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Burgundy Loire

Stately châteaux , colourful gardens, flourishing vineyards, medieval villages and larger Roman towns all make boating the Loire Valley in France a magical experience you’ll cherish. Stop to fish, take the bikes for a spin, and enjoy Sancerre wine at a café . These are some nice cruises...

History and Architecture 

Wine and Gastronomy 

Sports 

Highlights

  • Taste some delicious white wine at Maison  des  Sancerre in this pretty hilltop village surrounded by vineyards.
  • Cross the breath-taking Eiffel aqueduct in Briare .
  • Watch a book being made from the UNESCO-listed book city le Charité sur  Loire
  • Drive a Formula One at the Magny Cours  museum and race track.
  • Buy ceramics from the potters in Nevers who made the oldest china in Europe  before visiting its ducal palace.
  • Go down to Decize 's merovingian crypt. 
  • Have lunch in the pretty medieval town of  Montargis known as the Venice of Gatinais .
  • Climb around the castle ruins of Chatillon sur Loire.

Useful information

  • Ideal for beginners. Locks have lock-keepers. Numerous moorings.
  • Closest airports are in Paris. Closest train stations are Briare and Nevers  We can help with train times and arrange taxi transfers for you to get to your boat.

HOTEL BARGES IN THIS REGION

Déborah

Déborah is a new 2016 Hotel Barge on the Loire Canal 11 cabins for 22 passengers (included 1 cabin for passengers with reduced mobility) Crew: 6 persons Facilities on board: spacious lounge with bar restaurant sundeck...

La Nouvelle Etoile

8 berths
La Nouvelle Etoile is an ultra deluxe barge with very spacious accommodation for only 8 passengers, offering a wonderful blend of traditional elegance and sophisticated, state of the art facilities. The elegant, air conditioned and teak-lined dining area and saloon, with an attractive bar and...

Meanderer

6 berths
Originally a 1948 Belgian "Spitz" commercial barge, Meanderer was converted to a luxury hotel barge in 1992. Since her conversion she has been continually upgraded and now offers probably the most luxurious six passenger barge specification available in Europe. With three en-suite...

Nymphea

6 berths
The 6 passenger Nymphea is a classic Dutch design with shallow draft and is ideal for navigating the incredibly beautiful yet somewhat sandy reaches of the river Cher in the Loire valley. Refitted throughout, her traditional ship interior features a warm classic decor of rich varnished hardwoods,...

Renaissance

8 berths
Western Burgundy and Upper Loire - Luxury Barge Charters and Cruise Vacations aboard Renaissance Renaissance accommodates up to eight passengers in ultimate luxury. She was extensively refitted in 2009 and will delight the most discerning passenger. The air conditioned interior includes...

SELF DRIVE BOATS IN THIS REGION

Estivale Sixto prestige

5 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Technical sheet: Maximum capacity: 6 Capacity recommended: 4 Length: 13. 50 m Width: 3. 80 m Cabins: 2 and saloon Double beds (140 x 190 cm): 2 and 1 (saloon) Single bed (70 x 190 cm): 2 possible Bathroom / WC: 1 Saloon: 11 m² Kitchen equipment: 195 L Fridge - freezer, dishwasher,...

Horizon 2S

5 stars 4 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
The Horizon 2-S, has two en-suite cabins, albeit a smaller master cabin than the Horizon (2&2) model and no separate shower cubicle in the second en-suite. However, it enjoys the same saloon and sundeck space and is perfect for two couples looking for a bit more privacy or a family who would...

Horizon 4

5 stars 8 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
The Horizon 4 sleeps up to 9 guests. It is the same size boat as the Horizon 3, just with the master cabin split into two to create a 4th cabin. All four cabins have the privacy of their own en-suite bathrooms and enjoy a spacious sundeck and saloon. Boat Size: 13. 5m x 4. 3m 2 double...

Mystique

5 stars 6 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Our comforatble and spacious Mystiques have heating and air-conditioning, radio/CD system and 17-inch flat-screen TV/DVD player, en-suite luxury bathrooms in the three private cabins, and a sundeck with dining table and moulded seating. Lavishly appointed with designer fabrics and upholstery,...

