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Discover Brittany through self-drive cruising

Waterways of Brittany

Discover Brittany through self-drive cruising
Venture off the beaten track with a self-drive cruising holiday in balmy Brittany. Discover its peaceful waterways and enjoy plenty of time to explore mystic towns lined with impressive cathedrals, abbeys, châteaux and charming places to stroll, shop and dine. Cycling along countryside towpaths is a popular pursuit, as is playing a round of golf, a game of tennis or simply lounging by the pool at a Brittany resort.
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Explore Brittany's impressive cathedrals, abbeys, châteaux, and countryside towpaths.

Discover the gorgeous waterways of Brittany: River Erdre, Canal de Nantes à Brest and River Vilaine.

Along the river, on the beach, in the cobbled streets or along towpaths - the balmy region of Brittany surprises you at every corner. The best way to explore this hilly peninsula is through a self-drive boating holiday which allows you to see through its dramatic features, from picturesque villages, to medieval castles and mystical legends, to local fetes and rich history. Its gastronomy, headlined by the world-famous Breton oysters, is ultimately a must try!

Your Brittany boat hire in France focuses mainly on the lovely Canal de Nantes à Brest that twists and turns 360 kilometres (224 miles) from Nantes to Brest, covering the Aulne, Oust, Isac and Erdre rivers. Another series of waterways slices north-south. To the north, the little used Canal d’Illle-et-Rance hooks up with the beautiful Vilaine River at Rennes. Cruising north to Dinan puts you on the canal, and cruising south on the Vilaine takes you all the way to the sea at the commercial port of La Roche- Bernard. The Vilaine is a total of 218 kilometres in length, and it’s delightful.


MOORINGS are plentiful in Brittany, and most services are available. Expect to pay between 10 and 15 euros per night for a boat about 10 metres (33 feet) in length. Rates are a bit higher in some ports.

LOCKS in Brittany are mostly automatic and have lock keepers. Some are manual, and you’ll operate those yourself.

OPENING HOURS: During the busy summer season locks are open 09:15–19:00 (7:00pm). Locks are closed for lunch between 12:00-14:00 (2:00pm). Public holidays: Locks are always open

Brittany cruising season lasts from 01 April - 31 October 2020, and then from 01 April - 29 October 2021.


Get a "Pass Nantes" so you can visit as many monuments and museums as you'd like during your stop in this amazing city.

Charming restaurants, cafés, and elegant terraces await you in this peaceful town sitting on the edge of the River Erdre.

Discover the vibrant marina and the grandiose architecture of castle of Port-Mulon built in the 18th century.

Visit Saint-Roch chapel, the museum of arts and tradition and other historical sites of this city brimming with character.

Stop in Guenrouët to explore its shops and leisure centre featuring an open-air pool with slide, whirlpool, grassy areas, pedalos, canoes and kayaks, picnic areas, and a mini-golf course themed after the local canal. 

La Roche Bernard
Explore the vibrant shops and dining places at La Roche Bernard, a thriving yachting centre.

Visit Quai Duguay-Trouin and ‘Musée de la Batellerie de l’Ouest’ in Redon, officially declared a ‘City of character’.

This island is an adventure paradise with stunning climbing peaks, hiking trails, and a zipline. Kids can also enjoy archery, tree climbing and fishing in this place.

La Gacilly
Stop and smell the flowers at La Gacilly which is also home to the famous Yves Rocher cosmetic factory.  

Admire the impressive buildings, historic houses, and rich history of Malestroit known as one of the 9 "baronnies" of independent Brittany.

The castle of Josselin is perhaps the most beautiful in all of Brittany. Discover the narrow streets and old houses surrounding the town centre.

See the interesting local churches, country tracks, and greenery of Messac classified as a ‘green tourist station.’

Explore Brittany's dynamic city full of architectural and religious heritage. Visit St. Pierre's Cathedral, St. Madeleine Abbey and St. Germain church, and the splendid  splendid Thabor Gardens.

As one of the most beautiful towns in Brittany, Dinan boasts a picturesque maze of charming narrow cobblestone streets and old medieval timbered buildings.

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Hire of the boat and its equipment
A fully equipped kitchen
Boat handling demonstration prior to departure
Towels and linen for all passengers
On-board cruising information
Technical support


  • Optional  holiday extras
  • Boat damage  waiver
  • Running costs (diesel, gas, engine wear and tear) - charged by the  engine hour.
  • Travel to and from the base(s)
  • Waterside services if you use them (i.e. moorings where a charge is applicable, pump-out if needed, water, etc)
  • Cancellation plan & any travel/personal insurance
  • Food and drink

Additional information

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0 nights
from AUD2,505
per person, twin share
01 April - 31 October 2020 | 01 April - 29 October 2021
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