Oneway: Gray to Branges, via St Jean de Losne
Allow 7 to 14 nights
Ever-changing waterways shimmer blue against verdant shores as you experience the best of inland France.
Reviews for the The Three Regions Cruise
A family group comprising 3 generations, including 3 pre-teens. We had cruised before with friends in the Canal du Midi.
As the main driver of the boat, I preferred the initial and final sections of the cruise - the Petit Saone and the Seille Rivers, though the larger river, the Saone, offered interesting villages. Our favourite places to stop and visit were Seurre, Tournos and Auxille. We were disappointed that there weren't many places where we could cycle down the tow path, as we had in the Canal du Midi. Places like Chalon sur Saone were too busy for our kids to ride - too much traffic. We did enjoy some delightful cycling at a couple of the overnight stops, such as La Truchiere.
We had a great adventure and met wonderful people on the way. There were very heavy rains and there first morning the boater in front of us woke us to say the river was over the dock so we started engines, cast off and were underway sooner than planned. After that we stayed at floating docks and no problem with high water levels. The boaters we shared docks with after that were English and Canadian which we found a little unusual in France. Despite the fact that we experienced strong winds that hit the coast and the UK as well we never felt that we were in any danger on the rivers and we have boated for 10 years on the Great Lakes in North America and are familiar with strong winds. The boat handled very well and the locks were enjoyable and not a thing to be feared.
Auxonne, Seurre and Chalon sur Saone, were beautiful, quaint villages and cities, great for walking around and exploring.
Being with friiends experiencing the holiday
Great country side
Sunset at Gigny, beautiful rivers and countryside, long evenings with friends, cycling in the countryside, exploring villages.
Niepce museum in Chalon Sur Saone Day visit to Beurne-wine cellar tour, pretty streets, market, and shops
The entire trip was memorable, I particularly enjoyed Verdun, Charlon Sur Saone, and the river up to Louhans. Great biking, great food, great company, great times.
W has plenty of time to stop at all the towns and villages, bicycle, eat, and drink. With the relatively small number of locks and excellent moorings available it is a great trip.