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Decize Base Information

Cruising through the Bourbonnais and Nivernais regions, a feeling of relaxation and well-being will overcome your senses. This is a region famous for it’s quiet way of life and is quintessential France.

Base Opening Hours

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 08:30 to 12:30,  14:00 to 18:00.
Sunday: Closed

Late Arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or the general sales office where you booked.

When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open with the lights on for you to stay on board that night. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

When To Arrive:

Your boat will be ready to depart for 16:00 - 17:30. We recommend that you arrive 60 minutes earlier for check-in and instructions. If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base ready to depart between 11am and 12pm or from 2pm.

Your Return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 9am on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out).

Upon Arrival:

Our base staff look forward to welcoming you to their cruising region and aim to make your arrival and holiday as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

When you arrive or base staff will:

  • Take a fuel deposit to cover the fuel you use during your holiday. Any extra fuel used will be charged on your return or we will refund the difference for fuel you have not used.
  • Take a refundable collision damage deposit – if you have not purchased collision damage waiver. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your holiday
  • Familiarise you with your waterways guide, maps and other helpful documentation provided to help you plan where you want to go and where you’d like to stop.
  • Brief you about your boat, the equipment on board, and the cruising area (places to visit, etc).
  • Give you a boat handling demonstration on the water with one of our technicians.

Hotels and Restaurants

At Decize
Port de Decize’ hotel accommodation - 0033 (0) 373 150 000

At Nevers

Best Western - 0033 (0) 386 572 810
BeauSejour - 0033 (0) 386 612 084
De Cleves - 0033 (0) 386 611 587
Mercure - 0033 (0) 386 939 386

La Mange'Oir - 0033 (0) 386 572 861
La Botte de Nevers - 0033 (0) 386 611 693
Couron Jean-Michel - 0033 (0) 386 611 92

Auxerre Briare Aqueduct


Open parking - free of charge
Enclose parking: £45.50 per week

Free unsecure parking is also available.


In Decize town centre you will find a number of shops plus the local supermarket. The town centre is situated just 5-10 minutes from the base.

Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday: 09:00 to 12:15, 14:30 to 19:15
Friday to Saturday: 09:00 to 19:15
Sunday: 09:00 to 12:00

Market Day

A weekly market is held in the town centre every Friday.

Tourist Information

Place Champ de Foire
Tel - 0033 (0) 386 252 723


A fishing licence is required in Decize and can be purchased from the base on arrival. Cost per week is approx €30.

Transport Information


Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport - 300 km
Paris Orly airport - 250 kms

Car Rental:

Ronsin - 0033 (0) 386 250 891
Ada Location - 0033 (0) 386 771 164

By Rail:

Decize - 1km
Nevers - 32km (very large station which has connecting trains to Paris and most places in France)


The following ferry companies operate to Northern France.

  • Dover to Dunkirk: DFDS Seaways (previously Norfolk Lines)
  • Dover to Calais: P&O
  • Newhaven to Dieppe: LD Lines
  • Portsmouth to Le Harve: LD Lines
  • Portsmouth to Caen: Brittany Ferries