About Burgundy: Nivernais & Loire

Unwind and delight in the scenic valleys of Nivernais & Loire

Stately châteaux, colorful gardens, flourishing vineyards, medieval villages and larger Roman towns create an idyllic landscape for boating in the Nivernais & Loire Valleys. Let yourself meander through beautiful valleys, take the bikes for a spin and enjoy some of the world-class wines these regions are famous for.

 

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Nivernais Loire Region map

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Wine Tasting

Take a tour of the Chablis wine district in the Nivernais or the famous Sancerre vineyards of the Loire! Particular viticultural highlights include the vineyards of Tannay, the Domaine Bernaert wine cellars in Accolay and the Maison des Sancerre which provides a full breakdown on the 300 vineyards in the area.

History & Heritage

The Nivernais & Loire region is famous for its ancient cathedral cities and medieval villages. See the Cathedral of St. Etienne in Sens and the Basilique du Sacre Coeur in Paray-le-Monial! The gardens of the Château du Pont Chevron in Ouzouer-sur-Trezee are also beautiful.

Nature Lovers

In the Nivernais & Loire, you'll find unspoilt countryside rich in wildlife. Colourful flowers grow wild on the banks. More than 180 species of birds call the waters home. Grey herons, kingfishers, wagtails and kites are amongst them. Trek in beautiful Vaudeurs, a bird-watcher's heaven.

Cycling

Bicycle tours are great just about everywhere in the Nivernais & Loire. The Voie Verte cycle path on the Canal du Nivernais runs for 180 kilometres (112 miles). It's well kept and very beautiful.

Gastronomy

Fine restaurants can be found throughout the Nivernais & Loire, a Mecca for French gastronomy. La Madeleine, a 1-star Michelin-rated eatery in Sens, serves foie gras with blackcurrants. In Joigny, you'll find La Côte St. Jacques (2 stars from Michelin) with a superb view over the River Yonne.

Useful information

A bit of background

At the heart of France you’ll find the spectacular regions of the Nivernais & Loire Valleys. Encompassing the waterways of the Canal du Nivernais, River Yonne and Canal Latéral à la Loire, cruising in these regions offers spectacular views, hilltop vineyards and charming towns and villages.

The Canal du Nivernais is often called France’s prettiest canal. At 174-kilometres (108-mile) the canal meanders through the valleys of Alnain, Aron and Yonne, and joins the River Yonne below Auxerre. Impressive aqueducts and the tunnels of La Collancelle are just two of the striking features that make this waterway landscape an unforgettable holiday destination.

Meanwhile, the lovely Canal Latéral à la Loire runs 169 kilometres (105 miles) along the bank of the Loire River, taking in the highly prized vineyards of Sancerre as well as the Roman town of Nevers with its mediaeval cathedral. The drop of the canal is gentle, easing you along at a leisurely pace.

Even before the canals, the Loire and Nivernais regions had a long history of using the waterways for transport. For centuries loggers in the Nivernais region felled trees and created manmade floods to float timber down small streams to bigger rivers, whilst on the Loire River, light barges braved the waterway, infamous for flooding and nasty shoals during summer’s low-water season. Built between the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the Canal du Nivernais and the Canal latéral à la Loire helped to turn the waterways into a more predictable and manageable asset. And the canals served as the premier arteries of industry in the Nivernais & Loire regions until the arrival of the railways.

The Canal du Nivernais is very easy to navigate and has no barge traffic. And, the Canal Latéral à la Loire is ideal for beginners. The Yonne River has current, but it is manageable except at times of flooding. The Yonne is sometimes muddy, which obscures shoals. Go slowly when approaching the quays to avoid going aground in shallow spots.

There are 110 locks on the Canal du Nivernais and 47 locks on the Canal Latéral à la Loire. They are very well kept and each has a lock keeper. The awesome Sardy staircase near Lake Baye has 16 locks.

