the hirer and/or its passengers;
    - the cost of replacement of any missing or damaged pieces from the inventory drawn up contradictorily at the beginning of the rental period
    - delays in the return of the boat or costs due to abandoning the boat .
    - the cost of the fuel and miscellaneous consumables .

The hirer already accepts that the renter can collect on his bank account using the Bank conducted preauthorization or cashing of the cheque in respect of the deposit, the above-mentioned costs.

One Way Cruises:
One-way cruises offer you the chance to see much more of the region you are cruising in however we can only operate them in certain regions. One-way cruises may also be subject to unforeseen circumstances which is why your cruise and its direction (starting point and base for arrival) can only be confirmed 48 hours before departure. Considered an additional service, a one-way cruise incurs the following costs:

One Way Fee
Compulsory supplement
Does not include transfers
Supplement covers the cost for return of the vehicle or driver
Between € 100 - € 350
Optional service. Variable cost depending on your choice and according to the distance between the bases.

Short Breaks:
During the A period, B period and C period, you can rent your boat for a week-end or mid-week. Rental prices are as follows:

Weekend - 2 days
50% of the weekly rates
Friday 4pm to Sunday 5pm
Weekend - 3 days
65% of the weekly rates
 Friday 4pm to Monday 5pm
Weekend - 4 days
On Request Only - Rate = 3 days week end + 1 or 2 extra days  

  The insurance of the hire cruiser includes accidental damage to the boat, and to third parties caused by the boat.
-  This insurance does not include : Personal accident/injury to the persons on board, personal belongings, the hirers own civil responsibilities, loss of, or deterioration of material or equipment, or misuse of the boat by the hirer, or any accident or damage involving hired bicycles
-  The hirer remains his own insurer up to the amount of security deposit : he is free to subscribe insurance with a company of his choice or through the boat owners insurance company one or several policies to cover such risks as :

  • The amount due to the hire company in case of cancellation (except the administration fee)
  • The repayment of half of the security deposit of the boat
  • Interruption of cruise
  • Corporal accidents to the Hirer or crewmembers

-  In every case, the insurance will not cover the civil responsibility of the hirer, or any damage or loss or other expense resulting from driving the boat when drunk, or under the influence of drugs, or by a failure to observe the rules stated in the Code de Navigation Fluviale.

Damage - Accidents:

  • The hirer must not repair or attempt to repair damage and/or breakdowns without the agreement of the rental operator.
  • The hirer is required to complete the accident report form and to be it completed and countersigned by the third party.
  • Any damage not attributable to the boat owner cannot be the subject of compensation in the hirer’s favour in the case where his cruise is interrupted.

Cancellations or Insurance Options:
Option 1) = Cancellation of your stay - 5% amount of the hire (brochure price)
Option 2)
= Interruption of your cruise; waiver 50% boat deposit; individual accidents - 5% amount of the hire (brochure price)
Option 3)
= option 1 & option 2 - 8% amount of the hire (brochure price)

Iterruptions Restrictions to Navigation:
-  Only places of departure and return are contractual (except exceptions in the §10), the course is not guaranteed.

- The rental operator cannot be held responsible for interruptions or restrictions to navigation due to reasons beyond his control (works, flooding, drought, strike, administrative directives, lock closures due to holidays, etc.) and will therefore not grant any refund.

- In situations where these events prevent the cruise, the rental company can either change the location and dates of the cruise with an equivalent or larger boat; or the paid sums can be given as a credit for a cruise at a later date, to be agreed by both parties. If this cannot be agreed then the paid sums will be kept by the rental company.

- If the events occur during the cruise, thus causing a total halt to navigation and the loss of one or several days, the paid sums can be given as a credit for a cruise at a later date. This cruise must be from the same base and during the same season. If this cannot be agreed then the paid sums will be kept by the rental company.

Departure and Return:
departure between 3pm and 6pm, returning between 8am and 9am.
Weekday departures are available on request.

Damage Base - Direction of Cruises:

  • The direction of one-way trips and thus the departure base in the same region may have to be altered.
  • Exceptionally, a one-way cruise may have to be converted into a return cruise due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, only the return trip extra charges will be refunded.
  • It is required to call 48 hrs before the date of departure for confirmation of the one-way and the direction of navigation.
  • These alterations will in no circumstances be considered grounds for cancellation or damages.

