Your wine loverscruise

If you love wine, what could be better than a weekend break or full holiday that takes you to the heart of famous wine regions. From Burgundy and Bordeaux to the Alsace region, renowned varieties are just a leisurely canal boat cruise away, including Pouilly Fumé and Sancerre in the Loire Valley.

  • Oenology trip

From waterwaysto wine-filled days

With Nicols canal boat rental, you can captain your own cruise, stopping off at some of France’s favourite vineyards. Learn more about vine cultivation, see how winemaker’s create fine wines from exquisite grapes and taste the end result.

On your canal boating holiday you can:

  • meet winemakers
  • discover wine estates
  • participate in tastings
  • visit cellars, distilleries and breweries
  • taste exceptional wines

Discover our boating holidays

Wine,spiritsand more

Whether you are a wine neophyte, a connoisseur of fine vintages or a lover of spirits, you can find a Nicols boating holiday to suit you. Not only will you enjoy indulging your interest, you’ll be combining it with the relaxed pleasures of sailing the waterways through beautiful scenery.

Oenology Burgundy

From our base in Brienon-sur-Armançon, discover the vineyards of Chablis and Grand Auxerrois along the Burgundy Canal and the Yonne. Visit the castles and vineyards that make the region famous.

In Burgundy

Oenology Alsace

In Alsace, discover the famous beer breweries of Meteor, Heineken and Kronenbourg. You will also be able to taste the emblematic grape varieties of the region, such as Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Tokay d'Alsace.

In Alsace

Oenology Loire wine

Visit the Tour du Pouilly Fumé, a wine-making centre dedicated to this prestigious appellation, located on a remarkable site. Also not to be missed is La Maison du Sancerre, a real gateway to this exceptional vineyard.

In Loire Valley

Oenologie Charentes pineau

Stop in the heart of Cognac, home to all the great houses who make the brandy which takes its name from this town. Take a tour of the Hennessy, Martell, Baron Otard, or Meukow sites for a fascinating insight into the age-old production processes. You can learn even more at the House of Cognac Arts. Also in the Charente, you can discover Pineau des Charentes – the region’s famous aperitif which incorporates Cognac eau de vie.

In Charente

Oenology cointreau

From cideries in Brittany to wines from Cahors, Midi or Jura and from Cointreau to Armagnac, there are so many famous French drinks for you to discover and sample through our many canal boat routes.

In Brittany

Canal du midi


In Lot

What our clientssay

We are both passionate about wine so were delighted to discover vineyards by boat. We were able to visit cellars at our own pace while sailing on the Burgundy canal and on the Yonne.

Serge and Sylvie – 46 years old

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Ideal canal boat holiday regions for wine lovers

For a canal boat holiday dedicated to the discovery of French wines and spirits, take a closer look at the tempting regions of Burgundy, the Loire Valley, Charente and Alsace.