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Highlights of the West Burgundy Region

  • Easy to reach from Paris
  • Renowned for its wine and food
  • Stunning views from medieval hilltop villages
  • Beautiful architecture
  • Wonderful local markets with fresh produce
  • Hilltop village of Sancerre and its famous wine-producing vineyards
  • Delicious Crotting de Chavignol goats cheese - a local speciality
  • Formula 1 museum at Magny Cours
  • Nevers' rich cultural heritage - a former Roman town

Useful Information:

  • Locks open on most public holidays.
  • Canal lateral a la Loire: An easy cruising route with automatic locks and lock-keepers.
  • Canal du Nivernais: No Commercial barges. Well-kept, easy to operate locks with lock-keepers.
  • Sardy staircase near Baye has 16 locks and a lock-keeper to assist.
  • Canal du bourgogne: Manual and automatic locks with lock-keepers.

Suggested Cruises from our bases in Burgundy Nivernais

Cruiser boat holidays from Decize

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.

Decize - Charite sur Loire - Decize
Short Return Trip • 4 Days • 136km • 34 Locks • 30 Hours
View Decize - Charite sur Loire out and back boating route in Google Maps

Enjoy the beauty of the Loire valley from Decize to the pretty book town of Charite-sur-Loire, the old barge town of Marseilles-les-Aubigny and the Roman town of Nevers.

Decize - Tannay (or vice versa)
One Way •1 Week • 99km • 72 Locks • 35hrs
View Decize - Tannay one-way boating route in Google Maps

Explore the charming Canal du Nivernais between Decize and Tannay and visit the grounds of Anizy chateau at Pannecot and the fabulous chateaux at Chitry-les-Mines and Chatillon-en-Bazois. Tannay overlooks the River Yonne, surrounded by vineyards.

Decize - Chatillon sur Loire (or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 133km • 26 Locks • 27hrs
View Decize - Chatillon sur Loire one-way boating route in Google Maps

The Canal lateral a la Loire takes you to the hilltop village of Sancerre and its famous vineyards, where you can sample the delectable wines of the region. The Roman town of Nevers and the old town of Marseilles-les-Aubigny have a rich heritage to discover.

Decize - Baye - Decize
Return Trip • 1 Week • 144km • 72 Locks • 30hrs
View Decize - Baye out and back boating route in Google Maps

Decize - Digoin - Paray-le-Monial - Decize
Return Trip • 1 Week • 130km • 32 Locks • 24hrs

Cruise to picturesque Digion, known for its ceramics and excellent fishing, stopping en route at the famous Romanesque Basilica at Paray-le-Monial.

Cruiser boat holidays from Tannay

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.

Tannay - Decize (or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 99km • 72 Locks • 35hrs
(Same as Decize to Tannay above)
View Tannay - Decize one-way boating route in Google Maps

Tannay - Migennes (or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 100km • 50 Locks • 28hrs
View Tannay - Migennes one-way boating route in Google Maps

From Tannay cruise to the beautiful medieval artisan town of Clamecy, explore the narrow winding streets and enjoy a superb meal in a local restaurant. Visit nearby Chablis for a real Grand Cru experience, then take in Auxerre with its magnificent cathedral at the old heart of town.

Tannay - Auxerre - Tannay
Return Trip • 1 Week • 156km • 76 locks • 38hrs
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Cruise the river Yonne from Tannay, the old trading port town, to Clamecy and watch river jousting competitions in the summer.

Canal Du Nivernais

Cruiser boat holidays from Migennes

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.

Migennes - Tannay (or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 100km • 50 Locks • 28hrs
(Same as Tannay to Migennes above)
View Migennes - Tannay one-way boating route in Google Maps

Explore the narrow streets and quaint shops in Vermenton and enjoy lively Auxerre, a Gothic city with a soaring cathedral. Try a wine tasting in Tannay, or venture into Chablis country.

Migennes - Chatel Censoir (or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 65km • 31 Locks • 16hrs
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Set off from the Gothic city of Migennes after admiring its cathedral and gorgeous architecture. Head toward lively Auxerre and the Chablis wine region, where you can arrange vineyard tours and tasting. Try some regional Vouvray or Muscadet wine.

Migennes - Auxerre - Decize - Chatillon sur Loire (or vice versa)
One Way • 2 - 3 Weeks • 316km • 151 Locksb • 76hrs
View Migennes - Chatillon sur Loire one-way boating route in Google Maps

Migennes - Sens - Joigny - Migennes
Return Trip • 1 Week • 88km • 20 Locks • 21hrs
View Migennes - Chatillon sur Loire out and back boating route in Google Maps

Visit the fabulous Gothic cathedral cities of Sens and Migennes on the River Yonne and stop en route at the medieval markets in Joigny and Villeneuve-sur-Yonne.

Migennes - Chatillon en Bazois - Migennes
Return Trip • 2 Weeks • 226km • 120 Locks • 56hrs
View Migennes - Chatillon en Bazois out and back boating route in Google Maps

Migennes - Tanlay - Migennes
Return Trip • 1 Week • 106km • 46 Locks • 29hrs
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Migennes - Montbard - Migennes
Return Trip • 2 Weeks • 204km • 96 Locks • 58hrs
View Migennes - Montbard out and back boating route in Google Maps

Migennes - Ancy-le-Franc - Migennes
Return Trip • 1 Week • 106km • 46 Locks • 29hrs

Along the Canal du Borgogne discover cultural treasures, splendid chateaux, restaurants and markets at St Florentin, Tonnerre and Tanley.

Migennes - Auxerre - Migennes
Short Break Return Trip • 4 Days • 50km • 38 Locks • 19hrs

Moor up in pretty Gurgy, sipping Vouvray wine and savouring Crottin de Chavignol goat cheese with friends.

Cruiser boat holidays from Chatillon sur Loire

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.

Chatillon sur Loire - Decize (or vice versa)
One Way • 1 Week • 133km • 26 Locks • 27hrs
(Same as Decize to Chatillon sur Loire above)
View Chatillon sur Loire - Decize one-way boating route in Google Maps

Chatillon sur Loire - Decize - Auxerre - Migennes (or vice versa)
One Way • 2 - 3 Weeks • 316km • 151 Locks • 76hrs
(Same as Migennes to Chatillon sur Loire above)
View Chatillon sur Loire - Migennes one-way boating route in Google Maps

Chatillon sur Loire - Sancerre - Chatillon sur Loire
Return Trip • 1 Week • 180km • 38 Locks • 36hrs
View Chatillon sur Loire - Sancerre out and back boating route in Google Maps

Chatillon sur Loire - Briare - Montargis - Chatillon sur Loire
Return Trip • 1 Week • 122km • 62 Locks • 30hrs
View Chatillon sur Loire - Montargis out and back boating route in Google Maps

Please note that hours suggested above are approximate

The aqueduct at Briare

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