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Boating holiday at Sablé sur Sarthe

Rent your Nicols barge from the Sablé-sur-Sarthe base in Anjou for the perfect starting point from which to explore the lovely, calm river Sarthe. With relatively few locks these routes are also ideal for first time boaters...

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The Nicols base at Sablé sur Sarthe
The Nicols base at Sablé sur Sarthe
Benedictine Abbey of Solesmes (11th century)
Benedictine Abbey of Solesmes (11th century)
Mooring at the foot of the Abbey of Solesmes
Mooring at the foot of the Abbey of Solesmes
A lock on the river Sarthe
A lock on the river Sarthe
A 'beach' area on the river bank at Solesmes
A 'beach' area on the river bank at Solesmes
Cruising past the 'Perrine de Cry' mansion to Avoise
Cruising past the 'Perrine de Cry' mansion to Avoise
Malicorne - a city famous for its ceramics
Malicorne - a city famous for its ceramics
Le Mans, cité des Plantagenêt (©Ville du Mans- Gilles Moussé)
Le Mans, cité des Plantagenêt (©Ville du Mans- Gilles Moussé)
Sablé-Solesmes Golf Course
Sablé-Solesmes Golf Course
Angers: Maison d'Adam (19th century)
Angers: Maison d'Adam (19th century)
Visit the Cointreau distillery at Angers (tasting opportunities)
Visit the Cointreau distillery at Angers (tasting opportunities)
Terra Botanica - Europe's first plant orientated theme park!
Terra Botanica - Europe's first plant orientated theme park!
Terra Botanica - activities around the world of  plant life
Terra Botanica - activities around the world of plant life
Sablé sur Sarthe marina
Sablé sur Sarthe marina
Château du Plessis Bourré (15th century)
Château du Plessis Bourré (15th century)
Mooring in Solesmes
Mooring in Solesmes
A stop off along the Sarthe river
A stop off along the Sarthe river
Château de Laval
Château de Laval
Laval old town
Laval old town
A leisurely approach to Juigné sur Sarthe
A leisurely approach to Juigné sur Sarthe
Cruise prices from453 €

Best bits:

  • Ideal routes for beginners.
  • No closing time for locks.
  • Many stop-off villages along the waterside.
  • Gentle climate

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My husband and I went to Sablé-sur-Sarthe in August 2012. We'd originally booked a Nicols 800, but when we got there, the team offered to show us their new 2 berth boat, the PRIMO,... See the blog

Cruise prices from453 €
Cruise prices from453 €

Our suggestions of cruise on the Sarthe

Weekend 2 days

Itinerary 1: Vibrant town hop short break

Course: Sablé sur Sarthe – Malicorne – Sablé sur Sarthe (52km - 10 locks - 10h00)

  • Sablé-sur-Sarthe : Castle’park, Guided 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
  • Solesmes :  Abbey of Solesmes + Gregorian songs, Chapel Notre Dame du Nid
  • Juigné sur Sarthe : Wrought-iron craft
  • Avoise : Guided tour of the village, Castle’s visit of Dobert of the fifteenth and eighteenth century, The Perrine of cry (manor house), Medieval village of Asnières sur Vègre in 4 km (small estate of character and mosaic garden)
  • Parcé-sur-Sarthe : Small estate of character, Possible guided tour, Saint Pierre Tower, Saint Joseph Chapel, View on the Castle of Pechesseul
  • Dureil : Visit of the town
  • Malicorne : Museum of the ceramic, Town of earthenware factory, Castle of Malicorne (July and August), Guided tour of the village

Itinerary 2: Into the wild short break

Course: Sablé sur Sarthe – Châteauneuf – Sablé sur Sarthe (60km - 10 locks - 11h00)

  • 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
  • Pincé-sur-Sarthe : Walking trails, Medieval garden, Golf of Sablé Solesmes
  • Morannes : Church, Aquacultural farm of Anjou, Walking trails, “Boule de Fort “ visit
  • Brissarthe : Church, Walking in the Bois de la Jeunerie
  • Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe : Museum of the “House of the river”, “La Boule de fort” (local game)

Mini week

Itinerary 1: Sarthe valley getaway

Course: Sablé sur Sarthe – Spay - Sablé sur Sarthe (120km - 20 locks - 20h20)

