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Anjou: Sablé sur Sarthe

 

 

Sablé sur Sarthe: Just a few hours from Paris, discover l'Anjou, reputed for its agreeable way of life, its gastronomy, its castles and abbeys.

 

The river Sarthe is a calm and nonchalant river meandering through verdant countryside dotted with picturesque villages.

There are very few locks along its reaches, so it's ideal for novices.

Don't miss the very elegant castle of Plessis Bourré, the imposing Benedictine Abbey of Solesmes, Malicorne, the capital of artistic porcelain and the older part of Le Mans town.

The attractions:

Locks open all year round

Relatively few locks

Numerous riverside villages

Mild climate

Waterways devoted entirely to pleasure cruising

Little traffic

Our fleet:
  • "Estivale" Houseboats: NICOLS DUO – QUATTRO
  • "Terrasse" Houseboats: NICOLS 800 – 1000 –1160 – 1170 –1310
  • "Grand Confort" Houseboats: NICOLS 900 – 1100 - 1350
  • "Riviera" Houseboats: RIVIERA 920 - 1130
Our cruise suggestions:

2 weeks:

Sablé / Laval /  Le Mans and back

1 week:

Sablé / Fillé / Cheffes and back

One way trip possible between Sablé and Grez-Neuville

Access:
  • Motorway: A11, Paris-Le Mans or Paris-Angers
  • SNCF Station: Sablé 1km
  • Airport : Nantes 150km
  • GPS: Long. 0°19'W / Lat. 47°50'N

Anjou: Grez-Neuville

Grez-Neuville: Just a few hours from Paris, discover l'Anjou, reputed for its agreeable way of life, its gastronomy, its castles and abbeys.

 

Grez-Neuville is ideally situated to explore the Mayenne and the Oudon. This charming village lies on the banks of the Mayenne, a winding river flowing through wild and wooded countryside. On your way, you'll notice a large number of private castles and old windmills. Make a stop at Angers, King René's city and home of Cointreau: the fortress here is said to be one of the most beautiful of France. Entrammes is well worth a stop for its abbey and "Port du Salut" cheesemakers. The Museum of Naïve Art is at Laval, home also to Henri Rousseau.

The attractions:

Locks open all year round

Relatively few locks

Numerous riverside villages

Mild climate

Waterways devoted entirely to pleasure cruising

Little traffic

Our fleet:
  • "Estivale" Houseboats: NICOLS DUO – QUATTRO
  • "Terrasse" Houseboats: NICOLS 1000 –1170
  • "Grand Confort" Houseboats: NICOLS 900 – 1100 – 1350
  • "Riviera" Houseboats: RIVIERA 1130
Our cruise suggestions:

2 weeks:

Grez-Neuville / Le Mans /  Laval and back

1 week:

Grez-Neuville / Laval / Segré and back

One way trip possible between Grez-Neuville and Sablé

Access:
  • Motorway A11, Paris-Angers 295km
  • SNCF station: Angers 17km, TGV Angers-Paris (2h)
  • Airport: Nantes 90km
  • GPS: Long. 0°41'W / Lat. 47°36'N


Alsace: Saverne

 

Saverne: For the gourmets!

Start your river and canal escapade in Alsace, land of history and gastronomy, either taking the direction of Strasbourg "European city" or towards Lutzelbourg, renowned for the inclined barge lift.

Beyond this you will arrive on the verdant Lorraine plateau amidst lakes and forests; at Gondrexange you can join the canal des Houillères de la Sarre taking you through the Lorraine Regional Park up to Sarreguemines, renowned for its porcelaine and quite close to the German border.