Minimum Age:
The person responsible for hiring must be over 18 years of age and is responsible for the boat and all persons sailing with them

The hirer undertakes to report any damage, theft or deterioration of equipment and many be required to replace them

Change of dates, type of boat or region requested by the Hirer, and after acceptation by the boat rental Company, will entail full payment of cancellation charges specified under paragraph 8 in order to cover financial prejudice on the original booking.

Extra costs for the hirer are diesel, oil, gas for cooking, and all necessary consumable for the use of the boat during your stay.The prices may vary depending on the varying petrol prices.The prices are listed in the base offices. Extra costs for staying in ports are paid by the hirer, and may vary.

The bycicles for rental are under the responsability of the boat hirer. In case of theft, the hirer is requested to make an official statement to the local police authorities and to present the original documents given by the police to the rental base. The hirer and other members of his/ her party, remains responsable for any dammage caused to the bycicles.

Boat Disertion:
In case of boat’s desertion, except for sudden and lengthy impracticability of the waterway, the rental company will invoice the hirer the cost of the boat’s transfer to the base of return, according to a daily fixed price of €100, plus fuel and cleaning costs.

Your Responsibilities:

  • The person responsible for hiring must be over 18 years of age and is responsible for the boat and all persons sailing with him. Navigating the boat is only possible for people over 16, in the presence and under the responsability of the adult designated on the «Carte de Plaisance» (yachting licence) as person having received the initial instruction.
  • The rental operator reserves the right to decline to hand over a boat to the chief crew member if he does not seem able to take up this responsibility, notwithstanding references, certificates or other showed titles. In this case, the rental operator can cancel the contract, without having to refund any previously paid amount.
  • The hirer is obliged to respect the rules of river navigation as laid down by the waterways authorities and by the rental operator.
  • Night navigation, towing, lending and subrental of the boat are forbidden.

Returning the Boat:

  • The boat must be returned to its base at the time and date agreed except in case of Force Majeure : The person responsible should plan a great enough margin for the return time to be respected.
  • The boat is to be returned to the rental operator in the same condition as when it was collected, in respect to the inventory check-list.
  • The hirer will be responsible for all expenses caused by late return due to his fault : each delayed (and started) day will lead to a charge equivalent to the daily rental price, plus the costs that the rental operator will have to pay to the next hirer.


  • Each base offers a free breakdown service which will attend to you as quickly as possible, by phoning the base during normal working hours available by phone. This service becomes payable in case of personal fault of the hirer.
    Breakdowns not attributable to the hirer : Time lost to the hirer due to a breakdown not attributable to him , taking place during the cruise, will be refunded on a rate pro-rata to the time lost, subject to a subtraction of 24 hours.
  • Breakdowns attributable to the hirer : If it is observed that the breakdown is attributable to the hirer, he has no right to any compensation for time lost on his boat The rental operator reserves the right to withold sums paid as a deposit to cover the costs of repair to the boat.

Group Discount
Receive a 5% Discount for 2 boats on all

Receive a 7% Discount for 3 boats on all
Receive a 10% Discount for 4 boats or more

Long Cruise Discount
Receive a 10% Discount on the second and the following weeks

Couple Discount
Receive a 10% Discount
on C900 / C900 DP / N1000 / N1010
for all length of cruises for 1 couple on board

Senior Discount
Receive a 5% Discount if one or more 65 years or older person
on board, for all length of cruises & all boats

Family Discount
Receive 5% Discount if 1 Child under 16 years on board
Receive 10% Discount if 2 Children (or more) under 16 years on board
applies for all lengths of Cruises & all boats

All Discounts can be added:
up to 10% for a short break or 15% for one week cruise or more.


Cancellation and Amendment Fees:

Over 6 weeks prior to departure
€ 150 Fee
Between 4 and 8 weeks prior to departure
30% of the rental *
Less than 4 weeks prior to departure
100% of the rental *
* In the event of cancellation we will try our best to re-rent the vessel. In the case that we can you will only be charged a €150 cancellation fee.