Breathtaking countryside, castles and medieval villages of the Anjou valley
Anjou Valley Boating Holidays. This region offers some of the most typical aspects of France with spectacular sceneries. The easy to navigate rivers of La Mayenne and La Sarthe meander through ideal settings, pretty countryside dotted with ancient woodland and of course the reputed vineyards. Explore the perfect waterside towns and villages and marvel at the numerous castles as you float by at your own pace – great for first time skippers.The Mayenne river is a wild and unspoilt waterway that is popular with fisherman and nature lovers. Bike hire is recommended to take advantage of the excellent towpaths along the Mayenne, a large part of which links up as part of the EuroVelo cycle route.
You have three bases to choose from:
The base at Sablé-sur-Sarthe is located a short walk from the town centre.It’s and idyllic setting overlooked by grand houses with cafes and restaurants nearby. There’s a small supermarket with all the essentials to prepare you need to start your cruise. Heading east the canal takes you past the grand riverside Benedictine Abbey at Solesmes, the picturesque villages of Avoise, Parcé-sur-Sarthe and Malicorne. From Sablé you can do a one way cruise all the way to Laval on the Sarthe and Mayenne rivers that will take you 1 week.
The marina on the river Mayenne is on the opposite side of the main town where you’ll find a good selection of shops. There are cafes and restaurants within walking distance. From here you have the choice of cruise routes. Heading south will take you to the city of Angers where the Sarthe & Mayenne meet before flowing into the Loire river.
There are some great moorings from where you can discover the city on foot. Known as the city of art & culture, Angers was once seat of the Plantagenet dynasty and the dukes of Anjou. It’s a lively university city and the centre is mostly pedestrianised with a thriving cafe culture. Discover the two sets of amazing 14th and more recent 20th century tapestries – both depicting the Apocalypse and the final battle between good and evil, can be found in the city’s Chateau. The relatively short yet delightful stretch of the Oudon river leading through quiet countryside is calm and easy to navigate.
The river port of Laval is located close to the city centre where we recommend exploring before starting your cruise. It is rich with art and history – must sees are the castle, the church of Notre-Dame d’Avesnières, the Saint Julien boat wash-house museum, and Lactopôle (the largest dairy museum in the world). Cruising south along the river Mayenne (south) towards Angers and discover the abbey and famous cheese of Port du Salut, the prehistoric megalith monuments at Baronnière, the baths and Roman settlements at Entrammes and the ancient city of Château Gontier and its pretty half-timbered houses.
The northbound route from Laval to Mayenne is a bit more challenging with a few more locks to negotiate however the locals will tell you that it is worth the effort for the beautiful landscapes that can be enjoyed in this more secret part stretch of the river.
A cruise through the canals and inland waterways of France
|Price for 2021 based on 1 week boat hire|
|Price period||20 Mar – 30 Apr
25 Sep – 07 Nov
|01 May – 04 Jun
11 Sep – 24 Sep
|05 Jun – 25 Jun
28 Aug – 10 Sep
|26 Jun – 09 Jul
21 Aug – 27 Aug
|10 Jul – 20 Aug|
|£952pp (Sablé)||£1189pp (Sablé)||£1227pp (Sablé)||£1287pp (Sablé)||£1336pp (Sablé)|
|*Travelling by air||Prices are based on London Gatwick to Nantes Airport for Sablé-sur-Sarthe departures, and they include a private transfer on arrival and departure. Other routes from your local airport might also be available – please ask for details.|
|Prices are based on Dover to Calais ferry crossings in a standard size car measuring 1.85 x 5m. Eurotunnel & other ferry routes also available.|
|Prices are based on Standard Class Eurostar service from London to Paris with a connecting fast train service and they include a private transfer on arrival and departure.|
|All prices are a guide. Prices can increase or decrease depending on availability. The prices are based on 2 people hiring a Sedan Primo for 1 week. Other boats and travel options are available please discuss your requirements with our team. We can arrange hotel accommodation before you start or at the end of your boat holiday. Please ask our team for details. Prices can change quickly – you will be quoted the current price at the time of booking. Please visit our special offers page for up to date seasonal discounts.|
Boat Choices - Depending on the size of your group and your preferred boat specification it may be necessary to start from from a specific base.