Opening hours: During the busy summer season locks are open 09:00-19:00 (7:00 p.m.). Locks are closed for lunch between 12:00-13:00 (1:00 p.m.).

Public holidays: Locks are open on most public holidays.

Lock Closure dates: Please be aware about the lock closure dates by local authorities. During that day(s), you won’t be able to go through the locks. For more details and questions, please contact our sales team.

All locks closed on: 1st May, 14th July & 1st November

Moorings are plentiful on the Canal du Nivernais, the Yonne River and the Canal Latéral à la Loire.

To find out how to get to each of our bases in this boating region, as well as what facilities and amenities are available at each base or nearby, click on the relevant base below:

  • Rental of the boat and its onboard equipment
  • A fully equipped kitchen
  • Towels and linen for all passengers
  • A boat handling demonstration prior to departure
  • Technical support
  • On-board maps and visitor information
  • Passage through locks
  • Optional vacation extras
  • Boat damage waiver
  • Running costs (diesel, gas, engine wear and tear) - charged by the engine hour (by the litre in Scotland).
  • Travel to and from the base(s)
  • Waterside services if you use them (i.e. moorings where a charge is applicable, pump-out if needed, water, etc)
  • Cancellation plan & any travel/personal insurance
  • Food and drink

Download our region guide

We've produced a handy PDF guide for this region to give you an overview of all the stops and things to do along the waterway.

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Interactive map of Burgundy: Nivernais & Loire

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Great to see...

Must see
Clock Tower in Auxerre
Auxerre is the largest city of the area, steeped in history and bustling with markets, shops and French pâtisseries. You will enjoy exploring the old winding streets with its traditional French timbered buildings, shopping, dining out and visiting the impressive cathedral and churches which dominate the skyline on your approach.
Must see
St Martin in Clamecy
Welcome to Clamecy, a beautiful and flower-filled city. Come here and discover sights like the pretty City Hall, or the gothic church Saint-Martin and its great tower. Take a walk as well to see the church Notre-Dame-De-Bethléem.
Must see
Pralines from Montagirs
Montargis is one of the largest villages in the area. A typically French flower-lined village, with old timbered houses along the canal. Take the time to visit the impressive Sainte-Madelaine church, and the ruins of the great Castle of Montargis.
Must see
Basket of Grapes
Sancerre offers a beautiful scenery with plentiful vineyards overlooking the Loire. In this lovely town, you will have the chance to visit the remains of the former Castle of Sancerre, which was destroyed by the King after a religious war.
Must see
Palais Ducal in Nevers

Nevers is one of the biggest cities in the area and it's full of history and sights to see. Come and discover vestiges of different periods, like the medieval Porte du Croux, the huge Cathedral Saint-Cyr, or the impressive Palais des Ducs that you may visit. It's a perfect place to discover a part of France's history and heritage.