The attractions:

Delicious regional cooking,

Curiosity: the inclined barg lift of Arzwiller

Local handcrafts: porcelain, glass blower, crystal cutter

Our fleet:
  • "Estivale" Houseboats: NICOLS DUO - QUATTRO - OCTO
  • "Terrasse" Housbeboats: NICOLS 800 – 1000 –1010 - 1160 – 1170 –1310
  • "Grand Confort" Houseboats: NICOLS 900 – 1100 – 1350 – 1350 VIP
  • "Riviera" Houseboats: RIVIERA 920
  • On-board pool
Our cruise suggestions from Saverne:

1 week:

Saverne – Arzviller – Mittersheim – Lagarde and back or

Saverne – Strasbourg – Boofzheim and back

2 weeks:

Saverne – Strasbourg – Nancy and back or

Saverne – Strasbourg – Sarreguemines and back

Access:
  • Motorway: A4, exit 44, N4, Paris 450 km (4h15)
  • SNCF Station: TGV Paris – Strasbourg, Saverne 2 km
  • Airport: Strasbourg 40 km
  • GPS: Long. 07°22'E / Lat. 48°44'N

Brittany: Glénac

Glénac: At the crossroads of l'Erdre, la Vilaine and the Nantes to Brest Canal, discover the charms of Inland Brittany

 Land of magic and mystery, rich in colours and traditions, Brittany is yours to discover along the canal from Nantes to Brest, historical treasures and remarkable natural sites: Josselin, with its magnificent castle reflected in the water; Malestroit and its 15th century houses; the craft village of Gacilly; Redon founded in 832 or Blain (traditional popular arts museum).

In the opposite direction, the river Vilaine takes you on to Rennes, capital of Brittany, or Dinan (13th century fortifications) whilst the Erdre up to Nantes provides an enchanting cruise strewn with castles.

The attractions:

Waterways devoted entirely to pleasure cruising

Its traditions

Its seafood, delicious crêpes and traditional cider

Our fleet:
  • "Estivale" Houseboats: NICOLS DUO – QUATTRO - OCTO
  • "Terrasse" Houseboats: NICOLS 800 – 1000 –1170 –1310
  • "Grand Confort" Houseboats: NICOLS 900 – 1100 – 1350

On-board pool

Our cruise suggestions:

2 weeks:

Glénac / La Gacilly /  Rennes / Dinan and back

1 week:

Glénac / La Gacilly / Redon / Rohan and back or

Glénac / La Gacilly / Redon / La Roche-Bernard / Rennes and back or

Glénac / La Gacilly / Nantes and back

Access:
  • Motorway A81, Paris-Rennes 350km
  • SNCF station: Redon 12km, Rennes 65km, Nantes 94km
  • Airport: Nantes 105km, Rennes 71km
  • GPS: Long. 02°08'W / Lat. 47°43'N

Brittany: Sucé-sur-Erdre

Sucé-sur-Erdre: At the crossroads of l'Erdre, la Vilaine and the Nantes to Brest Canal, discover the charms of Inland Brittany

Land of magic and mystery, rich in colours and traditions, Brittany is yours to discover along the canal from Nantes to Brest, historical treasures and remarkable natural sites: Josselin, with its magnificent castle reflected in the water; Malestroit and its 15th century houses; the craftsman village of Gacilly; Redon founded in 832 or Blain (traditional popular arts museum).

In the opposite direction, the river Vilaine takes you on to Rennes, capital of Brittany, or Dinan (13th century fortifications) whilst the Erdre up to Nantes provides an enchanting cruise strewn with castles.

The attractions:

Waterways devoted entirely to pleasure cruising

Its traditions

Its seafood, delicious crêpes and traditional cider

Our fleet:
  • "Estivale" Houseboats: NICOLS DUO – QUATTRO
  • "Terrasse" Houseboats: NICOLS 1000 –1160
  • "Grand Confort" Houseboats: NICOLS 900 – 1100
  • "Riviera" Houseboats: RIVIERA 920
Our cruise suggestions:

2 weeks:

Sucé / Dinan and back or

Sucé / La Roche-Bernard / Josselin and back

1 week:

Sucé /  Maléstroit / La Gacilly and back or

Sucé / La Roche-Bernard and back

Access:
  • Motorway A 11, Paris-Nantes 380 km
  • SNCF station: Nantes 15 km
  • Airport: Nantes 25 km
  • GPS: Long. 01°31'W / Lat. 47°20'N A11

Burgundy: Briénon

Briénon: Between hills and forests. The area of fine wines...

