A different way of exploring the Charente: a fascinating journey and a delight for the eyes. Would definitely do it again.
- By: Jean-Marie and Dominique
- Novice sailors: no
- Type of crew: Family
- Dates & duration: 25/06/2013 – 1 week
- Base/Region/Boat: Sireuil / Charente / PRIMO
April 2013: we boarded the DUO « Anne de Bretagne » for a mini-week cruise departing from Sucé-sur-Erdre.
As novice sailors, we were a bit worried about the navigation induction, but Michèle and Alain welcomed us aboard with great kindness and immediately made us feel confident.
Once we’d been through our first lock, we could already breathe a bit more freely! We travelled slowly up the wild and winding river Erdre, heading north to discover the plain of Mazerolles and its fascinating wildlife; the Bout-de-Bois marina and its water activities; Blain and its château; we pushed on as far as Guenrouët and then returned to the Sucé-sur-Erdre base. After our « nature » cruise, we thought next time we’d travel down from Sucé-sur-Erdre to Nantes to explore the city’s cultural heritage.
Pierre-Yves C., Tours (37).
My husband and I went to Sablé-sur-Sarthe in August 2012. We’d originally booked a Nicols 800, but when we got there, the team offered to show us their new 2 berth boat, the PRIMO, which had just arrived from the Nicol’s Yacht boatyard. As the difference in price wasn’t huge, we were tempted! So we set off on this brand-new little boat, and we were more than a little proud to be onboard! (especially my husband, who felt like a real captain!). As well as the boat which was fantastically well-equipped and very spacious and light for a small 2/4 berth boat, we really loved the route: time spent at the foot of Solesmes Abbey (sadly we arrived too late to hear the service famous for its Gregorian chant!) and Malicorne where we discovered the pottery factories… A great holiday if a bit too short and we’re definitely returning to Sablé but for longer next time!
Thanks to the whole team on site: Jean-François, Antoine, Raphaël and Emilie, so helpful and welcoming… we have excellent memories of our holiday and will see you soon!
Charlotte M., Parthenay (79).
We recently completed a cruise (mini-week, from Monday to Friday) from the new base opened by NICOLS in Wustrau – near Berlin. We’re big fans of nature, and we certainly got what we wanted! .
The cruise also included interesting visits to tourist attractions, which we thoroughly enjoyed: for example we discovered Neuruppin, the town of the famous poet Theodor Fontane, and its church of the Holy Trinity which can be accessed from the edge of the lake. The Fontane hotel, with its magnificent spa looking onto the lake is one of the largest in northern Germany. We then continued towards the lock at old Ruppin and travelling along the Rhine we saw magnificent properties accessible from the water. Nature here is unspoilt, there’s lots of wildlife to see and a chain of small lakes took us to Lindow; we were amazed by the quality of the clear and limpid waters of the « »Güdelacksee »". In Lindow, we visited the ruins of the old cloister and then travelled to Vielitz lake for walks in beautiful countryside…
For us who were keen to get back to nature… it proved to be a really successful holiday! For lovers of the great outdoors, don’t hesitate, Wustrau is a fantastic starting point for a cruise between the blue of the water and the blue of the sky… and the green of the surrounding landscapes!