Suggested cruising options Sablé-sur-Sarthe*
Cape town Plantagenet

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Le Mans
144 KM
from 923 EUROS**
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** All prices are calculated on the basis of a two day weekend in low season.
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    The Nicols base at Sablé sur Sarthe
  • 01b-sable-solesmes-golf
    Sablé-Solesmes Golf Course
  • 02-solesmes-abbaye
    Benedictine Abbey of Solesmes (11th century)
  • 03-solesmes-cri-cri-plages
    A 'beach' area on the river bank at Solesmes
  • 03-solesmes-halte-nautique
    Mooring in Solesmes
  • 04-avoise-parce-perrine-de-cry
    Cruising past the 'Perrine de Cry' mansion to Avoise
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  • 05-malicorne-cite-de-la-faience
    Malicorne - a city famous for its ceramics
  • 06-sarthe-tourisme-fluvial-en-velo-sarthe
    A stop off along the Sarthe river
  • 07-vacances-en-vedette-fluviale-nicols
    A leisurely approach to Juigné sur Sarthe
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    Le Mans, cité des Plantagenêt (©Ville du Mans- Gilles Moussé)

Description of
the boating holiday

Your cruise of Sablé-sur-Sarthe at Le Mans

Sail up the Sarthe with your canal boat for a week of river navigation. During your stops, discover charming cities, castles, mills and the sumptuous abbey of Solesmes. Don’t miss Malicorne and its pottery. This boating holiday will also take you to Le Mans and its unmissable Cité Plantagenêt – the historic medieval centre. Are you ready for a trip into history?

Departure base

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.

Places to see and things to do

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.

Solesmes:  Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Solesmes + Gregorian songs, Chapelle Notre Dame du Nid
Juigné sur Sarthe: Wrought-iron craft

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)

Small charcterful estate, possible guided tour, Tower Saint-Pierre, Notre-Dame Saint-Joseph chapel, View of Château Pechesseul

‘Musee de la faienceum’ ceramic museum, ‘Malicorne Espace Faience’ earthenware fun and interactive museum, Chateau def Malicorne, guided tour of the village

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)

Chemiré-le-Gaudin/ Port de St Benoît:
Riverside hiking route, Eglise d'Athenay (church)

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

Contemporary arts centre, 6km hike - loop of the canal, fishing course, Moulin Cyprien windmill

Domaine du Houssay: 40hectare park with mini golf, orienteering course, bike rental, canoes and swimming (summer), ‘Spaycific zoo’ (4 km), church

Le Mans:
Cité Plantagenê- medieval centre sheltered by a Roman wall and featuring with twenty hectares of cobbled streets, inhabited by half-timbered houses, Renaissance hotels and overhung by the half-Romanesque, half-Gothic.Saint- cathédrale Saint-Julien. In July or August, La Nuit des Chimères sees buildings beautifully illuminated at night.

When you’ve explored Le Mans, head back to where you will return your canal boat to the Nicols base.  Your boating holiday may be over but you will leave full of smiles and memories from your voyage of discovery in Anjou.

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Excellent navigation tips
The base is very well located and the Nicols team gave us excellent sailing advice before departure. We saw more than 20 kingfishers during our cruise, never had to queue with other boats and loved the historic centre of Le Mans.

Derek, Macclesfield (England)