On the boarders of the Haut-Nivernais and Burgundy, villages perched on the rocky hillsides such as Mailly-le Château dating back to the middle ages will invite you to stop, and for those who enjoy the sports of rock climbing and fishing, there are plenty of opportunities to be explored.

The attractions:

The Canal du Nivernais is devoted entirely to pleasure cruisers

Close to Paris (approx. 2 hrs. by road)

Incomparable network of inland waterways

World famous wines and cuisine

Our fleet:
  • "Terrasse" Houseboats: NICOLS 1000 –1150 –1160
  • "Grand Confort" Houseboats: NICOLS 900 – 1100
  • "Riviera" Houseboats: Riviera 920
Our cruise suggestions:

3 weeks:

The whole central loop

1 week:

Brienon / Montereau and back or

Brienon / Ancy-Le-Franc and back or

Brienon / Mailly-le-Château and back

One way trip possible between Brienon and Venarey

Access:
  • Motorway A 6, exit Joigny, Paris 200 km (2h00)
  • SNCF station: Migennes, TGV 10 km
  • Airport: Orly 140 km
  • GPS: Long. 03°36'E / Lat. 47°59'N

Burgundy: Venarey

Venarey: Nature, history, spirit, table art

Cruising the Bourgogne canal is in itself a trip into the history of France whilst at the same time navigating one of the best known canals in the country.

An exceptional number of sites and monuments border the canal. The most prestigious is incontestably the Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay (World Heritage of Historical Monuments) but you will also discover a few paces away, or a short bicycle ride, imposing Burgundy castles such as Bussy, Tanlay, Ancy le Franc, Nuits, Maulne...

Prestigious world-renowned wines and Burgundy gastronomy, reputations that need not be questioned, await you at each bend of the canal. You will also discover the Nivernais canal, via Auxerre if you wish (gothic cathedral).

The attractions:

An incomparable network of inland waterways

Gastronomy and world famous wines

Our fleet:
  • "Estivale" Houseboats: NICOLS DUO – QUATTRO - OCTO
  • "Terrasse" Houseboats: NICOLS 800 – 1000 – 1010 – 1160 – 1170 –1310
  • "Grand Confort" Houseboats: NICOLS 900 – 1100 – 1350
  • "Riviera" Houseboats: RIVIERA 920
Our cruise suggestions:

1 week:

Venarey / Tonnerre and back or

Venarey / Pouilly-en-Auxois and back

One way trip possible between Venarey and Brienon

Access:
  • Motorway A6, exit Bierre-les-Semur, Paris 265km
  • SNCF station: TGV, Montbard 14km
  • Airport: Paris-Orly 260 km
  • GPS: Long. 04°26'E / Lat. 47°32'N

Camargue: Bellegarde

Bellegarde : Close to the sea! 

Cruise away to discover the Etang de Thau and the Camargue, land of marshes, flamingos and wild horses. This formidable nature reserve of 85,000 hectares has the richest fauna and flora in Europe. Remarkable settings of fortified towns, remnants of past history dating to the first Crusades, Meridional foods, Bouzigues oysters, Costières de Nîmes wines or Frontignan Muscat.

The attractions:

Close to the Meriterranaen sea: ideal to continue your holidays at the seaside

Richness and variety of sceneries

One of the biggest natural reserves in Europe

Meridional gastronomy

Very few locks

Our fleet:
  • "Estivale" Houseboats: NICOLS DUO
  • "Terrasse" Houseboats: NICOLS 1010 –1170 –1310
  • "Grand Confort" Houseboats: NICOLS 900 – 1100 – 1350 VIP
Our cruise suggestions:

2 weeks:

Bellegarde / Le Canal du Midi (Le Somail or Homps) and back

1 week:

