Boating Holiday Travel Guide for Burgundy in France.
Boat Hire Holidays on Europes waterways are among the most relaxing holidays on the planet. With nearly 1200 km of rivers and canals, Burgundy is paradise for pleasure boaters. There is something for everyone. Weigh anchor and set sail along the water. Your journey will be punctuated by charming stops; you can enjoy passing through a lock or stopping off to take a stroll and explore what lies along the towpaths. Nearby, the vineyards, typical villages, châteaux, churches… in short, all of Burgundy’s varied and exceptional heritage.
Burgundy, renowned for its vineyards and gastronomy, is also blessed with more rivers and canals than any other region in France. The Canal de Bourgogne, the Saône, the Canal du Nivernais, the Canal de Roanne in Digoin, the Seille, the canal linking Champagne and Burgundy, the Canal du Centre, the Loire and the Yonne all flow through this region.
The River Saône offers something to everybody, perhaps not to enthusiasts of locks. You can stop at any time along idyllic banks and attach your boat on a tree. If you prefer civilization, stay in one of the ports for sport boats. Trevoux, Belleville in Beaujolais and Seurre are rather small towns but offer full service. Lyon, Macon, Tournus and Chalon sur Saône are all big towns offering whatever you might be looking for. If you have enough time, branch of to the Seille, beneath Tournus, up to Louhans in Bresse, or onto the short branch between Tournus and Macon to Pont de Vaux. Be aware that official landing places become less and less around Lyon, this also counts for rests in natural surroundings.
The dropdown box at the top right of this page lists every town and village from north to south on the navigable section of the River Saône. Choose on one of the towns or villages to find more information about restaurants, bars, activities and other places of interest in and around that
town. For a better idea of the the geography of the Burgundy Waterways you can view our Interactive Map, and you can click on the towns and villages from here.