Burgundy Canal

Burgundy Canal

History, vineyards and cuisine

The Burgundy Canal

Famed for its history, wines and traditional cuisine, this is one of France's most visited canals.

Plans for a canal to link the rivers Yonne and Saone were initially drawn up in the 17th century. The resulting Burgundy Canal was finally opened on December 14th 1808. Still, it was not until towards the end of the 19th century that the canal, as we know it today, was finally completed.

Bordering the canal, you will witness a multitude of sites and monuments, including the Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay, and the imposing châteaux of Bussy, Tanlay, and Ancy le Franc. There are miles of towpaths which you can walk or cycle, and you can explore the tiny villages and towns which border the canal.

The regional capital, Dijon, as well as the town of Montbard, is simple to travel to with the impressive high-speed train services (TGV) to and from Paris and other destinations.

In the north of Burgundy, you'll have the magnificent vineyards of Chablis with their Chardonnay whites and the Irancy red wines. In the south of Burgundy, there are the UNESCO "Climats" of the Cote de Nuit, the Cote de Beaune ready to explore and appreciate.

The Burgundy Canal is a tranquil destination, with the north and south sloping parts of the canal having their character, the canal is well worth cruising and visiting more than once.

More information about the Burgundy Canal

The canal connects to the River Yonne and the River Saône.

Must places to visit whilst you're here

  • Abbaye de Cîteaux
  • Abbaye de Fontenay
  • Abbaye de La Bussière
  • Château Ancy-le-Franc
  • Château Bussy-Rabutin
  • Château du Clos de Vougeot
  • Château de La Rochepot
  • Chateau de Mersault
  • Château Sully
  • Château Tanlay
  • Châteauneuf-en-Auxois
  • Forges de Buffon
  • Fosse Dionne
  • Vézelay Abbey

Towns and villages to explore

  • Chablis
  • Flavigny-sur-Ozerain
  • Noyers-sur-Serin
  • Nuits-Saint-Georges
  • Semur-en-Auxois

Other Places

  • The source of the River Seine
  • Époisses and the cheese

Whilst in Dijon

Whilst near Beaune

  • Les Hospices de Beaune
  • Marché aux Vins
  • The market hall
  • The old Ducal Palace
  • Château Savigny les Beaunes
  • Mersault, the wines and chateau
  • Pommard, the wines and chateau
  • Volnay

Hotel barges

6 hotel barge cruises

C'est La Vie
Burgundy & Loire

C'est La Vie

8 guests

Ravieres to Saint Florentin

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L'Impressionniste
Burgundy Canal

L'Impressionniste

12 guests

Fleurey to Escommes

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La Belle Epoque
Burgundy Canal

La Belle Epoque

12 guests

Venarey-les-Laumes to Tanlay

Prosperite
Burgundy Canal

Prosperite

8 guests

The Valley Ouche

Rendez-Vous
Burgundy Canal

Rendez-Vous

6 guests

Plombieres-les -Dijon to Vandenesse-en-Auxois

Savoir Vivre
Burgundy Canal

Savoir Vivre

8 guests

From Dijon to Escommes

Self-drive boats

Locaboat

Locaboat have 13 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

Europa 400

4 guests

P1020 FB self-drive

P1020 FB

5 guests

P1107W self-drive

P1107W

7 guests

P1120R self-drive

P1120R

6 guests

P1165 FB self-drive

P1165 FB

7 guests

P1180 FB self-drive

P1180 FB

7 guests

P1260R self-drive

P1260R

10 guests

P1400 FB

10 guests

P1500 FB

12 guests

P1500 R self-drive

P1500 R

12 guests

P935W self-drive

P935W

5 guests


Nicols

Nicols have 15 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

N DUO self-drive

N DUO

4 guests

N OCTO self-drive

N OCTO

8 guests

N OCTO Fly C self-drive

N OCTO Fly C

10 guests

N PRIMO self-drive

N PRIMO

4 guests

N QUATTRO B self-drive

N QUATTRO B

4 guests

N QUATTRO B + self-drive

N QUATTRO B +

4 guests

N QUATTRO S self-drive

N QUATTRO S

6 guests

N SIXTO FLY C self-drive

N SIXTO FLY C

8 guests

N1000 self-drive

N1000

8 guests

N1010 self-drive

N1010

8 guests

N1100 self-drive

N1100

9 guests

N1160N self-drive

N1160N

10 guests

N1310 self-drive

N1310

12 guests

N1350 B self-drive

N1350 B

10 guests

N900 DP self-drive

N900 DP

7 guests


France Afloat

France Afloat have 10 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.


Le Boat

Le Boat have 24 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

Calypso self-drive

Calypso

8 guests

Caprice self-drive

Caprice

6 guests

Clipper self-drive

Clipper

6 guests

Continentale self-drive

Continentale

6 guests

Corvette A self-drive

Corvette A

4 guests

Countess self-drive

Countess

6 guests

Crusader self-drive

Crusader

6 guests

Elegance self-drive

Elegance

6 guests

Grand Classique self-drive

Grand Classique

12 guests

Horizon 1

5 guests

Horizon 2S self-drive

Horizon 2S

5 guests

Horizon 3

7 guests

Horizon 4

9 guests

Horizon 5

12 guests

Magnifique self-drive

Magnifique

10 guests

Mystique self-drive

Mystique

8 guests

Royal Classique self-drive

Royal Classique

6 guests

Royal Mystique B self-drive

Royal Mystique B

6 guests

Salsa A

10 guests

Sheba self-drive

Sheba

5 guests

Tango self-drive

Tango

6 guests

Vision 3 self-drive

Vision 3

10 guests

Vision 4 self-drive

Vision 4

9 guests


Le Boat

Le Boat have 28 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

Calypso self-drive

Calypso

8 guests

Caprice self-drive

Caprice

6 guests

Cirrus B self-drive

Cirrus B

4 guests

Classique self-drive

Classique

8 guests

Classique Star self-drive

Classique Star

10 guests

Clipper self-drive

Clipper

6 guests

Continentale self-drive

Continentale

6 guests

Corvette A self-drive

Corvette A

4 guests

Corvette B self-drive

Corvette B

4 guests

Countess self-drive

Countess

6 guests

Crusader self-drive

Crusader

6 guests

Elegance self-drive

Elegance

6 guests

Grand Classique self-drive

Grand Classique

12 guests

Horizon 1

5 guests

Horizon 2S self-drive

Horizon 2S

5 guests

Horizon 3

7 guests

Horizon 4

9 guests

Horizon 5

12 guests

Magnifique self-drive

Magnifique

10 guests

Mystique self-drive

Mystique

8 guests

Royal Classique self-drive

Royal Classique

6 guests

Royal Mystique B self-drive

Royal Mystique B

6 guests

Salsa A

10 guests

Sheba self-drive

Sheba

5 guests

Tango self-drive

Tango

6 guests

Vision 3 self-drive

Vision 3

10 guests

Vision 4 self-drive

Vision 4

9 guests


Burgundy Canal

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