Suggested cruising options Sablé-sur-Sarthe*
Meander along the Sarthe and the Mayenne

10 days
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Angers - Laval
226 KM
from 1430 EUROS**
* Cruise suggestions: non contractual information
** 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
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    Sablé sur Sarthe marina
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    Château du Plessis Bourré (15th century)
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    Angers: Maison d'Adam (19th century)
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    A stop off along the Sarthe river
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    Terra Botanica - activities around the world of plant life
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    Terra Botanica - Europe's first plant orientated theme park!
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    The Mayenne valley - the lock at Roussière
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    The Nicols base at Grez-Neuville
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    Bac de Menil, on the river Mayenne (© Mayenne Tourism)
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    Moored at Montreuil sur Maine, Mayenne valley
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    Château Gontier (©D.Vernier - Mayenne Tourisme)
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    Laval old town
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    Château de Laval

Description of
the boating holiday

Your one-way boat rental between Sablé-sur-Sarthe and Laval

Embark on a one-way cruise on the Sarthe and Mayenne and sail your canal boat through the heart of wild landscapes in the high valleys of Anjou as you explore the ‘Natura 2000’ conservation zone.  You will also discover remarkable cities including Laval, Château Gonthier, Angers and Sablé-sur-Sarthe.

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.

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

Cantenay-Epinard: Hiking trails

Montreuil-Juigné: Pedestrian path, castle, library, church, Le Marais, nature reserve with observation point

Feneu: Church, hiking trails, Moulin de Sautré water mill, Château de Sautré

Pruillé: Château du Plessis Macé

Grez-Neuville: Aquarelle gallery, equestrian centre, St Martin’s church

Montreuil-sur-Maine: Mariale’s cave, Chauvon

Chenillé-Changé: Church, water mill, Chateau des Rues

La Jaille-Yvon : Saint Loup Church, hiking trails, outdoor activities at the Base de loisirs Anjou Sport Nature

Daon: Leisure centre (canoes, pedalos, swimming), Fountain laundry

Ménil: Notre Dame de Bonne Fortune’s chapel, the laundry where painter Degas was inspired , “Le bac de Ménil” ferry crossing, riverside beach

Château-Gontier: Zoo, “Jardin du bout de monde” - garden at Chateau Gontier, equestrian centre, Convent of Ursulines, St Jean’s church

Entrammes: Abbey of Port Salut, Roman-Gaul Baths

Laval: Racecourse ofBellevue-la-Forêt, Lactopôle dairy museum, Chateau de Laval, “Bateau-Lavoir Saint-Julien” historic floating wash-house, museum

When you’ve explored Laval, head back to Grez-Neuville 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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A change of scenery
We enjoyed a very pleasant cruise under the sun, the change of scenery was fantastic. The Nicols team was very helpful and attentive and we left with great memories.  I’m sure we will take another boating holiday to explore a different destination!

Michel, Alençon