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The Dukes of Brittany Cruise

The Dukes of Brittany Cruise

Cruise along Napoleonic castles rising from forest-clad shores and discover the rich Celtic culture in Brittany.

  • Country / Region
    France / Brittany

Cruise along Napoleonic castles rising from forest-clad shores and discover the rich Celtic culture in Brittany.

  • Country / Region
    France / Brittany
Description 
  • Cruise Highlights
    ActivityActivity Use of bicyclesTourTour Visit magnificent Gothic cathedrals and churches. TourTour Chateaux and historic monumentsItinerary Itinerary Messac RETURN via La Roche-BernardActivityActivity Great destination for fishingActivityActivity Horseback riding

Summary

Get lured into the grandeur of Brittany as you cruise along forest-clad shores and pretty towns decked with century-old castles and mansions. Gain insight into the rich Celtic culture of the people and tailor your own list of activities for an awesome barge holiday in the land of prehistoric mysticism. Stroll, cycle, shop and dine—there are countless ways to enjoy the region on board and on shore.

 

Cruising time Number of locks Lock Type Waterways Duration
20 hours 4 Mostly automatic with a lock-keeper River Erdre, Canal de Nantes à Brest
River Vilaine
4 nights

 

Choose from our available boats.

Inclusions

  • Hire of the boat and its onboard equipment
  • A fully equipped kitchen
  • Towels and linen for all passengers
  • A boat handling demonstration prior to departure
  • Technical support
  • On-board maps and visitor information
  • Passage through locks


 

Exclusions

  • Optional holiday extras 
  • Boat damage waiver
  • Running costs (diesel, gas, engine wear and tear) - charged by the engine hour
  • Passage through locks (small fee applies - payable locally)
  • 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



Important Notes

  • Locks in Brittany are mostly automatic and have lock keepers. For the manual locks, you will have to operate them yourself.
  • During the busy summer season, locks are open from 9:15 am – 7:00 pm. Locks are closed for lunch between 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm.
  • Locks are open on public holidays.
  • For moorings, 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.

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Itinerary 

Messac – Redon – La Roche Bernard – Messac

Explore the following towns and villages:

  • Messac
  • Redon
  • La Roche Bernard
  • Messac

Messac
Messac is home to a few interesting local churches and has lovely country tracks, perfect for taking a walk and discovering the natural beauty of the region. Today, this pretty town is classified as a ‘green tourist station’ thanks to its excellent tourist and sporting facilities. 

Redon
An official ‘City of Character’, Redon sits at the crossroads of the Vilaine River and the Canal de Nantes à Brest. This maritime port was an important stop on the way to Rennes, and each year hundreds of ships were loaded with salt, wine and other goods to be transported to the north. Quai Duguay-Trouin pays testament to this flourishing era with many beautiful 18th century mansions built by ship merchants, which line the promenade. Don’t miss the ‘Musée de la Batellerie de l’Ouest’, which retraces the epic history of the Brittany canals and the life of the sailors. 

La Roche Bernard
La-Roche-Bernard is a town worth exploring. Historically an important seaport, it is still a booming yachting centre today and its streets are filled with little shops and places to eat. 

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