River tourism and cruises in Anjou
Discover river tourism in Anjou with boats without a license: it allows you to discover historical cities such as Laval, Angers or Le Mans.
A few hours from Paris, and located between the Pays de la Loire and Brittany, the Mayenne, Sarthe and Oudon rivers, a unique region awaits you! You can navigate from the English Channel to the Atlantic, or the other way, passing successively through the Canal de Ile and Rance 84 km. 48 locks and then the Vilaine 90 km, 13 locks; and from East to West, or in the other direction, by the Canal de Nantes to Brest 208km, 98 locks that are extended with the Blavet 57 km, 28 locks.
The Anjou offers you 275 km of navigable rivers exclusively reserved for sports boating. The Maine 11 km, 1 lock, the Oudon 18 km, 3 locks, the Sarthe 126 km, 20 locks and the Mayenne 120 km, 45 locks.
Brittany has a network of inland waterways completely administratively independent from the rest of the French network. During the summer, the locks are open every day without exception; even on holidays.
The region is easily accessible by car, TGV or by plane (regular or low-cost lines).
Sail in wonderful landscapes with forests and pass through charming typical villages. In the land of 3 rivers, discover the art of living in Anjou. At the water's edge, riches unfold: castles, abbeys, mills, gastronomy, without forgetting the pleasures of nature.
Also discover the Mayenne river with its picturesque villages and stop in Angers, city of King René.
Brittany, land of myths and legends, where ancestral traditions are still perpetuated, is a region that knew how to preserve its language, its customs, and the folklore of its past. This country of magic and mysteries will dazzle you with its richness and its incredible universe.
Brittany is very original due to the multiple and varied influences that have marked its history. You will undoubtedly enjoy Breton legends, inheritors of Celtic tales that are passed down from generation to generation.
Savor freshwater fish cooked with butter. The famous "rillettes" (homemade pâté) or fine pork rinds. When passing through Angers, try their "rillauds" (pork cooked in its fat). The «bonnotte» (potato) and the «mogette» (bean) are the ideal accompaniment to your dishes, and finally the dessert: «brioche vendéenne», a typical cake of the region.
Stroll through the vineyards of Anjou, from La Varenne to Saumur, passing through magnificent landscapes and stopping to taste their good wine.
Points of interest in Anjou and Pays de la Loire:
- Castles, country houses and palaces
- The Wines of Anjou (28 wines classified AOC) and the typical gastronomy of the region
- Chenillé-Changé is classified "village de charme" (charming village) and belongs to the villages with the most flowers in France
- Laval and its Castle on the Mayenne River
- Angers, city of the Plantagenêts kings with its impressive medieval castle towers over the city and the David Museum
- Le Mans, very famous for its racing: «Les 24H du Mans»
- The Benedictine abbey in Solesmes
- The typical cookies of the city of Sablé
- The bike paths along the Mayenne and Daon rivers
- The town of Châteauneuf with a very present history of the sailors of Gabarres
- Inland waterways in Anjou: the Mayenne River, the Sarthe River and the Oudon River
Cities and towns to visit in Anjou:
Angers: Angers is the gateway to the Loire Valley, included in the world heritage of humanity by UNESCO. It is surprising for the richness of its heritage and its quality of life, being one of the most beautiful treasures of French culture.
Chenillé Changé: Picturesque town of great cultural interest and beautiful landscapes.
Chateneuf-sur-Sarthe: Village built on a hill overlooking the right bank of the Sarthe slope.
Sable-sur-Sarthe: Medieval city with a strong industrial potential. The city combines infrastructure with valleys and rivers. The marina is one of the most dynamic in the West. Sable is the largest river tourism base in the Sarthe
- At the base of laval * the use of some boat models is restricted due to the height of some bridges during your tour. Ask us.
- The Châteauneuf * base will only be open in July and August. Ask us.
- Relatively few locks in this area and they are open every day of the year.
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For some tours, a license is required, please contact us