Suggested cruising options Sablé-sur-Sarthe*
Historic Sarthe getaway

Short break
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Malicorne - Châteauneuf
112 KM
from 649 EUROS**
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** All prices are calculated on the basis of a two day weekend in low season.
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    The Nicols base at Sablé sur Sarthe
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    Sablé-Solesmes Golf Course
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    Benedictine Abbey of Solesmes (11th century)
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    A 'beach' area on the river bank at Solesmes
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    Mooring in Solesmes
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    Cruising past the 'Perrine de Cry' mansion to Avoise
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    Malicorne - a city famous for its ceramics
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Description of
the boating holiday

Discover the Sarthe by boat

Immerse yourself in the history of La Sarthe as you spend your mini break sailing along the river between Sablé-sur-Sarthe and Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe. Stopping wherever you please, you’ll discover abbeys, Châteaux and charming medieval villages.

Departure base

The rental of your Nicols boat from the base of Sablé-sur-Sarthe in Anjou is the ideal place to discover this beautiful calm and nonchalant river that is the Sarthe. Its low number of locks will seduce the novice for a first cruise in all serenity.

Places to see and things to do

Sablé-sur-Sarthe: Castle park, guided tour of the ancient town centre, The museum of the flying man, art gallery of the Chateau de Villeneuve, ‘Espace Henri Royer’ with Picnic area, Playground, Mini golf, Pool and jetty.

Solesmes:  Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Solesmes + Gregorian songs, Chapelle Notre Dame du Nid

Juigné sur Sarthe: Wrought-iron craft

Avoise: Guided tour of the village, Château Dobert (15th & 18th century, Le manoir de la Perrine de Cry (manor house), medieval village of Asnières sur Vègre  - small characterful estate and mosaic garden,4 km from Avoise)

Parcé-sur-Sarthe: Small charcterful estate, possible guided tour, Tower Saint-Pierre, Notre-Dame Saint-Joseph chapel, View of Château Pechesseul

Dureil: Visit the town

Malicorne: ‘Musee de la faienceum’ ceramic museum, ‘Malicorne Espace Faience’ earthenware fun and interactive museum, Chateau def Malicorne, guided tour of the village

Pincé-sur-Sarthe: Medieval garden, golf course, hiking trails

Morannes: Aquaculture farm of Anjou, St Aubin’s church, Boule du Fort (a local game)

Brissarthe: Church, hiking trails

Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe: House of the river, Boule de fort (a local game), equestrian centre

When you have explored Châteauneuf-sur-Sarthe, it’s time to turn back for the return leg of your cruise.  Perhaps visit some of your favourite discoveries as you cruise back to your starting base at Sablé-sur-Sarthe.

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We will come back !
Cruising on our Nicols renting boat was a joy – it was well laid out, very spacious and bright. The route of our trip was most enjoyable with a stop at the foot of the Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Solesmes and at Malicorne we discovered the pottery. It was a great break but we will definitely cruise from Sablé-sur-Sarthe for longer next time!

Charlotte, couple, Parthenay