  • Sablé-sur-Sarthe : Castle’park, Guided 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
  • Solesmes :  Abbey of Solesmes + Gregorian songs, Chapel Notre Dame du Nid
  • Juigné sur Sarthe : Wrought-iron craft
  • Avoise : Guided tour of the village, Castle’s visit of Dobert of the fifteenth and eighteenth century, The Perrine of cry (manor house), Medieval village of Asnières sur Vègre in 4 km (small estate of character and mosaic garden)
  • Parcé-sur-Sarthe : Small estate of character, Possible guided tour, Saint Pierre Tower, Saint Joseph Chapel, View on the Castle of Pechesseul
  • Dureil : Visit of the town
  • Malicorne : Museum of the ceramic, Town of earthenware factory, Castle of Malicorne (July and August), Guided tour of the village
  • Noyen : Amphitheatre of greenery on the island, The house of the hike in 5 kms
  • Fercé-sur-sarthe : Loop of three townships: hiking, circuit of chapels, bike ride, altarpieces of the church, the castle of Vaulogé of the fifteenth and seventeenth century in 1.5 km
  • La Suze-sur-sarthe : Castle of Suze (the ancient fortress of the twelfth century), Cross health in the wood of Epinettes, Gardens of the  Villaines to Louplandes castle
  • Roézé-sur-sarthe : Fishing Course, Mill of Cyprien
  • Fillé-sur-Sarthe : Contemporary Arts Center, Loop of the canal: hike of 6 km, Fishing Course
  • Spay : Domain of Houssay: park 40ha, Aquaparc in the stretch of water specific zoo in 4 km, Church and its treasure

Itinerary 2: Nature getaway

Course: Sablé sur Sarthe – Angers – Sablé sur Sarthe (122km - 12 locks - 21h00)

  • 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
  • Pincé-sur-Sarthe : Walking trails, Medieval garden, Golf of Sablé Solesmes
  • Morannes : Church, Aquacultural farm of Anjou, Walking trails, “Boule de Fort“ visit
  • Brissarthe : Church, Walking in the Bois de la Jeunerie
  • Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe : Museum of the “House of the river”, “La Boule de fort” (local game)
  • Juvardeil : Nautic base, Walking trail
  • Tiercé/Etriche : Luthier, Hemp oven, Church, Chapel
  • Cheffes-sur-Sarthe : Classified church, Golf of Champigné, Castle of Plessis Bourré
  • Briollay : Church (classified historic monument)
  • Ecouflant : Interpretive trail of the village, Sensory garden of the town hall, Sablieres Park (supervised swimming area in summer), Anjou Adventure park
  • Angers : Castle of the king René, Cathedral, Museum, Terra Botanica, Parks...

Itinerary 3: Historic Sarthe getaway

Course: Sablé s/Sarthe – Malicorne - Châteauneuf - Sablé s/Sarthe (112km - 21 locks - 21h00)

  • Sablé-sur-Sarthe : Castle’park, Guided 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
  • Solesmes :  Abbey of Solesmes + Gregorian songs, Chapel Notre Dame du Nid
  • Juigné sur Sarthe : Wrought-iron craft
  • Avoise : Guided tour of the village, Castle’s visit of Dobert of the fifteenth and eighteenth century, The Perrine of cry (manor house), Medieval village of Asnières sur Vègre in 4 km (small estate of character and mosaic garden)
  • Parcé-sur-Sarthe : Small estate of character, Possible guided tour, Saint Pierre Tower, Saint Joseph Chapel, View on the Castle of Pechesseul
  • Dureil : Visit of the town
  • Malicorne : Museum of the ceramic, Town of earthenware factory, Castle of Malicorne (July and August), Guided tour of the village
  • Pincé-sur-Sarthe : Walking trails, Medieval garden, Golf of Sablé Solesmes
  • Morannes : Church, Aquacultural farm of Anjou, Walking trails, “Boule de Fort“ visit
  • Brissarthe : Church, Walking in the Bois de la Jeunerie
  • Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe : Museum of the “House of the river”, “La Boule de fort” (local game)

