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Maine-Anjou

Just a few hours from Paris this region offers 300 km of beautiful waterways devoted purely to boating holidays in France. Famous for its gentle atmosphere, excellent gastronomy and castles and abbeys, Anjou boasts a superb network of rivers: the Mayenne , the Sarthe and the Oudon all guide you peacefully through historical treasures and charming villages. 
These are some nice cruises: 

History and Architecture 

Nature 

Highlights

  • Go to the amazaing Terra Botanica leasure parc and then visit the gardens of Angers
  • Discover the mansions, chateaux and mills near  Grez-Neuville
  • Taste some delicious "Port  Salut  " cheese before visiting its abbey.
  • Buy some pretty china from one of the ceramics shops in Malicorne-sur-Sarthe
  • Ride your bike along the famously good tow paths.
  • Re-live history at the Domaine de la Petite Couere , a reconstitution of a 19th century village .

Useful information

  • This region is also one of the best-equipped networks in France with plenty of mooring ports and easy to use locks with lock-keepers at hand.
  • Closest airports are in Paris and Nantes  . Closest train stations are in Sablé , Angers and Le Mans. We can help with train times and arrange taxi transfers for you to get to your boat. 

RIVER CRUISES IN THIS REGION

The Loire, a Royal river

8-day cruise NANTES - ST NAZAIRE - ANCENIS - ANGERS - the Castles of the Loire - Saumur - BOUCHEMAINE - ANCENIS - NANTES Discover a heritage with a rich tapestry, firmly rooted in history. A region committed to the legacy of...

SELF DRIVE BOATS IN THIS REGION

Estivale Duo

4 stars 2 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
   The design and layout of the boat provides panoramic views at all times. The ground level rear deck offers a bridge living space perfect for dining alfresco and a sliding sun awning to provide a shady retreat if needed. A second steering position, swimming ladder and deck shower...

Estivale Octo

4 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
he Nicols Octo from the Estivale range comes with four cabins, two of which have convertible beds (either a double bed or twin beds), making this self-drive boat ideal for four couples or two couples and four children. From the living area you can enjoy 360º panoramic views and the kitchen...

Estivale Quattro

4 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Nicols Quattro from the Estivale range provides flexible accommodation with two cabins with convertible beds (either a double bed or twin beds) making this self-drive boat ideal for two couples or a couple and two children. From the living area you can enjoy 360º panoramic views and the...

Penichette 1020FB

4 stars 4 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
Minimum headroom: bows: 1,92m stern: 1,92m Midships: 1,97m Prices are valid in France, Holland  and Italy To enjoy a canal or river cruise, you can rent the boat Penichette 1020FB . Forward cabin with either 1 double or 2 or 3 single berths (with one upper bunk...

Penichette 1180FB

4 stars 6 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
Two forward cabins with double berths that can be transformed into two single berths (one upper bunk berth can be installed on request in one of the cabins) storage and hanging space Each cabin has its own shower compartment with shower, handbasin and electric WC Stern cabin with double...

Penichette 1400FB

4 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
At the bows two cabins each with two single beds that can be joined to make a double bed Hanging cupboard and storage Each cabin has its own shower, handbasin and WC At the stern, one cabin with double bed, with the possibility of installing one small, child size, upper single berth;...

Primo

4 stars 2 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Perfect for first time cruisers, the "Primo®" is the latest self-drive cruiser from the Nicols boatyard and is a simple yet elegant model with a modern interior. The living area is extremely spacious and full of light thanks to its opening glass roof – a new development from...

Confort 1100

3 stars 7 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Confort 1100 is the ideal canal boat for three couples: three spacious cabins with around 2 metres headroom and three shower rooms.  The central living area has a fully equipped kitchen with plenty of storage units.  The boat has a number of easy access points: a side door close to...

Confort 1350

3 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Confort 1350 is the ideal canal boat for four couples: four spacious cabins with around 2 metres headroom and four shower rooms (three of which are en suite). The central living area has a fully equipped kitchen with plenty of storage units.  The boat has a number of easy access points:...

Confort 900

3 stars 5 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Confort 900 is the ideal canal boat for two couples: the two cabins at each end of the boat are separated by a central living area ensuring privacy. Each cabin is spacious with around 2 metres headroom and has direct access to its en suite bathroom.   Access to and from the boat is easy:...

Confort 900DP

3 stars 5 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Features : 2 spacious and separated cabins 2 en suite bathroom 2 outdoor deck areas ideal for two couples Indoor outdoor steering positions The Confort 900 DP is the ideal canal boat for two couples: the two cabins at each end of the boat are separated by a central...

Penichette 1160FB

3 stars 6 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
Superb forward double cabin with large en suite shower compartment, with basin, shower and WC Hanging cupboard and storage At the stern one cabin with two single beds, hanging cupboard and storage, one cabin with upper and lower single berths, hanging cupboard and storage Shower...

