Cruise up the river Sarthe to Spay and on your journey stop to enjoy walking, cycling and exploring châteaux, abbeys and medieval cities. Why not try your hand at some relaxing fishing or make the most of the opportunities for swimming along the route?
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.
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
Spay: Domaine du Houssay: 40hectare park with mini golf, orienteering course, bike rental, canoes and swimming (summer), ‘Spaycific zoo’ (4 km), church.
When you have explored Spay, it’s time to turn back for the return leg of your cruise. Perhaps visit some of your favourite discoveries as you cruise back to your starting base at Sablé-sur-Sarthe.
Holiday reviews from Sablé-sur-Sarthe
This cruise exceeded our expectations!
We loved being able to go through the locks ourselves, ride the bike in the villages and spend time with the family away from the internet! This cruise exceeded our expectations! We are keen to find the opportunity to take another boating trip as soon as possible!
Kevin, San Jose, Costa Rica