Boat rentals and river cruises in Brittany

A river tourism experience in Brittany is always steeped in history and mystery.

Bretaña. En esta preciosa región, rica en Historia celta y medieval, las fortalezas y castillos de granitos se divisan alzándose en la distancia, rodeados por pueblecitos pintorescos de casas con tejados tradicionales de pizarra.

Si miras detenidamente al mapa de Bretaña notarás que una inmensidad de ríos recorre su amplio territorio. Aunque a muchos se los considera canales, en realidad son ríos remansados con esclusas para controlar mejor las inundaciones y mareas altas, muy comunes en la costa noroeste francesa.

Tu viaje en barco por Bretaña se centrará principalmente en el agradable canal de Nantes a Brest, que serpentea durante 360 kilómetros desde Nantes hasta Brest, y que abarca los ríos Aulne, Oust, Isac y Erdre. Otro conjunto de vías navegables se ramifica de norte a sur. Hacia el norte encontramos el Canal d’Ille-et-Rance, poco transitado y que se junta al imponente río Vilaine en Rennes. Si tomas dirección norte hacia Dinan encontrarás el canal, y si te diriges al sur por el Vilaine acabarás llegando al mar, al puerto comercial de La Roche-Bernard. El Villaine tiene una longitud de 218 kilómetros y es una auténtica delicia.

Let your imagination fly in the French land of legends, as you pass through thick groves of hydrangeas and allow the air to refresh you. Discover the mysterious facet of ancient Armorica or the history woven into the landscape of the Dukes of Brittany.

This ancestral land has generated a multitude of myths that are recreated in local festivals throughout the year: disembark to experience the magic of this landscape and take part in these seasonal celebrations.

Discover the pleasure of river tourism in Brittany with boats without a license. River tourism allows you to discover historic cities such as Nantes, Brest or Redon.

During the cruise on the Nantes à Brest Canal and the Vilaine River, enter the land of legends and Druid witches. The Nantes à Brest canal is the most beautiful of all the routes on the Breton rivers.

On your river cruise through Brittany, you can visit Dinan Zoo and take part in the Saint Lawrence of Blain festival, which takes place in August and features jugglers and other activities. Also drop by the La Gacillly Butterfly Reserve and the Malestroit Water Museum.

Your trip to Brittany will be marked by culinary discoveries based on fish and shellfish due to the proximity to the North Atlantic coast and by cultural visits. During your itinerary, moor the boat at one of our bases for an excursion to the cities of Nantes and Rennes. With its myriad of museums, historical monuments, good restaurants and lively nightlife venues, they are essential stages of the cruise

Main points of interest in Brittany:

  • Josselin Castle (12th century)
  • Ancient towns like La Gacilly
  • Redon, the “little Venice” of Brittany
  • The magnificent Castles of the 13th and 19th centuries on the river Erdre in the direction of Nantes
  • St Pierre-le-Paul Cathedral and Nantes Castle
    Rennes, capital of Brittany: Thabor gardens, 13th century manors and the Parliament
  • Dinan ancient city and its unique point of view
  • Gastronomic specialties: galettes and crêpes, seafood, cider ...
  • Inland waterways in Brittany: the Canal de Nantes à Brest, the river Vilaine, the Canal de l´Ile-et-France, the river Erdre

Cities and towns to visit:

  • Rennes : City of art and history. The capital of Brittany is one of the most dynamic cities in France and is known mainly for its quality of life.
  • Nantes: One of the most beautiful cities in France, it houses a large number of historical monuments.
  • Redon: Typical city of Brittany that invites you to enjoy its traditions and local folklore.
  • Dinan : Dream medieval citadel. With its almost three kilometers of ramparts, Dinan and its 14th century castle will conquer you.
  • The Gacilly : A town full of flowers that sprout and paint the streets and bridges with colors and give it a special charm.
  • Josselin : In the heart of French Brittany we find this fairytale village, with its narrow streets, its castle, bridges that cross a peaceful river and houses with flowery windows.


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The tour is beautiful and the locks decorated with more flowers. The lovely people, the wonderful villages and the fabulous scenery. A holiday to recommend, especially to families or groups of friends with children, due to the tranquility and the number of stopping points. Thanks again to the Danfluvial staff for everything from minute 1 and to the lockers in the area.
Elisa H.
Ship: Tarpon 32. Redon Base. 06-26-2009. 7 days.
We had already done other cruises but we especially liked this one because of the landscape and towns. Our favorite town has been Gacilly and the way to get there by a river. La Gacilly is a fairytale town, all made of stone and there was also a highly recommended exhibition of photographs. We have become in love with this destination.
Antonio F.
Ship: Royal Mystique. Base: Messac. Date 10/5/2019. 7 days.
We loved the experience, it was only two days but we were lucky to get to Nantes and combine city and country. If I had to highlight, the tranquility of the navigation and also the gastronomy. Delicious crêpes. One but, the cold did not cool well, we notified the port but since it was only two days they could not fix it.
Ismael A.
Base: Suce sur Erdre. Ship: Nicols 1000. Date: 10/10/2019. 3 nights.

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