Royal Mystique

5 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Our Royal Mystique boat hire can accommodate parties up to six. The canal boats feature heating and air-conditioning, a 17-inch LCD flat-screen TV/DVD player, and a media center with MP3/USB connectivity. The huge sundeck has a fixed table and cushioned seating, plus a sun canopy. Cabins have...

Vision 3

5 stars 6 Permanent Berths 4 Temporary Berths
Manoeuvring is simple with joystick steering, making this diesel boat hire a breeze to handle! Full-size twin beds convert to doubles, and two other sleeping areas allow for a total crew of 10. The Vision3 offers elegance, privacy, and common areas for socialising inside and outside! It’s...

Vision 4

5 stars 8 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
Ranked amongst our most popular canal boats, this model offers you luxurious and spacious accommodations. A settee in the elegant saloon converts to a single bed, upping the total sleeping capacity to nine. The saloon has a full entertainment center, and cabins have TV/DVD players. The boat was...

Calypso

4 stars 6 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Three private staterooms and a double bed converted from the settee in the generous saloon give Calypso boat rentals a maximum capacity of eight. The two rear cabins are luxuriously appointed and have en-suite bathrooms. The saloon features an entertainment center, and the boat sports a giant...

Clipper

4 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
A Clipper canal boat can accommodate parties of six. The cabins are at the bow and stern for enhanced privacy, and they have en-suite bathrooms. The saloon has a radio/CD player and MP3/USB connectivity. Ample windows keep the interior bright and cheery! Some models of this boat are equipped...

Elegance

4 stars 6 Permanent Berths
Sleeping a maximum of six, the Elegance boasts three staterooms each fitted with single beds that convert to doubles, allowing sleeping flexibility on your boat holidays. The cabins and three bathrooms with showers are all forward of the generous saloon with its two dining tables and glass sliding...

Estivale Duo

4 stars 2 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
   The design and layout of the boat provides panoramic views at all times. The ground level rear deck offers a bridge living space perfect for dining alfresco and a sliding sun awning to provide a shady retreat if needed. A second steering position, swimming ladder and deck shower...

Estivale Octo

4 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
he Nicols Octo from the Estivale range comes with four cabins, two of which have convertible beds (either a double bed or twin beds), making this self-drive boat ideal for four couples or two couples and four children. From the living area you can enjoy 360º panoramic views and the kitchen...

Estivale Quattro

4 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Nicols Quattro from the Estivale range provides flexible accommodation with two cabins with convertible beds (either a double bed or twin beds) making this self-drive boat ideal for two couples or a couple and two children. From the living area you can enjoy 360º panoramic views and the...

Grand Classique

4 stars 10 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
You can travel with 12 on Grand Classique boat holidays! These boats have five bedrooms with a variety of sleeping options from bunk beds to doubles. The décor of the Grand Classique is upscale, replete with pleasing wood finishes, tastefully color-coordinated plush upholstery and an open...

Magnifique

4 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Our Magnifique boat hire is an ideal choice for parties up to 10. The cabins are set fore and aft to enhance privacy, and to give the central saloon prominence. A huge sundeck features a fixed table, cushioned seats, a sun canopy and cool box. Speakers pipe music in. About as upscale as you can...

Penichette 1020FB

4 stars 4 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
Minimum headroom: bows: 1,92m stern: 1,92m Midships: 1,97m Prices are valid in France, Holland  and Italy To enjoy a canal or river cruise, you can rent the boat Penichette 1020FB . Forward cabin with either 1 double or 2 or 3 single berths (with one upper bunk...

Penichette 1180FB

4 stars 6 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
Two forward cabins with double berths that can be transformed into two single berths (one upper bunk berth can be installed on request in one of the cabins) storage and hanging space Each cabin has its own shower compartment with shower, handbasin and electric WC Stern cabin with double...

Penichette 1400FB

4 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
At the bows two cabins each with two single beds that can be joined to make a double bed Hanging cupboard and storage Each cabin has its own shower, handbasin and WC At the stern, one cabin with double bed, with the possibility of installing one small, child size, upper single berth;...

