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Highlights of the Brittany Region

  • Medieval town of Josselin with its timber houses and 12th century Château
  • La Gacilly, known for its Yves perfume factory and botanical gardens
  • Redon- the little Venice of Brittany
  • Delightful 18th and 19th century castle on the River Erde
  • St-Pierre-St-Paul Cathedral
  • The capital of Brittany - Rennes, home to 18th century manor houses and parliament buildings
  • Explore Dinan and its medieval streets set in the cliffs
  • Breton specialities such as crêpes and oysters

Useful Information:

  • Locks in Brittany are mostly automatic with a lock keeper. Locks are open on public holidays.
  • Cruising on the River Loire, south of Nates is not allowed.

Suggested Cruises from our bases in Brittany

Cruiser boat holidays from Messac

Messac is home to a few interesting local churches and has lovely country tracks, perfect for taking a walk and discovering the natural beauty of the region. Today, this pretty town is classified as a ‘green tourist station’ thanks to its excellent tourist and sporting facilities.

Messac - Dinan (or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 127km • 57 Locks • 30hrs
View Messac - Dinan one-way boating route in Google Maps

The Ille-et-Rance canal links Vilaine to Rennes, the capital of Brittany, with its traditional boutiques and quaint old town. Visit Thabor Park, one of the most beautiful gardens in France and visit the Boel mill at Pont-Rean.

Visit Combourg, an old town with an imposing 11th century fortress. Enjoy climbing the Hede flight of locks before arriving at charming Dinan, a fortified medieval town high on the cliffs above the harbour.

Messac - Nort sur Erdre (or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 260km • 18 Locks • 35hrs
View Messac - Nort sur Erdre one-way boating route in Google Maps

Nicknamed 'Little Venice' because of its many scenic waterways, the town of Redon has lively Monday markets and the beautiful St Sauveur Abbey.

Stop for a picnic in the forest of Gavre and visit the cider factory at Glenrouet before arriving at Nor-sur-Erdre, reknowned as one of the most beautiful towns in France.

Messac - La Roche Bernard - Messac
Short Break Return Trip • 4 Days • 152km • 4 Locks • 20hrs
View Messac - La Roche Bernard short break boating in Google Maps

Cruise past Napoleonic castles rising from forest-clad shores, explore historic Redon with it's superb shops and delightful sightseeing opportunities.

Messac - Josselin - Messac
Return Trip • 1 Week • 208km • 36 Locks • 36hrs
View Messac - Josselin out and back boating in Google Maps

Cruise through contrasting scenery of dense forest and flat reedy plains on this scenic cruise. Visit La Gacilly, a craft centre on the Aff river, and headquarters of famous perfume maker Yves Rocher.

Discover the town's ancient streets of Malestroit and admire as the high walls of the chateau at Josselin appear.

Messac - Nantes - Messac
Return Trip • 1 Week • 280km • 36 Locks • 42hrs
View Messac - Nantes out and back boating route in Google Maps

Enjoy the scenic Celtic beauty of Brittany’s waterways on this cruise past castles and abbeys, with small villages and open meadows providing a picturesque backdrop. Visit the Chateau at Blain and enjoy Nantes with its magnificent gothic cathedral.

Messac - Redon - Josselin - Nantes - Messac
Return Trip • 2 Weeks • 402km • 68 Locks • 68hrs
View Messac - Nantes out and back boating route in Google Maps

Explore Rennes, the capital of Brittany with its cobbled streets and imposing architecture. Next turn south to see the medieval towns and castles on the Canal de Nantes à Brest, a fabulous trip through rural lands. Explore Redon, the Little Venice of Brittany, and take a trio to charming Josselin with its turreted castle.

Messac - Redon - La Gacilly - Messac
Short Break Return Trip • 3 Days • 120km • 6 Locks • 16hrs

Cruise from Messac to picturesque Redon, and La Gacilly on the river Aff, home of the Yves Rocher botanical gardens.

Nantes

Cruiser boat holidays from Nort-sur-Erdre

Nort-sur-erdre is a peaceful and charming city. Here, you will enjoy a welcoming marina, a very scenic place to stay. You can also survey the distinct architecture of the castle of Port-Mulon, built in the 18th century.

Nort sur Erdre - Messac (or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 260km • 18 Locks • 35hrs
View Nort sur Erdre - Messac one-way boating in Google Maps
(Same as Messac to Nort sur Erdre above)

Nort sur Erdre - La Gacilly - Nort sur Erdre
Return Trip • 1 Week • 200km • 34 Locks • 38hrs
View Nort sur Erdre - La Gacilly out and back boating route in Google Maps

Visit Glenrouet for watersports and stop at the cider factory. Explore the magnificent Chateau at Blain and spend some time in lively Redon, before cruising on to La Gacilly, headquarters of perfume maker Yves Rocher.

Nort sur Erdre - La Roche Bernard - Nort sur Erdre
Return Trip • 1 Week • 240km • 32 Locks • 44hrs
View Nort sur Erdre - La Roche Bernard out and back boating route in Google Maps

Visit La Roche-Bernard and savour fresh Breton oysters. Visit stunning Redon and enjoy watersports at Glenrouet.

Nort-sur-Erdre - Nantes - Blain - Nort-sur-Erdre
Short Break Return Trip • 3 - 4 Days • 100km • 20 Locks • 17hrs

Combine the city charm of bustling Nantes with the laid-back ambiance of small villages on the River Erdre and the Canal de Nantes à Brest.

Cruiser boat holidays from Dinan

Dinan is widely acknowledged as one of the most picturesque towns in Brittany. The old town is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets and old medieval timbered buildings.

Dinan - Messac (or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 127km • 57 Locks • 30hrs
View Dinan - Messac one-way boating route in Google Maps
(Same as Messac to Dinan above)

Please note that hours suggested above are approximate

La Roche Bernard

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