One week

Itinerary 1: Anjou from a to z

Course: One way Sablé sur Sarthe – Laval (153km - 30 locks - 26h25)

  • 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
  • Pincé-sur-Sarthe : Walking trails, Medieval garden, Golf of Sablé Solesmes
  • Morannes : Church, Aquacultural farm of Anjou, Walking trails, “Boule de Fort“ visit
  • Brissarthe : Church, Walking in the Bois de la Jeunerie
  • Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe : Museum of the “House of the river”, “La Boule de fort” (local game)
  • Juvardeil : Nautic base, Walking trail
  • Tiercé/Etriche : Luthier, Hemp oven, Church, ChapelCheffes-sur-Sarthe : Classified church, Golf of Champigné, Castle of Plessis Bourré
  • Briollay : Church (classified historic monument)
  • Ecouflant : Interpretive trail of the village, Sensory garden of the town hall, Sablieres Park (supervised swimming area in summer), Anjou Adventure park
  • Angers : Castle of the king René, Cathedral, Museum, Terra Botanica, Parks...
  • Cantenay-Epinard : Walking trails
  • Montreuil-Juigné : Walking trails, Marsh natural area with observation posts
  • Feneu : Castle, Old hill, Castle
  • Pruillé : Castle of Plessis Macé
  • Grez-Neuville : Art gallery l’Aquarelle, Church Saint Martin
  • Montreuil-sur-Maine : Marial cave, Chauvon
  • Chenillé-Changé : Church, Big hill, Street Castle
  • La Jaille-Yvon : Church Saint-Loup, Walking trails, Leisure base ANJOU SPORT NATURE
  • Daon : Leisure Base (canoes, paddleboats, swimming)
  • Ménil : Chapel « Notre Dame de Bonne  Fortune », Laundry
  • Château-Gontier : Ursulines Nunnery, Church Saint-Jean, Zoo Refuge of the Ark, Gardens of the World's End
  • Entrammes : Port Salut abbey, Gallo-Roman baths
  • Laval : Castle of Laval, Milk Museum «Lactopôle », Laundry Boat Saint Julien, Art Naive Museum
*Be Careful: The Navigation from Sable to Laval can be subject to restriction at the beginning or at the end of the season, when the water level may the access to the port impossible. In this case, your One way can be transformed in Sable > Entrammes > Grez Neuville. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Itinerary 2: Castles and gardens

Course: Sablé sur Sarthe – Spay - Châteauneuf – Sablé sur Sarthe (184km - 30 locks - 31h40)

  • Sablé-sur-Sarthe : Castle’park, Guided 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
  • Solesmes :  Abbey of Solesmes + Gregorian songs, Chapel Notre Dame du Nid
  • Juigné sur Sarthe : Wrought-iron craft
  • Avoise : Guided tour of the village, Castle’s visit of Dobert of the fifteenth and eighteenth century, The Perrine of cry (manor house), Medieval village of Asnières sur Vègre in 4 km (small estate of character and mosaic garden)
  • Parcé-sur-Sarthe : Small estate of character, Possible guided tour, Saint Pierre Tower, Saint Joseph Chapel, View on the Castle of Pechesseul
  • Dureil : Visit of the town
  • Malicorne : Museum of the ceramic, Town of earthenware factory, Castle of Malicorne (July and August), Guided tour of the village
  • Noyen : Amphitheatre of greenery on the island, The house of the hike in 5 kms
  • Fercé-sur-sarthe : Loop of three townships: hiking, circuit of chapels, bike ride, altarpieces of the church, the castle of Vaulogé of the fifteenth and seventeenth century in 1.5 km
  • Chemiré-le-Gaudin/ Port de St Benoît : Loop hike along the river, Church classified of Athenay 10 kms
  • La Suze-sur-sarthe : Castle of Suze (the ancient fortress of the twelfth century), Cross health in the wood of Epinettes, Gardens of the  Villaines to Louplandes castle
  • Roézé-sur-sarthe : Fishing Course, Mill of Cyprien
  • Fillé-sur-Sarthe : Contemporary Arts Center, Loop of the canal: hike of 6 km, Fishing Course
  • Spay : Domain of Houssay: park 40ha, Aquaparc in the stretch of water specific zoo in 4 km, Church and its treasure
  • Pincé-sur-Sarthe : Walking trails, Medieval garden, Golf of Sablé Solesmes
  • Morannes : Church, Aquacultural farm of Anjou, Walking trails, “Boule de Fort“ visit
  • Brissarthe : Church, Walking in the Bois de la Jeunerie
  • Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe : Museum of the “House of the river”, “La Boule de fort” (local game)

