Central Canal

Central Canal

Vineyards, fine dining and market towns

Cruise destinations on the Canal du Centre

Home to the Chalonais vineyards, wine connoisseurs, and cyclists alike will enjoy this beautiful route.

The Central Burgundy Canal, or Canal du Centre, links the River Saône to the Canal Lateral à la Loire, then the Canal de Briare, the Canal de Loing and eventually the River Seine. It also connects to the Canal du Nivernais.

Opened in 1792, it enabled boat traffic to travel from the north of France to the south and basically opened Paris to the Mediterranean sea for the first time.

Cruise this idyllic and peaceful waterway past vineyards and pastures dotted with white Charolais cattle, the hallmark of Burgundy.

What to do and what to see whilst you're in the region

Places to visit

  • Whilst in Chalon-sur-Saône
    • Cathedral Saint-Vincent in Chalon-sur-Saône
    • Tour du Doyenné
    • Museum Nicéphore-Niépce
    • The market square and streets of Saint-Vincent quarter
    • The isle of Saint-Laurent
  • Château de la Rochepot near Chagny
  • Mont de Sène near Nolay
  • The vineyards of Santennay, Montrachet and Meursault
  • The vineyards of the "la côte chalonnaise" with Rully and Mercurey
  • Château de Couches near Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune
  • Museum de la Mine at Blanzy
  • Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paray-le-Monial
  • Townhall of Paray-le-Monial
  • The Pont-canal of Digoin
  • Apremont-sur-Allier
  • Triptyques in the curch of Ternant
  • Double lock and canal bridge at Gétin
  • Cathedrale Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte in Nevers
  • The Palace of the Dukes in Nevers

Restaurants to experience

  • Troisgros at Ouches near Roanne *** Michelin
  • Maison Lameloise at Chagny *** Michelin
  • Pierre et Jean at Chagny
  • Ed.Em (Édouard et Émilie) at Chassagne-Montrachet * Michelin
  • L'Empreinte at Buxy * Michelin
  • Jérôme Brochot à Montceau-les-Mines
  • L'Aposttrophe at Paray-Le-Monial
  • Frédéric Doucet and the Le Bistrot du Quai at Charolles
  • Auberge de Vigny near Digoin
  • Auberge du Pont Canal at Guétin

Hotel barges

2 hotel barge cruises

C'est La Vie
Burgundy & Loire

C'est La Vie

8 guests

Montargis & Sancerre

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Finesse
Canal du Centre

Finesse

8 guests

From St Julien-sur-Dheune to St Jean-de-Losne

Self-drive boats

Locaboat

Locaboat have 12 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

P1020 FB self-drive

P1020 FB

5 guests

P1106 FB self-drive

P1106 FB

7 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

P935W self-drive

P935W

5 guests


Locaboat

Locaboat have 14 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

Europa 400

4 guests

Europa 600

6 guests

P1020 FB self-drive

P1020 FB

5 guests

P1106 FB self-drive

P1106 FB

7 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

P935W self-drive

P935W

5 guests


Le Boat

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

Caprice self-drive

Caprice

6 guests

Clipper self-drive

Clipper

6 guests

Continentale self-drive

Continentale

6 guests

Crusader self-drive

Crusader

6 guests

Elegance self-drive

Elegance

6 guests

Horizon 1

5 guests

Horizon 2S self-drive

Horizon 2S

5 guests

Horizon 4

9 guests

Magnifique self-drive

Magnifique

10 guests

Mystique self-drive

Mystique

8 guests

Royal Mystique B self-drive

Royal Mystique B

6 guests

Vision 4 self-drive

Vision 4

9 guests


France Passion Plaisance

France Passion Plaisance have 9 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.


Saone Bateaux

Saone Bateaux have 3 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

BWS Cruiser 1150 self-drive

BWS Cruiser 1150

6 guests

BWS Cruiser 1250 self-drive

BWS Cruiser 1250

8 guests

Gruno 1000 self-drive

Gruno 1000

6 guests


Central Canal