If you’re looking for a short break idea then hire a canal boat for three to four days on the Canal de Nantes à Brest. This suggested route between Sucé sur Erdre and Guenrouët is perfect at just over 24 hours cruising time.
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. It’s possible to fly to Nantes Atlantique airport or use the TGV train to Nantes station, then get the ‘train-tram’ to Sucé sur Erdre which stops just 300m from the Nicols base.
Sucé-sur-Erdre: The Erdre castles – 17 castles in just 15kms
Bout de Bois: excellent mooring spot for enjoying swimming and fishing in the lake
Blain: La Groulais Castle, Various footpaths from the port for walks
Guenrouët: Kerisac cider factory, Swimming pool with slides, mini-golf
After cruising as far as Guenrouët 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 highly successful short break
These four days on the waterways were a complete change of scenery for us! The pace of cruising is relaxing with the fun of manoeuvres such as mooring up or negotiating locks thrown in, plus many interesting stop off points – one of our favourites being at the cider makers Cidrerie de Kerisac