Migennes is ideally situated at the head of the Canal de Bourgogne, the Rivers Yonne and Armançon. Here, you will walk with pleasure into the green public spaces, or along the flower-lined streets. Take time to see the pretty church, Christ-Roi.
This mooring is great for perhaps your first overnight stop - pleasant and secure, with a well tended path you can easily cycle along to stretch your legs. Take time to see the church St André , fortified in the 13th century, and ancient postal stage, the barrage and the fish ladder. The chateau here was destroyed by fire in 1979.
Welcome to Vincelles-Vincelottes, a pretty village worth visiting for its good restaurants downtown, particularly if you enjoy the tasty wine of the region. There are also a number of walking paths on the edge of town.
In this pretty little village, take time to visit the church from the twelfth century and the Tour of Meridian and its sundial. Have a walk downtown into the winding streets to discover the old wash basin that people used here decades ago. On the outskirts of town, the views along the verdant vineyards are a real treat to see.
Pregilbert is a quiet hamlet. Moor here, walk downtown and see the old Roman church on the outskirts of town. It's a perfect place for a peaceful walk.
Welcome to Mailly-Le-Château, a quiet and friendly town. Find the beautiful hiking paths on the outskirts of the town, especially La terasse, leading you to places with wonderful views over the valley.
Welcome to this peaceful and inviting village. In Chatel-Censoir, you will enjoy exploring the 15th century church, the natural landscapes all around, and the good restaurants.
Tannay is a pretty little village that has existed for centuries. After it was destroyed during the 14th century, people decided to build fortifications around it and they can still be seen today.
Chatillon-en Bazois is the biggest town between Decize and Tannay. The Château de Chatillon, one of the oldest belonging to the Count of Nevers, dates from the 12th century and must have been an impressive fortress. Unfortunately, you can't visit inside. But it is still beautiful to see.
In Cercy-La-Tour, visit the old settlement situated on a rocky outcrop 201 meters above the valley. It offers good views over the valleys of the Aron, the Alène, Canne and the Nivernais Canal. Also check out the towers of the castle, dating from the 13th century. Downtown, the Saint-Roman church is one of the oldest in the region.
Situated at the junction of the Canal du Nivernais and the Canal Latéral à la Loire, and at the confluence of the Rivers Loire and the Aron, Decize is an interesting town to visit, and is full of history. Walk along the charming winding streets and discover the old fortified walls and the ruins of the Castle Decize. Visit the beautiful church Saint-Aré and marvel at the view over the Loire from the huge old bridge.
Tanlay is a small charming village that is beautifully constructed in an old style. Come here to discover the architecture of the Castle of Tanlay, built in the seventeenth century. The abbey of Quincy is also a famous destination worth a visit.
Tonnerre means thunder in French. Come to this particular town and discover its history, such as the Hotel-Dieu, one of the biggest hospitals in the middle ages that still here. Enjoy the beautiful walking paths such as the Promenade du Pâtis.
A beautiful and typical French city, Joigny is a really nice place to moor. Discover a town full of history with many beautiful buildings like the Château des Gondi. Joigny is also surrounded by vineyards, which offer wonderful countryside views.
Sens is one of the biggest towns in the area. With a rich past, Sens is very pleasant to visit, especially the downtown area which boasts old timbered houses and winding streets. The Cathedral, with its galleries underground, is also interesting.
Montereau-Fault-Yonne is a town rich in history. Discover the town where Jean sans Peur, one of the most important Burgundy Duc, was betrayed by the king. Take a walk in this interesting town and visit the church Notre-Dame-De-Saint-Loup. The town was also marked by its industrial faïence past, which is why you'll find a faïence museum in town.
Enter Saint-Mammès, a beautiful town surrounded by nature. Discover beautiful and preserved places like the Clos gardens or the Bois Prieur forest on the edge of town. It's a quiet and pretty place to moor.
Although the town was burned down in 1358 during the Hundred Years War, it prospered in the centuries which followed. Nemours offers several buildings of interest, including the bridge which was built in 1804 and inaugurated by Pope Pius VII en-route to crown the emperor Napoleon. The chateau and the church in the town date back to the 12th century and are a joy to visit.
Rogny-les-sept-ecluses was a strategical point on the map back in the day. That's why King Henri IV decided to build a huge set of seven locks there to enable maritime trade. It worked for two centuries, but has now become a monument to the past that you may admire during your stop in this peaceful village.
Approaching Briare, you will cross the longest canal-bridge of Europe, built with the help of Gustave Eiffel. The church Saint-Etienne-de-Briare, built in the byzantine style, is a treat to visit and take time to walk along the old canal; the verdant banks are just gorgeous.
Enjoy the beautiful countryside all around Chatillon-sur-Loire, plus wander downtown and visit the beautiful church that dominates the city. You can try fishing in the river, or if you prefer a bike ride, there are several good cycle paths to explore.
La-Charité-su-Loire is a wonderful city with many ancient buildings. You will enjoy visiting the impressive Church Notre-Dame-de-la-Charité-sur-Loire as well as the well-preserved battlements on the outskirts of town. In the center, enjoy the unique view over the Loire on the Old Bridge.
Gannay-sur-Loire was an important port of the Loire in days gone by. Here, you can see the 17th century houses in the village - the house called Bardets is listed for it's polychrome bricks. You can also visit the famous Poterie Boucard, which makes a range of goods including animal sculptures, pots and more.
The town of Dompierre is sited on a hill above the port. Although smal, it is attractively laid out with squares and avenues. A good place to have a drink on a terrace overlooking the canal.
Situated on the River Loire and at the confluence of the Arroux and the Bourbince, the town is closely associated with the river. Being at the junction of these navigable waterways, it has been an important trading town since the middle ages.
Paray-le-Monial is a pretty typical town, where you will enjoy having a walk across the winding streets, to discover the treasures of the village, like the basilica du Sacré-Coeur, or the impressive City Hall. The Place Lamartine is also a nice place to see.

