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Loire & Nivernais region

Canal Latéral à la Loire, du Nivernais, du Centre, de Roanne à Digoin

Dompierre is the gateway to many delights during this boating holiday cruise next to the river Loire. All the way along you’ll enjoy great views of chateaux, abbeys and medieval villages from your self drive boat.

The magnificent aqueduct of Digoin, where the Canal Latéral à la Loire crosses the Loire river, takes you to the Canal du Centre, built in the 18th century to link Roanne to Chalon-sur-Saône.

Digoin and Paray-le-Monial, with its magnificent basilica, are well worth a visit. It is an important milestone for walkers on the Pilgrim’s way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

The Canal de Roanne à Digoin leads to Roanne, a synonym for gastronomy all over France, but also famous for pottery and ceramics. This route leads through splendid areas of countryside near the Loire.

The Brionnais region is famous for its Roman churches, easy to access from your Pénichette®. In Iguerande, Anzy-le-Duc, Marcigny or in the Abbey of Charlieu you can find remarkable carved reliefs. In the oil mill of Iguerande nut, hazelnut and sunflower oil are produced and delivered to the finest restaurants in France.

At Decize, the Canal Latéral meets the Loire, and river swimming is a great treat in the warm sunshine. Salmon and chad swim all the way up here from the sea to spawn. Take the southern part of the Canal du Nivernais and cruise through ravishing countryside to the secret heart of the Morvan, or visit Nevers, steeped in history. Crossing high above the Allier on the canal bridge of the Guétin, you will enjoy a magnificent panorama across many famous vineyards to pretty villages such as Sancerre and St-Satur.

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Our Loire & Nivernais circuits

1 week

Dompierre > Dompierre

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Gastronomy and Oenology

Pilgrimage and gastronomy

  • Dompierre
  • Digoin
  • Paray-le-Monial
  • Roanne
  • Dompierre
Duration
1 week
Sailing
4h45 / day
Route
189km out and back
Locks
38

1 week

Dompierre > Dompierre

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Heritage and History Gastronomy and Oenology

The majestic Loire

  • Dompierre
  • Decize
  • Cercy
  • Châtillon-en-Bazois
  • Dompierre
Duration
1 week
Sailing
5h / day
Route
170km out and back
Locks
58

1 week

Dompierre > Corbigny

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Grandeur of nature

Plenitude and a fishing paradise

  • Dompierre
  • Decize
  • Cercy
  • Châtillon
  • Corbigny
Duration
1 week
Sailing
4h15 / day
Route
122km one-way
Locks
63

1 week

Dompierre > Briare

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Heritage and History Gastronomy and Oenology

The pleasures of water and wine, art villages

  • Dompierre
  • Decize
  • Nevers
  • Sancerre
  • Cosne-Sur-Loire
  • Briare
Duration
1 week
Sailing
4h30 / day
Route
176km one-way
Locks
33

2 weeks

Dompierre > Joigny

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Grandeur of nature

Integral Nivernais

  • Dompierre
  • Decize
  • Châtillon-en-Bazois
  • LaCollancelle
  • Clamecy
  • Auxerre
  • Joigny
Duration
2 weeks
Sailing
4h30 / day
Route
260km one-way
Locks
129

2 weeks

Dompierre > Briare

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Grandeur of nature Gastronomy and Oenology

Vineyards and impressionist landscape

  • Dompierre
  • Digoin
  • Decize
  • Nevers
  • Sancerre
  • Cosne-sur-Loire
  • Rogny
  • Montargis
  • Briare
Duration
2 weeks
Sailing
4h30 / day
Route
280km one-way
Locks
101
Lifting bridges
2

2 weeks

Dompierre > Dompierre

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Heritage and History

From one canal bridge to another

  • Dompierre
  • Decize
  • Nevers
  • Sancerre
  • Briare
  • Dompierre
Duration
2 weeks
Sailing
5h / day
Route
356km out and back
Locks
70

2 weeks

Dompierre > Joigny

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Grandeur of nature Gastronomy and Oenology

Aroung Burgundy

  • Dompierre
  • Gannay
  • Sancerre
  • Briare
  • Rogny-les-sept-écluses
  • Montargis
  • Moret
  • Sens
  • Joigny
Duration
2 weeks
Sailing
5h30 / day
Route
373km one-way
Locks
105