Boating holidays in the Burgundy Saône Franche Comté area provide the ideal way to explore a unique waterways region. Rent a boat on the majestic Saône, 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 Saône Franche Comté – it’s what boating holidays are all about.
Wild and mysterious, the Burgundy Saône Franche Comté 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’s 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 Saône is a paradise for those who love unspoiled natural surroundings. Want to learn about French history? The Saône will take you to relics from the middle ages near Chalon-sur-Saône, or the Romanesque church of Saint-Jean de Narosse in Santenay. Foodies won’t 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, ‘Site Remarquable du Goût’. 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 Saône
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 Saône.
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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 châteaux, constantly changing landscapes and vineyards nestling between the hills. Here are the top five attractions:
Cuisery & Louhans
Cuisery may be a small village but it packs in a 300-metre-long stretch of bookshops. Louhans, on the other hand, is known for its market. Visit the famous poultry market with its speciality Bresse chicken… and don’t forget your shopping basket!
La Seille, more than a pleasant detour, somewhere to aim for
When you cover the 39 km between Louhans and La Truchère, crossing the Bresse area, you can sample its famous poultry while enjoying a relaxed cruise along a river bordered by historic arcades and façades.
The Doubs loop, a spectacular way to arrive in town
Follow this majestic and remarkable loop, which encloses the centre of the town of Besançon, overlooked by Vauban’s famous citadel, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Santenay, Rully… names to dream about
Start at Saint Léger and cruise through the most prestigious Burgundy vineyards. Santenay and Rully are right next to the canal. Or take a short taxi ride to Chassagne Montrachet to taste the world’s most highly regarded white wines.
The Truchère Nature Reserve, sand dunes where the rivers meet
An unusual nature reserve is hidden away in Bresse. Follow the path through the dunes or the pathway on piles for a great view of the Fouget Lake and enjoy a walk through unusual landscapes where nature rules.
Locaboat operates in conjunction with the ‘France Tours’ 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 Léger sur Dheune and Mâcon.
For further information or to make a booking, call them on +33 (0)493 218 219 or [email protected].
The Burgundy Saône region, for boating holidays you’ll fall in love with
With lovely rivers and impressive canals, this is the natural homeland of waterways tourism. Follow the River Saône 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 Pénichette®. The waters of the Saône 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’ll 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’s 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… these are the pleasures of boating holidays in the Burgundy Saône Franche Comté region. It’s 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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