Itinerary suggestions

To help you get an idea of how far you can travel in the time you have, here's a selection of routes to and from our bases in this region. You dont have to stop at all the places listed or follow the route exactly. So long as you return your boat to your end base by the date you've booked - you're free to enjoy your cruise however you like. For a comfortable pace, allowing you time to regularly stop and explore, we'd recommend an average of 2 - 4 hours cruising each day.

Châtillon-sur-Loire RETURN via Sancerre

Châtillon-sur-Loire
Sancerre
Châtillon-sur-Loire

14 hr(s) of cruising

66km 10 locks 3 nights

Châtillon-sur-Loire RETURN via Sancerre

The Sancerre wine region in the Loire Valley is famous for its beauty and fine wines — Sancerre, Vouvray and Muscadet, to name three. Leaving the shops and cafés of Châtillon-sur-Loire behind, you begin your canal boat vacations in France with a trip to the mediaeval village of Sancerre. You’re excited about the upcoming vineyard tours, and you can’t wait for the tasting!

14 hr(s) of cruising

66km 10 locks 3 nights

Châtillon-sur-Loire RETURN via Sancerre & Nevers

Châtillon-sur-Loire
Sancerre
La Charité sur Loire
Nevers
Châtillon-sur-Loire

34 hr(s) of cruising

180km 40 locks 7 nights

Châtillon-sur-Loire RETURN via Sancerre & Nevers

The Canal latéral à la Loire runs through the beautiful Loire Valley, which is amongst the best wine-producing regions in France. You can’t resist stopping in Sancerre to see Maison des Sancerre and learn how the world’s finest wines are produced! French canal vacations inspire you to explore with your bicycles, or to spend time in busy waterfront cities like Nevers.

34 hr(s) of cruising

180km 40 locks 7 nights

Châtillon-sur-Loire RETURN via Briare & Montargis

Châtillon-sur-Loire
Briare
Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses
Montargis
Châtillon-sur-Loire

30 hr(s) of cruising

122km 62 locks 7 nights

Châtillon-sur-Loire RETURN via Briare & Montargis

Set off down the scenic Canal latéral à la Loire from Châtillon-sur-Loire for the historic villages of Briare and Montargis. Pass under stately bridges and marvel at the rolling green countryside. Experience Europe’s longest aqueduct near Briare, a true wonder of engineering and a highlight of your cruise in the Loire Valley!

30 hr(s) of cruising

122km 62 locks 7 nights

Châtillon-sur-Loire to Decize

Châtillon-sur-Loire
Sancerre
La Charité sur Loire
Nevers
Decize

22 hr(s) of cruising

133km 24 locks 7 nights

Châtillon-sur-Loire to Decize

Vineyard tours and wine tasting are a favourite pastime in the Loire Valley, making French canal vacations almost essential to best see the historic sites. Pretty towns and larger cities like beautiful Montargis beckon. Vibrant and packed with superior restaurants and fascinating museums, the towns offer the best of both worlds on the Canal latéral à la Loire.