Bellegarde / Aigues-Mortes / Le Grau-du-Roi / Palavas / Etang de Thau and back

Access:
  • Motorway A9 (15km from Arles)
  • SNCF station: TGV, Nîmes 17km
  • Airport: Nîmes 17km, Montpellier 70km
  • GPS: Long. 04°31'E / Lat. 43°44'N

Charente: Sireuil

Sireuil: Green countryside and beautiful waterways: a world of water and light 

Large and winding, the river Charente quoted by François the 1st as « the most beautiful stream in the Kingdom », runs through the ancient counties of « Langoumois » and « La Saintonge ». For 171km, from Angoulême to the Ocean, the Charente is regulated by 21 locks. The ancient vineyards cover the surrounding hills. Many cellars and distilleries will invite you to taste the famous Cognac or delicious Pineau. Along your cruise, you will find many villages and towns that are testimonies to a rich past such as Angoulême, Fleurac, St Simeux, Châteauneuf, Saint-Simon, Bassac, Jarnac, Saint-Brice, Cognac, Saintes, Saint-Savinien and Rochefort. In the Charente area, the gastronomy based on seafood is waiting for you along the river with many of its restaurants preparing local specialities ("mouclade", oysters...). Fishermen will not be forgotten and will find plenty of brown trout, carp, pike, perche and eels...

The attractions:

Locks operated by yourself, so no restriction on timings

Pineau and Cognac

Roman art

Fauna and flora

Our fleet:
  • "Estivale" Houseboats: NICOLS DUO – QUATTRO - OCTO
  • "Terrasse": Houseboats: NICOLS 800 - 1000 – 1010 – 1160
  • "Grand Confort" Houseboats: NICOLS 900 – 1100
  • "Riviera" Houseboats: RIVIERA 920
  • On board pool
Our cruise suggestions:

2 weeks:

Sireuil / Angoulême /  Sireuil / Rochefort and back

1 week:

Sireuil / Saint-Savinien and back

Access:
  • Motorway: A10 exit Poitiers, Paris 500km
  • SNCF station: Angoulême 18km, Châteauneuf 10km
  • Airport: Angoulême-Champniers 25km, Bordeaux-Mérignac 110km
  • GPS: Long. 0°1' E / Lat. 45°36'N

Franche Comté: Dole

Dole: The many charms of Franche-Comté 

 

Dole, ancient capital of la Comté, doorway to the Jura and birthplace of Pasteur, situated in the heart of a marvellous region gifted with one of the most beautiful navigation areas offering a very large choice of cruising: le canal du Rhône to the Rhin (in fact it's the Doubs) with Besançon and citadel of Vauban, Baume les Dames, the charm of Comtois villages and market towns, wild beauty of fauna and flora in the superb deeply embanked valleys. You can cruise upstream one way to Port sur Saône or Champigny-Lès-Langres or the Burgundy canals beyond Saint-Jean-de-Losne.

The attractions:

A crossroads of rivers for an exceptional choice of cruises

Delicious cheese and wines

The wild beauty of a still intact nature

Our fleet:
  • "Estivale" Houseboats: NICOLS DUO – QUATTRO - OCTO
  • "Terrasse" Houseboats: NICOLS 1000 – 1010 – 1160 - 1170 –1310
  • "Grand Confort" Houseboats: NICOLS 900 – 1100 – 1350
  • "Riviera" Houseboats: RIVIERA 920
  • On board pool
Our cruise suggestions:

2 weeks:

Dole / Montbéliard and back or

Dole / Villefranche-sur-Saône and back or

Dole / Selles and back

1 week:

Dole / Baume-les-Dames and back or

Dole / Mantoche and back or

Dole / Verdun-sur-le-Doubs and back

One way trip possible between Dole and Montbéliard or Dole and Port-sur-Saône

Access:
  • Motorway A36, Paris 370km (3½)
  • SNCF station: TGV, Dole 1km
  • Airport: Lyon 200km
  • GPS: Long. 05°49'E / Lat. 47°09'N

Loire valley: Rogny and Plagny

Rogny and Plagny: Between hills and forests. The area of fine wines...

