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Boating holiday at Grez-Neuville

In the 1980s, the port of Grez-Neuville was the number one place for hiring self-drive canal barges for Boating Holidays in Anjou. Many a crew have crew have stepped on board and fallen under the spells of the regions...

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Discover the Anjou with a Nicols canal boat
The Mayenne valley - near the lock at Roche Chambellay
The Nicols base at Grez-Neuville
The Nicols base at Grez-Neuville
Boat renting for some holidays with Nicols
Enjoy lunch on the spacious rear terrace of your Nicols boat
Mayenne valley - la roussière
The Mayenne valley - the lock at Roussière
Castel of the king rené in Angers
Castle at Angers (13th - 16th century)
Night time view of the quay at Savatte in Angers
Night time view of the quay at Savatte in Angers
Terra Botanica - Europe's first plant orientated theme park!
Terra Botanica - Europe's first plant orientated theme park!
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Terra Botanica - explore beautiful gardens!
Moored at Montreuil sur Maine, Mayenne valley
Moored at Montreuil sur Maine, Mayenne valley
Haras at Lion d'Angers
Haras at Lion d'Angers
boating holidays in the rivers and canals of France
Navigation on the quiet river Mayenne
River tourism - Château-Gontier in the Sarthe
Château Gontier (©D.Vernier - Mayenne Tourisme)
Passing through a lock on the Sarthe
Going through a lock
Bike ride along the Sarthe - France
Bac de Menil, on the river Mayenne (© Mayenne Tourism)
Stopover in Laval - nautical base Nicols
Moor points at Laval (© Laval Tourism)
River tourism - old castle of Laval
Château de Laval (© Laval Tourism)
Cruise prices from480 €

Best bits:

  • Locks open all day, every day
  • Many waterside villages to visit
  • Waterways only open to pleasure cruising
  • Relatively few locks
  • The sweet life in rural Anjou...
  • Variety of river landscapes

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Well-kept locks, friendly lock keepers, the Mayenne is clean and the landscapes are surprising with many châteaux and pretty villages... See the blog

Cruise prices from480 €

In the 1980s, the port of Grez-Neuville was the number one place for hiring self-drive canal barges for Boating Holidays in Anjou. Many a crew have crew have stepped on board and fallen under the spells of the regions beautiful, natural setting. The port of Grez-Neuville is the perfect departure point for exploring the two little rivers of Mayenne and Oudon. During your trip, let yourself be surprised by the peaceful landscapes and amazing heritage: waterwheels, dams, locks, churches, manor houses, private castles and more!

Stop off at Angers, the city of King René whose 13th century castle is one of the most beautiful fortresses in France and that houses the famous "Apocalypse Tapestry". Other must sees are Entrammes that is home to an abbey, the Port-Salut cheese factory and Laval - home of Douanier Rousseau and which houses the naive Art museum.
At the Lion d'Angers you can visit the Briand Isle stud farm. By following the Oudon, a small country river, your boating holiday will lead you to the Segré marina.

Other cruising routes for exploring the Anjou region by boat are available from our other Nicols base located at Sablé-sur-Sarthe.

Cruise prices from480 €

Our suggestions of cruise on the Maine, the Mayenne, the Oudon and Sarthe

Weekend 2 days

Itinerary 1: The riders' route short break

Course: Grez Neuville – Château Gontier – Grez Neuville (73km - 20 locks - 11h10)

  • Grez-Neuville : Aquarelle gallery, Equestrian center, St Martin’s church
  • Le Lion d'Angers : Stud island Briand
  • Montreuil-sur-Maine : Mariale’s cave, Chauvon
  • Chenillé-Changé : Church, Big mill, Castle “des rues”
  • Daon : Leisure centre (canoe, pedalo, swimming), Fountain laundry
  • Ménil : Notre Dame de Bonne Fortune’s chapel, The laundry, The Bac, Cost river arranged in a beach
  • Château-Gontier : Zoo, Garden side of the world, Equestrian center, Convent of Ursulines, St Jean’s church

Itinerary 2: Angevin slate short break

Course: Grez Neuville – Daon - Segré – Grez Neuville (76km - 16 locks - 11h30)