Penichette 1500FB

4 stars 8 Permanent Berths 4 Temporary Berths
Four cabins that each have a double bed that can be transformed into two single beds or two single beds and an additional upper pullman berth Hanging cupboard and storage Each cabin has its own shower, hand basin and electric WC Saloon with 230 V socket (quay side connection) Raised...

Primo

4 stars 2 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Perfect for first time cruisers, the "Primo®" is the latest self-drive cruiser from the Nicols boatyard and is a simple yet elegant model with a modern interior. The living area is extremely spacious and full of light thanks to its opening glass roof – a new development from...

Salsa

4 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Travel with up to 10 on a Salsa A boat cruise. The saloon and huge kitchen are set forward, creating an open airy ambiance of spacious luxury. Glass doors lead to a lovely lounging area with seating in the bow, and stairs lead to the large sundeck with table for alfresco dining, moulded settees,...

Salsa 12 P

4 stars 8 Permanent Berths 4 Temporary Berths
The Salsa B is ideal for parties up to 12, two more than the Salsa A because of an additional settee that converts to a double in the saloon. Cabin fans, a radio/CD player with MP3/USB connectivity, a lounge deck in the bow, and a second steering station on the sundeck make Salsa boats for hire...

Tango

4 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Boating holidays aboard a Tango are fun for a family or up to three couples. The big sundeck encourages relaxing and socialising, as does the grand saloon with radio/CD player and MP3/USB connectivity. You’ll absolutely love the bow thrusters, which make manoeuvring around locks and docks...

Tarpon 49 Quattro Prestige

4 stars 10 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Boats of a great comfort. Up to 8/10 ( 2) peoples Four double bed cabins each with shower and WC One crew cabin with separate entry in the peak of the boat with two single berths, one washbasin, one WC Lounge: seat convertible to a double berth Sanitary equipment: 4 showers / 5...

Caprice

3 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
A superb choice for a boat hire in the UK, the Caprice is ideal for parties up to six. The two en-suite staterooms (most offer air-conditioning) are located forward, leaving lots of room in the rear for the saloon and aft deck. The saloon has a radio/CD player and MP3/USB connectivity, and most...

Challenger 1380

3 stars 8 Permanent Berths 4 Temporary Berths
4 Cabins lounge cabin Forward cabins: 1 with single berth and 1 with two single bunk beds Rear cabin: two cabins with each on 1 double bed Lounge: seat convertible to 1 double berths Sanitary equipment: 3 shower / 3 washbasin / 3 WC Steering wheels : inside Inside...

Cirrus A

3 stars 2 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
A very popular model in the Le Boat fleet, the 8. 80-metre (29-foot) Cirrus affords a couple or a small family more than ample space for comfortable boating holidays in style. A large rear stateroom, a spacious saloon, and abundant natural light from large picture windows make this boat a...

Cirrus B

3 stars 3 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
The Cirrus B is very popular in our fleet. Measuring 8. 80 metres (29-foot), it can comfortably accomodate a couple or a small family with enough space for everyone. The double cabin at the rear, as well as the large saloon with a single sofa bed and dinette converting into a second single bed,...

Classique Star

3 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Canal boat holidays aboard our Classique Star boat hire are second to none! The boat sleeps a maximum of ten, and the two rear private cabins with en-suite baths provide hotel-style living space. Tasteful décor and abundant light from the big picture windows make the boat’s interior...

Confort 1100

3 stars 7 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Confort 1100 is the ideal canal boat for three couples: three spacious cabins with around 2 metres headroom and three shower rooms.  The central living area has a fully equipped kitchen with plenty of storage units.  The boat has a number of easy access points: a side door close to...

Confort 1350

3 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Confort 1350 is the ideal canal boat for four couples: four spacious cabins with around 2 metres headroom and four shower rooms (three of which are en suite). The central living area has a fully equipped kitchen with plenty of storage units.  The boat has a number of easy access points:...

Confort 900

3 stars 5 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Confort 900 is the ideal canal boat for two couples: the two cabins at each end of the boat are separated by a central living area ensuring privacy. Each cabin is spacious with around 2 metres headroom and has direct access to its en suite bathroom.   Access to and from the boat is easy:...