Itinerary 3: Nature and heritage in southern Sarthe

Course: Sablé sur Sarthe – Angers - Grez Neuville – Sablé sur Sarthe (166km - 18 locks - 28h00)

  • 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
  • Pincé-sur-Sarthe : Walking trails, Medieval garden, Golf of Sablé Solesmes
  • Morannes : Church, Aquacultural farm of Anjou, Walking trails, “Boule de Fort“ visit
  • Brissarthe : Church, Walking in the Bois de la Jeunerie
  • Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe : Museum of the “House of the river”, “La Boule de fort” (local game)
  • Juvardeil : Nautic base, Walking trail
  • Tiercé/Etriche : Luthier, Hemp oven, Church, Chapel
  • Cheffes-sur-Sarthe : Classified church, Golf of Champigné, Castle of Plessis Bourré
  • Briollay : Church (classified historic monument)
  • Ecouflant : Interpretive trail of the village, Sensory garden of the town hall, Sablieres Park (supervised swimming area in summer), Anjou Adventure park
  • Angers : Castle of the king René, Cathedral, Museum, Terra Botanica, Parks...
  • Cantenay-Epinard : Walking trails
  • Montreuil-Juigné : Walking trails, Marsh natural area with observation posts
  • Feneu : Castle, Old hill, Castle
  • Pruillé : Castle of Plessis Macé
  • Grez-Neuville : Art gallery l’Aquarelle, Church Saint Martin

Itinerary 4: Meandering down the Sarthe and Mayenne

Course: One way Sablé sur Sarthe – Angers – Laval – Grez Neuville (226km - 69 locks - 39h20)

  • 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
  • Pincé-sur-Sarthe : Walking trails, Medieval garden, Golf of Sablé Solesmes
  • Morannes : Church, Aquacultural farm of Anjou, Walking trails, “Boule de Fort“ visit
  • Brissarthe : Church, Walking in the Bois de la Jeunerie
  • Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe : Museum of the “House of the river”, “La Boule de fort” (local game)
  • Juvardeil : Nautic base, Walking trail
  • Tiercé/Etriche : Luthier, Hemp oven, Church, Chapel
  • Cheffes-sur-Sarthe : Classified church, Golf of Champigné, Castle of Plessis Bourré
  • Briollay : Church (classified historic monument)
  • Ecouflant : Interpretive trail of the village, Sensory garden of the town hall, Sablieres Park (supervised swimming area in summer), Anjou Adventure park
  • Angers : Castle of the king René, Cathedral, Museum, Terra Botanica, Parks...
  • Cantenay-Epinard : Walking trailsMontreuil-Juigné : Walking trails, Marsh natural area with observation posts
  • Feneu : Castle, Old hill, Castle
  • Pruillé : Castle of Plessis Macé
  • Grez-Neuville : Art gallery l’Aquarelle, Church Saint Martin
  • Montreuil-sur-Maine : Marial cave, Chauvon
  • Chenillé-Changé : Church, Big hill, Street Castle
  • La Jaille-Yvon : Church Saint-Loup, Walking trails, Leisure base ANJOU SPORT NATURE
  • Daon : Leisure Base (canoes, paddleboats, swimming)
  • Ménil : Chapel « Notre Dame de Bonne  Fortune », Laundry
  • Château-Gontier : Ursulines Nunnery, Church Saint-Jean, Zoo Refuge of the Ark, Gardens of the World's End
  • Entrammes : Port Salut abbey, Gallo-Roman baths
  • Laval : Castle of Laval, Milk Museum «Lactopôle », Laundry Boat Saint Julien, Art Naive Museum
*Be Careful: The Navigation from Sable to Laval can be subject to restriction at the beginning or at the end of the season, when the water level may the access to the port impossible. In this case, your One way can be transformed in Sable > Entrammes > Grez Neuville. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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