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A boat trip with the Pénichette in Southern Burgundy gives you the chance to discover the Canal du Centre, next to famous Chalonnais vineyards as Mercurey, Santenay or Montrachet. The Saône and the Seille offer many bathing opportunities. The Petite Saône at Gray and the Canal du Rhône au Rhin at Besançon (a new Locaboat-base for one-way cruise) are beautiful waterways with only a few locks. Going upstream the Canal de Vosges in direction Fontenoy-le-Château and Epinal, you pass the superb forests of the Vosges.
Select on the map below your base of departure from which you want to start your trip with the Pénichette. You will receive practical information to organise your boating holiday in the region of Southern Burgundy – Franche-Comté starting from our bases in Scey-sur-Saône, Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune and Loisy.
The base at St-Léger-sur-Dheune is ideally located: cruising the Canal du Centre you pass through some of the most renowned vineyards of the Côte Chalonnaise. Along the twisting valley of the Dheune sparkle the varnished tile roofs of charming villages. At the foot of the Côte Chalonnaise are world-famous wine producing villages: Mercurey, Santenay with its 13th century church of St-Jean-de-Naroise standing amid the vines, Montrachet, synonymous with fine whites, and Rully with its 12th century castle.
Further south, the Saône and the Seille offer a voyage of discovery and many possibilities for swimming. Sights like Tournus and Mâcon with an interesting architectural heritage and Romanic churches, that remember the wealthy days of these cities in the Middle Ages. The Roman tiles of the houses give the feeling that the South of France is approaching. Upstream, the Saône crosses green meadows. One of the most beautiful milestones is Verdun-sur-le-Doubs on an island at the estuary of the Doubs. This river offers a very attractive, 10 km long track until Pontoux. St-Symphorien and Seurre with a local museum in a beautiful building are worth a stop, too.
The Saône is one of France's most attractive rivers, with few locks, rural scenery, and generously proportioned farmhouses, their windowboxes gay with flowers. On the forest floor too, the earth brings forth a generous offering of mushrooms. The well-preserved villages in the Maçonnais and the Dôle region are a constant delight. Climbing north on the Canal des Vosges through the forests of the Vosges you glide through an amphitheatre of ash, silver birch and other trees. The towns of Fontenoy-le-Château and Epinal reveal their many charms.
From Dôle to Besançon the Canal du Rhone au Rhin follows the course of the River Doubs past rocky cliffs and between wooded slopes. The arrival in Besançon is truly dramatic: A 394m long tunnel allows you to pass right underneath the great fortress built by Vauban in the 17th century and to make a complete circuit of the city by water.
The idyllic river Seille leads through a landscape of ponds and pastures to Louhans. The village is classed as "the prettiest detour in France" and "outstanding site for taste" for its famous Bresse poultry. The arcades and facades from 15th and 16th century are well worth seeing.
Direction South the lovely Saône flows to the Rhône and passes Tournus with its splendid Romanic abbey. Many excellent wines flourish in the hilly landscape of Mâconnais and Beaujolais, which follows on the cruise. They are worthy companions to the numerous culinary specialities for which this region is renowned since the Middle Ages. Take some time to stroll through the animated cities of Mâcon and Villefranche. The detour on a short canal to Pont-de-Vaux is also recommendable: A touristic gem with medieval loam frame houses of the Pierres-Dorées area.
The cruise continues on the gentle loops of the Saône until Lyon. The hills of Fourvière and Croix-Rousse on the picuresque island Barbre create a marvellous entry port. Afterwards the old town of Lyon, UNESCO World Heritage Site, attracts with colourful renaissance facades, the tight passages between the buildings called "Traboules" and of course the typical cosy restaurants, called "Bouchon"