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Boating In Europe: Burgundy

Superb food and wine can be found in Burgundy, a region where enjoying the good things in life has been brought to perfection.

You'll cruise through richly cultivated valleys, lush pastures and sloping vineyards. Moor in picturesque towns & villages with their cobbled streets and medieval houses. Canal du Nivernais and River Yonne Possibly the most beautiful of all French canals, the Nivernais winds between Auxerre and Decize by the Loire. Leave a little time in your plans to visit the magnificent city of Auxerre on the River Yonne. Its majestic cathedral and popular little squares will charm you.

Canal de Bourgogne Acclaimed as one of the prettiest routes through the heartland of France. Hills, valleys, vineyards and château towns such as Tonnerre, Tanlay and Ancy-le-Franc are features of a breath-taking landscape where there is a wealth of places to moor and savour superb cuisine.

Continue on The Saône and you will notice that the river becomes wider, flowing slowly through wine growing land.

Heading south from Branges takes you towards Mâcon and Tournas or you can explore the Loire region by heading along the Canal du Centre at Chalon-sur-Saône.If you wish you can head north along the Canal de Bourgogne at St Jean de Losne or choose to cruise the Marne au Saône canal at Heuilly.

Canal du Nivernais - lock-keekers cottage Clamecy, Canal du Nivernais Eating al fresco at Auxerre, River Yonne

Your choice of start points in Bugundy


Fontenoy le Château, Burgundy-Franche Comte and Vosges

Decize, Burgundy-Nivernais Loire


St Jean de Losne, Burgundy-Franche Comte and Vosges


Chatillon sur Loire, Burgundy-Nivernais Loire

Tannay, Burgundy-Nivernais Loire

Gray, Burgundy-Franche Comte and Vosges


Branges, Burgundy-Franche Comte and Vosges


Laroche Migennes, Burgundy-Nivernais Loire

 

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The Continentale at Clamecy The Flying Bridge at Chatel Censoir
The Connoisseur Magnifique at Mailly le Château, Canal du Nivernais

1. The Continentale at Clamecy
2. The Flying Bridge at Chatel Censoir
3. The Connoisseur Magnifique at Mailly le Château, Canal du Nivernais

Canal Latéral à la Loire


This canal traces the route of the river Loire, hence it's name. Considering it's length - just under 200kms, it has comparatively few locks to negotiate. There are only 38 on it's length making it ideal for holiday cruisers.

From Briare in the north to Digoin in the south, the Canal Latéral à la Loire follows the route of the mighty River Loire. For its length of 196km, there are very few locks - just 38. Enroute you will encounter many fascinating towns and villages, not least Sancerre, famous for its wine production. The Canal de Briare connects to the north through Eiffel's aqueduct a fabulous feat of engineering.

River Saône and Canal de l'Est

The two Connoisseur bases at Gray and Branges (the latter situated on the River Seille) promise the widest choice of waterways in France. From Gray you can reach the Canal de l'Est to the north, whilst to the south you can cruise the tree-lined Marne au Saône canal, the southern reaches dotted with some splendid châteaux, or even the pretty Canal de Bourgogne.

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