In the heart of the vineyards and picture postcard landscapes, enjoy cruising and the fine cuisine of the Bresse region.
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The heart of the French river navigation. With over 850 km of canals and waterways, this region has several faces : a natural river in the east, the Saône and many picturesque canals in the West, Canal du Nivernais, Lateral to the Loire. With over 10 possible starting points, all fans will find a cruise that fits them.

The canal du nivernais

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The canal latéral à la loire/briare

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The canal de bourgogne

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The roanne-digoin canal

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Locks

The locks are automatic or electric and most are manned by lock keepers, except on the Canal du Nivernais and the Canal du Centre where some are manual. They are open on bank holidays.

Boating

On the Canal du Nivernais, there is a ladder of 16 consecutive locks near Baye. Boating experience is recommend for navigating on the Doubs.

Mooring

Between Saint Jean de Losne and Mâcon, you must only stop at designated moorings, elsewhere you can moor anywhere along the banks in the heart of the countryside.

Bases Access

Hi-speed (TGV) train station at Auxerre, Dijon and Mâcon.

One Way

There are plenty of one-way cruises available in Burgundy. One-way cruises are only confirmed 48 h before departure.

Services

Most bases in Burgundy have secure car parking.

Gérard F
 
5
, Burgundy Saone,
4 Nights (mid-Week), Louhans aller/retour

"auto-translation :''As usual very well''"
Christiane H
 
5
, Burgundy Saone,
7 Nights (1 week), Louhans aller/retour

"auto-translation :''Well organized stay, lovely region''"
Alain G
 
4
, Burgundy Nivernais,
14 Nights (2 weeks), Chatillon en Bazois aller/retour

"auto-translation :''Efficient, in line with our expectations. The choice of the boat is very important for the people a little old (small freeboard''"
Freddy R
 
5
, Burgundy Nivernais,
7 Nights (1 week), Chatillon en Bazois aller/retour

"auto-translation :''Nothing to complain about, impeccable stay''"
Christophe J
 
4
, Burgundy Nivernais,
7 Nights (1 week), Plagny aller/retour

"auto-translation :''Very good''"
Jackie N
 
5
, Burgundy Nivernais,
7 Nights (1 week), entre Rogny et Plagny

"We were very happy with Cris Boats - we have already told our friends about it. The staff member at the boat yard was great with advice about the boat and where to go."
Alain L
 
5
, Burgundy Saone,
7 Nights (1 week), entre Louhans et Pontailler

"auto-translation :''Quick repair, no worries''"
Eric V
 
4
, Burgundy Nivernais,
7 Nights (1 week), entre Plagny et Rogny

"auto-translation :''Very good reception on the bases compared to your competitors''"
Joelle M
 
5
, Burgundy Nivernais,
5 Nights, Plagny aller/retour

"auto-translation :''Excellent stay as much by the comfort of the boat as by the reception on the commercial service and the base''"
Vanessa A
 
5
, Burgundy Saone,
7 Nights (1 week), entre Pontailler et Louhans

"auto-translation :''Very Good ''"
Francis D
 
5
, Burgundy Saone,
4 Nights (week-end), Port/Saône aller/retour

"auto-translation :''Super awesome''"
Patrick D
 
5
, Burgundy Nivernais,
5 Nights, Plagny aller/retour

"auto-translation :''Meet all our expectations''"
Dominique G
 
5
, Burgundy Saone,
7 Nights (1 week), entre Louhans et Pontailler

"auto-translation :''Very good, difficult to find better and more beautiful weather all week …''"
Cathie B
 
4
, Burgundy Saone,
4 Nights (week-end), Louhans aller/retour

"auto-translation :''Very good, I think we will refer a cruise''"
Marie M
 
5
, Burgundy Nivernais,
3 Nights (or 3 Days / 2 Nights), Chatillon en Bazois aller/retour

"auto-translation :''We loved everything!''"
Thierry C
 
4
, Burgundy Saone,
4 Nights (mid-Week), Pontailler aller/retour

"auto-translation :''First satisfying and original experience''"
Pierre jean C
 
4
, Burgundy Saone,
3 Nights (or 3 Days / 2 Nights), Dôle aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Easy, practical, experience worth repeating''"
David B
 
5
, Burgundy Nivernais,
3 Nights (or 3 Days / 2 Nights), Plagny aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Great''"
François B
 
5
, Burgundy Nivernais,
3 Nights (or 3 Days / 2 Nights), Brienon aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Very exotic''"
Bertrand F
 