Continentale

3 stars 6 Permanent Berths
With three private staterooms, your Continentale canal boat hire is a perfect selection for a maximum party of six. Families or groups of friends will find this boat ideally suited for boating holidays in style and comfort. The new upgrades in cabins, bathrooms, the saloon and the kitchen make...

Crusader

3 stars 6 Permanent Berths
  Three separate cabins with en-suite bathrooms give these canal boats unparalleled privacy. This model offers a variety of sleeping arrangements from single and double beds to singles that convert to doubles, making it possible for you to cruise with children, single adults and couples....

Penichette 1120R

3 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Two large forward cabins with double bed handbasin, hanging cupboard and storage in each cabin Two shower compartments, each with shower, handbasin and electric WC Fitted kitchen, inside steering, two large sliding sunroofs Dinette converts into a double bed 230 V socket in the...

Penichette 1160FB

3 stars 6 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
Superb forward double cabin with large en suite shower compartment, with basin, shower and WC Hanging cupboard and storage At the stern one cabin with two single beds, hanging cupboard and storage, one cabin with upper and lower single berths, hanging cupboard and storage Shower...

Penichette 1165FB

3 stars 6 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
Superb forward double cabin with large en suite shower compartment, with basin, shower and electric WC. Hanging cupboard and storage At the stern one cabin with double bed, hanging cupboard and storage, one cabin with upper and lower single berths, hanging cupboard and storage. Shower compartment...

Penichette 1260R

3 stars 6 Permanent Berths 4 Temporary Berths
Three large double cabins, with the possibility of additional upper pullman berths in the two forward cabins Handbasin, hanging cupboard and storage in each cabin Two shower compartments, each with shower and electric WC Fitted kitchen, inside steering, two large sliding sunroofs...

Penichette 1500R

3 stars 8 Permanent Berths 4 Temporary Berths
Four cabins that each have a double bed that can be expanded with an additional upper pullman berth (front cabins only) Hanging cupboard and storage Each cabin has its own double bed, handbasin, wardrobe and storage Saloon with 230 V socket (quayside connection) Raised inside...

Sedan 1000

3 stars 6 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Nicols 1000 from the Sedan range is an ideal canal barge for a family with three double cabins. The spacious front cabin is worthy of a captain while the other two cabins (approx 100 cm headroom above the bunk) are perfect for children or guests. The two shower rooms make this barge...

Sedan 1160

3 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Nicols 1160 from the Sedan range is an ideal canal barge for a family boating holiday. It comprises three double cabins (two of which have around 100 cm headroom above the bunks) plus one cabin with bunk beds. These cabins share two shower rooms to comfortably accommodate up to eight people...

Sedan 1170

3 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Nicols 1170 from the Sedan range is an ideal canal barge for a family boating holiday. It comprises four double cabins (two of which have around 100 cm headroom above the bunks) and two shower rooms to comfortably accommodate up to eight people (four adults four children). Large windows...

Sedan 1310

3 stars 10 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Nicols 1310 from the Sedan range is – along with the Nicols 1300 – the largest self-drive boat in the Nicols fleet in terms of accommodation capacity. With its five cabins and double sofa bed it can accommodate up to 12 people on board ! It comprises five double cabins (two of...

Tarpon 37 N

3 stars 7 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Boats with a recent conception and comfort equipment Up to 7/9 ( 1) peoples 3 Cabins lounge cabin Forward cabin: one double berth one single berth Rear cabin portside: one double berth with one raised child bunk (on certain models) Rear cabin starboard side: two single bunk...

Corvette A

2 stars 4 Permanent Berths
 Superb for boat cruises with two couples, the Corvette sleeps a maximum of four in front and rear staterooms with en-suite bathrooms and showers. Picture windows illuminate the saloon, which has a radio/CD player (some boats have flat-screen TV/DVD players). A Corvette boat hire pampers and...

Corvette B

2 stars 4 Permanent Berths
Corvette B is the perfect boat for two couples cruises. One room at the front, another at the back, each one with its own bathrooms, with a living room at the middle of the boat that ensures you privacy and tranquillity. In the back stateroom, there is a bunk bed that can be changed in a double...

