Explore Brittany, Celtic traditions, neolithic mysteries and culinary delights

Discover three waterways dedicated to leisure cruising of La Vilaine, l’Erdre and the Canal de Nantes á Brest meandering through Brittany's villages and countryside

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Boating holiday

Explore Brittany, Celtic traditions, neolithic mysteries and culinary delights

Brittany Boating Holidays. Take the helm of your boat and explore the beautiful winding waterways of Brittany – a magical and mysterious region rich in traditions that welcomes you to discover its historical treasures, natural sites and excellent culinary experiences.

You have two departure bases to choose from


The base at Glenac in the Morbihan sits close to where the Nantes to Brest Canal meets La Vilaine and l’Erdre rivers. Head on to the Nantes to Brest Canal and moor at Josselin. Visit its imposing castle and then on to the pretty village of Malestroit with its half-timbered houses. The village of La Gacilly on the Aff close to the Glenac is a typically little Breton village with flower lined lanes & arts and crafts workshops and glass blowers.

Cruise south along the winding Vilaine River, a 40 km stretch of water without locks and leading to the port of Roche Bernard and the Arzal dam. Northbound towards Rennes, a university town and capital of Brittany before heading on to Dinan with its 13th century ramparts, whilst the Erdre will take you to Nantes, on a route lined with castles.


Sucé-sur-Erdre is a pretty little village to discover before setting sail. There’s a cafe and restaurant next to the base that overlook the picturesque small marina with a handy little supermarket nearby. Head south on the l’Erdre river and discover Nantes where there’s plenty of mooring available in the centre and from where you can explore the town on foot. Nantes was once the busiest port in France and there’s a rich maritime history to discover. Heading west from Sucé, the winding river will take you through the delightful countryside and communes of Bout de Bis and Blain. There’s some great cycle paths along the towpath that are really well signposted. Blain is a good pitstop and the medieval Chateau de la Groulaie on the opposite bank is a picturesque backdrop.

Rennes & Dinan: from both bases, head north on the Vilaine River.

Rennes is the capital of Brittany. There’s plenty of mooring in the city centre from where you can explore on foot. Rennes is also a lively uni town with lots of great bars, bistros and restaurants to enjoy. There’s a great market on Saturdays.

Dinan is a lovely typical Breton town with plenty of mooring (make sure you call the port master beforehand). There a lots of great cafes and restaurants and a good boulangerie near the marina. The lively market on Thursday in the town centre is worth a visit.

Rennes and Dinan are reachable on 2 weeks duration from both bases.

Local tourist offices

The Brittany Tourist Board and The Loire Valley Tourist Board websites are worth visiting when you are preparing your holiday with some great local advice, tips and useful information:


A cruise through the canals and inland waterways of France

Holiday Highlights

Great choice of routes

The rivers Erdre & Vilaine and the Nantes to Brest canal

Historic cities & towns

Nantes, Rennes, Dinan, Redon

Delicious local specialities

Crepes, galettes, fresh seafood and local cider

Typical Breton welcome

Excellent markets, medieval villages, cobbled streets

One way navigation routes

See more of Brittany & it’s waterways

The Routes

Brittany map

Holiday Information


Prices for 2022 based on 1 week boat hire
Price period 19 Mar – 29 Apr
24 Sep – 06 Nov
30 Apr – 03 Jun
10 Sep – 23 Sep
04 Jun – 24 Jun
27 Aug – 09 Sep
25 Jun – 08 Jul
20 Aug – 26 Aug
09 Jul – 19 Aug
by air*
£1038pp (Glenac)
£750pp (Suce)
£1189pp (Glenac)
£928pp (Suce)
£1227pp (Glenac)
£991pp (Suce)
£1287pp (Glenac)
£1052pp (Suce)
£1336pp (Glenac)
£1114pp (Suce)
by car*
£544pp £695pp £733pp £794pp £843pp
by train*
£869pp (Glenac)
£916pp (Suce)
£1020pp (Glenac)
£1067pp (Suce)
£1058pp (Glenac)
£1105pp (Suce)
£1119pp (Glenac)
£1166pp (Suce)
£1168pp (Glenac)
£1215pp (Suce)
*Travelling by air Prices are based on London Gatwick to Nantes Airport and they include a private transfer on arrival and departure. Other routes from your local airport might also be available – please ask for details.
by car
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.
by train
Prices are based on Standard Class Eurostar service from London to Paris with a connecting fast train service to Agen TGV and they include 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.

Boat Ranges Brienon Venarey Les Laumes
Estivale More Info Quattro | Quattro S Duo | Sixto | Octo
Confort More Info 900 DP | 1100 | 1350 B 900 DP | 1350 B
Sedan More Info 1000 | 1150 | Primo 1000 | 1010 | 1160N | 1310 | Primo
Riviera More Info 920
From Glénac

Duration Cruise From Glénac KM Locks Hours
2 Day Weekend A Glénac – Malestroit – Glénac 59 10 10h
B Glénac – La Roche Bernard- Glénac 90 2 12.5h
C Glénac – Guenrouët – Glénac 74 4 11.5h
A Glénac – Josselin – Glénac 109 30 22h
B Glénac – Guipry – Messac – Glénac 132 4 18.5h
C Glénac – Blain – Glénac 118 14 21.5h
Short Break (One Way) A Glénac – Sucé / Erdre 93 17 20.5h
1 Week A Glénac – Josselin – Rohan – Glénac 158 62 39h
B Glénac – Rennes – Glénac 184 24 33h
1 Week
(One Way)
A Glénac – Nantes- Sucé / Erdre 136 17 27h
2 Weeks A Glénac – Nantes – Glénac 238 34 47h
B Glénac – Dinan – Glénac 262 69 55h
Cruise from Sucé-sur-Erdre

Duration Cruise from Sucé- sur-Erdre KM Locks Hours
2 Day Weekend A Sucé / Erdre – Blain – Sucé / Erdre 70 20 14h
B Sucé / Erdre – Nantes – Bout de Bois – Sucé / Erdre 76 12 15h
A Sucé / Erdre – Guenrouët – Sucé / Erdre 114 30 23h
Short Break (One Way) A Sucé – sur – Erdre – Glénac 93 17 20.5h
1 Week A Sucé / Erdre – La Gacilly – Sucé / Erdre 194 32 35h
B Sucé / Erdre – La Rocher-Bernard – Sucé / Erdre 228 32 36h
C Sucé / Erdre -Messac –  Sucé / Erdre 240 34 41h
1 Week
(One Way)
A Sucé / Erdre – Nantes – Glénac 136 17 27h
2 Weeks A Sucé / Erdre – Redon – Rennes – Sucé / Erdre 334 58 60h
B Sucé / Erdre – Redon – Josselin – Sucé / Erdre 268 60 55h


Crockery etc

Full supply for the number of passengers + kitchen towel kit

Bedding and Towels:

sheets, blankets/duvets, pillows with cases

Navigation Instruction

Boat Equipment

All equipment necessary for navigation

Temporary Boat Licence

Temporary Boat Licence to use on the waterways of France

Boat Insurance

Please check on arrival  for upgrades to insurance

Breakdown assistance:

Available 7 days per week during base opening times


  • 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
  • Barbecue
  • Garage parking
  • One way transfers
  • Fishing equipment (an obligatory fishing licence costs €25. Please allow 2 or 3 weeks for the application process)
  • WiFi
  • 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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