 Along the Canal de Briare, parallel to the Loire river and the superb Canal du Nivernais, life runs by peacefully to the rhythm of enchanting French village life, located between hills and forests, dotted with remarkable sites such as Rogny with its 7 locks constructed under the realm of Henry IV; the Briare canal bridge designed by Eiffel; Sancerre and Pouilly, renowned for their world famous vinyards; la Charité sur Loire (city of books), classified by Unesco as a World Heritage Site is an essential stop on the route to "St Jaques de Compostela" and Nevers, town of Art and History, famous for its cathedral and dukes' palace from gothic inspiration, its Roman church from the XIth century and its potteries (including the most ancient French ones). Without forgetting the Bec d'Allier: meeting point between Loire and Allier, one of the last wild rivers in Europe, it has been classified "Panda Site" by the WWF, for the pleasure of nature lovers!

The attractions:

Close to Paris (approx. 2 hrs. by road).

Choice of cruising routes. One way possibilities. Arts and crafts: pottery, enamel, porcelain... The riverside beaches along the Loire: La Charité sur Loire, St Satur, Nevers. Places to visit: Guédelon (medieval building site). Gastronomy. The architectural treasures of Burgundy.

Our fleet:
  • "Estivale" Houseboats: NICOLS DUO – QUATTRO - OCTO
  • "Terrasse" Houseboats: NICOLS 800 – 1000 –1170 –1310
  • "Grand Confort" Houseboats: NICOLS 900 – 1100 – 1350
  • "Riviera" Houseboats: RIVIERA 920, 1120
Our cruise suggestions:

3 weeks :

the whole central loop

1 week:

Rogny / Briare / Sancerre / La-Charité-sur-Loire and back or

Rogny / Nemours and back

One way trip possible between Rogny and Plagny

Access:
  • Motorway A6, A77, Paris 150km (1½ hrs)
  • SNCF station: Briare, Nogent-sur-Vernisson, Gien 20 km
  • Airport: Paris – Orly 120 km
  • GPS (Rogny): Long. 02°52'E / Lat. 47°44'N
  • GPS (Plagny): Long. 03°09'E / Lat. 46°57'N A6

Lot-Quercy: Bouziès – Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

Bouziès - Saint-Cirq-Lapopie: A wild and fascinating valley!

A succession of cliffs and caves await you around the tree-lined curves of the Lot. A 74km river for your complete pleasure! 17 manual locks, to operate yourself like in the olden days. The old villages of the Quercy with their narrow alleys and mossy red roofs, the famous Valentré bridge of Cahors, the cliffs of Bouziès, St-Cirq-Lapopie village overlooking the valley, add to the charm of this navigation.

The attractions:

The limestone cliffs

The picturesque villages

Bathing in the river Lot

Manuel locks operated by yourself

The gastronomy: Cahors wine, stuffed foie gras, goose confit...

Our fleet:
  • "Estivale" Houseboats: NICOLS DUO – QUATTRO - Octo
  • "Terrasse" Houseboats: NICOLS 800 - 1000 – 1010 –1170 –1310
  • "Grand Confort" Houseboats: NICOLS 900 – 1100 – 1350
  • "Riviera" Houseboats: RIVIERA 920 - 1130
Our cruise suggestions:

1 week:

Bouziès-Saint-Cirq-Lapopie / Larnagol / Cahors / Luzech and back

Access:
  • Motorway A20, Paris-Toulouse, exit 57 Cahors-Nord (27km)
  • SNCF station: Cahors 30km
  • Airport: Toulouse-Blagnac 150km
  • GPS: Long. 01°38'E / Lat. 44°29'N

Midi: Bram

Bram: Beneath the Southern sun

Quite close to Carcassonne, the Canal du Midi offers you its best aspect from the shade of its plane trees, at the foot of the Black Mountains. You can visit numerous small villages and restaurants by the Canal side. In this sunny region, the success of your holiday is ensured cruising along the Canal classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage.

