Click to explore this region and see barge cruise routes
Burgundy has always been famous for its
fine wines—and when you cruise here
you’ll see and taste how marvellous they
are. In addition, this area is scattered with
beautiful, intimate waterways, from the
well known scenic Burgundy Canal and her
charming ‘sister’ the pretty Nivernais Canal,
to the celebrated ‘Côte D’Or’ (Golden
Coast) of southern Burgundy, Canal du
Centre and the River Saône which finally
leads you down to the sparkling city of
Lyon. There are many facets to this enchanting
region, which is best explored by
barge of course.
Where is it?
France, with Dijon its capital city.
main waterways here are the Burgundy Canal
and the Nivernais Canal, the Canal du
Centre and the River Saône.
What are the cruises like?
Winding your gentle way through
hidden medieval villages, through wooded
valleys and gentle plains
, you’ll be enchanted
by the atmosphere in this region of
France and charmed by the warm welcome
of its inhabitants. At the heart of France,
Burgundy’s countryside is among the
most beautiful in Europe
. Miles of beautiful
waterways offer tremendous opportunities
for those seeking a relaxing and gentle
vacation. Burgundy is justifiably well known
as the home of some of the finest wines in
the world and for some of the best food
Don’t let the number of barges confuse you—check
out their barge pages by clicking their name above
and you’ll see there are quite a few different itineraries
available, depending on what you’re looking
for. If you’re stuck, just call us and we’ll be
happy to help!
The gentle MS Niagara
barge (above), taking only
6 guests at a time, wends her way along the Burgundy Canal
in dappled sunshine. She even
has a glorious plunge pool
How does this canal compare with others in Europe?
There is perhaps no better way of getting to know Burgundy than by boat.
Nearly twelve hundred kilometres of rivers and canals, with very little commercial
traffic, are open to pleasure craft. This remarkable wealth of navigable waterways
results from the geographical situation of Burgundy; in the very heart of the region
is the watershed between the basins of the three major rivers in France - the Seine,
the Loire and the Rhône. In order to link these three rivers, a series of canals
was built in Burgundy, starting in the 17th century, with navigable rivers the Saône,
the Yonne and the Seine. It’s one of the most prized waterways in France
the pretty villages
you cruise through en route, and also because of
the sun-drenched, wine growing countryside
on either side of you.
through one the loveliest areas you could ever come across,
sampling fine wines
along the way and enjoying fresh French cuisine at its best...