From Dompierre

Loire and Nivernais by boat

Departing from our Dompierre base, cruise for two weeks to Joigny via the Canal du Nivernais or turn south and opt for a holiday of up to a week cruising towards Roanne and Paray le Monial.

Loire and Nivernais in a few words…

Dompierre is a gateway to many discoveries. The banks are dotted with chateaux, abbeys and medieval villages. A magnificent piece of civil engineering, the Digoin canal bridge leads to the Canal du Centre, built in the 18th century, then to Paray-le-Monial where you can take a moment to discover the magnificent Romanesque clunisien-style basilica. Dedicated to the Sacré-Cœur since 1875, it gives a complete picture, on a smaller scale, of how Cluny once looked. It was listed as a historic monument in By following the course of the Canal de Roanne à Digoin, a centre of French gastronomy and well-known for its earthenware and ceramics, you can enjoy the magnificent scenery along this canal that never strays too far from the Loire.

The
highlights of Dompierre

  • You can take a one-way, two-week cruise to another Locaboat base
  • There’s a wide range of possible routes thanks to its four navigable canals
  • Its heritage and nature conservation make this is a romantic destination

our routes departing from Dompierre

The routes shown are only suggestions; don’t forget that you can stop wherever you like on your cruise.

Plenitude and a fishing paradise

Waterway Canal latéral à la Loire, Canal du Nivernais
Itinerary DompierreDecizeCercyPanneçotChâtillon-en-BazoisLa CollancelleEtangs de BayeCorbigny

Waterway

Canal latéral à la Loire, Canal du Nivernais

Itinerary

Dompierre...Corbigny
Duration of stay
1 week
Navigation time
4h15 / day
Distance traveled
122 km one way
Number of locks
70
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Dompierre

Decize

Tie up your canal boat at Decize, "the angler’s paradise", to indulge your passion for fishing. Don’t forget to visit the historic Burgundy heritage, or just use the many shops to restock your boat and stroll around.

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Cercy

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Panneçot

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Châtillon-en-Bazois

La Collancelle

On your cruise along the Canal du Nivernais, you'll pass through the Colancelle Tunnels: three galleries dug through the granite and porphyry of La Colancelle “Mountain” to allow the canal to pass.

Etangs de Baye

There's a wealth of bird life at "Etangs de Baye", which is listed as a protected nature reserve. Take time out to enjoy the lush natural surroundings and the show put on by the resident birds.

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Corbigny

Pilgramage to the roots

Waterway Canal de Roanne à Digoin
Itinerary DompierreDigoinRoanneParay-le-monialDompierre

Waterway

Canal de Roanne à Digoin

Itinerary

Dompierre...Dompierre
Duration of stay
1 week
Navigation time
4h45 / day
Distance traveled
189 km return trip
Number of locks
38
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Dompierre

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Digoin

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Roanne

Roanne is especially famous for La Maison Troisgros, a Michelin-starred restaurant with a worldwide reputation. There is something here for everyone in your crew: culture, entertainment, gastronomy and history.

Paray-le-monial

You’ll really fall for this village, especially its basilica, a jewel of Romanesque art. Paray-le-Monial also claims the title of the “Mosaic Village” because of the many activities on offer involving this art form.

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Dompierre

The great adventure

Waterway Canal latéral à la Loire, Canal du Nivernais, Yonne
Itinerary DompierreDecizeCercyLa CollancelleEtangs de BayeChâtillon-en-BazoisPanneçotTannayClamecyChâtel-CensoirVermentonVincellesAuxerresJoigny

Waterway

Canal latéral à la Loire, Canal du Nivernais, Yonne

Itinerary

Dompierre...Joigny
Duration of stay
2 semaines
Navigation time
4h30 / jour
Distance traveled
260 km aller simple
Number of locks
129
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Dompierre

Decize

Tie up your canal boat at Decize, "the angler’s paradise", to indulge your passion for fishing. Don’t forget to visit the historic Burgundy heritage, or just use the many shops to restock your boat and stroll around.

village
Cercy

La Collancelle

On your cruise along the Canal du Nivernais, you'll pass through the Colancelle Tunnels: three galleries dug through the granite and porphyry of La Colancelle “Mountain” to allow the canal to pass.

Etangs de Baye

There's a wealth of bird life at "Etangs de Baye ", which is listed as a protected nature reserve. Take time out to enjoy the lush natural surroundings and the show put on by the resident birds.

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Châtillon-en-Bazois

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Panneçot

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Tannay

When you moor at Tannay, you'll find all the shops you need to restock your self-drive boat. It also gives you the chance to discover Coteaux-de-Tannay, a lesser-known wine.

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Clamecy

At Clamecy you can discover the secrets of the tower of the Collegiate Church of Saint Martin, with its delicate stone lacework, rose window and gargoyles, or the Romain Rolland Museum, a tribute to the French Nobel prize-winner.

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Châtel-Censoir

As you pass through this village on your self-drive boat, take time to learn something about caving in one of the many local underground galleries, or enjoy some peace and quiet in the collegiate church of Saint Potentien.

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Vermenton

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Vincelles

Auxerre

Almost the whole of the historic centre of Auxerre is a conservation area (67 hectares). After you’ve explored its wonderful heritage, sample a few local specialities such as gougères (cheese pastries) or snails.

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Joigny

If you want to book this cruise
Browse online the availabilities

our boats available

Departing from our Dompierre base, we can offer the range of canal boats shown below. To see the full range of cruises available, please see our self-drive boat pages or contact our team who can help you to choose.

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Your departure
base Dompierre

Locaboat Holidays

Le Port
03290 – Dompierre-sur-Besbre
FRANCE

If you have already booked your cruise and you want to reach your departure base:

+ 33 (0) 4 70 48 27 27

dompierre@locaboat.com

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