We Are Going Canal Cruising Again in the South of France

Check out where we are going to be cruising this September
We have over the years become somewhat of an authority when it comes to writing about self drive canal boat hire around Europe having written for:
  • Motor Boat and Yachting
  • Motor Boat Monthly
  • Decanter
  • and several others
We have hired canal boats in the north, south and even the middle of France and each time, have enjoyed the experience immensely.  We have even hired a boat and cruised the canals around Venice!
Now we are off to cruise the Canal du Midi again which is perhaps one of our favourites.
This time, we shall be using a boat in the Nicols fleet.  This French based company has an armada of handsome looking vessels and our Estivale Octo is one of their newest boats.

The design takes all of the best bits from their existing Sedan and Confort series of boats and then adds more.

The large aft terrace, so popular on the Sedan series, is on the same deck level as the lounge area.

In addition to the stern gates, two extra side gates provide easy access to the terrace from either side of the boat – great for when mooring.

The galley provides a high standard of equipment and the cabins and shower rooms are spacious and comfortable.
A stairway moulded into the hull provides easy access to the flying bridge where the bridge controls fold away neatly for additional space and comfort.
It seems to us to be perfect for outdoor living, forward, the bow terrace (a success of the Confort range) provides extra outside space for enjoying snacks or lunches while the aft terrace has a sun awning, table and chairs, a shower and even a bathing ladder for those of us tempted to swim!
From what we can see, the Estivale range is without doubt the smartest way to travel the waterways.
We are even adding a heated splash pool, a Nicols exclusive, just so the little ones have something safe to play in.
Watch out for our updates as we cruise the canals again