  • Grez-Neuville : Aquarelle gallery, Equestrian center, St Martin’s church
  • Le Lion d'Angers : Stud island Briand
  • Montreuil-sur-Maine : Mariale’s cave, Chauvon
  • Chenillé-Changé : Church, Big mill, Castle “des rues”
  • La Chapelle-sur-Oudon : Castle of “la Loire”, Gone hiking in mountain bike
  • Segré : Port of pleasance, Exhibitions, Slate Mine, St Madeleine’s church

Itinerary 3: In the footsteps of king René short break

Course: Grez Neuville- Angers – Grez-Neuville (48km - 6 locks - 7h00)

  • Grez-Neuville : Aquarelle gallery, Equestrian center, St Martin’s church
  • Pruillé : Castle of Plessis Macé
  • Feneu : Church, Hiking trails, Mill of Sautré, Castle of Sautré
  • Montreuil-Juigné : Pedestrian path, Castle, Library, Church, Le Marais, Natural space with observation post
  • Cantenay-Epinard : Hiking trails
  • Angers : Castle of the King René, Cathedral, Museum, Terra Botanica, Parks...

Mini week

Itinerary 1: Getaway on the banks of the Mayenne river

Course: Grez Neuville – Entrammes - Grez Neuville (132km - 34 locks - 20h40)

  • Grez-Neuville : Aquarelle gallery, Equestrian center, St Martin’s church
  • Le Lion d'Angers : Stud island Briand
  • Montreuil-sur-Maine : Mariale’s cave, Chauvon
  • Chenillé-Changé : Church, Big mill, Castle “des rues”
  • Daon : Leisure centre (canoe, pedalo, swimming), Fountain laundry
  • Ménil : Notre Dame de Bonne Fortune’s chapel, The laundry, The Bac, Cost river arranged in a beach
  • Château-Gontier : Zoo, garden side of the world, Equestrian center, Convent of Ursulines, St Jean’s church
  • Entrammes : Abbey of Port Salut, Gallo-Roman Thermae

Itinerary 2: Oudon and Mayenne getaway

Course: Grez Neuville – Château Gontier - Segré – Grez Neuville (102km - 25 locks - 15h40)

  • Grez-Neuville : Aquarelle gallery, Equestrian center, St Martin’s church
  • Montreuil-sur-Maine : Mariale’s cave, Chauvon
  • Chenillé-Changé : Church, Big mill, Castle “des rues”
  • Daon : Leisure centre (canoe, pedalo, swimming), Fountain laundry
  • Ménil : Notre Dame de Bonne Fortune’s chapel, The laundry, The Bac, Cost river arranged in a beach
  • Château-Gontier : Zoo, garden side of the world, Equestrian center, Convent of Ursulines, St Jean’s church
  • Le Lion d'Angers : Stud island Briand
  • La Chapelle-sur-Oudon : Castle of “la Loire”, Gone hiking in mountain bike
  • Segré : Port of pleasance, Exhibitions, Slate Mine, St Madeleine’s church

One week

Itinerary 1: Vibrant Mayenne

Course: Grez Neuville – Laval - Segré – Grez Neuville (181km - 49 locks - 30h00)

  • Grez-Neuville : Aquarelle gallery, Equestrian center, St Martin’s church
  • Montreuil-sur-Maine : Mariale’s cave, Chauvon
  • Chenillé-Changé : Church, Big mill, Castle “des rues”
  • Daon : Leisure centre (canoe, pedalo, swimming), Fountain laundry
  • Ménil : Notre Dame de Bonne Fortune’s chapel, The laundry, The Bac, Cost river arranged in a beach
  • Château-Gontier : Zoo, garden side of the world, Equestrian center, Convent of Ursulines, St Jean’s church
  • Entrammes : Abbey of Port Salut, Gallo-Roman Thermae
  • Laval : Racecourse of Bellevue, Lactopôle, Castle of Laval, laundry of St Julien, Museum
  • Le Lion d'Angers : Stud island Briand
  • La Chapelle-sur-Oudon : Castle of “la Loire”, Gone hiking in mountain bike
  • Segré : Port of pleasance, Exhibitions, Slate Mine, St Madeleine’s church

Itinerary 2: Intriguing Sarthe

Course: Grez Neuville –Sablé – Malicorne – Grez Neuville (111km - 13 locks - 22h30)

