This boating holiday itinerary on the Canal de Nantes à Brest invites you to get up close and personal with many of the regions talented craftsmen. Mix the pleasures of hiring a canal boat for a holiday on the waterways with the discovery of Brittany’s crafty culture!
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. This boating holiday itinerary to La Roche Bernard and back takes on average about 37 hours which is the equivalent of five to six hours cruising time per day.
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
La Roche Bernard: old town with narrow streets, traditional craftsmen, Maritime Museum, Maison de l’abeille (bee farm with sales of honey and bee products)
After cruising as far as La Roche Bernard 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
A true treasure
I don’t know what I loved most about this boating holiday in Brittany – the joys of cruising, the PRIMO canal boat that was our home for the week, or the superb jewellery craftsman we found in La Roche Bernard! To summarise, our boating holiday was full of treasures.
Marion, St Etienne