For a European vacation with a difference, book a spacious, self-drive river
cruiser like the Nicols 1000. This 33-foot-long boat (as well as smaller
and larger models) is both your transportation and your accommodation, making
it easy to explore the little-visited villages and countryside along the rivers
and canals in France, Germany, and Holland.
You're master of your own vacation destiny, stopping where you like for
dining, cycling, touring, and shopping. And you can explore an entire region
without checking in and out of hotels.
Piloting is quite easy; the pace on the rivers and canals is slow, and
there's very little that can go wrong. The Nicols staff gets you started with a
demonstration and is available for technical help seven days a week.
River cruising is great for families; Nicols' boats all have two-bar
handrails for child safety, and kids love to help with on-board duties and
lock-opening chores ashore. For snacks and kid-friendly meals, there's a nicely
equipped galley, with refrigerator/freezer, small stove, oven, and sink. You
can rent a heated, filtered pool to attach to the stern; bikes are also
available for rent.
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