Nantes – Île de Versailles base – The route
Starting from our boat hire base on île de Versailles, you can sail all the way to Sucé-sur-Erdre. Once you have passed the Tortière bridge, you can reach Petit Port in half an hour on our Ruban Bleu and AS boats. The river banks are lined with many magnificent châteaux:
- As you carry on up the river, you will see the château de l’Eraudière on your right. Soon afterwards, you reach la Jonelière, with its lively quayside, its river barges and restaurants before sailing under the Jonelière and Beaujoire bridges.
- A few minutes more will take you past the château de la Desnerie, in Chapelle-sur-Erdre.
- Further along, on the right,you can see a former estate, which is now divided between the parc de la Chantrerie and the Nantes Veterinary College.
- Our pontoon opposite the château de la Gascherie is a good place to moor and take a few photos.
- Two châteaux: Nay and la Couronnerie : face each other across the river as you carry on towards Sucé-sur-Erdre.
- You finally reach yourdestination at Sucé-sur-Erdre. With our fastest boats, the Scoops and the Mosts, the round trip takes a little over 3 hours. You can moor on our pontoon at Sucé and go and explore the old town.
Sucé-sur-Erdre boat hire base – The route
From our electric boat hire base in Sucé-sur-Erdre, you can either:
- Sail back to our Île de Versailles base in Nantes: This will take a little over 3 hours in all, depending on the type of boat, and you can then admire all the sites mentioned above, in reverse!
- Or you can choose to explore the plaine de Mazerolles. This is part of the Erdre marshes, the ideal place for nature lovers who want to spot migrating bird species and a wealth of unique flora.
Vertou boat hire base on the Sèvre Nantaise – The route
The river meanders gently through constantly changing scenery. Discover the River Sèvre, sailing from our Vertou base:
- Your trip begins at La Chaussée des Moines, a historic causeway built across the river.
- A little further along on the right, just opposite the Vertou racecourse, stands la Frémoire, a château and estate overlooking the River Sèvre.
- Your trip then takes you through the typical neighborhood of
- On the right, where the Sèvre meets the River Maine, stands the château de Coing. On the left lie la Cantrie and la Haie-Fouassière.
- You then gently glide through the vineyards for some time before actually reaching the second village, which takes its name from a locally-made flatbread called “fouace”.
Nort-sur-Erdre boat hire base – The route
Right next to Port Saint-George, which marks the limit between the navigable and unnavigable sections of the River Erdre, our Nort-sur-Erdre boat hire base is a haven of peace and quiet.
- On your left, as soon as you leave the base, you can seePort-Mulon.
- As you sail further down theriver, you will soon come across the magnificent château du Pont-Hus, built in the 18th century.
- You then cross the Poupinière wetlands before reaching the Mazerolles marshes.
- It takes about half a day to sail all the way down to the little port at Sucé-sur-Erdre with our electric boats, at a leisurely 8km/h.