Anjou Boating Holidays

Between Brittany and the Loire valley, Anjou is famous for fine food and wine, historic castles and abbeys. Anjou boasts a superb network of rivers for exploring the forest-covered hillsides, riverside chateaux and charming villages.

Our three bases in Anjou provide a good variety of routes for short breaks, weeks and longer holidays with one way trips available.

Anjou Area Map

Cruise south from the ancient chateau at Laval through unspoiled countryside to Chateau-Gontier with its chateau and old half-timbered mansions, to the village of Chenillé-Changé, noted for its flower displays, ancient houses with grey slate roofs, a 12th century church and a water mill.

From our base at Sable-sur-Sarthe, divert onto the short River Oudon and Le Lion d'Angers, famous for breeding racehorses, before continuing to Angers, a bustling old town with its cathedral and mighty fortress of 17 towers. At Angers the Mayenne meets the River Sarthe.

The River Sarthe meanders past lovely small towns such as Solesmes with its famous Gregorian Abbey, through Chateauneuf on to Malicorne, noted for its pottery and ancient chateau. Continue to the exciting town of Le Mans, famous for its 24-hour race and unmissable Plantagenet quarter.

In Anjou you will find many places to moor, perhaps near restaurants renowned for the region’s cuisine such as perch in a light butter sauce, Port Salut cheese, cider and pear wine, and Anjou's own famous wines.

Area Highlights

Highlights of the Anjou Region

  • Angers: The castle of King Rene
  • Le Mans: The historic quater of the Plantagenet
  • Solesmes: The Benedictine Abbey
  • Le Lion d'Angers: National racehorse stud
  • Entrammes: The Abbey of Port du Salut
Chateau d'Angers

Useful Information:

  • The locks in Anjou are open every day and operated by lock keepers.
  • Cruise through hundreds of kilometres of beautiful waterways dedicated to boating with many moorings.
  • Wide choice of boats available from 3 bases, including weekend, week and longer breaks and one-way cruises.

Suggested cruises from our bases in Anjou

Anjou Boating Map

One way cruises are available between bases of the same colour.

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