22 hr(s) of cruising

133km 24 locks 7 nights

Châtillon-sur-Loire to Migennes via Montargis & Sens

Châtillon-sur-Loire
Briare
Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses
Montargis
Nemours
Saint-Mammès
Montereau-Fault-Yonne
Sens
Joigny
Migennes

45 hr(s) of cruising

210km 71 locks 10 nights

Châtillon-sur-Loire to Migennes via Montargis & Sens

Before you travel south on your French canal vacations, the chic town of Montargis with its shops and restaurants beckons to the north. You indulge, and you’re glad you did! In the coming days, you pass through hilltop mediaeval towns with impressive châteaux, famous wine regions, Gothic cities, a major lakeside resort with watersports and some of the prettiest countryside in France!

45 hr(s) of cruising

210km 71 locks 10 nights

Decize RETURN via Nevers

Decize
Nevers
Decize

16 hr(s) of cruising

70km 16 locks 3 nights

Decize RETURN via Nevers

You’re in a valley of rivers and canals, and lush green hills and vineyards surround you. You’ve set off on the scenic Canal latéral à la Loire to see the Roman city of Nevers, a place where you can tour a palace, enjoy a fine meal and simply relax with friends. That’s what canal boat vacations in France are all about — good times, great food and memories to last a lifetime!

16 hr(s) of cruising

70km 16 locks 3 nights

Decize RETURN via La Charité-sur-Loire

Decize
Nevers
La Charité sur Loire
Decize

25 hr(s) of cruising

136km 28 locks 5 nights

Decize RETURN via La Charité-sur-Loire

Vineyards sprawling to far horizons, warm breezes redolent with the scent of blossoms, the savoury taste of gourmet meals, and a satisfying glass of wine on the boat’s sundeck are just a few of the delights of French canal vacations in the Loire Valley. France’s beautiful countryside slowly passes as you go from village to village, exploring châteaux, abbeys and museums!

25 hr(s) of cruising

136km 28 locks 5 nights

Decize RETURN via Sancerre

Decize
Nevers
La Charité sur Loire
Sancerre
Decize

36 hr(s) of cruising

192km 44 locks 7 nights

Decize RETURN via Sancerre

Follow the Canal Latéral Loire from Decize to Sancerre. After stopping in the charming Roman city of Nevers and its famous Palais Ducal, cruise onwards past historic and picturesque villages and end up in the world famous vineyards of Sancerre. A grand, medieval hill town, Sancerre throngs with cafe's bistros and, of course, many wine-cellars to taste wine in. Cheers!

36 hr(s) of cruising

192km 44 locks 7 nights

Decize RETURN via Baye

Decize
Cercy-La-Tour
Châtillon-en-Bazois
Decize

30 hr(s) of cruising

144km 72 locks 7 nights

Decize RETURN via Baye

Sauntering through the streets of Châtillon-en-Bazois, you point out the historic buildings to your friends. The town is postcard perfect, a highlight of your return cruise to and from Decize. Étang de Baye is just ahead, where you plan to kayak or jet ski in a magnificent lake setting, and then enjoy an evening of relaxation on your sundeck!

30 hr(s) of cruising

144km 72 locks 7 nights

Decize RETURN via Digoin & Paray-le-Monial

Decize
Gannay-sur-Loire
Dompierre-sur-Besbre
Digoin
Paray-le-Monial
Decize

24 hr(s) of cruising

130km 32 locks 7 nights

Decize RETURN via Digoin & Paray-le-Monial

The fish bite hard at lovely Digoin, a place so beautiful you’ve decided to linger for a while. That’s the beauty of canal boat vacations in France — you set the pace and decide what to do next. You’ve already sampled the delights of Decize, and now watersports and browsing through open-air markets in mediaeval towns tempt you too!

