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Nivernais

Canal du Nivernais

Originally conceived by Henri IV, the Canal du Nivernais was finally built between 1783 and 1842, and boasts some of the most glorious scenery on the French waterways. Connecting the Seine to the Loire basins, the two sides of the summit are very different but both delightful for barging holidays.

A set of 16 locks leads to the three successive tunnels at La Colancelle in a rural setting. It’s one of the top places for river boating in France!

The ponds of Baye lie right alongside the canal and offer water sport opportunities. From Corbigny north to Auxerre, the descent towards the Seine follows the valley of the Yonne, and sometimes uses its bed, through woods and forests small and large. The prosperous little wineproducing village of Tannay boasts panoramic views over the Morvan hills.

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Our Nivernais circuits

1 week

Corbigny > Corbigny

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Grandeur of nature Heritage and History

Ancient cities and the eternal hill

  • Corbigny
  • Tannay
  • Clamecy
  • Châtel-Censoir
  • Corbigny
Duration
1 week
Sailing
4h15 / day
Route
108km out and back
Locks
62

1 week

Corbigny > Dompierre

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Grandeur of nature

Plenitude and a fishing paradise

  • Corbigny
  • La-Collancelle
  • Châtillon-en-Bazois
  • Decize
  • Digoin
  • Dompierre
Duration
1 week
Sailing
4h15 / day
Route
122km one-way
Locks
63

1 week

Corbigny > Joigny

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Grandeur of nature

Luxurious greenery, secret halting places

  • Corbigny
  • Clamecy
  • Vermenton
  • Auxerre
  • Joigny
Duration
1 week
Sailing
4h45 / day
Route
136km one-way
Locks
67

1 week

Corbigny > Corbigny

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Grandeur of nature

One of the most beautiful river cruise in France

  • Corbigny
  • LaCollancelle
  • EtangsdeBaye
  • Châtillon-en-Bazois
  • Pannecot
  • Corbigny
Duration
1 week
Sailing
4h / day
Route
98km out and back
Locks
96

10/11 days

Corbigny > Corbigny

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Grandeur of nature Gastronomy and Oenology

Good wines, beautiful villages

  • Corbigny
  • Tannay
  • Clamecy
  • Coulanges
  • Vermenton
  • Corbigny
Duration
10/11 days
Sailing
4h15 / day
Route
158km out and back
Locks
92

2 weeks

Corbigny > Corbigny

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Grandeur of nature Gastronomy and Oenology

Between Pouilly-fumé and Sancerre

  • Corbigny
  • Châtillon
  • Decize
  • Nevers
  • Sancerre
  • Corbigny
Duration
2 weeks
Sailing
6h / day
Route
340km out and back
Locks
168

2 weeks

Corbigny > Corbigny

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Grandeur of nature Heritage and History Gastronomy and Oenology

Quiet, tasty and unique

  • Corbigny
  • Clamecy
  • Vermenton
  • Châtel-Censoir
  • Auxerre
  • Corbigny
Duration
2 weeks
Sailing
4h30 / day
Route
190km out and back
Locks
100

2 weeks

Corbigny > Dompierre

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Grandeur of nature Heritage and History

From Nivernais to Loire

  • Corbigny
  • LaCollancelle
  • Châtillon-en-Bazois
  • Decize
  • Nevers
  • Sancerre
  • Digoin
  • Dompierre
Duration
2 weeks
Sailing
4h45 / day
Route
299km one-way
Locks
103

2 weeks

Corbigny > Briare

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Grandeur of nature Gastronomy and Oenology

From Morvan Mountains to the Loire

  • Corbigny
  • LaCollancelle
  • Châtillon-en-Bazois
  • Decize
  • Nevers
  • Sancerre
  • Cosne-sur-Loire
  • Briare
Duration
2 weeks
Sailing
4h / day
Route
222km one-way
Locks
87

3 weeks

Corbigny > Corbigny

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Grandeur of nature Gastronomy and Oenology

The great loop of gourmets

  • Corbigny
  • LaCollancelle
  • Decize
  • Nevers
  • Sancerre
  • Briare
  • Montargis
  • Moret
  • Sens
  • Villeneuve
  • Joigny
  • Auxerre
  • Clamecy
  • Corbigny
Duration
3 weeks
Sailing
5h30 / day
Route
553km out and back
Locks
214