Burgundy and the discovery of its three waterways
Burgundy Boating Holidays. The Canal de Bourgogne is one of the best known waterways in France. It winds its way through Burgundy’s stunning countryside. You will experience the region’s rich cultural heritage, world renown wines and delicious cuisine.
You have 2 departure bases to choose from
Brienon is near the intersection of the Canal de Bourgogne, The River Yonne and the Canal du Nivernais. This will give you the option of taking three directions on your cruise where you will be able to discover many of the region’s Chateaux, medieval villages and beautiful countryside. The prestigious Chablis vineyards roll down to the water’s edge and the historic towns of Auxerre, Joigny, Sens and Mailly-le-Chateau are easily accessible on route.
There’s great fishing on these rivers or for the more active, why not test your climbing skills on the rocks at Saussois. Of course a visit to the region’s wine producers for a mid-afternoon “degustation” is almost an obligation.
Departing on your cruise from Venarey-les-Baumes is like a time travel through France’s history. On top of the beautiful meandering canal and it’s breathtaking countryside there’s a plethora of interesting towns, villages and historical sites to discover. You can moor your boat and take a short walk or bike ride to discover some of the amazing Chateaux like Bussy, Ancy le Franc, Maulne, and Tanlay. The impressive Abbeye de Fontenay is about 5km from Montbard. This Unesco World Heritage site was built in the 12th century and is the world’s oldest preserved Cistercian abbey – definitely worth the visit (and a good opportunity to build up and appetite!).
Local tourist office
The region’s tourist office website is worth visiting when you are preparing your holiday with some great local advice, tips and useful information www.burgundy-tourism.com
A cruise through the canals and inland waterways of France
|Prices for 2022 based on 1 week boat hire|
|Price period||19 Mar – 29 Apr
24 Sep – 06 Nov
|30 Apr – 03 Jun
10 Sep – 23 Sep
|04 Jun – 24 Jun
27 Aug – 09 Sep
|25 Jun – 08 Jul
20 Aug – 26 Aug
|09 Jul – 19 Aug|
|£865pp (Venarey)||£1016pp (Venarey)||£1054pp (Venarey)||£1115pp (Venarey)||£1168pp (Venarey)|
|Prices are based on Dover to Calais ferry crossings in a standard size car measuring 1.85 x 5m. Eurotunnel & other ferry routes also available.|
|Prices are based on Standard Class Eurostar service from London to Paris with a connecting fast train service including private transfers on arrival and departure.|
|All prices are a guide. Prices can increase or decrease depending on availability. The prices are based on 2 people and 1 week boat hire – Sedan Primo. Other boats and travel options are available please discuss your requirements with our team. We can arrange hotel accommodation before you start or at the end of your boat holiday. Please ask our team for details. Prices can change quickly – you will be quoted the current price at the time of booking. Please visit our special offers page for up to date seasonal discounts.|
Boat Choices - Depending on the size of your group and your preferred boat specification it may be necessary to start from from a specific base.
|Duration||Cruise From Brienon||KM||Locks||Hours|
|2 Day Weekend||A||Brienon – Joigny – Brienon||36||10||8|
|B||Brienon – Saint Florentin – Brienon||20||8||6|
|Short Break||A||Brienon – Villeneuve-s – Yonne – Brienon||74||16||16|
|B||Brienon – Tonnerre – Brienon||70||32||20|
|C||Brienon – Auxerre – Brienon||64||22||15|
|1 Week||A||Brienon – Sens – Brienon||106||22||23|
|B||Brienon – Ancy Le Franc – Brienon||130||62||38|
|C||Brienon – Mailly le Château – Brienon||154||68||37|
|1 Week (One Way)||A||Brienon – Saint Florentin – Tonnerre – Montbard – Venarey –||108||57||32|
|3 Weeks (the whole central loop)||A||Brienon – Plagny – Rogny – Brienon||436||174||98|
CRUISE FROM VENAREY LES LAUMES
|Duration||Cruise from Venarey Les Laumes||KM||Locks||Hours|
|2 Day Weekend||A||Venarey – Buffon – Venarey||40||26||10|
|A||Venarey – Tanlay – Venarey||82||50||21|
|1 Week||A||Venarey – Tanlay – Venarey||124||68||31|
|A||Venarey – Montbard – Tonnerre – Saint Florentin – Brienon||108||57||32|
|2 Weeks||A||Venarey – Châteauneuf – Venarey||98||130||90|
- Sailing consumables: this is packaged to include engine fuel and oil, gas for the hot water and stove. On-board equipment monitors usage. This is paid locally and ranges from €5.50 to €12.80 per day depending on boat size.
- Deposit: You will be asked to pay a deposit of €1000 per boat (1500€ for boats over 10m) and €150 to cover the cleaning (200€ for boats over 10m). This deposit covers the insurance, loss of hire and cleaning if required. The deposit is refundable on the return of the boat at the end of your cruise if it is bought back in clean and undamaged to the agreed return location.
- SIXTO GREEN: Sailing consumables includes gas consumed on board (heating, hotplates, oven etc.), the charging of the batteries during
your cruise and maintenance, plus a financial contribution to VNF, the organization responsible for management of the charging terminals.
- Cleaning service: full interior & exterior and interior or exterior.
- Comprehensive waterways guide
- Bicycle hire
- Garage parking
- One way transfers
- Fishing equipment (an obligatory fishing licence costs €25. Please allow 2 or 3 weeks for the application process)
- Deck mattresses
- 12/220v Converter
- Early pick-up & late return
An all inclusive package is available for cruises of one week and longer. It includes:
- Comprehensive waterways guide
- 2 bicycles
- Cleaning package
- Fuel & gas
- Towels & kitchen linen
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