Penichette 1165 FB

3 stars 6 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
3 Cabins and lounge cabin fitted kitchen. Radio/CD player. Outlet 220V. Forward cabin: 1 double cabins with Washroom cabins : washbasins, showers and Electric toilet. Rear cabin portside: one double berth Rear cabin starboard side: 2 simple bunk beds Lounge: seat...

Penichette 1260R

3 stars 6 Permanent Berths 4 Temporary Berths
Three large double cabins, with the possibility of additional upper pullman berths in the two forward cabins Handbasin, hanging cupboard and storage in each cabin Two shower compartments, each with shower and electric WC Fitted kitchen, inside steering, two large sliding sunroofs...

Penichette 1500R

3 stars 8 Permanent Berths 4 Temporary Berths
Four cabins that each have a double bed that can be expanded with an additional upper pullman berth (front cabins only) Hanging cupboard and storage Each cabin has its own double bed, handbasin, wardrobe and storage Saloon with 230 V socket (quayside connection) Raised inside...

Rive 40

3 stars 6 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
3 double cabins. 2 steering positions: inside and outside. Ideal boat for 3 couples or 2 couples with children. Maximum capacity and size Up to 8 peoples 4 double beds (3 could be single beds) Prices 2017 for one week One week in 2017 Prices...

Sedan 1000

3 stars 6 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Nicols 1000 from the Sedan range is an ideal canal barge for a family with three double cabins. The spacious front cabin is worthy of a captain while the other two cabins (approx 100 cm headroom above the bunk) are perfect for children or guests. The two shower rooms make this barge...

Sedan 1160

3 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Nicols 1160 from the Sedan range is an ideal canal barge for a family boating holiday. It comprises three double cabins (two of which have around 100 cm headroom above the bunks) plus one cabin with bunk beds. These cabins share two shower rooms to comfortably accommodate up to eight people...

Sedan 1170

3 stars 8 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Nicols 1170 from the Sedan range is an ideal canal barge for a family boating holiday. It comprises four double cabins (two of which have around 100 cm headroom above the bunks) and two shower rooms to comfortably accommodate up to eight people (four adults four children). Large windows...

Sedan 1310

3 stars 10 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Nicols 1310 from the Sedan range is – along with the Nicols 1300 – the largest self-drive boat in the Nicols fleet in terms of accommodation capacity. With its five cabins and double sofa bed it can accommodate up to 12 people on board ! It comprises five double cabins (two of...

Tarpon 32

3 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
2 Cabins lounge cabin Up to 4/6 ( 2) peoples Forward cabin: one double berth one child bunk Rear cabin: one double berth one child bunk Lounge: seat convertible to a double berth Sanitary equipment: two showers / two washbasins / two WCs 9,10 m x 3,75 m - 2 steering...

Tarpon 37 N

3 stars 7 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Boats with a recent conception and comfort equipment Up to 7/9 ( 1) peoples 3 Cabins lounge cabin Forward cabin: one double berth one single berth Rear cabin portside: one double berth with one raised child bunk (on certain models) Rear cabin starboard side: two single bunk...

Tarpon 42 N

3 stars 10 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Up to 12 peoples 4 Cabins lounge cabin Forward cabin: one double berth 1 raised single berth Middle cabin: one double berth Rear cabin portside: 1 single berth, 2 bunk beds Rear cabin starboard side: one double berth Lounge: seat convertible to a double berth Sanitary equipment: two...

Eau Claire 1130

2 stars 7 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Spacious, comfortable, air boat. In the front fore cabin with a double bed 140, a single bed with washbasin; in the middle, a cabin with bed 140 with washbasin, a cabin wc/shower. A living room changing in double bed,with sunroof. CLASSIC range The boat EAU CLAIRE 1130 is a part of our...

Eau Claire 930 A

2 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The boat EAU CLAIRE 930 is part of our classic range.  It is  a more traditional design which has contributed to the development of river tourism. EAU CLAIRE 930, built by Janneau, is on one level giving it a large interior space to live in. The lounge is a large area with big...

Eau Claire 930 DP

2 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The boat EAU CLAIRE 930 DP is a part of our classic range in the more traditional design which contributed amply to the development of the river tourism. EAU CLAIRE 930, built by Janneau, is a boat on one level easy to live and proposing a big interior space. The model with Double steering...

Eau Claire 930 Fly

2 stars 3 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
Up to 6 peoples 1 Cabin lounge cabin Rear cabin: one double berth one single berth Lounge: seat convertible to a double berth one raised single berth Sanitary equipment: one shower / one washbasin / one WC 9,30 m x 3,60 m - 2 steering positions Minimum height in the lounge: 2. 15m and in...

Espade Concept Fly

2 stars 6 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Up to 6/8 ( 1) peoples 2 Cabins lounge cabin Middle cabin: one double berth Rear cabin: one double berth one single one raised child bunk Lounge: seat convertible to a double berth one raised bunk Sanitary equipment: one shower / three washbasins / one WC 11,50 m x...

Marina 1400

2 stars 9 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Big, spacious and easy to handle boat could welcome 2 or 3 families or groups. A very big living room with a sunroof. This boat is very good value for money for the number of persons being able to live on board. It is particularly intended to welcome family groupings or constituted...

