Suggested cruising options Sucé-sur-Erdre*
Arts and crafts of Brittany enjoyed by canal boat

One week
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La Gacilly
194 KM
from 923 EUROS**
* Cruise suggestions: non contractual information
** All prices are calculated on the basis of a two day weekend in low season.
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    the Nantes à Brest Canal
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    the Nantes à Brest Canal
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    the port at Redon
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    House of Brittany
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    navigation on the canal
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    Art Craftsmans at La Gacilly
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    La Gacilly
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    Pancakes and cider of Brittany

Description of
the boating holiday

Important information: part of the canal from Nantes to Brest (between the city of Redon and the junction with the Erdre) is closed to navigation from autumn 2022 until spring 2024.
Therefore, our base in Sucé sur Erdre will be closed for the entire 2023 season.
One-way trips from Glénac to Sucé sur Erdre will not be possible during this period.

Boating holidays in Brittany

If you’re keen on life onboard then this particular itinerary cruising on the River Erdre and Canal de Nantes à Brest is for you! It requires on average around six hours per day of sailing time to cruise from Sucé sur Erdre to La Gacilly and then back. If you prefer a boating holiday with less hours cruising then check out our one-way itinerary suggestion.

Departure base

No previous boating experience is needed to hire a self-drive canal boat from the Nicols base at Sucé sur Erdre. It is the ideal starting point for reaching the city of Nantes and while on route you’ll pass many beautiful 18th and 19th century-built chateaux and castles. Art and history lovers will thrive in Nantes as they explore its rich heritage including the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, the gothic cathedral and the museum of fine arts.
If your preference is more the peace and tranquillity of the countryside then we recommend cruising to the Mazerolles plain which is a paradise of birds and rare and protected plant species.

Places to see and things to do

Sucé-sur-Erdre: The Erdre castles – 17 castles in just 15kms

Aire de Bout de Bois:
mooring point with swimming area, fishing

La Groulais Castle, Various footpaths from the port for walks

Kerisac cider factory, Swimming pool with slides, mini-golf

historic town with pedestrian streets, Museum of the west shipping industry, guided tour of the abbey or of the monastery of the Calvairiennes

La Gacilly:
the famous Yves Rocher Spa, known as a ‘village of craftsmen’ with wax, ceramic, wood, glass and flowers all being used to make high quality product

After cruising as far as La Gacilly it is time to think about the return leg of your journey. Look out again for the favourite places you found so far, or maybe stop off at some new ones as you cruise back to the starting base at Sucé sur Erdre.

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A treasure on our doorstep
Being from Nantes I was completely unaware as to how much fun I could have on a boating holiday so close to home. Discovering the Canal de Nantes à Brest by self-drive canal boat has allowed me to see so much local heritage that surrounds the waterways that I had no idea existed before.

Pierre, Nantes