Although a relatively short cruise, this boating holiday itinerary combines navigation on three waterways – the Canal de Nantes à Brest, the River Aff and then the River Vilaine all the way down to the sea! The diverse landscapes to be seen here will delight both beginners and experienced boaters.
Your canal boating holiday begins in Glénac in the heart of Brittany. From here you will join the Canal de Nantes à Brest, then the River Vilaine in the direction towards the town of La Roche Bernard at the gateway to the Atlantic. With a total cruising time of about 11 hours this boating holiday itinerary is ideal for a weekend getaway.
Glénac: a small quiet village with a marsh area full of wild birds, restaurant in the village centre is also an excellent place to purchase groceries to take with you on your trip – including fresh bread and croissants!
Ile au Pie: great for swimming, canoeing or hiking on the marked trail
Redon: historic town with pedestrian streets, Museum of the west shipping industry, guided tour of the abbey or of the monastery of the Calvairiennes
Rieux: charming port with restaurant and camping facilities, walk from here to the medieval castle ruins
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)
Holiday reviews from Glénac
A visit to the superb La Roche Bernard
We chose this particular itinerary cruising to La Roche Bernard on the recommendation of the Nicols base manager and we weren’t disappointed. Particular highlights were discovering the workshops of the many talented craftsmen such as artists and glass blowers.