24 hr(s) of cruising

130km 32 locks 7 nights

Decize RETURN via Digoin & Roanne

Decize
Gannay-sur-Loire
Dompierre-sur-Besbre
Digoin
Paray-le-Monial
Decize

45 hr(s) of cruising

256km 54 locks 10 nights

Decize RETURN via Digoin & Roanne

Five-star French cuisine beckons on the Nivernais. Laid-back Decize and market towns like Gannay-sur-Loire lie along the way as you pass through rolling green hills. Heading south on the Canal de Roanne à Digoin takes you to the picturesque town of Roanne, which is well known for its plethora of first-class restaurants!

45 hr(s) of cruising

256km 54 locks 10 nights

Decize to Tannay

Decize
Cercy-La-Tour
Châtillon-en-Bazois
Tannay

27 hr(s) of cruising

99km 70 locks 7 nights

Decize to Tannay

A big reason you chose canal boat vacations in France was the fine wine, an indulgence of a mighty passion of yours! When approaching pretty Tannay, known for its vineyards and wine cellars, you anticipate the pleasure of opening a bottle of Muscadet, or perhaps a Pouilly-Fumé? The woodlands, meadows, and hills put you in the right relaxed mood!

27 hr(s) of cruising

99km 70 locks 7 nights

Migennes RETURN via Joigny & Clamecy

Migennes
Joigny
Gurgy
Auxerre
Vincelles-Vincelottes
Vermenton
Pregilbert
Mailly-le-Château
Clamecy
Châtel-Censoir
Migennes

47 hr(s) of cruising

188km 84 locks 10 nights

Migennes RETURN via Joigny & Clamecy

The time passes too quickly even though the pace of travel whilst enjoying canal boat vacations in France is leisurely. The vineyards of the famous Chablis wine region invite you to sample fine wines, and you do! You love the scenes and sounds of the Gothic cities of Migennes and Auxerre, and the market in mediaeval Joigny inspires you to buy local produce and a baguette!

47 hr(s) of cruising

188km 84 locks 10 nights

Migennes RETURN via Sens

Migennes
Joigny
Sens
Migennes

15 hr(s) of cruising

90km 20 locks 3 nights

Migennes RETURN via Sens

River cruises in France all differ. In the heart of Nivernais on the River Yonne, you’re happy you found the best of the region! You spend time exploring the Gothic cathedral city of Migennes, and then you travel slowly north, passing small villages with picturesque waterfronts. You decide to go cycling before topping off Nivernais boating in France with a visit to the historic city of Sens.

15 hr(s) of cruising

90km 20 locks 3 nights

Migennes RETURN via Auxerre

Migennes
Gurgy
Auxerre
Migennes

11 hr(s) of cruising

48km 20 locks 3 nights

Migennes RETURN via Auxerre

From the vantage point of your sundeck, it feels like you’re in the midst of a French Impressionist painting. You’re tied up in pretty Gurgy, sipping Vouvray wine and savouring Crottin de Chavignol goat cheese with friends. Part of Nivernais boating in France entails doing practically nothing at all, but later you’ll take the bikes out for exploring.

11 hr(s) of cruising

48km 20 locks 3 nights

Migennes RETURN via Ancy-le-Franc

Migennes
Tonnerre
Tanlay
Migennes

33 hr(s) of cruising

106km 64 locks 7 nights

Migennes RETURN via Ancy-le-Franc

Sparkling blue waterways cut through beautiful hillside vineyards and stands of ancient beech trees, linking together like the threads of life itself. You’re on the magnificent Canal de Bourgogne en route to Tanlay. The châteaux loom from distant shores, vestiges of aristocratic days, and they inspire you to pull over to experience the best of canal boat vacations in France.

