This suggested itinerary for a two-week boating holiday in Brittany sees you hiring one of our stylish canal boats and then navigating along both the River Erdre and the Canal de Nantes à Brest. With an average of four hours of cruising per day you’ll enjoy the perfect balance of the pleasures of navigation mixed with stop-offs at the many interesting places that surround the waterways.
No previous boating experience is needed to hire a self-drive canal boat from the Nicols base at Sucé sur Erdre, which is located about 15km north of Nantes.
Sucé-sur-Erdre: The Erdre castles – 17 castles in just 15kms
Quiheix: "Plaine de Mazerolles" a wildlife swamp on the Erdre
Aire de Bout de Bois: mooring point with swimming area, fishing
Blain: La Groulais Castle, Various footpaths from the port for walks
Guenrouët: Kerisac cider factory, Swimming pool with slides, mini-golf
Redon: historic town with pedestrian streets, Museum of the west shipping industry, guided tour of the abbey or of the monastery of the Calvairiennes
Malestroit: Church, Half-timbered houses, Anglers museum, The miller workshop, Museum of the Resistance
Josselin: Doll Museum, Josselin Castle, Notre-dame du Roncier Basilica
After cruising as far as Josselin on the Canal de Nantes à Brest it is time to think about the return leg of your journey. Look out again for the favourite places you found so far, or maybe stop off at some new ones as you cruise back to the starting base at Sucé sur Erdre.
Holiday reviews from Sucé-sur-Erdre
Cruising by canal boat along this particular stretch of the River Erdre is like being in a medieval story! You are surrounded by fairy-tale looking castles and chateaux such as Château de Nantes and those at Josselin and Blain. So many memories were made from this boating holiday.