Espade Concept Fly

2 stars 6 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Up to 6/8 ( 1) peoples 2 Cabins lounge cabin Middle cabin: one double berth Rear cabin: one double berth one single one raised child bunk Lounge: seat convertible to a double berth one raised bunk Sanitary equipment: one shower / three washbasins / one WC 11,50 m x...

Penichette 1106FB

2 stars 4 Permanent Berths 3 Temporary Berths
Ideal for couples or families Forward cabin with double bed, hanging cupboard and storage Central cabin with wedge-shaped double berth and optional - single upper berth or identical layout as 1107W Dinette convertible to double bed Additional storage and hanging cupboards opposite...

Penichette 1107W

2 stars 5 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Ideal for families Forward cabin with double bed, hanging cupboard and storage Central cabin with one double bed and one single bed Dinette convertible to double bed Additional storage and hanging cupboards opposite the shower compartment Shower compartment with shower, hand...

Penichette 935-935W

2 stars 3 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Ideal for couples or couples with one child Forward cabin with double bed, hanging cupboard and storage One single bed in the corridor Shower compartment with shower, hand-basin and toilet Dinette convertible to double bed Fitted kitchen Saloon with 230 V socket (quay...

Riviera 1120

2 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Riviera 1120 is a canal barge with three cabins and sleeps up to eight people (two double beds and four single beds). This flexible accommodation is perfect to accommodate large families or groups of friends.  The living room is full of light thanks to the sliding roof – perfect for...

Riviera 920

2 stars 6 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Riviera 920 is the ideal canal boat for two couples or a small family. It offers two cabins separated by a central living space ensuring privacy. Each cabin has one double bed and one single bed.  The living room is full of light thanks to the sliding roof – perfect for relaxing or...

Sedan 800

2 stars 2 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
The single cabin Nicols 800 from the Sedan range is the ideal canal barge for a couple especially if first-time cruisers as its small frame slots in easily everywhere ! It is fitted with a double cabin at the front plus shower room, a central living space with a kitchenette, a living room table...

Triton 860

2 stars 3 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Comfortable boat which is typical of fluvial tourism and giving the best price/life on board. Up to 5 peoples 1 Cabin lounge cabin Forward cabin: one double berth one single berth Lounge: seat convertible to a double berth Sanitary equipment: one shower / one washbasin / one...

Jamaica S

1 stars 6 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
3 Cabins and lounge cabin Front cabin: 1 double bed (130*180)
 2 Central cabins: 1 single bed (65*180) in each
 Rear cabin: one double bed (135*180) 
 Lounge: 1 seat convertible to a double berth (130*250)
 Sanitary equipment: 2 showers / 2 washbasins...

Millau

1 stars 8 Permanent Berths
With four private cabins, our Millau luxury boat rental is big enough to easily accommodate parties of eight with plenty of extra room. The grand saloon is set forward and has patio doors leading to a front deck. The boat is ideally suited for socialising with family and friends. You’ll...

Nautilia

1 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Sleeping a maximum of 10, Nautilia boats for hire represent a great value for larger groups of friends and family. The boat is laid out as a hotel-style floating villa. Spacious and well appointed, it’s the perfect venue for memorable boat cruises! Interior & Saloon The roomy...

Penichette 935 W

1 stars 3 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
1 Cabin & lounge cabin Lounge: seat convertible to double berth. Fitted kitchen. 
 Sanitary equipment: 1 shower / 1 washbasin / 1 WC. Minimum height in the lounge = 2,05 m, and in the cabins = 1,85 m Steeringwheels: inside and outside Inside equipment complete boat...

Sheba

1 stars 3 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Enjoy a private aft cabin with double bed and a convertible single settee perfect for a couple. Saloons in Sheba boat rentals have a radio/CD player, and the dining table/settee converts to a double. Large encompassing windows provide abundant natural light. On deck, there’s a top steering...

Tamaris Lake Star

1 stars 4 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
With two separate staterooms and additional sleeping accommodations in the saloon, the Tamaris is laid out with parties of six in mind. The luxury of a Tamaris boat hire is evident in the skipper’s stateroom in the rear with an en-suite bathroom and large double bed. A nice choice for a 9....