About Dinan

Dinan is a stunning fortified city perched on a rocky promontory - its attractiveness is only slightly surpassed by neighbouring Léhon, which is known as one of Brittany’s most beautiful towns. A cruise southwards through gorgeous French countryside and quiet villages will bring you to the region’s capital, Rennes (20hrs from Dinan). Dinan is very easy to get to for those arriving by Ferry - St. Malo is just a 35min drive away. However, you can only start OR end your holiday in Dinan. Unfortunately, roundtrip cruises are not possible.

From Dinan it is:

  • 28hrs (57 locks) to our base in Messac

What you get on the base





Extras & options for your cruise

The following extras are available to prebook or purchase locally at this base. A reduced fee will apply to items that are prebooked. Please see 'Prepare for your departure' for more details about each extra. Restrictions apply.


Practical Extras

Early & late check-out

Boat cleaning

Car transfer (see 'Travel info' tab)

Eco cleaning pack

L.E.D lantern

Top-deck cushions

Grocery packs

Wifi packs

Fun Extras

Bike hire

Special occasion gift baskets

Gas barbecues

Opening hours

Mon - Sat: 8:30am - 12:30pm & 2pm - 6pm | Sun: Closed (open during arrivals and departures only)


Le Boat Dinan, Base Relais
Rue du Quai
F - 22100 Dinan


+33 (0)2 99 34 60 11

Travel to Dinan

To book a taxi to or from the base you can contact the number below.


Taxi Dumoulin (+33 (0) 608 008 090 | ([email protected])


 Approximate price (4 persons) from: 

  • Dinard-Pleurtuit Airport (DNR) 43€
  • Rennes St Jacques Airport (RNS) 112€
  • Dinan Train Station 12€
  • Rennes Train Station 102€

If you are doing a one-way cruise (i.e. returning your boat to a different base), we can transfer your car from your departure base to your end base.


Our staff are insured to drive your vehicle on your behalf. Please bring with you your car registration document and car insurance certificate. Our base teams can transfer hire/lease cars, but you should check with your hire/leasing company first as the terms of your agreement may not permit this. If it is permitted, your hire/leasing company may charge you extra to add a member of our base team as a named driver. We may not know the name of the driver until the week of your departure, so you should check with the hire company to see if they will add an additional ‚un-named‛ driver to the hire agreement. All the cars can be transferred except: cars heavier than 3.5 tonnes, cars pulling trailers or caravans, trucks, bikes, motorbikes, camping cars and red license plates.


Car transfers are available for a charge, must be pre-booked before departure and are subject to availability. Please contact the sales team for more information and prices.

By Road

Be prepared

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit https://www.theaa.com/european-breakdown-cover/driving-in-europe


Private parking is available for a fee

By Train

Closest train stations:

  • Dinan: 1 km
  • Rennes: 53 km

By Air

Closest airports:

  • Dinard-Pleurtuit : 23 km (N176/D766)
  • Rennes St Jacques: 58 km (D137) 
  • Nantes: 162 km (E3/D137) 

Arrival at Dinan

When to arrive

Your boat will be ready to depart for 16:00 - 18:00. We recommend that you arrive 60 minutes earlier for check-in and instructions. If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base ready to depart between 11:00 and 12:00 or from 14:00.

Late arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or our sales team. When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open for you to stay on board that night. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

Upon arrival

Our base staff look forward to welcoming you to their cruising region and aim to make your arrival and vacation as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

When you arrive our base staff will:

  • Take a deposit to cover the fuel and gas you use during your vacation as well as engine wear and tear. Any extra fuel used will be charged on your return or we will refund the difference for fuel you have not used.
  • Take a refundable collision damage deposit. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your vacation. The amount collected (and thus your liability) can be reduced by purchasing a Collision Damage Waiver in advance. Please contact our sales team for details.
  • Familiarise you with your waterways guide, maps and other helpful documentation provided to help you plan where you want to go and where you’d like to stop.
  • Brief you about your boat, the equipment on board, and the cruising area (places to visit, etc.).
  • Give you a boat handling demonstration on the water with one of our technicians.

Your return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 09:00 on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out).

Local info

Payment Means

Please note that payment of fuel, deposit & any extras booked and paid locally are required in the local currency of the base. Our bases accept Visa & Mastercard, but not American Express. 



Le Carré d’As - Tel. + 33 (0) 299 342 779

La Gibecière in Lohéac - Tel. + 33 (0) 299 340 614

Hotel de La Tour De L’Horloge - Tel. +33 (0) 296 399 692

De L’océan - Tel. – +33 (0) 296 39 21 51

Au Vieux Saint-Sauveur - Tel. – +33 (0) 296 85 30 20


Ristorante De La Gare – Tel. +33 (0) 299 342 779

La Gibecière – Tel. +33 (0) 299 340 614

De La Tour De L’Horloge – Tel. +33 (0) 296 399 692

Du Champ Clos – Tel. +33 (0) 296 390 456

De L’océan – Tel. +33 (0) 296 392 151

Hostellerie Du Vieux Saint-Sauveur – Tel. +33 (0) 296 853 020

Auberges Des Terres Neuves – Tel. +33 (0) 296 398 645

Le Relais Corsaire – Tel. +33 (0) 296 394 017


You can find all the facilities you might need in Dinan including everyday shops and services such as banks, a post office, a pharmacy and a supermarket.


Thursday Morning

Tourist Information

Office de Tourisme

9 Rue du Château,

22100 Dinan

Tel – +33 (0) 296 87 69 76