A boating holiday in eastern Burgundy (Franche-Comté) takes you through France's richest region - noted for its relaxed living, fine wines, excellent cuisine, culture and history.
On the network of tranquil waterways see quaint medieval towns and villages with forests and mountain scenery alongside pastures and fields of wheat.
Our eight boat bases give you many options for your cruise in East Burgundy.
Under a backdrop of blue-tinged Vosges mountains Fontenoy-le-Chateau is a typical medieval market town. From our cruiser boat base sail down the Canal de Vosges through forests to join the River Saône.
One of France's most attractive rivers, the Saône has few locks and charming riverside villages. Cruise the Saône from our penichette base at Scey-sur-Saône or further south our cruiser boat base at Gray, once a thriving port for the wine and wheat trades.
East Burgundy - rich in natural beauty
Our boat base at St-Jean-de-Losne is at the crossroads of the Burgundy waterways.
The beautiful Canal de Bourgogne leads north east through rolling hills and famous wine producing areas to the city of Dijon, famed for its palatial buildings and rich heritage.
East from St-Jean-de-Losne the Canal du Rhone au Rhin travels to the foothills of the Jura mountains. From our penichette base at Deluz cruise east to historic Baume-les-Dames and west to Besancon, where the canal arrives via a 394m tunnel under the massive citadel, and on to Dole through a canalised stretch of the River Doubs.
Cruising south, on the west bank of the Saône are the vineyards of Burgundy, home to the world’s finest wines such as Nuit St Georges. Joining the Saône at Chalon-sur-Saône, the Canal du Centre passes the renowned vineyards of the Cote de Beaune and can be explored from our base at St-Léger-sur-Dheune.
Further south the picturesque medieval town of Tournus has a Mediterranean feel. Turn off onto the unspoilt River Seille into the heart of the countryside past delightful villages to our cruiser boat base at Branges near the market town of Louhans. Or continue south of the Saône to Mâcon, famous for its red wines, and with a penichette base.
A cruise in eastern Burgundy takes you through a fascinating and varied region of France.