Our four-day boating holiday on the River Vilaine, from Glénac to Guipry-Messac and then back, combines the peace and quiet of being on the waterways with visits to interesting towns and villages that you’ll meet on route.
You’ll collect your Nicols self-drive canal boat from our base at Glénac. This small village is an excellent starting point as sits at the meeting point of several waterways – the River Aff, the Canal de Nantes à Brest and the River Vilaine.
Glénac: our team will take you out on the boat in the port of Glénac and if necessary accompany you to the first lock.
La Gacilly: the famous Yves Rocher Spa, known as a ‘village of craftsmen’ with wax, ceramic, wood, glass and flowers all being used to make high quality product
Redon: historic town with pedestrian streets, Museum of the west shipping industry, guided tour of the abbey or of the monastery of the Calvairiennes
Langon: a village known for its alignment of 28 menhirs (tall upright stones), the Saint-Pierre church, chapel of Sainte-Agathe
Port de roche: the iron bridge of Port de roche, built for the World Expo 1867 exhibition in Paris, fortified farmhouse
Guipry/Messac: mills in Guirpy, “Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port” chapel, motor museum in Lohéac (7km away)
Holiday reviews from Glénac
We chose a trip on the River Vilaine for our first boating holiday and weren’t disappointed. The area is really peaceful, not much traffic on the waterways and there are lots of places to moor up in the villages and cities you arrive at. We’re now planning a return visit – this time to take a trip cruising along the Canal de Nantes à Brest.
Jean Pierre, Bordeaux