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Highlights of the Burgundy East Region

  • Famous vineyards near Branges
  • Michelin-starred restaurants and gourmet cuisine
  • Picturesque cruising on the Rivers Saône and Seille
  • Burgundian architecture and quaint villages
  • Dijon, the opulent ancient capital of Burgundy, renowned for its architecture
  • Louhans lively Monday market!

Useful Information:

  • River Seille: Easy cruising; self-operated lock; numerous well-equipped moorings.
  • Grande Saone: Between St. Jean de Losne and Macon. There are 3 large automated locks, manned by lock keepers.
  • Petit Saone: Easy cruising. Automatic locks operated by a lock-keeper and self-operated locks.
  • Canal des Vosges, Canal de Bourgogne and Canal du Centre - all locks are automatic some of which are operated by a lock-keeper.
  • Locks are open on most public holidays.

Suggested Cruises from our bases in Burgundy East

Cruiser boat holidays from Fontenoy-le-Chateau

Fontenoy-le-Château has an interesting history so be sure to visit the museum and numerous churches. Discover the old paved streets and alleyways where time seems to stand still, visit the Tower of the Lombards and maybe take a look at the château ruins.

Fontenoy le Chateau - St Jean de Losne(or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 210km • 32 Locks • 40hrs
View Fontenoy le Chateau - St Jean de Losne one-way boating route in Google Maps

The River Saone meanders gently from pretty Fontenoy through Jussey, noted for its fountains and Spanish style houses, to Port-sur-Saone, a bustling market town where there are many colourful festivals over the summer and to Scey-sur-Saone.

Cruising southwards discover the small walled city of Auxonne, with its museum in honour of Napoleon who was once garrisoned there. Stop at St Jean-de-Losne where the waterways meet and from here you can take a local train to Dijon.

Fontenoy le Chateau - Gray(or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 137km • 27 Locks • 30hrs
View Fontenoy le Chateau - Gray one-way boating route in Google Maps

Visit unspoilt towns along the River Saône such as Ray-sur-Saone, a lovely chateau village, and Gray with its Saturday market, once one of the leading river ports for the wine, wheat and iron trade. Visit splendid castles and enjoy summer festivals and art exhibitions.

Cruising Burgundy East

Cruiser boat holidays from St Jean-de-Losne

Saint-Jean-De-Losne has seen numerous wars during the last few centuries, and was named "Belle-Defense" by the king. There are several downtown monuments about this. Walking through the streets, or over a beautiful bridge, you can also catch sight of Saint-Jean-Baptiste's church.

St Jean de Losne - Fontenoy le Chateau (or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 210km • 32 Locks • 40hrs
View St Jean de Losne - Fontenoy le Chateau one-way boating routes in Google Maps -(Same as Fontenoy le Chateau to St Jean de Losne above)

St Jean de Losne - Changy - Branges (or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 159km • 28 Locks • 33hrs
View St Jean de Losne - Branges one-way boating routes in Google Maps

St Jean de Losne is at the crossing of the waterways where the Saone widens out. From Seurre to Verdun sur les Doubs enjoy picturesque cruising and visit the charming town of Chalon and its Nicephore Niepce Museum, followed by a wine tasting at the vineyards of Chagny. On the way back stop at the famous vineyards of Beaune, Pommard, Nuits St Georges and Meursault.

St Jean de Losne - Louhans - St Jean de Losne
Return Trip • 1 Week • 293km • 14 Locks • 38hrs
View St Jean de Losne - Louhans out and back boating route in Google Maps

From St Jean de Losne at the heart of the Burgundy waterways, enjoy a relaxing cruise to the weekly Monday market in Louhans and stock up on local bread, cheese and wine. On the way, visit the large Roman riverside towns of Chalon and Tournus.

St Jean de Losne - Besancon - St Jean de Losne
Return Trip • 1 Week • 194km • 50 Locks • 32hrs
View St Jean de Losne - Besancon out and back boating route in Google Maps

Depart from the bustling port of St Jean-de-Losne with its cobblestone streets and impressive architecture and visit the old port of Dole, birthplace of Louis Pasteur. Stroll the beautiful parks and wide boulevards of Besançon, where the majestic Citadel dominates the skyline.

