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Go on a cruise down the Sarthe

Live for the moment!

The Sarthe is right at the heart of the Maine Basin, with over 250 km of waterways!

Set sail to the Vallée de la Sarthe, Anjou and Mayenne!

 

Unwind aboard a narrowboat!

An easy-going adventure down the river awaits you, at the helm of a comfortable and fully-equipped boat for a 2 to 7-day cruise.

You’re the captain! You don’t need a boating licence and it only takes around 30 minutes to be able to sail off, at your own pace and enjoy your surroundings, heritage sites, and the wildlife all around you, from the river…

 

Sailing for dummies!

  • At the helm, go forwards, go backwards, and sail at a maximum speed of 10km/hour,
  • Safety is a priority, everyone must wear a life jacket!
  • Each season, hundreds of groups head off for their first sailing experience here, and it always goes smoothly!
  • The locks are easy to operate, and meeting the lockmasters is always an enjoyable experience!
  • You’ll have fully-charged batteries and enough water and fuel for your trip, and if you are coming outside the summer season, heating is also provided!
  • Aboard your boat, you’ll be able to cook, sleep, sing, dream, sunbathe and just laze about.

Ideas for a weekend on the water

Ideas for a 3-day/2-night trip:

DAY 1
On Friday afternoon, go to the harbour in Sablé-sur-Sarthe and get an introduction to how to sail your boat.
After 30 minutes on the river, you’ll reach your first lock, approaching Solesmes, you should stop off here and go and see the famous Abbey.
A little further down, the Juigné-sur-Sarthe river port is the perfect place to stop off for your first night.

DAY 2 
Avoise, you can dock at the jetty on the l’Œil dans le Rétro campsite,
and hire a Citroen 2 CV to drive to the Charming Little Town of Asnières-sur-Vègre.
30 min on the water and you’ll reach Parcé-sur-Sarthe, another very Charming Little Town.
When you arrive in Malicorne-sur-Sarthe, you’ll be impressed by the lively little harbour, pottery, museum and the many artists and craftspeople at the Moulin à Couleurs.

DAY 3 
Back to Sablé-sur-Sarthe (5 hours on the water), take your time admiring the wildlife all around you, listen to nature, relax and just take a moment.

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