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Branges Base Information

From the base, on the banks of the river Seille, you can wind your way through the meadowlands and fields to the splendid town of Louhans, famous for its poultry fair. Or perhaps you’ll choose to follow the majestic Soane river south towards Macon, famous for its rich red wines or head north towards Verdun where the Canal du Centre and the Canal du Rhone au Rhin open up your choice of cruising routes and destinations still further.

Base Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday: 09:00 to 12:30, 13:00 to 17:30
Friday to Sunday: 09:00 - 17:30
Sunday: 09:00 to 12:00, 13:00 to 17:00

Late Arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or the general sales office where you booked. When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open with the lights on for you to stay on board that night. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

When To Arrive:

Your boat will be ready to depart for 16:00 - 17:30. We recommend that you arrive 60 minutes earlier for check-in and instructions. If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base ready to depart between 11am and 12pm or from 2pm.

Your Return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 9am on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out).

Upon Arrival:

Our base staff look forward to welcoming you to their cruising region and aim to make your arrival and holiday as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

When you arrive or base staff will:

  • Take a fuel deposit to cover the fuel you use during your holiday. Any extra fuel used will be charged on your return or we will refund the difference for fuel you have not used.
  • Take a refundable collision damage deposit – if you have not purchased collision damage waiver. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your holiday
  • Familiarise you with your waterways guide, maps and other helpful documentation provided to help you plan where you want to go and where you’d like to stop.
  • Brief you about your boat, the equipment on board, and the cruising area (places to visit, etc).
  • Give you a boat handling demonstration on the water with one of our technicians.

Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels in Louhans
De Cheval Rouge Tel - 0033 (0) 385 752 142
De Jura Tel - 0033 (0) 385 751 419
Moulin de Bourgchateau Tel - 0033 (0) 385 753 712

Hotels in Tournus
Terminus Tel - 0033 (0) 385 510 554
Aux Terrasses Tel - 0033 (0) 385 510 174
Le Rempart Tel - 0033 (0) 385 511 056

Restaurants in Branges
L'Ecluse Tel - 0033 (0) 385 754 558

Burgundy Canal


Outside enclosed parking: £35 per week
Garage: £45.50 per week

Credit Cards

Branges accept the following Credit Cards for payment of Security/Fuel Deposit, Collision Damage Waiver and Optional Extras - Visa Mastercard Eurocard

Travellers Cheques accepted in Euros.

Post Office

Easy walking distance from base.
Opening Times: Monday to Friday: 09.00 to 12.00, 14.00 to 18.00.
Saturdays: 08.30 to 11.30.


Clinique de la Plage
38 Rue de la Plage
0033 (0) 384 653 297

Local Shops

In Branges, 300m from the base you will find:
2 Boulangeries
2 Butchers
Small General Store
Flower Shop


In Louhans (many main branches) most have cash dispensers - 4kms.


Many local doctors all within - 2 kms
Main Medical Centre Louhans - 4 kms


Fishing is allowed throughout the season, a fishing permit is required and is available from local Epicerie (300m) approx. cost is €30 for two weeks.

Tourist Information Centre

At Louhans
Tel - 0033 (0) 385 750 202


Clinique veterinaire des Alizes
35b rue Guidon
0033 (0) 385 749 179
0033 (0) 385 750 865

Transport Information


Lyon - 1.5 hrs (125 km
Geneva - 2 hrs (150 km)

By Road

From Calais take A26 to Reims, then A4 to Chalon sur Marne, then A26 direction to Troyes follow onto A5/A31 to Dijon and then A39 direction Lons Le Saunier - Louhans. Leave A39 at exit No 8 Lons Le Saunier, Montmorot, Louhans. Follow N78 for 12km to Louhans then N78 for 4km, D13 3km, D413 for 3km and D280 for 2km to Branges and Port de Plaisance. Road distance approximately 676 kms 6 hrs 10 mins.

From Paris take the Auto route du Soleil A6. Leave at junction signposted Chalon Sud. Shortly after the peage turn right onto N80 towards Chalon sur Saone. Follow signs for Lons le Saunier. Turn right onto D978 towards Epervans. Follow D978 for approximately 28 kms, and then opposite Agricultural Machinery Agency turn right onto D460 signposted Branges le Bourg. After 400mtrs turn left onto D160 and after 900mtrs you will see the Port de Plaisance on your right. Road distance approximately 370 kms 4 hrs.

Nearest Train Stations

Louhans - 4 km
T.G.V Chalon sur Saone - 35km


The following ferry companies operate to Northern France.

  • Dover to Dunkirk: DFDS Seaways (previously Norfolk Lines)
  • Dover to Calais: P&O
  • Newhaven to Dieppe: LD Lines
  • Portsmouth to Le Harve: LD Lines
  • Portsmouth to Caen: Brittany Ferries

Local Car Rental At Chalon Sur Saone

  • Avis – 0033 (0) 385 483 052 Hertz - 0033 (0) 385 908 030
  • ADA Location - 0033 (0) 385 900 385
  • Europcar – 0033 (0) 385 485 052