33 hr(s) of cruising

106km 64 locks 7 nights

Migennes RETURN via Sens & Joigny

Migennes
Joigny
Sens
Montereau-Fault-Yonne
Saint-Mammès
Migennes

21 hr(s) of cruising

88km 20 locks 7 nights

Migennes RETURN via Sens & Joigny

The River Yonne is one of the most scenic in France, with sweeping expanses of lush rural countryside and very few locks to transit during your cruise. It seems that most every town you pass has a mediaeval church, and the bigger locales like Sens have majestic cathedrals to visit!

21 hr(s) of cruising

88km 20 locks 7 nights

Migennes RETURN via Joigny, Auxerre & Tanlay

Migennes
Joigny
Gurgy
Auxerre
Tonnerre
Tanlay
Migennes

44 hr(s) of cruising

172km 72 locks 10 nights

Migennes RETURN via Joigny, Auxerre & Tanlay

Travelling on canal boat vacations in France has always intrigued you, and now that you’re aboard in the heart of Nivernais you know this unique experience appeals to your very soul. Beautiful Migennes impresses you as a truly inspiring cathedral city, and the lovely village of Joigny tempts you with its mediaeval market. When you see a château, and there are many, you stop for a visit!

44 hr(s) of cruising

172km 72 locks 10 nights

Migennes RETURN via Corbigny

Migennes
Gurgy
Auxerre
Vincelles-Vincelottes
Pregilbert
Mailly-le-Château
Châtel-Censoir
Clamecy
Tannay
Migennes

56 hr(s) of cruising

226km 120 locks 14 nights

Migennes RETURN via Corbigny

You enjoy travelling as much or as little as you want, tying up the boat to see open-air markets, browse in shops or explore museums. Bicycling, trekking and fishing are all popular pursuits on canal boat vacations in France. Linger in beautiful towns such as Tannay, Chitry-les-Mines and 17th-century Corbigny. Explore the castles and châteaux, and enjoy fine wines at vineyards.

56 hr(s) of cruising

226km 120 locks 14 nights

Migennes to Tannay via Vermenton

Migennes
Gurgy
Auxerre
Vincelles-Vincelottes
Vermenton
Pregilbert
Mailly-le-Château
Châtel-Censoir
Clamecy
Tannay

28 hr(s) of cruising

100km 50 locks 7 nights

Migennes to Tannay via Vermenton

You'll start your cruise in the town of Migennes - ideally situated at the head of the Canal de Bourgogne, the Rivers Yonne and Armançon. From here you'll cruise through perfect French countryside to the pretty village of Tannay via Vermenton with its charming church and fortress ruins. Tannay itself dominates the surrounding landscape with an array of towers that protrude over the rooftops - once a fortified village, only the village gates these days remain.

28 hr(s) of cruising

100km 50 locks 7 nights

Migennes RETURN via Châtel Censoir

Migennes
Joigny
Gurgy
Auxerre
Vincelles-Vincelottes
Vermenton
Pregilbert
Mailly-le-Château
Châtel-Censoir
Migennes

32 hr(s) of cruising

130km 62 locks 7 nights

Migennes RETURN via Châtel Censoir

Fine local wines and regional delicacies — foie gras, spicy sausages, and handcrafted chocolates, to name a few — make for sensory delights! You’re looking forward to a tour of Chablis vineyards and wine tasting, but bustling Auxerre tempts you too! Along the way, you sightsee ashore on flat towpaths ideal for cycling.

32 hr(s) of cruising

130km 62 locks 7 nights

Tannay RETURN via Chitry-les-Mines

Tannay
Tannay

10 hr(s) of cruising

28km 18 locks 3 nights

Tannay RETURN via Chitry-les-Mines

A short-hop from Tannay along the Canal du Nivernais you'll find the pretty little village of Chity-les-Mines. Set in the gorgeous Burgundy countryside, this cruise is perfect for anyone looking for a short cruise with which to soak up the regions rich heritage and enjoy a glass or two of the area's world-renowned wine.