4
, Burgundy Saone,
7 Nights (1 week), Louhans aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Wonderful''"
Susan B
 
5
, Burgundy Nivernais,
14 Nights (2 weeks), Digoin aller/retour

"Lovely, very quiet."
Philippe B
 
4
, Burgundy Saone,
3 Nights (or 3 Days / 2 Nights), Louhans aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Good contact, nice, too short (WE).''"
Daniel G
 
4
, Burgundy Nivernais,
7 Nights (1 week), Plagny aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Very happy with our stay''"
Christian R
 
4
, Burgundy Saone,
7 Nights (1 week), Louhans aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Perfect stay''"
Rory B
 
5
, Burgundy Nivernais,
7 Nights (1 week), Chatillon en Bazois aller/retour

"Responsive, Value"
Jean-marc T
 
5
, Burgundy Nivernais,
7 Nights (1 week), entre Coulanges et Chatillon en Bazois

"auto-translation : ''I searched, but I find no point of improvement to give''"
Jean-marc S
 
4
, Burgundy Nivernais,
7 Nights (1 week), Digoin aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Very good stay''"
Béatrice G
 
5
, Burgundy Nivernais,
4 Nights (week-end), Plagny aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Aside from the cramped cabins, everything was perfect''"
Michel V
 
5
, Burgundy Nivernais,
7 Nights (1 week), Digoin aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Great !! Very pleased with our stay with Cris Boat''"
Gilbert B
 
5
, Burgundy Nivernais,
3 Nights (or 3 Days / 2 Nights), Plagny aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Happy with our stay, cruise, boat and friendly staff''"
Martine D
 
5
, Burgundy Nivernais,
3 Nights (or 3 Days / 2 Nights), Chatillon en Bazois aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Great stay, wonderful cruise''"
Jeff H
 
5
, Burgundy Nivernais,
7 Nights (1 week), Digoin aller/retour

"It was ok, very good stay in Burgundy"
Jean louis M
 
5
, Burgundy Nivernais,
7 Nights (1 week), Chatillon en Bazois aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Okay, carefree.''"
Alain H
 
4
, Burgundy Nivernais,
7 Nights (1 week), Venarey aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Good stay but somewhat tempered by the passage locks system that is not more evident on the Canal Borugogne''"
Virginie M
 
4
, Burgundy Nivernais,
5 Nights, Brienon aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Friendly and nice, an exotic holiday.''"
Nicolas G
 
4
, Burgundy Nivernais,
5 Nights, Rogny aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Okay, exotic and we appreciated being able to settle here to sleep in nature, particularly in the pond-sod''"
Hubert P
 
5
, Burgundy Saone,
7 Nights (1 week), Pontailler aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Everything went well during our river cruise, no snags to report''"
Philippe G
 
5
, Burgundy Nivernais,
5 Nights, Plagny aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Great holidays on river boat ''"
Eric G
 
4
, Burgundy Nivernais,
7 Nights (1 week), Chatillon en Bazois aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Okay, can be home based Chatillon, a little cold''"
Marie-françoise C
 
4
, Burgundy Saone,
7 Nights (1 week), Louhans aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''The provision corresponds to what was planned''"
Bruce K
 
5
, Burgundy Nivernais,
14 Nights (2 weeks), entre Chatillon en Bazois et Digoin

"I want to do this again and bring friends with me next time"
Patrick P
 
5
, Burgundy Nivernais,
3 Nights (or 3 Days / 2 Nights), Digoin aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Good''"
Jean pierre R
 
4
, Burgundy Nivernais,
4 Nights (week-end), Digoin aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Well, despite problems with the rented bikes''"
Gonzalo M
 
5
, Burgundy Saone,
4 Nights (week-end), Pontailler aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Unusual holidays to redo''"
Arielle O
 
4
, Burgundy Saone,
7 Nights (1 week), Pontailler aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Great''"
Jean françois L
 
5
, Burgundy Nivernais,
7 Nights (1 week), entre Chatillon en Bazois et Coulanges

"auto-translation : ''Very good company to stay again as soon as possible''"
Béatrice B
 
4
, Burgundy Saone,
5 Nights, Louhans aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''++ I would recommend this kind of cruise''"
Denis M
 
4
, Burgundy Nivernais,
7 Nights (1 week), Chatillon en Bazois aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''satisfactory cruise''"
Sarah L
 