  • Grez-Neuville : Aquarelle gallery, Equestrian center, St Martin’s church
  • Pruillé : Castle of Plessis Macé
  • Feneu : Church, Hiking trails, Mill of Sautré, Castle of Sautré
  • Montreuil-Juigné : Pedestrian path, Castle, Library, Church, Le Marais, Natural space with observation post
  • Cantenay-Epinard : Hiking trails
  • Angers : Castle of the King René, Cathedral, Museum, Terra Botanica, Parks...
  • Ecouflant : Park Anjou Adventure, Parc of Sablières (swimming possible), Interpretive trail of the village, Sensory garden in the town hall
  • Briollay : Church (as historic monument), Laundry
  • Cheffes-sur-Sarthe : Church of Notre Dame de Cheffes, Castle of Plessis Bourré, Golf course of Champigné
  • Juvardeil : Swimming pool on a river, Hiking trails
  • Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe : House of the river, Boule de fort (a local game), Equestrian center
  • Brissarthe : Church, Hiking trails
  • Morannes : Aquaculture farm of Anjou, St Aubin’s church, Visit of la Boule du Fort
  • Pincé-sur-Sarthe : Medieval garden, Golf course, Hiking trails
  • Sablé-sur-Sarthe : Castle’park, Conducted tour of the ancient center, The museum of the flying man, Art gallery of the castle of Villeneuve, Henri Royer space : mini golf, games for children
  • Malicorne : Museum of the ceramic, Town of earthenware factory, Castle of Malicorne, Conducted tour of the village

Itinerary 3: One-way Mayenne & Sarthe cruise

Course: One way Grez Neuville – Laval - Angers - Sablé sur Sarthe (222km - 52 locks - 39h00)

  • Grez-Neuville : Aquarelle gallery, Equestrian center, St Martin’s church
  • Laval : Racecourse of Bellevue, Lactopôle, Castle of Laval, laundry of St Julien, museum
  • Entrammes : Abbey of Port Salut, Gallo-Roman Thermae
  • Château-Gontier : Zoo, garden side of the world, Equestrian center, Convent of Ursulines, St Jean’s church
  • Ménil : Notre Dame de Bonne Fortune’s chapel, The laundry, The Bac, Cost river arranged in a beach
  • Daon : Leisure centre (canoe, pedalo, swimming), Fountain laundry
  • Chenillé-Changé : Church, Big mill, Castle “des rues”
  • Montreuil-sur-Maine : Mariale’s cave, Chauvon
  • Pruillé : Castle of Plessis Macé
  • Feneu : Church, Hiking trails, Mill of Sautré, Castle of Sautré
  • Montreuil-Juigné : Pedestrian path, Castle, Library, Church, Le Marais, Natural space with observation post
  • Cantenay-Epinard : Hiking trails
  • Angers : Castle of the King René, Cathedral, Museum, Terra Botanica, Parks...
  • Ecouflant : Park Anjou Adventure, Parc of Sablières (swimming possible), Interpretive trail of the village, Sensory garden in the town hall
  • Briollay : Church (as historic monument), Laundry
  • Cheffes-sur-Sarthe : Church of Notre Dame de Cheffes, Castle of Plessis Bourré, Golf course of Champigné
  • Tiercé/Etriche : Church, Chapel of mill of Ivray, Oven hemps
  • Juvardeil : Swimming pool on a river, Hiking trails
  • Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe : House of the river, Boule de fort (a local game), Equestrian center
  • Brissarthe : Church, Hiking trails
  • Morannes : Aquaculture farm of Anjou, St Aubin’s church, Visit of la Boule du Fort
  • Pincé-sur-Sarthe : Medieval garden, Golf course, Hiking trails
  • Sablé-sur-Sarthe : Castle’park, Conducted tour of the ancient center, The museum of the flying man, Art gallery of the castle of Villeneuve, Henri Royer space : mini golf, games for children

For the one-way Grez-Neuville - Sablé-sur-Sarthe, we also suggest you:Grez-Neuville - Château-Gontier - Angers - Sablé-sur-Sarthe - Malicorne - Sablé-sur-Sarthe (197km - 39 locks - 32h30)

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Cruise prices from480 €

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