• Attractions
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  • Watersports

Enjoy a boating holiday with Nicols!!

River and Canal boat rental, no driving license needed

NICOLS – Route du Puy St Bonnet – 49300 CHOLET
Tél. : (33) 2 41 56 46 56 – Fax : (33) 2 41 56 46 47

Choose from over 450 river and canal boats available from 20 bases located in France, Germany and Portugal. What’s more, no previous boating experience or a licence is needed.

Discover the freedom of a boating holiday
Swap the hustle and bustle of every day life for lazy days on the waterways where every day leads to something different. Travel at your own pace through the heart of historic villages and beautiful countryside – enjoying the ever-changing scenery of the waterways and the great outdoors.

If you’re looking for a boating holiday in France we have a large network of bases along the French waterways, plus bases for boating holidays in Germany and Portugal.

Our large fleet of over 20 different models sleep from two people up to ten people – meaning couples, families and groups of friends can all enjoying boating holidays. With over 450 boats to choose from there is something to suit every party size and budget.

Nicols, River tourism at its best
A 100% French manufacturer and boating holidays rental company…

Nicols was founded in July 1986, as part of the NADIA Group, a specialist in the transformation of plastics. Within a few years, the Nicols shipyard had become one of the leading French companies in the river tourism sector with 21 models of boat divided into 5 ranges.

Nicols develops its fleet in line with its customers’ feedback and request. Thanks to the unique location of its manufacturing site at the Cholet shipyard, right beside the rental office (booking department), every piece of information, remark or suggestion from our customers is always passed on to our design department with a view to constantly improving our models. This constant adaptability to the market is one of Nicols’ undoubted strengths.

At present, Nicols’ fleet consists nearly 500 boats all made at the shipyard in Cholet (Maine et Loire) and now spread out for hire from the 21 Nicols bases (18 in France, 2 in Germany and 1 in Portugal).