4
, Burgundy Saone,
7 Nights (1 week), Pontailler aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''A remake absolutely''"
Murielle B
 
5
, Burgundy Saone,
4 Nights (mid-Week), Louhans aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Very good, to remake''"
Yves M
 
5
, Burgundy Saone,
7 Nights (1 week), entre Pontailler et Louhans

"auto-translation : ''A remake soon as possible''"
Danièlle R
 
5
, Burgundy Nivernais,
4 Nights (week-end), Chatillon en Bazois aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''The team of Châtillon is really on top. Troubleshooting the day of Easter.''"
Maurine C
 
4
, Burgundy Nivernais,
4 Nights (mid-Week), Digoin aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Great experience that I recommend''"
Robert A
 
4
, Burgundy Nivernais,
7 Nights (1 week), Chatillon en Bazois aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Very friendly and accomodating Home''"
Dominique B
 
4
, Burgundy Nivernais,
7 Nights (1 week), Coulanges aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Many locks to pass on the Canal du Nivernais''"
Franck L
 
4
, Burgundy Saone,
7 Nights (1 week), Louhans aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''We would like to repeat a longer stay. It's very nice to discover the rivers from another angle''"
Lucien B
 
5
, Burgundy Nivernais,
7 Nights (1 week), Digoin aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''We know for 10 years and we come back''"
Daniel R
 
5
, Burgundy Saone,
7 Nights (1 week), Louhans aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Good organization and very comfortable boat''"
Amanda H
 
4
, Burgundy Nivernais,
4 Nights (mid-Week), Digoin aller/retour

"Loved experience, but the boat was a bit old. Everything worked but France needs to clear up its laws on holding tanks. Disgusting to expel waste water into canal in 2015. If it was better, the canals would be sparkling."
Jean pierre D
 
5
, Burgundy Nivernais,
7 Nights (1 week), Chatillon en Bazois aller/retour

"auto-translation : ''Nice river cruise on the Nivernais''"
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Gastronomy
  • Sancerre and Pouilly wines
  • Chablis (Auxerre)
  • The Beaune vineyards
  • Wherever you stop there’s plenty of places to sample some delicious traditional French cuisine.
Tips from our customers
Basilique de Gray Sur Saône
Note : 5 étoiles 5/5
La Saône
Cave de Tannay
Note : 4 étoiles 4/5
Le Canal du Nivernais
Eglise de la Charité
Note : 5 étoiles 5/5
Le Canal Latéral à la Loire/Briare
Etang de la Gazonne
Note : 4 étoiles 4/5
Le Canal Latéral à la Loire/Briare
Forge de Buffon
Note : 5 étoiles 5/5
Le Canal de Bourgogne
le village
Note : 4 étoiles 4/5
La Saône
Pont Canal de Briare
Note : 4 étoiles 4/5
Le Canal Latéral à la Loire/Briare
Pont Canal de St Florentin
Note : 4 étoiles 4/5
Le Canal de Bourgogne
Ville d'Apremont
Note : 5 étoiles 5/5
Le Canal Latéral à la Loire/Briare
Ville de Corbigny
Note : 4 étoiles 4/5
Le Canal du Nivernais
Ville de Gray/Saône
Note : 4 étoiles 4/5
La Saône
The Great Address
A la Crozet des Chemins
Note : 5 étoiles 5/5
Beffes
Aux remparts
Note : 4 étoiles 4/5
Roanne
Chez Yvette
Note : 5 étoiles 5/5
Ray/Saône
La Gernouillère
Note : 5 étoiles 5/5
Clamecy
La table de Jeanne
Note : 4 étoiles 4/5
Chassenard
L'Auberge Chapelle
Note : 4 étoiles 4/5
Clamecy
Le Chat Lon
Note : 4 étoiles 4/5
Châlon/Saône
L'Embarcadaire
Note : 5 étoiles 5/5
La Truchère
Le Pinocchio
Note : 5 étoiles 5/5
Gray/Saône
Les 2 Terrasses
Note : 4 étoiles 4/5
Grey
Le Saint Laurent
Note : 5 étoiles 5/5
Châlon
Les Marronniers
Note : 4 étoiles 4/5
Pontailler/Saône
Les Trois Gros
Note : 5 étoiles 5/5
Roanne
Poule noire
Note : 4 étoiles 4/5
Charité/Loire
Restaurant de la Marine
Note : 5 étoiles 5/5
Baye
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