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Choose to cruise in France

21st March 2012 Print

A new section of’s website for boating and cruising, 'Aboard in France',is launched this week. The section, called Holidays + Vacations, provides a directory of holiday self-drive boats for hire, currently featuring all of Le Boat’s and Nicols’ fleets, which represent thousands of potential weekly vacations available this year on the canals and rivers of France.

All those contemplating a boating ‘vacance’ in France this year can now find a comprehensive list of self-drive boats to hire, all in one place - organised and searchable by boat design, the number of persons it can sleep, category (for example, Luxury, First Class, Comfort, Economy) and by region. French-waterways has divided the country into eight regions so that choices can easily be made according to routes and key places to visit.

Searching for a self-drive boat starts with the ‘BoatFinder Bar’ but the site’s great benefit is the wealth of peripheral information available alongside, offering more than any agency or general travel information site. Le Boat offers 35 boat designs, including some new ones launched for the 2012 season, and Nicols’ offers 21 different styles. The viewer can easily see what they’re like - external and internal pictures of each boat are supported by descriptive text about key features and an internal plan of the accommodation. Cruising routes are drawn region by region, showing the hire boat bases, the major towns, and all are usefully depicted with a gallery of selected photos.

Not only this, the site also includes information about what it’s really like to go hire boating - especially useful and reassuring for novices – under the heading of ‘All About Hire Boating – FAQ’s’. Essential details about what to do, how to do it, what you need and where to go are all linked within a few clicks, so it’s really easy to choose the best options for you and your family.

Visitors to the site (currently an average of over 2000 unique visitors each week) can contact Le Boat and Nicols directly by phone and contact form to book their chosen self-drive boat, route and region. will be adding further boat hire companies and their fleets in the very near future to become the most comprehensive information resource available for boat hire holidays and vacations in France.

For further information, visit

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Le Boat typical cruiser Nicols' typical aft-deck