The attractions:

Plenty of sunshine

Proximity to the Mediterranean

Historical sites (Roman remains)

Languedoc wines to accompany the specialities of the south-west

The Canal du Midi: classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage

Our fleet:
  • "Estivale" Houseboats: NICOLS DUO – QUATTRO – OCTO
  • "Terrasse" Houseboats: NICOLS 800 - 1000 - 1010 –1170 – 1300 - 1310
  • "Grand Confort" Houseboats: NICOLS 900 – 1100 – 1350
  • "Riviera" Houseboats: RIVIERA 920 – 1130
  • On board pool
Our cruise suggestions:

2 weeks:

Bram / Béziers and back

1 week:

Bram / Homps and back or

Bram / Toulouse and back

One way trip possible between Bram and Le Somail

Access:
  • Motorway A61 (exit: Bram),
  • SNCF station: Bram 1km
  • Airport: Toulouse-Blagnac 77km, Carcassonne 20km
  • GPS: Long. 02°07'E / Lat. 43°15'N

Midi: Le Somail

Le Somail: Beneath the Southern sun

From the charming small port of Le Somail, cruise away to discover the Canal du Midi in the direction of Carcassonne or if your cruising time permits down to Narbonne close to the Mediterranean Sea.

You will cruise on the largest pound of France (52km without any locks) up to the Fonserannes staircase, situated close to the historical city of Béziers.

Cruise on for a few more kilometers and you will arrive, via Agde, at the Etang de Thau, renowned for its oyster beds...

The attractions:

Plenty of sunshine

Proximity to the Mediterranean

Historical sites (Roman remains)

Languedoc wines to accompany the specialities of the south-west

Canal du Midi: classified  by UNESCO as a World Heritage

Our fleet:
  • "Estivale" Houseboats: NICOLS DUO – QUATTRO – OCTO
  • "Terrasse" Houseboats: NICOLS 800 - 1000 - 1010 –1170 – 1300 - 1310
  • "Grand Confort" Houseboats: NICOLS 900 – 1100 – 1350 – 1350 VIP
  • "Riviera" Houseboats: RIVIERA 920
  • On board pool
Our cruise suggestions:

2 weeks:

Le Somail / Carcassonne / Agde and back

1 week:

Le Somail / Narbonne / Béziers and back or

Le Somail / Trèbes (Carcassonne) and back

One way trip possible between Le Somail and Bram

Access:
  • Motorway A61, A9, Paris 770km,
  • SNCF station: Béziers and Narbonne
  • Airport: Toulouse 148km, Béziers 35km,
  • Carcassonne 56km, Montpellier 150km
  • GPS: Long. 02°54'E / Lat. 43°15'N

Saône valley: Port-sur-Saône

Port-sur-Saône: Saône valley, the green island

From here, you will navigate along peaceful waterways, dotted with typical small villages revealing the history of the river: Port sur Saône, Gallo-Roman village, Gray fascinating with its patrimonial treasures, unless you have chosen to sail to the east to discover the densely wooded countryside of the Vosges : here you will be charmed with the calm of unspoiled nature, so do not forget your binoculars!

The attractions:

Few locks

High-quality ports

Warm welcome from the local population

Selles: turn bridge classified historical monument.

Our fleet:
  • "Estivale" Houseboats: NICOLS DUO – QUATTRO
  • "Terrasse" Houseboats: NICOLS 1010 –1170 –1310
  • "Grand Confort" Houseboats: NICOLS 900 – 1100
Our cruise suggestions:

2 weeks:

Port-sur-Saône / Saint-Jean-de-Losne / Chalon-sur-Saône / Tournus and back

1 week:

Port-sur-Saône / Mantoche and back or

Port-sur-Saône / Epinal and back

One way trip possible between Port-sur-Saône and Dole

Access:
  • Motorway A5, exit Langres, Paris 370km (3¾ hrs)
  • SNCF station: Vesoul 15km
  • Airport: Dijon 150km, Bâle 150km
  • GPS: Long. 06°02'E / Lat. 47°40'N