Penichette 1020 FB

2 stars 5 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
2 Cabins lounge cabin Forward cabin: 3 bunk berths with a superimposed Rear cabin: one double berth Lounge: non convertible seat Sanitary equipment: two showers / two WCs 10,20m x 3,55m - 2 steering positions Minimum height in the lounge: 1,97 m and in the cabins: 1. 92...

Penichette 1107W

2 stars 5 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Ideal for families Forward cabin with double bed, hanging cupboard and storage Central cabin with one double bed and one single bed Dinette convertible to double bed Additional storage and hanging cupboards opposite the shower compartment Shower compartment with shower, hand...

Penichette 1120 R

2 stars 4 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
2 Cabins and lounge 2 forward Cabins: double cabins ( 2 bunk beds) Lounge : seat convertible to a double berth Sanitary equipment: 2 showers / 2 washbasins / 2 WCs . 2 opening roofs Steeringwheel: 1 Large back patio / Radio / CD player Inside equipment of the boats...

Penichette 1260 R

2 stars 6 Permanent Berths 4 Temporary Berths
3 cabins and lounge cabin 3 double cabins (115*185) : with two single bunk beds (70*185) in the 2 forward cabins  Lounge cabin : seat convertible to a double berth Sanitary equipment : 2 showers / 3 washbasins / 2 WCs. 12,60 m x 3,85 m - 2 opening roofs Minimum height in...

Penichette 1400 FB

2 stars 8 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
Up to 8/9 ( 1) peoples  4 cabins lounge cabin 2 front cabins: the choice betwen two single berths or a double berth Rear cabin portside: 2 bunk beds Rear cabin starboard side: 1 double berth possible for a child to sleep in a bunk bed Lounge: seat convertible to a...

Penichette 1500 R

2 stars 8 Permanent Berths 4 Temporary Berths
4 Cabins and lounge cabin 2 Forward Cabins: 2 bunk beds 1 Middle cabin: one double berth 1 Middle cabin : one double berth Lounge : seat convertible to a double berth Sanitary equipment : 3 showers / 4 washbasins / 3 WCs . 2 opening roofs Minimum height in the...

Penichette 935-935W

2 stars 3 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Ideal for couples or couples with one child Forward cabin with double bed, hanging cupboard and storage One single bed in the corridor Shower compartment with shower, hand-basin and toilet Dinette convertible to double bed Fitted kitchen Saloon with 230 V socket (quay...

Riviera 1130

2 stars 7 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Riviera 1130 is a canal barge with three cabins and sleeps up to seven people (two double beds and three single beds). This flexible accommodation is perfect to accommodate large families or groups of friends.  The living room is full of light thanks to the sliding roof – perfect...

Riviera 920

2 stars 6 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
The Riviera 920 is the ideal canal boat for two couples or a small family. It offers two cabins separated by a central living space ensuring privacy. Each cabin has one double bed and one single bed.  The living room is full of light thanks to the sliding roof – perfect for relaxing or...

Triton 1050

2 stars 6 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Comfortable boats which are typical of fluvial tourism and giving the best price/life on board. Up to 8 peoples 2 Cabins lounge cabin Middle cabin: one double berth Forward cabin: one double berth one single berth Gangway: one single berth Lounge: seat convertible to...

Triton 860 Fly

2 stars 3 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Comfortable boat which is typical of fluvial tourism and giving the best price/life on board. This boat has the double steering. Up to 5 peoples 1 Cabin and lounge cabin Forward cabin: one double berth one single berth Lounge: seat convertible to a double berth Sanitary...

Eau Claire 1130

1 stars 6 Permanent Berths 3 Temporary Berths
Up to 9 peoples 2 Cabins lounge cabin Middle cabin: one double berth Rear cabin: one double berth one single berth Gangway: one single berth Lounge: seat convertible to a double berth one raised single bunk Sanitary equipment: one shower / three washbasins / one WC...

Fred 700

1 stars 2 Permanent Berths 1 Temporary Berths
Up to 2 (and 1) peoples Convertible seat in the lounge Lounge: seat convertible to a double berth Sanitary equipment: one shower / one washbasin / one WC 7,00 m x 2,50 m - Steering position in the cockpit. Minimum height in the lounge : 1. 85m  Inside equipment of the...

Penichette 1107 W

1 stars 5 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
Comfortable boats which are typical of fluvial tourism and giving the best price/life on board. Up to 7 peoples 2 Cabins lounge cabin Middle cabin: one double berth one single berth Forward cabin: one double berth Lounge: seat convertible to a double berth Sanitary...

Penichette 935 W

1 stars 3 Permanent Berths 2 Temporary Berths
1 Cabin & lounge cabin Lounge: seat convertible to double berth. Fitted kitchen. 
 Sanitary equipment: 1 shower / 1 washbasin / 1 WC. Minimum height in the lounge = 2,05 m, and in the cabins = 1,85 m Steeringwheels: inside and outside Inside equipment complete boat...