10 hr(s) of cruising

28km 18 locks 3 nights

Tannay RETURN via Auxerre

Tannay
Clamecy
Châtel-Censoir
Mailly-le-Château
Pregilbert
Vincelles-Vincelottes
Auxerre
Tannay

38 hr(s) of cruising

156km 75 locks 7 nights

Tannay RETURN via Auxerre

Originally the Yonne River was known as the "Wine Route". This wonderfull cruise will drive you to the heart of Auxerre, a charming medieval town with its wood walled houses and its famous Cathedral Saint Etienne. Enjoy the local specialities and wines in amazing sourrounded landscapes.

38 hr(s) of cruising

156km 75 locks 7 nights

Tannay RETURN via Corbigny & Châtel Censoir

Tannay
Clamecy
Châtel-Censoir
Tannay

34 hr(s) of cruising

106km 52 locks 7 nights

Tannay RETURN via Corbigny & Châtel Censoir

Cruise from the former fortified village of Tannay along the gently meandering Canal du Nivernais to the villages of Corbigny and Châtel Censoir. Along the way you'll enjoy the picturesque streets of Clamecy, with its half-timbered houses and Gothic church. When you arrive at Châtel Censoir you'll find a town that bustles on market day and is peaceful in the afternoon, enjoy the Romanesque architecture of the church and discover hidden vantage points with spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.

34 hr(s) of cruising

106km 52 locks 7 nights
Added on 30 September 2018

Gary Hansford said

Every aspect of booking, taking delivery of, and returning the boat was excellent. We loved our cruise and would definitely book with Le Boat again. Excellent in every aspect
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Tannay - Migennes
Caprice
Added on 30 September 2018

John van Vulpen said

We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The boat was great although the only concern was the smelly washroom. Bikes we ordered we're ok but very noisy when braking. A bit awkward in some of the small neighborhoods with hills. Would definitely recommend the company though and the experience. Great trip and woul definitely recommend to friends .
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Tannay - Migennes
Royal Mystique A
Added on 27 September 2018

Mike Kobold said

Friendly staffs at Migennes and Tannay. Special thanks to Neal and Dominic at Migennes. Didn't buy anything but fuel.
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Migennes - Tannay
Vision 3
Added on 24 September 2018

Philip van Rensburg said

Excellent Excellent Experience and service
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Châtillon-sur-Loire - Châtillon-sur-Loire
Caprice
Added on 23 September 2018

Anne Hooper said

Good reception, good information, clear instructions everything we hop do for as first time boaters!! Loved our whole trip !! Exactly as described in the brochure
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Migennes - Tannay
Royal Classique
Added on 20 September 2018

Bradley Farr said

Excellent all round, especially the service received via the Cape Town office - Ikraam was terrific. Fantastic holiday - cruising through beautiful countryside, lots of options to stop / visit riverside villages, wine tours, etc.
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Migennes - Migennes
Horizon 5
Added on 19 September 2018

Christine Carter said

Yes we would recommend them. Arrived back at base in windy and wet conditions would have been helpful if someone had been on hand to assist mooring good trip lots of interesting places to visit
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Migennes - Migennes
Elegance
Added on 17 September 2018

Andrius Kleponis said

Everything was just perfect :) Nice boat, nice route, great service from Le Boat :)
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Decize - Châtillon-sur-Loire
Horizon 2
Added on 15 September 2018

Greg Burke said

We had a magical adventure in the Burgundy Valley and are now working on figuring our our next LeBoat Adventure! See our write up and photos at: https://www.theluxuryvacationguide.com/adventure-travel/boating-burgundy-valley-france/ Outstandingly beautiful and when you figure the boat is your lodging and your entertainment for the week it is exceptional value too!
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Migennes - Tannay
Horizon 1
Added on 05 September 2018

Thomas Underwood said

Would recommend to others, check in and check out very both very easy, explanation of boat operation was thorough I was very satisfied with the service but am getting a little annoyed at having to take a survey every time I do something
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Migennes - Migennes
Tango