If you’ve decided to start your waterway cruise from our base at Chenillé Changé, your holiday will begin well before your board your houseboat. Take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy visiting this picturesque city and get lost in its streets, before training with us on how to handle your houseboat.
The pleasure begins at Chenillé Changé, even before you embark on your waterway cruise
If you’ve opted for a waterway cruise to immerse yourself in the treasures of this region of rural France, you should plan to visit the town of Chenillé Changé before embarking on your licence-free rental boat. You’ll be able to admire the water mill, which is still in operation and will plunge you straight into the magical waterway heritage you’re about to explore during your cruise. The remains of the Château des Rues are another enchanting attraction to behold, along with the Romanesque church of Saint Pierre, which dates back to the 11th century and is well worth a visit in itself. It will then be time to head to our waterway base, from which you can embark on a multi-faceted cruise. Whichever route you choose, you’ll have easy access to the region’s nature and heritage, with many marked trails for you all to follow, whether on ATB bikes or on foot.
Navigate a soothing path where discoveries abound
Chenillé Changé is the gateway to a veritable concentration of all the attractions of waterway tourism. There are 300 kilometres of waterways to choose from. You may prefer the waters of the Mayenne or the wilder course of the Oudon, unless the soothing and elegant Sarthe gets the upper hand. Going through the many locks makes for unforgettable cruising memories : here, every lock is unique and provides an opportunity to share experiences and discover something new. So, let yourself go ! Visit the local markets along the way to purchase regional specialities to enjoy aboard your houseboat or stop off for a swimming break at one of the nautical bases en route. You may also like to join the popular tourist trail from time to time and visit the region’s must-see attractions, whether in Laval or Angers, unless you prefer to keep your distance and make the most of the unique countryside environment off the beaten track.
discover the region with our photos
suggested itineraries Tested and approved
Set off from Chenillé-Changé and navigate as your desires see fit, or follow our itinerary ideas:
|Aller-retour||70km - 14 locks||12h||Chenillé Changé > Le Lion d'Angers > Segré > Chenillé Changé|
|Aller-retour||80km - 24 locks||13h||Chenillé Changé > Entrammes > Chenillé Changé|
|Aller-retour||150km - 38 locks||22h||Chenillé Changé > Entrammes > Le Lion d'Angers > Segré > Chenillé Changé|
|Aller-retour||150km - 22 locks||17h||Chenillé Changé > Le Lion d'Angers > Segré > Le Lion d'Angers > Chenillé Changé > Château Gontier > Chenillé Changé|
|Aller-retour||91km - 16 locks||16h||Chenillé Changé > Le Lion d'Angers > Montreuil Juigné > Angers > Cantenay Epinard (by Ecouflant, so round the Island St Aubin by ‘la vieille Maine’) > Le Lion d'Angers > Chenillé Changé|
|Aller-retour||198km - 30 locks||34h||Chenillé Changé > Angers > Solesmes > Chenillé Changé|
|Aller-retour||170km - 48 locks||31h||Chenillé Changé > Laval > Angers > Le Lion d'Angers > Segré > Chenillé Changé|
|Aller-simple||168km - 28 locks||28h||Chenillé Changé > La Suze sur Sarthe|
|Aller-retour||402km - 112 locks||68h||Chenillé Changé > Mayenne > Ecouflant > Malicorne > Chenillé Changé|
|Aller-simple||274km - 62 locks||49h||Chenillé Changé > Laval > Angers > La Suze sur Sarthe|
|Three weeks or more|
|Aller-retour||504km - 130 locks||97h||Chenillé Changé > Mayenne > Angers > La Suze sur Sarthe > Chenillé Changé|