Nicols Canal Boat Hire in Portugal
2017 Hire Rates

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Summer Discount
10% Discount for all cruises of one week or more
between 1st July and 31st August 2017
Valid for booking until 31 March 2017

Discounts can be added together up to a maximum of
10% for short breaks or 15% for cruises of a week or more
Autumn Discount
10% Discount for all cruises of one week or more
between 1st October and 11th November 2017
Valid for booking until 30 June 2017

Discounts can be added together up to a maximum of
10% for short breaks or 15% for cruises of a week or more

Click here for Permanent All Year Round Discounts

Portugal Region Locations:
Grande Lago

Portugal 2017 Rates
Weekly Rates are in Euros
18 Mar - 31 Mar
21 Oct - 11 Nov
01 Apr - 28 Apr
30 Sep - 20 Oct
29 Apr - 30 Jun
02 Sep - 29 Sep
01 Jul - 14 Jul
19 Aug - 01 Sep
15 Jul - 18 Aug
End Oct 2016 to 31 Mar 2017 Use Season A prices (5% special)
( Except from 20 Dec 2016 to 03 Jan 2017 Use Season C prices
Nicols 1010
6/8 berth
€ 1491 € 1615 € 1938 € 2112 € 2485
Nicols 1170
8/10 berth
€ 1868 € 2023 € 2428 € 2646 € 3079
Nicols 1310
10/12 berth
€ 2285 € 2476 € 2971 € 3238 € 3809
Nicols C1100
7/9 berth
€ 1811 € 1961 € 2354 € 2565 € 3079
Nicols C1350
8/10 berth
€ 2427 € 2629 € 3155 € 3348 € 4045
Nicols Duo
2/4 berth
€ 1352 € 1507 € 1809 € 1971 € 2319
Nicols Quattro
4/6 berth
€ 1853 € 2009 € 2409 € 2626 € 3089

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

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:

  • The hiring of the boat with all its equipment
    Crockery, cutlery and bed linen
    Boat insurance
  • Technical assistance 7 days of the week (during 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)
  • Deposit: EUR150 for cleaning deposit (EUR200 for boats of more than 10m length) except in Germany where no cleaning deposit ; and then EUR 1,000 per boat ( EUR1500 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:
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 Extras:

2 days
WE 3 days
short break
Extra day
Bike 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
WIFI on board
1 GB included
WIFI on board
3 GB included
Variable network coverage depending on region.
Other durations available on request - 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
* 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.

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.

Regional Conditions:
The River Lot (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 EUROS supplement per boat and per cruise.

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
O/W Return Supplement
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
70% of the weekly rates
Weekend - 4 days
80% of the weekly rates
Mid - Week
62% of the weekly rates
Monday 2pm to Friday 9am OR
Tuesday 2pm to Saturday 9am € 54

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 Insurance:

  • 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.

Damage Accidents:
All boats are covered for damage, with a damage excess of €800 per incident. The following damage waiver options are available: (Please note: insurance options below do not covers bikes).

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 Nicols 900 & Nicols 1000 / N1010 for all types of cruises

Senior Discount
Receive a 5% Discount if one 65 year old person and more on board for all length of cruises, all boats
Discounts can be added together up to a maximum of 10% for short breaks or 15% for cruises of a week or more.

Family Discount
Receive a 5% Discount 1 Couple + 1 Child (under 16 years) on all types of Cruises & Boats

Receive a 10% Discount 1 Couple + 2 Children (under 16 years) on alltypes of Cruises and 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.