Boating holidays in the Burgundy Sa√īne Franche Comt√© area provide the ideal way to explore a unique waterways region. Rent a boat on the majestic Sa√īne, one of the most beautiful rivers in France, for a gentle cruise on a self-drive boat, with no license needed.


A cruise in Burgundy Sa√īne Franche Comt√© ‚Äď it‚Äôs what boating holidays are all about.

Wild and mysterious, the Burgundy Sa√īne Franche Comt√© region provides a fine example of what boating holidays should be like. It offers as many unmissable attractions on the water as it does at the stopping places. It‚Äôs an experience that transforms a simple cruise into a real voyage of discovery. The Canal du Centre takes you to famous vineyards, such as Santenay and Rully, which will please any wine connoisseurs on board, while the Sa√īne is a paradise for those who love unspoiled natural surroundings. Want to learn about French history? The Sa√īne will take you to relics from the middle ages near Chalon-sur-Sa√īne, or the Romanesque church of Saint-Jean de Narosse in Santenay. Foodies won‚Äôt be left out on this trip, which will take you across the Bresse area, famous for poultry, which have earned the place the tourism and gastronomy label, ‚ÄėSite Remarquable du Go√Ľt‚Äô. Whatever direction you take on your canal boat, the calm waterways of this region will lead you to a whole range of discoveries, all of them amazing.


A cruise in southern Burgundy via the canals and the Sa√īne

Cast off and explore the region from one of our departure bases. Whether you cruise on the Canal des Vosges, head down towards Lyon, or cross the central vineyards, all routes take you to the Sa√īne.

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The very essence of boating holidays in southern Burgundy

Taking a cruise on the rivers and canals of Burgundy is a wonderfully bucolic experience, thanks to the variety of landscapes and historic heritage in this famous waterways region. Villages and medieval ch√Ęteaux, constantly changing landscapes and vineyards nestling between the hills. Here are the top five attractions:

Locaboat operates in conjunction with the ‚ÄėFrance Tours‚Äô travel agency to bring you selected heritage- and gastronomy-based activities that will turn your holiday into something special. Just take your pick! These activities are available with departure points from our bases at Saint L√©ger sur Dheune and M√Ęcon.

For further information or to make a booking,¬†call them on +33 (0)493 218 219¬†or [email protected].


The Burgundy Sa√īne region, for boating holidays you‚Äôll fall in love with

With lovely rivers and impressive canals, this is the natural homeland of waterways tourism. Follow the River Sa√īne to the capital of French gastronomy, Lyon, or cruise along the Canal du Centre through famous vineyards. The landscape passes by at the gentle pace of your P√©nichette¬ģ. The waters of the Sa√īne are full of fish, allowing anglers to enjoy hauling up pike, pikeperch and many other species from their self-drive boat. This river is wide and beautiful, joining the Doubs with its rocky cliffs and offering unforgettable views. But you‚Äôll also enjoy the countryside along the banks: wide open plains and relaxing green pastures, punctuated by the historic heritage of beautiful Burgundy, which looks like Tuscany at times. And then there‚Äôs the world-famous wine and food, which is bound to feature in more than one of your stopovers. Swimming from the pontoon, taking a history cruise on the canals, wine-tasting by the waterside‚Ķ these are the pleasures of boating holidays in the Burgundy Sa√īne Franche Comt√© region. It‚Äôs a place where you can explore historic and cultural heritage while enjoying a relaxed, carefree cruise on a no-license boat, through stunning countryside.

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