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Burgundy, Loire & Nivernais Region Details

Burgundy is a highlight for boating holidays in France. With your Pénichette, you can navigate on the Canal de Bourgogne, the Canal du Nivernais, the Canal latéral à la Loire, the Canal du Centre or the Canal de Roanne à Digoin. Your boat trip leads you to cities like Joigny, Auxerre, Clamecy, Tanlay, Ancy le Franc and Roanne, that are full of history. With your Pénichette you can also pass over the canal bridges of Digoin and Briare, veritable masterpieces of construction. Of course, there is also a rich gastronomy to discover, e.g. in the restaurants "Côte St Jacques" at Joigny, "l’Espérance" at Vézelay or "les Trois gros" at Roanne.

Tie up close to the superb aqueduct at St Florentin and climb up to its church to admire the magnificent stained glass. At Tonnerre the Fosse Dionne pool surrounded by ancient houses, still provides a water supply to the town. Magnificent and splendidlyfurnished Renaissance chateaux such as Tanlay and Ancy-le-Franc punctuate your cruise.

Bourgogne - Loire - Nivernais
Canal de Bourgogne, Canal du Nivernais sector Seine, Yonne

Linking the Yonne to the Saone, the Canal de Bourgogne, started in 1775 and finished in 1834, takes you by ways sometimes secret, sometimes spectacular, to the heart of the Renaissance. At that period the Duchy of Burgundy vied in magnificence with the Kingdom of France. Here, with ancient poplar trees, their leaves shimmering and atremble, and buildings ranging from abbeys to fortified farmhouses, the works of man and nature celebrate their triumphant union.

The marvellous high-vaulted Abbey of Fontenay, tucked away in a secluded valley, is a short bike ride away. Near Venarey-les- Laumes at the village of Alise-Sainte-Reine you'll want to visit the site of the Gaulish fortress of Alesia where Vercingetorix surrendered to Caesar after a two month siege. Nestling under the vineyards of the Cote St Jacques, Joigny is proud of its many fine churches, houses with carved wood decoration, and above all its gastronomy.

The wide and gently winding valley of the Yonne separates the orchards of the Puisaye from the Othe forests; its wooded uplands, cleared in part by the medieval abbeys in order to make way for crops and apple orchards, accompany you as you voyage to Villeneuve-sur-Yonne within its fortified gates and to Sens, its 16th century half-timbered houses dominated by the superb cathedral of St Etienne. Upstream on the Yonne from Joigny lies Auxerre and the golden roofs of its elegant town houses. The town owes its prosperity over the years to the vineyards of Chablis and the Auxerrois. The Canal du Nivernais passes through many wine-producing villages such as Irancy, perhaps the most picturesque of all with its vines and cherry orchards, and nearby Vezelay, starting point of the pilgrimage to Compostella. Here good food, good restaurants and fine architecture are complemented by the setting of vineyards, orchards and forest.

Nivernais: Canal du Nivernais sector Loire

Originally conceived by Henri IV, the Canal du Nivernais was finally built between 1783 and 1842, and boasts some of the most glorious scenery on the French waterways. Connecting the Seine to the Loire, the two sides of the summit are very different. From Corbigny south to Decize on its hill between two arms of the Loire, its old centre still ringed with walls, the descent to the Loire winds through rich meadows grazed by the famous white Nivernais cattle. The three successive tunnels at La Colancelle lead to a set of 16 closely spaced locks in a rural setting.

The Etang de Baye with its watersports centre lies right alongside the canal, while the lofty silhouette of the Chateau of Chatillon-en- Bazois soon looms into view. From Corbigny north to Auxerre and its churches dominating the waterfront, the descent towards the Seine follows the valley of the Yonne, and sometimes uses its bed, through woods and forests small and large. The prosperous little wine-producing village of Tannay boasts panoramic views over the Morvan hills.
Loire-Nivernais:Canal latéral à la Loire, du Nivernais, du Centre, de Roanne à Digoin

Dompierre is a gateway to manifold discoveries, all little more than a stone's throw from the River Loire. Its banks are dotted with chateaux, abbeys and medieval villages. The magnificent Digoin aqueduct takes you on to the Canal du Centre, built in the 18th century to link Roanne to Chalon-sur-Saone. The Canal de Roanne à Digoin leads to Roanne, a synonym for gastronomy all over France, but famous too for china and faience.

At Decize the lateral canal meets the Loire, and river bathing is a treat. Salmon and shad swim up here from the distant sea to spawn. Take the Canal du Nivernais and cruise through ravishing countryside to the secret heart of the Morvan, or visit Nevers, steeped in history. Crossing high above the Allier on the Guetin aqueduct, you’ll enjoy magnificent vistas across many famous vineyards to pretty villages such as Sancerre and St-Satur.
 
