A cruise in the Burgundy Loire Nivernais area, along the Burgundy or Nivernais canals, promises effortless boating holidays in complete comfort on your self-drive Pénichette®
Boat hire holidays in Burgundy Loire Nivernais: a real change of pace
Whichever departure base or route you choose for your cruise, everything in Burgundy Loire Nivernais gives you a feeling of total calm, but there are some big surprises too. Did you ever think you’d look down at the Loire from a boat one day? You really can, thanks to the Briare aqueduct that crosses the river over a span of more than 660 metres. Did you ever imagine being able to see more than 200 different species of birds from your boat’s pontoon? That’s exactly what’s in store for you at the Bec d’Allier, near Nevers, the premier WWF site in France. There are so many amazing, inspiring sights, such as the spectacular Collancelle tunnels, overlooking the Canal du Nivernais. The cruise is so relaxing that you’ll recharge your batteries as you glide along on your self-drive boat. Along the way you’ll find stopping places where you can discover the architectural and historical attractions of Burgundy’s iconic towns, as well as walks and wine tastings in the vineyards, and much more. As for the cruise itself, it will be everything you dreamed of when planning your boating holidays: a lungful of fresh air in beautiful natural surroundings, at the gentle pace of the waterways.
Rent a boat on the Canal de Bourgogne, Canal du Nivernais or Canal latéral à la Loire.
From both banks, pathways open up everywhere, leading you into one of France’s most famous waterways regions. It’s an exceptional network to explore from one of our bases, for an unforgettable canal boat holiday.
Located between the Yonne and the Canal de Bourgogne, the pretty town of Joigny is the starting point for canal boat holidays through the heart of the Renaissance.
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Cruise through the legendary Burgundy Loire Nivernais area.
Towns of Art and History, world famous wines, delicious local produce and unspoilt landscapes – all perfect ingredients for a waterways cruise. Here’s our Burgundy top-5 in the Loire Nivernais area.
The châteaux of Ancy-le-Franc and Tanlay, for lovers of the Renaissance
Beside the Burgundy Canal are two architectural jewels: one housing the largest collection of wall paintings from the Renaissance and the other boasting a trompe-l’œil art gallery that has made it famous.
Le Bec d’Allier, a birdwatcher’s heaven!
Near Nevers, make some amazing discoveries at the premier WWF site in France, listed by Natura 2000, with over 200 different birds to watch from your boat!
Local specialities you can snack on
As you glide along on your self-drive boat, find your inner gourmet: we recommend gougères bourguignonnes, little choux pastries with cheese, perfect with an aperitif. Dare to taste something different: around here the dish of choice is snails en persillade, although there are other traditional dishes to try.
The Collancelle Tunnels, the three ‘ladies of the canal’
Overlooking the Canal du Nivernais are three majestic tunnels in a row: Collancelle, Mouas and Breuil. These vaulted tunnels allow canal boats to pass through unspoiled natural surroundings in a really inspiring style.
Tonnerre, Chablis and Irancy wines, the pride of the Nivernais vineyards
On both sides of the canal is a mosaic of vineyards. Meet the famous wine-growers between the vines, learn from their know-how and enjoy tasting their wines!
Burgundy is the perfect destination of slow tourism fans
If you explore Burgundy by canal boat you’ll pass through peaceful rural landscapes, carried along on the many waterways. On the banks are historic villages and fabulous works of engineering such as the Briare aqueduct. This waterways region lends itself to relaxation and daydreaming, as well as discovering delicious food and wine, and historic châteaux and abbeys. There’s so much to explore in Burgundy’s rural landscapes, steeped in natural heritage. Cruise between undulating countryside and wooded slopes as you get to know this waterways region, where the pace of boating holidays is perfectly slow. On board a comfortable Pénichette®, beginners and more experienced sailors can enjoy gliding along at the pace of the water, on the Canal du Nivernais, Canal de Bourgogne or Canal Latéral à la Loire, heading south to join the Canal du Centre. Along the way are 200 locks marking the stages of the voyage, but as most of them are automatic, you can relax and enjoy your cruise in this canal boat paradise.
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Head for the department of Loiret and the Briare base and step aboard your self-drive canal boat for a gastronomic getaway!
Briare, the picturesque home of the ‘Emaux de Briare’ enamel mosaics company, first grew up with the building of the canal linking the Loire with the Seine.
As a journalist I sometimes write for Locaboat’s blog, interviewing regular customers about their trips on a Pénichette®.