A 10-day boating holiday itinerary has many advantages. To begin with, your start day or return to base day will instead fall outside of the peak weekend days. This means that not only may you notice less traffic on the roads when travelling to the Nicols base but that our teams will have much more time to dedicate to going through everything about your boat and navigation on the waterways. Also by stretching to 10-days canal boat hire, you can choose one of our standard "one week" routes and take your time to increase either the number of stop-off points or the time you spend at each, or you might decide to explore further afield with a longer route such as the one suggested below.
The rental of your Nicols boat from the base of Sablé-sur-Sarthe in Anjou is the ideal place to discover this beautiful calm and nonchalant river that is the Sarthe. Its low number of locks will seduce the novice for a first cruise in all serenity.
Sablé-sur-Sarthe: Castle park, guided tour of the ancient town centre, The museum of the flying man, art gallery of the Chateau de Villeneuve, ‘Espace Henri Royer’ with Picnic area, Playground, Mini golf, Pool and jetty.
Pincé-sur-Sarthe: Medieval garden, golf course, hiking trails
Morannes: Aquaculture farm of Anjou, St Aubin’s church, Boule du Fort (a local game)
Brissarthe: Church, hiking trails
Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe: House of the river, Boule de fort (a local game), equestrian centre
Juvardeil: Swimming pool by river, hiking trails
Tiercé/Etriche: Church, Chapelle du Moulin d’Ivray, hemp ovens
Cheffes-sur-Sarthe: Church of Notre Dame de Cheffes, Castle of Plessis Bourré, Golf course of Champigné
Heffes-sur-Sarthe:Briollay: Church (historic monument), laundry
Ecouflant: Park Anjou Adventure tree-climbing park, Parc de loisir des Sablières (water park), Interpretive village trail, sensory garden in the town hall
Angers: Château de Roi René, cathedral, museum, Terra Botanica amusement and botanical park, parks
Solesmes: Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Solesmes + Gregorian songs, Chapelle Notre Dame du Nid
Juigné sur Sarthe: Wrought-iron craft
Avoise: Guided tour of the village, Château Dobert (15th & 18th century, Le manoir de la Perrine de Cry (manor house), medieval village of Asnières sur Vègre - small characterful estate and mosaic garden,4 km from Avoise)
Parcé-sur-Sarthe: Small charcterful estate, possible guided tour, Tower Saint-Pierre, Notre-Dame Saint-Joseph chapel, View of Château Pechesseul
Dureil: Visit the town
Malicorne: ‘Musee de la faienceum’ ceramic museum, ‘Malicorne Espace Faience’ earthenware fun and interactive museum, Chateau def Malicorne, guided tour of the village
Noyen: Outdoor amphitheatre, hiking trail at Maison de la Rando (5 km from Noyen)
Fercé-sur-sarthe: Hike on the ‘Boucle des 3 cantons’ (Loop of three townships) discover chapels and Chateau de Vauloge (15th & 17th century)
La Suze-sur-sarthe : Château à La Suze-sur-Sarthe (the ancient fortress of the twelfth century), health trail in spruce woods, gardens of Château de Villaines at Louplandes
Roézé-sur-sarthe: Fishing course
Fillé-sur-Sarthe: Contemporary arts centre, 6km hike - loop of the canal, fishing course, Moulin Cyprien windmill