St Jean-de-Losne - Gray - St Jean-de-Losne
Short Break Return Trip • 3 - 4 Days • 129km • 10 Locks • 16hrs

Museums, art galleries, restaurants, and modern facilities make St Jean de Losne an ideal place to start your Burgundy boat hire in France. Gray has a rich history, whilst Auxonne on the Petit Saone is where Napoleon started his career.

Cruiser boat holidays from Gray

Gray is a bustling town, steeped in history with fascinating preserved buildings that you can visit. Most notably are the Eglise, and the fortified chateau of Baron St. Martin, which is now an art gallery & museum.

Gray - Fontenoy le Chateau (or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 137km • 27 Locks • 30hrs
View Gray - Fontenoy le Chateau one-way boating route in Google Maps
(Same as Fontenoy le Chateau to Gray above)

Cruise from beautiful Gray north toward the distant Vosge Mountains past forested riverbanks, meadows and hills. Perhaps enjoy a warm afternoon of fishing at Ray-sur-Saône, or visit the International Folk Festival in Port-sur-Saône held every August.

Gray - Branges (or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 193km • 12 Locks • 34hrs
View Gray - Branges one-way boating route in Google Maps

Continue the above route from St Jean-de-Losne through the lively port of Seurre to Chalon-sur-Saone, birthplace of Nicephore Niepce, who invented photography, and its fabulous museum of cameras.

Tournus, further south on the Saone, marks the beginning of more Mediterranean country. Climb its narrow picturesque streets, visit the abbey or explore the art galleries and antique shops.

Onto the River Seille, one of the prettiest small rivers in France, continue upstream to Branges, surrounded by reeds and waterlilies and Louhans, the capital of the Bresse region with its arcades and lively Monday market.

Gray - Corre - Gray
Return Trip • 1 Week • 200km • 30 locks • 38hrs
View Gray - Corre out and back boating route in Google Maps

Gray - Scey-sur-Saône - Gray
Short Break Return Trip • 3 - 4 Days • 71km • 5 Locks • 12hrs

Cruiser boat holidays from Branges

Welcome to Branges, a calm and peaceful town. Take the opportunity to cycle along the canal banks, and explore the area. Downtown, you can have a drink on the terrace of a French village bar.

Branges - Changy - St Jean de Losne(or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 159km • 28 Locks • 33hrs
View Branges - St Jean de Losne one-way boating route in Google Maps - (Same as Branges to St Jean de Losne above)

Start your Burgundy cruise amidst the Jura and Mâconnais wine regions, cousins to the renowned Côte de Beaune. As you travel, find charming cafés with superb local fare, and excellent restaurants in Chalon-sur-Saône and Auxonne.

Branges - Gray (or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 193km • 12 Locks • 34hrs
View Branges - Gray one-way boating route in Google Maps
(Same as Branges to Gray as above)

Branges - Santenay - Branges
Return Trip • 1 Week • 176km • 36 Locks • 35hrs

Pursue your passion for wine in the premier cru vineyards of the Côte de Beaune area along the Canal du Centre. En route, see famous names such as Pommard, Chasagne-Montrachet, Rully and Mercurey.

Branges - Macon - Chalon-sur-Saône - Branges
Return Trip • 1 Week • 192km • 8 Locks • 32hrs

Explore the Maconnais-Beaujolais wine region of Macon, famous for its local white wines. Explore the city of Macon, which dates back 2,000 years, and taste the light and dry wine crafted from chardonnay and pinot blanc grapes.

Branges - Tournus - Branges
Short Break Return Trip • 3 - 4 Days • 88km • 12 Locks • 18hrs

Cruise the River Seille toward beautiful Tournus, an old Roman town with restaurants and bars. Enjoy this unique and relaxing way to see medieval cathedrals and small towns amidst a pastoral paradise of vineyards and forests.

Other two-week routes are obtained by combining suitable one-week routes.

Please note that hours suggested above are approximate

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