Cruises in Burgundy
Locks are open every day except 1st May, 14th July and 1st November.
Cruises - Canal Latéral à la Loire, Canal de Roanne à Digoin
Out and Back Dompierre
1 Week - Dompierre, Digoin, Paray-le-Monial, Roanne, Dompierre

Length of Cruise: 189 km, 38 locks, 4 h 45' per day
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Cruises - Canal Latéral à la Loire, Canal de Briare
One Way Dompierre / Briare
1 Week -
Dompierre, Dompierre, Decize, Nevers, Sancerre, Cosne-Sur-Loire, Briare
Length of Cruise: 168 km, 37 locks, 5 h per day
Cruises - Canal Latéral à la Loire, Canal de Briare
Out and Back Briare
1 Week -
Briare, Chatillon-sur-Loire, St. Satur, Sancerre, Marseille-les-Aubigny, Briare
Length of Cruise: 154 km, 30 locks, 4 h per day
Cruises - Canal de Briare
Out and Back Briare
1 Week -
Briare, Rogny, Chatillon-Coligny, Montargis, Briare
Length of Cruise: 104 km, 62 locks, 4 h 15' per day
Cruises - Canal de Briare, latéral à la Loire
Out and Back Briare
10 Days -
Briare, Chatillon-sur-Loire, St Satur, Marseille-les-Aubigny, Nevers, Briare
Length of Cruise: 206 km, 38 locks, 5 h per day
Cruises - latéral à la Loire
Out and Back Briare
2 Weeks -
Briare, Chatillon-sur-Loire, St Satur, Marseille-les-Aubigny, Nevers, Decize, Briare
Length of Cruise: 270 km, 56 locks, 4 h per day
Cruises - Canal Latéral à la Loire, Canal de Briare
One Way Dompierre / Briare
2 Weeks - Dompierre, Digoin, Decize, Nevers, Sancerre, Cosne-sur-Loire, Rogny, Montargis, Briare
Length of Cruise:
233 km, 195 locks, 4 h per day
Cruises - Canal de Briare, Canal du Loing
Out and Back Briare
2 Weeks -
Briare, Rogny, Chatillon-Coligny, Montargis, Nemours, Briare
Length of Cruise: 170 km, 92 locks, 3 h 30' per day
Cruises - Canal Latéral à la Loire, Canal de Briare
Out and Back Dompierre
2 Weeks - Dompierre, Decize, Nevers, Sancerre, Briare, Dompierre
Length of Cruise:
356 km, 70 locks, 5 h per day
Cruises -Yonne, Canal du Nivernais
Out and Back - Joigny
1 Week - Joigny, Auxerre, Vermenton, Châtel-Censoir, Joigny
Length of Cruise : 154 km, 68 locks, 5 h 30' per day
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Cruises - Yonne, Canal de Bourgogne
Out and Back - Joigny
1 Week - Joigny, Tonnerre, Tanlay, Ancy-le-Franc, Joigny
Length of Cruise : 166 km, 68 locks, 5 h 30' per day
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Cruises - Canal de Bourgogne
Out and Back - Montbard - Montbard
1 Week - Montbard, Ancy-le-Franc, Tanlay, Tonnerre Montbard

Length of Cruise: 115 km, 62 locks, 4 h per day
Cruises - Yonne, Canal de Bourgogne
One Way - Joigny - Montbard
1 Week - Joigny, Tonnerre, Tanlay, Ancy-le-Franc, Montbard
Length of Cruise: 111 km, 51 locks, 3 h 30' per day
Cruises - Canal de Burgundy
Out and Back - Montbard
1 Week - Montbard, Venarey, Pouilly-en-Auxois, Châteauneuf Montbard

Length of Cruise: 122 km, 144 locks, 6 h 30' per day
Cruises - Yonne, Canal de Bourgogne
Out and Back - Joigny
10 Days -
Joigny, Tanlay, Ancy-le-Franc, Montbard. Joigny
Length of Cruise: 222 km, 98 locks, 4 h 45' per day
Cruises - Canal de Bourgogne
Out and Back - Montbard
10 Days -
Montbard, Pouilly-en-Auxois, Châteauneuf, Pont d'Ouche, Montbard
Length of Cruise: 142 km, 166 locks, 5 h per day
Cruises - Yonne, canal du Nivernais, de Bourgogne
One Way - Joigny, Montbard
10 Days - Joigny, Sens, Auxerre, Tanlay, Ancy-le-Franc, Montbard
Length of Cruise:
229 km, 83 locks, 4 h per day
Cruises - Yonne, Seine
Out and Back - Joigny
10 Days -
Joigny, Villeneuve, Sens, Bray, Nogent-sur-Seine, Joigny
Length of Cruise:
256 km, 48 locks, Navigation : 4 h per day
Cruises - Yonne, Canal de Burgundy
Out and Back - Joigny
2 Weeks - Joigny, St-Florentin, Ancy le Franc, Montbard, Vénarey. Joigny
Length of Cruise:
246 km, 134 locks, 5h per day
Cuises - Canal de Burgundy
Out and Back - Montbard
2 Weeks - Montbard, Pouilly-en-Auxois, Châteauneuf, Dijon, Montbard
Length of Cruise: 212 km, 236 locks, 5 h per day
Cuises - Yonne, Canal de Burgundy
One Way - Joigny, Montbard
2 Weeks - Joigny, Tanlay, Ancy-le-Franc, , Venarey, Pouilly-en-Auxois, Chateauneuf, Montbard
Length of Cruise: 222 km, 195 locks, 4 h per day
 

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