Brittany cruises & boating holidays

When you set off from our new Melesse base, you will fall under the spell of the River Vilaine. If you make your first stop in Rennes you can explore its Parliament, cathedral and half-timbered houses. Heading southwards, the bridge at Pont-Réan, with its nine arches offers a superb viewpoint over the river. As you approach Messac, do not miss the water-mills and windmills of the Breton moorlands or the numerous châteaux and castles in the area.

If you set off from the Saint-Martin-sur-Oust base, there are numerous options for river and canal cruising. Take your self-drive boat, follow the Nantes-Brest Canal to reach the very beautiful river island known as the Île aux Pies. From there, take a highly recommended detour on the little river Aff to the lovely village of La Gacilly, with its flower-filled alleys and magnificent botanical garden. Continuing on the Nantes-Brest Canal, you reach Redon with its Saint Saviour abbey, a real waterways crossroads and the country of the magician Merlin! Heading towards Nantes, follow the Erdre valley, passing through Blain and the Gâvre forest.

To the west of Saint-Martin-sur-Oust, the Nantes Brest Canal becomes one of the most beautiful navigable waterways. After Malestroit with its half-timbered houses, mossy pathways, a sublime quality of light, and villages of granite and slate, you reach the walls and daunting keeps of Josselin Castle. It’s a magical journey!



Brittany Start base: ST-MARTIN-SUR-OUST, MELESSE

Canal cruise in Brittany, France

Canal de Nantes à Brest, Vilaine, Erdre

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Things to see in Brittany

  • The village of "La Gacilly"

    Flower near a house in the village of Gacilly, Brittany, FranceDuring your boating holidays, stop by la Gacilly and discover the talent of some local artists and craftsmen. They work and shape wax, clay, wood, glass and flowers in order to create decorative or day to day items of strong quality. Have a look in the same village to the amazing architecture of the buildings, wells, fountains, hovens and old houses.

  • The Château de Josselin

    Josselin Castle seen from the canal, Brittany, FranceLying on the banks of the Oust, Josselin is a key stop on the 'Route des Ducs de Bretagne'. The town's history is closely bound to that of the castle which stands guard over it. Built in a flamboyant Gothic style, it provides a striking example of feudal and Renaissance architecture. Founded in the early 11the century, it is still inhabited today by the descendants of its founders, the Rohan family. Make time for a stroll through the gardens. They were laid out by Achille Duchesne, a landscape gardener who also worked at Vaux-le-Vicomte.

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