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Cruising in the Loire Valley

Hop aboard and see Anjou from another angle. Relax and go with the flow as you contemplate the gentle procession of wooded hillsides, manor houses and pretty villages. Enjoy a day trip with friends or why not take the family for a break and get away from it all on a houseboat.

Traditional wooden boat        

Do whatever floats your boat!

Take possession of your houseboat in Anjou and explore the large network of waterways on the Maine, Sarthe, Mayenne and Oudon rivers which converge near Angers. You don’t need a licence to take the helm, the waters are calm and you’ll mosey along at a leisurely speed, stopping off wherever and whenever you please.

You can visit a château, the national stud farm in Angers, sample some Anjou wines or simply cycle along the tow path. On a houseboat holiday, whatever you do, you do it at your own pace.

Cruising down the river

See why the rive Loire has UNESCO world heritage status as you watch the world go by from the deck of a traditional wooden boat (Rêves de Loire et d'ailleurs) and learn all about riverside life with expert commentary from a local enthusiast.


You could take the sunset cruise for a romantic outing and superb photo opportunity. For a more adventurous trip you could try a traditional sailing lesson, go island hopping or combine a cruise with a hike or cycle ride.

Living by the Loire

Fishing is a major part of riverside life. Why not try your hand at casting a line from a professional fishing boat? Help manoeuvre the vessel as you learn about river navigation, water levels and ecology. You’ll really feel at one with nature! Later, you’ll appreciate the strong, silent, tranquillity of the Loire as you moor on one of its many islands. Enjoy a well-deserved “fisherman’s aperitif” around the campfire before retiring to your bivouac. Sleep well – it might be your turn to row tomorrow!