|Estivale||More Info||Duo | Quattro | Octo||Quattro||Duo | Quattro | Octo|
|Confort||More Info||900 DP | 1100 | 1350 B||900 DP | 1100 | 1350 B||900 DP | 1100 | 1350 B|
|Sedan||More Info||Primo | 1000 |1010| 1160 | 1170 | 1310||Primo | 1000 | 1170||Primo | 1000 |1010| 1160 | 1170 | 1310|
|Riviera||More Info||920 | 1130||920|
|Duration||Cruise From Sablé-sur-Sarthe||KM||Locks||Hours|
|2 Day Weekend||A||Sablé – Malicorne – Sablé||52||10||10h|
|B||Sablé – cháteauneuf-s Sarthe – Sablé||60||10||10h|
|Short Break||A||Sablé – Spay – Sablé||120||22||20h|
|B||Sablé – Angers – Sablé||120||12||18h|
|C||Sablé – Malicorne -Cháteauneuf – Sablé||112||20||19h|
|1 Week||A||Sablé – Spay – Cháteauneuf – Sablé||149||26||25h|
|B||Sablé – Angers – Grez – Sablé||84||10||14h|
|1 Week (One Way)||A||Sablé – Malicorne – Angers – Segré – Grez||175||27||28h|
|B||Sablé – Angers – Cháteau Gontier – Grez||144||27||24h|
|C||Sablé – Angers – Laval||146||31||28h|
|Duration||Cruise from Grez-Neuville||KM||Locks||Hours|
|2 Day Weekend||A||Grez – Cháteau Gontier – Grez||62||18||10.5h|
|B||Grez – Daon – Segré – Grez||62||12||10.5h|
|C||Grez – Angers – Grez||62||8||10.5h|
|A||Grez – Entrammes – Grez||122||34||21h|
|B||Grez – Cháteau Gontier – Segré – Grez||96||24||18h|
|Short Break (One Way)||A||Grez – Segré – Laval||106||27||17.5h|
|B||Grez – Montgiroux – Laval||110||35||20h|
|1 Week||A||Grez – Laval – Segré – Grez||176||46||30h|
|B||Grez – Sablé – Malicorne – Grez||190||42||30h|
|A||Grez – Segré – Angers – Malicorne – Sablé||175||27||28h|
|B||Grez – Cháteau Gontier – Angers – Sablé||144||27||24h|
|Duration||Cruise from Laval||KM||Locks||Hours|
|Short Break (One Way)||A||Laval – Segré – Grez||106||27||17.5h|
|B||Laval – Montgiroux – Grez||110||35||20h|
|A||Laval – Angers – – Sablé||146||31||28h|
- Sailing consumables: this is packaged to include engine fuel and oil, gas for the hot water and stove. On-board equipment monitors usage. This is paid locally and ranges from €5.50 to €12.80 per day depending on boat size.
- Deposit: You will be asked to pay a deposit of €1000 per boat (1500€ for boats over 10m) and €150 to cover the cleaning (200€ for boats over 10m). This deposit covers the insurance, loss of hire and cleaning if required. The deposit is refundable on the return of the boat at the end of your cruise if it is bought back in clean and undamaged to the agreed return location.
- SIXTO GREEN: Sailing consumables includes gas consumed on board (heating, hotplates, oven etc.), the charging of the batteries during
your cruise and maintenance, plus a financial contribution to VNF, the organization responsible for management of the charging terminals.
- Cleaning service: full interior & exterior and interior or exterior.
- Comprehensive waterways guide
- Bicycle hire
- Garage parking
- One way transfers
- Fishing equipment (an obligatory fishing licence costs €25. Please allow 2 or 3 weeks for the application process)
- Deck mattresses
- 12/220v Converter
- Early pick-up & late return
An all inclusive package is available for cruises of one week and longer. It includes:
- Comprehensive waterways guide
- 2 bicycles
- Cleaning package
- Fuel & gas
- Towels & kitchen linen
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